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BOB NICOLL, DEAN OF BLIZZARD ACADEMY, TO SPEAK ON CREATIVITY AND TEAM BUILDING

Coming to the CHUCK JONES CENTER FOR CREATIVITY on Thursday, August 20! 

Renowned Visual Effects & Gaming Educator, Bob Nicoll, Will Host a Special One-Hour  

“Chuck Talk” on the Creative Process and Collaborative Team Building 

Costa Mesa, CA, July 21, 2015—Ever wonder how to get the most creativity out of your team? Businesses today need to be more adaptable and innovative than ever before to stay ahead, but often leaders are unsure of how to get their teams to deliver creative solutions to daunting business problems. Bob Nicoll—wordsmith, speaker, author and Dean of Development at the Blizzard Academy in Orange County—will help you look at problem-solving and team building in new, highly creative ways at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s inaugural Chuck Talk on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30pm. 

“We are honored to have Bob Nicoll kick off our quarterly Chuck Talk series,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “Chuck Talk speakers inform and inspire the listener; providing insights into their creative process and offering audiences the tools to find, understand, and utilize their own creativity in their daily lives. Bob is world-renowned as a passionate, inspiring teacher who brings creativity to everything he does. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the Center. ”

Bob was a long-time friend of Chuck Jones’s and the Kausen family. When asked about Jones’s influence on his life, he said, “Even before I met and worked with Chuck Jones, his characters, his films, and his philosophies helped shape my own creativity and imagination and it continues to inspire me today in all that I do.”

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Known for his infectious positivity, Bob Nicoll is considered one of the most important speakers and teachers in the entertainment industry. His expertise in both animation and gaming has made him an integral part of companies such as Sony, SGI, EA, and now Blizzard. He has been a faculty member at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Carnegie Mellon University and has sat on the boards of the Visual Effects Society and San Francisco Academy of Art University.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary creative genius, Chuck Jones, as a place to promote creativity in all its various forms. The Center’s programs are inspired by the films, writings and art of Jones and are informed by his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction.

Doors to open at 6:30 PM for networking opportunities, talk to begin at 7:30 PM sharp. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 100 attendees, RSVP required at 949-660-7793 x 107 or programs@ChuckJonesCenter.org. The Center is located at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, CA in South Coast Collection (SoCo).

We Get Mail: The History of Animation with Linda Jones Clough

Chuck’s daughter and Emmy Award-winning producer, Linda Jones Clough, was in New York this past weekend for the 25th anniversary performances of George Daugherty’s “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony”.

While in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s information kiosk, she met an animation student, Gabe Schleifer. Gabe sent us this email this morning:

“Hello, this email is for Linda Jones. My name is Gabriel Schleifer, I’m a 3rd year animation student at The School of Visual Arts. She and I met at Lincoln Center a few days ago during the Bugs Bunny at the Symphony concert where she and her granddaughter were promoting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

“I just wanted to let you know that I had a great time chatting with you about your father and about the foundation, not to mention all of the talented artists who are already helping. It’s wonderful to be able to speak to someone who is, in some way or another, a part of the history of this extraordinary art form and is making sure the revolutions of it’s pioneers lives on.

“Here are a couple of photos taken from the event. I plan to stay in touch with this organization.”

Thanks again! Gabe Schleifer

Linda Jones Clough, center, with correspondent and animation student, Gabe Schleifer, right, and his friend.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with correspondent and animation student, Gabe Schleifer, right, and his friend.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Part 2

We’re happy to announce two new additions to our artist door at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa. Artists Casey Leonard, she of the beautiful charcoal work, and Jeff DeGrandis, producer, director at DreamWorks added their respective signatures.

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Casey Leonard

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Jeff DeGrandis

View other artists signing the door here. Jeff DeGrandis photo by Stephen Russo.

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered! Artists Make Their Mark at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Last night at a dinner for the entire staff of the Chuck Jones Gallery, it’s parent company, Linda Jones Enterprises, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, several artists represented by LJE and the Gallery were asked to sign the 10′ x 8′ pivot door that separates the gallery from its offices.

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But first, there was rope-jumping (allegedly) with artist Jimmy Mulligan.

Chris Scardino, the Center's resident teaching artist, with Carol Erickson, an art consultant at the gallery, greet the other guests.

Chris Scardino, the Center’s resident teaching artist, with Carol Erickson, an art consultant at the gallery, greet the other guests.

Christina Stone, from left, with artist T.J. Novy, Sarah Knox, Erin Liddell, and Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery--San Diego.

Christina Stone, from left, with artist T.J. Novy, Sarah Knox, Erin Liddell, and Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego.

Joel Shapiro, art consultant extraordinaire at the Chuck Jones Gallery--San Diego, greets founder Linda Jones Clough and her husband, Jim.

Joel Shapiro, art consultant extraordinaire at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, greets founder Linda Jones Clough and her husband, Jim.

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Erin Liddell, left, with New Yorker cartoonist Eric Teitelbaum and his wife Amy.

Caught in a noir moment are artist Bob Elias flanked by the beautiful Sherri (left) and the exquisite Dana.  (You do know how to whistle, don't you?)

Caught in a noir moment are artist Bob Elias flanked by the beautiful Sherri (left) and the exquisite Dana. (You do know how to whistle, don’t you?)

There was food from El Pollo Norteno--yummy!

There was food from El Pollo Norteno–yummy!

There was speechifying by our fearless leader, Craig Kausen.

There was speechifying by our fearless leader, Craig Kausen.

Artist Daniel Killen makes the scene.

Artist Daniel Killen makes the scene.

Bob Elias signs the door (before revisions.)

Bob Elias signs the door (before revisions.)

Mike Kungl approves this message, uh, signature.

Mike Kungl approves this message, uh, signature.

Glen Tarnowski adds his "Glen Tarnowski" to the door.

Glen Tarnowski adds his “Glen Tarnowski” to the door.

Tom Novy, he of the mosaic tile (but not what you think 'mosaic' or 'tile' mean), boxes his signature.

Tom Novy, he of the mosaic tile (but not what you think ‘mosaic’ or ’tile’ mean), boxes his signature.

Daniel Killen wields a mean Sharpie!

Daniel Killen wields a mean Sharpie!

Artist, muralist, and pirate (and singer, actor, model), Jimmy Mulligan ups the ante.

Artist, muralist, and pirate (and singer, actor, model), Jimmy Mulligan ups the ante.

But Eric Teitelbaum is up to the challenge and leaves us with a delectable portrait of the Pink Panther! (More about that in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!)

But Eric Teitelbaum is up to the challenge and leaves us with a delectable portrait of the Pink Panther! (More about that in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!)

The evening ended with a dart round robin (yours truly, with partner Dana Kungl, made it to the semi-finals!). Woo Hoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck 101 Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater–Hollywood

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity held Chuck 101 yesterday at Hollywood’s historic 91 year-old Egyptian Theater. The day started with Center-sponsored art projects in the courtyard.

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There was mask-making and drawing, led by our talented team of teaching artists, including the Center’s resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino; the Sleeper Sisters, Debbie & Jennifer; Doug Lothers and Darrell Park. Sasha Advani, the Center’s program director had organized the activities.

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The art classes were followed by a screening of the Chuck Jones feature film, “The Phantom Tollbooth” (1970).The film was from Chuck’s personal collection of 35mm films. Before the screening, a Q & A with the indomitable Ms. June Foray, the voice actress known for her adept talent and wonderful acting ability. Ms. Foray was feted in the lobby for 96th birthday.

