She was a woman way ahead of her time and a trailblazer within the world of Disney.
Mary Blair, an artist, animator and designer, served as the lead concept artist for the animated films “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan,” among others. She also contributed art to the 1941 animated movie “Dumbo.”
Through Oct. 19, the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University is featuring “The Magic and Flair of Mary Blair.” The exhibition includes more than 20 of her original works, all of them culled from the museum’s permanent collection.
“Mary Blair is one of the great geniuses in California art,” said the Hilbert Museum’s director, Mary Platt, who also...