World of Disney Fifth Avenue To Host Disney Fine Art Gallery Grand Opening With Champagne Toast by Renowned Actor Michael J. Fox and Disney Performance Artists On Hand

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World of Disney Fifth Avenue Re-Launches Disney Fine Art Gallery with Grand Gala Celebration and Auction. Renowned Actor Michael J. Fox will toast the re-opening while Disney Performance Artists Carlton & Reis electrify the crowd and bring excitement to Fifth Avenue as never before seen. Watch as Carlton & Reis take a blank canvas and magically turn it into a whimsical and vivid piece of Disney Fine Art.

On Friday, February 24th at 8 p.m., New York’s most entertaining retail experience, World of Disney Fifth Avenue, will have a grand opening gala with a champagne reception and private auction to celebrate the launch of Art of Disney at World of Disney Fifth Avenue. Actor Michael J. Fox will toast this momentous occasion while Disney Performance Artists Trevor Carlton and Stephen Reis electrify the guests with their award-winning non-stop action performance.

Watch as the crowd roars and cheers on Carlton and Reis as they transform a blank canvas into a vibrant, whimsical piece of art as they rock in complete harmony to accompanied music.

Children of all ages will be dazzled, enchanted and mystified as the Disney Performance Artists take Fifth Avenue on a journey never before seen in the heart of midtown Manhattan.

The festivities continue on Saturday, February 25th at 9:30 a.m. with Carlton and Reis staging another performance in the windows of the Fifth Avenue Disney mecca.

These artists give you an opportunity to be there from the moment a blank canvas becomes a work of art.

Reservations for the “Grand Gala” event will be accepted via at a cost of $50. Saturday’s events are open to the public for free. Guests can call 407-827-7600 for additional information between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday’s festivities are free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to bring the Art of Disney to World of Disney once again,” said Janet Reed, World of Disney, General Manager. “We consider it an honor to have the Art of Disney reborn in a city with such a rich tradition of influential art and artists.”

Trevor Carlton took up painting in high school but quickly realized his true passion was acting. Leaving his gift for painting behind, Carlton moved from Olympia, Washington, to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in acting. Amidst all of his auditions and call backs, Carlton paid the bills by working at a custom furniture store, where he specialized in antiquing and faux finish designs. It was here that Carlton’s natural talents were able to shine through. He developed his own style using reclaimed lumber as his “canvas” to paint images of vintage Americana from pop to hay day jazz.

With Stephen Reis, Trevor has come full circle combining his two loves of painting and acting. Stephen Reis is a California native born in Los Angeles in 1974. He has spent the majority of his life immersed in all types of art. These types include studying film production at Loyola Marymount College in CA to fine art in Florence, Itlay. Although, some may say his real claim to fame is his role as an animator for the Simpsons, where he has worked for the past six years. With Trevor Carlton, Stephen has brought proportion, perspective and all the traditional aspects that come with his experience as a sought after animator. When asked why they do this they respond in unison, “we want to tell a thirty minute story.” The artists use the time constraint of the performances to their advantage and they let the audience dictate the outcome of the painting. In the beginning of the show, Carlton and Reis have only decided on a character, they let inspiration and emotion be drawn only by the audience’s reactions. They truly bring out the best in each other, which makes this high-energy performance an art experience that should absolutely not be missed.

Enter the World of Disney 5th Avenue Flagship store, where fantasy comes to life and fairytale dreams come true… Enjoy a one-of-a-kind, interactive shopping experience where guests can create their own crown, build their own Mr.. Potato Head, and be entertained in our 3rd floor media/electronic zone. Share the excitement of Magical Meetings, a chance to spend some personal time with your favorite Disney characters for autographs, photos and hugs. The World of Disney 5th Avenue has a little something for everyone with products offering a unique urban New York twist. We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our Art of Disney Gallery, opening Saturday, February 25th with featured product lines including Goebel, Harmony Kingdom, Jim Shore, Guenther Glass, Elizabeth Gomes, Lenox, Swarovski, Arribas and Walt Disney Art Classics, just to name a few. Original pieces, sericels, 2D art, giclee's, posters and lithos will be available in our new gallery. So check it out (located at the corner of 55th and 5th Ave.). 212-702-0702


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