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DSC06900That evening, the Center brought over a dozen of Chuck’s short Looney Tunes cartoons to share with a full house — a portion of ticket sales went to the programs of the Center. Before the screening, though, major donors and supporters of the Center were feted in the Spielberg lobby with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

DSC06902From left: Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson; Maddie Andre; Steve Fossati, Dina Andre, and Chris Bailey.

DSC06904Valerie Kausen, Chuck’s granddaughter is seen here with producer David Wong.

DSC06905Linda Jones Clough, Chuck’s daughter and founding member of the Board of Trustees smiles with her adoring fans, (r. to l.) Jim (husband), Dave, and Louis.

DSC06906Cynthia Damiano, a Center donor and supporter takes a breather from the festivities.

DSC06907The inimitable George Daugherty, creator, conductor, and producer of the film and live music extravaganza, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” is seen here with Marian Jones, Chuck’s widow, and her friend, Bev White.

DSC06908From left: Ashley & Kevin Mangusing with John and Doris Rendine.

DSC06910Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant, Erin Liddell (left) with collectors and friends, the Milligan’s.

DSC06911Singer and actress, Juliana Hansen with her main squeeze, artist and pirate, James C. Mulligan.

DSC06915The Spielberg Lobby at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater. Follow American Cinematheque on Twitter @sidgrauman.

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DSC06922One of the many wonderful, beautiful, and charming volunteers from American Cinematheque. The Center thanks Gwen, Grant, and their entire group for the lovely assistance they provided us yesterday.

DSC06924The Chuck Jones family from right: Craig Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Valerie Kausen, and Todd Kausen.

DSC06925Before the lights went down on the evening’s program, Chuck Redux snapped a photo of the Art Deco ceiling in the theater. Stunning!

DSC06933A full house enjoys cartoons by Chuck Jones. The shorts were interspersed with remembrances of Chuck Jones from all of his family and from special guests, Leonard Maltin, Charles Solomon, John Schulman, George Daugherty, and David Wong.

Watch this space for details regarding Chuck 102, scheduled for Chuck’s birthday, September 21, 2014 at a theater near you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actress June Foray to Receive Creative Arts Emmy for Lifetime Achievement!

Actress of a thousand voices, the inimitable June Foray will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Creative Arts Emmy at a ceremony September 15. On the 21st of September, Foray will celebrate her birthday at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood during the “Chuck 101” festivities celebrating the 101st birthday of animation director and producer, Chuck Jones. To learn more and to buy your tickets for the event at the Egyptian Theater, click here.

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The amazing June Foray.

Did You Know?

That Chuck Jones and Ted Geisel, AKA Dr.Seuss, were friends? Not only did they work together on US Military training films during WWII and two of the most beloved Dr. Seuss TV specials ever (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “Horton Hears A Who!”, they also maintained a friendly correspondence over the years.

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Chuck Jones (L) and Ted “Dr. Seuss” Geisel at the recording session for “Dr.Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” from 1966.

The reason Chuck Redux is sharing this with you is that on Saturday, August 10th from 6 to 9 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego (232 Fifth Avenue, across from the Hard Rock Hotel), the exhibition “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss” will open. In among all of the fabulous, exotic, and crazy hats will be some of mail exchanged between these two titans of entertainment as well as never-before-seen story concepts for the TV special they produced, “Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat”.

So, grab your keys and drive yourself down to the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego (888-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com) on Saturday to view this exciting exhibition.

P.S. Much of what you’ll see will also be for sale!  Leave room in the trunk!

Let me bring you up-to-date…

Last night the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was the setting for a preview of its Spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction. It was an intimate evening that allowed the Center's donors and benefactors the opportunity to meet many of the contributing artists to this, the 3rd annual Red Dot Auction.

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For the world-weary, a lounge.

The Center sparkled and shone in the early evening's setting sun and the donated artwork, arrayed as it is on the "spokes" of a wheel with a red dot stage as its hub, glittered and enticed.

