BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ICE AGE art director Brian McEntee writes to let me know of a good cause that’s bringing the animation community together. Martha Baxton, the longtime secretary of the CalArts Character Animation program, has been going through difficult times following a stroke that her husband Larry suffered. Former students are rallying together and holding a benefit auction next month to raise funds for her husband’s hospital bills. Martha is fondly remembered by CalArts grads, who call her the “backbone” and “heart and soul” of the animation program, and describe her as “the den mother” to the animation students.
The auction website has details about how to contribute artwork for the event. Here’s a bit more about the auction from the website: