Shop Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28! + Holiday Events at the Chuck Jones Galleries

SS_Logo_Clean_Blue This year, the Chuck Jones Galleries in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and Santa Fe, will be participating in Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015. This is a great time for you to show your support of local businesses that put their “all” into small business. The Chuck Jones Galleries will feature a special promotion for that day only, details to be revealed next week.



Larry Leichliter at SDG 2015_7x5Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, Saturday, December 5 from 5 to 8 PM, RSVP 888-294-9880. The artist will be dedicating artwork purchased that evening.

And at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe


An exhibition and sale of original art by Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, Mike Kungl, Markus Pierson, Fran Lew, and all animation studios.

Friday, December 11 from 4 to 7 PM and Saturday, December 12 from 3 to 6 PM. Refreshments will be served. RSVP 800-290-5999. The gallery is located at 126 West Water St., Santa Fe, NM 87501.


A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Presents a Creative Classroom Led by Leigh Rubin, Author & Illustrator of the Syndicated Comic Strip, Rubes®

Sunday, November 15 from 2 to 4 PM

A Musical Performance by Andrew Rubin Will Close the Workshop

Costa Mesa, Ca: Need more humor in your life? The world is a serious place and let’s face it, we all need to lighten up. There really is humor in almost any situation, but how do we find it? All it takes is a bit of mental twist to look at your world in a funny way. Discover the humor in your own life by mentally stepping out of your normal routine and into your very own twistedly absurd and funny world! This illustrated lecture and workshop is a comic adventure inside the ridiculously twisted mind of Leigh Rubin, Rubes® cartoonist and “sit down” comic. This afternoon presentation is free and open to the public and is recommended for ages 10 and above. At the end of the lecture, Leigh’s talented musician son, Andrew, will perform for approximately one-half hour.

Leigh Rubin began his cartooning career in 1978 by establishing his own greeting card company, Rubes® Publications. His first cartoon collection, the popular Notable Quotes musical cartoons was published in 1981. Originally self-syndicated, 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of his daily cartoon, Rubes®, which is now distributed by Creators Syndicate to more than 400 newspapers and media outlets worldwide. Rubes® appears in major daily metropolitan newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Daily News, the Vancouver Sun, the Oregonian, the Staten Island Advance, the Washington Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Houston Chronicle, and the Orange County Register. Rubin recently launched a new website, WhyGrowUp.Club, celebrating life’s simple pleasures.

Leigh and Cow Photo

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Creative Classroom began with a workshop led by children’s author and illustrator, Kelly Light, in February 2015 and is a quarterly free-to-the-public workshop presented by the Center. Award-winning actor and illustrator, Richard Kinsey delighted the summer crowd with his innovative take on storytelling. The Center is pleased to present “A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste”, led by the funny and charming, Leigh Rubin, as part of this ongoing series.


Andrew Rubin, of California’s Central Coast, has been cultivating his passion for music since he was thirteen years old. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the rock trio, The Spaces Between, and has a background of various musical projects involving Pop, Jazz, Funk, and more. In more recent times, Andrew discovered a new-found love for classical music and, with support from peers and mentors, has taken up composition. Now 20, he is currently working on his third classical piece, and aims to continue with great vigor the writing and performance that brings him so much joy, as well as further exploration and progress in all branches of his musical career. The Center is pleased to present Andrew Rubin in a short concert appearance after his father’s workshop.

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is located at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Part of the exciting South Coast Collection (SoCo), the Center’s vision is a world where creativity is known, in all disciplines, by the many, not just the few. The Center offers art classes and programs, both on site and with our community partners around Orange County. Visit to learn more. The Leigh Rubin Creative Classroom is on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 2 to 4 PM. It is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Please contact or call 949-660-7793 x 107 to reserve your seat.

Path of Pilgrimage–New Paintings by Joshua Smith at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity


New Works by Joshua Smith

An Inspire Exhibition at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Opens October 13th

Costa Mesa, CA, September 1, 2015: Artists are often asked where their inspiration comes from; when Orange County artist, Joshua Smith, is asked that question he is quick to respond that he relies on his dreams and his faith for inspiration. Working in a vortex of color and often on over twenty varying sizes of canvas at a time, Smith, not unlike the dreams he credits with inspiring his work, paints in a fever of remembrance, memory, mysticism, and metaphor.

