Monthly Archives: April 2016

Which Artist’s Work Will You Take Home at this Year’s Red Dot Auction?

With less than two weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Krissta Passanante.

Krissta Passanante

Many Items and scenes from my childhood still inspire and influence me to this day. As the daughter of a successful Hollywood set builder, I have always had an infatuation with old-fashioned theaters and props. Folklore and fairytales also instigate most of my work. Taking inspiration from my hometown in Utah, life and nature often collide in my paintings. I have always believed that my art should portray that which can only be imagined. As a result, my paintings and illustrations often materialize scenes that draw in surrealistic or dream-like qualities. I want the viewer to be able to think about the work and observe it as if they were the painter themselves. I hope they can imagine themselves in the fantasy world I have created.

Will you go home with Krissta’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with at this Year’s Red Dot Auction?

With less than two weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Bruce Berglund.

Bruce Berglund

Bruce Berglund started drawing by the time he could hold a pencil. One day Bruce’s mother noticed him ignoring a new coloring book she had just given him. When she asked why he wasn’t using it, Bruce commented, “I don’t want to color someone else’s drawings”. He started oil painting at age 12 and at college he pursued Advertising, and Graphic Design achieving degrees in both. In 1985 Bruce relocated to Southern California where his steady illustration work won him notoriety as one of the top illustrators in Orange County. Bruce went on to open his own design studio (Berglund Advertising Design) in Costa Mesa in 1989. A portion of his current commercial portfolio including: illustrations, logo designs, advertising and web concepts can be seen on his newly launched website:www.BerglundAdvertisingDesign.com. To view his oils (not yet displayed on his website), contact Bruce directly at: 714.545.4948.

Will you go home with Bruce’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with at the Red Dot Auction?

Dan has described himself as an artist trapped in a deputy sheriff’s body, as described in a 2012 Press-Enterprise article entitled, “Sheriff’s Deputy Doubles as Artist.” While he prides himself on the work he does for his community in uniform, his true love is, has always been, and will always be creating art. He has been creating artwork in one medium or another since he can remember, literally since the age of 4. He looks forward to a day in the very near future when the artist in him can break free at last so as to devote his full time to his passion, which, of course, is art.

Dan Bowden

Dan is a self-taught artist in every sense of the term. His keen, inborn ability was recognized very early on during his school career. Every instructor he had recognized his natural abilities and would challenge Dan to try many different mediums, including acrylic painting, water color, pen and ink, pencil renderings, and stained glass. There was no challenge too great. Finally, his instructors had to admit that there was nothing they could teach him. It was as if he was just born with a natural understanding of how the paint works to perfectly blend colors and create shading surpassing anything they had ever seen.

Dan has mastered the ability to create digital art on an iPad using his finger in place of a brush, resulting in amazing custom portraits and other interesting subjects which he then converts to Giclee prints on canvas or paper. The true-to-life resemblance and attention to detail he brings to each piece will have you asking, How does he do that?

Dan has done many commissioned pieces throughout the years and has donated countless pieces of art to churches, college jazz band calendars, the Leukemia Foundation, and the Juvenile Diabetes Walk, to mention just a few.

Dan Bowden’s passion for his art is stronger than ever before, and his commitment to his art has become the very definition of who he is. He describes it as the driving force which fuels his creativity to new levels each day.

Those who have seen his artwork often comment on the vivid detail, depth of color, and hidden gems to look for in each piece of art, as he incorporates the Dove of Peace in all of his work.

Upholding peace in his community as a deputy sheriff by day and creating unique images of peace for his community by night, Dan Bowden is a gift to us all to be appreciated for years to come. www.danbowdenfineart.com

Will you go home with Dan’s artwork at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Get your tickets atChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is live at HA.com/759.

Welcome Michael Fiacco, Gallery Director at the Chuck Jones Gallery, San Diego

Linda Jones Enterprises, the owner of the Chuck Jones Galleries, announced today the appointment of Michael Fiacco as Gallery Director of their Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego, located in the heart of the historic Gas Lamp Quarter.

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Michael Fiacco, right, the new gallery director of Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, with Craig Kausen, left, President of Linda Jones Enterprises, and Scott Dicken, center, VP of Retail for the company.

A native New Yorker, Fiacco graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, as well as the Art Institute of Seattle. For the past five years, he’s been the owner of Archangel Gallery in Seattle and Palm Springs; before that he was VP of Global Sourcing for London Fog Group in Seattle and New York.

“I’m excited to bring my passions for contemporary art and classical animation together with my background in management to my new position at the gallery,” said Fiacco. “This opportunity is one I look forward to with great anticipation.”

