WonderGround Artist Showcase

I will be returning to WonderGround Gallery on Saturday, September 19th to debut some brand new art – including the latest Hipster Mickey piece. I’ll be appearing along side fellow artists Kristen Tercek and John Coulter from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

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“Monorail Mouse” captures Hipster Mickey near the Submarine lagoon trying to catch a selfie with the iconic Monorail speeding by in the background. “Courting Minnie” is a romantic piece with Mickey and Minnie all decked out for a night at the parks. For those of you who couldn’t make it the D23 Expo this year, “Kingdom of Cute” is now available at WonderGround Gallery.

Hope to see you at this special event.

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WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort.

 

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Shop Disney Parks App

AppThe Shop Disney Parks App is now available for download on iTunes. If shopping is a big part of going to Disney Parks for you, then this is the app you’ve been waiting for. Featuring merchandise found throughout the parks and resorts, the app finally brings the in-park shopping experience to your smart phone. You can scan items to find out, price, availability and where to find it in the park. I’ve only taken a quick look at the app so I’m sure there’s much to discover.

You can now purchase a lot of my merchandise that was previously only available in the parks. To find out what’s available, simply enter “Maruyama” in the search field to see a nice selection of merchandise. Other items can be found by doing a character search. Not everything is currently available but take a look around and see what you find. Some items might require a little exploring.

You can download the app for free. Take a look and see what you think. Would love to hear your feedback. I’m excited that more of the merchandise is available to those who can’t always make it to the parks.

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Button Giveaway Winners

IMG_1160My thanks to everyone who entered to win a button set. Appreciate all your kind comments and for helping me get the word out about my D23 Expo Signings. Remember, if you’re at the Expo this weekend, find me to get some free buttons.

The winners of this contest are…

AORSI72 and koolguy523

Please email me your shipping address and I will send out those prizes next week. My email is jerrod@jmaruyama.com.

I’ll be signing at the D23 Expo on Friday, August 14th 3:15 – 4:15 in the Dream Store. On Saturday, August 15th, find me in Autograph Central from 1:00-2:00. Both appearances are listed in the D23 Expo app schedule.

Hope to see many of you there!

Mattel Tribute Show

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I was honored when Dave Perillo invited me to participate in the latest show he’s curating. Celebrating the many worlds of Mattel, the tribute will open on Friday, August 14th at Gallery 1988 West. He’s put together an impressive roster of artist and I am humbled to be included. I’ve created three new pieces for the show and can’t wait to share them with you next week. I will have 10 prints of each piece available for purchase at the gallery. I hope to be there opening night.

Gallery 1988 West is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046 – West of La Brea

Win Some Buttons

BUTTON_PromoI’ll be heading to the D23 Expo next week to promote my latest piece, Kingdom of Cute – available exclusively in the Dream Store. To help get the word out, I’m giving away some free button packs. For those of you who are unable to attend the event, this is your chance to pick up a complete set. The set includes all the buttons I’ve given away over the past year – including the two new designs created especially for the Expo and the last of the Star Wars buttons.

All you have to do is follow me on Instagram and re-post the image shown above. You’ll find that image in my Instagram feed. Just re-post to your followers and tag me in the post using @jmaruyama or #jmaruyama or even #jerrodmaruyama. If you don’t tag me, I won’t be notified of your post. You must have a public account. If your account is set to private, I will be unable to see your post.

I’ll select two lucky winners at random next week. This is an INSTAGRAM ONLY contest. Entries accepted until midnight Monday, August 10th. One entry per Instagram account.I’ll post the winners on Tuesday, August 11th.

Prizes Ship Only To U.S. Addresses

D23 Expo Dream Store Appearance

D23Expo_Promo2015I am so excited to be appearing at the Dream Store during the D23 Expo coming to the Anaheim Convention Center this August. I will have a brand new piece available exclusively at the event. “Kingdom of Cute” celebrates all things Disneyland. This homage to the many things I love about the park, will be available as a limited edition canvas and deluxe print.

Here are the times I will be appearing in the store…

Friday, August 14   3:15 – 4:15 pm

Saturday, August 15th   1:00 – 2:00 pm

If you’re at the Expo, come by and say hello. The Dream Store is home to some of the best merchandise available at the event. Hope to see you there!

I have been a member of D23 since it started in 2009 and have attended each of the Expos. They are fantastic events and I am so honored to be participating in this small way. I’ll also be walking the floor as time permits. If you see me, say hello. I just might have some new buttons with me.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23EXPO.

Hipsters Forever – The Winners

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Time to announce the winners of the Hipsters Forever art giveaway! My thanks to everyone who entered. I wish I could give you all something. Thank you so much for your interest in my work.

The winner of the signed Hipsters Forever deluxe print is Dylan Le (Facebook). Congratulations, Dylan. I’ll be sending you the print plus the buttons next week.

I’ve also selected three lucky “second” place winners who will receive a small package of goodies in the mail – including all the buttons. The second place winners are: Denia G. (@turtlesandisney on Twitter), Darren Redstone (Facebook) and Erica (MSGOGOLAND on Instagram).

To all the winners, please email me your shipping address and I will put your prizes in the mail next week. Email me at: jerrod@jmaruyama.com

I’ll be at WonderGround Gallery this Saturday, June 13th from 11am – 1pm. Come say hello if you’re in the parks this weekend.

Disneyland Resort Cast Memebrs – I will be doing a special signing just for you on Saturday, June 13th from 3-5pm at the Team Center. This is a special Hipster Mickey image created exclusively for CMs. Don’t miss it!

Are You A Disneyland Hipster?

