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A folk-art exhibition about raining fish, the preservation of story and connecting cultures through art.
A folk-art exhibition about raining fish, the preservation of story and connecting cultures through art.
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 “Lluvia de Peces” (Rain of Fish) is a phenomenon that is said to have taken place annually for more than a century in Yoro, Honduras. It's believed to have started with Father José Manuel Subirana, a Spanish Catholic missionary who visited Honduras from 1856-1864. Upon seeing so many poor people, he prayed for three days and three nights asking God for a miracle to provide the people with food. It has been raining fish ever since. The fish are all about six-inches long and are completely blind. Even stranger is that these particular fish are not found in any of the surrounding bodies of water.

Each painting is a visual representation of a particular story with the colors, patterns, clothing, animals, people, and architecture from that region.

 I begin each piece by researching the oral literature and imagery, and then creating a loose drawing of the key characters. I then draw the images in chalk onto a black canvas, building upon the colors in layers to add depth and vibrancy. The black background creates dramatic shadows that i really love.

Every story has a lesson, moral or societal mores for children and adults alike. Stories help us remember who we are, where we came from, and even what the future could hold if we repeat the same mistakes. Many of my paintings tell the story of poverty, power, greed, and love. The lessons are, I hope, timeless.

Television and other cultural forces have diluted storytelling as a tool of communicating, learning, and healing, and I want to make people curious about the stories of Central and South America. I want people to become curious again about story, about culture, and about people.

The funds raised during this campaign will go toward purchasing art supplies for all of the pieces, securing a gallery for the event, creating Kickstarter rewards, shipping, packaging, project management, media development, taxes, etc.

Here are the reward images that will be offered in various sizes:

Lluvia de Peces (Rain of Fish)
Lluvia de Peces (Rain of Fish)
Las Campana (The Bells): A Mexican Ghost Story
Las Campana (The Bells): A Mexican Ghost Story
El conejo sonriente (The smiling rabbit)
El conejo sonriente (The smiling rabbit)
The Armadillo's Song
The Armadillo's Song
The Bear Prince or El Princepe Oso
The Bear Prince or El Princepe Oso
La Chica de Blanco
La Chica de Blanco

Thank you so much for checking out the project! I hope that you'll partner with me in creating this exhibition and please spread the word!

-Laura Blaker

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The key risks involved with this process are the time involved in prepping and running the campaign and the time spent crafting the art pieces. We feel that we've planned and budgeted well and that we'll be able to deliver an excellent product to our backers in a timely fashion.

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    Thank you so much! Your name will be added to a list of partners that made the show possible! Please come to the show so that I can thank you in person.

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    At this level you'll receive an ART CARD featuring one of my original works. The art card measures 4.25 x 5.5

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    At this level you'll receive a limited edition set of 3 NOTE CARDS featuring original paintings and complete with stories about the piece on back of the cards. The notecards measure 4.25 x 5.5

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    At this level you'll receive a SIGNED GICLEE PRINT of "Lluvia de Peces". This is a 12x18 print and part of a limited edition series that will be numbered and limited to a run of 100.

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    At this level you'll receive a SIGNED GICLEE PRINT of "La Chica de Blanco". This is a 12x18 print and part of a limited edition series that will be numbered and limited to a run of 100.

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    At this level you'll receive a SIGNED GICLEE PRINT of "El Princepe Oso". This is a 12x18 print and part of a limited edition series that will be numbered and limited to a run of 100.

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    At this level you'll receive TWO SIGNED 12x18 GICLEE PRINTS. The first will be "Lluvia de Peces" (numbered and signed) and the second will be "El conejo sonriente". You'll also receive the full NOTE CARD set of 3.

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    At this level you'll receive a complete series of 3 SIGNED GICLEE PRINTS including "Lluvia de peces", "El conejo sonriente" and "Las Campana: A Mexican Ghost Story". You'll also receive the FULL NOTE CARD set of 3.

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    Congratulations! You've COMMISSIONED yourself a PAINTING! At this level I'll paint the image of your choice on a 36x48 canvas. It can be a piece of folklore, family story, portrait, or even a favorite pet. You'll also receive the FULL NOTE CARD SET of 3.

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