[image-1]After a one-by-one release of speakers (those Charleston Arts Festival folks just love to tease us) we can now announce the full presenter roster for Pecha Kucha 27, co-hosted by the Charleston Arts Festival (CAF) and Charleston Music Hall. Pecha Kucha XXVII, emceed by local visual artist Tim Hussey and DJed by Dubplates frontman Brady Waggoner, will be held on Thurs. Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Hall. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.

Each speaker has six minutes and 40 seconds to talk about his or her role as someone in the visual arts field in Charleston. Those speakers are:

Sara Pittman‘s artist bio says, “With my subconscious as my guide, my work focuses on creating over-scale, balanced compositions that derive from a constant exchange between my repressed state of mind and my conscious self; a balance between loose and controlled movement, pockets of detail with the use of negative space, and the tension of bold and soft color.” Pittman’s works are abstract and dreamy — peruse for yourself at sarapittmanstudio.com.

Becca Barnet is a taxidermist and the mastermind behind local design Company Sisal Creative. She recently redesigned and helped refresh the Charleston Museum’s Bunting Natural History Gallery. Follow her work at beccabar.net.

Kirsten Moran creates paintings and works on paper of abstract faces and the human form. In her artist statement she says, “My paintings are meditations on the human condition and the thread that ties us all together. Some function as artifacts from an untouched land, while others are representations of the sacred. They are all fluid and expansive, in both material and palette.”

Lese Corrigan is the owner of contemporary art gallery, Corrigan Gallery, which recently relocated to Broad Street after 11.5 years at 62 Queen St. Corrigan is an artist herself, working in a representational way that leans more expressionistic than realistic, imbuing her surfaces with color and light. Corrigan also recently launched Imprimatur Charleston, an organization supporting printmakers and collectors.

Paul Cristina, who designed Pecha Kucha 27’s poster, is a self-taught artist who works in charcoal-on-paper, acrylic painting, mixed media collage, and oil on canvas. In a Dec. 2016 interview with City Paper, Cristina talked about two canvases that featured fully formed heads, before he started tearing the visages apart. He said, “I like challenging people with that: Can you find beauty in something that’s deteriorating?”

Chris Nickles is a Charleston-based illustrator who earned a BFA in illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His clients include the Charleston Library Society, Popshot Magazine, Newcity, NPR, and more. Follow him on Instagram.

Matt Mill is the publisher of Art Mag, which is celebrating 10 years in Charleston.

Learn more about the Charleston Arts Festival at charlestonartsfestival.com.

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