So there are (at least) two fairy tale art exhibits out there now: one in New Orleans and one in Brooklyn. Since I divide my time between Massachusetts and Minneapolis, I don’t get to go to either of those places, and will blog about them instead. Ah, sweet blogging!

First off, the New Orleans Museum of Art has an exhibit entitled: “Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio,” which runs November 15, 2009 – March 14, 2010.

Of the exhibit, NOMA helpfully says:

Visitors to the exhibition will encounter themed rooms showcasing artwork related to specific animated features. Arranged chronologically by year of release, the rooms will feature, in order: Silly Symphonies, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Princess and the Frog. Film clips will accompany the artwork to demonstrate how individual sketches and paintings lead to a finished celluloid masterpiece. An adjacent Education Area will highlight Disney’s long association with music and also will serve as a mini library for animation research and storytelling programs.

There’s also a publicity plug for “The Princess and the Frog” underneath, which of course also has artwork displayed. Sigh. Disney. Sometimes I just get tired of getting tired of you.

But that’s not the only fairy tale art exhibit that’s up nowadays!

Many different artists have an exhibit called “Fairy Tales: From the Dark Wood to Happily Ever After” up in the Kris Waldherr Art and Words gallery in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. It’s going to be there until the end of the holiday season, so catch it if you can! This art exhibit showcases anti-Disney fairy tale art, which the gallery owner describes as:

“This exhibit goes way beyond Disney to explore the rich complexity of fairy tales. I’m very excited to bring together such an illustrious group of artists for it.” Waldherr is also an author-illustrator of many books, including Doomed Queens and The Book of Goddesses; she will have paintings from her picture books The Firebird and Rapunzel on display in the exhibit. Other artists in the exhibit include Kristina Carroll, Leela Corman, Mary Louise Geering, Lisa Hunt, Aram Kim, Amy Saidens, Carisa Swenson, and Karen Zuegner. All are Brooklyn residents except for Hunt, who lives and works in Florida.

Exciting! If anyone manages to go, drop us a line; we’d love to hear about either of these exhibits. Or both, if you’re a jetsetter.

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