We Get Mail: The History of Animation with Linda Jones Clough

Chuck’s daughter and Emmy Award-winning producer, Linda Jones Clough, was in New York this past weekend for the 25th anniversary performances of George Daugherty’s “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony”.

While in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s information kiosk, she met an animation student, Gabe Schleifer. Gabe sent us this email this morning:

“Hello, this email is for Linda Jones. My name is Gabriel Schleifer, I’m a 3rd year animation student at The School of Visual Arts. She and I met at Lincoln Center a few days ago during the Bugs Bunny at the Symphony concert where she and her granddaughter were promoting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

“I just wanted to let you know that I had a great time chatting with you about your father and about the foundation, not to mention all of the talented artists who are already helping. It’s wonderful to be able to speak to someone who is, in some way or another, a part of the history of this extraordinary art form and is making sure the revolutions of it’s pioneers lives on.

“Here are a couple of photos taken from the event. I plan to stay in touch with this organization.”

Thanks again! Gabe Schleifer

Linda Jones Clough, center, with correspondent and animation student, Gabe Schleifer, right, and his friend.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with correspondent and animation student, Gabe Schleifer, right, and his friend.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Symphony Night: A Tribute to “Peter & the Wolf”

Please join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Emmy Award-winning, “Peter and the Wolf”. Enjoy an evening’s recital with the Irvine Classical Players and the Seraphim Symphony in this fundraising benefit for the Center and these fine Orange County musicians. All proceeds will benefit the non-profits. This musical evening will take place Friday, May 29, from 7 to 9 PM at the Center, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Tickets are available by clicking on this sentence.

“Peter and the Wolf” was originally commissioned in 1936 by the Central Children’s Theater in Moscow with the intent to engage young people at an early age with a love of classical music; Prokofiev finished the work in just four days. In 1995 Chuck’s character designs became the basis for an live action/animated TV special produced and directed by George Daugherty, that starred Lloyd Bridges and Kirstie Alley. It won an Emmy the following year for best children’s television special.

The Center is pleased to partner with Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony to bring you this selection of music from this musical masterpiece. Please join us!

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Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Photos by Stephen Russo

 

Red Dot Auction 2015: The Photos

What a great evening! Thank you to all of our supporters, donors, friends, and artists who came out to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 5th Annual Red Dot Auction this past Friday, May 1, 2015. With a crowd numbering in the 300s, the silent auction was a big success!

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck's grandsons.

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck’s grandsons.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd. They were the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and  business maven, Tracy Tanner.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and business maven, Tracy Tanner.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, "Rain" creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, “Rain” creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

The crowd.

The crowd.

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Where do I put my bid?

Where do I put my bid?

Did I win?

Did I win?

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with one of the over 200 contributing artists.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with Mayu Tanimoto, one of the over 225 contributing artists.

Is this where I write my bid?

Is this where I write my bid?

Artist James C. Mulligan

Artist James C. Mulligan and friend.

This one's mine!

This one’s mine!

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Collectors Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana's contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana’s contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

Well, it’s time to start planning the 6th Annual Red Dot Auction! See you next May!

Photos courtesy the incomparable Stephen Russo, longtime volunteer and supporter of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Preview Night: Red Dot Auction Update!

On Thursday, April 30th, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted a private preview evening for their donors, sponsors, and the artists who had contributed artwork to this year’s Red Dot Auction. What a lovely evening! Cocktails and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres flourished, the repartee was sparkling, the evening was a smash!

Those in attendance had the opportunity to not only preview the incredible artwork that is on display, but to also bid and use the eponymous “Red Dot” to secure their favorite works of art by committing to pay $600 for the one of their choice. Cowbells were heard throughout the night!*Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck's grandson is flanked by, on the right, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, and on the left by New York Times best-selling author and reporter on the science of creativity, Ashley Merryman.

Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson is flanked by, on the right, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck’s daughter, and on the left by New York Times best-selling author and reporter on the science of creativity, Ashley Merryman. Ms. Merryman gave a brief introduction to the science of creativity for those assembled.

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Artists from left: Mike Kungl, our intrepid photographer, Stephen Russo, Daniel Killen, and Jimmy Mulligan.

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It’s true, your mother is always your biggest fan. In this instance, with good cause, the young man is incredibly talented.

Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Our creative council members, from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, Red Dot Auction event chair, and Frank Howa mug for the camera.

A trio of our creative council members, volunteers all, from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, Red Dot Auction event chair, and Frank Howa mug for the camera.

Artist and patron, Cynthia Damiano was in the right place at the right time for this special photo.

Artist and patron, Cynthia Damiano was in the right place at the right time for this special photo.

All photographs by Stephen Russo, a volunteer on the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity.

*Cowbells were rung every time a Red Dot was used.

 

What in the World? Red Dot Auction Update!

What in the world? It’s not of this world, it’s from Mars! Marvin the Martian is making a splash at this year’s Red Dot Auction as witnessed by these creative submissions by artists from around the country. Which one will be yours? Online pre-bidding is available through Thursday, April 30 at 10 PM CDT at Heritage Auctions website. Check it out!

Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Just $25 per person online HERE, or $35 per person at the door on Friday, May 1.

Just a reminder: proceeds from the Red Dot Auction fund the programs, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals at the Center and around the country. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a 501(c)3 public charity.

Boy Marvin with Puppy K-9

Boy Marvin with Puppy K-9

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From Crickets to Coyotes and Everything In-between! Red Dot Auction Update!

