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Chuck Jones’s Grandson to Speak at Colorado Springs Fine Art Center Exhibition

On Saturday, December 3rd at noon, Craig Kausen, the grandson of animator and Oscar-winning director Chuck Jones, will give a special presentation in the Music Room of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center where he will discuss his grandfather’s work.

This original production cel from "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and many others are on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center through January 8, 2017.

This original production cel from “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and many others are on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center through January 8, 2017.

During the “Golden Age” of animation, Chuck Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros.’ most famous characters and created characters such as Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew, and many others. Jones also directed the 1966 television special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. After the talk, join collector Bill Heeter in the galleries to learn more about his private collection of original animation cels and ephemera. Please RSVP for this event, as there is limited seating, by emailing boxoffice@csfineartscenter.org or calling 719.477.4310. For more information about the exhibit and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, click here.

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Chuck Jones on the Move!

The World of Oil Tanking magazine, “Connections”, featured the Smithsonian exhibit “What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” in their August 2016 issue.

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The magazine is published and distributed throughout the world and both the Minnesota Historical Society and the Huntsville Museum of Art exhibit dates were mentioned. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity provided photographs for the article along with the Smithsonian.

"The Captain", 16" x 20" acrylic on board by Fabio Napoleoni.

Fabio Napoleoni at Chuck Jones Gallery, Comic Con 2016

American art star, Fabio Napoleoni, will be making a special appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego on Friday, July 22nd from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Creator of the much-beloved Marcenivo, Fabio continues to delight and inspire with his simple tales of love and redemption. The gallery will be presenting an exclusive edition that pays homage to Chuck Jones, “Always Have a Plan B” featuring Marcenivo trying to negotiate a truce between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Contact the gallery for more details and to RSVP for the event: 619-294-9880.

Exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery, "Always Have a Plan B", fine art reproduction on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

Exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery, “Always Have a Plan B”, fine art reproduction on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

Fabio’s engaging perspective of what the world needs most, love, comes in the form of his charming alter ego, Marcenivo. Whether he’s sailing away, deep in a forest, riding a bicycle, boxing, or holding onto his favorite doll, Marcenivo’s goal is to bring love to the world. It may be in the form of a “Love Bomb” or it may be one of his friends that bears the message of hope and friendship.

Specifically for Comic Con and this reception for the artist, Napoleoni has paid homage to not only Chuck Jones, but also the galaxies of super heroes — Marcenivo in cosplay.

"The Captain", 16" x 20" acrylic on board by Fabio Napoleoni.

“The Captain”, 20″ x 16″ acrylic on board by Fabio Napoleoni.

"Supersonic Love" 11" x 7", graphite on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

“Supersonic Love” 11″ x 7″, graphite on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

These original works by the artist along with a selection of rare, sold-out limited edition fine art reproductions on canvas and paper, will be on exhibit and for sale at this reception. Please call 619-294-9880 to RSVP and for more details regarding available Napoleoni artwork.

 

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Nancy Cartwright, Stan Lee, William Shatner Headline Events at Chuck Jones Gallery During Comic Con Int’l

NANCY CARTWRIGHT, STAN LEE, WILLIAM SHATNER

       TO APPEAR AT CHUCK JONES GALLERY—SAN DIEGO

THESE ICONIC CREATIVES WILL UNVEIL NEW ARTWORK AT THE GALLERY DURING  

    COMIC CON INT’L 2016, JULY 20 – 24

The Chuck Jones Gallery will also host receptions for these fine artists: James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Rob Kaz, James C. Mulligan, Fabio Napoleoni, Mariano Nicieza, Tim Walsh, and Mike Bilz

San Diego: The Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, announced today their line-up of incredible talent during Comic Con Int’l 2016, July 20-24. In addition to the artist receptions the gallery will commemorate their quarter century of bringing the art of American Pop culture to the people who love it with an exclusive release of new paintings and limited editions from the renowned comics fine artist, Alex Ross. Ross, known for several decades now as the father of Super Hero (and Heroine) artwork, will be a featured artist at the gallery throughout the week long celebration of all things Pop culture.

The Chuck Jones Gallery will host receptions for the following artists during Comic Con. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP is requested for artist appearances at 888-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego 92101, in the heart of the Gas Lamp across from the Hard Rock Hotel and just one short block from the Convention Center.

