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Disney Art Wallpapers Offer Early Taste of Festival of the Masters

posted on November 3rd, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Next week, all of us art lovers are in for a treat. One of the largest-ever groups of Disney artists will be featured at the 36th Festival of the Masters fine arts show at Downtown Disney – and yes, it’s a first for the event. You’ll be able to see artwork like the event’s three signature pieces created by our Disney Parks Blog friend Joe Kaminski of the Yellow Shoes Creative Group.

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Joe’s Mickey, Minnie and Pluto are not only sneak peeks of what’s to come but they’re also the latest editions to our Disney Parks Blog desktop wallpaper series. Click on the images above for a list of resolutions that fit your desktop, iPad or smart phone. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. The Festival of the Masters runs from November 11-13. There is no charge for admission or parking at the event. Oh, and make sure you check the new 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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Downtown Disney Guests Create LEGO Buzz, Woody Mural

posted on January 14th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


When people work together, remarkable things can happen – things like a giant LEGO Buzz Lightyear and Woody mural.

Guests in the Downtown Disney area at Walt Disney World were given one 6-inch square with a color pattern printed on it to place on the mural during the last Festival of the Masters event. More than 1,000 squares were combined to make the finished product and the process was videotaped. Here’s three days of work — and creativity — in 30 seconds. Enjoy.

If you didn’t know, LEGO Imagination Centers can be found at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World and at The Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

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Festival of the Masters Art at Downtown Disney

posted on November 5th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Uncovering the “magic” behind the “magic” is one of our goals at the Disney Parks Blog. And our series of behind-the-scenes posts continues with the Yellow Shoes Creative Group and Joe Kaminski.

Joe’s painting “1928 – It All Started With A Mouse” is the signature marketing art for this year’s Festival of the Masters. It’ll be hard to miss next week when the event begins in the Downtown Disney area at Walt Disney World Resort. But we have an early peek of Joe’s work and other unique pieces.

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What’s remarkable is that Joe is a copywriter who has never taken an art class — his passion is painting. During our first meeting, he said his inspiration for the heel-clicking Mickey image and other works of art usually happens after-hours in his home’s garage.

“It’s probably 2 a.m. and I paint until 4 a.m., and the one thing that’s in the back of my mind isn’t necessarily what are people going to think. Something inside of me just drives me to do it. You just got to go with your gut and follow your dreams. If you have a passion for something, I think you have to go after it — definitely.”

Joe said whenever he paints a Disney character, people immediately identify with the work — and it gets a reaction “no matter what.” You can see for yourself at The 34th Annual Festival of the Masters event located throughout the Downtown Disney area. The Festival features art from more than 145 of the country’s top artists, including work from chalk and folk artists and other entertainment. And if you like any of the pieces, some of them will be on sale until the event ends on November 15.

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Also, you should know that to qualify for the Festival, artists must have earned a primary award in a juried art festival within the last four years with digital submissions of their work to be considered for exhibition. The process ensures that Festival visitors are treated to one of the finest displays of art in the nation. Are you going?

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