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An evening with top theme park artists, to support arts education

Published: September 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Some of the theme park industry's leading creative talents came together tonight in Los Angeles to support the next generation of visual artists. Disney legend Marty Sklar hosted "An Affair of the Art" at his home to benefit Ryman Arts, a youth arts instruction program in the LA area. Ryman Arts honors the late Herb Ryman, who created the original concept art for Disneyland, among many, many other creative works for the Walt Disney Company.

Marty Sklar

This year's Patron Event paid tribute to "The Art of Cars Land," and Cars Land's lead Imagineer, Kathy Mangum, led discussion about the project with collaborators Bill Cone (production designer on the Disney/Pixar film "Cars"), auto designer Chip Foose, and rockwork designer Zsolt Hormay.

Kathy Mangum and team

While Kathy spoke one-on-one with each member of the Cars Land team, the others worked on art projects, which later that evening would be sold to patrons at the show. Here, Bill creates a pastel "Cars" landscape. (In case you're wondering, we were asked not to take photos of artwork at the show, to project artists' copyrights.)

Bill Cone at the easel

After the program, supporters wandered around the Sklar home to view and purchase art works by supporters and students of Ryman Arts, with proceeds to support the school, which provides professional visual art instruction to local teen-agers, free of charge. Disney Imagineers Scott Hennesy and Joe Lanzisero were on hand, selling and signing copies of their children's book, "The Cat's Baton is Gone." (You might remember Joe most recently here on Theme Park Insider for his D23 talk describing his work on Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Manor, which TPI readers voted the world's best new theme park attraction this year.)

Scott Hennesy and Joe Lanzisero

We would like to thank Bob Rogers of BRC Imagination Arts for inviting and hosting us at the event this evening.

Bob Rogers, Robert Niles, and Marty Sklar

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Published: September 29, 2013 at 5:32 AM

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