From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Valerie Lee
When you’re out and about, soaking up a glorious summer day, be sure to spend time enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. With dozens of unique boutiques, restaurants and a variety of entertainment, this gateway to the parks is a destination itself! Meet this month’s featured artisans:
Featured Artisan of the Month: Mcbiff
Appearance Dates: July 6 -7, 27-28 from 2 to 5 p.m.
David McNeley, also known as “Mcbiff”, is a traditional artist from Huntington Beach, Calif., specializing in acrylic painting. His unique, new mid-century pop style is reminiscent of a commercial ad industry of a bygone era. Inspired by Disney artists that came before him, Mcbiff is a self-taught artist whose technique has taken many years to develop. Mcbiff has created a style that is both familiar and enthusiastically new.
Artist in Residence: Matt Spangler
Appearance Dates: Fridays – July 12, 19, 26 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Weekends – July 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Born and raised in San Diego, Matt has always been drawn to robots and technology. From an early age, he explored the idea of creating his own robots. Since he didn’t possess the ability to create an electronic-based one, his first-ever robot was made in the 4th grade out of trash. From then on, the obsession with all things robotics began and he affectionately is referred to as the “robot artist.” Matt graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Entertainment Arts and began drawing robots full time in 2010.
At WonderGround Gallery, enter into a world of imagination inspired by your favorite Disney films and characters, and see interpretive works in a range of mediums by dozens of artists. Each month, guests are invited to meet the artists and discover unique and new original pieces for your home, office or as special gifts, all rooted in Disney’s time-honored heritage of storytelling through art.
Featured Artisan: Temecula Olive Oil Co.
Olive Oil Tastings: Weekends – July 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Temecula Olive Oil Co. will have a wonderful assortment of olive oils and spreads to select from for the entire month of July. Sample different blends of olive oils and choose a bottle for family, friends or for your own kitchen. Temecula Olive Oil Company is family-owned and operated, and committed to using only California olives to make the highest quality olive oil. At their olive ranch, they practice sustainable agriculture, growing and harvesting a wide variety of olives and hand press using traditional methods to produce fresh, full-flavored extra virgin olive oil.
At Disney Home, you can bring the magic of Disney home, adding a dash of pixie dust to every room in your castle with seasonally-curated décor, gadgets, kitchenware, table settings and even accessories for your pets!
The Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is a fresh, one-of-a-kind Disney experience, immersing guests by day and night in an exciting mix of family-friendly dining, shopping and entertainment.
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