Nov. 16 at Thompson Community Center

PechaKucha Night comes to Union

Nov 06, 2012
Artist Jill Valliere is pictured at work in her studio.

Union — PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine will have its next incarnation Friday, Nov. 16 at the Thompson Community Center, located just off Route 17 at 51 South Union Road/Route 131. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5 at the door.

These events celebrate the creativity of the Midcoast community through visual storytelling in a unique presentation style where eight individuals present their work, their ideas and their creative process with a 20-second-per-image/20-image slideshow. The Nov. 16 event will be emceed by Belfast poet Arielle Greenberg Bywater and, as always, will offer engaging, fast-paced presentations from a diverse array of creative talents from the region. Following is information on this PechaKucha Night’s presenters.

Jim Bahoosh has been a solo house builder and designer since 1983 and is focused now on building small homes, inspired by traditional design.

Elaine Bielenberg is the curator of “Please be Seated” in Belfast, a project that brings public art in the form of seats and benches to the city’s downtown streets.

Allison Lakin began making cheese in 2002 and in 2011 began her own business, Lakin's Gorges Cheese, making cheese in Rockport using organic milk from Maine.

Isobel Lewis is originally from Wales and now lives in Rockport. She works as a freelance book designer and will share about a specific design and fashion project for which she was the art director as well as the graphic designer.

Paul Powers and Marcel Valliere are the owners of Alternative Rock in Thomaston, where they manufacture quality work surfaces and architectural items out of concrete.

Bonnie Rukin coordinates the statewide network of Slow Money Maine, which encourages everyone to invest in local sustainable food systems with satisfying amounts of time, energy and money.

Jill Valliere has been creating murals and specialty wall finishes for residences and commercial spaces since 2000. For the past seven years, she also has been spending time painting in her studio.

Deb Winship moved with her husband and four children from Connecticut to Warren in 1974 where they started a business called School House Farm. By the early 1980s, both the business and her children were up and running so she turned her attention to making art.

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 Elaine Bielenberg, Maggi Blue, Jane Farthing, Kelly Finlay, Leila Murphy and Lynn Talbot.

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. 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 first 2013 PechaKucha Night Midcoast has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15 at Watts Hall in Thomaston. To find out more about presenting or volunteering at one of the upcoming events, send email to PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers very affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; contact Leila Murphy at 594-8622 for more information.

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

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