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You know, the great thing about the Red Dot Auction, as Chuck Redux has always maintained, is the love it generates. Each and every artist has given of themselves to help fund creativity and you, when you're standing in the middle of all that generosity, can't help but feel the joy of such gift-giving. Did we mention that bidding begins at only $100.00? 


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Husband and wife artists Dana (center) and Mike Kungl greet one of the Center's longtime supporters, collector Tom M. as last night's get-together got going. Funny story: Mike called Chuck Redux earlier in the day and said, "You won't mind if I come a little early, would you?" he queried, "I was thinking about the work I donated and realized it would be much much better if I painted a little bit of sparkle in the character's eye. It will only take me a moment." So, arrive early he did with paint and paint brush, we quietly slipped him into our office and seconds later, he was satisfied with the results. Chuck Redux will admit that the addition of the 'sparkle' was just the thing to finish his wonderful donation!

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Council president, Tracy Tanner (right) and one of the Council's community ambassadors, Steve Smith, stopped to smile for the camera. The Chuck Jones Council for Creativity is the volunteer arm of the Center. 

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Artist Ylenia Mino flew in from New York City just to be a part of the festivities! Thank you, Ylenia, for making the trip, and for your generous donation, it means the world to us.

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Painter, pirate, and philanthropist, James C. Mulligan (center)shows off a recent painting to Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, and her son, Craig Kausen, chairman of the Center. Jimmy's inspiration for the painting was a late '40s cover drawing by Chuck Jones for the square dance magazine, "Sets in Order" which depicts a deep-sea diver square dancing with a beautiful mermaid.

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Artist Joseph Yakovetic and his lovely wife, Sammy, making the scene at last night's Artist Meet & Greet.

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Artist Jeffrey Fliehler, Minerva the goddess, and Mike Wedaa of Opis Network enjoy the hospitality of the evening.

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Artist Allyson Vought with her S.O., Lisa, along with Dave L., one of the Council's volunteers and a patron of the Center get close for Chuck Redux.

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Artists George Garcia (far left) and Scott Ryder (2nd from right–Scott is also the gallery assistant at the Center and without whose help, Chuck Redux would be in a world of hurt) with the special women in their lives celebrate at last night's informal gathering of artistic temperaments. 

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Scott Dicken (right, and who is really tall), the VP of retail for the Chuck Jones Galleries, discusses the finer points of building a collection with Sandra and Louis L., art collectors and patrons of the Center. Okay, not true, they were talking baseball, maybe, or they could have been talking about something else entirely for at this point in the evening Chuck Redux's attention span was on the wane.

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Artist Luis Salazar (left) along with Dave L., Carol Erickson (2nd from right–and a Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant and collector), and Susan Palcsik (who is known for herding cats in a room full of rocking chairs) say goodnight to Chuck Redux at the end of the evening.

And that's what you missed at the preview party for the 3rd Annual Red Dot Auction. Tickets are still available and at the door for tonight's big gala. Go to the Center's website, ChuckJonesCenter.org for more information. See you tonight!

 

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

New York Public Library Opens Exhibit of Dr. Seuss Hats–Coming to Chuck Jones Gallery, San Diego

In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins," the New York Public Library will open an exhibit today of about a dozen of Dr. Seuss's hats. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, collected over 500 hats during his lifetime. The exhibit will travel to 15 other locations this year, including the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego, California, August 9th through August 25th and will be accompanied by many works of art that feature the hats in Seuss's collection.

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Geisel in his San Diego State band hat with his wife, Audrey. (Photograph courtesy Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.)

"Believe me, when you get a dozen people seated at a fairly formal dinner party," his widow, Audrey, said in an interview for a 1999 educational video, "and they've all got on perfectly ridiculous chapeaus, the evening takes care of itself."

Artwork done by Geisel for his own enjoyment is part of the exhibit and will be featured when the tour comes to the Chuck Jones Gallery in August. For more details, please contact the Gallery at 888-294-9880 or via email at SanDiego@ChuckJones.com. 

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