Makers at the Hall
Last Wednesday of the month at 7pm
January thru May & September thru November
Makers at the Hall is a series of talks, panel discussions and lectures that take place at Mechanics’ Hall in Portland, Maine – the historic home of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association.
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 fourth year, previous guests have included light and sculpture artist Pandora LaCasse, violin maker Jonathan Cooper Luthier, print maker Pilar Nadal of Pickwick Press, furniture designer Doug Green, Nick and David Wallace of Wallace Pipe Organs, many more.
Talks are FREE for members or $8 general admission. Doors open at 6:45pm. Refreshments are served after the talk at 8pm. Elevator access to second floor library.
Next Speaker: February 26th
Catherine Wiersema – Chocolats Passion is a tiny artisan maker (from Portland) in a big chocolate world! Catherine will first focus her talk on a brief history of chocolate, then show how her team creates their French-style confections, while rejecting many shortcuts available to modern confectioners. She will conclude with a wide lens on the makers at the origin of the chocolate trail, the small farmers responsible for most of the world’s cacao production.
Just released! 2020 Season
January 29th – Nathan Richardson, Luthier
February 26th – Catherine Wiersema, French Chocolatier
March 25th – Joe Lendway, Fine Wood Furniture
April 29th – Ayumi Horie, Pottery & Activism
May 27th – Ebenezer Akakpo, owner/designer Akakpo & Co.
September 30th – Terrill Waldman & Charlie Jenkins, Tandem Glass Studio
October 28th – Chris Balzer, Balzer Family Clockworks
November 18th* – Scott Nash, Illustrator
*Second to last Wednesday due to holiday.