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Chuck Jones Gallery at D23!

Going to D23 this weekend? Visit the Chuck Jones Gallery at booth #C1900 and say hello! We’ll be there from 9 AM to 7 PM Friday through Sunday, August 14-16. Four of our artists will be making an appearance at the booth, schedule below. Sign up to win a work of art! Ask about our D23 specials! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Scott and John installing artwork at the Chuck Jones Gallery booth #C1900

Scott and John installing artwork at the Chuck Jones Gallery booth #C1900

Almost finished! What you can't see is all of the terrific unframed art we have to share with you!

Almost finished! What you can’t see is all of the terrific unframed art we have to share with you!

Daniel Killen, Friday from 2 to 3 PM

Daniel Killen, Friday from 2 to 3 PM

Mike Kungl, Saturday from 11 AM to Noon

Mike Kungl, Saturday from 11 AM to Noon

Bob Elias, Saturday & Sunday from 3 to 4 PM

Bob Elias, Saturday & Sunday from 3 to 4 PM

Mike Peraza, Saturday from 6 to 7 PM

Mike Peraza, Saturday from 6 to 7 PM

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.

This Just In! “Cels” are 100 Years Old Today!

Thanks to Tom Sito we learned that on this date in 1914, Earl Hurd patented animation ‘cels’ (celluloids) and backgrounds. Before this cartoonists tried drawing the background settings over and over again hundreds of times or slashed the paper around the character and tried not to have it walk in front of anything. By the late 1990’s, most cels & cel paint had been replaced by digital imaging.

"Plein Air Genius" a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

“Plein Air Genius” a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

Special Guests @ Chuck 102Gether!

Chuck 102Gether at the Alex Theatre, Sunday, September 21 from 3 to 5 PM!

A Film Festival celebrating the collaborative creativity of the Golden Age of Looney Tunes!

Need another reason to attend besides being able to see these great cartoons on the big screen as they’re meant to be shown? Here’s a partial list of guest panelists:

GEORGE DAUGHERTY, creator of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” will be the afternoon’s Master of Ceremonies.
ROB MINKOFF–Director of “The Lion King” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
TOM SITO–Key figure in the Disney Renaissance and one of the 100 most influential people in animation
LEITH ADAMS–Longtime Executive Director of the Warner Bros. Archive
JEFF DEGRANDIS–Now at Dreamworks, formerly a supervising producer at Nickelodeon
ERIC GOLDBERG–Animator of the Genie in “Aladdin” and director of “Fantasia 2000” and so much more!

Other special guests may include: JUNE FORAY, AURIL THOMPSON, and MARTHA SIGALL (health permitting.)

Tickets from $10 available at AlexTheatre.org!

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

A Still Animated Life

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present a new artist, Daniel Killen, to our collection. A local Southern Californian, Killen has worked in animation at Warner Bros. and DreamWorks on such features as “Space Jam,” “The Iron Giant,” and “Spirit: The Stallion of the Cimarron.” He’s recently created works for the gallery based on the Warner Bros. Classic Films, “The Wizard of Oz” and “A Christmas Story.”

Artist Daniel Killen

Artist Daniel Killen

Today, we’re releasing his first edition that pays homage to the legacy of Chuck Jones, “A Still Animated Life.” This fine art reproduction on canvas measures 18″ x 24″ unframed and has been created in an edition of 40 examples with 15 hand-embellished Artist Proofs. Pre-publication pricing of only $395.00 unframed for a limited time. This image takes a unconventional look at the cartoon characters made famous by Chuck Jones. Look closely to find your favorites cavorting on the picture plane. (Hint: They’re just a “shadow” of their former selves.)



Working in both traditional media and digital, Killen’s work reflects his consummate understanding of character and design. This, coupled with his droll wit and sly look at the predicaments and delights of daily life, make him an artist to watch.


At work on "A Still Animated Life"

At work on “A Still Animated Life”


Making the Scene at the Newport Beach Film Festival

The Newport Beach Film Festival opened last night with a showing of the documentary, "Broadway Idiot," that follows the making of the band Green Day's musical, "American Idiot." Although Billie Joe Armstrong and his mates were on hand last night, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's intrepid photographer, Stephen Russo, caught Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, seen below (center) with Richard and Elizabeth Sherman (he, along with his late brother, Robert, the penners of the music for "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and "It's a Small World (After All)." 

LJC with Robert Elizabeth Sherman

And the marquee outside of Edwards Big Newport Cinemas.


Tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 27, Linda and her son, Craig, will be presenting a Chuck Jones Film Festival at Big Newport. Ticket information is here. They will also screen some of the animated shorts that were submitted to the festival. A Q & A will follow. 

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

Oscar Goes Hawaiian!

Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and president of the Chuck Jones Companies, traveled this week to the beautiful island of Maui as the special guest of Dolphin Galleries who are currently hosting an exhibition and sale of the art of four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.

Steve Cat Craig and Nick
Craig Kausen, second from left, with Nick Schlag (far left), Sylvester the cat and Dolphin Gallery founder, Stephen Schlag.

