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Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012

KANSAI

"Mary Blair: A Life's Choice, A Mother's Job, from Studio Ghibli Collection"

NAGASAKI PREFECTURAL ART MUSEUM


By TOMOHIRO OSAKI
Staff writer

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"Lemonade Girl" (c. 1960) © THE NIECES OF MARY BLAIR

Mary Blair (1911-1978) is probably best remembered for her work for the Walt Disney Studios. She is known to have influenced the blockbuster animations "Cinderella," "Alice In Wonderland" and "Peter Pan." After leaving Disney, Blair continued to work as a graphic designer and illustrator. She illustrated several children's books, including Ruth Krauss' "I Can Fly," and later handled the character designs for Disneyland's musical boat ride "It's a Small World."

Rare for a woman of the 1950s to '70s, Blair managed to travel worldwide to develop her career while also raising her two sons; till Sept. 2.

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum; (095) 833-2110; 2-1, Dejima-machi, Nagasaki; Nagasaki Station, JR lines. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Aug.27. www.nagasaki-museum.jp.

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