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Artist-Animator Donna Kay Lau Successfully Funded “Surf Soup” Ocean Conservation Project on Kickstarter; In honor of World Oceans Day, Launches Pre-sale of Picture Book

Lau will appear with "Honu" at First Annual Hsi Lai Temple Music and Arts Festival

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"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." –Chinese Proverb.

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, http://facebook.com/hltmusicandarts.

Lau has also designed a special mermaid costume that will be featured in a photo shoot, and Lau will be modeling and displaying the costume at the festival, 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)."

"This is so special and it is true serendipity that my "Surf Soup" project has now found its way to the Hsi Lai Temple Music and Arts Festival, because my "Honu" story is about love and compassion," says Lau.

Lau’s book "Surf Soup" teaches children how to surf and provides character building lessons while learning how to surf. It also focuses on ocean conservation. It is the first book, in a series of specially themed subjects that addresses topics that are important for children to understand. Proceeds from the projects will be donated to ocean rehabilitation and various charities.

On June 8th, in honor of "World Oceans Day," Lau's "Surf Soup" book will be available for pre-sale along with limited edition prints, infant onesies, stickers for cars and surfboards, t-shirts, bikinis, and also the original "Honu" painting on Surf Soup's newly launched Etsy Store, http://Surfsoup.Etsy.com, also available online at http://Surfsoup.TV where Dogecoin and Bitcoin will be accepted.

Lau, who was recently honored with a Prime-Time Emmy for contributions to the animated series “Regular Show,” has worked on several series for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network including “Dora the Explorer,” “CatDog,” “Oswald the Octopus,” “Generator Rex.” She has free-lanced on many productions including the PBS series “Danger Rangers.” She is also the designer of her own children’s’ clothing line “Art is On!” and "Surf Soup" Surf Couture (a unique bikini and clothing line).

For more information on Lau and her successful Kickstarter campaign http://kck.st/1cTqywp or click on http://SurfSoup.TV

About Donna Kay Lau
http://IMDb.me/DonnaKayLau

"Buddhism is the way to understand the heart,” says Venerable Hui Dong, Abbot of Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple. “Music and art are also means that touch heart. By putting them together, the festival is in fact a journey to the deepest of one's heart."

About Hsi Lai Temple

Hsi Lai Temple, a traditional Chinese Buddhist mountain monastery in the foothills of Hacienda Heights, California, is one of the largest temples of its kind in North America. It is the first overseas branch and North American regional headquarters for one of Taiwan's largest Buddhist organizations, Fo Guang Shan. The Temple’s founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, is recognized worldwide for his dedication to promoting Humanistic Buddhism, which incorporates all eight traditional schools of Chinese Buddhism to provide guidance deemed most useful to modern life. The Temple is committed to serving as a bridge between East and West so the Buddha's teachings of kindness, compassion, joyfulness, and equanimity might be integrated into people’s lives for the benefit of all.

For the Full "Surf Soup" Press Release:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Surfsoup/DonnaKayLau/prweb11918277.htm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Surfsoup/DonnaKayLau/prweb11918277.htm

Artist-Animator Donna Kay Lau Successfully Funded “Surf Soup” Ocean Conservation Project on Kickstarter; In honor of World Oceans Day, Launches Pre-sale of Picture Book

Lau will appear with "Honu" at First Annual Hsi Lai Temple Music and Arts Festival

SurfSoup
"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." –Chinese Proverb.

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, http://facebook.com/hltmusicandarts.

Lau has also designed a special mermaid costume that will be featured in a photo shoot, and Lau will be modeling and displaying the costume at the festival, 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)."

"This is so special and it is true serendipity that my "Surf Soup" project has now found its way to the Hsi Lai Temple Music and Arts Festival, because my "Honu" story is about love and compassion," says Lau.

Lau’s book "Surf Soup" teaches children how to surf and provides character building lessons while learning how to surf. It also focuses on ocean conservation. It is the first book, in a series of specially themed subjects that addresses topics that are important for children to understand. Proceeds from the projects will be donated to ocean rehabilitation and various charities.

On June 8th, in honor of "World Oceans Day," Lau's "Surf Soup" book will be available for pre-sale along with limited edition prints, infant onesies, stickers for cars and surfboards, t-shirts, bikinis, and also the original "Honu" painting on Surf Soup's newly launched Etsy Store, http://Surfsoup.Etsy.com, also available online at http://Surfsoup.TV where Dogecoin and Bitcoin will be accepted.

Lau, who was recently honored with a Prime-Time Emmy for contributions to the animated series “Regular Show,” has worked on several series for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network including “Dora the Explorer,” “CatDog,” “Oswald the Octopus,” “Generator Rex.” She has free-lanced on many productions including the PBS series “Danger Rangers.” She is also the designer of her own children’s’ clothing line “Art is On!” and "Surf Soup" Surf Couture (a unique bikini and clothing line).

