Published On: Mon, Nov 12th, 2012

Disney’s Festival of the Masters features a diverse celebration of art and entertainment

2012 is Disney’s 37th annual Festival of the Masters which showcased paintings, photography, scultures, jewelry and glass from 150 award-winning artists.

“We’re always looking for ways to reinvent the Downtown Disney area to entertain guests, whether it’s your first or 37th visit,” says Keith Bradford, VP Downtown Disney.

This Edward Scissorhands glass art piece by Janis Nunez was just one example of the mosaics available from Sugarskull Artz. photo Brandon Jones

Italian glass, Mexican glass, mirror glass, a broken sandel, pennies and a taxidermy eye were all ingredients listed by Janis Nunez.

“I’m an engineer by career, but art is my passion,” Nunez told the Global Dispatch. Details and custom pieces can be requested here at SugerSkull Artz.

Tons of unique and limited edition jewelry were on display, varying from elaborate necklaces to small delicate hand-crafted beads.

“I can’t stand a pendant with nothing on the back,” explained Lori Flanders as she showed off her two-sided pendant which was displayed next to hand-crafted beads. (All available at Isabels Rose.

Sculptors explained glazing and firing processes with inquisitive fans while photographers revealed their inspirations or transfer processes as back stories to their creations.

Just Dotz introduced the term “Scribbleism” to music fans admiring intricate renditions of famous musicians as The Hairy Potter a few booths away explained his horsehair pottery technique.

Photogarpher Jonathan Shuff traveled from Grand Rapids, Michigan for the event and Ana Willow Obermayr of Oberini Glass Design flew countless blown glass pieces cross country from Oregon.

The crowd packed the shops, bustling from booth to booth to examine the artistic fodder which included license plates transformed into wall art, a massive Peace Symbol comprised of little green army men and a banana on roller skates sculpture.

Kinetic art windmills stopped onlookers, who couldn’t help but admire the amazing creations twist and twirl in the Florida breeze.

Cirque du Solei face painting, a Lego sponsored play area, Disney artists signing autographs, live music and Michaels’ sponsored craft activities rounded out a full menu of options for guests.

Oni, a vacationer from the northeast, said she “couldn’t believe how much was here,” describing the multitude of artists from different fields.

“I got some to take home,” she said, clutching to three bags as she planned on more shopping.

For more information about this event and the 2013 schedule, please refer back regularly to the Disney site:



A duct tape flower rose made at the Michaels sponsor craft table at the 2012 Disney Festival of the Masters photo Alyson Jones






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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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  1. Janis says:

    Thank you Brandon for publishing my Edward Scissorhands! It was a fun show 🙂

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