Sculptor Areyna Schmidt on Working at Disney World, Zoo Face Painting, and Her Wicket Project for Downtown's Croquet Tournament

Mallets and forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social and Croquet Tournament on Saturday, November 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. Chow Bella's profiling the all-star line up of pie-makers, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce the artists creating wickets for the Croquet Tournament, one by one. Up today: Areyna Schmidt

Areyna Schmidt is a Visual Arts student at ASU and a member of the Arizona State Sculpture Collective.

Schmidt has studied and explored woodworking, printmaking, painting and drawing. She also works seasonally at Walt Disney World as a character performer and also does face painting during events at the Phoenix Zoo. She says she aspires to work for Disney as an Imagineer after finishing school.

See Also: - Sculptor Kyle Blalock on Inspiration, Foundry, and His Wicket Project for Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row's Croquet Tournament - Get Ready for a Downtown Croquet Tournament During Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row's Annual Pie Social in November

When you aren't sculpting you're probably...

When I'm not sculpting I'm usually painting or working at Disney World.

Three major inspirations or influences...

I take a lot of inspiration from books, movies, and the theme parks I work at. I'm inspired specifically by the artists Mary Blair, Herb Ryman, and Blaine Gibson.

Since the theme is Alice in Wonderland, if you could be any character in the World of Alice in Wonderland who would it be and why?

I've always been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland and I got to play Alice in a theatrical production once, so I'd have to say Alice.

Most preferred materials or medium to work with when sculpting...

My favorite medium to sculpt in is definitely clay, but I think paint is my favorite medium to work in overall.

Favorite pie...

Definitely cherry!

More profiles are coming soon, but in the meantime you can check out Chow Bella's lineup of Pie Social chefs. Stay tuned to Jackalope Ranch and Chow Bella for more info.

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