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Are you a Disneyland Hipster? Do you keep you keep up to date on the most current Disneyland news and rumors? Are you the go-to person in your circle of friends for all things Disneyland? Do you know the RIGHT way to do Disneyland? If you answered yes to these questions (and I’m sure most of you did) then you are a Disneyland Hipster. Declare your Disneyland Hipster cred on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and you can win the latest Hipster Mickey piece created especially for the resort’s Diamond Celebration.

I will be giving away a signed deluxe print to one lucky winner. There will also be a few runner-up prizes awarded as well – including some new buttons (see photo below).

Here’s how to enter…

To Enter Via Twitter

  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Tweet a link to this blog post to your followers.
  • Include the phrase “I’m a Disneyland Hipster”
  • Make sure to include @jmaruyama in your tweet.
  • Include #WonderGroundGallery in your tweet.

To Enter Via Facebook

  • Follow me on Facebook
  • Share this article with your Friends and Followers on Facebook.
  • Tag me (Jerrod Maruyama) in your post. (You must tag me otherwise I won’t see your post and you won’t be entered in the drawing.)
  • Include the phrase “I’m a Disneyland Hipster”
  • Include #WonderGroundGallery in your post.

To Enter via Instagram

  • Follow me on Instagram.
  • Find the image above in my Instagram feed and re-post on your Instagram account.
  • Include the phrase “I’m a Disneyland Hipster” in your post.
  • Make sure to include @jmaruyama and/or #jmaruyama in your post other wise I won’t see it. If your account is set to private, I won’t be able to see your post. I have to be able to see your post for you to be entered in the drawing.
  • Also include #WonderGroundGallery in your post.

You must follow ALL the steps above to be entered in the contest. Skipping any of the steps may prevent me from seeing your post. You can enter once on each social media outlet mentioned above. Contact me if you have any questions about entering.

Contest closes at midnight on Monday, June 8th. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 9th.

PRIZES SHIP TO U.S. ADDRESSES ONLY.

Attention Disneyland® Resort Cast Members – I’m so excited to do a special signing for a new piece created especially for the Disneyland Resort Cast Members in honor of the Diamond Celebration. If you are working June 13 and have a moment to stop by the TEAM Center and say hello, I’ll be signing from from 3:00pm – 5:00pm!

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort

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Hipsters Forever

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Excited to announce that I will be returning to WonderGround Gallery in June! Hipster Mickey and Minnie join in on the 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Happiest Place on Earth in the latest addition to the Hipster Mickey line “Hipsters Forever”. Even this cool couple can’t resist a new fireworks show in front of Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty castle.

“Hipsters Forever” will be available as a limited edition canvas and deluxe print. It will debut at the gallery on Saturday, June 13th. I’ll be there from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Come by and say hello!

Stay tuned for another art giveaway. Details will be announced soon!

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

Box Of Emotions

SydneyMy good friend Tamie Day has three children, two of them are on the autism spectrum. Being the supportive friend that she is, she purchased the Box of Mixed Emotions book set in kind support of my work. While sharing the little books with her kids, she found them to be a great tool to teach emotions. Her seven year old daughter Sydney (pictured above), has taken a particular interest in them.

“The books are so cute! My kids and I have been giggling over them all afternoon. We’re ALWAYS working on emotions and these books are an excellent addition to our materials. There are separate books for Anger, Fear, Disgust, Sadness, and Joy. They are going to get a lot of use. It just got Sydney out of a meltdown! She was crying and we read Joy which got her to start smiling. Then she saw the last page and said, ‘now we need to read Sadness!’ They love the “emotion in control today” cut out in the box. Sydney has been asking every therapist what theirs is and then puts the correct book in the window. Then she talks to them about why they feel that way and a whole discussion is prompted. She and her nine year old sister, Natalie, have enjoyed reading the books together and sharing a laugh. Honestly there is so much therapeutic benefit in such a small box.”

I found this fascinating. I don’t know much about autism and the associated therapy. Much of what I do know, I learned from Tamie. I was curious as to why teaching emotions was important for children with autism. She explained it to me this way.

11109173_10205073484051162_5969064675167586536_n“Emotions tend to be extremely difficult for people on the spectrum to understand and identify.  My kids have done hundreds of hours of programming in therapy to identify facial expressions and label the emotion that goes with it, and to label their own emotional state.  Jacob, at age 11,  still can only tell me he is happy, sad, or angry.  Then they have to learn what makes people feel certain emotions, which is part of Sydney’s current programming.  The boy fell down, how does that make him feel?  Her mommy said she can’t have a puppy, how does she feel?  THEN they have to learn what to do about emotions.  Right now Sydney is learning to identify different things she can do if someone is angry. Her usual response is to laugh, which is not the most appropriate choice.  If they are feeling frustrated, what can they do about it?  This goes into self advocacy and self regulation.  If they can identify how they or someone else feels, then they can take action.  Once they can do that, they usually have fewer behaviors and can connect better with the people around them.  Not only that, but academically it is crucial for reading comprehension. The beauty of the Inside Out books is how fun and engaging they are.  Working on emotions can be very difficult and frustrating and it’s not something my kids have wanted to do without a lot of reinforcement.  But these books are reinforcing in themselves. Also I love how the different expressions are categorized by book.  So, all the expressions in the Anger book relate to that emotion. I can totally see kids remembering them as “oh that was in the red book, that person must be angry because he said ‘don’t have a cow!’ The Anger book is Sydney’s favorite.”

That’s pretty amazing. This was such a fun project to work on. The character designs are fantastic and the text by Brittany Candau is silly fun – a real dream for an illustrator. But to see them used in this way is a delightful and unexpected surprise. I am so touched to see Sydney connect with these books. As artists, we all hope our work makes an impact in some way, however small. To get feedback like this is beyond my expectations and truly rewarding. My thanks to Tamie for not only supporting my work but for sharing this story with me.

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