My favorite Epcot festival starts this weekend, gang, and runs through February 25th - so make your plans now! The Festival of the Arts features new food, musical acts, live demonstrations, exclusive merch - allll the things - but the standout for me is, of course, THE ART.
Disney has been great about recruiting fresh new artists for their WonderGround Tent at the Festival, many of whom I've been following for years. It's such a thrill to watch long-time friends and favorites getting pulled into the Disney family, so let me brag on my personal Top Ten this year, k?
- Ashley Taylor
Ashley is a friend-of-a-friend and an inspiration for artists everywhere. I've heard so many stories of how hard she worked, drawing in her free time after work every night, never giving up - and a few years later she was touring the world with Her Universe. Amazing. So it's kind of fitting that two of Ashley's new Festival pieces feature Cinderella!
My favorite, though, is her STUNNING World Showcase print:
Ashley licenses a lot of her art on clothing through Her Universe, so I can't help but hope this ends up on a skirt someday.
Here's a closer look at one those Cinderella pieces, which has LITERAL foreshadowing, you guys:
Love it. Watch for these prints and more at the Festival, and be sure to follow Ashley on IG! (She's a beacon of positivity and encouragement online, btw. I love that about her.)
- Jason Ratner
Jason is a new find for me this year, but I am OVER THE MOON for the Festival prints he's debuting:
(Thanks to those of you who sent this my way; I love that y'all think of me when you see great Figment stuff. :D)
But wait, Jason has more:
I love these colors!
Aren't they stunning? Go follow Jason here on IG to see more of his work.
Also, all of these artists have their Festival schedules posted on their accounts, in case you'd like to meet them in person.
- June Kim
This was all I needed to see of June's Festival prints - I'M SOLD - but she just posted this sweet Tiki one, too!
June also has lots - and LOTS - of original work online, like this: