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Festival of the Masters Returns to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort This Weekend

posted on November 7th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As Steven reminded us earlier today, it’s almost time for the Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels. And if you’re joining us this weekend, you’ll recognize some familiar faces from the Disney Parks Blog. Your favorite Disney artists like Will Gay, Don “Ducky” Williams and Joe Kaminski will be making appearances and showing their work, along with 150 other award winners from across the country.
Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

The Disney Artist Village tent at Downtown Disney will feature art created by masters from various Disney disciplines, including Walt Disney Imagineering. And this year, you’ve got to stop by and see artist Dave Avanzino at the Art of Disney. Dave creates art pieces using prop-like elements and fonts based on signs and attractions found around our theme parks.

Take a look at when you can meet with Disney artists:

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Friday Saturday Sunday
Art on Demand Art on Demand Art on Demand
Tent on Pleasure Island
Friday Saturday Sunday
Noah (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m.) Katie Kelly (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m.) Noah (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m.)
Katie Kelly (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m.) Greg Trombo (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) Katie Kelly (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m.)
Greg Trombo (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) Will Gay (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) Bil Shannon (2 p.m.-4 p.m.)
Will Gay (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) Darren Wilson (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Darren Wilson (12 a.m.-1 p.m.) Peter Carsillo (1 p.m.-3 p.m.)
Joe Kaminski (12 p.m.-3 p.m.) Ducky (1 p.m.-4 p.m.)
Peter Carsillo (1 p.m.-3 p.m.) Joe Kaminski (1 p.m.-4 p.m.)
Ducky (3 p.m.-5 p.m.)
Will Gay (3 p.m.-5 p.m.)
Tent on Pleasure Island
Friday Saturday Sunday
Larry Dotson (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.) Larry Dotson (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.) Larry Dotson (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.)
David Doss (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.) David Doss (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.) David Doss (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.)
Joe Yakovetic (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 p.m.-4 p.m.) Joe Yakovetic (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 p.m.-4 p.m.) John Coulter (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
John Coulter (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 p.m.-4 p.m.) John Coulter (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 p.m.-4 p.m.) Joe Yakovetic (1 p.m.-3 p.m.)
Larry Nikolai (12 p.m.-2 p.m.) Larry Nikolai (12 p.m.-2 p.m.)
Maggie Parr (12 p.m.-2 p.m.) Maggie Parr (12 p.m.-2 p.m.)
Art of Disney: Marketplace
Friday Saturday Sunday
Dave Avanzino (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-6 p.m.) Dave Avanzino (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.) Dave Avanzino (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-6 p.m.)
Guy Vasilovich (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.) Guy Vasilovich (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-6 p.m.) Guy Vasilovich (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.)
William Silvers (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 3 p.m.-6 p.m.) William Silvers (10 a.m.-12 p.m., 3 p.m.-6 p.m.) William Silvers (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Randy Noble (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

Please note that artists are subject to change without notice.

Also, for the first time at the Festival, there will be an Emerging Masters area, where more than 30 juried up-and-coming artists will showcase works and compete for awards.

So, here’s what else you need to know before heading out:

  • Event takes place from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 10 – 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Admission and self-parking are complimentary at Downtown Disney.
  • Live entertainment will be provided by La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
  • Live music at House of Blues, Bongos Cuban Café and Raglan Road.
  • Renowned Irish artist Graham Knuttel will be at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.
  • Disney artists will appear at Art of Disney, Disney Artist Village tent.
  • 8-foot tall LEGO Hulk figure will be built during event.
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Fantastic Art Featured at 37th Festival of the Masters from November 9-11 at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 7th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Look for 'Patriotic Pal,' Featuring Mickey Mouse in Red, White and Blue, at This Year's Festival of the Masters

I’m looking forward to the return of the Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels event at Downtown Disney. This open-air art festival has been offered at Walt Disney World Resort since 1975. Being a photographer by hobby, I love being inspired by wandering through the beautiful displays by amazing, award-winning artists. I caught up with the Disney Theme Park Merchandise events team, who gave me a look at what you can expect this year.

The main signature art was created by the talented Disney Yellow Shoes Creative Group artist Joe Kaminski. Titled “Patriotic Pal,” the vibrant image features Mickey Mouse in festive red, white and blue. The original image will be offered along with a giclée, deluxe print and a limited edition pin.
Fantastic Art Featured at 37th Festival of the Masters from November 9-11 at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

Joe is just one of the many artists we are featuring at this event. We will also offer original works by Noah (who recently created the main artwork for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival), Don “Ducky” Williams, Katie Kelly, Bil Shannon, Greg Trombo, Will Gay, Randy Noble and more. One of my favorite pieces features a stunning image of Dumbo by Disney Design Group artist Darren Wilson. (It reminds me of the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland.) Darren wanted the image to resemble a vintage poster that would have advertised Dumbo appearing in a small-town circus.