So much awesomeness! Artists, where do you get all of your ideas? The theme this year, as it has been in the past, was “The Life and Times of Chuck Jones”. Chuck was born in 1912 and passed away in 2002; his nine decade life spanned most of the 20th century as well as the history of the animated film. He was interested in, no, let me put that another way, he was fascinated by everything in the world around him. A voracious reader, Chuck Jones cited influences as diverse as Mark Twain and Carlos Santayana; and from the actor and director Charlie Chaplin to the grapefruit-loving Johnson the Cat.  Nothing was too small not to catch his attention.

That gave our artists for this year’s Red Dot Auction a lot to consider and to be inspired by as witnessed in the works below.

What’s that you say? You haven’t bought your tickets for the Red Dot Auction on Friday, May 1 from 7 to 10 PM? What are you waiting for? They’re just $25 per person online (click here) or $35 per at the door. Be there or be square (just like the canvases!)

Mel Blanc, pyrography (wood burning) on wood, 12" square.

Mel Blanc, pyrography (wood burning) on wood, 12″ square.

Claude and Frisky Puppy, colored pencil on canvas,

Claude and Frisky Puppy, colored pencil on canvas, 12″ square.

"Roughing It" acrylic on canvas, 12" square.

“Roughing It” acrylic on canvas, 12″ square.

Cricket and Kandinsky, digital art on paper, 12" square.

Cricket and Kandinsky, digital art on paper, 12″ square.

 

A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody… Red Dot Auction Update!

These four artists, in their creative contributions to this year’s Red Dot Auction, a fundraiser benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity–a 501(c)3 public charity, have found inspiration in female beauty, whether the enigmatic smile of the “Mona Bunny” or the provocative deshabillé of the target of Pepé le Pew’s attention, each one has captured that magical essence that keeps wolf’s tongues on the floor, and skunks in hot pursuit.

Have you been online yet to view the work and pre-bid on your favorites at Heritage Auctions? These and other fabulous works of art are available for pre-bidding through April 29th. The silent auction will close on Friday, May 1st by 10 PM PDT. Tickets are available here.

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WWLD? (What Would Leonardo Do?) — Red Dot Auction Update

He’d create something! As we all know, Leonardo da Vinci was interested in flight and arguably designed the first helicopter…so it’s not too much of a stretch to think he may have been involved with the ACME Company… Pre-bid on this work and many others at Heritage Auctions, today!

This work by _____? is available now for pre-bidding.

This work by _____? is available now for pre-bidding.

Of course, Marvin Martian is interested in flight. This work, painted by the amazing _______ is now available for pre-bidding at Heritage Auctions, www.HA.com.

Of course, Marvin Martian is interested in flight. This work, painted by the amazing _______ is now available for pre-bidding at Heritage Auctions, www.HA.com.

Red Dot Auction Online Pre-bidding Is Now Live! Visit www.HA.com!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity has partnered this year with Heritage Auctions to bring you online pre-bidding for the Fifth Annual Red Dot Auction at their website, www.HA.com. Bidding is now open! Here’s your chance to peruse the delightful and impressive selection of artwork submitted by artists from around the country and place a bid on them! Bidding starts at just $100!

Many of today’s giants of animation will be contributing works to the auction, including Eric Goldberg, director of Fantasia 2000 and the Genie in Aladdin; Kelly Asbury, director of the box-office smash Gnomeo and Juliet; Jeff DeGrandis, former producer of Dora the Explorer and now at DreamWorks; Academy Award winner, author, and NYU professor of animation at the Tisch School of the Arts, John Canemaker, and syndicated comic strip artist of Dennis the Menace, Ron Ferdinand. Popular contemporary artists include Tina Palmer, Fabio Napoleoni, and Joshua Smith. Bid early and often!

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What differentiates The Red Dot Auction from other silent auctions is that all of the contributing artists have signed their artwork on the reverse. Consequently attendees at the event will not know who the artist is when bidding, they’ll only have their heart to follow. “We wanted to create a fun, engaging silent auction, and to further the suspense of not knowing which work belongs to which artist, each artist received an identical 12” square stretched canvas upon which to create their work of art,” noted Richard Alcazar, President of the Council for Creativity, the volunteer arm of the Center.

This is the fifth annual Red Dot Auction to be held Friday, May 1st, from 7 to 10 PM at the Center located at South Coast Collection (SoCo), 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. Admission is $25 per person and open to the public. Buy your tickets by April 25th and receive 5 free raffle tickets when you sign in at the front desk the evening of the event. To buy tickets online, go to ChuckJonesCenter.org or call 949-660-7791 x 20107.

“The artists range from students to emerging to established artists; we reached out around the world hoping to capture the imagination and appreciation of these artists. We are thankful that they were willing to help us achieve our goal of promoting creativity by providing a nurturing environment where it may grow and blossom,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center.

The Center is located in South Coast Collection (SoCo) at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Visit ChuckJonesCenter.org for more details.

Look! Up There in the Sky! The Red Dot Auction Update

“Animators are actors with a pencil.” –Chuck Jones

Two more submissions for this year’s Red Dot Auction: Superheroes! Wonder Lola; Iron Daffy, and Captain America, Bugs Bunny!

Bidding begins tonight at 10 PM at www.HA.com! Buy tickets here for the event on May 1, 2015: https://delectus-3598.ticketbud.com/red-dot-auction-2015.

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