Oscar in Case
Chuck's Oscar for "The Dot and the Line", best short animated film of 1965 is given a place of honor in a display of photographs, drawings, and letters on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Janna and Christine with Oscar
Oscar, as his wont, also got special attention from Dolphin Gallery art consultants, Janna and Christine.

Craig showing art
During the reception on Thursday evening, Craig took time with each of the collectors to discuss the subtleties and nuances of the art of the animated film.

Little Boy Watching Cartoons
Of course, some future collectors of Chuck Jones art were more interested in what was happening on the screen than off!

Children with Cat
Sylvester the cat was a big hit with visitors to the Dolphin Galleries in the Shops at Wailea. Did you know that in Chuck Jones cartoons, Sylvester never spoke?

Film Strip Display
Dolphin Galleries's very own Christian Adams designed a unique way to display the original production art that was featured in the exhibition and sale.

Show photo 1
A portion of the Chuck Jones exhibition and sale at Dolphin Galleries, the Shops at Wailea, Maui.

Craig and Client
Craig shared stories of growing up with Chuck Jones with collectors this past Thursday evening.

Craig with Children
Kids love Chuck Jones! (So do their parents!)

Teresa with Popcarn cart
Shhh, don't tell anyone, but Dolphin Galleries art consultant, Teresa, sneaked a bag of popcorn. 

Asa Flowers Arrangement
The flowers of Maui are nearly as spectacular as the Chuck Jones art on display.

Sam with oscar
Oscar sends "Aloha" from Maui! (Oscar's companion courtesy Kimberley and Craig Kausen.)


Saturday Morning Cartoons and Quick Draw at Center For Living Peace – 2/2/13

Join us every 1st Saturday of every month at 11:30am at the Center
for Living Peace in Irvine, CA with our dedicated volunteer Teaching
Artist, Doug Lothers. You'll watch a Chuck Jones cartoon and
periodically stop to capture the moment by quick drawing one of Jones'
beloved cartoon scenes. Doug will also share his approach of "classic
animation" with some examples of model sheets, a drawing disc, 35mm film
and animation cels. If drawing isn't your thing, just stop by and visit
us! The Center for Living Peace welcomes all visitors!

Center for Living Peace, 4139 Campus, Irvine, CA 92612   www.goodhappens.org  (949) 854-5500

Join us this Saturday, February 2, 2013,
and every 1st Saturday of every month. All ages welcome! Bring your
friend, significant other, parent or kids! 

11:30am-12:30pm, $1-$5 donation accepted

SMILE & CAR Hit the Road Together at McPherson Magnet School

Reporting from Orange, CA: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is pleased to have participated in the SMILE (Scientific Method Information Literary Enhance) and CAR (Credible Accurate Resources) programs at McPherson Magnet school (K-8) in Orange, California recently. Longtime friend of the Center, animator, art director, theme-park , and float designer, John Ramirez, was the special guest artist invited to discuss with the students the 12 Principles of Animation as they relate to the SMILE and CAR programs. 

If, like Chuck Redux, you're wondering what the acronyms SMILE and CAR mean, let us explain: The two acronyms are utilized to explain the method through which the students use the internet to search for accurate sources of information. (Long past are the days when anyone uses the library!) Instructor and educator Glen Warren along with the science teacher, Mrs. Conrad, have instructed the students to use animation and technology to present their findings.

The students are using animation (through PowerPoint technology) in a "something can be made from nothing" conceptual way. A representative from Google was on hand to teach the students how to get the most out of their internet searches. 

Best news: Glen Warren and the students from McPherson Magnet School were the 2013 OCDE Technology Showcase winners!

Hats off to the Center's Craig Kausen and John Ramirez for their participation and contribution to this exciting educational program. 

Kudos to the students from McPherson Magnet School and their teachers, Mrs. Conrad and Glen Warren for their winning entry! See a photo here: http://www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/. 

Join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity at OC Mart’s Family Fair Day!

OC Mart Mix is hosting their monthly Family Fair Day tomorrow Saturday, January 19, 2013 beginning at 9:30am. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be
participating by hosting different "Creative Stations" to give you a
feel of what the Center has to offer!

The OC Mart Mix….The home of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!
3321 Hyland
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Learn the style of Chuck Jones' "classic" animation from Doug Lothers, Teaching Artist
  • Learn drawing techniques and style from Tommy "TNEZ" Martinez, Creative Director and Owner of Planet TNEZ
  • Artables with Gina Latora — Children can create art with string, paper, glue, cotton or whatever else Gina can think of!
  • Learn basic techniques of pastels with Chris Scardino, our Resident Teaching Artist
  • …And
    as always, we'll have our Drop In and Draw supplies! Our volunteers
    will help you think of ways of how to be creative–and we'll provide the

Everyone is welcome! Stop by and see what the Center has to offer!  Donations accepted for materials used.

Questions? Contact Sasha Advani (949) 660-7793 x20107 or Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org