Improv, ceramics and more at PechaKucha

Oct 31, 2017
Furniture maker and sculptor Yuri Kobayashi, an Intensive instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, presents at the April PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine, held at Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Rockland — The next local PechaKucha evening of visual storytelling will take place Friday, Nov. 10, at the downtown Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will commence at 7 p.m.

Many of the evening’s presenters will share artwork and experiences that reflect our relationship with the natural world and its inhabitants. Topics will range from the Arctic and local land preserves to ceramics, paintings, prints and photography. There even will be a mini live performance by an improvisational group. Tickets are $5 (cash) at the door, and a reception immediately follows the program.

The PechaKucha format, a unique presentation style where eight individuals share their work, ideas and creative process with a 20-second-per-image/20-image slideshow, is now held in more than 900 cities around the world.

Each of the following presenters will provide a six minute and 40 second glimpse into their craft at Midcoast’s November 2017 edition, Volume 33: The Cool Kids’ Table, a Midcoast-based improv comedy team; Michelle Hauser, visual artist; Michaela Holt, painter; Joee Patterson, Friends of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge; Peter Ralston, photographer; Ian Stewart, executive director of Coastal Mountains Land Trust; Simon van der Ven, ceramicist; and Sherrie York, printmaker. The evening’s emcee will be poet Dave Morrison, who is the tech director and facility manager at the opera house.

For Volume 33, the lead sponsors are LCI and Camden Real Estate; and the Reception Sponsor is Flatbread Company. The Supporting Sponsor is The Drouthy Bear. 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. It is now an international phenomenon. For more information, visit

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

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