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Comic Con 2017 Calendar of Events at the Chuck Jones Gallery

MARVEL, STAR WARS, & LOONEY TUNES UNIVERSES COLLIDE!

 It’s an Inter-Galactic Art Exhibit of Superhero Proportions!

CHUCK JONES GALLERY—SAN DIEGO | COMIC CON INT’L 2017, JULY 19—23

The Chuck Jones Gallery will host receptions for these fine artists:

James Coleman | Rodel Gonzalez |  Rob Kaz |  Mike Kungl | James C. Mulligan

and Fabio Napoleoni 

San Diego: The Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, announced today their line-up of incredible talent during Comic Con Int’l 2017, July 19-23. In addition to the artist receptions the gallery will commemorate their four decades of bringing the art of American Pop culture to the people who love it with special games, prizes, and raffles on Thursday evening, July 20, from 7 to 10 PM. Be there or be square!

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 suggested 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. The gallery will be open 9 AM to 10 PM throughout the days of Comic Con.

Marvel Comics with Special Guest Artist James C. Mulligan: Wednesday, July 19, from 7 to 10 PM, Mulligan, artist for Marvel, Disney, and Warner Bros will unveil his most recent original work and limited editions featuring all your favorite characters! Over the past several years, this multi-talented artist-singer-actor has created work that has touched the hearts and minds of collectors around the country. His boyish charm and innate talent have endeared him to legions. Join us this evening and fall under his super powers!

“Ironman” watercolor by James C. Mulligan

Thursday, July 21 from 7 to 10 PM: Meet Chuck Jones’s grandson, Craig Kausen, and play along as we celebrate our 40th anniversary bringing the best art of American POP Culture to you! Games! Prizes! Fun for the whole family!

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s Smithsonian exhibition, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”, 2016.

Plus! an exhibition of the latest artwork from Pixar! 
“Chuck Jones is alive and well at Pixar every day,” said John Lasseter. Pixar studio has long credited Chuck Jones as an important influence in their work. Join us this evening as we present an exhibition of work from such Pixar artists as Pete Doctor, Bob Pauley, Tia Kratter, Randy Barrett, and Ralph Eggleston, plus others!

“Sullivan and Mike” fine art reproduction on paper by Pete Doctor

Friday, July 21 from 3 to 6 PM: Dynamic master artist, Mike Kungl, is the king of the contemporary Art Deco genre, but he’s recently taken his immense talents and directed them in a new POP art style that he’s calling “Where’s It @ POP! Each work in the series has hidden objects that are associated with the character, hidden so well that you’ll be looking for all of them for some time to come. The “Where’s It @, POP!” editions are limited to five, each one heavily embellished by the artist, creating a unique work just for you! The artist will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

“Defending Planet X” mixed media edition by Mike Kungl

Friday, July 22 from 7 to 10 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. Ours exclusively, “Strangely Loving It”, a fine art reproduction on canvas featuring Marcenivo and the lump-headed orange Looney Tunes monster, Gossamer, will premiere at the reception. The artist will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

“Strangely Loving It” fine art reproduction on canvas by Fabio Napoleoni

Saturday, July 22 from 7 to 10 PM:  A Star Wars tribute! Artists James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz, official artists of Star Wars art, will be the gallery’s special guests. New paintings and fine art editions depicting scenes and moments from the latest Star Wars episode, “The Last Jedi” will premier. 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.

“Good vs. Evil–Yoda” fine art reproduction on canvas by Rodel Gonzalez

Down the Rabbit Hole–Press Release

Down the Rabbit Hole

POP Art Stars Karen and Tony Barone Debut in San Diego

Bugs Bunny in a Hair-Raising Experience to Be Unveiled

Pooka Polka Paintings to Premier

San Diego, CA: POP Art stars and long-time Coachella Valley society scene-sters, Karen and Tony Barone, will be the guests of honor at Down the Rabbit Hole, an exhibition of sculpture and recent works on canvas and paper premiering at the Chuck Jones Gallery in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Opening night reception is Friday, March 17 from 5 to 8 PM. It is free and open to the public, but RSVP is recommended at 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego.

American master POP artists, Karen and Tony Barone, have wowed the art world over the last three decades with their original and inspired take on contemporary culture. Like Chuck Jones, they have their finger firmly planted on the pulse of the Zeitgeist, a rare ability shared only by the greatest contemporary artists.

It is this unique ability to seamlessly meld their point of view with that of Jones’s that inspired them to create a work in homage to the creative force of Chuck Jones. Their unique perspective, already steeped in contemporary society, lends a modern sensibility to this classic, living character. Promptly at 6 PM on Friday, March 17, their most recent painting, Bugs Bunny in a Hair-Raising Experience, will be unveiled at the gallery.

Chuck Jones, a four-time Academy Award recipient and Director’s Guild member, is perhaps best known for being one of the fathers of the iconic cartoon character, Bugs Bunny. His art, the art of the animated film, has been shown in museums around the globe, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the EMP Museum in Seattle. His films have been celebrated at international film festivals including Telluride, Zagreb, and Chicago. He has been the recipient of five honorary doctorates as well as the prestigious MacDowell Colony Medal.

The Chuck Jones Gallery welcomes Karen and Tony Barone to its roster of exceptional historical and contemporary artists. “After meeting Karen and Tony, I walked away with the understanding that they are the ultimate creative team who bring smiles and intrigue to everything they do. They are smart, joyful professionals who put their jubilant spirit into their unique work,” said Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson and president of the Chuck Jones Galleries.

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About the Gallery: Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the vibrant center of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter at 232 Fifth Avenue is the destination for collectors and visitors from around the world. Celebrating 30 years of bringing the finest in the art of American Pop Culture to collectors and aficionados, the gallery features work not only by its namesake, Chuck Jones, but also by Dr. Seuss, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, Charles Schulz, Fran Lew, Shelby & Sandy, and now, Karen and Tony Barone. The Chuck Jones Gallery is open 7 days a week from 10 to 6 PM with extended weekend hours. 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com for more information.

Interview opportunities with Karen & Tony Barone available. Images available upon request. Contact gallery director, Michael Fiacco, 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.