CA – Little Big Girl Signing

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Artist Claire Keane, who worked at Disney Feature Animation for 10 years designing for Frozen, Tangled, Enchanted, and other films, appears at Children’s Book World on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM to present her new children’s book LITTLE BIG GIRL!

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Children’s Book World
10580 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 559-2665

CA – A Fairy Friend Launch Party

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Artist Claire Keane signs her new book A Fairy Friend at Gallery Nucleus. It is an enchanting illustrated children’s book about the world of fairies! We will also be featuring original artwork tied to the book by Claire, in the gallery! She will be there to sign and meet with fans on Saturday May 28th, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

FREE Admission
Books will be available at the signing

About the book:
“Soar into an enchanting, miniature world full of fairies. These playful creatures are all around us, if you know just where to look. And if you want to have one come to you, build a fairy house of twigs and blooms and wait patiently for a fairy to take up residence. Children are fascinated with miniature worlds and love to imagine the fairies which inhabit them. A forever friend awaits each reader in the pages of this lovely picture book.”

Other activities will include a crafting table to build your own fairy home and a DIY photobooth that will spark your imagination!

About the artist:
Claire Keane is known for her work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Tangled and Frozen. She studied graphic design at the Ecole Superieure d’Arts Graphiques in Paris, France. Claire now lives in Venice Beach, California, with her husband and kids. She is the author of the picture book Once Upon A Cloud.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – Lovely Ladies of Animation Signing

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Press Release:

Join us in welcoming the Lovely Ladies of Animation to the Disneyland® Resort! Lorelay Bové, Mingjue Helen Chen, Claire Keane, Lisa Keene, Brittney Lee and Victoria Ying will be on hand for a special book signing December 5, 2015 at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Don’t forget to stop by to pick up a copy of the book and take a look at some of their latest artwork.

About The Artists:
Lorelay Bové: As part of a family of gifted artists (her father is renowned painter Quim Bové) art has always been a way of life for Lorelay Bové, who was raised in the Principality of Andorra, Spain. Educated at the prestigious California Institute for the Arts, a school founded by Walt Disney to foster young creative talent, this exciting young artist has made an impact on the art and animation world almost immediately upon her arrival. After making her entry into the animation industry as an art intern at Pixar Animation Studios, Lorelay quickly transitioned into her current role as a Visual Development Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. As a visual development artist for Disney, Lorelay’s conceptual artwork has been extremely influential in the visual direction of films such as: The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-it Ralph, Big Hero 6, and the Frozen Fever short. Currently she is working on Disney’s upcoming film Gigantic as an art director.

Mingjue Helen Chen is an Art Director and Illustrator currently based in Los Angeles. She graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2010 and has since contributed to many notable film projects, which include: Frankenweenie, Paperman, Wreck-it Ralph, and Big Hero 6. In addition, she has also contributed to several comic book titles including DC Comics’s Gotham Academy, Batgirl, and Marvel’s Sinister Silk. You can find more of her work at mingjuechen.carbonmade.com

Claire Keane is known for her work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Tangled and Frozen. She studied graphic design at the Ecole Superieure D’Arts Graphiques in Paris, France. Claire now lives in Venice Beach, California, with her husband and kids. She is the author of the picture book, Once Upon A Cloud.

Lisa Keene: Throughout the history of The Walt Disney Studios and its unparalleled role in shaping the course of animation in film, few artists have been able to contribute on the scale and scope that Lisa Keene has over the last 28 years. After studying art at USC and The Art Center College of Design, Lisa went on to become a major artistic influence in some of the most beloved Disney Classics of all time. Her first role with the studio was as a Background Artist for The Black Cauldron (1985) and her career as a Background Painter, Stylist, Character Designer, Visual Development Artist and Art Director has since spanned four decades. Her resume includes such films as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Princess and the Frog, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tangled and many more.

Brittney Lee is a visual-development artist at The Walt Disney Animation Studios. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, she knew that she would pursue a career in animation from the moment she saw The Little Mermaid at age 6. Brittney currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their small orange cat. Her handiwork can be found in Frozen and Wreck-it Ralph as well as the Disney short films Paperman and Get A Horse! She is currently busy working on not –yet-announced projects.

Victoria Ying grew up in Southern California with the sun and surf. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, this eventually turned into a career working in Animation. She loves Japanese Curry, putting things in her shopping cart online and taking them out again and hanging out with her one eared cat. Her film credits include Tangled, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Paperman, Big Hero 6, and Moana.

Limit two (2) items signed per Artist, per Guest. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Appearances are subject to time and availability and are not guaranteed. Event and information are subject to cancellation or change without notice including but not limited to dates, times, release dates, appearances and retails. A valid Disneyland® Resort receipt may be required. Separate admission is required to enter the Disneyland® Resort theme parks.

