Monthly Archives: August 2011

Bugs Bunny Takes Center Stage in Irvine

By ZACHARY TAFOYA / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

On top of a mountain, a horned figure manipulates lightning in perfect accord with a thundering score of percussion and winds. As the lightning and music climax together, the figure raises his arms to the heavens before stopping outright so that the audience can hear the terrible truth that he must reveal.

He clears his throat before announcing in a flurry of w's; "Be vewwwwy qwiet, I'm hunting wabbits!"

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"Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" will feature the Pacific Symphony performing the scores of Chuck Jones' iconic Warner Bros. cartoons, which will be shown on an overhead screen at Pacific Amphitheatre.

Wagner as performed by Elmer Fudd.

The animation of Chuck Jones is arguably among the greatest produced in the roughly hundred-year frame that animation has existed. Jones' tenure from 1935 to 1963 as an animator at Warner Brothers yielded some of the most iconic cartoon characters ever, including Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Michigan J. Frog, Wile E. Coyote, the Roadrunner, and Pépé Lepew. Of the four Looney Tunes shorts inducted into the National Film Registry, three were directed by Jones, the most animation works in the archive by a single director.   Read the rest of the story, via www.ocregister.com

Fans Turn Out for SoCo Chuck Jones Film Festival

Last night at the SoCo Chuck Jones Film Festival, held at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa, California, cartoon fans from near and far (from one end of Orange County to the other) turned out in full force with their lawn chairs, blankets, gourmet food truck munchies and were ready to sit back and laugh, laugh, laugh. 

Craig Kausen (below), Chuck Jones's grandson and chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, welcomed the assembled aficianados and quickly turned it over to the amazing audio visual wizards, who braved the frigid waters of the fountain to set up the projector.  It was an awesome evening,filled with good cheer and much camaraderie and a lot of hardy, heartfelt laughter; a perfect way to end the week and begin this amazing weekend. 

Tonight is "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" created and conducted by the incredibly talented and amazing human being, George Daugherty–we baby-sat his magnificent Willy last night–Willy is a golden retriever and loves everyone!–at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, gates open at 6PM.  I know there are seats still available, do something spontaneous and come on down!  Plus tomorrow is the Chuck Jones Big Draw from 11 AM to 5 PM at South Coast Collection, 3309-E Hyland Avenue (next to the Paul Mitchell school), Costa Mesa, California.  Admittance is FREE between 1 and 2 PM as we prepare to set a world record for the largest art class held in one venue.  Plan on it and unleash your creative genius!  The world will be a better place for it.

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Craig Kausen welcomes guests before the festival began last night at SoCo.

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The intrepid AV technicians did an awesome job with the projection and sound–it was fantastic!

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A good time was had by all–well, maybe the bull in Jones's "Bully for Bugs" a little less so than the rest of us, but still a fabulous night!

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

Chuck Jones Big Draw: What You Can Expect to Do on Sunday

The signs are printed…

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Elyse is cutting canvas…

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And so much more is going on behind-the-scenes as we prepare for the Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at South Coast Collection, 3309-E Hyland Avenue (next to Paul Mitchell), Costa Mesa, California.  Remember FREE admission between 1 and 2PM or just $10.00 (single admission) and $20.00 for a family or group of 4 for all day access!  

Here's what you can expect to do when you arrive…

  • "What Does Fun Look Like to You?"  Mary Beth Volpini

Session # 1: 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM:

  • Station #1 Priniciples of Animation, ages 10 & up, guided by John Ramirez, award-winning designer and artist
  • Station #2 Story-boarding "Simpsons"-style, ages 10 & up, guided by Stephen Reis, storyboard artist and director of "The Simpsons"
  • Station #3 Espresso Yourself, the Art of Painting with Coffee, guided by Christopher Scardino, resident teaching artist of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Station #4 Playing with Paint, guided by Shakiba Hashemi, professional artist
  • Station #5 Upside Down Art, guided by Sunny Dolberg, professional artist
  • Station #6 Design Your Dream Dress, ages 8 & up, guided by Erin Bianchi, designer
  • Station #7 How to Draw Horses, ages 8 & up, guided by Linda Jones Clough, artist, entrepreneur, andEmmy Award-winning daughter of Chuck Jones

Session # 2:  1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

  • Station #1 Priniciples of Animation, ages 10 & up, guided by John Ramirez, award-winning designer and artist
  • Station #2 Story-boarding "Simpsons"-style, ages 10 & up, guided by Stephen Reis, storyboard artist and director of "The Simpsons"
  • Station #3 Exploring Your Creative Side, guided by Christopher Scardino, resident teaching artist of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Station #4 Playing with Paint, guided by Shakiba Hashemi, professional artist
  • Station #5 Upside Down Art, guided by Sunny Dolberg, professional artist
  • Station #6 Design Your Dream Dress, guided by Erin Bianchi, designer
  • Station #7 Creativity with a Camera, ages 13 & up, guided by Stephanie Adriana and Val Westover, professional photographers and lecturers 

Beginning at 2 PM until 3 PM is our attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue.  

From 3:00 to 3:30 PM Trevor Carlton and Stephen Reis will be staging a performance painting…NOT TO BE MISSED!

Session # 3:  3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

  • Station #1 Art from the HeArt: Messages in Color, ages 13 & up, guided by Mary Beth Volpini
  • Station #3 Exploring Your Creative Side, guided by Christopher Scardino, resident teaching artist of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Station #4 Playing with Paint, guided by Shakiba Hashemi, professional artist
  • Station #5 Upside Down Art, guided by Sunny Dolberg, professional artist
  • Station #6 Strategic Illustration, guided by Linda Krall, artist, designer & communications expert
  • Station #7 Creativity with a Camera, ages 13 & up, guided by Stephanie Adriana and Val Westover, professional photographers and lecturers  

Throughout the day, artist Bob Elias will be painting in oils and offering tips on painting and muralist James C. Mulligan will be working on a large mural with any and all participants.

