The organizers of PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine will present the next PechaKucha event Friday, Sept. 13, at the downtown Bayview Cinema, on the second floor at 10 Bay View St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the entrance; there will be food provided, along with a cash bar.

These events celebrate the creativity of the Midcoast community through visual storytelling in a distinctive presentation style where eight individuals share their work, their ideas and their creative process via a 20-second-per-image/20-image slideshow.

The Sept. 13 event will offer engaging, fast-paced presentations from a diverse array of creative talents from our region including collagraph printmaker Kat Buchanan, who began her career as a biologist after graduating from Tufts University in 1993. At first glance, biology and printmaking seem to have little common ground, but much of her training as a scientist has served her extremely well as an artist, she said, as both disciplines require skill at observing the environment.

“I look at biology and art as two dialects in the same language, different ways to communicate what you have learned about the nature of things, about the truth of your experience,” she said.

Also presenting will be Judy Bonzi, artist/furniture maker; photographer Ralph Hassenpflug; E. Kendra Denny, encaustic painter; Robert V. Keteyian, Interpersonal Communication Consultant; John Silverio, artist and architect; Anneli Skaar, graphic designer; and Elisa Wike Hurley, photographer, writer and intuitive painting teacher.

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine’s organizing partners include Midcoast Magnet; the Farnsworth Art Museum; Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Waterfall Arts; and various creative community members including Amanda Austin, Maggi Blue, Lorna Crichton, Jane Farthing, Kelly Finlay, Jana Herbener and Leila Murphy. The Island Institute’s Store Archipelago and Pen Bay Medical Center’s Picker Family Resource Center are the event sponsors for September. The Maine Technology Institute is a supporting sponsor.

Now an international phenomenon, PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat," it rests on a presentation format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

The last PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine event for 2013 is set for Nov. 15 in Rockland. To find out more about presenting or volunteering, email PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers very affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; contact Jana Herbener at for more information.

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