“Michael brings a wealth of experience with him, experience that we felt would be the perfect fit for the gallery and most importantly, with our collectors,” said Craig Kausen, president of Linda Jones Enterprises, the owner of the Chuck Jones Galleries located in Costa Mesa and San Diego, California and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “We’re confident that Michael will continue to fulfill the mission of the company, which is to find wonderful, whimsical works of art and place them in the homes and offices of the people who love them, with the same passion and commitment to excellence that we all strive for.”

Fiacco lives just outside San Diego with his husband and two doggie daughters, Candy and Angelina, and where he can be found enjoying his passion for all things Mid-Century and classic cars.

Which Artist’s Work Will You Take Home with you at this Year’s Red Dot Auction?

With less than three weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Terri Hardin.

Terri Hardin

Terri has been an artist and puppeteer for over 30 years working in films and television.  Her credits include,Ghostbusters, Indian in the Cupboard, both Flintstone films, both Men In Black Films, Monkeybone, The Country Bears and Team America.  She’s worked with the Jim Henson Company since 1989. Her work can also be seen as ensemble on Disney’s new Muppet Show.

She was in the Disney/Henson hit TV show Dinosaurs, where she played Baby Sinclair’s arms, and she designed and built the Foster Imposters at the Character Shop, for those funny Foster Farms Chicken Commercials.  She has played the passenger chicken in these commercials since the beginning.

Terri is also a sculptor.  She is well known for her collectible figurines she creates for the Walt Disney Company. When she was a Walt Disney Imagineer, she designed rides and attractions for many of the parks. In Paris Disneyland you can walk through Dragon’s Lair and in Tokyo Disneyland., you can ride the Splash Mountain boat with the rabbit she sculpted, and sail down the main drop she created.

Before she worked for Walt Disney Imagineering she sculpted creatures and animals for many films including Jungle 2 Jungle, the drugged cat Tim Allen hits with a blow dart, in Relic, the prehistoric Ground Sloth skeleton, and the dove of peace and the presidential parakeets in Mars Attacks.

She is currently working on her Memoir working title “Little Zebra.”  The story of a how she was able to rise above adversity, keep her sense of humor and positive attitude to rise to success in the entertainment industry.

Will you go home with Terri’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with at this Year’s Red Dot Auction?

With less than three weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Eric Scales.

Eric Scales

Eric Scales has been an illustrator for 15 years. An animation fan from a young age, Eric loves capturing moments from memorable cartoons. He has illustrated books for Dreamworks, Hasbro, and Scholastic Publishing and he recently completed a dozen paintings for Walt Disney Imagineering to be used at the upcoming Shanghai Disneyland Resort. Eric currently creates artwork and animation cels for the Disneyland Resort in California. This is his fourth year contributing to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Red Dot Auction.

Will you go home with Eric’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with at the Red Dot Auction?

With less than three weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artists Carolyn Le and Michael Falk.

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Carolyn draws on the sunny California days, and her love of storytelling to create her watercolor paintings. She has twice received a first-place Illustration Award for her portfolio from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Editor’s Day, have received a Merit Award from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and have had her work shown in galleries in Los Angeles and London. The illustrations for her first picture book, Clarence and the Traveling Circus, received a Reader’s Choice Award for Illustration. Currently, Carolyn is writing and illustrating her own picture books and dreaming of ways to make her secret wish of having the power to fly come true.

Michael Falk 200pxMichael Falk is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and Iraq War veteran who in 2012 decided to become a storyteller through the medium of cartoons and animation. He holds a BFA in Media Arts & Animation from the Art Institute of Jacksonville and currently works in the Digital Production Department of DC Comics Entertainment, where he animates the digital front list covers for MAD Magazine and helps to create digital comic books for various platforms. Michael also works part time as a painting instructor for Paint Nite and an animation teacher for Valley Torah High School.

Will you go home with Carolyn’s or Michael’s work (or both) at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

Red Dot Auction VI–You’re Invited!

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The Sixth Annual Red Dot Auction benefiting the programs of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. This silent auction features over 150 anonymously donated works of art, all fitting on a 12″ square canvas, from artists of all levels of achievement and expertise. Bidding begins at $100. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Extraordinary raffle prizes! Live Auction includes a VIP tour of Warner Bros. Studios with Chuck Jones’s daughter, Linda Jones Clough, as your tour guide and lunch at the Studio Commissary!  Get your tickets here: ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a 501(c)3 public charity located in Orange County, CA. Chuck Jones was a creative genius who gave life to Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote & Bugs Bunny along with over 300 animated films. The Center, which he founded in 1999, is an organization that fosters and teaches creative thinking—the thinking behind problem solving. It’s a fact that “creativity” is like a muscle in your brain that needs exercise in order to get and stay healthy. The stronger that muscle is, the better it works in engaging tasks and solving problems. The Center serves as a gymnasium for the brain. We work with disadvantaged youth, school systems without arts programs, people on the autism spectrum, the elderly (many of whom suffer from early onset dementia), and other groups, including corporate clients, who see the value of pumping up creativity in their ranks.