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 PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; contact Jana Herbener at 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

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