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Nancy Cartwright: Known best as the voice of Bart Simpson on the longest running scripted televised sit-com, “The Simpsons”, Nancy Cartwright is undeniably one of the great comic actresses of our time. What many don’t know is that she’s also a remarkably talented painter and sculptress. On Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, the Chuck Jones Gallery will host the first ever art gallery reception and exhibition for Ms. Cartwright and her original paintings and sculptures. Ms. Cartwright will dedicate artwork purchased at this event.

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Stan Lee. Stan Lee is one of the greatest comic book writers of the twentieth century. He, along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko is responsible for creating Spider Man, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man and the entire Marvel Comics universe of Super heroes, heroines, and villains. On Friday, July 22, from 5 to 7 PM, Mr. Lee will make an appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery to meet his many fans. Artwork from “God Woke” will be premiered at this reception. “God Woke” is a poem, first heard at Carnegie Hall in January 1972, when it was read by his wife and daughters at “An Evening with Stan Lee at Carnegie Hall”. Soon to be a Cinematic Graphic Work.

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William Shatner: Shatner, remembered for his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in the television series, “Star Trek”, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, will be the special guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery on Saturday, July 23, from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM. Mr. Shatner will be launching his new publishing imprint, “Shatner Singularity”.

The gallery will feature art from Shatner Singularity’s “War Chronicles–Man O’War” story by William Shatner, “Phazer Universe”, and “A Daze Work”. In addition, guest artists will include Mariano Nicieza of “Phazer Universe” and Tim Walsh of “A Daze Work”, both of whom will dedicate artwork purchased at this event.

The Chuck Jones Gallery is also pleased to present the following artist receptions during Comic Con Int’l 2016:

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Wednesday, July 20 from 8 to 10 PM: Girls Drawin’ Girls celebrates their 10th anniversary with a special exhibition of artwork inspired by Chuck Jones. Animator and artist, Melody Severn, and “The Simpsons’ storyboard artist, Stephen Reis, will be special guests that evening. The exhibit will feature artwork created by members of Girls Drawin’ Girls over the past several years. GDG member, Mako Fufu, will be painting “live” at the event. A portion of proceeds of sales that evening will benefit the programs of Girls Drawin’ Girls and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

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Thursday, July 21 from 5 to 7 PM: Artist, Actor, and Singer, James C. Mulligan, creator this year of the gallery’s annual Comic Con poster, “May the Jones Be with You” will be on hand to sign the poster and to speak with collectors about his work. The exhibit will include recent paintings and watercolors.

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Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM: Star Wars tribute! Artists James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz, official artists of Star Wars art, will be the gallery’s special guests. Paintings and fine art editions. Painter James Coleman was a long-time animation background specialist for Walt Disney Studios. Since leaving “Hollywood”, he has toured the world with his original paintings and prints. Gonzalez, founder and lead singer of the rock band, Side A, found his artistic calling just a few years ago, but his luminous paintings and lush brushwork have made him an emerging artist of note. Rob Kaz, also an emerging artist, whose rich palette and unique sensitivity has earned him legions of fans. All three artists will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

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Friday, July 22 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: American Art Star, Fabio Napoleoni, will be on hand as we premier his new paintings and fine art editions on paper and canvas. Creator of the much-beloved Marcenivo, Fabio continues to delight and inspire with his simple tales of love and redemption. The artist will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

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Sunday, July 24 from 12 PM to 3 PM: Introducing artist Mike Bilz. The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present original paintings and fine art editions by Bilz. His dry wit coupled with a deep sense of the absurdity of life makes for a potent combination in his technically flawless paintings on wood. Mike Bilz will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

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About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery, celebrating its 25th anniversary, represents the finest in the art of American Pop culture. It is also the only gallery in San Diego dedicated to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss, and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Charles Schulz, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when it closes at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

Nancy Cartwright, Stan Lee & William Shatner –To Appear at Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego During Comic Con Intl 2016!

NANCY CARTWRIGHT, STAN LEE  and WILLIAM SHATNER     

TO APPEAR AT CHUCK JONES GALLERY—SAN DIEGO

THESE ICONIC CREATIVES WILL UNVEIL NEW ARTWORK AT THE GALLERY DURING                                    COMIC CON INT’L 2016, JULY 20 – 24

The Chuck Jones Gallery will also host receptions for these fine artists: James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Rob Kaz, James C. Mulligan, Fabio Napoleoni, and Mike Bilz

San Diego: The Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, announced today their line-up of incredible talent during Comic Con Int’l 2016, July 20-24. In addition to the artist receptions the gallery will commemorate their quarter century of bringing the art of American Pop culture to the people who love it with an exclusive release of new paintings and limited editions from the renowned comics fine artist, Alex Ross. Ross, known for several decades now as the father of Super Hero (and Heroine) artwork, will be a featured artist at the gallery throughout the week long celebration of all things Pop culture.

