PechaKucha, al fresco

Aug 14, 2012
Camden Public Library’s inflatable movie screen will be used for a PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine Friday, Aug. 24

Camden — The next PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine will be held Friday, Aug. 24 outside in the Camden Amphitheatre on Atlantic Avenue. Attendees are invited to gather on the lawn with picnic suppers and blanket seating beginning at 7 p.m.; Kendall Dean and Jamie Wood of The Lookers Good will play folk/gypsy/bluegrass music until it gets dark enough to see the presentations on Camden Public Library’s big inflatable screen.

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine spans the Midcoast from Thomaston to Belfast, bringing people of all ages together to consider ideas and images presented by various creative makers and thinkers in the area. Eight presenters will share their work, ideas and creative process with a 20-second-per-image, 20-image slide show. Tickets are $5; in case of inclement weather, the event will take place at Bayview Cinema.

The 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 our region sharing their work, ideas and creative process via PechaKucha’s 20-image/20-second-per-image slide shows. There will be eight presentations, from the following.

Annie Bailey is a mixed-media artist from who received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010 with a focus in painting, stop-motion puppet animation and 3-D illustration.

Martha McSweeney Brower and her husband Reade Brower walked as pilgrims along the El Camino de Santiago from France across Northern Spain in an effort to make peace about the passing of her brother.

Tom Butler is a London-born artist and the art director at The Community Schools at Camden. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2007, and his studio practice conspicuously conceals found images of people by incorporating personal symbols to reveal aspects of imagined inner personalities.

John Dietter is executive director of the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, an organization that seeks to engage students, teachers and scientists with field research experiences and leadership training in a remote offshore environment.

Jim Nickelson is a fine art photographer specializing in landscape, nature and night photography. He will present his “Adventures in Celestial Mechanics” project based on capturing each full moon of the year, at moonrise or moonset, from somewhere in the Maine landscape.

Peter Ralston is a photographer who was instrumental in forming the Island Institute in 1983 and has contributed most of the photography and served as art director for the Institute's Island Journal since its inception, and continues to spend as much time as he possibly can on and around islands.

Prairie Stuart-Wolff is the creator of Cultivated Days magazine, an online publication that calls people to live by their senses and to “cultivate a rich daily life by paying attention to small but essential matters.”

Brooke Williams is a writer whose essays have aired on National Public Radio and been published in The Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Post. For five years, she wrote a column called “Comfort Food” for The Camden Herald, and she is writing a book of interconnected essays about identity, marriage, and motherhood.

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. Camden Real Estate is the Aug. 24 event 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. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat," its distinctive format makes presentations concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

The final 2012 PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine will be Nov. 16 at the Thompson Community Center in Union. To find out more about presenting or volunteering at one of the upcoming events, send email pechakuchamidcoast@gmail.com. PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers very affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; call Leila Murphy at 594-8622 for more information.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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