Just prior to the D23 Auction, a ceremony was held in which the winner of the official Donald Duck portrait was announced. The contest was held in honor of Donald’s 75th Anniversary and took advantage of recently-discovered unawarded Duckster awards within the Walt Disney Archives. The award, originally commissioned by Walt Disney, has been awarded less than two dozen times and has not been given out in at least two decades.
Mickey and Donald joined the stage as the winning portrait was unveiled, announcing Jennifer Sleeper as the winner.
Congratulations to Jennifer and all of the other well-deserved finalists.
The D23 Expo Auction event kicked off with ‘Rhythm and Hue’ artist David Garibaldi taking the stage (and often taking to the air). Using a combination of music, movement, paint and inspiration, Garibaldi (who once toured with the Blue Man Group) creates portraits of cultural and historical icons in just 5-7 minutes each right before the audiences’ eyes in a super dynamic performance.
Between paintings (three in all), David would address the crowd and offer words of inspiration and dream chasing, citing his own years as a misguided youth as a street graffiti artist.
Each of David’s three paintings that night were also introduced as surprise lots during the auction. His rendition of Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey, a landscape-oriented portrait (rare for Garibaldi), was not only performed for the first time ever during the event, but also provided one of the auction’s more intense moments with a heated bidding war to help close the night.
Below is a photo gallery of David’s performance of his second two paintings of the night along with some photos from backstage where Garibaldi signed and even dedicated his pieces — at least when he wasn’t being bombarded by his legions of fans.
As always, click on any thumbnail to see a larger version or click on the PicLens link to start the slideshow and be sure to check out Garibaldi Arts.
It didn’t take long before Thomas Kinkade hinted at the subject of his next entry into his Disney Dreams series on his blog that we were treated to a look at his newest painting titled Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream featuring Cindy and her Prince Charming taking a leisurely stroll with Cinderella Castle in the background.
Below are previous entries in the Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams series (and other Disney paintings). Click on any thumbnail to see a larger version:
D23 Expo Mini-Update: Auction Updates Highlight Disneyland Experiences, Picture Hatbox Ghost; D23 Goes Viral (Again) and More
It’s hard to follow up the details on the Walt Disney Studios D23 pavilion and screening schedule with anything, so not much else new to report within the 24 hours, so it’s time to turn the clock and put the spotlight on a few things you may have missed.
- But first, some real news: The D23 Live Expo Auction Catalog has been updated. This revision details the Disneyland experiences, a few of which are definitely once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Some photos have also been added including several of the Hatbox Ghost. You can get the updated PDF directly here. Remember that in addition to D23 Expo admission, you must purchase a separate auctioneer’s package in order to bid on items.
- Going back further in time, D23 started a little YouTube video series a la Blair Witch Project. The first installment has been released which sets out to give us a glimpse of what the Walt Disney Studio Archives may bring us:
- Although D23 has announced that Kingdom Keepers author and Peter and the Starcatchers co-author Ridley Pearson will be appearing at the Expo, it hasn’t yet officially detailed when. According to his twitter and official site, however, Ridley will be giving a talk at the Expo on Friday, September 11 at 8:30 am. However, as this would place him half an hour before the Expo opens to the general public, this may not be correct. While we await confirmation, Ridley has informed us that Stitch will be appearing in KK3: Disney in Shadow. So that’s good.
- You may have read the D23 Q&A article with Disney artist Tim Rogerson. While Tim has produced the official poster art for the Expo (titled In the Company of Legends), the image shown in the article is only a portion of the full art, which has left many confused as noted on D23′s facebook page. Tim has posted the full image himself on his own personal blog (where you can see a much larger version than the one pictured here), however (see the D23 article for pricing information). Also on his blog is the artwork he produced for the 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
UPDATE: The event store will open at 8:00 AM, please do not queue up prior to 6:00 AM. The queue to purchase merchandise released in conjunction with this event will be located in the Downtown Disney® District between Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Island Charters. We recommend that you park in the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure. Normal parking fees apply. A link to pre-order online was also added to the article.
On Saturday, August 29, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort, guests will have the opportunity to meet and purchase new releases from Academy Award® Winning Actress Julie Andrews and Disney artist Toby Bluth.
Ms. Andrews will be on hand to sign copies of her newest book, Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies, which will be released in October 2009. As part of this product release and signing, Guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the book before it’s released to the public. Guests who are unable to attend the event in person will also have the opportunity to pre-order a signed copy online beginning August 12 for $24.95. Online purchase is limited to one per customer and will ship from Disneyland beginning November 4. To order online, click here.
Julie and her daughter, Emma, have hand-selected a wonderful mix of their most cherished poems, songs, and lullabies in this rich and diverse poetry collection. Brought to life with James McMullan’s stunning watercolor paintings, this volume features nearly 150 treasured works, including beloved classics and modern favorites from Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, Shel Silverstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more – twenty-one of which are theatrically and playfully read aloud by Julie and Emma on the accompanying CD.
Disney Fine Artist David Garibaldi will offer his ‘Rhythm and Hue’ performance at the D23 Expo prior to the Live auction on Saturday, September 12. Garibaldi’s act infuses music with his style for producing rapid portraits of famous people in under ten minutes. In addition to his many televised appearances, he was also the opening act for the Blue Man Group tour in 2008. Garibaldi will perform in the Arena at the D23 Expo at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Admission to the D23 Expo is required to see his special performance.
Below is a video of Garibaldi painting a portrait of Walt Disney:
On Saturday, September 12, join Disney Design Group Artist Costa Alavezos and Ink and Paint Artists: James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger, Sharon K.Vincent as they celebrate the premiere of the Mickey Mouse as Indiana Jones entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series.
The event will take place between 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm at the Studios Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
For those unable to attend the event, you may contact Walt Disney Event Services at 407-827-7600 to pre-order your cel. Artist signatures will only be available for orders placed before or on Friday, September 11, 2009 by 3:00 pm ET.
Prices are as follows:
|Black Frame and Cel||$215|
|Black Frame with Pin and Cel||$240|
|Black Frame with Pin, Postcard and Cel||$265|
|Gold Frame and Cel||$290|
Thomas Kinkade is offering the opportunity to win a 12″x18″ limited edition canvas of his newest entry into the Disney Dreams series, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland. To enter for a chance to win the painting valued at $750, complete this entry form on the official website. Entries must be received by August 31.
Julie Andrews and Toby Bluth Product Releases & Signings, August 29 at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel
Academy Award® Winning Actress, Julie Andrews will be on hand for the debut of her newest book titled, Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies, which will be released in October 2009. As part of this product release and signing, Guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the book before its released to the public.
In addition, Artist Toby Bluth will be on hand for the release of his latest work, titled Poppins and Penguins, which was created in celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the beloved Disney film, Mary Poppins.
More details to come.
Here I was thinking I was being the coy and clever one when all along, it turns out that Thomas Kinkade’s newest entry into the Disney Dreams collection has already made its debut on the net. A couple (and I stress a couple) of art dealers offering Kinkade’s work have published the latest entry which you’ll find pictured below, titled Tinker Bell & Peter Pan Fly to Neverland.