WHERE YOU WILL FIND ANYTHING "MARY"
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”.
The Eric Carle Museum Presents “The World of Mary Blair”
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, is pleased to present Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair. On view from November 10, 2015 to February 21, 2016, this comprehensive exhibition explores the artistic process and development of one of Walt Disney’s most original and influential designers and art directors, Mary Blair (1911-1978). Blair’s joyful creativity―her appealing designs and exuberant color palette―endure in numerous media, including the classic Disney animated films Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan, as well as theme park attractions at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, most notably “it’s a small world.” Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA.
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.
Disney’s It’s A Small World' Goes on New Ride as Web Series
Disney has launched an animated web series based on its theme park ride “It’s a Small World.” The eight-episode series is sponsored by Rosetta Stone, with animation inspired by Disney artist Mary Blair’s original designs for the popular theme park attraction. Series also features original music from Richard Sherman, the songwriter behind the attraction’s theme song.
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!"
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.
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 Amazon.com.
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 WaltandElGrupo.com for more information and a schedule of selected showings.
You can also read some comments on the film by Maggie Richardson.
Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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.
"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