Monthly Archives: July 2010

A Special Message from Chuck Jones’ Grandson, Craig Kausen


Mark Twain, my grandfather's favorite author, said, "You can't depend
on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus."

seen people's imaginations snap back into focus during the Chuck Jones
Center's art exhibitions and creativity classes.  Age doesn't matter
when that magical moment happens.  Suddenly, the world becomes a
fascinating place!

For example, at the opening of the Center's newest exhibition, Chuck Jones:  An Animator's Life from A to Z-Z-Z-Z
at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, I saw over two
hundred people enthralled by Chuck's work, engaging in animated
discussions or simply absorbing the work in silence.  Creativity springs
from this:  Personal connection with great minds through art.

addition, I've been able to participate as a guest instructor in some
of the Center's unique classes in creativity, including at "Take the
Lead," the annual teen leadership summit in Fullerton, CA; Human
Options, a local shelter for women and children rebuilding their lives
after domestic violence; and Girls Inc. in Costa Mesa.

At Take the Lead and Girls Inc., we offered "Litter"-ally, It's Art!  What's
so special about this class?  Aside from tape and glue, nearly all the
materials used are recyclables and discards re-purposed for original
works created by budding artists.  Wire…egg cartons…berry
baskets…electrical cords…ribbon and yarn…buttons…CDs and
DVDs…spools…shoe boxes…plastic bottles…cereal boxes…fabric and
felt remnants…all were transformed, in less than an hour, into
three-dimensional masterpieces, both abstract and representational.

does this process happen?  We do something very unusual:  We provide a
creative space with the freedom to experiment and have fun with
unorthodox art materials that bypass usual expectations about what art
supplies and finished art "should" look like. 

The point of "Litter"-ally, It's Art!
is that, no matter where we are, we are surrounded by potential art
materials and sources of inspiration.  Creativity springs from this, as
well:  All we need do is pay attention and let ourselves be surprised by
the process.  Chuck Jones believed in the spontaneity of the aware,
open mind–and so do we!

Take the Lead 3.12.2010

(Photo:  Take the Lead Teen Summit, March 12, 2010)

you are reading this blog, I
know that you care about my grandfather's art and his legacy of
imagination.  And because of that I also know that you care about helping people become fully creative
and capable human beings. 

am asking for your help.  Please make your contribution today
through our website (or call 949.660.7793) so that Chuck Jones Center
for Creativity can keep installing exhibitions of Chuck's
original art and offering classes designed to free our creative
spirits and keep our imaginations in focus.  You are an important part
of our creative community, and your gift makes such a difference!

With appreciation,

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences May 14, 2010

Craig Kausen
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

L to R:  Todd Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Jessica Kausen, Marian Jones,
Valerie Kausen, Craig Kausen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and

Please contribute today!

AMPAS to Screen All Nine of Chuck Jones’ Nominated & Winning Short Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that on Friday, August 20 at 7:30 PM they will present a screening of Chuck Jones' nine Oscar-nominated (and 3 winners) short films.  This is presented in conjunction with the final days of the exhibition "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" that closes on August 22. 

Tickets for the screening are just $5.00 for the general public and are available online.  Click here for more information.

Bill Plympton at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Animation legend (and Indie film bad boy) Bill Plympton made the scene at the Chuck Jones Gallery, San Diego, on Friday evening, July 23rd.  Fresh off a full day of seminars and screenings at the 2010 Comic Con, Bill was the picture of graciousness, greeting and meeting and speaking with hundreds of his fans that joined the gallery in welcoming this artistic iconoclast to San Diego and his first-ever gallery show.

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Animation legend Bill Plympton exhibits some of the same enthusiasm as his character does in his over-the-top hilarious animated short film "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger." 

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Plymptom adds his imprimatur to an original drawing from his animated short film "Hot Dog."

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At times throughout the evening, Bill would stop the proceedings and a short film would be popped into the DVD player and everyone would stop what they were doing and watch the film with Plympton commentary running along with his mostly silent films (they do have the occasional squeal, howl, laughter, weeping & splats.) 

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Bill Plympton explains a bit of animation to a film crew from Canada. 

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Happiness is a gallery full of collectors and fans!

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The Chuck Jones Gallery staff with Bill Plympton: from left Bob Parker, Scott Dicken, Joel Shapiro, Plympton, Erin Liddell, Carla Miramontes, Mike Dicken, Katy Easland, and Chris Scardino. 

