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Pecha Kucha INSPIRE JAPAN 24 hour Fundraiser:

PK Worcester wanted to express our collective empathy and encouragement to the Japanese people and put all our sentiments together in this video greeting.
 Thank you to presenters:
Agnes Wyant, Tom Grady, Helen Beaumont, J Stu Esty, Lennie Peterson, Keith Cross, Derek Ring, Jonathan Hansen, Louie Despres, Thomas Caywood, DJ Karleboy and Donna Dufault for making this video possible.

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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?
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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!

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.

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

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.

For more information contact

Presenter Profile: Joanna Duncan



We are excited to announce that Joanna Duncan has joined the line up for Sunday nights event! Presenting on: "Innovation"- brainstorming high end performance genres into Movement as Metaphor

Several students from the North Grafton dance studio "Dance It Up" are performing with the Hybrid Movement Company in the Dec 4th production of "Clara's Dream" at the Hanover Theatre. Join us on Sept 26th to learn what goes on behind the scenes of this new aerial dance art form.

Joanna Duncan A.R.A.D. Solo Seal
Director Dance Artist Management
Royal Academy of Dance Teacher
Artistic Director Dance It Up!

"Art changes people......
people change the world"

Presenter Profile: Tom Grady


Presenter Tom Grady: Over the summer Tom curated the "Drawn to Life" exhibit at ARTSWorcester about which he wrote: "The common thread among all the work is an affirmation of existence, a new humanism, which includes both the beautiful and the ugly.  Visible and invisible reality holds equal importance and the artist is free to make work that speaks to both."The idea of humanism is also reflected in Tom's personal body of work. Learn more about this and his other influences at PechaKucha Night Vol 6 at The Hanover Theatre.Tom's Bio:Tom studied at The Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Illustration) and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (MFA, Visual Art).  He is currently visiting assistant professor of studio art at Assumption College in Worcester Massachusetts teaching drawing and painting.  He also teaches youth and adult classes at the Worcester Art Museum.Tom’s oil paintings focus on the revisioning of the figure through a quiet restrained contemplation, which collides with a sensuous painterly approach.  The tension between the mundane and the provocative the unconscious and the conscious is the setting for the psychological narrative confronting the viewer. His work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Copley Society of Art in Boston starting October 14 through November 12.TOMGRADYSTUDIO.COM  [...]

Presenter Profile: Don Hartmann



photo © Louie Despres

Don Hartmann's work is known as edgy and contemporary which lead him to being named a 2010 Worcester Arts Counsel Fellow. The works resulting from that fellowship are on exhibit through ARTSWorcester at the Aurora Gallery. This exhibit entitled "Love Hope Sex Dreams" was reviewed by J Fatima Martins of Worcester Magazine:

"His portraits are beautifully ugly emotive works that exemplify the German neo-expressionism mode—raw and salacious, influenced in concept and form by artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Eric Fischl...

The compositions are fabricated arrangements informed by a variety of pop-culture sources, avant-garde art movements and everyday situations. It’s a process Hartmann jokingly refers to as “dumpster diving.” The themes are communicated through ridiculously smart, sometimes creepy narratives that blend parody, metaphor, fantasy and reality into autobiographical stories that convey the artist’s intimate perspectives." J Fatima Martins

Hear him speak at PKN Sept 26th and see his work at ARTSWorcester where it is available for purchase through Sept 24th, 2010.

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video by Stephen DiRado.

Presenter Profile: Thomas Caywood


PechaKucha Topic:
"Investigative Journalism: How to make powerful enemies and get lots of hate mail"


Thomas Caywood is a newspaper reporter. He cringes when people call him “The Media.” The Media get paid way more than him, wear suits, read from Teleprompters and often berate other members of The Media on cable television. As an investigative reporter for the Telegram and Gazette, Caywood has taken on projects ranging from exposing local impostors and conmen to probing troubling ties between mobsters and the region’s wealthiest man to penetrating the Byzantine tangle of mortgage-backed securities obscuring who is responsible for foreclosed properties blighting the city.

His story about how a prisoner with ties to a wealthy bank president, who in turn has ties to the county sheriff, got seemingly special treatment in jail won first place in the 2010 New England Associated Press awards in the investigative reporting category. Caywood also won first place in the “Right to Know” category this year for his work prying loose police internal affairs files on an officer accused of numerous cases of brutality and other misconduct.