The Chuck Jones Gallery will host receptions for the following artists during Comic Con. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP is requested for artist appearances at 888-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego 92101, in the heart of the Gas Lamp

Nancy Cartwright: Known best as the voice of Bart Simpson on the longest running scripted televised sit-com, “The Simpsons”, Nancy Cartwright is undeniably one of the great comic actresses of our time. What many don’t know is that she’s also a remarkably talented painter and sculptress. On Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, the Chuck Jones Gallery will host the first ever art gallery reception and exhibition for Ms. Cartwright and her original paintings and sculptures. Ms. Cartwright will dedicate artwork purchased at this event.

Nancy Cartwright, actress and voice of Bart Simpson, right, with Craig Kausen, president of the Chuck Jones Galleries and Chuck Jones's grandson.

Nancy Cartwright, actress and voice of Bart Simpson, right, with Craig Kausen, president of the Chuck Jones Galleries and Chuck Jones’s grandson.

Stan Lee: Stan Lee is one of the greatest comic book writers of the twentieth century. He, along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko is responsible for creating Spider Man, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man and the entire Marvel Comics universe of Super heroes, heroines, and villains. On Friday, July 22, from 5 to 7 PM, Mr. Lee will make an appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery to meet his many fans. Artwork from “God Woke” will be premiered at this reception. “God Woke” is a poem, first heard at Carnegie Hall in January 1972, when it was read by his wife and daughters at “An Evening with Stan Lee at Carnegie Hall”. Soon to be a Cinematic Graphic Work.

William Shatner: Shatner, remembered for his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in the television series, “Star Trek”, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, will be the special guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery on Saturday, July 23, from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM. Mr. Shatner will be launching his new publishing imprint, “Shatner Singularity”. Watch this space for more details.

The Chuck Jones Gallery is also pleased to present the following artist receptions during Comic Con Int’l 2016:

Wednesday, July 20 from 8 to 10 PM: Girls Drawin’ Girls celebrates their 10th anniversary with a special exhibition of artwork inspired by Chuck Jones. Animator and artist, Melody Severn, and “The Simpsons’ storyboard artist, Stephen Reis, will be special guests that evening. The exhibit will feature artwork created by members of Girls Drawin’ Girls over the past several years. GDG member, Mako Fufu, will be painting “live” at the event. A portion of proceeds of sales that evening will benefit the programs of Girls Drawin’ Girls and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Thursday, July 21 from 5 to 7 PM: Artist, Actor, and Singer, James C. Mulligan, creator this year of the gallery’s annual Comic Con poster, “May the Jones Be with You” will be on hand to sign the poster and to speak with collectors about his work. The exhibit will include recent paintings and watercolors.

Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM: Star Wars tribute! Artists James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz, official artists of Star Wars art, will be the gallery’s special guests. Paintings and fine art editions. Painter James Coleman was a long-time animation background specialist for Walt Disney Studios. Since leaving “Hollywood”, he has toured the world with his original paintings and prints. Gonzalez, founder and lead singer of the rock band, Side A, found his artistic calling just a few years ago, but his luminous paintings and lush brushwork have made him an emerging artist of note. Rob Kaz, also an emerging artist, whose rich palette and unique sensitivity has earned him legions of fans. All three artists will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

Friday, July 22 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: American Art Star, Fabio Napoleoni, will be on hand as we premier his new paintings and fine art editions on paper and canvas. Creator of the much-beloved Marcenivo, Fabio continues to delight and inspire with his simple tales of love and redemption. The artist will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

Sunday, July 24 from 12 PM to 3 PM: Introducing artist Mike Bilz. The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present original paintings and fine art editions by Bilz. His dry wit coupled with a deep sense of the absurdity of life makes for a potent combination in his technically flawless paintings on wood. Mike Bilz will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery, celebrating its 25th anniversary, represents the finest in the art of American Pop culture. It is also the only gallery in San Diego dedicated to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss, and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Charles Schulz, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when it closes at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

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Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego–One of the Top Fun Things to Do in San Diego

Top Fun Things to Do in San Diego has listed the Chuck Jones Gallery one of their “Top Fun Things to Do in San Diego”! When you’re visiting San Diego, make sure to drop by our gallery and say hello–our knowledgeable staff will answer your questions and speak with you about the art of American Pop culture, including the work of legendary animation pioneer, Chuck Jones. Don’t forget to check out Top Fun Things to Do in San Diego for other cool and nifty things to do when you’re in town.

