Monday, October 22, 2007

RymanArts: Affair Of The Art 2007

Earlier this month the RymanArts Program held their annual art sale fundraiser entitled "Affair of the Arts." So, I thought would mention the program, the event, a bit about Herbert Rymans' legacy with Disney, and share some images of his personal work that was featured this year.

The program was set up upon the passing of Herbert Ryman, who had a long and rich career with Disney both in animation and at Imagineering. The program is based in Los Angles and is aimed at inspiring and helping promising young artist see the arts as a viable path. I'll let the RymanArts site speak for itself... "It was agreed by family and friends that the most positive way to commemorate the life of Herbert D. Ryman was to carry on his philosophy and commitment to teach and encourage young artists to reach their full potential."

The program continues to be heavily sponsored by Imagineering thanks in large part to the dedication Marty Sklar, Vice Chairman and Principal Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. For years the event was actually held inside the Imagineering building in Glendale. This years Patron event featured a talk with Imagineering Chief Designer Tony Baxter and Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton discussing their involvement with the Submarine Voyage makeover.

RymanArts has also put together the best book on a single Disney artist entitled "A Brush with Disney." It is... "the story, in 252 pages of color illustrations, of artist Herbert Ryman's personal journeys around the world and through the "world of Walt."

And if you buy the book from the RymanArts site here, all proceeds will go to the program.


Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this with us!

I have the Ryman book and I can't wait to sink my teeth into it.

garymyers said...

So you went to this, Drew? I got an invite, but it totally slipped my mind. Bummer 'cause I like to go to these events.
It's too bad they aren't selling the circus sketchbook on the site. That's a good one too.

Spokker said...

I know this is an old post but I wanted to say that while I'm not big on Disneyland merchandise, one of the few things I've ever purchased from Disneyland (the Disney Gallery to be exact), was a postcard sized picture of Herbert Ryman's concept painting for Tokyo Disneyland.

It's the one looking toward Space Mountain with the World Bazaar on the left and the castle on the right. It's one of the few Disney related things I display in my home.

His paintings were among my favorites in the various books on Imagineering.

While I decided early on in my life that I could never learn to draw (whether I was right or wrong), I continue to admire artists like Ryman for their ability to not only bring their own ideas to life, but other people's ideas as well.