Into the Calm, oil on canvas, 40" x 40", by Joshua Smith

Into the Calm, oil on canvas, 40″ x 40″, by Joshua Smith

“I take my visual clues from architecture and from religion, allowing my paintings to be a reflection of art and of my faith,” says Smith, “and like a small child, I fanaticize my surroundings, the sky’s the limit.” A technically proficient oil painter, Smith, with his Masters in fine art from Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, approaches his work like a metaphysical journey through some unknown reality; he believes in the omnipotence of the dream, the fantasy.

With his emphasis on landscape, his colors lay one on top of the other in a powdery mist of memory; chairs, paths, trees, butterflies, nests, and small home-like structures stand in lonely isolation, but still he imbues each canvas with the emotion of hope and of home. The paintings’ dense, fragile surfaces and areas of multi-chromatic richness recall ancient wall frescos.

“The Center is thrilled to present this Inspire Exhibition of work by the artist, Joshua Smith,” says Craig Kausen, chairman of the board and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “His work, like that of other great artists, inspires each of us to view our world a little differently, with faith and hope; and, perhaps, to question our responsibility to the world around us.”

Opening night reception for the artist is Tuesday, October 13 from 7 to 9 PM at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A, in Costa Mesa at the South Coast Collection (SoCo). The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will close on November 30. A portion of proceeds benefit the programs of the Center, a 501(c)3 public charity.

A graduate of the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford (Connecticut) with a Masters in painting, Smith received his undergraduate degree at the Laguna College of Art & Design.  He has participated in over 30 group exhibitions and more than 25 solo exhibitions in the past 10 years. Awarded the prestigious Best New SOLO Artist at the New York International Art Expo in 2007, Smith recently exhibited at the Carousel du Louvre with the Socièté Nationale des Beaux. He has been involved in numerous projects with The Guildford Handcraft Center, taught as adjunct professor at the Hartford Art School and has been exhibition curator at the Nathan J Gallery, Farmington, Ct. Currently, he lives in Orange County with his wife and two children.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded by the four-time Academy Award-winning legendary animation pioneer and creator, Chuck Jones in 1999. The Center’s vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in every discipline, by the many, not just the few. It is located in the South Coast Collection (SoCo) at 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA. 949-660-7793 x 107.


Can Your Family Come Out & Play? Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity


Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity Features Script-writing, Cartoon-drawing, Music-playing Family Fun at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity October 4


Costa Mesa, CA, September 04, 2015: “It looks like you’re having fun,” was one of the highest compliments given by famed artist, author, and educator, Don Graham, to his students when the work they were doing showed promise. Having fun is an important part of creative endeavors at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 1-4pm and will benefit the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity. Tickets just $50 per family, available here:

“Everyone remembers knocking on your best friend’s door and asking, ‘can Johnny come out and play?” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board and grandson of Chuck Jones. “That’s exactly what Play It Forward is for—having fun and playing, while paying it forward.”

A carnival atmosphere will pervade this family-friendly event where you and your children will be able to participate in creativity stations throughout the 6000 square foot Center. There will be mask-making, guitar-playing, face-painting, lyric-writing, toy-making, animation light-table drawing, and a Foley station where you’ll be able to lay down a sound track for a short student-produced animated cartoon.

AND! You’ll be able to collaborate on your very own stop-motion animated short cartoon. You’ll storyboard your idea with the help of the Center’s teaching artists, and then film the action against a giant background using masks of some of Chuck Jones’s favorite characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and Pepé le Pew with his paramour, Penelope the cat.

Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity, will be open from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday, October 4 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, Ca. Tickets are $50 per family, regardless of the number of members, and will include carnival food such as popcorn, cotton candy, hot pretzels, and soft drinks. Plus there will be food stations manned by award-winning chefs where you’ll learn to make sweets and savories, and then eat them! Learn to think creatively, support others to do the same in the future through this fundraiser, and have fun all at the same time! Tickets available at

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation pioneer and creator, Chuck Jones. Its vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in every discipline, by the many, not just the few. It is our mission to inspire the innate creativity that resides in all of us, but particularly in children, through the philosophies and genius of Chuck Jones. The Center is located at South Coast Collection (SoCo) in Costa Mesa, convenient to the 405 at Harbor Blvd.


Chuck Jones Gallery at D23!

