DISNEY TREASURES COLLECTION: MAGICAL MARCH
Michelle St. Laurent
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Inspired by Walt Disney’s® Animated Classic Fantasia! Each Treasures on Canvas Collection Features stunning Limited-Edition artwork by many of your favorite artists.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: All titles are released in limited editions of 1500 and arrive beautifully gallery-wrapped and come complete with a Certificate of Authenticity. Officially Licensed artwork by Disney®
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michelle St. Laurent was born and raised in New Jersey, the oldest of four children in a large Italian family. At a young age, Michelle was inspired by Italian Renaissance painters Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. She began painting at the age of 6 and asked for new paint sets and sketch books on every birthday. In the first grade she entered a poster contest creating a painting of all the Disney characters marching in a parade. The judges disqualified her because they could not believe she had done the painting by herself without tracing. Her disappointment fueled her determination to become an artist.
Michelle made it her goal to become a Disney Artist when her family moved to Florida at the age of 16. She worked in the Magic Kingdom throughout high school then attended the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, majoring in Advertising and Design. After gathering years of experience, Michelle was hired by Disney Design Group where she spent ten years creating artwork for Disney’s Theme Park Merchandise. She trained, worked, and was inspired by Disney legend Ralph Kent. Another 5 years working with Disney’s Park Events team as an Art Director creating large scale sets and props for all the major park parties, festivals and press events.
Michelle began painting for the Disney Galleries in 1998 and became a true Disney artist. Over 20 years now her talent evolves with each piece. "Through my paintings I aspire to recreate the classic Disney magic, which allows each of us to be a kid again.” Her art feeds her life’s passion and her family fuels her passion for life!
ABOUT THE FILM: Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben Sharpsteen, it is the third Disney animated feature film. The film consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski, seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music critic and composer Deems Taylor acts as the film's Master of Ceremonies, providing a live-action introduction to each animated segment.
Disney settled on the film's concept in 1938 as work neared completion on The Sorcerer's Apprentice, an elaborate Silly Symphonies short designed as a comeback role for Mickey Mouse, who had declined in popularity. As production costs grew higher than what it could earn, Disney decided to include the short in a feature-length film with other segments set to classical pieces. The soundtrack was recorded using multiple audio channels and reproduced with Fantasound, a pioneering sound reproduction system that made Fantasia the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound.