Artist Showcase with David Buckley, Will Gay, Joe Kaminski, Mark Seppala, Don “Ducky” Williams
November 14 - November 15
Art of Disney, Downtown Disney® Marketplace
Help us welcome Disney artists David Buckley, Will Gay, Joe Kaminski, Mark Seppala, and Don “Ducky” Williams as they visit the Walt Disney World® Resort November 14-15, 2014. These five talented artists will be on hand for special appearances and signings at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney® Marketplace from 6p.m. to 8p.m., Friday, November 14, and 4p.m. to 6p.m. Saturday, November 15, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works.
David Buckley Will Gay
Joe Kaminski Mark Seppala “Ducky” Williams
David Buckley is originally from the great city of Cleveland. Growing up, if he wasn’t watching superhero cartoons or building robots, he was drawing and painting. He is now a Principal Graphic Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he has been designing environmental graphics for Disney since 1999. If you’ve visited any Disney Park, Resort or Cruise Ship, you’ve probably seen the results of his handiwork.
During 2008 David and his wife took a one year leave to travel the world. They crossed 22 countries on this amazing and life-changing journey. That experience has provided David with a vast new array of influences and inspirations to draw from for his design work at Disney.
David still builds robots and creates whimsical paintings in his spare time. Since 2007 he has been bringing his playful art style to the Disney galleries with his interpretations of Disney characters and attractions.
Will Gay is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer. As a creative director at Disney’s Yellow Shoes, Will is tasked daily with leading a talented team of art directors, copywriters, and designers in the field of advertising. His latest paintings are realized in the evenings at his home studio. Will is influenced by a combination of pop culture, street art, graphic design, and skateboarding. Since his debut at the Festival of the Masters in 2009, he has continued to interpret iconic characters like Mickey Mouse and others in new and intriguing ways.
Eleven years ago, Joe Kaminski became a writer for Yellow Shoes Creative Group—Disney’s internal ad agency for its many Parks and Resorts around the globe.
Surrounded by a world of creative Disney influences, Joe began utilizing found office supplies, teaching himself to draw and paint Disney Characters. He would often post his creations around the office, hoping to get a reaction from all the talented Disney artists and art directors roaming the halls. It wasn’t long until Joe began receiving various compliments and praise from his fellow Cast Members.
Thanks to all of his hard work and dedication, Joe’s relentless efforts eventually paid off. He has won six Disney Festival of the Masters art competitions. His work is featured in the Art of Disney galleries, and he is also a proud member of the Disney Cruise Line gallery of artists.
Mark was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and lived there until he was 5 years old. Moving on to Pembroke, Massachusetts until 1964. In 1965 the family moved back to Quincy and he began art school at The New England School of Art in Boston. He majored in Advertising Design and traditional Animation. From the age of 5 he had always wanted to work for Disney. He had some delays in this journey, one being the U.S. Navy. Joining the Navy after graduation from art school, he was stationed in Iceland for one of the four years in the military. In the past 10 years, he has gone back over 6 times to enjoy the unbelievable countryside and the beauty of Iceland.
His art career really took off after the military. Working at numerous design studios and in house graphics departments he honed his craft. All the while sending letters and illustrations to Disney. While in Florida in 1989, Mark met Disney executives at Theme Park Merchandise and landed the role of General Manager, Character Merchandise for the merchandise division in Florida. Responsibilities included drawing the Disney characters, managing the staff, hiring new artists. and working with a multitude of freelance artists and designers. After 25 years working for Disney he decided to retire, a very difficult choice, to pursue other goals in his life and career.
Mark still does contract work for Disney and has opened a small gallery in Orlando. He also works on model making, reproductions of vintage products and finally painting those landscapes of Iceland and getting ready for the next trim in August of 2015. Mark says that life is like a ruler, there’s about 2″ left and I want to do things I never had time to do. Make every day count.
Don “Ducky” Williams
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Don wrote his first letter to Walt Disney at age 10. His desire to be a Disney artist intensified as Don grew up, but was put on hold while he spent 4 years in the U.S. Navy. After his tour of duty, he returned to Massachusetts and became employed at a local savings bank where he was promoted to Branch Manager. During his 10 years at the bank, Don still yearned to be with Disney and spent much of his spare time drawing and painting the Disney characters.
In 1980, Don quit the bank and moved to Florida. Now, after 34 years with Walt Disney Resorts Marketing, the acclaimed Senior Character Artist, Don “Ducky” Williams, has drawn and illustrated literally thousands of Disney stars for books, lithographs, brochures, magazine ads, theme park images, television and is a frequent guest presenter aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships.
Limit two (2) items signed per Guest. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Appearances are subject to time and availability and are not guaranteed. Event and information are subject to cancellation or change without notice including but not limited to dates, times, release dates, appearances and retails. A valid Walt Disney World® Resort receipt may be required.