For more information on Lau and her successful Kickstarter campaign http://kck.st/1cTqywp or click on http://SurfSoup.TV

About Donna Kay Lau
http://IMDb.me/DonnaKayLau

"Buddhism is the way to understand the heart,” says Venerable Hui Dong, Abbot of Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple. “Music and art are also means that touch heart. By putting them together, the festival is in fact a journey to the deepest of one's heart."

About Hsi Lai Temple

Hsi Lai Temple, a traditional Chinese Buddhist mountain monastery in the foothills of Hacienda Heights, California, is one of the largest temples of its kind in North America. It is the first overseas branch and North American regional headquarters for one of Taiwan's largest Buddhist organizations, Fo Guang Shan. The Temple’s founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, is recognized worldwide for his dedication to promoting Humanistic Buddhism, which incorporates all eight traditional schools of Chinese Buddhism to provide guidance deemed most useful to modern life. The Temple is committed to serving as a bridge between East and West so the Buddha's teachings of kindness, compassion, joyfulness, and equanimity might be integrated into people’s lives for the benefit of all.

For the Full "Surf Soup" Press Release:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Surfsoup/DonnaKayLau/prweb11918277.htm

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Meet Donna Kay Lau

Like any entrepreneur starting out, Donna Kay Lau is an ambitious one. What makes her Art unique is that she strives for Fun! Donna started out as an art student at her local junior college ,and attended the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California, and later learning 3D and traditional animation. After working odd jobs the entrepreneur came out in her. She grew up watching her grandparents run their Laundry mat in Los Angeles, California after arriving from China. She realized that anything is possible. The tuition at Art Center was expensive, and with $50 she borrowed from her Mom she was off to buy t-shirts to paint. She set up at a local park and sold out. Art is On! was born.

After selling at local craft fairs she started to travel to shows all over California and later moved to do the "Art and Wine" art shows in Northern California. Where you could taste art and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and new artists. She opened her studio in Aptos, California (Santa Cruz). While showing her work at an Art and Wine art show, she had a line outside of her booth with art enthusiasts waiting in line to purchase her hand painted clothing, a Nordstrom buyer was also waiting in line, who was amazed at what she saw . The Nordstrom buyer purchased her whole line, including a schedule of trunk shows where she was a featured artist. Soon she had sales reps and showrooms in California and New York, New York. Donna Kay Lau was so successful she even started selling at Costco as a featured artist, and many other venues where she made appearances.

It wasn't long before the demand for Donna Kay Lau's designs spread. Her designs were soon filling the floors of upscale department stores and small specialty boutiques like Nordstrom , Neiman Marcus, FAO Shwartz, Costco (Price Company), and Chocolate Soup, all the way down Madison Avenue in New York, to name a few.

After attending the Kids Show in New York for the first time she had an enormous response of her designs, and was featured in the Kids fashion show runway, where her 3 year old runway model skipped down the runway, and lifted her skirt in front of the press. You could hear a roar during the show and all the press taking photos of the modest little adorable model that was not shy. Donna Kay Lau was then featured in the Earnshaws magazine, Kids Fashion Magazine, and interviewed by the press including Marie Claire magazine and Vogue. This was a special break for a special little clothing line "Art is On!"

Buoyed by her overwhelming success of her endeavors, Donna Lau soon was interested in expanding her studio to feature furniture, like a unique "Time out" chair, and even lunchboxes, and overnight suitcases. Her interest grew and she was interested in children's book illustration where she decided to go back to the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena California for classes in Childrens book illustration where she was taught and mentored by Marla Frazee (illustrator of "Hush Little Baby" and many other titles).
She later relocated her studio to Southern California. One day while working on her Children's book illustrations she was encouraged to explore animation for children. So she quickly decided to take a creative break and attend school full time. She enrolled in a full time animation program where she learned 3D and traditional animation.

Donna Lau then soon became an intern at the Nickelodeon animation studio in Burbank, California, and then was hired on full time at the studio. She has worked on the animation production shows: "CatDog","CatDog Movie", "Dora the Explorer", "Oswald the Octopus", and "The Danger Rangers" (PBS television), and later went on to work at Cartoon Network on an ACTION animation "Generator Rex", She worked on a Crossover Episode with the "Ben10" Animation, and currently works on a Comedy Cartoon " Regular Show".

As the animation started out as a whim to expand her education and knowledge of art, Donna Kay Lau soon found her time was delegated to full time animation. When the production of her last animation project ended she started to freelance and work on her designs again, most of the designs were all developed in between animation productions through out the years, since she is currently working on "Regular Show" at Cartoon network she has not launched.

Donna Kay Lau is also a 3 STAR SPINNING® Indoor cycling instructor, and is busy training for triathlons as a sponsored triathlete of Zoot and Gu, and H2o audio, and she also enjoys surfing (as she calls the Beach her Office, where she hold Board meetings), and is launching a couture surf line (and hand painted surf boards) that will be available for viewing on Etsy stores (Artison99 and Surfsoup), for her "Surf Soup" Project, that supports all charities that are Ocean related and more. Her Compassion for helping others as well as her Creativity is Contagious!


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