Thanks to the generosity of BRC Imagination Art’s Bob Rogers, InPark Editor Martin Palicki was invited to attend the annual fundraiser “An Affair of the Art” for Ryman Arts. Held at the home of Marty and Leah Sklar, the evening consisted o two portions. The first featured presentations by designers Chip Foose, Pixar’s Bill Cone, Walt Disney Imagineering writer Kevin Rafferty, illustrator Chris Turner and rockwork designer Zsolt Hormay on the various roles they each played in bringing Cars Land to life. Imagineer Kathy Mangum, Executive Producer of Cars Land, served as hostess for the presentations and Q&A sessions.
Following the presentations, a large assortment of art was placed on sale, with all proceeds going to benefit Ryman Arts. Artwork included everything from sculptural pieces, glassowork, paintings, sketches and more. Student artists continued to contribute to the art collection on display by sketching live models, sculpting figures, and creating murals.
The Disney designers also worked on items referencing Cars Land that were also sold to raise funds.
Artwork from the late Herb Ryman was some of the first pieces to sell, and work from other Disney legends, such as Bob Gurr, were in high demand.
The event attracted many Disney Imagineers and themed entertainment professionals. Volunteers from organizations such as TEA helped staff the event.
The evening ended with Bob Rogers showing off Marty Sklar’s office, a treasure trove of Disney memorabilia and a lifetime of achievements.
Special thanks to Bob Rogers, Ryman Arts, and Marty & Leah Skar for bringing InPark to such a wonderful event. Photos courtesy of Ryman Arts.