Saturday, March 26, 2011

PK 7 Summary

More than 100 guests came out to Ralph's Chadwick Diner on Sunday March 20 for another fun night. We are proud to continue to showcase venues from all around the city that host creativity on a daily basis. Yes, PechaKucha Worcester was in a rock club and it was awesome!

At PK 7 we heard about social issues like petroleum use, nicotine secession and public school budget cuts. We also heard from artists about thier inspirations who lightened the evening with colorful humor and imagery.

Enjoy this video of Jon Hansen's presentation. Are you ready for art class?

video by Tom Caywood

You can view more pictures from our events here:
pknworcester on flickr
This is a public group so feel free to join and share with everyone your pictures from the event.

Thank you to everyone who contributed donations, we have just sent the Red Cross $200 toward relief in Japan. Additional donations can be sent here Red Cross. Stay tuned for information about how Worcester will play a part in the upcoming global PechaKucha relief effort for Japan.

Thanks Again! We had a blast!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Presenter Lynne Damianos

Lynne Damianos

Lynne Damianos is the principal photographer of Damianos Photography, a small award-winning creative team that has provided distinctive photography and photographic consulting services for over 30 years. She earned her BS in Professional Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her specialties include photography of architecture and interiors, products and people for business.

Lynne is an active educator, presenting a wide variety of photography seminars to professionals, students and companies. She is a faculty member of the Danforth Museum and Keefe Tech Continuing Education in Framingham. In 2004 she was a photographer-in-residence with the Holliston and Framingham High School as part of a grant project titled Capturing Architecture Past and Present.

Lynne is a former national board member of the American Society of Media Photographers, past president of the Commercial Industrial Photographers of New England and an active member of Fountain Street Studios in Framingham’s Bancroft mill building where her studio is located. She is currently mentoring one of the first female professional photographers in Afghanistan as part of the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Project Artemis program.

Lynne is the author/photographer of The Bancroft Building – 100 Years of History and has recently developed a line of DigiGreyShop products to aid photographers and videographers in achieving accurate color/white balance.

Her personal work includes two series of photographs – NatureScapes and BuildingScapes – which show details of natural subjects and the built environment in an abstract, vibrant way.

Presenter Nat Needle

Nat Needle has lived in Worcester, MA since 2000, and co-owns SAORI Worcester Freestyle Weaving Studio with his wife Mihoko Wakabayashi. They home-educate their two sons, Asa, 15, and Noriyoshi, 11, not only within the bosom of their bi-lingual, bi-cultural family, but also by sending them out into the world as much as possible. Nat has worked with other people's children of all ages for decades, both in and out of school settings. His work at SAORI Worcester often involves making connections between the ancient art of weaving and academic disciplines including language arts, math, science, geography and history. He holds a doctorate in Education from UMass/Amherst, and is also a professional pianist, vocalist, and entertainer.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Sentiment for the Japanese People

copyright Lennie Peterson

Image designed by PechaKucha Worcester Vol 2 presenter Lennie Peterson.

"Because I don't know what else to do, I created the image seen in my profile pic for my comic strip at GoComics and it will run tomorrow through Friday. If anything/any widespread use should come of the image, I'll donate all proceeds to the Red Cross. God bless the dignity and grace of the Japanese people." Lennie Peterson

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Presenter Jonathan Hansen

Publik Edyookayshun by Jonathan Hansen

Jonathan has been a teacher of the visual arts for 7 years in the Mendon-Upton School District.  For his first four years he taught grades 9 through 12 at Nipmuc Regional High School, preparing students for college while introducing engaging lessons while teaching heterogeneous classes made up of students taking Art 1 and 2 and Elective classes.  He has been the Art teacher at Miscoe Hill Middle School for the past three years, teaching 5th and 6th Grade after his position was eliminated due to budget cuts in 2008.  This school year, he has been reduced to part-time and has begun to learn the art of tattooing under Ben Mack and the guys at Dark World Gallery & Tattoo, where he also curates monthly art shows.  Jonathan is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston (1999) with a BFA in Fine Art and Salem State University (2008) with a Masters of Education Degree.

Presenter Ryan Coffman

Ryan Coffman presenting:
The Tobacco Industry: Behind the Smoke and Mirrors


Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and the Director of the Tobacco Consultation Service at a local hospital where he provides tobacco cessation consultation to patients at several sites. Ryan acquired his Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree at Tulane University and has certifications in health education, nicotine dependency treatment and global tobacco control. He first became committed to tobacco control in 2003 while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya where he observed the effects of tobacco use and the Tobacco Industry on the village and surrounding communities where he resided. This is also the time when he quit his own substantial tobacco use. He takes particular interest in enhancing the capacity of other professionals and colleagues through training and teaching. He has also worked and volunteered with senior, youth, community, and mental health and substance using populations.

photo of Ryan Coffman by S.Holloway

Back on Stage PKN Worcester Vol 7

Pecha Kucha Worcester returns with an epic Pecha Kucha event

Pecha Kucha Worcester Vol. 7, featuring an eclectic and electric set of local thinkers, doers, and artists, is set for March 20th at the legendary and infamous Ralph’s Chadwick Diner. Doors for the event open at 6:20; presentations will start at 7:20. Free tickets are available at, and donations will be accepted at the door.

Pecha Kucha is the international phenomenon that brings together all types of "creatives" for a night of rapid-fire "show-and-tells," networking, conversation, and fun. The diverse group of presenters focus on their passions while sticking to Pecha Kucha's patented high-energy formula: 20 slides in 20 seconds each. The 6 minute and 40 second format keeps the momentum flowing and the energy high.

“We’re proud to have another outstanding lineup of passionate, creative people on tap for March 20th,” said Co-Organizer Cynthia Woehrle.

Worcester's 7th Pecha Kucha will feature tattoo artists, photographers, revolutionary thinkers, doers, and a host of other creators from the Worcester area.

“I continue to be in awe of the range of presenters we’ve been able to put together over the past two years,” said Co-Organizer Scott Zoback. “The depth of talent and, most importantly, passion, in this area is limitless. Now, if we could just agree on how to pronounce the name...”

Pecha Kucha 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. That demand seems to be global – as Pecha Kucha Night has spread to nearly 400 cities around the world. Worcester, the 196th city networked into this global community, presented its first volume on June 14th 2009 at Bocado Tapas Bar.

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