From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Valerie Lee
November brings in the cool air and even cooler artists at the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Take a stroll through the WonderGround Gallery and support these talented artists’ work. While you’re there, you may find that perfect piece of Disney craftsmanship that you will want to show off to your friends and family!
WonderGround Artists in Residence: The Bové Sisters, Lorelay and Neysa Bové
The Disneyland Resort is pleased to have The Bové Sisters as the artists in residence. Both sisters are artists born and raised in Andorra, Spain. Their family moved to Los Angeles, where they are now fulfilling her childhood dreams of becoming successful artists within The Walt Disney Company.
Lorelay Bové graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2007, completing an internship at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville and then started her career in the visual development department. Lorelay has worked on the Disney animated movie “The Princess and the Frog” providing visual development, color characters, costumes, props, backgrounds and end credit sequence art and designs. Lorelay has also worked on visual development on a variety of other Disney animated movies such as “Tangled,” “Tangled Ever After,” “Ballad of Nessie,” “Winnie the Pooh,” and “Prep and Landing,” just to name a few.
Appearance Dates for Lorelay Bové: Nov. 1, 3, 9, and 10 from 5 – 9 p.m. performing live art demonstrations and more.
Neysa Bové studied Fashion Design at FIDM (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) and later took courses at Cal Arts’ acclaimed animation department. After a Costume Design internship at Walt Disney World, Neysa began her career working at Disney Consumer Products. Her very first film contribution doing visual development and costume design was on the Disney movie “Moana.” Since then, she’s worked on Disney and Pixar movies including “Wreck it Ralph 2,” “Frozen 2,” and “Raya and the Last Dragon.” As a lover of whimsical and beautiful things, she wants her artwork to reflect that by choosing light and fun themes, by using fun and colorful palettes and transporting the viewer to a happy and fun world.
Appearance Dates for Neysa Bové: Nov. 16, 17, and 24 from 5 – 9 p.m. performing live art demonstrations and more.
Featured Artisan of the Month: Jackie Huang
Jackie Huang moved to Los Angeles after high school to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Shortly after graduating, she returned to school to study illustration at Art Center College of Design. There she found a new way of storytelling through her love of paper art and pop-ups. Whether it’s through a pop-up unfolding before your eyes, or tilting your head to see another angle of a paper sculpture, Jackie believes in crafting a moment that makes you pause. She invites you to see how the ordinary can become extraordinary.
Appearance Dates for Jackie Huang: Nov. 2, 3, 23 and 24 from 1 – 4 p.m. performing live paper art demonstrations and more.
“Frozen 2” Showcase at WonderGround Gallery
On Nov. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy a showcase for the new Disney movie “Frozen 2” at WonderGround Gallery! These artists have worked on the film at Feature Animation and are excited to share their artistic styles in celebration of the new film.
WonderGround Artist Showcase
Miss Mindy is a Los Angeles native currently living and working out of her elf-like design studio tucked away in the hills. Her ‘cartoon folk art’ ranges from fluid ink drawings and paintings, to her fabulously handcrafted sculptures. She is also a toy making aficionado. Her inspiration is her grandmother, who worked as an ink and paint girl for The Walt Disney Studio in the 1930’s. In addition to her fine art career, she has been prolific in creating animation designs, stories and illustrations for a slow of notable companies since the early 2000’s.
Appearance Dates for Miss Mindy: Nov. 16 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Brittney Lee is a visual-development artist at The Walt Disney Animation Studios. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, she knew that she would pursue a career in animation from the moment she saw the Disney animated classic “The Little Mermaid” at age six. Her handiwork can be found in the movie “Frozen” and “Wreck-it Ralph” as well as the Disney short films “Paperman” and “Get A Horse!”
Griselda Sastrawinata has always been influenced by art and animation. She fell in love with Disney as a little girl watching the classic Disney movies “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty” and it has always been her dream to be part of the Disney family. Griselda began her animation career while she was finishing art school and after graduation, she worked as a visual development artist and character designer. Through her career, Griselda has worked on numerous movies and, in 2015, realized her dream of becoming a Disney artist for the Walt Disney Studio as a character designer and visual development artist.
Bill Schwab is an art director of characters at The Walt Disney Animation Studios. This is the first time Bill will be attending the WonderGround Gallery Showcase to show off his “Frozen 2” inspired artwork.
Appearance Dates for Brittney Lee, Bill Schwab, Neysa Bové, Lorelay Bové, Griselda Sastrawinata: Nov. 23 from 5 – 7 p.m.