Mary's Corner


Just a few blocks from Jeanne’s home in Sunnyvale, California, stands an auspicious sign – the corner of Mary and Blair Avenue. Jeanne’s husband, Jim, took this photo for us to use for our Mary Blair news forum – for events, reader comments, memories, or anything “Mary”.

Pocket Full of Colors -- A Children's book about Mary Blair

Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and Brigette Barrager team up to tell the joyful and unique story of the trailblazing Disney artist Mary Blair. From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Mary wouldn’t play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted twinkling emerald skies, peach giraffes with tangerine spots, and magenta horses that could fly.

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The Mary Blair Cat-a-Pillow™

The original Cat-a-Pillow™ was designed by Mary Blair in 1975. A sample was made with the help of Mary's older sister Peggy. Although it was never produced commercially, Mary's big orange cat, "Ferrari" loved it and spend many lazy days and nights curled up in it. The bed, though worn and faded, survived all these years as it was just too cute to throw away. Maggie told her friend Linda about the Cat-a-Pillow and showed her the original. Linda, a sewing and costume making whiz, as well as a huge Mary Blair fan knew exactly how to recreate it. Maggie and Jeanne encouraged Linda to make a prototype and offer it on . And so she did!-- we are proud of the quality results (totally washable) -- true Mary Blair whimsy and color!

> Check it out for yourself on under MaryBlairandme.

Mary Blair Print Collection at the Nucleus | Art Gallery and Store

Nucleus is proud to collaborate with the Mary Blair estate to present a curated collection of prints. Many rare and unseen, these reproduction of images by Mary Blair will only be available through Nucleus and will debut on opening night.

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Introducing Disney Princess by Pottery Barn Kids

Inspired by the artwork of Disney artist Mary Blair, Pottery Barn Kid's exclusive collection channels her spontaneous use of color and childlike sense of wonder. Thoughtfully re-interpreted by their own artists, the collection captures the spirits of ten favorite Disney Princesses who inspire your little one to own their dreams.

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"The Mary Blair Children's "Mealtime Kits" are Now Available!

We are thrilled to introduce these beautiful melamine pieces incorporating some of Mary's most whimsical designs from the 1950's and produced by our multi-talented friends at Gaia Group USA.

Here are the available 4 designs:


Pinup Girl Clothing Creates Magic of Mary Blair Collection

The collection incorporates Blair’s whimsical novelty motifs of travel—such as trains, planes, and caricatures of commuters—and girlish flair like umbrellas, butterflies, kittens, lips, and roses. Some of the art included was previously used in the 1950s for handkerchiefs and scarves manufactured for Carol Stanley Studios, New York. The collection will also showcase one of Blair’s personal artworks depicting a mother embracing her child. 

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The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum offers a not-to –be-missed amazing personal experience of the life and work of Walt Disney -- filled with wonderful multi-media displays, exciting artifacts and artwork , plus a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum also houses a very special collection of Mary Blair art, photographs and personal items – even a large mural piece! Topping it off, an entire section of the Museum Store is devoted to Mary Blair merchandise—including a complete line of products and catalog direct from the recent Tokyo Exhibition, The Colors of Mary Blair, as well as several retired Small World figurines and the limited edition Alice and the White Rabbit mini maquette designed by Kent Melton.

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The Walt Disney South of the Border Book

Also found at the Museum Store is the newly released coffee table sized book, South of the Border with Disney by J.B. Kaufman. This beautiful 335 page book is the most captivating and detailed account ever written of the famous “Goodwill Tour” undertaken by Disney and a few hand-picked artists beginning in 1941. Art and photos of Mary are scattered throughout along with accounts from her fellow artists about how her own uniquely simple, bold and colorful style began to emerge. The book can also be purchased on

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Walt and El Grupo

The compelling documentary film version of this famous journey is also meticulously produced and titled Walt and El Grupo. As Walt Disney and his group of artists traveled from country to country and hotel to hotel, they became collectively known as simply, “El Grupo”.

Visit their website at for more information and a schedule of selected showings.

You can also read some comments on the film by Maggie Richardson.



Google Honors Mary Blair's 100th Birthday!

From the doodle artist, Mike Dutton: "I was greatly honored for the opportunity to create a doodle for Mary Blair's 100th birthday. Not to mention somewhat intimidated! Her work was and continues to be a major source of inspiration for a large number of artists working in animation, illustration, and fine art... and the Google Doodle team. So there was some pressure to get it right!"

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Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute

Thursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Tickets to this event are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. On sale starting October 3 online, by mail, and in person at the Academy Box Office.

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"Until today, there has never been an opportunity to showcase the collection that inspired it all. But thanks to Kim Irvine, Dave Golbeck and team, The Disney Gallery will unveil a brand new exhibit May 13 to celebrate the art of Mary Blair and 45 years of this classic Disney attraction." Go to Event Article