Good News

It’s been a busy few weeks.  Where on earth did September go!  I’m finally feeling a bit caught up from having been gone in September moving my daughter back to college and attending the Florida Watercolor Society convention.  I was not able to attend the “An Affair of the Art,” Disney Ryman Show out in Los Angeles, as it was going on the same time as the convention.  However, my husband who was out there on business was able to go!  He sent me  photo updates throughout  the evening and I was so happy to learn that “Balinese Lotus,” sold!

Balinese Lotus, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 14″ x 14″ , 35.5 cm x 35.5 cm



I also had a painting Do You do Voodoo in the current exhibition, “The Edge of Night, ” at the 127 SoBo Gallery and it sold at the opening reception last Thursday!

 Do You Do Voodoo, Watercolor Mounted on Board, Sealed and Framed, 6″ x 6,” framed size 12″ x 12,” $200 framed


I hope everyone is having a nice fall season.  We finally got some cool weather here in Florida last Sunday, so I have a bit of a pep in my step!

Disney/Ryman An Affair of the Art

Balinese Lotus, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 14″ x 14″ , 35.5 cm x 35.5 cm


I just shipped three paintings that will be part of “An Affair of the Art” Exhibition to benefit Ryman Arts on Saturday, September 20th.  I’m thrilled to be invited to be in the show again this year at the lovely home and garden in the Hollywood Hills,  of Marty Sklar  the retired head of Walt Disney Imagineering.  This years theme is “Under the Big Top,” and will feature a Patron Special Presentation of rare film footage of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, the years Herbert Ryman sketched and painted when they traveled to small towns through out the  United States.  Including the time when C.B. DeMille studied sites for the Academy Award Winning film, “The Greatest Show on Earth,”  which was filmed in Sarasota, Florida.

Bananas on Japanese Box, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 12″ x 10″, 30.5 cm x 25.5 cm


If you would like to learn more about this event and this wonderful cause you can click here to read my post from last year’s show, and here to visit the Ryman Arts web site and to purchase tickets.  Many Disney artists and artists from the Los Angeles are invited to exhibit in the show.   You can also preview the art in the show by clicking here.

Reward, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 6″ x 6″, 15 cm x 15 cm


Success at An Affair of the Art, 2013 for Ryman Arts

I’m happy to pass on the news that two of my paintings were sold and went to good homes at An Affair of the Art, 2013 to benefit Ryman Arts.  It feels wonderful to sell your work, then it makes it even more special when you know some of the proceeds are going to a great cause such as this.  Thank you to all who dedicated their time and art to put on this event.  Hopefully, see you next year!

“An Affair of the Art, 2013” to Benefit Ryman Arts

kimminichiello.comHong Kong Happy Hour at Feather Boa, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 18″ x 12″

Available at “An Affair of the Art, 2013”

I was invited to be a participating artist in “An Affair of the Art 2013,” to benefit Ryman Arts,  which takes place this Saturday.  I attended this event every year when I worked at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Kyoto Tanuki, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 8″ x 10″

Available at “An Affair of the Art, 2013”

Named after Artist, Designer and Mentor,  Herbert D. Ryman, Ryman Arts teaches skills in art and life to teens in a nurturing studio environment.  High school students interested in pursuing a career in art can take classes and get guidance to help them prepare for college and a creative career in the arts.  The program is free to any student based on their ability and commitment, without regard to their families financial status.


Herbert D. Ryman or Herbie to those Imagineers who had the fortunate opportunity to know and work with him, created the first overall illustration of Disneyland, as Walt described it to him.  This illustration was used to pitch the concept to get funding for the construction of Disneyland.  Herbie worked on every Disney theme park until his death in 1989.

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Hong Kong Gatekeeper, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 6″ x 6″

Available at “An Affair of the Art, 2013”

The Affair of the Art, is hosted by two of the founders  of Ryman Arts, Leah and Marty Sklar in their home in Southern California, mid September 2013. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all the art in the show, will go toward Ryman Arts.   Marty was head writer for Walt Disney, and was the head of Walt Disney Imagineering up until his recent retirement a few years ago.

 I’m extremely excited to be a part of this event and joining the company of many talented artists.  One other watercolor and print making  artist, Belinda Del Pesco,  is also participating.  I am a great admirer of her work and have followed her blog since living in Hong Kong in 2007.Unfortunately I will now be attending but have many friends who will be my eyes and ears!  I hope the evening is a huge success to benefit this great organization!
For more information on Herb Ryman click here.

For more information on Ryman Arts click here.

For ticket information click here.

To preview the artwork in the show click here.

To preview silent auction items click here.