Library display pays tribute to Disney sculptor

First Posted: 1/27/2014

Jeanette Kulick, of Harveys Lake, will pay tribute to Disney legend Blaine Gibson when she displays her Disney memorabilia at the Back Mountain Memorial Library during February.

Jeanette informs us that Blaine Gibson is a gifted sculptor who started out as an animator at Disney when the film “Snow White” was created. Then in the 1950s, Walt Disney approached Gibson in an elevator and told him he wanted him to be head sculptor of that department in Disneyland which was being built in California. As head sculptor, Gibson carved the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse which greets visitors to Disneyland. He also sculpted most of the presidents in the Hall of Presidents through the figure of President George Bush.

Jeanette tells of the times she visited with Blaine and his wife, Coral, over the years. She describes him as very personable and a good-hearted man.

“The joy of creating has given long lives to many Disney artists as Blaine will be celebrating his 96th birthday this Feb. 11,” states Jeanette. She adds that two other imaginers who worked alongside of Gibson both lived to be nearly 100 years old. One of them, Grim Natwick, was the designer of Snow White and Betty Boop.

Included in the display will be some of Jeanette’s favorite Disney items as Blaine Gibson’s Christmas cards, Small World collectibles and books on the Imagineering Department at Disney.

Jeanette has been a Disney fan since the early days of the Mickey Mouse Club on TV and has been gathering her collection for 35 years.

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