UMVA SHOW for February 2019

Claire Seidl: Kennebago, 2018

Claire Seidl: Kennebago, 2018

Maine Artist and UMVA Member John Ripton has organized and curated a new show entitled “The Way Life Is – Maine Working Families and Communities” at the Portland Media Center, presented by the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Bowdoin College art librarian Anne Haas served as a juror, with Ripton in selecting work.

See a review online here written by Bob Keyes for the Portland Press Herald.

Opening reception Friday, February 1, 2019. FMI, see the UMVA quarterly online here, and on the Portland Chapter UMVA on Facebook.

Spring! Access Mixer and.....Road Trip!

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Make the next Access Mixer a Success

Last August we had over thirty access producers and volunteers attend a mandatory meeting. Even though the meeting was about policies, it was also a mixer, the best ever, since so many people got to meet other volunteers and producers as they never had before. Since then we’ve had another mixer where only 5 people stayed for the actual meeting. We want to hear from you how we can make the next mixer a success like the one we had in August. Please be in contact with either Arthur Nichols or me, Tom Handel to give us your ideas, including the best time to hold the mixer, what the program should be, the value of refreshments, and how to get people (YOU) to attend. Or would you be interested in being part of a group to regularly organize these mixers? Please let us know.

Also, an idea I’ve had is taking a road trip to visit other public access stations along the eastern part of the country to get ideas on best practices that we can incorporate here. It’s going to be a ten-day trip in the spring, perhaps early April. I’d be happy to take anyone with me. What we discover could be the subject/program for the next mixer if it were the end of April or May or June. Please let me know if you’re interested in taking this trip with me. We’d try to travel inexpensively and find free accommodations, but any real expenses would be on each of us.

PMC Classes for February and March

Here’s a list of some of our upcoming classes through March. Other classes can be scheduled directly by sending an email to Arthur Nichols or calling 207-775-2900 x 202

Studio Classes

Tues. Feb. 12 at 6PM

Weds. Feb. 20 at 6PM

Tues. Feb. 26 at 6PM

Mon. March 4 at 6PM

Tues. March 12 at PM

Mon. March 25 at 6PM

Field Classes

Weds. Jan. 30 at 6PM

Mon. Feb. 4 at 6PM

Weds. Feb. 13 at 6PM

Tues. Feb. 19 at 6PM

Mon. Feb. 25 at 6PM

Tues. Mar. 5 at 6PM

Weds. Mar. 13 at 6PM

Tues. Mar. 26 at 6PM

Alliance for Community Media Outreach Roadshow

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The ACM & ACM-NE

"Road Show"

...come help prepare for our future...

The Alliance for Community Media and ACM-NE along with the support of many state organizations in the Northeast are organizing a series of Strategic Planning discussions with PEG stations during the week of Presidents Day. Please consider joining us as we talk about potential revenue and channel impacts and we discuss scenarios stations should consider to strengthen your position in coming months. 

The Roadshow will be coming to Portland, Maine on Friday, February 22, 2019, at the Portland Media Center at 516 Congress St, between the hours of 10am and 1pm. Bagels and coffee will also be served. You must RSVP your spot below.

We hope you can join us!
Please fill out the form to RSVP your spot(s): bit.ly/acmRoadShow


UMVA November Show

Wave 6, Watercolor on archival paper, Arthur Nichols 2018

Wave 6, Watercolor on archival paper, Arthur Nichols 2018


The UMVA November show, Autumn Open Exhibition, is currently on display in the UMVA Gallery here at PMC.

Curated by Gregg Harper, this show was an open call for art, bringing together a diverse group of Maine artists and their work. The UMVA will host a reception on the upcoming First Friday Art Walk on December 7. Please join us, and support Maine artists!

UMVA Save the Date Dec 2018

UMVA Save the Date Dec 2018


There will not be a formal show in December, but please Save The Date for the UMVA Holiday show and sale, scheduled for December 15 and 16. If you are a UMVA Member, and are planning to participate as an exhibitor/vendor, please contact Ann Tracy, anntracy51@gmail.com, FMI.

The Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) will host a special Holiday Gift Show at their gallery space located at the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., (Next to MECA) in Portland’s Art District on Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th from 11 am to 4 pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served. Check out their Facebook Event here.

Featured artists include Andrew Chulyk, Ann Tracy, Anne Strout, Christine Sullivan, Greg Harper, John Ripton, and William Hessian.  You’ll find photography, prints, monoprints, original acrylics and paintings plus mixed media and jewelry.



Access Exchange

As a response to a great suggestion, and expressed support from a bunch of Access Producers, PMC is setting up an online exchange and community portal to connect producers, videographers, camera operators, directors, writers, and others (let’s make it rock!).

You can sign up for the exchange, indicating your agreement to the very simple terms, if you follow this link, and fill out our sign-up form. We will build the space on our website, where folks can connect their dynamic, productive, and scintillating skills and talents! The page will be password -protected to assure some degree of privacy.

Probably goes without saying that all the activities engaging with PMC need follow our rules and procedures, including certification. Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting Arthur Nichols.

We hope to roll the new Access Exchange at our next Access Mixer, coming up on December 12. FMI, check out the Airwaves post about the mixer here.

Access Mixer

Let’s All Get Together!

Let’s All Get Together!

We will be hosting an Access Mixer on December 12, 5:30-7pm. All Access Producers and Volunteers are welcome. Still looking for a topic, or a theme, so please feel free to make a SUGGESTION!

One topic will be the creation of the new Access Exchange, an online way to connect directly with other PMC Access Producers and Volunteers.

We will celebrate the holiday season, so bring some good cheer!

PLEASE RSVP HERE!