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Originally published in Compass, October 17, 2013
Stonington Pecha Kucha features conversation on homesteaders, arts, health care

Opera House Arts will showcase nine business and creative ideas in its fifth Down East Pecha Kucha at the Stonington Opera House Wednesday, October 23. Free, locally raised and created snacks, beer, wine, and conversation begin at 6:30 p.m. with fast-paced, visual presentations at 7 p.m.

Presenters for October 23 include the following artists and small businesspeople from Hancock County, with guest presenter Marty Pottenger from Portland:

• Anne-Claude Cotty, Stonington, Serendipity in Found Objects. Printmaker, photographer, craftsman, book artist, poet, teacher. Found objects, things you collect in your pockets, serve as a springboard for ideas and ways of working.

• Nancy Wynne, Stonington, Guatemala Housing Alliance. A co-founder of the non-profit Guatemala Housing Alliance formed on Lago de Atitlan in the highlands of Mexico discusses the alliance and its opportunities.

• Karen Galella, Deer Isle, capturing the moment at the Opera House. A photographer from childhood, Galella has shot most of the live events at the Opera House for the last six seasons and discusses the challenges and benefits of photographing live events.

• Ellen Booraem, Brooklin, children’s fantasy author. A former writer and editor for Hancock County newspapers, Booraem quit her job at age 52 to write fantasy novels for young teens. Her three books have made “best of the year” lists for Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, and the American Library Association.

• Maureen Farr, Deer Isle, jewelry designer and gallery owner. Farr has been a self-taught “maker” since she got her first sewing machine at age 8 or 9. She ran Vincent’s Ear Gallery for over 10 years and in November will open her new “gallery mozelle” in the former Lester Gallery space on Main Street in Deer Isle.

• Dennis Carter and Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, Deer Isle, homesteaders and owners of Deer Isle Hostel. Carter and Carter-Sundqvist live year-round on a self-sufficient, off the grid homestead and run the Deer Isle Hostel. They grow and keep a year’s supply of food without freezer or refrigerator, and provide their own building material, garden amendments, medicine and fuel using island resources and creativity. They were recently awarded The Homesteader of the Year 2013 by Mother Earth News and Best Budget accommodation in Down East Magazine.

• Siri Beckman, Stonington, artist residency at Mesa Verde. Beckman moved to Deer Isle in 1975 to fulfill her dream of being an artist. She’s started a picture framing business, been a founding member of a cooperative gallery in Stonington, earned an MFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and taught.

• Nancy Greene, Sunset. A survivor of breast cancer discusses what she’s learned.

• Marty Pottenger, Portland, writer, performer, director and activist. Since 1975, Pottenger has created award-winning performances, plays, arts-based civic dialogues, and community arts projects throughout the United States and Europe. Pottenger began working with the City of Portland in 2007 to launch Art At Work, a national initiative to increase cities’ resiliency through art projects.

Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced, friendly social evening at which a small group of innovators each present their newest ideas in 20 slides, for 20 seconds each, according to a press release.

For more information, call 367-2788 or visit