A one-day-only event to feature art from prominent Disney creators will fundraise for an important cause this weekend.
“The Themed Park Entertainment Pop-Up Show” will include pieces from notable artists such as Andy Sklar of Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Creative, as well as fine artist Gwendolyn Ballantyne. Sklar, a concept designer for Disney Parks and Universal Studios, will feature among paintings, sculptures, mixed media, digital art, and more, alongside Ballantyne, whose career work includes major names like the Walt Disney Company, Universal, Warner Bros. Discovery, Henson Studios, and Cirque Du Soleil.
Moreover, the show serves as this year’s annual Pop–Up Art Show and takes place downtown at the Art Share L.A. location on Saturday, March 25. In fact, the fundraiser will support the local cause “Arts for LA” through the sale of more than 100 original pieces from over a dozen entertainment industry artists and feature a performance from V.C.R.
Arts for LA is a nonprofit group supporting arts advocacy, lobbies for arts education in public schools, and secures public funding for arts and culture projects. According to CEO of Arts for LA Gustavo Herrera, “all of these folks come from theme park entertainment work and they’ve worked on different projects both locally and across the country,” making the exhibition doubly unique.
As he told the Los Angeles Daily News, the fact that theme park design is their primary form of work means that such pieces often go unseen by the public, and their skill is sometimes underappreciated within the fine arts world. For instance, Los Angeles-based Ballantyne utilizes a unique style, including bold color and contemporary realism within her drawings for some of the biggest themed entertainment providers.
Each piece is a beauty to behold all on its own, to say nothing of the amazing attractions, shows, and experiences which arise from the artist’s basic concept in real life. As a result, the prospect of celebrating their artistry during Saturday’s event excites Herrera, which is open to all, but does require ticketed admission in addition to any fees accrued by the sale of pieces, not to mention their future collector’s value!
Interested parties can get the first look at these designs from 6 to 9 p.m. PST at 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, or from 5 to 6 p.m. during the VIP cocktail and appetizer hour. Tickets range from $25 to $125; click here for more information on attending.