Special Guests @ Chuck 102Gether!

Chuck 102Gether at the Alex Theatre, Sunday, September 21 from 3 to 5 PM!

A Film Festival celebrating the collaborative creativity of the Golden Age of Looney Tunes!

Need another reason to attend besides being able to see these great cartoons on the big screen as they’re meant to be shown? Here’s a partial list of guest panelists:

GEORGE DAUGHERTY, creator of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” will be the afternoon’s Master of Ceremonies.
ROB MINKOFF–Director of “The Lion King” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
TOM SITO–Key figure in the Disney Renaissance and one of the 100 most influential people in animation
LEITH ADAMS–Longtime Executive Director of the Warner Bros. Archive
JEFF DEGRANDIS–Now at Dreamworks, formerly a supervising producer at Nickelodeon
ERIC GOLDBERG–Animator of the Genie in “Aladdin” and director of “Fantasia 2000″ and so much more!

Other special guests may include: JUNE FORAY, AURIL THOMPSON, and MARTHA SIGALL (health permitting.)

Tickets from $10 available at AlexTheatre.org!

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

Chuck Jones Knew that Creativity Could Unlock the Mind

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Dr. William Shankle, the endowed chairman in memory and cognitive disorders at Hoag Hospital, have engaged Bug Bunny’s help for a family friendly event this Friday, September 19, at the hospital. For more information, go to Hoag.org/brainhealth. Last Sunday, Dr. Shankle addressed the issues of creativity and how it helps keep the brain agile and young in the Daily Pilot.

Mom might have told you that cartoons will rot your brain, but Chuck Jones knew otherwise.The creator of the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian and so many other Looney Tunes pals, Jones used his creativity and his wit to stay eternally young at heart.

Now studies show that creativity like Jones’ can help a person stay young cognitively too.

When you activate an area of the brain, it works like a muscle. It gets bigger and functions more efficiently. MRI studies have revealed that creative activity activates more brain areas than just about any other kind of activity.

It is therefore possible that creative pursuits can help prevent damage from dementia, an exciting theory that suggests that by adding more creativity to our lives we all can do something to help delay or minimize the ravaging effects of Alzheimer’s and other devastating cognitive diseases. To continue reading the article, click here.

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In tomorrow’s New York Times, a wonderful art review by Ken Johnson of the exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones”. An excellent read! (Click the image to read the article.)

Drawings from “What’s Opera, Doc?,” a 1957 parody of “The Ring Cycle,” are in the Chuck Jones exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. Credit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Drawings from “What’s Opera, Doc?,” a 1957 parody of “The Ring Cycle,” are in the Chuck Jones exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. Credit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Hoag Hospital Recruits Bugs Bunny to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s on September 19

NEWPORT BEACH – (August 27, 2014) “What’s Up, Doc?” You are! Studies show that controlling depression, engaging in intellectual pursuits and expressing creativity can help to slow or prevent the development of dementia as a person ages. So this fall, Hoag Neurosciences Institute’s Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program (OCVBAP) will enlist an unlikely ally in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease: Bugs Bunny.

The OCVBAP and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on Sept. 19 will team up for a fun, family-friendly evening to highlight the ways creative pursuits and intellectual activity in early adulthood can help prevent the development of dementia as a person ages.

The OCVBAP supports local efforts to help Orange County residents maintain a healthy brain for life, while the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa strives to inspire the innate creative genius within each person.

By joining forces, the groups hope to show the public that creativity is not just the realm of the artist and that creative problem solving can be taught.

“When you activate a brain area, it works like a muscle – it gets bigger, functions more efficiently. Creative activity activates more brain areas than just about any other kind of activity and might help to prevent damage from various diseases like Alzheimer’s,” said William R. Shankle, M.S., M.D., F.A.C.P., the Judy & Richard Voltmer Endowed Chair in Memory and Cognitive Disorders at Hoag. “Chuck Jones created or helped create all these iconic characters in our culture: Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote. Using these characters to educate and inspire people to be more creative is an exciting exercise.”

The organizations are particularly interested in reaching the “sandwich generation,” people who don’t normally think about their risk of dementia or ways they can protect themselves in early adulthood from the ravages of progressive cognitive disorders.

Dr. Shankle will present information about the importance of keeping the mind “young” through creative pursuits. Chuck Jones Center for Creativity representatives will offer participants – including children – the opportunity to put that creativity to work at various “creativity stations.” Refreshments will be served.

The program will take place on Sept. 19 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Hoag Hospital Newport Beach Conference Center, One Hoag Drive, Building 44, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Reservations required. To RSVP, call 800-400-HOAG. For more information, visit www.hoag.org/brainhealth.

