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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Past Exhibitions

Mary Blair

IN THE East Gallery

Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair

For more than a dozen years, a soft spoken woman from Oklahoma dominated art and design at The Walt Disney Company. Mary Blair (1911–1978) set the artistic tone for the classic animated films Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. She was Walt’s favorite artist and he championed her talent in a male-dominated studio system. Blair’s exuberant color palette and modernist style endures today in the fanciful murals at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and in the popular theme park attraction it’s a small world.

Blair’s creative influence further extended to print media. As a freelance artist working in New York in the 1950s, she became a popular illustrator for national magazines and advertisers. She designed clothing, window displays, and theatrical sets. Blair’s original paintings from her five Little Golden Books—including I Can Fly and The Up and Down Book—will be on view alongside her Disney film production work and her personal sketchbooks.

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This exhibition is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, CA.

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by Random House Children’s Books.


Mary Blair, The Golden Book of Little Verses illustration, 1953 Courtesy Penguin Random House LLC.
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