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All a-chit chat over Pecha Kucha Vol. 2

A digital artist. A yoga therapist. A 12-year-old filmmaker.

A digital artist. A yoga therapist. A 12-year-old filmmaker.

It's not everyday the worlds of these three people collide but, later this month, the trio will be among several artists, entrepreneurs and innovators who will "chit-chat" about their passions and projects.

The second PechaKucha - the Japanese word for "chit chat" - will be held in Coquitlam on Oscar night, Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre to wrap up the third annual Water's Edge Festival.

PechaKucha Volume II follows last November's sold-out show in Coquitlam, also hosted by ArtsConnect, that featured the likes of artist Fae Logie, dancer Linda Arkelian and Gaetan Royer, Port Moody's city manager who spoke about the environmental components of his home.

This month's line-up will also be in the same slideshow format of 20 pictures in 20 seconds each.

The presenters include Daryl Anselmo (art director); Joyelle Brandt (artist/musician); Diana Clark (Coastal Sound Music Academy) and Susan Jessop (artist/educator).

Port Moody woodworker Francis Lemieux said he was pleased to be asked, too, because "it's an opportunity to meet some very creative and interesting people in the community and to show what we do," he said.

Lemieux, a former Vancouver resident, plans to highlight 20 images of furniture he's custom-built over the past seven years while he's had a studio on Murray Street, like nesting tables, carved wall panels, chairs, cabinets, beds, etc.

He caters mostly to wealthy clients from Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver, with much of his work crafted for residential spaces.

"It's a creative art, what I do," said the Ontario native, who has plied his trade for 35-plus years, "and I enjoy the process, from beginning to end."

Helen Daniels of ArtsConnect said she's surprised at how PechaKucha has snowballed in Coquitlam since it launched last fall (there are also PechaKucha Nights in Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler).

And "we've already got a head start on presenters for Volume 3 on May 31," she said.

Doors for PechaKucha Coquitlam, Volume II, open at 6:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way), with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets at $12 are available through