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Red Dot Auction 2015: The Photos

What a great evening! Thank you to all of our supporters, donors, friends, and artists who came out to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 5th Annual Red Dot Auction this past Friday, May 1, 2015. With a crowd numbering in the 300s, the silent auction was a big success!

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck's grandsons.

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck’s grandsons.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd. They were the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and  business maven, Tracy Tanner.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and business maven, Tracy Tanner.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, "Rain" creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, “Rain” creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

The crowd.

The crowd.

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Where do I put my bid?

Where do I put my bid?

Did I win?

Did I win?

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with one of the over 200 contributing artists.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with Mayu Tanimoto, one of the over 225 contributing artists.

Is this where I write my bid?

Is this where I write my bid?

Artist James C. Mulligan

Artist James C. Mulligan and friend.

This one's mine!

This one’s mine!

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Collectors Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana's contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana’s contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

Well, it’s time to start planning the 6th Annual Red Dot Auction! See you next May!

Photos courtesy the incomparable Stephen Russo, longtime volunteer and supporter of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Red Dot Auction Online Pre-bidding Is Now Live! Visit www.HA.com!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity has partnered this year with Heritage Auctions to bring you online pre-bidding for the Fifth Annual Red Dot Auction at their website, www.HA.com. Bidding is now open! Here’s your chance to peruse the delightful and impressive selection of artwork submitted by artists from around the country and place a bid on them! Bidding starts at just $100!

Many of today’s giants of animation will be contributing works to the auction, including Eric Goldberg, director of Fantasia 2000 and the Genie in Aladdin; Kelly Asbury, director of the box-office smash Gnomeo and Juliet; Jeff DeGrandis, former producer of Dora the Explorer and now at DreamWorks; Academy Award winner, author, and NYU professor of animation at the Tisch School of the Arts, John Canemaker, and syndicated comic strip artist of Dennis the Menace, Ron Ferdinand. Popular contemporary artists include Tina Palmer, Fabio Napoleoni, and Joshua Smith. Bid early and often!

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What differentiates The Red Dot Auction from other silent auctions is that all of the contributing artists have signed their artwork on the reverse. Consequently attendees at the event will not know who the artist is when bidding, they’ll only have their heart to follow. “We wanted to create a fun, engaging silent auction, and to further the suspense of not knowing which work belongs to which artist, each artist received an identical 12” square stretched canvas upon which to create their work of art,” noted Richard Alcazar, President of the Council for Creativity, the volunteer arm of the Center.

This is the fifth annual Red Dot Auction to be held Friday, May 1st, from 7 to 10 PM at the Center located at South Coast Collection (SoCo), 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. Admission is $25 per person and open to the public. Buy your tickets by April 25th and receive 5 free raffle tickets when you sign in at the front desk the evening of the event. To buy tickets online, go to ChuckJonesCenter.org or call 949-660-7791 x 20107.

“The artists range from students to emerging to established artists; we reached out around the world hoping to capture the imagination and appreciation of these artists. We are thankful that they were willing to help us achieve our goal of promoting creativity by providing a nurturing environment where it may grow and blossom,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center.

The Center is located in South Coast Collection (SoCo) at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Visit ChuckJonesCenter.org for more details.

Cornelius ‘Corny’ Cole (1930–2011)

We mourn the passing of animator, production designer, and art instructor, Cornelius 'Corny' Cole. Seen below with Linda Jones Clough (Chuck Jones's daughter) at Blink Digital's Bob Kurtz exhibition reception in September of 2006, Corny had worked with the Chuck Jones unit at Warner Bros. in the early 1960s and was production designer on the Jones written and produced "Gay Purr-ee".  A graduate of Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), Cole was known as an expert draftsman and later become one of the great instructors of life drawing at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.  During his 5 decade-plus career he worked with most of the major animation studios.  A full obituary is available at the Los Angeles Times.  

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Cole animated the short sequence "Rape of the Sabine Women" for the Kurtz + Friends Emmy Award-winning PBS television special, "Roman City" (1994) by drawing with a ballpoint pen directly onto the acetate sheets (shown below) in one sitting.  

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The Dover Boys Decamp to Culver City, Part Two

The amazing Dave Lowenstein (what can be said about him that hasn't been said already?  Let me try:  Dave is a gracious and gregarious host, a raconteur extraordinaire, a passionate collector & an all-around-fun guy) hosted a wonderful evening for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity last night at his home (filled from floor to ceiling, corner to corner with an astounding collection of the art of the animated film.)

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Dave Lowenstein (2nd from left) flanked by Cheryl Posner & Pamela Marsden (l to r) Executive Director & Program Director, respectively, of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and at far right, artist Sonny Dolberg, at last night's fund-raising event for the Center.

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Craig Kausen, far right, grandson of Chuck Jones and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Center guffaws (and we might add, that image is the perfect visual description of the word 'guffaw') at the bons mots dropping like a hard rain from the Dover Boys, from left, Rob Minkoff, Kelly Asbury, Chris Bailey and Jeff DeGrandis. 

These "Dover Boys" were so named by Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, after they started hanging out with Chuck in the early 1980s while they were students at CalArts in Valencia.  Linda, center below, is shown with, from left, Kelly Asbury, Rob Minkoff, Clough, Chris Bailey and Jeff DeGrandis.

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Want to know more about these amazing animation directors and producers?  Read the first part of this article, by clicking here.

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Kelly Asbury, director of the hit animated film, "Gnomeo & Juliet" brought a roll of movie posters which he graciously signed for attendees at last night's evening get-together for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

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Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones' daughter (and only child) shares a laugh with the very funny Emmy Award-winning animation director & producer, Bob Kurtz. (All photos courtesy Stephen Russo.)