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About the Artist: Rachael Wells, "Rain Dance Cranes"


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About the Artist
Rachael Wells

Rachael Wells was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is passionate about healthy, sustainable foods and communities. Her first career choice was to be an artist, but to 'make a living' she rerouted her path to the sciences and obtained a degree in Environmental Studies of Natural Resources. She is currently employed as an Organic Certification Specialist.

Many of Rachael's paintings are created in community environments where friends gather and craft. Rachael's earlier art work, mostly still life and scientific illustrations, were influenced by the natural world. In her early adolescence, drawing and painting were replaced with reading and studying. Not until she went to Australia in her early twenties, that her artistic side was rekindled. After living for more than a year in the land of dreams and rainbows, a more magical, colorful side of the world was incorporated into her paintings. The time abroad renewed her passion for her home, Nebraska. She finds that many people in the Midwest feel ashamed of their home and grow bored of the mountain-less, beach-less, plains. Boredom is a state of mind. Rachael hopes that through her paintings people can see the beauty in the prairie and be happy with what they are given.

Artwork Interpretation
"Rain Dance Cranes"


Location: Open Harvest, 1618 E South St.

The Sandhill Crane represents the perfect balance between individuality and community. These dancing rain barrel cranes are a symbol for water right issues here in Nebraska. There are many individual needs for communal water - cities, farms, and energy plants are just naming a few.

Before fulfilling and over-filling our personal needs we must think of the needs of others. Water must be left over for our neighbors downstream and for the animals and plants of these lands. Everyone can (rain) dance to the beat of their own drum, but we also must be aware of those dancing around us.

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Watershed Education: 2010 Artistic Rain Barrel Program