PechaKucha Night: a diverse gathering

Apr 02, 2014
Photo by: Mark Dawson More than 430 people attended PechaKucha Night Midcoast for Volume 20 in January at the Rockport Opera House.

Thomaston — PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine will host its next evening of lightning-fast presentations and visual storytelling Friday, April 11, at the downtown Watts Hall, Main Street/Route 1. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5 at the door. The auditorium is upstairs, and there is a handicapped accessible elevator.

The PechaKucha format, where eight presenters are given 20 slides — each one shown for 20 seconds — to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in more than 700 cities around the world. Two other PechaKucha events will be held in Maine the evening of April 11, in Bangor and Waterville.

Midcoast’s April edition, Volume 21, will feature six minutes and 40 seconds each of work by the following Midcoast residents: environmental artist Krisanne Baker; sculptor Kimberly Callas; Stories by the Sea director Dena Davis; founder and co-director of Megunticook Rowing Ry Hills; advocate for wooden boat building and apprenticing Lance Lee; Rock Coast Roller Manette Pottle, a.k.a. Mad Madam Mim; painter and white line woodblock printmaker Willy Reddick; Phenomenal Touch massage practitioners and artists Antje Roitzsch and Deborah Cautela; and painter Greta Van Campen.

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine’s organizing partners include Midcoast Magnet; the Farnsworth Art Museum; Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Strand Theatre; Waterfall Arts; and various creative community members including Amanda Austin, Maggi Blue, Lorna Crichton, Jane Farthing, Kelly Finlay, Jana Herbener, Truth Hawk, Kathleen Gass, Mark Masterson and Jennifer McIntosh. The nearby Water Dog Tavern is Event Sponsor for Volume 21 in Thomaston. Supporting Sponsors for the evening are Bixby & Co., Children’s House Montessori School, Haynes Galleries, Rock City Café and Thomaston Grocery.

PechaKucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 in Tokyo as a place for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. For more information, visit pechakucha.org; for the local page, search for Midcoast Maine. To find out more about presenting or volunteering locally, email pechakuchamidcoast@gmail.com. PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers very affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; for more information, contact Herbener at the email address above.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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