There will be plenty of opportunities to meet artists at the Disney Artist Village starting each day at 10:00 a.m. Additionally, William Silvers will be creating original works in front of attendees at select times throughout the weekend (his art will be for sale following his performances).
Fantastic Art Featured at 37th Festival of the Masters from November 9-11 at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, Including a Variety of Custom One-of-a-Kind Figures

In 2008, Vinylmation was introduced to the world at this annual event. We will be offering a variety of custom one-of-a-kind figures from artists like Noah, Miss Mindy (the Caterpillar figure is incredible!), John Henselmeier, Darren Wilson and others.
Fantastic Art Featured at 37th Festival of the Masters from November 9-11 at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, Including the Classic Collection Mystery Series

We will also hold a signing party at D Street with Eric Caszatt from Disney Design Group, who designed the Classic Collection mystery series. This black-and-white series was inspired by classic Disney animated shorts and follows Eric’s Have-A-Laugh series released in 2010. You can meet Eric from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9.

I hope to see you at the event!


Read more news from Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort in these posts:

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Download Our ‘Love the Festival’ Festival of the Masters Artwork Wallpaper

posted on November 5th, 2012 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Hi everyone. This year’s Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels is coming up soon and a lot of Disney artists (including myself) have been working for months behind the scenes to prepare the pieces that we’ll showcase at this year’s event.

Here’s a wallpaper of one of my works that you’ll see at this year’s Festival of the Masters (Nov. 9-11 at Downtown Disney). It will be a small edition of hand-pulled silk screens on heavy paper stock. The design, called “Love the Festival”, is inspired by the simple notion that some things just go great together.

Hope to see you out there!

'Love the Festival' Festival of the Masters Design by Will Gay

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.



Looking forward to this year’s Festival of the Masters? Take a look back at last year’s event in the posts below:

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Festival of the Masters Begins at Downtown Disney

posted on November 11th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Earlier today we kicked off the 36th Festival of the Masters show at Downtown Disney. It’s the only event I know of where you can chat with amazing Disney artists like Will Gay, Don “Ducky” Williams and Joe Kaminski and then walk a few feet and meet some of the finest artists from around the country. This morning started at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant with the unveiling of a special piece of art.

The Festival of the Masters show runs through Sunday. Here are this year’s show hours:

  • Friday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Behind the Scenes: Creating This Year’s Festival of the Masters Commemorative Plate

posted on November 11th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


What better way to start a weekend than a visit to Downtown Disney for the kick off of the Festival of the Masters show. I’m already here at the Festival this morning and art lovers are in for a treat this year.

This Year’s Festival of the Masters Commemorative Plate

If you’re joining us this weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to win an amazing, one-of-a-kind Festival of the Masters commemorative glass plate. It’s a piece of art that’s created when small particles of sand hit the plate glass at high speeds. And today we’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at how it’s done.

Tom Arribas and his Arribas Brothers artists have been creating the plate for many years as a giveaway to one lucky guest during the Festival of the Masters show. The designs are always different and this year’s artwork is impressive. Be sure and stop by the Arribas Bros. shop at Downtown Disney during the show and see for yourself.

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Festival of Our Disney Masters at Downtown Disney

posted on November 11th, 2011 by Erin Catalano, Merchandise Communication Specialist, Walt Disney World Resort


Festival of Our Disney Masters at Downtown Disney

For the past 36 years, Festival of the Masters has been a time to showcase talented artists from across the U.S.A. all in one magical place. This year, in addition to the award winning artists that will be featured throughout Downtown Disney during the event, we’re also hosting Festival of the Masters largest gathering ever of brilliant Disney Artists from Disney Parks and beyond.

Festival of Our Disney Masters at Downtown Disney

I spoke with Misty Carroll, Merchandise Event Specialist, who worked tirelessly to bring together this year’s collection of Disney Artists at Festival of the Masters. “Every year, we challenge ourselves to see how we can make each Festival of the Masters bigger and better than the year before.” said Misty. “This year we came up with the idea to host the largest collection of Disney Artists to ever appear at Festival of the Masters.” explained Misty. “Of course our artists are so enthusiastic about meeting Disney Fans that every artist that we invited to participate jumped at the opportunity. We’re excited to give our guests the experience to meet so many Disney artists in one place while enjoying the festivities and fun that Festival of the Masters has to offer,” said Misty.

Between Yellow Shoes Creative Group, Disney Design Group and multiple renowned Disney artists such as Noah and Katie Kelly, there will be more than 15 artists appearing throughout the entire weekend. In addition to the appearances by this gifted group, many of the artists have created artwork that will make its debut during Festival of the Masters giving guests a look at brand new artwork that has never been seen before in Disney Galleries.

Festival of Our Disney Masters at Downtown Disney

Earlier this week, Disney Parks Blog reader Daniel asked if there was going to be a published list of the Disney Artists participating in the event. Yes, Daniel, there certainly is and I’ll do one better and provide a list of the times and locations that each artist will be signing! With so many artists and so many appearance times, I’ve put together a schedule of all of our Disney Artist’s appearances to help you navigate through Festival of the Masters.