Going to D23 this weekend? Visit the Chuck Jones Gallery at booth #C1900 and say hello! We’ll be there from 9 AM to 7 PM Friday through Sunday, August 14-16. Four of our artists will be making an appearance at the booth, schedule below. Sign up to win a work of art! Ask about our D23 specials! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Scott and John installing artwork at the Chuck Jones Gallery booth #C1900

Scott and John installing artwork at the Chuck Jones Gallery booth #C1900

Almost finished! What you can't see is all of the terrific unframed art we have to share with you!

Almost finished! What you can’t see is all of the terrific unframed art we have to share with you!

Daniel Killen, Friday from 2 to 3 PM

Daniel Killen, Friday from 2 to 3 PM

Mike Kungl, Saturday from 11 AM to Noon

Mike Kungl, Saturday from 11 AM to Noon

Bob Elias, Saturday & Sunday from 3 to 4 PM

Bob Elias, Saturday & Sunday from 3 to 4 PM

Mike Peraza, Saturday from 6 to 7 PM

Mike Peraza, Saturday from 6 to 7 PM


Coming to the CHUCK JONES CENTER FOR CREATIVITY on Thursday, August 20! 

Renowned Visual Effects & Gaming Educator, Bob Nicoll, Will Host a Special One-Hour  

“Chuck Talk” on the Creative Process and Collaborative Team Building 

Costa Mesa, CA, July 21, 2015—Ever wonder how to get the most creativity out of your team? Businesses today need to be more adaptable and innovative than ever before to stay ahead, but often leaders are unsure of how to get their teams to deliver creative solutions to daunting business problems. Bob Nicoll—wordsmith, speaker, author and Dean of Development at the Blizzard Academy in Orange County—will help you look at problem-solving and team building in new, highly creative ways at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s inaugural Chuck Talk on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30pm. 

“We are honored to have Bob Nicoll kick off our quarterly Chuck Talk series,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “Chuck Talk speakers inform and inspire the listener; providing insights into their creative process and offering audiences the tools to find, understand, and utilize their own creativity in their daily lives. Bob is world-renowned as a passionate, inspiring teacher who brings creativity to everything he does. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the Center. ”

Bob was a long-time friend of Chuck Jones’s and the Kausen family. When asked about Jones’s influence on his life, he said, “Even before I met and worked with Chuck Jones, his characters, his films, and his philosophies helped shape my own creativity and imagination and it continues to inspire me today in all that I do.”

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Known for his infectious positivity, Bob Nicoll is considered one of the most important speakers and teachers in the entertainment industry. His expertise in both animation and gaming has made him an integral part of companies such as Sony, SGI, EA, and now Blizzard. He has been a faculty member at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Carnegie Mellon University and has sat on the boards of the Visual Effects Society and San Francisco Academy of Art University.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary creative genius, Chuck Jones, as a place to promote creativity in all its various forms. The Center’s programs are inspired by the films, writings and art of Jones and are informed by his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction.

Doors to open at 6:30 PM for networking opportunities, talk to begin at 7:30 PM sharp. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 100 attendees, RSVP required at 949-660-7793 x 107 or The Center is located at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, CA in South Coast Collection (SoCo).

William Shatner at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

During Comic Con 2015, on Saturday, July 11, William Shatner, the iconic actor most noted for his role as Captain James Kirk in the television series and the movies “Star Trek” slipped unnoticed through a back door of the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego and stepped into a room full of cameras, press, and VIP collectors.


He spoke to the crowd about the genesis of the “Man O’ War” cinematic graphic novel and its art program, cracked a few choice jokes, and then he, along with the team of artists responsible for the art for the “Man O’ War” cinematic graphic novel, took turns embellishing and signing one of the canvas editions available for sale that evening.




Chuck Jones Gallery presented Mr. Shatner with a hand-painted cel art edition of Pepe le Pew which he acknowledged was his favorite Looney Tunes character.

Mr. Shatner greets an admiring fan at the reception in his honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego.

Mr. Shatner greets an admiring fan at the reception in his honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego.

He then met with individual collectors and signed their recently acquired works of art from “Man O’ War” and graciously had his photo taken with them.


William Shatner seen here with Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery.

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And after all of the hoopla, the hand-shaking, signing, and smiling, Mr. Shatner just as quietly as he arrived, slipped out of the gallery and disappeared into the night.

