Happy 100th Birthday, Mary Blair!

Mary Blair did not live to see her 100th birthday, but her unbelievable art certainly has. Mary Blair was, quite simply, one of the best Disney artists of all times, IMO.

I had intended this post to be about the Disney Gallery, which used to be above Pirates of the Caribbean but is now attached to the former bank building, but then got caught up with the amazing Mary Blair exhibit.

The entrance

The exhibitions at the Disney Gallery change, so I was thrilled to see Mary Blair included.

If you know know who she is, she’s the one who designed Small World. Which is pretty darned amazing.

Concept art for Small World

The display calls for a brief introduction to Blair’s work:

All about Mary Blair in one rather small sign

Small World was a huge acheivement

Check this out!

Is this gorgeous or what?

But many people don’t know she did art for other subjects

Like this one

Most notably, Alice in Wonderland.

Simply beautiful

You can buy Mary Blair swag at the Gallery store

Awesome

And here’s a picture of Blair with Walt Disney himself.

A strip of pictures, actually

Seriously folks, Mary Blair’s brilliant art and inspiration can be found in the park and in the spirit of Disneyland.

Happy birthday, Mary! Thank you for all you’ve given us!

11 responses to “Happy 100th Birthday, Mary Blair!

  1. Casey October 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Awesome! I love Mary Blair. Is the merchandise from the exhibit available online?

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  3. Jamie October 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    thanks for today’s post. If the merchandise isn’t available it might just be a good enough reason to go to D-land. 🙂

  4. Casey October 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Looks like the merchandise is available in the park only. 😦

  5. Lisa October 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    DH and I are HUGE Mary Blair fans. Thanks for the great post. We just booked a short weekend trip to DL, so we will definitely stop by to drool over this exhibit.

  6. BruinKristin October 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Oh wow I thought all the cool small world stuff was new! I love love love the new/old Mary Blair small world stuff they are putting out right now! I just saw the line last night in DT World of Disney Store. They have the most adorable coffee mugs with different scenes on them according to geographical region in sm and then on the inside of the mug is says welcome in the language of the region. I SO want the Guten Tag mug! But really I don’t need another mug. And I especially don’t need a $10.95 mug. But honestly I might not be able to resist the urge….

  7. BruinKristin October 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Nope can’t buy it anywhere online that I can find : ( OK now I’m really going to have to go buy this stuff next visit. And it’s only here for a limted time? $40 for the 4 piece plate set? I might “have to” buy that too. ugh! Pics on the stuff:
    http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/08/20/its-a-small-world-artwork-inspired-tableware-now-available/

  8. BruinKristin October 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Actually the mugs say “hello” in different languages not “welcome.” : ) Oh now I’ve been researching these and am obsessed. I’m going to “need” at the very least now some mugs, the plates, the coasters, maybe a print. Thanks Shelby….

  9. BruinKristin October 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I am now about $83 poorer but a Mary Blair print, mug and plate set richer : ) Yay!

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