photo by Arthur Fink
photo by Arthur Fink
Kim Ortengren of Wallace James Co.
Cozy for Kim Ortengren's talk. November, 2017.
Steve Corman of Vena's Fizz House. February, 2019.
John Sundling - floral design. April, 2019.

Makers at the Hall

Makers at the Hall is a lecture series held at Mechanics’ Hall on the last Wednesday of the month from January to May and September through November. Each talk is presented by a local Maine maker, a master of their craft. In an inviting and relaxed atmosphere, Mechanics’ Hall members and friends learn about a specific discipline and the triumphs and challenges of the speaker’s engagement with their medium. Past speakers have been Nick and David Wallace of Wallace Pipe Organs, Pandora LaCasse, Pilar Nadal of Pickwick Press, and Jonathan Cooper Luthier among many more. This is the program’s third year. It is administered by the Mechanics’ Hall programming committee and funded by membership donations.  We are currently looking for sponsors as well as volunteers for the 2019 season. Please email us at

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


Upcoming Speaker: Arthur Fink

Wednesday, May 29th Making a Photograph with dance photographer Arthur Fink. A photograph appears to be made in an instant, with the press of a shutter. But Arthur will break through this illusion showing us some of the scenes that caught his eye and the set of images he took for them: each seeming closer to the picture he had imagined. He will reveal the editing process that identified one frame to use, and finally, the cropping and other changes he made.

Please note: This will not be a technical talk.

FREE for MCMA members, $5 general admission. 7:00PM. Elevator access to second floor library.


2019 Program Schedule


January 30th

David Wolfe

Letterpress Printing:

So Old It’s New Again


February 27th

Johanna & Steve Corman

Vena’s Fizz House: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade, Add Vodka


March 27th

Nick Kaufmann & Mark Wakefield

User Experience Design/Civic Technology


April 24th

John Sundling of Plant Office

Celebrating Ephemeralities,

the Specifics of Time,

Place & Chance


May 29th

Arthur Fink

Dance Photographer

Making a Photograph


September 25th

Katie Benedict

Graphic Design & Marketing


October 30th

Patricia Daunis-Dunning

Fine Art Jewelry


November 27th

David Masury

Fine Furniture

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