The next PechaKucha Night Midcoast evening of visual storytelling will take place Friday, June 30, at the new United Farmers Market, located downtown at 18 Spring St.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will commence at 7 p.m. with stories that explore creation, expression and interpreting the world from artists and designers, a scientist and a baker. Tickets will be $5 (cash) at the door. There will be a reception immediately following the program.

The PechaKucha format, where eight presenters each share their passions, work and inspirations with a 20-second-per-image/20-image slideshow, is now held in more than 900 cities around the world. The following presenters will provide a six minute and 40 second glimpse into their craft at Midcoast’s June 2017 edition, Volume 32: Joanne Arnold, photographer, discussing “MaineWorks: Facing Recovery”; Suzanne Coolbeth, owner of gluten-free bakery SueCakes; Nina Devenney, artist and educator; David Jacobson, glass artist; George and Karin Look, collectors; Paty Matrai, scientist at Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences; Krista Odom, Alpha Libra Studio, clothing designer and printer; and Susan Smith, artist.

The evening’s emcee will be Alan Crichton, co-founder of Waterfall Arts. For Volume 32, the lead sponsors are LCI and United Farmers Market; supporting sponsors are the Belfast Co-op and Front Street Shipyard.

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine's organizing partners include Belfast Creative Coalition; Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Farnsworth Art Museum; Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Midcoast Magnet; Strand Theatre; Waterfall Arts; and various creative community members.

For information about presenting or volunteering at one of the local events, email pechakuchamidcoast@gmail.com. PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; contact Jana Herbener at pechakuchamidcoast@gmail.com for more information.

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 on this international phenomenon, visit pechakucha.org.

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