The year’s first PechaKucha Night Midcoast evening of visual storytelling will take place Friday, Jan. 19, at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Doors open 6:30 p.m. and the program will start 7 p.m.

Seating is limited, so attendees should plan to arrive early. Tickets will be $5 (cash) at the door. A reception immediately follows the program.

The Volume 34 presentations will explore what inspiration looks, sounds, feels and tastes like to the group of diverse presenters. Topics will range from stage, screen and libretto; to various visual art forms and even wild horses.

The PechaKucha format is a unique presentation style where eight individuals share their work, ideas and creative process with a 20-second-per-image/20-image slideshow. Each of the evening’s presenters will provide a six minute and 40 second glimpse into their craft.

PechaKucha Midcoast’s January 2018 edition includes presenters Tammy Smith Blake, Tempest in a Teapot founder and co-owner; Richard Cadwalader, musical director; Ingrid Ellison, artist; Mike Gorman, playwright; Donna McNeil, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation; Barbara Merson and David Scholder, Maine Jewish Film Festival; Ben Potter, artist; and John Steele, photographer and wild horse advocate. The evening’s emcee will be Alan Hinsey.

Lead sponsor for Volume 34 is LCI, and the reception sponsor is Flatbread Company. 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