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Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation

I&P Cover-FINAL+From   the   earliest   origins   of   animated   imagery,   the   colorful   link between  paper  and  screen  was  created  by  legions  of  female  artists working   on  the  slick  surface   of  celluloid   sheets.  With  calligraphic precision and Rembrandtesque mastery, these women painstakingly brought pencil drawings to vibrant, dimensional life. Yet perhaps as a reflection  of the transparent  canvas they created on, the contributions and history of these animation artists have remained virtually invisible and largely undocumented, until now.

A number of Disney production staff will attend the event, including:

Jane Baer - Animator - Sleeping Beauty, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Gretchen Albrecht - Ink & Paint Dept. Head - every Disney animated feature film from Robin Hood to Home on the Range
Kent Gordon - Computer Animation Production System - CAPS - Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King

Walt Disney's pioneering efforts in animation transformed novelty cartoons into visual masterpieces, establishing  many “firsts” for women within the entertainment  industry along the way. Focusing on talent, Walt  sought  out  female  story  specialists  and  concept  artists  to  expand  the  scope  and  sensibility  of  his storytelling. Upon establishing  the first animation-training  program  for women,  ink pens were traded for pencils as ladies made their way into the male-laden halls of animation. World War II further-opened  roles traditionally held by men, and women quickly progressed into virtually every discipline within animation production. Disney’s  later  development  of  the  Xerox  process  and  eventual  digital  evolution  once  again placed women at the forefront of technological advancements applied to animated storytelling.
In her latest landmark  book, Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation,  author  Mindy  Johnson pulls back the celluloid  curtain on the nearly vanished  world of ink pens, paintbrushes,  pigments,  pencils and tea. From the earliest black-and-white  Alice Comedies to the advent of CAPS and digital animation, meet the pioneering  women  who brought  hand-rendered  animated  stories to vibrant,  multicolored  life at Walt Disney Studios and beyond. Extensively  researched  with the full support of the entire Walt Disney Studios archival resources,  plus a multitude  of private collections,  firsthand accounts, newly discovered  materials, and  production  documentation,   as  well  as  never-before-seen   photography   and  artwork,  this  essential volume redefines the collective history of animation. 

Award-winning  author and historian Mindy Johnson once again takes readers on an epic journey into the unexplored realms of our collective past. Her critically acclaimed  debut  title,  Tinker  Bell  –  An  Evolution,  which  chronicled  the development of everyone's favorite fairy, was honored with consecutive Family Choice   Awards.   Contributing   writer   for   The  Walt  Disney   Film  Archives:   The Animated  Movies 1921-1968  (Taschen  Publishing)  and the celebrated  book Marc Davis  –  Walt  Disney’s  Renaissance  Man  (Disney  Editions),  Mindy  is  a  frequent speaker and writer on early cinema, animation, women's history, and creativity. In addition to being an award-winning playwright, songwriter, musician, and contributing  artist  on  several  internationally  acclaimed  recordings,  Mindy continues to teach, write, and consult for various entertainment entities…between tea breaks.

Copies of Ink & Paint will be on sale (cash, check, credit). Please use to RSVP for  the event and help the Friends of the Library determine the number of books to bring for sales and autographs. Search Mindy Johnson Friends of the Library.

This event will take place at the Adult Recreation Center behind the Downtown Central Library. Visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across Harvard Street at the Marketplace parking structure with validation at the service desk. Handicapped parking is available on the east side of the building. Short term parking spaces are available on the east and south sides of the building. Metered parking is available on Harvard Street and on the west side of the building in Lot #10.

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