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Blackwing Experience Opens with a “What’s Up, Doc?”

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was the scene last night for the opening gala of the Blackwing Experience. Charles Berlozheimer and his wife, Ginger, founders of the Blackwing Foundation and sixth generation pencil-makers were on hand to greet arriving guests.

DSC05150In addition to the Berlozheimer’s, guests were greeted by a quote from Blackwing 602 pencil devotee, Chuck Jones, “The rules are simple: take your work, but never yourself, seriously. Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out.” Every guest picked up a Blackwing 602 or a Blackwing Pearl pencil on their way in, because…DSC05147…there were creativity stations scattered throughout the Center. From camera lucidas to song-writing, from pictionary to photo ops, guests had the opportunity to express themselves while nibbling on amazing hors d’oeuvres from 24 Carrots Catering.DSC05163One of many highlights of the evening was the launch of the new ChuckJones.com website. Created by the awesome team at Gigasavvy. Shown here from left: Sven Johnston, SVP Business Development at Gigasavvy; Corey Mangold, Co-founder of Gigasavvy with his fiancee, Erin; and far right, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck Jones’s grandson. The new website, when it leaps out of beta mode (soon, soon, we promise!) will be one of the most creative and exciting shopping destinations on the internet. Chuck Redux may be biased, but we are not over-promising!

DSC05162Another special treat of the evening was Stephen Reis, storyboard artist for the longest running sitcom on television, “The Simpsons”. Reis, center, shown here with Ann Tanner and her husband, Joel, one of the co-founders of Gigasavvy. Stephen was kind enough to spend the evening at one of Chuck’s animation desks drawing “Simpsons” characters for those assembled. Thank you for your generous spirit, Stephen!

DSC05180The Blackwing Experience wouldn’t be the astounding event it is without the creative talents of art director, Lesli Scott, seen here with the Center’s Robert Patrick. How do you spell “CREATIVE”? L-e-s-l-i!

DSC05156And speaking of behind-the-scenes talent (we were, you know) Grant Christensen, right, the director of business development for Pencils.com and Palomino Brands, the companies behind the Blackwing Experience, was on hand to make sure all of the parts fell together before the gala kicked off. He’s shown here with landscape artist Diane Wright, and Mahlon, the Pencils.com wholesale point person.

DSC05170Artists Joseph Yakovetic, left, and Robert Delgadillo (AKA Radboy).

DSC05168Chuck Jones “Homage” artist and surfer, Bob Elias.

DSC05171Henri Duong, Project Manager at Gigasavvy, with his friend, Kimberly, show off their artistic sides.

DSC05174The always entertaining Wayne Todd, PBS SoCal art director and volunteer community ambassador for the Chuck Jones Center (AKA Jester McCool), shown here with Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant, Carol Erickson, left, and Sasha Advani, Program Administrator for the Center (who is tireless.)

DSC05175Rogue’s gallery from left: Kyle Johnston, VP Online Marketing at Gigasavvy with Joel Tanner and Craig Kausen.

DSC05186Somewhere in the middle of the evening–or was toward the end? Who can remember?–Craig Kausen took the microphone and welcomed everyone to the Blackwing Experience; he introduced Corey Mangold of Gigasavvy (below) as well as Charles Berlozheimer of Blackwing (2nd photo below.) All-in-all it was a lovely evening celebrating the creative spirit, especially the spirit as embodied in the simple object of a pencil. Huzzah to the Blackwing 602!




Rising Country Rock/Blues Star, Andrew Combs, to Headline Benefit at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

RELEASE – May 17, 2013

Andrew Combs,
Willie Watson and Willy Tea Taylor Headline Orange County Benefit Show

Tickets go on Sale May 23rd; funds support
music and arts education in schools

Andrew Combs
May 15, 2013 – On Thursday, June 27th, Nashville recording artist
Andrew Combs, Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Willie Watson and Good Luck
Thrift Store Outfit frontman Willy Tea Taylor will take part in a special acoustic concert at the Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA.

The performance
will be part of the “Blackwing Sessions” music series in conjunction with the
Blackwing Experience, a travelling exhibit honoring creativity and the
woodcased pencil. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Blackwing Foundation
and its efforts to further arts and music education in schools.

No Depression Magazine named Taylor “one of the most important American
singer/songwriters of our time.” Saving Country Music compared Taylor’s
songwriting to “those now legendary recordings of Paul Simon in his
post-Garfunkel days.”

Watson spent 13 years as lead vocalist and songwriter for Old Crow
Medicine Show. Paving the way for other roots bands like Mumford and
Sons and the Lumineers, OCMS is best known for taking an unfinished Bob Dylan
song (“Wagon Wheel”) and turning it into a cult classic. Watson partook in the
historic “Railroad Revival Tour”, traveling to concerts throughout the Southwest
exclusively by vintage trains and capturing every moment for the “Big Easy
Express,” winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.

“Worried Man” ranked as the highest debut album on American Songwriter
Magazine’s annual list of 50 Best Albums of the Year in 2012.  In their album review, American Songwriter
declared, “In a world full of pretenders, the
Texas bred, Nashville based Combs is the genuine article.”

Along with individual sets, the evening will feature an “in
the round” session, during which all three musicians and other special guests
will perform original compositions while discussing the songwriting process.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 23rd at
10:00 AM PDT at BlackwingSessions.com.

The Blackwing Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charles and
Ginger Berolzheimer to develop and enhance arts and music programs at the K-12

“We have
dedicated ourselves to developing and supporting programs that have a
sustainable, positive impact on arts and music engagement for children who
might otherwise not have these opportunities,” said Charles Berolzheimer,
founder of Palomino and revivalist of the Blackwing pencil. “Money from this
show will help us continue to build strong partnerships in 2013 and beyond.”

For further
details and ticket information, visit www.BlackwingSessions.com

For more
information on the Blackwing Foundation, visit www.blackwingfoundation.org



Grant Christensen

(209) 932-5004