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Plympton pauses during the festivities to get a hug from documentary director and producer of the soon-to-be-released documentary "Plymptoons", Alexia Anastasio, and Craig "Spike" Decker of the world famous "Spike and Mike's Animation Festivals."

Choosing the Right Word

"The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is really a
large matter — it's the difference between the lightning-bug and the
lightning." –Mark Twain

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Original drawing of Mark Twain by Chuck Jones, graphite on 12 field (10.5" x 12.5") animation paper.

Mark Twain original signature with photograph from the archives of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and now on view through August 1, 2010 at the Get Animated! pavilion at the California State Fair in Sacramento. 

Meet Artist Mike Kungl! Saturday at the Chuck Jones Gallery

IronMan Kungl      
Blk Widow Kungl

Meet artist Mike Kungl on Saturday, July 24 from 7 to 8:30 PM as the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego unveils and premiers his latest graphic work for Marvel Comics, Iron Man and The Black Widow! These beautiful new prints (24" x 19" fine art reproductions on canvas) will be available for dedication by the artist during the reception. 

This exhibit will also include work from the world of DC Comics, including new graphic editions from Alex Ross and Jim Lee.  For more information, call the gallery at 888-294-9880. 

Bill Plympton & Plymptoons Tonight!


Bill Plympton, two-time Oscar nominee, will be our special guest tonight from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, in the heart of San Diego's historic GasLamp District (across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel and smack in between K & L Streets.) 

Mr. Plympton will be dedicating and remarque-ing artwork purchased at this show.  Don't miss out on his first ever gallery exhibit in San Diego!  See you tonight! 

This Just In: Stan Lee Faces A Hundred Cameras

Stan Lee gets photographed

Stan Lee (in yellow shirt, back to camera) is guided by Daniel Winn through the crowd of fans and collectors at the Chuck Jones Gallery during last night's reception for the artist and his collaborator, comic artist Tony Winn.  Artwork from their new comic wireless app, Stripperella, was premiered along with original art from Winn's work on a variety of original comic books. 

The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, between K and L Streets in the heart of the Gaslamp District.  888-294-9880.  Website: ChuckJonesGallery

Art From These Bill Plympton Short Films On View Today!

The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego (232 Fifth Ave., just 1/2 block north of the convention center) is completely over-the-moon with happiness!  Tonight, Friday, July 23rd from 7 to 9 PM, the amazing animator and film legend, Bill Plympton, will be our special guest for a reception at the opening of his exhibit, Idiots and Angels.

We’ll be premiering art from many of Plympton’s most brilliant cartoon shorts, including 25 Ways to Quit Smoking and How to Kiss plus lots more from his Dog series of short animated films and art from his most recent feature length animated film Idiots and Angels.  

Meet Bill Plympton Tonight!

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to welcome auteur and animator-extraordinaire, Bill Plympton, to the gallery this evening in his first gallery appearance in San Diego.  The reception begins at 7 PM at 232 Fifth Avenue (just 1/2 block north of the convention center.) 

Premiering original art from Plympton's latest feature length animated film, Idiots and Angels, plus work from his Oscar-nominated short films and the insanely popular series of 'Dog' cartoons, the exhibit is sure to be a Comic Con and collector favorite. Call for more information 888-294-9880. 

Stan Lee & Anthony Winn + Special Guest Felix Cane @ Chuck Jones Gallery

Pow!  Bam!  Kaplooey! 

What a night!  The Chuck Jones Gallery hosted a reception for the super hero creator, author, artist and all around bon vivant, Stan Lee, and his protege and collaborator, Anthony Winn last night that was attended by hundreds (seemed like thousands!) of collectors and fans from around the globe.  Thank you all for coming by the gallery and making the event such a big success!

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Stan Lee! Stan Lee! Stan Lee! Stan Lee! Stan Lee! The crowd views the artwork in anticipation of Stan Lee's arrival at the Chuck Jones Gallery.

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Stan Lee, ever the gentleman, graciously took a few minutes to address the crowd at the gallery. 

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And took a few minutes to introduce his protege and collaborator, the artist Anthony "Tony" Winn. 

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They quickly settled into a rhythm of signing & dedicating artwork purchased at the show. 

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The hand of a master.

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A group of lucky collectors share a laugh with Stan Lee.

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Erin Liddell, one of the Chuck Jones Gallery's most sought after consultants takes five to pose with Stan Lee fans and collectors.

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The staff of the gallery pose with Miss World Pole Dancer 2009, Felix Cane, who had wowed the crowd with a brief performance later in the evening, along with the artist Tony Winn.