Monthly Archives: January 2014

Chuck Jones: Drawn from the Far Side Exhibition to Open at Bowers Museum in April

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California announced today that the exhibit, Chuck Jones: Drawn from the Far Side, will open on Saturday, April 26 and close August 3, 2014.

Celebrated as one of the greatest directors from the “golden age” of animation, Chuck Jones worked in the field some seventy years until his death at eighty‐nine in 2002. His passion for drawing was both work and full time hobby. He drew for a living, and he drew for pleasure and challenge.

This exhibit contains original drawings, most never publicly displayed, including a section of 50 so‐called “Doodles,” perhaps best described as coming from one artist’s very far side. The majority of drawings are from the private collection of Jones’ widow, Marian. In collaboration with the non-profit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. For more information, please visit Bowers.org.

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A Few Highly Motivated People Walked Into a Not-for-Profit and…

It’s no joke that the Center put out a request recently for new volunteers to assist the organization in its growth goals for 2014 and beyond. This past Tuesday evening, sixteen people answered the call for six defined areas: office administration, marketing, computer support, event support, program artist, and community ambassador. A heartfelt “Thank You!” to all who made the effort and joined us for this important meeting. You inspire us!

From left: Alan and Seansay Clayton with Council president Wayne Todd.

From left: Alan and Seansay Clayton with Council president Wayne Todd.

Anne and Joel Tanner (partner at GigaSavvy) joined the center and offered their social media marketing skills.

Anne and Joel Tanner (principal and co-founder of GigaSavvy) joined the evening’s program and offered their social media marketing skills.

Tracy Tanner (left), former Council president and now Board member for the public charity, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, with Lisa Ciminella.

Tracy Tanner (left), former Council president and now Board member for the public charity, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, with Lisa Ciminella.

Artist Doug Lothers (left), who volunteers his time and talents at a co-sponsored event at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, sits with Council member and collector, Richard Alcazar.

Artist Doug Lothers (left), who volunteers his time and talents at a co-sponsored event at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, sits with Council member and collector, Richard Alcazar.

Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, makes a brief introduction to the evening's presentation.

Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, makes a brief introduction to the evening’s presentation.

Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity presented the vision and mission of the Center to the prospective volunteers.

Craig Kausen, Chuck’s grandson and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity presented the vision and mission of the Center to the prospective volunteers.

Board members Dave Lowenstein (left) and Steve Smith both bring their considerable business experience to the benefit of the Center and its goals.

Board members Dave Lowenstein (left) and Steve Smith both bring their considerable business experience to the benefit of the Center and its goals.

Craig talked about "Yes" sessions and how easily yes can be destroyed by no, even a no delivered by ourselves to one of our own yeses.

Craig talked about “Yes” sessions and how easily yes can be destroyed by no, even a no delivered by ourselves to one of our own yeses.

Linda Krall, left, with Isaiah Alfaro, artist. Linda is the Council's veep (not in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-way) and gave a moving testimony about the power of creativity and the Center helps inspire the innate creative genius in all people, but especially children.

Linda Krall, left, with Isaiah Alfaro, artist. Linda is the Council’s veep (not in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-way) and gave a moving testimony about the power of creativity and how the Center helps inspire the innate creative genius in all people, but especially children.

Susan Clemens, left, prospective volunteer with Debra Franzi, a long-time supporter of the programs of the Center.

Susan Clemens, left, prospective volunteer with Debra Franzi, a long-time supporter of the programs of the Center.

Sean Rohani, prospective volunteer, won one of two raffles this evening,  a wool scarf knitted by Linda Jones Clough!

Sean Rohani, prospective volunteer, won one of two raffles this evening, a wool scarf knitted by Linda Jones Clough!

Darcia Dexter, also a prospective volunteer, won a limited edition hand-painted etching in the final raffle draw of the evening.

Darcia Dexter, also a prospective volunteer, won a limited edition hand-painted etching in the final raffle draw of the evening.

Craig Kausen, left, with Martha Flor, collector and supporter of the Center alongside Robert Patrick, a council volunteer.

Craig Kausen, left, with Martha Flor, collector and supporter of the Center alongside Robert Patrick, a council volunteer.

From left, council members Rina Jacobson, Juls Aspinall, and Pasquale Ferazzoli.

From left, council members Rina Jacobson, Juls Aspinall, and Pasquale Ferazzoli.

All photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

Coming Soon: Artist Casey Leonard

One of the greatest pleasures of Chuck Redux’s job is working with the artists represented by the Chuck Jones Gallery. Today was no exception when portraitist Casey Leonard stopped by with two new works she’d just completed. She kindly signed them before they were whisked away by the registrar. She’s currently working on portraits — in charcoal — of the main characters from “The Wizard of Oz” (you do know it turns 75 this year, don’t you?)

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Casey’s been an artist all her life; growing up in the northern California foothills, she was recognized as an aspiring talent, urged by her mentors, family, and friends to pursue portraiture as a profession.

