Makers (in Their Studios)

Last Wednesday of the month at 7pm

January thru May & September thru November

Makers (in Their Studios) is the virtual spin-off series to our popular Makers at the Hall program. Talks, panel discussions and lectures normally take place at Mechanics’ Hall in Portland, Maine – the historic home of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. We have transitioned into a virtual format during these times of health concern, but we like to think of it as a shift of perspective because now we are joining the makers right in their studios for a closer look at their processes and stories.

Inspired by these original makers and mechanical artists, this curated program invites artists, artisans and tradespeople – local Maine leaders in craft and culture, to discuss their work and give audiences a behind the scenes look at their creative process.

Now in its sixth year, previous guests have included light and sculpture artist Pandora LaCasse, violin maker Jonathan Cooper Luthier, printmaker Pilar Nadal of Pickwick Press, illustrator Scott Nash, Nick and David Wallace of Wallace Pipe Organs, and many more.

Talks are FREE for members or $8 general admission. You can register for each talk through our Eventbrite listings.


Thank you to Machias Savings Bank, supporting sponsor for Makers at the Hall 20/21 season.



Funding has also been provided by The Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

Kim Ortengren of Wallace James Co.
Cozy for Kim Ortengren's talk. November, 2017.

2021 Season


January 27th – Smith Galtney, photographer. Register here.

February 24th – Ryan Adams, muralist. Register here.

March 31st – Briana Holt, baker. Register here.

April 28th – Adele Masengo Ngoy, seamstress & dress designer Register here.

May 26th – Ebenezer Akakpo, owner/designer Akakpo & Co (rescheduled from 2020) Register here.

September 29th – TBA

October 27th – TBA

November 17th – TBA (second to last Wed due to Holiday)

John Sundling - floral design. April, 2019.
Steve Corman of Vena's Fizz House. February, 2019.

Watch videos of past lectures through our member page on Portland Media Center’s website.

Below: Makers at the Hall with Pandora LaCasse – September 2018.