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Festival of the Masters returns to Downtown Disney Nov. 8-10, 2013

by Banks Lee

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Festival of the Masters will take place at Downtown Disney for its 38th year Nov. 8-10, 2013, bringing together artists from all over to showcase their work.

The open-air fine arts festival features more than 300 artists creating and showcasing their works in painting, photography, sculpture, chalk, glass and more. Exhibits feature more than 130 award-winning artists, nearly 20 up-and-coming Emerging Masters, the Disney Artist Village, live performance artists and more.

New this year, “Mixers and Masters” will highlight artistic cocktails throughout Downtown Disney. Select dining locations will feature specialty drinks for sipping and strolling including the Pinkberry Martini from Wolfgang Puck Café, Blue Nile from Rainforest Café and Huckleberry Lemonade at Splitsville. Guests can learn what goes into making an artfully delicious cocktail during daily presentations on Waterside Stage. “The Art of Mixology” will feature 10-minute demonstrations with experts three times a day.

The Disney Artist Village will return with one of the largest displays of official Disney art available for purchase and will include meet and greets with the more than 25 artists behind those pieces. Located between Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues at Downtown Disney West Side, the Disney Artist Village tent will feature Disney character art created by masters from various Disney disciplines including Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group. Disney Artists also will perform live shows as they create new works of art onstage and will host interactive chats about art and what it can be. Both the art chats and live performances will take place at Waterside Stage in the Marketplace.

Guests also can become part of the festival with interactive fun. Various activities presented by Michaels will be available, including “Make It Take It” crafts, coloring Disney-inspired masterpieces and the “Michaels Master Mural” where guests can help create a mosaic-like mural. Children are invited to chalk sections of the Marketplace for the Children’s Chalk Art display and to help build a giant Lego Star Wars TIE Fighter and create an interactive Lego mural.

Other activities will include:
• Live entertainment by performers from La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
• House of Blues 15th year celebration of its Folk Art Festival with more than 30 artists
• Special artist appearances at Hoypoloi and Pop Gallery
• Live entertainment at various venues, including House of Blues, Bongos Cuban Café, Raglan Road, and Splitsville

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and self-parking are complimentary at Downtown Disney and valet parking is available during the event from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. via Entrance 4 at Downtown Disney West Side. For more information about Festival of the Masters, including exhibit times and parking information, visit DisneyFestivaloftheMasters.com.

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