An avid fan of Worcester music and arts, Caywood has been a journalist for 14 years and previously worked as a general assignment reporter for the Boston Herald and MetroWest Daily News of Framingham as well as other newspapers in Massachusetts and Louisiana. He grew up in the Washington, D.C., and San Diego areas and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served in the 1991 Gulf War with the 197th Infantry Brigade of Fort Benning, Ga. A graduate of Auburn University, Caywood now lives in downtown Worcester, where he stubbornly refuses to give up on becoming a decent guitar player.

Presenter Profile: Jeremy Bell


"How Absinthe made the art grow stronger"
Rudolphe Salis is the proprietor of the Black Cat Café 'Chat Noir' in Paris.  He comes to us from the 1880's to explain how Absinthe changed the art world forever! 

The Knight of Toasting
"Toastmaster International and Scottish comedian Sir Jeremy Bell has toasted the likes of Clint Eastwood, Rudi Giuliani and Regis Philbin; has given seminars for Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse; interviewed for the Food Channel and Good Morning America; and bagpiped for Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts!"

Join us at PechaKucha Vol 6 has he raises his glass to the wonder and the art of absinthe. RSVP today for this FREE event.

Presenter Profile: Marc Morin


Presenter Marc Morin will be exhibiting his works at the Hanover. ARTSWorcester will host an artist reception which is immediately preceeding Pecha Kucha Night. So stop by the opening and then head into PK!
Artist’s Reception: Sunday, September 26, 2010 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Franklin Square Society Salon Gallery.

Marc Morin, 25, graduated from the Art Institute of Boston (AIB) with the honor of Best Show in Fine Arts in 2007. Since then he as shown in Boston, Springfield and Central Massachusetts in both group and solo shows. In 2006, while a student at AIB, Marc studied painting for a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. Marc’s experience in Italy had monumental influence on his work. Although the paintings echo and reflect his life experiences and even his mood, the paintings are a world onto themselves.
The progression of the work in this show is held together by the genre of landscape. The landscapes reflect the fusion of the emotion and the external reality of a moment in life. As such, they are a landscape of the mind; a clearing of the path that leads the body home. A memory in the mind has both the specificity and vagueness of a moment in time. The landscape exists because of what does not exist and is a nostalgic allegory of the origin. We disclose and we conceal what is hidden and unhidden of our origin. An origin that does not exist is forever lost in the visible.

Presenter Profile: Toni Henneman


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Presenter Profile: Keenan Cassidy


Keenan Cassidy, the youngest speaker we've presented at Pecha Kucha Worcester, is a little more grown up than we are showing you here... but isn't he cute?

Although he is just starting his junior year in high school; Keenan Cassidy has already built a reputation as a very talented artist. He regularly shows his work in Worcester and in Boston and he's recently designed an album cover for Worcester band Hat On Drinking Wine.  Join us on Sept 26th to hear about his adventures as a young artist.

Presenter Profile: Heather Adels


Heather Adels grew up in the small farming town of Princeton, Massachusetts.  There, she wandered the acres, picked berries and raised chicks into hens.  Much of the artist’s imagery sprung from this early connection to the life cycle continuum.  The artist now resides in  Providence, Rhode Island where she continues to make art and also to pick berries whenever and wherever they are available.  

Heather’s creative works have been displayed at various galleries and juried shows throughout New England.  The artist’s recent publication in ArtScope as well as jurors selection for second in show display promise in the artist’s budding career.

The artist graduated with a BFA from Monsterrat College of Art in 1997.

Presenter Profile: Donna Dufault


Donna Dufault has over 20 years of experience working in the photography industry. She has worked at some of the best photographic printing labs in the country and worked with some of the top art photographers in the world. This experience coupled with years of gallery experience, running art marketing groups and co-coordinating photo workshops has given her a unique perspective into the fine art photography world. The last 4 years she has been working side by side with her husband in his commercial advertising photography business, Erb Photography. And is a founding member of the Worcester Photography Center.

For PechaKucha Night Donna will be presenting a personal project: Photography as a Healing Art

Announcing PK VOL 6


September 26, 2010
at the Hanover Theatre
rsvp today at:

Sponsored in part by ARTSWorcester and the Hanover Theatre
Created and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture

PechaKucha Night FAQ # 9 of 20

09. What makes a good PechaKucha?
Good PechaKucha presentation are the ones that uncover the unexpected, unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different making each PechaKucha Night like 'a box of chocolates'.

Vol 5 Presenters: Hector Cedillo, Louie Despres



Hector Cedillo: Painting with Needles


Louie Despres: beyond Five Months

Presenter: Alexander Dunn


Alexander Dunn is an arts outreach coordinator,member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, a natural history guide and faculty member of Worcester Art Museum.