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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.

Storytelling in Words & Pictures: A Creative Classroom with Melissa Northway and Carolyn Le

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“Hands-on” Sunday Afternoon Fun for the Whole Family at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Costa Mesa, CA: Write and illustrate your own short story at the Chuck Jones Center on Sunday, April 24 from 1 to 3 PM with children’s book author, Melissa Northway (Penelope the Purple Pirate, Clarence and the Traveling Circus), and illustrator, Carolyn Le (Clarence and the Traveling Circus) nurturing your creativity. This “Creative Classroom” is a free and open to the public event. Space is limited, RSVP a must. 949-660-7793 x 107 or Programs@ChuckJonesCenter.org. The Center is located at 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 in Orange County’s hip new retail destination, South Coast Collection or “SoCo”.

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“The Creative Classroom” workshops, currently scheduled one each quarter, offer children and adults alike, a safe and nurturing platform for exploring and exercising their creative muscles,” said Craig Kausen, chairman of the Center and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “We are at a critical turning point in our economy, from a manufacturing to a service economy and what business leaders are looking for in new hires is the ability to think creatively. One in six new jobs being created in California today is in the creative industries.”

The goal of the Creative Classroom workshops offered by the Chuck Jones Center is to encourage students to find within themselves a world where the laws of gravity don’t apply; a world where the space-time continuum can be altered; a world where they’re in control to break the rules. Imagine then, applying that kind of creative thinking to everyday life. How would they solve the problem if they weren’t constrained by rules, expectations, and assumptions that are imposed on us and we impose on ourselves?

About Melissa Northway:

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Melissa Northway was inspired to write children’s picture books after her daughter was born in 2006.   She joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to find out how to make her dream of publishing a children’s picture book come true.  The journey was long and tons of work, but in January 2011, her first storybook app, Penelope the Purple Pirate, was released through her company Polka Dots Publishing and app developer PicPocket Books. She has published three children’s books that have received numerous awards that her daughter thinks are pretty cool! Her books are available on the iTunes store, Amazon and Barnes & Noble and she is currently working on her fourth children’s book. She is also the creator and editor of the lifestyle website Dandelion Moms.  You can find her at www.dandelionmoms.com and www.melissanorthway.com

About Carolyn Le:

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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.

About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity:

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 proven 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.

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Contributions support the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Orange County, CA, February 25, 2016: Renowned film legend Daffy Duck announced his intent to seek the office of President of the United States. Shouting at a crowd of three from the steps of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, candidate Duck hinted at his platform. “A vote for Daffy Duck is a vote for creativity and imagination, and I’m throwing my bill into the ring! Why not? It’s been thrown everywhere else!”

Tying the announcement in with an early victory party on June 5, 2016, before the California Primary (Tuesday, June 7, 2016), the Chuck Jones Center in Orange County will host a “Daffy Duck for President” bumper sticker/campaign poster drawing party, with prizes and celebrations.  Supporters can cast their vote for Daffy at any time on the Center’s website, http://www.daffyforpresident.org.  “I’m the only candidate for the party, and if anybody knows about a party, it’s this duck!” he told the largely silent trio of passersby.

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Mr. Duck’s reasons for entering the grueling 2016 political fray were clarified in a press release. “As candidates of both parties fall away, one candidate rises! A champion of the people who’s not mainstream (but who knows his streams). He’s more stream-of-consciousness. He believes in mom, apple pie, and social insecurity. He’s got brains, bluster, and pluck! He’s a nihilistic socialist rogue insider with Tea Party Appeal.”

For every contribution of $100 to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s “Daffy for President” PAC (Patently Angry Character), the contributor will receive a hardcover copy of Chuck Jones’s “Daffy Duck for President,” a “Daffy for President” campaign button, and a “Daffy for President 2016” bumper sticker. For contributions less than $100, a variety of other gifts are included. Visit http://www.daffyforpresident.org to donate today and for full details! All contributions benefit the educational and outreach programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity located in Orange County, California. The Center brings creativity programs to underserved children and adults in Los Angeles, Orange Counties, and beyond.

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“Daffy puts the ‘wag’ back in ‘bandwagon,’” the announcement said. “He puts the ‘otus’ back in POTUS. He puts the ‘ivity’ back in ‘creativity.’ He’s not only a problem solver, but he’s a problem creator! And if this world needs anything these days, it’s more problems! Ladies and Gentlemen—we ask your support for the next leader of the Free (if not reasonably priced) World–Daffy Duck for President, 2016!”

