Hi, my name is Mindy Linahres. When I received my e-mail that I had been selected “Collector of the Month”, so may emotions ran through me. I was both honored & speechless. I was asked to tell my story, explain my “Why” (sort of speak). So here it goes. As a young kid growing up in So. California, special “Family time” & “Daddy*Daughter” day was spent at Disneyland, great memories especially now that my mom is gone. As I got older Disney became more & more a way of life. Whether things were going really great or really really bad I knew once I entered that turnstile, and walked under those train tracks, things would be all better. Leaving the outside world behind. I knew that nothing and no one could hurt me there. They say that Disneyland is full of magic, there are few things I know without a doubt, that magic, is VERY REAL. The sadness and pain would go away. When I met my husband, we had a lot of the same things in common. , especially our love of Disney. He even proposed there. A few years later we discovered “50 Wonderful Years”. We weren’t able to buy it at that time but I knew it would someday hang on our wall.
On July 18th, 2010, we went to an event during Disneyland’s 55th Anniversary. While we were waiting in line to get into the Gallery we were told by a cast member that all of the artists had left but we could still go in. (My 4 month old had a plan of his own), so my husband stayed in line. At noon when Disneyana re-opened he was surprised to see that the only artist to come back was Noah. We left with 2 Gicleés that day and a wish list longer than our arms. The true beginning of a life long love of his work. Since that July, our collection has expanded from our home to our salon. So many of his paintings I can relate to in some way. We have tried to limit ourselves to just one theme. (I can say that didn’t work out so well). To look at a painting and know that the person behind it puts every bit of himself into it. You can see his heart, soul, love and passion on each canvas and that pours into each and everything he does. Whether it is the continuous fight to help kids with Autism, annual events to raise money for a family in need, love for his family, spiritual values or developing an amazing mentorship program to help guide others to find their dreams and living in “their sweet spot”. We now wait on pins and needles to see what new pieces are going to be released and try to attend as many events as we can.
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