(Amherst, MA) October 29, 2015—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, is pleased to present Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair. On view from November 10, 2015 to February 21, 2016, this comprehensive exhibition explores the artistic process and development of one of Walt Disney’s most original and influential designers and art directors, Mary Blair (1911-1978). Blair’s joyful creativity―her appealing designs and exuberant color palette―endure in numerous media, including the classic Disney animated films Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan, as well as theme park attractions at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, most notably “it’s a small world.” Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA.
John Canemaker—an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Peabody Award-winning animator, historian, teacher, and author—organized the exhibition to reflect the arc of Blair’s remarkable career before, during, and after her years at The Walt Disney Studios. He relays her story through original artwork, photographs, and ephemera.