Kickstarter is a site where people can post projects they want to raise funds for. They designate a fundraising goal and a deadline of up to 90 days to reach that goal. If they reach the goal, the get the pledged money and are obliged to see the project through. If they don’t, they get no money and are under no obligation to complete the project.
As I write this, Mendes is just over halfway to his $5,000 goal with – coincidentally – 40 supporters. His deadline is Oct. 4.
Mendes’ portraits range from time-honored Lexington artists such as the late Ralph Eugene Meatyard to recent successes including Ben Sollee. Mendes is also a writer, director and producer for KET. The book project is being organized by Institute 193, which will feature an exhibit of Mendes’ work in December.