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But Casey heard the siren call of the theater and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in theater arts–which is still a passion. But the art fire burns bright and when a friend of hers, mentioned not too long ago in this very blog, Jimmy Mulligan, introduced her to us, we were delighted and intrigued by her work.

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It won’t surprise you to know that Casey’s a big fan of The Beatles and Dr. Who. Here she is with the love of her life, Broadway star and co-creator of “Rain”, Steve Landes, who plays John Lennon in the aforementioned play. If it’s ever playing in your community, be sure to go and see it!

In the meantime, look for the work of Casey Leonard, coming soon to a Chuck Jones Gallery near you.

 

 

 

Calling All Artists! The 4th Annual Red Dot Auction to Benefit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Needs You!

Dear Artists and Friends of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity,

Preparations are underway for the Fourth Annual Red Dot Auction benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, coming in May. As you are aware, the arts and creativity in our schools and in our national conversation are always the first things to be eliminated or casually dismissed as unimportant.

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An outdoor art class at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood during the Chuck Jones 101 Film Festival, September 2013.

In fact, it is creativity that opens the minds and hearts of all who allow it to; it brings greater freedom to their lives. It enhances one’s ability to solve problems and it opens minds to the differences that make each of us unique, erasing prejudices and bigotry. Creativity makes the world a better place.

Today I’m writing to ask you to donate a work of art to this year’s Red Dot Auction, to be held on Friday, May 9th from 7 to 10 PM at the Center in Costa Mesa, California.  Again this year the canvas is 12” square and as last year, we ask that you sign the artwork on the reverse.  You may prefer to work on paper or another substrate and that’s fine as long as we can mount it to the 12” square canvas for presentation the night of the event.

For those of you who may be unaware of the Red Dot Auction and how it works (or may have forgotten), here are the details: each artist contributes a work of art that is either painted on the canvas we provide you or creates a work of art that can be mounted to the canvas for display the evening of the auction.  The artwork should be signed on the reverse so that bidders at this silent auction will not know who has created which painting—although savvy collectors may be aware of your particular style and will jealously guard their bids, hoping to land a work by ______ or ____ ______.

Will she have the winning bid?

Will she have the winning bid?

You might ask, “What should I paint?” Chuck’s life spanned most of the 20th century and with such a wealth of inspiration why not the life and times of Chuck Jones? That should not limit you to cartoon-related imagery, although many of the most sought after works at last year’s event were inspired by his Looney Tunes creations; you might be inspired by his love of reading, his enjoyment of painting “en plein air” or the fact that he liked to square dance.

Whatever you choose to do, of course, is up to you; it is your participation that is most important to us.

Won’t you share your gifts with us and with the Center’s members and patrons?  If you will, please drop me a note at rpatrick@lje.com with your mailing address and I’ll get a canvas out to you or drop by the Center to pick up a canvas.

What’s that you say?  You’d like to contribute two works?  No problem!  Just let me know and I’ll send you two canvases.  Have an artist friend who would like to be a part of this exciting project?  Please send them my way.  Canvases are due back here no later than April 19th.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, time, and commitment to re-invigorating the creative spirit in all of us.

All the best, Robert

Robert Patrick, Director of Marketing

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Make a New Year’s Resolution: Give the Gift of Time

“The only thing you can give a child is time.” –Chuck Jones
What if that gift of time Chuck speaks of were something you could give throughout the year? The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is looking for a few, highly motivated people to help make the Center’s vision come true.
“The future belongs to the creators, the empathizers, the pattern recognizers, and meaning makers.” 
–Daniel Pink
The Center’s primary goal is to inspire the creative mind and to provide an opportunity to become more aware of the existence of creativity in an individual’s life and as a whole throughout society.
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“Humanity is going to require a substantially new way of thinking if it is to survive.”
–Sir Ken Robinson 
 
With the help of our dedicated staff and volunteers, the Center funds and supports a variety of programs and events to make creativity a magical part of everyone’s life. With the support of inspired and inspiring volunteers, our plans for the future will take off and become a reality.
Are we what you’re looking for?
If you want to be part of our team and have the talents we are looking for, join us and share in our vision.
  • Social Media Connectors
  • Educators
  • Legal Assistance
  • Non-profit Accounting Support
  • Website Technicians
  • Social Event Coordinators
  • Corporate Outreach Facilitators
  • General assistance volunteers
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We are looking for a few, highly motivated people to give the gift of time.
 
Please join us Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM for the opportunity to learn more about the Center, its goals, and its needs as it moves forward. Refreshments will be served.
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A
Costa Mesa 92626
(Just west of Hyland on Sunflower)
GetInvolved@ChuckJonesCenter.org
Learn more about the Center at ChuckJonesCenter.org.
“It is not only ‘good’ to move from passive consumption to active innovation, it is vital. It is not too broad to claim that the future of mankind depends on developing our creativity ‘muscle’…like all muscles, if we don’t use it, we lose it, and many of us have not been asked to use it.”
–Chuck Jones