ABOUT HOAG MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PRESBYTERIAN

Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 24,000 inpatients and 362,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals, six health centers, and six urgent care centers. Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which has served Orange County since 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010, are designated Magnet hospitals by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute. In 2013, Hoag entered into an alliance with St. Joseph Health to further expand health care services in the Orange County community, known as St. Joseph Hoag Health. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report Metro Edition. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 18 consecutive years and, for an unprecedented 18 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.

About Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 public charity located in Costa Mesa, California. Founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, the Center’s vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in every discipline, by the many, not just the few.

This is an important goal, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and we are doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction form the basis of our programs.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 949-660-7793 x 22107.ChuckJonesCenter.org.

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Media Contact: Heidi Pallares 949-764-6939 Heidi.Pallares@hoag.org

 

Chuck 102Gether!

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CHUCK 102GETHER FILM FESTIVAL AT ALEX THEATRE TO BRING TOGETHER FAMILIES OF GOLDEN AGE OF WARNER BROS CARTOONS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Celebration of Creative Collaboration Fetes Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Directors, Animators, Artists and More

COSTA MESA, CA.: The Chuck Jones Museum announced today that the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale will be the venue for Chuck 102Gether, a Celebration of Creative Collaboration on Sunday, September 21st from 3-5pm. The film festival will pay tribute to the teams that created the Golden Age of Warner Bros. cartoons. For the first time ever, the families of many of the great directors, producers, writers of the era will come together, including the families of directors Robert Clampett, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, as well as producer Leon Schlesinger, voice artist Mel Blanc, and writer Michael Maltese.

Also expected to appear are living members of the Warner Bros. animation teams: June Foray, Auril Thompson and Martha Sigall. Cartoons from each of the directors will be shown on the big screen. And the Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Bugs Bunny at the Symphony creator and conductor, Maestro George Daugherty. 

Since Chuck Jones’ centennial in 2012, his family has celebrated his creative genius by producing a film festival tribute. “This year, we’re thrilled to include the families of the other directors and artists who made the Warner Bros. Animation Studio the hotbed of creativity it was during the Golden Age of Animation,” said Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and Chairman of the Board for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. “This will truly be a one-of-a-kind night for animation fans.”

Tickets range from $10-$50 and are available at the Alex Theatre website: AlexTheatre.org. The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203 and doors will open at 2pm. A question-and-answer hour will follow the presentation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chuck Jones Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Interview and photo opportunities will be available.

About the Chuck Jones Museum: The Chuck Jones Museum is responsible for the care and preservation of the art, films, and ephemera of legendary animation director and pioneer, Chuck Jones, whose seven-decade career spanned most of the 20th century. Jones, a four-time Academy Award recipient, helmed many of the most loved and significant short cartoons ever created.

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ChuckJonesNow.com–the Portal to All Things Chuck Jones

Friday night, Hook & Loop, the creative arm of business software giant, Infor, along with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, launched ChuckJonesNow.com at the Museum of the Moving Image, a web portal that operates across all devices (smart phones, tablets, and computer monitors) and that will provide you with up-to-the-minute news on all things Chuck Jones. It will include exhibition information about “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” as well as other exhibition openings and events around the country and around the world.

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Hook & Loop’s creative director, Marc Scibelli, along with his team of web designers and creatives, and through the generosity of Infor, created, built, and launched this new web portal. Besides information about Chuck Jones exhibitions and events, there are also many delightful features to the website that will keep you actively engaged, from coloring a character drawing to videos and a media gallery of drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings by Chuck Jones.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with Marc Scibelli of Infor's Hook & Loop and his wife, Megan.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with Marc Scibelli of Infor’s Hook & Loop and his wife, Megan.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity wishes to express its thanks to Infor, Hook & Loop, and Marc Scibelli and his team of experts for this wonderful, generous, thoughtful, and creative gift. Now get online and go directly to ChuckJonesNow.com to see what we’re talking about!

Valerie Kausen, Chuck Jones's granddaughter, left, with Michael Markowski and Gina Baker.

Valerie Kausen, Chuck Jones’s granddaughter, left, with Michael Markowski and Gina Baker.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity speaks at last night's launch party for ChuckJonesNow.com.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity speaks at last night’s launch party for ChuckJonesNow.com.

Marc Scibelli, Creative Director of Infor, center, with Nunzio Esposito of Infor's Hook & Loop creative team, premiers ChuckJonesNow.com at the Museum of the Moving Image last night.

