According to Japanese legend, if a koi succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River, it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. In Japan, the koi is seen as a symbol of perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose and are also said to represent courage, good fortune, and luck.
Local artist, Lael Borduin, is putting art on display at Kahuna Coffee in Hartland July 9-August 15 that celebrates the magic, mystery, and legend of the koi, as well as its Japanese heritage.
The art show will include a collection of Lael’s fine art paintings, as well as a collection of pun-ny illustrations.
Lael was born and raised in San Diego, California. She studied for her BA in graphic design/illustration at the Art Institute of San Diego. Lael has worked as a freelance graphic designer for the last 5 years and is also an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her work has been featured on the cover of the Hartland Community Education catalog since July 2010. You can find her at www.LaelsCreativeCorner.Etsy.com Facebook at LaelsCreativeCorner.
Come and celebrate the beauty and majesty of the koi on opening day, July 9, for a meet and greet with the artist at Kahuna Coffee!