Animation: New Hanna-Barbera character art on display
This is extremely short notice, but this Saturday (6-10PM) the Van Eaton Galleries in the Sherman Oaks suburb of Los Angeles are holding the opening reception for The HB Show, “a group art show tribute to Hanna-Barbera” of paintings by numerous artists including some of HB’s former staff. The paintings are mostly of HB’s human characters such as the Flintstones and Penelope Pitstop, but there are some of Yakky Doodle, Scooby-Doo, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, and H-B's other anthropomorphic animal characters.
More importantly, the whole art show/auction is online. You can still see it all and bid on unsold paintings.
The HB Show will be up at the Van Eaton Galleries, 13613 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, Calif. 91423, (800) 599-3693, until April 20 (Adolf Hitler’s birthday! Is this significant?), so if you can get there, you can still see it all even after the art auction. And, of course, the Van Eaton Galleries have other animation goodies on display.
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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics
These appear to be very well-rendered – but, oh man, the price for some of them!
I guess it is California, and the gallery has to take its cut.
If you are an artist exhibiting at any gallery, you have to charge at least $50 for your painting to be worth the gallery's time to exhibit it. Otherwise, it's pretty much what the artist thinks his or her artwork is worth. Some of these people like Bill Wray and Willie Ito are well-known Hollywood animation studio veterans, and it's rare to get a chance to get a "pure" example of their art style, when they're not making it look like a studio's house style.
By the way, if you go to the Google map of the Van Eaton Galleries and click North twelve times, you will come to the map showing where I am, at San Fernando Post Acute Hospital on Foothill Boulevard near the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard.
I did not try to attend the opening reception of The HB Show at the Van Eaton Galleries last night. The Van Eaton Galleries are cramped for wheelchairs at the best of times, and I would have been lost in the mob scene that Mark Evanier describes:
I am glad that it was a success, and I think that Mark speaks for many of us when he says that his first reaction at looking at many of the paintings was, "WHAT was the artist THINKING!?"
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