Chuck Jones’s “Daffy Duck for President” was a pet project of the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation pioneer, and was born of a desire to talk to kids about the process of passing a law as detailed in the U.S. Constitution. Using Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Jones’s unique brand of humor, the book was his last published work.

Endorsements have poured in:

“Eh, what’s one more lunatic?” – Bugs Bunny, international film star

“Petty. Greedy. Jealous. And transparent! Daffy fits the bill.” –Foghorn Leghorn (R-Alabama)

“Who?” – Porky Pig, actor

“Are you serious? Start-a-runnin’, varmint!” – Yosemite Sam, diplomat. 

About Daffy Duck:

Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character created by the animation studio of Warner Bros. in the 1930s. Styled as an anthropomorphic black duck, the character has appeared in cartoon series such as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies where he has usually been depicted as the screwball companion and occasional archrival of Bugs Bunny. Daffy starred in 133 shorts in animation’s Golden Age, making him the third most frequent character in the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons, behind Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.

Daffy was number 14 on TV Guide‘s list of top 50 best cartoon characters and was featured on one of the issue’s four covers as Duck Dodgers with Porky Pig.

About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity:

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 proven 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.

Support the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Exercise Your Genius!

Images are available upon request. Interviews available and are dependent upon the candidate’s prior engagements.

 

Artist Tom Everhart Premier Exhibit in San Diego

Artist Tom Everhart, whose special 20 year friendship with Peanuts creator, Charles M Schulz, has influenced his work of the last 27 years, brings an exhibition of his paintings to San Diego for the first time. 

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San Diego, CA – January 2016 –Artist Tom Everhart, world renowned for his Charles Schulz-influenced paintings presents his latest exhibition entitled “Opening Night”. This extraordinary collection of works will be on exhibit and available for acquisition at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego beginning February 13, 2016 and presenting through March 11, 2016. This is Tom Everhart’s first exhibition in San Diego. “Opening Night”, a new fine art edition on paper will premier at the exhibit and will be an exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery for the run of the exhibit.

Everhart and legendary Peanuts creator Charles Schulz enjoyed both a personal friendship and an artistic relationship greatly valued by both; a mutual respect so powerful that Schulz encouraged Everhart to experiment with his cartoon language in Everhart’s own medium of Fine Art Painting.

As a result, a legal agreement was arranged that would allow Everhart to use Schulz’s visual subject matter in his art for “The Term Of His Life”.

Everhart’s Schulz-influenced work has been shown not only at the Louvre in Paris, but also at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, and gallery shows around the world.

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Artwork is on exhibition and available for acquisition and all appearances are open to the public beginning February 11, 2016. Dedications by the artist will be available.

Opening Public Reception:  Saturday, February 13th, from 5 to 8 PM 

Where: Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 

RSVP Required: SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or

Telephone: 888-294-9880

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About Tom Everhart

Tom Everhart was born on May 21, 1952 in Washington, D.C. He began his under graduate studies at Yale University of Art and Architecture in 1970. In 1972 he participated in an independent study program under Earl Hoffman at St. Mary’s College. He returned to the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1974 where he completed his graduate work in 1976, followed by post-graduate studies at the Musée de l’Orangerie, in Paris. He taught Life Drawing and Painting, briefly from 1979 to 1980, at Antioch College.  This exhibition is greatly inspired by the artist’s years in New York spent with and inspired by fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, among others.

Tom Everhart was the only fine artist granted permission by Schulz to use the Peanuts© characters in his paintings. Image: the Artist in His Venice, California Studio 2015. Photo credit: Kristen Burns Photography

In 1980, Tom Everhart was introduced to cartoonist Charles M. Schulz at Schulz’s studios in Santa Rosa, California. A few weeks prior to their meeting, Everhart, having absolutely no education in cartooning, found himself involved in a freelance project that required him to draw and present Peanuts© renderings to Schulz’s studios. Preparing as he would the drawings and studies for his large-scale skeleton/nature related paintings; he enlarged some of the cartoonist’s comic strips on a twenty-five foot wall in his studio which eliminated the perimeter lines of the cartoon box, leaving only the marks of the cartoonist. Schulz’s painterly pen stroke, now larger than life, translated into painterly brush strokes and was now a language that overwhelmingly connected to Everhart’s own form of expression and communication. Completely impressed with Schulz’s line, he was able to reproduce the line art almost exactly, which in turn impressed Schulz at their meeting. It was at this time that Everhart confirmed his obsession with Schulz’s line art style. This mutual fascination with each other’s artwork formed their ongoing relationship and furthered Everhart’s education of Schulz’s line style.

