Friday, Nov. 5 promises to be an evening filled with creativity and connecting with others in Rockland. The First Friday Night AIR (Arts In Rockland) art walk will kick off at 5 p.m., and the eighth PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine will be open to the public at the Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St., later in the evening.

Doors will open for PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine at 6 p.m. for light refreshments and beverages, and the program will begin 7 p.m. Admission is $5 with all proceeds used to organize future PechaKucha Nights.

The line-up of presenters is a dynamic group with diverse topics including John Bielenberg, set designer; Ava Goodale, birth doula; Christy Hemenway, owner of Goldstar Honeybees; Brook Holland, photographer;, Alison Kuller, book artist; Jim Merkel, author of “Radical Simplicity” and founder/director of the Global Living Project; Mish Morgenstern, photographer; and Peter Schlebecker, furniture designer. Emcee for the evening will be Josh Woodman.

PechaKucha Night is an international phenomenon taking place in more than 360 cities around the world. Its unique presentation style was devised in Japan in 2003 among enterprising young designers who wanted to meet and network while learning about each others work with the 20 slides, 20 seconds for each image presentation format. It is concise, appropriately brief and loads of fun.

The first PechaKucha Night in this area took place at Eric Hopkins’ Rockland gallery in January 2009 and six more nights have taken place in Rockland, Rockport, Camden and Belfast. In early 2009, PechaKucha International provided an agreement to local organizers under the name PechaKucha Night Rockland based on the normal “big city” assignment practice but from the get-go, local organizers shared with the international organizers their intention to hold PechaKucha Nights beyond the city of Rockland to share this high energy, creative and community minded event to as many people in Knox and Waldo counties as possible.

The positive response to these evenings has been overwhelmingly successful with an average of 200 people attending each evening. As a result, the new agreement is dubbed PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine and covers the general area from Thomaston to Belfast.

PechaKucha Midcoast Maine organizers are a compilation of individuals who represent a diverse group of community organizations and businesses. Members include Elaine Bielenberg, Waterfall Arts; Maggi Blue, Magpie Creative; Mary Bumiller, Bangor Savings Bank and Midcoast Magnet; Alan Crichton, Waterfall Arts; Lorna Crichton, Waterfall Arts; Jane Farthing, Two Farthings Design; Kelly Jackson, Farnsworth Art Museum; Leila Murphy, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; and Josh Woodman, Rock City Books & Coffee. The committee is always looking for new energy to join the team; to find out more, call Mary Bumiller at 949-9155.

For general information or questions about PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine, visit; send e-mail to; or call Bumiller.

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