UMVA Portland Chapter meetings are held at the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, every third Monday of the month from 6–7:30pm, and are open to all interested members. The Portland Chapter runs the UMVA Gallery at the Portland Media Center in the heart of the arts district and, in normal times hosts openings every 1st Friday Artwalk.


The UMVA Gallery at PMC exhibits works of individual artists, juried shows by guest curators, and open exhibits of its members’ work. Located in the heart of the “arts district” on Congress Street, our gallery offers ample space for visual artists and curators with the energy and quality of work to have an impact in Portland’s art scene.


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has decided to officially close the UMVA Gallery (516 Congress Street at Portland Media Center) until it is appropriate and allowable to re-open. Please note that the Portland Media Center has also decided to suspend operations for some time, but viewers may refer to their website: to keep up to date with their timetable. The UMVA is still holding regular monthly meetings (3rd Monday of each month), but doing it digitally instead of in-person, and at those future meetings we will be making additional decisions regarding the gallery, and other important UMVA decisions during this difficult time.


We want to encourage everyone to practice social distancing and safe practices as recommended by the CDC.


We also encourage UMVA members to check out the new Artist Member pages on and consider submitting your own member page. Thank you to Greg Burns for putting those profiles up. Information about the artists pages is also available in a separate post in this issue of the MAJ.


We wish that you stay healthy, and productive during this time.



November Members’ Exhibit 2020 Call for Submissions


To all UMVA Members:

We have our November UMVA Open Members’ Exhibit coming up. Again, due to the pandemic, we will be hosting this exhibit as a virtual online exhibit.

This is an OPEN THEME Members’ show.

Please plan your submission and other aspects following the instructions below.

Submit via email to:

Type  “Members’ Show Submissions” as your header in the subject line.


Please send 1–2 images of work you would like included in the show.

1200px on the shorter side @72dpi and make sure to label the jpg image: first name_last name_title(without spaces)

In a separate word or text document, label your piece(s):

Title, medium, size, year and price or NFS (Not for Sale).

Include a brief Artist Statement (optional) to be shown with your pieces. Your Artist Statement of 250 words or less should also include your contact information.  Label your word or text document: first name_last name_statement.

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 19th.

Show Dates:  Opening November 2, 2020.

I look forward to seeing everyone’s work and being part of the November Members’ Exhibit!

Amy Bellezza


Portland Chap Rush Brown

Rush Brown, The Oil Rigs and Scotia Prince from Old Newbury Street, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 30 in. Currently on view in the Missing Maine Landscapes exhibit.


Missing Maine Landscapes


We invite viewers to check out Missing Maine Landscapes, an open-theme members show, currently on view. Work by 17 UMVA member artists in response to places or things that have been removed, obscured, replaced, or that disappear (and sometimes re-appear) in the landscapes Maine artists inhabit.



Generous Donation

UMVA portland Chapter Carlo Self portrait

Mark Sylbert, Portrait of Carlo Pittore, painting on homasote, 21 X 13.5 X 0.75 in. This wonderful piece was donated to the UMVA by member David Skutch and will hang in the UMVA Gallery, Portland.


The image above was recently donated to the UMVA in honor of beloved founding member, Carlo Pittore. Thank you David Skutch, for your generous gift. The work will be installed in the UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center.


Image at top: Norma Johnsen, Deering Oaks, pastel, 17 x 21 in. framed. Currently online at the Missing Maine Landscapes exhibit.