Monthly Archives: March 2013

Oscar Goes Hawaiian!

Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and president of the Chuck Jones Companies, traveled this week to the beautiful island of Maui as the special guest of Dolphin Galleries who are currently hosting an exhibition and sale of the art of four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.

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Craig Kausen, second from left, with Nick Schlag (far left), Sylvester the cat and Dolphin Gallery founder, Stephen Schlag.

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Chuck's Oscar for "The Dot and the Line", best short animated film of 1965 is given a place of honor in a display of photographs, drawings, and letters on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

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Oscar, as his wont, also got special attention from Dolphin Gallery art consultants, Janna and Christine.

Craig showing art
During the reception on Thursday evening, Craig took time with each of the collectors to discuss the subtleties and nuances of the art of the animated film.

Little Boy Watching Cartoons
Of course, some future collectors of Chuck Jones art were more interested in what was happening on the screen than off!

Children with Cat
Sylvester the cat was a big hit with visitors to the Dolphin Galleries in the Shops at Wailea. Did you know that in Chuck Jones cartoons, Sylvester never spoke?

Film Strip Display
Dolphin Galleries's very own Christian Adams designed a unique way to display the original production art that was featured in the exhibition and sale.

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A portion of the Chuck Jones exhibition and sale at Dolphin Galleries, the Shops at Wailea, Maui.

Craig and Client
Craig shared stories of growing up with Chuck Jones with collectors this past Thursday evening.

Craig with Children
Kids love Chuck Jones! (So do their parents!)

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Shhh, don't tell anyone, but Dolphin Galleries art consultant, Teresa, sneaked a bag of popcorn. 

Asa Flowers Arrangement
The flowers of Maui are nearly as spectacular as the Chuck Jones art on display.

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Oscar sends "Aloha" from Maui! (Oscar's companion courtesy Kimberley and Craig Kausen.)

 

From Louisiana with Love

Last summer Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, hosted an exhibit, "What's Up, Doc?, The Animated Art of Chuck Jones".  One of the frequent visitors was a young man named Kamden, who is an aficianado of all things Chuck Jones. 

Linda and Kamden Spies

Kamden meets Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones's daughter at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa.

He enjoyed the exhibit so much, and new so much about Chuck Jones, that he even ended up giving a few "tours" to other visitors during the times he was there.

As life happens, his parents planned a trip to southern California this winter with stops in San Diego and Orange County, with the thought that they'd see the Chuck Jones Galleries while they were out here. 

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Here's Kamden in front of the Chuck Jones Gallery on 5th Avenue in San Diego's historic Gas Lamp District.

But the highlight of the trip for Kamden was meeting Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa. It was serendipity because Linda just happened to be here for another meeting. 


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From left, Kamden's dad, Tom, younger brother, Cale, Linda Jones, Kamden, and his mom, Sherry.

Kamden knows all about Chuck's and Dr. Seuss's relationship and their work during WWII. He is schooled in all things Chuck Jones and will perhaps work in one of our galleries one day!

Are You Going to the Grand Opening at the Cartoon Art Museum?

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Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for "The Bugs Bunny TV Show" circa 1961.

Tomorrow night, March 23rd from 6 to 9 PM PDT, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Cartoon Art Museum present the grand opening of the exhibition, "Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination, 100 Years of an Animated Artist. 100 works of art from his early career through his last projects are presented in this retrospective of the genius of Chuck Jones. You'll meet some very hip people: Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones; Marian Jones, his widow; and Craig Kausen, his grandson. You'll also have the opportunity to visit with some old friends such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin Martian, Wile E. Coyote, and the Road Runner. Tickets, from $10.00 to $50.00, are available by clicking here or at the door. The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission St. in the SoMA Arts District of San Francisco. Call 1-415-CAR-TOON for more details. Be there or be square!

Actor Butch Patrick Visits the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

 
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Butch Patrick, perhaps best known for his role as Eddie Munster in the hit TV series (1964-66) "The Munsters" also starred in Chuck Jones's feature film, "The Phantom Tollbooth" as Milo, the young boy bored with everything, stopped by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity yesterday to meet with Chuck's grandson, Craig Kausen and to pick-up his original Chuck Jones drawing that had been reframed for him. While there, Butch agreed to create a canvas for the Red Dot Auction, scheduled for May 11 at the Center. 

Photo by Stephen Russo

Chuck Jones Exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum–March 23rd–Sneak Peek!!

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These are two of 100 works of art by Chuck Jones on display at "Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination, 100 Years of an Animated Artist" at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St. in San Francisco. The Grand Opening Gala is scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at 6 PM. Tickets can be purchased here:http://guestlistapp.com/events/151239. Your support helps fund the educational programs at both the Cartoon Art Museum and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. The Jones family and everyone at the Cartoon Art Museum look forward to seeing you there! 

P.S. Even if you can't make it to the event, buy a ticket anyway (from $10.00 to $200.00) and be loved by thousands of children and adults! What more could you ask for?

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Craig Kausen–Principal for the Day at McPherson Magnet K-8

Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck's grandson, will be Principal for the Day at McPherson Magnet K-8 school Wednesday, March 13.  

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Craig Kausen flies a remote-controlled helicopter at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

The Orange Unified School District will celebrate Principal for a Day on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 throughout its campuses. The event partners a business leader or community member with a school principal and allows the participant an opportunity to observe a glimpse of a principal’s daily responsibilities. The purpose of the program is to foster relationships within the community and to share the outstanding work of OUSD teachers, students, and staff.

Chuck Redux believes the children at McPherson are in for a special treat! More about Craig's day as Prinicpal as it unfolds. Stay tooned!

Photo by Stephen Russo