Marc Scibelli, Creative Director of Infor, center, with Nunzio Esposito of Infor’s Hook & Loop creative team, premiers ChuckJonesNow.com at the Museum of the Moving Image last night.

From left: Craig Kausen, Valerie Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Marc & Megan Scibelli

From left: Craig Kausen, Valerie Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Marc & Megan Scibelli

he Chuck Jones Family with Mr. & Mrs. Marc Scibelli and the team behind the creation of ChuckJonesNow.com, Pooja Shah, Nunzio Esposito, Adam Picitelli, Kate...

he Chuck Jones Family with Mr. & Mrs. Marc Scibelli and the team behind the creation of ChuckJonesNow.com, Pooja Shah, Nunzio Esposito, Adam Picitelli, Kate Merlie, and Daniela Caicedo.

Maps to the Stars–New Work from Cory Bennett–Reception for the Artist

"Heart of the Mediterranean" by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 38" x 38"

“Heart of the Mediterranean” by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 38″ x 38″

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in SoCo (South Coast Collection), the lively new dining and shopping destination in central Orange County, announced today that artist Cory Bennett will be their guest at a reception for the opening of an exhibition of his most recent paintings and prints on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Bennett is known for his urban aesthetic, bold palette and layered imagery, all of which is fueled by his imaginative take on the street scene in southern California. Making his home in Long Beach, Bennett’s paintings combine a rich aesthetic with the graphic language of found materials through which he discovers the natural beauty of his subject matter.

“We are excited to present Cory’s work to our collectors and the art marketplace in general,” said gallery director, Scott Dicken. “His unique vision and exuberant execution makes his work at once thrilling, beautiful, and slightly dangerous, a potent combination of visual legerdemain.” This will be Bennett’s first gallery exhibition in Orange County.

"Fetching L.A." by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 36" x 24"

“Fetching L.A.” by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 36″ x 24″

The Chuck Jones Gallery was founded in 1991 in Corona del Mar and through the years has been located in Laguna Beach and Orange as well.  It is the only gallery in Orange County devoted to the art of the animated film, particularly the work of four-time Academy Award-winning animation director and pioneer, Chuck Jones. Along with the art of its namesake, the gallery represents work from all major animation studios as well as the art of Dr. Seuss, Marcus Pierson, Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, and Mike Peraza.  It is open seven days a week from 10 to 6:30 except for Sunday when the gallery closes at 5PM. It shares the space at SoCo with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to reinvigorating the creative spirit in all of us, but particularly in children. For more information, visit ChuckJones.com or ChuckJonesCenter.org.

Cory Bennett is available for interviews. Contact Robert Patrick at 949-510-0995 to arrange.

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Visit Marvin Martian!

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity has joined forces with Urgency Network to raise funds for the Center’s programs. When you donate through the Urgency Network, you are automatically entered to win a trip to space! You may not be able to actually visit Marvin if you win, but it’s “outer space” and wouldn’t that tick off one of those items on your bucket list? Donate today to be entered to win a trip to space!

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New Paintings from Christopher Scardino

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce the recent arrival of two new oil paintings by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino.

Combining his love for renaissance art and the cartoon characters so memorably brought to life by Chuck Jones, has inspired Chris to develop a dialogue between the two. In one of the new paintings, “Baroque Bugs” we find Bugs Bunny lounging in toga and flora wreath, carrot juice in a delicate glass bowl at his fingertips, the fruits of the season arrayed in front of him a la Italian painter Caravaggio’s “Bacchus”. Chris has given Bugs the same grand gesture, the comparable chiaroscuro, and the insouciance that characterizes not only Caravaggio’s painting (and life), but that of Bugs Bunny as well.

"Baroque Bugs" oil on board by Christopher Scardino, 27" x 21" framed.

“Baroque Bugs” oil on board by Christopher Scardino, 27″ x 21″ framed.

The second painting, “Man’s Best Friend” puts Marvin Martian on the pedestal he so richly deserves. Imagining what Michelangelo might have sculpted had he had Marvin as a model. we find the otherworldly creature standing proud and tall against the constellations in the night sky above him, his faithful companion, K-9, conveniently ‘covering’ for him. Again, as in “Baroque Bugs”, Chris’s clever insight into the character enriches the viewing experience.

"Man's Best Friend" oil on board by Christopher Scardino, 25" x 19" framed.

“Man’s Best Friend” oil on board by Christopher Scardino, 25″ x 19″ framed.

Chris has said about his work, “I hope that this work will spawn other ideas and…with respect to the nucleus of my work, I hope to awaken an emotion inside us all.”

Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for pricing and availability.