Even if he’s not recognized by name, the most casual of Disney Parks guest is likely to be familiar with the work of ‘multimedia dimensional artist’ Dave Avanzino. Among his prized works include shadowboxed themed signs — such as Disney theme park names or lands — in which the letters are comprised of 3-dimensional paper sculpture ‘objects’ that are related to the theme being spelled out.
Those who attended last year’s Disney D23 Expo may have also met Avanzino himself inside the D23 Dream Store. There, Avanzino was testing out a pilot program in which attendees could commission their own personalized sign and choose from a wide assortment of themed alphabets and mix’n'match for the desired effect.
Things must have gone well for the program as the Disney Gallery in Disneyland is preparing to launch the ‘Custom Letter Plaques Program in about a month. Avanzino himself will be on hand to kick off the program on March 1, 2012 at the Disney Gallery, from 10 am – 4 pm. The cost of the sign will run $495 – $995 based on the number of letters (up to 20).
For more information and a sample, click here.
The Disney Gallery located at the base of Main Street, USA at the Disneyland Resort will be playing host to a brand new exhibit celebrating Walt Disney’s legacy, titled ‘All Aboard: A Grand Circle Tour of the Trains of Disney.’ Set to open on November 12, 2011, the exhibit will replace the current one displaying the art of Disney Legend Mary Blair.
On the very first episode of the Disneyland® television series, which aired on October 27, 1954, Walt Disney proclaimed that “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse.” However, an argument could be made that Disneyland® may have been started by a train. Walt’s fascination with trains began when he was a small boy growing up in Marceline, Missouri, in the early 1900s. At one time he actually worked on a railroad, selling fruit, drinks and newspapers to passengers when he was 15. His fascination with trains was rekindled in the 1940s, thanks to a number of Studio employees who were also railroad enthusiasts. This passion culminated in the construction of a 1/8-scale “live steamer” at his home in Holmby Hills. When Walt Disney started to plan Disneyland in the early 1950s, it was clear from the start that trains would play an important part in his creative vision – and trains have continued to be a focal point at Disney parks worldwide.
Now arriving at The Disney Gallery is a Disney railroad retrospective, so all aboard for All Aboard, showcasing the artwork and inspiration for Disney railroads, trains and train attractions throughout the years.
On November 12, 2011, guests at the Disneyland theme park will be invited to join Disney artists Steve Adams, Jeremy Fulton, Jeff Granito, Larry Nikolai, Noah, Olszewski, Maggie Parr and Yakovetic for a signing at the Disney Gallery, from 9 am to 11 am.
For more information as well as a preview of the art that will be available for purchase, visit the Disney Gallery event page (scroll to the bottom).
Disney Gallery to Feature Art of Mary Blair as Part of ‘Small World’ Celebration; Exhibit Opens May 13
The Disney Gallery, located at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, has announced that beginning May 13, it will the art of famed Walt Disney Imagineer, Mary Blair. Blair is best known for her designs that inspired the ‘it’s a small world’ attraction which is celebrating its 45th year inside the Disneyland park in 2011.
The art represents a collection that has been never before been displayed in public, instead remaining inside the Walt Disney Studios Archive, until now. In addition to the art that inspired the globally loved attraction, the exhibit will feature Blair’s work on Disney animated films such as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland as well as Disney Parks contributions such as the tile murals for Tomorrowland, ‘ Adventure Through Innerspace,’ Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort and the never-realized Western River Ride.
We first mentioned the celebration which is uniting all facets of the Walt Disney Company back in January. In addition to the new exhibit, Disney Living and Nordstrom have debuted a line of infant clothing inspired by never-before-seen art by Blair. Disney Publishing Worldwide will also be releasing a series of childrens’ books inspired by the attraction and Blair’s art, beginning this summer and offering additional titles during the Holiday period.
In honor of its re-opening at Disneyland on October 2, the Disney Gallery has announced two events in October to introduce new releases as well as artist signings.
On October 10, celebrate the art of Disneyland with exclusive new paintings and sculptures and other collectibles from notable artists such as Jim Crouch, Jody Daily, Jeremy Fulton, Kevin Kidney, Larry Nikolai, Maggie Parr, George Scribner, SHAG and Yakovetic. See here for the complete details on the items being released.
On October 17, join the Disney Gallery as it celebrates Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas with the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay and new exclusive items including the new book Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The 13 Days of Christmas. For photos and additional information, see here.
Now located inside the Main Street Bank, the Disney Gallery is set to re-open on October 2 at Disneyland. Read a bit more about the exciting new location here.
The Disney Gallery is finally returning to Disneyland after being removed from its former location,which became the Disneyland Dream Suite.
With approximately the same amount of space as its former location, the Gallery will be divided into three main areas: two exhibit rooms and a gift shop and will incorporate the unique design elements of the Bank which will be incorporated in the story of a Bank being converted into an art gallery (how novel, we think!).
Walt Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine, who is Art Director for the project, says that the design and layout of the new gallery “will allow us to tell one continuous story, or three separate stories, as we used to in the former gallery. We’ll maintain the bank look and architecture and visually tell the story that this was an old bank that has been turned into an art gallery. Guests will still see remnants of the old bank influence – like the vault!”