Artist-Animator Donna Kay Lau Launches Pre-Sale of Picture Book

Artist-Animator Donna Kay Lau Launches Pre-Sale of Picture Book

Los Angeles, California

Animator-artist Donna Kay Lau successfully funded the "Surf Soup" project on Kickstarter, a crowd fundraising website for creative projects. Lau's "Surf Soup" project funded beyond the original goal, achieving 116% funding. Lau also received generous Dogecoin and Bitcoin donations.

The Surf Soup Project first premiered at the "dA Center for the Arts" in Pomona, California, at the Arts Colony, and Lau also appeared at the Hibbleton Gallery at the Magowski Arts Colony, at the Art Walk in Fullerton, which featured the artwork of artist and author Donna Kay Lau.

Lau's painting "Honu" (Hawaiian for turtle) is the first installation in her "Surf Soup" project that she funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Lau will appear with "Honu" at First Annual Hsi Lai Temple Music and Arts Festival which marks the temple's 25th anniversary. The free family event is Saturday, June 21, from 4 to 8:30 p.m., located at 3456 Glenmark Drive in Hacienda Heights.

This will be the third Art Show appearance this year for the "Surf Soup" project, with this being the first outdoor Music and Art Festival. Lau is calling this the "Honu Tour."

"This has been such an exciting journey and Honu is swimming slowly and leading the way for Surf Soup! Honu is like a rock star on tour," said Lau.

Also appearing with Lau will be "Miss Mary Ann" King who thrilled preschoolers from 1966 to 1976 as host of Romper Room on KCOP-TV. King wrote the "forward" to the "Surf Soup" book. Lau and "Miss Mary Ann" will be signing autographs.

"I am delighted to support Donna in her launch of the 'Surf Soup' project," King said. "I believe it's a great cause and a wonderful project for charities."

Featured at the festival will be artists and artisans, and live bands such as Indie folk and atmospheric alternative to Chinese drum troupe and zither music, a diverse lineup of Los Angeles area musicians, along with vegetarian food booths, book sales, face painting and more. More information is on the festival's Facebook page,

Lau has also designed a special mermaid costume that will be featured in a photo shoot, and Lau will be modeling and displaying the mermaid costume at the festival, made from Hawai'i. This is designed after a character in the Surf Soup book that teaches Upcycling. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

Lau is currently arranging appearances with the local Aquariums to appear, and teach Upcycling, and art activities, and plans to wear the mermaid costume for book appearances and book signings.

The "Honu" (Hawaiian for Turtle) painting and book are based on the theme,"Red String of Fate." The Chinese believe that, "an invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break (from a Chinese Proverb)."