With so many Disney Artists appearing at this year’s Festival of the Masters, I’m trying to decide who to get in line for first… Noah? Don “Ducky” Williams? Darren Wilson? Which of the Disney Artists are you most excited to see at Festival of the Masters?

Schedule for Festival of Our Disney Masters at Downtown Disney

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Art Unveiling at Raglan Road Kicks Off Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney

posted on November 10th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


During the last few weeks, we’ve shared sneak peeks of this year’s Festival of the Masters artwork and even some spiffy wallpapers featuring Joe Kaminski’s signature art. Well, tomorrow the event begins and we’re kicking things off at the Raglan Road with the unveiling of a piece of work that’ll hang permanently inside the Irish pub and restaurant.

Artwork By Famous Irish Artist Graham Knuttel for the Festival of the Masters Art Show

Famous Irish artist Graham Knuttel, who’s known for his bold, bright canvases of stylized figures, is in town for the Festival of the Masters Art show and he has created the new painting especially for Raglan Road. The piece shows a lively pub scene with more than two dozen figures, including a child wearing Mickey Mouse ears.

Beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m., you can stop by Raglan Road to see Graham’s painting and some of the other pieces from his collection he’s brought along from Dublin. Stop by and meet Graham this weekend and then check out the fine artists at the festival.

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Behind the Scenes: Downtown Disney’s Festival of the Masters Art Award is Beautiful Art

posted on November 9th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Some of the world’s best artists are heading here for our Festival of the Masters show at Downtown Disney this weekend but only one of them will leave with an amazing hand-crafted glass “Best of Show” award.

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The Arribas Bros. artist behind this year’s art award is David Sandidge and he’s been working with glass since he was 15 years old. To create the Festival of the Masters award, David heats glass rods to 3,000 degrees until it’s soft enough to sculpt into a detailed face of Mickey Mouse. Take a look at how it’s done.

As David says, “They all deserve it but only one (artist) will get it.” Join us in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort this weekend and find out who is awarded “Best of Show.”

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Something New for Festival of the Masters at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 9th, 2011 by Erin Catalano, Merchandise Communication Specialist, Walt Disney World Resort


There’s an old saying that says, “you should learn something new every day.” One of the things I adore most about my role with Disney Theme Park Merchandise is that I am constantly learning something new on a daily basis. For instance, I recently I discovered that Festival of the Masters is the longest running signature event held annually at the Walt Disney World Resort. Introduced in 1975, Festival of the Masters is celebrating its 36th year of welcoming award winning artists and showcasing stunning fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. Throughout its 36 years, Festival of the Masters is constantly raising the bar and introducing new and exciting artists and entertainment for guests – and you can be sure that this year is no exception.

For the very first time, Festival of the Masters is partnering with Michaels Stores to bring an extra layer of fun, excitement, and interaction to Guests of all ages that attend the three day event, Nov. 11–13 at Downtown Disney. Throughout the event, Michaels will have Make-it Take-it booths set up at Downtown Disney Marketplace and West Side. Guests will have the opportunity to create Friendship Bracelets and Mickey Ear Hat Wood Frames with the help of Michaels Design experts. The Make-it Take-it booths not only offer cool keepsakes, but it will inspire you to find your inner artist and express yourself to create a one-of-a-kind creation that is all your own.

Additionally, several members of the Michaels Design Team will be appearing on the Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney Marketplace presenting tips and tricks, how to’s and much, much more!

We caught up with Jo from Michaels Design Team to see how she would use her creative expression to create a one-of-a-kind Vinylmation using a Create Your Own Vinylmation figure from D Street…. Take a peek to see her colorful creating – love the bling, Jo!

If you’re interested in learning even more, check out DisneyWorld.com/art. It’s the official homepage for Festival of the Masters and loaded with great information about what you can expect to experience at this year’s event! Want to learn even more great information? Follow us on Twitter @WaltDisneyWorld and use the hash tag #FOTM.

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Behind the Scenes: ‘Mickey’s Ice Cream Dream’ at The Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney

posted on November 8th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


I love hearing about the creative process, especially with projects that make people smile. Will Gay, creative director at Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group, has created a one-of-a-kind hand painted Vinylmation called, “Mickey’s Ice Cream Dream” for this year’s Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney. And he created it specifically to surprise and delight as you’ll see in this sneak peek for Disney Parks Blog readers.

Will’s inspiration for the Vinylmation piece is a large painting he’s working on for this year’s Festival of the Masters show called, “Mickey in the Land of Sweets.” I’ll be out there this weekend checking it out along with the other art and I hope you will too.

The Festival of the Masters show at Downtown Disney kicks off Nov. 11 and runs through the weekend. You can meet more than 150 award-winning artists showcasing their paintings, jewelry, sculptures, photos and creations of clay, wood and metals.



See the posts below for a look back at last year’s Festival of the Masters at Walt Disney World Resort:

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