Photos by Stephen Russo

Teaching Artist, Denise, at RAD Camp

An inspiring story from one of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s teaching artists, Denise.

Nestled within the natural setting of Irvine Regional Park, campers spend the week side-by-side with their Buddy engaged in a multiple of activities. The degree of mental and/or physical disability and age varied greatly amongst the adult campers. The Buddies consisted of young adult volunteers: high school and college students.

RAD Camp

The group was divided into ten teams. They rotated into the Art Studio every half hour to paint a Chuck Jones character of their choosing. During lunch and pool time, we offered open studio to those not participating otherwise.

Our program was well received with Chuck’s characters widely recognized with delight. At the beginning of each rotation I was introduced by a camp director. During my introduction I would explain that I was from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, showing them each character and asking if they knew who Chuck Jones was. There was a handful that recognized him by name.

RAD Camp

During one rotation, a young man named Rusty (shown with Marvin the Martin) stood up and gave us a five minute bio of Chuck, frankly he knew more than I! Another young woman knew all about him as well and was upset that the Grinch was not given as an option to paint. So, I drew him for her and she sang a song for me as we became fast friends. Another young man delighted the crowd with his spot-on voice impersonations of the characters.

RAD Camp

It was an intense and delightfully exhausting day filled with enlightening antidotes and observations. The vast majority of campers were happy, affectionate and eager to participate, such a fun and loving group of people with exceptional camaraderie toward each other and their Buddies.

I found myself in awe of the Buddies. These young adults, ranging from 16-25, are responsible for their camper 24/7 for the entire week. This may include feeding, hygiene and hand-in-hand painting. The enthusiasm and selflessness of these young adults truly restores my faith in humanity.

A few anecdotes: there is “Rhonda”, a wheelchair bound, middle aged woman without speech. She enjoys art so much she spent the entire day in the studio. I observed her drawing a circular pattern of smaller dots. I interpreted her drawing as a rosary so I created a similar pattern but leaving a space after each group of ten smaller dots. I then asked her where the “our Father goes” and she proceeded to put dots in the gaps of the pattern and then drew a line over the entire dotted circle. Her Buddy then spelled out Rhonda’s name in dots and she was able to follow the pattern to spell out her name. It was a huge breakthrough.

Then there was “Mikey”, a man in his 30’s with developmental and severe speech impairment. The moment he walked into the studio, he lunged into an embrace with me, sobbing on my shoulder. The director suspects that I had reminded him of a loved one. I was able to cheer him up by giving him my name tag and getting him started on his project painting hand in hand.

RAD Camp

I observed a huge volume of left handedness, the most I have seen in a group setting in my career. I saw people with mental “disability” display expertise in specific areas: a girl who knew maps: she asked where CJCC was located. When I said next to the 405 near Harbor Blvd, she asked if it was off Susan or Hyland. She then asked where I lived and gave me the best route home and yet she could not name colors.

RAD Camp is an incredible organization and a pleasure to work with.

William Shatner to Appear at Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego

Actor, Author Will Be Special Guest during Comic Con Int’l 2015

Presenting Artwork from His “Man O’ War” Cinematic Graphic Novel

The Chuck Jones Gallery will also host receptions for #SuperArtists Mike Kungl, Fabio Napoleoni, Rob Kaz, Rodel Gonzalez, Chuck Jones, and Girls Drawin’ Girls! 

San Diego: William Shatner, remembered for his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in the television series “Star Trek”, will be the special guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego on Saturday, July 11 from 8 to 10 PM, RSVP required, announced Scott Dicken, VP of Retail for Linda Jones Enterprises, the gallery’s parent company. The gallery will be premiering artwork from Shatner’s latest creative endeavor, the Cinematic Graphic Novel™ interpretation of his science fiction novel “Man O’ War”. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, across from the Hard Rock Hotel and a half-block from the San Diego Convention Center.

“I’m doing something so new and so exciting,” says William Shatner.  “We’re doing illustrated novels in an absolutely new way, something that has essentially never been done before.” The Cinematic Graphic Novel format delivers a groundbreaking form of digital comics that combines moving panels, a new stylistic dimension in animation, in-story sound effects and a music soundtrack to usher in an enhanced reading experience. William Shatner’s Man O’ War is the first licensed property to receive the Cinematic Graphic Novel™ treatment developed by LNL Partners and Panelfly.