Alex's subject for PechaKucha Night:
Boarders, backyards, and maps: putting the Place in art


Presenter Profile: Patrick Sullivan


Patrick Sullivan

presentation title= Fireworks like you've never seen them before

"My name is Patrick Sullivan I own a computer corporation that has done
extremely well which affords me a tremendous deal of free time so years ago
I started learning photography and am now a professional fireworks
photographer yes it’s a real job and it has allowed me to travel all over
the world and do some of the most amazing things and go places I would never
of gone to otherwise I teach classes on fireworks safety training as well as fireworks photography which I believe is one of the hardest forms of photography there is to really get right I love to talk and will discuss most anything with almost anyone so feel free to ask me anything you would like after the presentation."

Presenter Profile: Liz Sheehan


Liz K. Sheehan is an independent curator and educator currently living in Worcester. A native of the Philadelphia area, she holds degrees in art history and museum studies from Bowdoin College and Tufts University, and has over 10 years experience working in New England arts institutions, including the Bates College Museum of Art, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and the Portland Museum of Art. Liz is an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph's College of Maine, where she teaches an online survey course in modern art history, and an instructor for the "Frontiers" program at WPI, where she encourages budding scientists to experiment with art. When not planning exhibitions, she can be found dragging her toddler through museums across the Eastern seaboard and blogging about it at .

PechaKucha Worcester Presentation
"Public Space, Private Interactions"
My work as a curator is greatly informed by audience response and reception. Through a combination of presentation and programming, I try to make exhibitions relevant to as diverse a public as possible.
I am passionate about bringing art into the community, giving the public a forum for discussing and experiencing art, and creating opportunities for contemporary artists to explore the relationship between audience, artwork, and public/private space.

Presenter Profile: Ron Rosenstock



Ron Rosenstock has traveled the world, has been exhibited and collected in museums and is renowned for his photography. Please join us at Razzo Hall on April 25th to hear Ron's passion for his work through our 20x20 pechakucha format.


image copyright all rights reserved Ron Rosenstock, image source
To view more of Ron's beautiful imagery visit

Ron Rosenstock's Resume (in brief)

Born: 1943, Monticello, NY

Education: Goddard College 1976-77 M.A. Degree in Photography
Boston University, 1965-68 A.A. Degree in History
Private Study with Paul Caponigro 1969-71
Private Study with Minor White 1967-68

Work in the permanent art collections of:
The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA
The International Center of Photography, NYC
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, MA
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
The Castlebar Urban District Council,
Co. Mayo, Ireland
Torre Guelfa Gallery, Florence, Italy
Villa Rosa Gallery, San Leolino, Italy
The Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Selected Published works:
JOURNEYS, A book of fifty photographs by
Ron Rosenstock. Introduction by B.A. King.
Published by the Silver Strand Press, 2007

Hymn to the Earth, A book of forty-two photographs by
Ron Rosenstock. Introduction by Carl Chiarenza.
Published by the Silver Strand Press, 2003

The Light of Ireland, A book of twenty-six
photographs by Ron Rosenstock. Introduction by Paul
Caponigro. Published by the Silver Strand Press, 1999

Chiostro, Photographs of Italy, A book off forty-two
photographs by Ron Rosenstock. Published by the
Silver Strand press, 2001

Presenter Profile: Suzy Becker


Suzy Becker is an author, artist and entrepreneur, Suzy Becker began her career as an award-winning advertising copywriter, and then founded the Widget Factory, a greeting card company. She entered the world of books with what would become the internationally bestselling All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, now in the Double-Platinum Collector's Edition All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat (And Then Some). Suzy has since written and illustrated The All Better Book, My Dog's the World's Best Dog, I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?, Manny's Cows, Books Are for Reading, and Kids Make It Better (May, 2010). Her books, greeting cards and work in print and TV advertising have earned her numerous design and writing awards.

Suzy Becker has also received the Anti-Defamation League's "A World of Difference" Award for her community service initiatives, including the Ride For AIDS Resources (, the country's first HIV/AIDS bike-a-thon which has raised over $1,000,000 for HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Becker was New England Women Business Owners' youngest-ever Woman of the Year. She is a former (Clinton) White House Fellow, a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe, and she is a perennial finalist in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. For more about Suzy Becker, visit

Suzy's PechaKucha Presentation:

I like to think of life as a medium. So far, I’ve made ads, cards, cartoons, a kid, books, a small business, a charter school, a marriage, and a million-dollar HIV/AIDS fundraiser with mine.