PechaKucha, an international phenomenon bringing creative minds together in an open forum of sharing, continues locally Friday, Sept. 18, at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, Route 73. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the program commences at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5 (cash) at the door; people are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat.

The PechaKucha format, where presenters are given 20 slides with each one shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in more than 800 cities around the world. The Midcoast’s September edition, Volume 25, will be presided over by emcee Kari Leuhman.

Each of the following presenters will tell a six minutes and 40 seconds story of their craft: Susie Arnold, marine scientist at the Island Institute; Virginia Blanchard, furniture maker; Julie Crane, artist; Malia Dell, author of “Food That Works”; Jeanne Johnson, owner of Breakwater Vineyards; Jacinda Martinez, gardener and artist; Jacques Vesery, artist and leader of a World Wood Day Celebration through the International Wood Culture Society; Andy White, maker; and Ethan Yankura, curator and director of education at OHTM.

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine's organizing partners include Belfast Creative Coalition, Midcoast Magnet, Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Waterfall Arts, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Strand Theatre and various creative community members. For Volume 25, Bangor Savings Bank is lead sponsor and supporting sponsors are The Farnsworth [Collective], Community Health Options and Barnswallow Books. 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. It is now an international phenomenon. For more information, visit

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