William Shatner photographed by Manfred Baumann

William Shatner photographed by Manfred Baumann

The official adaptation of William Shatner’s Man O’ War: Cinematic Graphic Novel is a 16-chapter taut, action-filled drama of a controversial ambassador sent to negotiate peace between workers at a Martian mining colony and the corporation that owns their lives. Its flawed but charismatic hero, Benton Hawkes, confronts corrupt powerbrokers, political assassination, clandestine relationships and dangerous exploration and investigation on a depleted Earth and a powder-keg Mars.

“Showcasing Shatner at his best, William Shatner’s Man O’ War: Cinematic Graphic Novel features humanistic storytelling based on his more than 50 years of performance and his lifetime of understanding power and people.  A lifelong fan of comics, Mr. Shatner has actively worked on projects in this field and has had an ongoing vision to advance the medium with technological enhancements. “With the surge of popularity for mobile devices, and with new devices in the pipeline, he believes the time is ripe to introduce a new product channel into the market – and we are thrilled to be part of his vision,” said Mariano Nicieza, LNL Partners Co-Owner.

Collectors who acquire artwork from William Shatner’s Man O’ War cinematic graphic novel from the Chuck Jones Gallery will be given priority access to meet Mr. Shatner on Saturday evening. Other restrictions may apply. Contact the gallery for full details 888-294-9880 or write

The Chuck Jones Gallery is also pleased to announce its Comic Con 2015 calendar of events and #SuperArtists Line-Up:

–Wednesday, July 8, from 7 to 9 PM, RSVP Required: Premiering artwork from the video game Mortal Kombat IX and Mortal Kombat X. Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular video games ever produced. Its combination of intricate storytelling and gruesome battles has drawn legions of fans around the world. The artwork will represent both the battlegrounds and the stars of the series.

Aztec Courtyard, art from Mortal Kombat X by Marcel Van Vuuren and Atomhawk

Aztec Courtyard, art from Mortal Kombat X by Marcel Van Vuuren and Atomhawk

Also this evening, the Gallery will be introducing new artwork by Rob Kaz and Rodel Gonzalez based on the movie franchise, Star Wars. Mr. Kaz and Mr. Gonzalez will be our #SuperArtists on Wednesday, July 8, from 7 to 9 PM.

Star Wars art by Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz

Star Wars art by Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz

–Thursday, July 9, from 7 to 9 PM, RSVP Required: “What’s Pin-up, Doc” an evening devoted to Chuck Jones and Girls Drawin’ Girls. Featuring artwork inspired by Chuck Jones and created by Jennifer Llewellyn, Kate Ferguson, Megan Kelly, Mako Fufu, Joanna Davidovich, Yating Sun, Arie Monroe, Penelope Gaylord, and Heather Chavez. A portion of proceeds of sales this evening will benefit the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Girls Drawin’ Girls.

"Convention Dress Code" by Mako Fufu

“Convention Dress Code” by Mako Fufu

–Friday, July 10, from 7 to 9 PM, RSVP Required: “The Chase Is Over”, an evening with Fabio Napoleoni. One of the breakout art stars of the new millennium and our #SuperArtist of the evening, Napoleoni continues to enchant collectors around the globe. The gallery will premier “The Chase Is Over”, Fabio’s latest homage to Chuck Jones, starring the irrepressible Pepé le Pew and his intended paramour, Penelope. Included in the exhibition will be original paintings; rare, sold-out limited editions, and exclusives to the Chuck Jones Gallery. The artist will be signing and dedicating artwork purchased that evening.

The Chase Is Over by Fabio Napoleoni

The Chase Is Over by Fabio Napoleoni

–Saturday, July 11, from 5 to 7:30 PM, RSVP Required: “Fast and Blast” a reception for the Art Deco-inspired #SuperArtist, Mike Kungl. His love of all things Looney Tunes continues to challenge and inspire him and this year we are pleased to present his latest paintings celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Chuck Jones Gallery as well as original drawings and limited editions. 

"Fast" and "Blast" by Mike Kungl

“Fast” and “Blast” by Mike Kungl

About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, Mike Peraza, Eric Goldberg, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when they close at 6 PM. The gallery website is at

Art images available upon request.