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Image:  Charles Schulz & Tom Everhart

A few years later, while still painting full-time on his previous body of work in his studio, Everhart began drawing special projects for Schulz and United Media, both in New York and Tokyo. These authentic Schulz-style drawings included covers and interiors of magazines, art for the White House, and the majority of the Met Life advertising campaign. When Everhart was not painting, he was now considered to be the only fine artist authorized and educated by Schulz to draw the actual Schulz line of characters.

Everhart began using Charles Schulz’s comic strip, Peanuts©, as subject matter for his paintings, eventually replacing his skeleton and nature related motifs in 1988. The inspiration came to Everhart in Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was undergoing several operations for stage 4 colon / liver cancer in the summer of 1988. Everhart recalls lying in a hospital bed surrounded by enough flowers to open a florist shop, piles of art books and a stack of Peanuts© comic strips sent to him by Schulz. The light streaming in from the window almost projected the new images of his future Schulz inspired paintings on the wall. All the images in Everhart’s work are in some respect derived from Schulz’s Peanuts© comic strip.

In January 1990 Everhart’s Schulz related work were exhibited at the Louvre in Paris and subsequently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History; Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal; Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, and in fine art galleries in Rome, Venice, Milan, Minneapolis, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

In 1991, Charles Schulz and United Media drafted a legal agreement to allow Tom Everhart to use subject matter from Schulz’s Peanuts© strip in his art for “the term of his life”.

In 1992, “Pigpen’s Dirtballs”, a 72″ x 128″ painting was filmed with the artist in progress for the CBS special “The Fabulous Funnies”. A series of four lithographs were published in 1996 and a series of four more lithographs entitled, “To Every Dog There Is A Season”, followed in 1997. Over the next ten years S2 Art Editions and Tom Everhart would create an astonishing body of lithographic work consisting of over seventy-four lithographs.

In 1997, “Snoopy, Not Your Average Dog”, published by Harper Collins, featured an essay on and reproductions of Tom Everhart’s Schulz-inspired paintings.

In 2000, his first solo museum show was launched at the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The Exhibition traveled to five other locations in Japan until the year 2002.

CBS, in a Charles M. Schulz tribute, designed an entire sound stage, comprised solely of Everhart’s paintings, that were used with host Whoopi Goldberg, throughout the hour long special, in May of 2000.

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Image:  Tom Everhart in Studio    Photo Credit:  Alan Shaffer

 

After Charles Schulz passed away in February of 2000 it left Everhart with a deep sense of loss as well as an even stronger desire to communicate the incredible gift bestowed on him by Schulz.

In 2000 Everhart first visited French Polynesia, a small group of islands in the center of the Pacific Ocean. His trips between French Polynesia and Venice, California have had a significant effect on the paintings, most obviously in the luminous color palette. More importantly, however, it offered him a new way of seeing the work that he was dedicated to continuing.

The Charles M Schulz Museum opened in August 2002 and the following year Everhart had the honor of presenting his works in a solo exhibition there titled, “Under the Influence”. He would also be included in the Museum’s 2011, “Pop’d From the Panel” exhibition, along with works by renowned POP artists, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

In 2011 he exhibited 97 works, titled “Crashing the Party” in a solo exhibition at AFA in New York.

Tom Everhart was brought in during the very first few days of the making of the Peanuts movie in New York to share his knowledge of Schulz’s art with the full creative team.

Tom Everhart continues to lecture around the world about the artwork of Charles M Schulz and to communicate the unique collaborative relationship they shared, as a cartoonist and a painter.

After living in San Francisco, Paris, New York, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and London, in 1997 Tom Everhart moved to Venice, California where he now lives with Jennifer, his wife and director of their studio.

Today, Everhart is the only fine artist educated by Schulz and authorized to use subject matter from Schulz’s Peanuts ©strip to create fine art.

About Chuck Jones Gallery

The Chuck Jones Gallery, founded in 1991, is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of American popular culture, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Tom Everhart, Charles Schulz, Mike Kungl, Eric Goldberg, Fran Lew, Marvel and DC Comics, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when they close at 6 PM. Chuck Jones Galleries are also located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Costa Mesa, California. The gallery website is ChuckJones.com.

 

Media Interviews are coordinated by:

Robert Patrick

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