The first Slideshow & Tell is only a few days away! To whet your appetites, we’re giving you a preview of the fantastic presenters and their fascinating talks.

First up: Kira Birney, or Miss Birney as her blog suggests. Kira is the founder of the Hearts & Crafts Affair, a semiannual craft fair that takes place at Cafe Grumpy, featuring local crafts-people and their wares. A renowned artist and crafter in her own right, you can see some of her work on website or on display this month at Variety coffee shop in Greenpoint (formerly Lucky Shot).

A word from Kira about her presentation on Thursday night:

“Heartfelt, is my oral and visual documentation of the evolution of the hearts and crafts affair, through the lens of my aesthetic experience. I believe the environment of the craft fair is an accumulation of my aesthetic education. As a retired art teacher I am constantly trying to continue my role as a creative facilitator, the hearts and crafts affair has been a great venue for me continue that practice.”

Personal story: The first time I met Kira, she asked me to draw a mermaid kitty. She asks this of many people. See the project on the Mermaid Kitty Gallery.