From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Valerie Lee
Halloween is in the air! To celebrate this delightfully spooky season, very talented artists are appearing at the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Come meet them and select a special piece of art to make your spine tingle!
Artist Showcase: The Disney Villains: Interpreted Collection featuring Mimi Chao and NAKI
The Disneyland Resort is pleased to present Mimi Chao and NAKI with the launch of the newest Disney Villains inspired art. The Disney Villains: Interpreted Collection is a curated mix of 13 different pieces from artists all over the world bringing unique interpretations of a notorious Disney Villain. Two of these artists, Mimi Chao and NAKI, will be appearing in person to say hello and sign their works.
Mimi Chao is an artist based in Los Angeles who started her career as a corporate lawyer before deciding to pursue a more creative path of drawing and storytelling. She is currently the story & art director for a product company and runs her illustration studio, Mimochai.
Ha Gyung Lee (also known as NAKI) is a Korean-born illustrator who graduated from Art Center College of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. Her pieces combine themes of mysticism inspired by anime and Japanese culture, arranged into striking compositions which are often accentuated with plants from the memories of her grandmother’s garden.
Appearance Date: Oct. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Featured Artisan: Rhode Montijo
Meet artist Rhode Montijo and pick up some of his adorable vintage inspired Halloween prints! Rhode is a Mexican-American author and illustrator who has been active in animation, comics, and children’s publishing since graduating from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1995. He is known for his imaginative world-building and his fantastical books and characters include “Cloud Boy” and “The Halloween Kid.” His personal work is inspired by Mexican mythology and love of vintage Halloween decorations.
Appearance Dates: Oct. 12 from Noon to 3 p.m. and Oct. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featured Artisan: Jeff Granito
Meet Jeff and pick up some of his Tiki-inspired, frightfully fun offerings! From his studio in Southern California, Jeff creates art for well-known clients including multiple Disney projects such as the Disneyland Decades Collection, Disneyland Club 33 Summer of Tiki and has been a featured artist on Disney Cruises and at Disney Aulani. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., and his graphic designs are bright, bold and sure to make you smile!
Appearance Dates: Oct. 11-12, 18-19 from 6 to 10 p.m.
At WonderGround Gallery, enter into a world of imagination inspired by your favorite Disney films and characters, and see interpretive works in a range of mediums by dozens of artists. Each month, guests are invited to meet the artists and discover unique and new original pieces for your home, office or as special gifts, all rooted in Disney’s time-honored heritage of storytelling through art