NYC – Once Upon A Cloud Signing

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Author/Illustrator Claire Keane appears at Barnes & Noble on Monday November 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM!

About this Author:
Claire Keane is known for her past work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Frozen and Tangled. Her father, Glen Keane, was a renowned Disney artist who oversaw the design and character development on many classic Disney films, and her grandfather, Bil Keane, was the creator of The Family Circus comics. Claire lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and kids. This is her debut picture book.

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Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-5389

OR – Once Upon a Cloud Signing

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Claire Keane, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (where she made significant contributions to both Frozen and Tangled), appears at Powell’s City of Books on Saturday, July 25th at 11:00 AM to read from her highly anticipated debut picture book, Once Upon a Cloud (Dial Books).

Celeste wants to give her mother something special — but what? As she drifts off to sleep, Celeste is swept away. Up, up, into the sky, where the sun, the moon, and the stars are eagerly awaiting her arrival. How grand! They receive her with such kindness that Celeste positively sparkles with delight. And on her way home, it comes to her: the perfect gift. Chosen with care and wrapped with love, it’s just what Celeste was hoping to find.

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503-228-4651

CA – Once Upon a Cloud Signing

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Author/Illustrator Claire Keane appears at Barnes & Noble to host Storytime on Friday June 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

About this Author:
Claire Keane is known for her past work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Frozen and Tangled. Her father, Glen Keane, was a renowned Disney artist who oversaw the design and character development on many classic Disney films, and her grandfather, Bil Keane, was the creator of The Family Circus comics. Claire lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and kids. This is her debut picture book.

Barnes & Noble
5183 Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair, CA 91763
909-399-1966

CA – Once Upon A Cloud Signing

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Join Claire Keane (Frozen, Tangled) for a Mother’s day event in Venice Saturday, May 9th at 4:00 PM where she will be drawing, reading and signing Once Upon A Cloud at Ecole Claire Fontaine. There will be activities for the whole family and gifts to make for the moms in your life.

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Ecole Claire Fontaine
1047 Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA 90291

CA – Once Upon A Cloud Launch Party

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Join renowned animation artist Claire Keane (Frozen, Tangled) at Vroman’s Books on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM for a reading, discussion and signing of her first children’s book, Once Upon A Cloud. There will be refreshments, artwork and of course, books!

Meet the Author
Claire Keane is known for her past work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Frozen and Tangled. Her father, Glen Keane, was a renowned Disney artist who oversaw the design and character development on many classic Disney films, and her grandfather, Bil Keane, was the creator of The Family Circus comics. Claire lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and kids. This is her debut picture book.

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Once Upon a Cloud Signing

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Claire Keane appears at Barnes & Noble to sign her new book Once Upon a Cloud on Saturday March 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM. RSVP on Facebook!

Meet the Author
Claire Keane is known for her past work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Frozen and Tangled. Her father, Glen Keane, was a renowned Disney artist who oversaw the design and character development on many classic Disney films, and her grandfather, Bil Keane, was the creator of The Family Circus comics. Claire lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and kids. This is her debut picture book.

Barnes & Noble
1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-260-9110

CA – Ladies of Animation Art Show

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Press Release:

Gennie Rim, former artistic manager at Pixar and Disney, picks up her ongoing series centered on the art of animation with a new exhibit, “Ladies of Animation,” underlining the personal work of female artists from major studios including Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, February 9th from 6 – 10 p.m at GRspace (114 W. 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90013). The show runs through March 2nd, 2013.

Featured in the show are: Victoria Ying, Sho Murase, Helen Mingjue Chen, Nicole Mitchell, Clio Chiang, Griselda Sastrawinata, Anna Chambers, Lorelay Bove, Claire Keane, Fawn Veerasunthorn, Brittney Lee, Kendelle Hoyer and Lissa Treiman.

The women’s contributions span many disciplines within the world of animation from the design of feature characters to story and visual development in films such as Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie, and Paperman. The reach of their work extends beyond the studios into the arenas of toy design, graphic novels and advertising.

Of these artists, Rim says, “All of these women are world-class talent, and their personal work should be seen and recognized within the community of animation, and also within the world of fine art.”

A portion of proceeds will be used to support GRworks’ free monthly art workshop for kids — Rim’s simultaneous effort to foster interest and support for youth arts in Los Angeles. The next workshop, taught by animation artists, is scheduled for Saturday, February 15th from 1 – 3 p.m. at GRspace. For more information, please email info@GRworks.com.

About GRworks

Founded by animation professional Gennie Rim, GRworks was conceived in 2012 to bridge the gap between the creativity in commercial animation and fine art. Integral to the vision and philosophy of GRworks is the desire to create a space for highly talented production artists to pursue and exhibit personal works to the fine art and contemporary art communities. GRworks-curated shows have showcased many of the animation industry’s top talent. Rim brings more than 15 years of experience in animation and film, working at such industry titans as Disney and Pixar.

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