Midcoast Magnet and Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education have teamed up to host the first 2010 Pecha Kucha Night in Midcoast Maine Friday, March 26 at the arts center, 24 Lincoln St., at 7:15 p.m.

Nine individuals have been chosen to show 20 images for 20 seconds each in a fast-paced and engaging program that will be followed by discussion and socializing. Pecha Kucha Night is open to the public and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. There is a $5 admission fee, and light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to 280 seats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presenting at the event will be Jim Macdonald, a marquetry/inlay artist and furniture maker; Kevin Johnson, photographer and photo archivist at Searsport’s Penobscot Marine Museum; Cynthia Motian McGuirl, printmaker, painter and textile artist; Jesse Watson, permaculture designer; Mark Kelly, mixed media artist; Jim and Amy Grant of Good Karma Farm and Spinning Co.; Brian Willson, font designer; and Ben Potter, mixed media artist and associate professor at Unity College.

The emcee for the March Pecha Kucha Night will be Joshua Woodman, a native to Rockland and a self-taught artist with a passion for creating.

Pecha Kucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) was conceived in Japan in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. It has grown to include more than 180 cities worldwide, thus answering a global demand for a forum where creative work can be easily and informally shown. Its unusual format keeps presentations concise and the interest level up and gives more people the chance to show.

Founded in 2004, the nonprofit Midcoast Magnet brings people together to develop innovative projects that support creativity, livability and economic sustainability in Midcoast Maine.

The nonprofit Lincoln Street Center provides the arts for everyone, offering affordable classes, wide-ranging exhibitions, studio space to working artists and special art-related events and performances.

“All of us who are part of the Lincoln Street Center community are pleased to welcome Pecha Kucha and the talented individuals who help to make the Midcoast community such a special place to live,” said Dale Schierholt, president of Lincoln Street Center’s board of trustees.

For more information about the upcoming Pecha Kucha Night, send e-mail to rockland@pechakuchamaine.org or call Midcoast Magnet board member Mary Bumiller at 949-9155.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.