There will also be an "Artist in the Round" series where you may talk with professional artists about making art your vocation as well as your avocation.  Artists participating in this series of round-table discussions will be: Linda Jones, Stephanie Adriana, Trevor Carlton, John Ramirez, and Mike Peraza.

See you there! 

Photography Workshop Added to Chuck Jones Big Draw

Creativity with a Camera and A Photographer's Life will be the focus of noted Orange County professional photographers, Stephanie Adriana and Val Westover, as they lead a series of special seminars for devotees of the camera (13 yrs. and up) at this Sunday's Chuck Jones Big Draw.  

We interrupt this program to bring you this important announcement!

This just in: FREE admission to the Chuck Jones Big Draw between 1 and 2 PM.  Help us break a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue and learn how to draw Bugs Bunny from Chuck Jones!

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.

Stephanie Adriana

Stephanie Adriana's award-winning work can be found in Cowboys and Indians magazine, covers and articles for Ladera Ranch Magazine, Coto de Caza Quarterly, Wrangler Magazine, as well as displayed in hotels, restaurants and homes around the country. Stephanie also enjoys photographing destination and celebrity weddings, modeling headshots, boudoir, engagement and family portraiture.

"Life is so beautiful to me, I am constantly awed and inspired by the beauty that surrounds me, so much so that all I want to do is "Capture that moment in time Forever" with my camera.  I am terribly distracted by color! I'm overwhelmed by the desire to capture it as I see it, brights, darks, brilliant hues and rich tones…. in all of their glory! Some times the beauty of a scene or situation completely captivates me and I'm compelled to photograph it until I've captured it perfectly. What an awful affliction to have!"   Click on Stephanie's photo above to see her portfolio.

Val Westover

Val Westover is a speaker, author, photographic educator and photographer. His clients come from all walks of life, from the girl next door to the celebrity superstar and everyone in between. He has been privileged to shoot some   incredible weddings and portrait sessions, meeting some amazing people.    
    
For over two decades, Val has pioneered his unmistakable style, influencing many photographers. He was the district manager for one of the nation’s largest portrait studios, and for over seven years was personally responsible for the training and development of hundreds of photographers. Val opened his own studio in 1994, and his portrait work can be found in homes all over the world.
         
Photographers come from all over the country to learn how to “photograph like a pro”. Val offers a variety of photography workshops and is available for private   one-on-one coaching, incredible destination photography expeditions and professional business consultations.
    
Val has a gift in bringing out the true personality of anyone, especially children. Posed or photojournalistic portraits, Val captures warmth, happiness, laughter and love.  To view Val's portfolio, click on his photo above.

 

To learn more about their programs, click on Capturing True Emotion.  

The Chuck Jones Big Draw is thrilled to have the participation of these two very talented photographers on Sunday, August 7, 11 AM to 5 PM at South Coast Collection (next to Paul Mitchell), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California.  To register, visit EventComplete.com.  

Trevor Carlton: The Secrets of a Professional Artist

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be a professional artist?  Is it all berets and filterless French cigarettes and double shots of espresso and an unexplainable cough and nubile nudes posing for you under the north-facing skylight in your garrett atelier or is it something else entirely?

You'll have the chance to find out on Sunday, August 7th, at the Chuck Jones Big Draw as artist Trevor Carlton shares his secrets and the ins and outs of working professionally as an artist.  

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Trevor, a native of Olympia, Washington, started painting in high school, but his first love was the stage and he went on to study acting at his local college, and then at the Lee Strasberg Acting Workshop in Los Angeles where he pursued his acting career.  But, as happens with actors, he paid the bills by working in a custom furniture store specializing in faux finishes.  His signature style was developed here.

Using reclaimed lumber as his canvas, he started painting images of vintage Americana with subjects ranging from pop icon celebrities to jazz greats.  More recently he has been commissioned by Disney Studios to create limited edition artwork utilizing their characters in his unique style.  

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At the Chuck Jones Big Draw, Trevor will be speaking with anyone who wants to know more about the challenges and rewards of becoming a professional artist.  Also, along with his friend and painting partner, Stephen Reis, he will be creating a very special performance piece later in the afternoon.  Stick around for it–it's a terrific experience!   

The Chuck Jones Big Draw, Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at South Coast Collection, 3303 Hyland Avenue (next to Paul Mitchell) in Costa Mesa, California.  Help us set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue beginning promptly at 2 PM.  For more details and to register go to EventComplete.   "Like" us on Facebook at The Chuck Jones Big Draw!

What Does Fun Look Like? Artist Mary Beth Volpini Has the Answer!

Artist and noted interior designer, Mary Beth Volpini, will be asking you that question at the Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at SoCo (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California.  A graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, Mary Beth has been creating art and designing homes in both California and New York for the last several years.  While fighting breast cancer in 2006, she was able to rediscover her love of painting and mixed media collage and will be sharing that love at the Chuck Jones Big Draw.  Start thinking about what your answer will be when she greets you this coming Sunday.  Be there or be square!  

Don't forget we're looking to break the Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue which begins promptly at 2 PM–everyone will be learning how to draw Bugs Bunny!

  Mary Beth Volpini
 
Mary Beth Volpini has a question for you, "What does fun look like?"  What's your answer?