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,, 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!


PMC Annual Meeting

Annual Report cover 2018.jpg

Portland Media Center’s 2018 Annual Meeting took place on November 9, to a goodly sized crowd, who all shared and celebrated the changes and achievements that have transpired in the course of the year.

Tom Handel spoke about significant increases in the volume of students and in the number of local productions, acquisitions of new equipment, and collaborations, including with the Union of Maine Visual Artists and the Maine Film Association.

Abbie McGilvery completed her two-year term of office as our board president, marking the occasion with credit as credit is due to the other board members and staff, and especially noting the recent successful development of our new 5-year strategic plan. Thank you Abby for your generous and cheerful service to PMC. We hope you stick around for the after-party!

Board of directors secretary, Joanne Lester, conducted the election of our new board president, Alex Merrill, to his office, and welcomed new board member, Vicky Poole, an avid and talented producer with lots of chops.

The future of PMC is in good hands!

If you would like a copy of the PMC 2018 Annual Report, please send an email to Tom Handel

December and January Classes

Class in the control room

Class in the control room

Take a class…..You’ll learn.

Studio Class

Mon. Dec. 3, 2018 at 6PM

Tues. Dec. 11, 2018 at 6PM

Weds. Dec. 19, 2018 at 6PM

Mon. Jan. 7. 2019 at 6PM

Tues. Jan. 15, 2019 at 6PM

Weds. Jan. 23, 2019 at 6PM

Mon. Jan. 28, 2019 at 6PM

Field Camera Class

Tues. Dec. 4, 2018 at 6PM

Mon. Dec. 10 , 2018 at 6PM

Tues. Dec. 18, 2018 at 6PM

Weds. Jan. 2, 2019 at 6PM

Tues. Jan. 8, 2019 at 6PM

Tues. Jan. 22, 2019 at 6PM

Weds. Jan. 30, 2019 at 6:30PM

UMVA October Show

Chair and Bannister 2016  Pamela Hetherly

Chair and Bannister 2016

Pamela Hetherly

Some Reliable Truths About Chairs

This is a terrific show, conceived and curated by Janice Moore. The exhibition explores how “Chairs have the ability to convey meaning. They are defined in relation to their function and the human form. They have purpose. They position us and secure us. They have the ability to signify status and self expression. They are a sum of parts (legs, back, seat) and can imitate the human form. They are honest, as are the works of art presented here. They are singular and universal. They can be celebrated for their absolute truth.”

See more info about the show and about Janice Moore on her Facebook page here.

New Front Door lock system


To PMC Access Producers, Volunteers, Tenants, and others who access this facility.

We have new front door lock technology, and a process and some rules to go along with it!

Our front doors are now locked and unlocked with a keypad system, and the key lock system will only be available for power outages, and other non-typical usages.

New keys will only be issued to staff and tenants, and old keys should be returned because they will not work, and especially if you have left a fiver deposit for your key! Staff and tenants will be or have been trained in the use of the new keypad lock system.

Access Producers and others need to make sure that they are clear about the process, BECAUSE!, whenever there is a facility use booking that is outside of our normal business hours, a unique keypad code will be issued specifically for that facility booking. The unique keypad code will be operational for a half-hour before and a half-hour after a scheduled facility reservation. The keypad code will expire then and will not be reuseable. If you are planning to use the PMC facilities for any purpose outside of normal operating hours, you MUST contact Tom Handel or Brian Knoblock to receive a new code for each and every facility use booking. If you would like to schedule training in the use of our new lock system, please let us know.

All of this is entirely separate from the alarm system, which uses its own, separate code to activate and deactivate the alarm with the alarm keypad which is inside the building. Nothing about the alarm system has changed.