"It's a Scweam!" is a day brightener at the corner of Market Street and 5th Avenue in San Diego's storied Gaslamp Quarter. Should you find yourself there with your Smartphone, make sure to scan the QR code in the lower right for more information…who knows what you'll find if you look hard enough.
After spending the morning cleaning out the garage, Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and trustee of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, needed to do something 'creative' so she made her way over to the Center's new space at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa for the Saturday morning, "Drop In and Draw" led by the Center's teaching artist, Christopher Scardino.
Most Saturday mornings you'll find the Center set-up for drawing with all sorts of materials with which to express your creativity; pencils, craypas, glitter & glue, crayons, colored pencils, marker pens, ink pens, and plenty of paper. The Center's talented teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, will guide you and your children to new heights of creativity.
Find your creative genius on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA. A nominal donation to cover the costs of materials is suggested. For more information, email Pam Marsden, Program Director, Pam@ChuckJonesCenter.org.
Today is Gossamer's birthday. The orange pile-of-hay monster who wore sneakers and had an aversion to large crowds of people appeared in only two cartoons, the first of which, "Hair-Raising Hare" premiered on this date in 1946.
We were absolutely charmed by the paper sculptures created by artist Mike Peraza, but also baffled by how he was able to construct them so beautifully and elegantly. Each of them requires many hours of painstaking work; the detail is phenomenal.
Celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial, Peraza, one of the great Disney art directors of the past three decades ("The Little Mermaid", "Aladdin", "Beauty and the Beast"), also put in his time at Warner Bros. working with Chuck Jones on a Bugs Bunny television special. His credits are too numerous to elaborate upon, but suffice it say, he is one of the great treasures of feature, television, and theme park animation. The Chuck Jones Gallery is thrilled and delighted to represent his "Chuck Jones Homage" works* beginning with these wonderful hand-cut and constructed paper sculptures (exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery). Take a moment to watch the artist at work:
Here are the finished works:
"Free Bird Seed"
"Chuck Jones Portrait-Grey"
"Chuck Jones Portrait-Orange"
For more details and information about the works of art pictured in this post, please contact one of the Chuck Jones Gallery's art consultants in San Diego, Santa Fe, or Orange County (888-294-9880, 800-290-5999, or 800-660-7791 x 102 respectively.)
*There are plans afoot to create limited edition works on canvas from original paintings by Mike Peraza in the "Chuck Jones Homage" series. Stay tuned!
Artist Fabio Napoleoni, in an appearance last Friday evening at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter, created quite a stir when he unveiled a recent painting that paid homage to the life and times of Chuck Jones. Titled "It Doesn't Bite", this charming and evocative image features Napoleoni's iconic everyman character, the rag doll Marcenivo, reaching out to a somewhat befuddled Bugs Bunny, with a heart of friendship.
"It Doesn't Bite" has been created as a limited edition, signed and numbered, fine art reproduction on paper, exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery. There are only 57 examples with 17 hand-embellished Artist Proofs available. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for more information at 888-294-9880 or online at ChuckJones.com.
The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego is located at 232 Fifth Avenue (between K & L Streets) in San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter and is open seven days a week from 10 AM until 9 PM Monday – Saturday; Sunday 12 noon to 8 PM.
Our dedicated staff of professional art consultants delight in taking visitors to the gallery on a journey down memory lane, we are the home of famed Looney Tunes director and creator, Chuck Jones, the man responsible for such memorable cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe le Pew, the Grinch, Rikki Tikki Tavi. He is also one of the “fathers” of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig.
The Chuck Jones Gallery presents his original drawings, watercolors, oil paintings as well as his popular cel art editions in a loft-like space that is the perfect setting for viewing art. The gallery represents all major animation studios as well as a variety of other painters and sculptors such as Marcus Pierson, and the rising art star, Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is also home to the Dr. Seuss Collection.
2012 is Chuck Jones’s Centennial year and the gallery has commissioned a select group of artists to re-interpret the Looney Tunes characters Jones made so famous. They include such well-known and internationally acclaimed artists as Eric Goldberg, James Coleman, Mike Kungl, Mike Peraza, Bob Elias, and James C. Mulligan (a sampling of their art is below.)
The Chuck Jones Gallery looks forward to your visit. Mention this kiosk and either headline and receive a free “Smile” fine art print. ChuckJones.com/Facebook: OfficialChuckJones.
Here's a whole batch of photographs from last Friday evening's 2nd Annual Red Dot Auction that benefited the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. The outpouring of love and support was tremendous and we send all of you who successfully bid on a work of art (or in some cases, multiple works of art), and to those who heartily bid on the live auction items, a heartfelt and grateful thank you — along with a big round of applause!
People pictured below have been identified to the best of our ability, if there has been error or you or someone you know was not identified, please drop us a note and we'll make the correction. Enjoy!
Craig and Kimberley Kausen (from left) with Jamie Dicken. Craig is Chuck Jones's grandson and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity as well as president of Linda Jones Enterprises
The 3 Amigos, from left: Robert Patrick, Scott Dicken, and Mike Dicken gather for their annual photograph. Each one works at Linda Jones Enterprises/Chuck Jones Gallery/Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in one way or another.
Mr. & Mrs. Jon Brown of 24 carrots fame, Orange County's premier catering company.
Artist and animator (and so much more!) John Ramirez poses with Linda Jones Clough.
What a night! The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity held its 2nd annual Red Dot Auction last night and it was a spectacular evening. There was art, there was food, there were cocktails, there was an art project ("Connect the Dots!" which was awesome, more on that in a future post), there were raffle prizes, there was a gong, there were many, many bids on the silent auction artwork, and the supporters of creativity raised their paddles during the live auction making it a memorable evening of love and enthusiasm. These are just a few of the photos Chuck Redux had time to snap at the beginning and at the end of the evening…more to come in the next few days.
National Sales Director for the Chuck Jones Gallery, Mike Dicken (far left) with his wife, Jamie (2nd from left) and collectors Sandra and Louis L. take a break from discussing all of the art they won in the silent auction. Thank you all for a great evening! We couldn't do it without donors like you.
Pam Marsden, program director for the Center with donor Tom M. compare patterns at the end of the evening.
Did I mention there was a gong? The magnificent, the talented, the beautiful Juliana Hansen takes a swing at our noise-maker. You can catch Juliana at the El Capitan this summer in the theatrical review that opens the new Disney film, "Brave".
Watch this space for more photos and details from last night's gala fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. In the meantime, Chuck Redux is going to go take a little nap and rest his weary bones.
And many thanks to the hundreds of people who came out last night and declared their support for creativity through their generous donations at both the live and silent auctions–we appreciate you!
Dear friends, fans, and collectors,
The Red Dot Auction, the spring fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, opens its doors tomorrow night, Friday, May 11, at 6 PM, inaugurating the Center's new space at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. Be there or be square.
You can preview the silent auction art by going to this page on the blog. These are a few of the recent additions to the auction:
Everyone at the Center is looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night!
On 8/28/12, Warner Home Video will release "Looney Tunes: Chuck Jones Mouse Chronicles", a 2-disc Blu-ray set featuring 19 classic cartoons. There is no word yet on pricing or special features, but reportedly, it will have special material.
The included shorts: (all directed by Chuck Jones)
Many of these films can be seen at ChuckJonesCenter.org Chuck Jones Filmography.