Butch Hartman, the animation artist best known for creating the hit Nickelodeon series Fairly Odd Parents, will be the featured artist at this year’s Reyes Adobe Days, the City of Agoura Hills announced Wednesday at a press conference.
“It’s a great honor. I’m thrilled,” said the Bell Canyon resident whose daughter, Sophia, attends Agoura High School. “It’s always nice to help the community out.”
Hartman said his name was suggested to the City by a fellow Comedy Sportz classmate. Sophia is a student of the acting program’s former coach Cinco Paul, this year’s grand marshal. “[Paul] coached my daughter for two years,” Hartman said. “He’s like her taller dad … She’s going to miss him.” Paul left Comedy Sportz after his daughter, Rachel, graduated last year.
During the four-day festivities taking place October 9-12, Hartman will conduct a live drawing demonstration for the kids. He said he will be accepting parent donations to go to the high school. He will also have some of his original works on public display. Also on exhibit will be illustrations from Paul’s popular Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss movies.
“For this year’s theme, the gallery is presenting art that will interest all ages. The drawings and storyboards are from popular productions directed toward children but also enjoyed by young and older adults,” said Zach Miller, recreation manager for Agoura Hills, in a press release. “The exhibit will show the process in creating shows and films and the various steps required in creating animation.”
Hartman’s animation style was inspired by growing up watching Hanna-Barbara cartoons and loving to draw. His work will be joined with others from local artists in the [email protected] gallery, a special exhibition inside the Reyes Adobe Historical Site’s barn.
In addition to the returning festival favorites, this year’s event will feature a farmhouse tent, which will showcase local artisans–brewmasters, textile artists, jewelers– and a kids corral with camel rides. For complete information and times on all events during the four-day weekend, contact the City of Agoura Hills at 818-597-7361 or visit www.reyesadobedays.org.