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Teaching Artist, Denise, at RAD Camp

An inspiring story from one of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s teaching artists, Denise.

Nestled within the natural setting of Irvine Regional Park, campers spend the week side-by-side with their Buddy engaged in a multiple of activities. The degree of mental and/or physical disability and age varied greatly amongst the adult campers. The Buddies consisted of young adult volunteers: high school and college students.

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The group was divided into ten teams. They rotated into the Art Studio every half hour to paint a Chuck Jones character of their choosing. During lunch and pool time, we offered open studio to those not participating otherwise.

Our program was well received with Chuck’s characters widely recognized with delight. At the beginning of each rotation I was introduced by a camp director. During my introduction I would explain that I was from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, showing them each character and asking if they knew who Chuck Jones was. There was a handful that recognized him by name.

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During one rotation, a young man named Rusty (shown with Marvin the Martin) stood up and gave us a five minute bio of Chuck, frankly he knew more than I! Another young woman knew all about him as well and was upset that the Grinch was not given as an option to paint. So, I drew him for her and she sang a song for me as we became fast friends. Another young man delighted the crowd with his spot-on voice impersonations of the characters.

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It was an intense and delightfully exhausting day filled with enlightening antidotes and observations. The vast majority of campers were happy, affectionate and eager to participate, such a fun and loving group of people with exceptional camaraderie toward each other and their Buddies.

I found myself in awe of the Buddies. These young adults, ranging from 16-25, are responsible for their camper 24/7 for the entire week. This may include feeding, hygiene and hand-in-hand painting. The enthusiasm and selflessness of these young adults truly restores my faith in humanity.

A few anecdotes: there is “Rhonda”, a wheelchair bound, middle aged woman without speech. She enjoys art so much she spent the entire day in the studio. I observed her drawing a circular pattern of smaller dots. I interpreted her drawing as a rosary so I created a similar pattern but leaving a space after each group of ten smaller dots. I then asked her where the “our Father goes” and she proceeded to put dots in the gaps of the pattern and then drew a line over the entire dotted circle. Her Buddy then spelled out Rhonda’s name in dots and she was able to follow the pattern to spell out her name. It was a huge breakthrough.

Then there was “Mikey”, a man in his 30’s with developmental and severe speech impairment. The moment he walked into the studio, he lunged into an embrace with me, sobbing on my shoulder. The director suspects that I had reminded him of a loved one. I was able to cheer him up by giving him my name tag and getting him started on his project painting hand in hand.

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I observed a huge volume of left handedness, the most I have seen in a group setting in my career. I saw people with mental “disability” display expertise in specific areas: a girl who knew maps: she asked where CJCC was located. When I said next to the 405 near Harbor Blvd, she asked if it was off Susan or Hyland. She then asked where I lived and gave me the best route home and yet she could not name colors.

RAD Camp is an incredible organization and a pleasure to work with.

A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody… Red Dot Auction Update!

These four artists, in their creative contributions to this year’s Red Dot Auction, a fundraiser benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity–a 501(c)3 public charity, have found inspiration in female beauty, whether the enigmatic smile of the “Mona Bunny” or the provocative deshabillé of the target of Pepé le Pew’s attention, each one has captured that magical essence that keeps wolf’s tongues on the floor, and skunks in hot pursuit.

Have you been online yet to view the work and pre-bid on your favorites at Heritage Auctions? These and other fabulous works of art are available for pre-bidding through April 29th. The silent auction will close on Friday, May 1st by 10 PM PDT. Tickets are available here.

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Inspiration Strikes Twice! The Red Dot Auction Update

It says a lot when artists that don’t know each other and live across the country from each other both decide to contribute a canvas to the Red Dot Auction and draw as their inspiration not only on the genius of Chuck Jones, but also compose their work based on the illustrious and amazing Norman Rockwell and his triple self-portrait! Holy cow! Now, if that doesn’t make you want to join in the fun of the Red Dot Auction, I don’t know what will! Pre-bidding begins at Heritage Auctions, www.HA.com, on Friday, April 10 and the silent auction closes Friday evening, May 1st, at our gala fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction. Tickets, just $25 per, are available online at: https://delectus-3598.ticketbud.com/red-dot-auction-2015.

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Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego Announces Comic Con Int’l Events, July 12 – 15

Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego

Announcing Artist Appearances and Exhibits for Int’l Comic Con

July 12-15, 2012

Mike Kungl, Tennessee Loveless in Person!


The Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Kick-off

San Diego, CA:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the historical center of the city at 232 Fifth Avenue, announced today their schedule of artist appearances and exhibits during International Comic Con, July 12-15.  All events and receptions are free and open to the public. 

  • Disney, Warner Bros., and Star Wars artist, Mike Kungl, will be feted with a reception on Thursday, July 12th from 7 to 10 PM.  The official artist for the Miami Beach Art Deco Weekend, Kungl is known for his sleek stylings reminiscent of the time of luxury liners, movie stars, and geometric designs. His work for Warner Bros., Disney, and Star Wars brings a dramatic theatricality to images beloved by collectors world-wide. Kungl has been selected by the family of legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, to create homage artwork for their celebration of Chuck Jones’s centennial year (1912-2012). In addition to the Homage work, he will be unveiling original Super Heroes mixed media paintings. Kungl will be dedicating artwork purchased at the exhibit.  


  • On Friday, July 13th, the Gallery will host an open house 7 to 10 PM celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial.  The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce that the Smithsonian Institutes Traveling Exhibits will be touring a Chuck Jones retrospective beginning mid-2014. To celebrate that and Chuck’s centennial, the gallery will feature an exhibit of original production art from the Chuck Jones archive chronicling his films made during the Golden Age of Animation (1940s, 1950s). This evening will also be filled with free raffles for artwork, games where the winner will receive a free work of Chuck Jones art, plus trivia competitions that will challenge even the geekiest among you, the winners of which will win a free work of Chuck Jones art. PLUS THIS JUST IN!: MEET ARTIST JAMES C. MULLIGAN AND CHUCK JONES'S GRANDSON, CRAIG KAUSEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHUCK JONES CENTER FOR CREATIVITY!!! SEE MULLIGAN'S LATEST CHUCK JONES HOMAGE ORIGINAL ART UNVEILED!
  • The visually-challenged artist, Tennessee Loveless, will be honored with an exhibition and reception on Saturday, July 14th from 2 to 5 PM.  Severely color-blind, Loveless overcame the obvious obstacles on his road to becoming a young tyro. Utilizing a system of mathematical formulas to plot his color charts, his POP/OP paintings vibrate with color as his imagery delights and surprises collectors.  Chosen by the family of Chuck Jones as one of the Centennial Homage artists, Loveless has applied his skill and undeniable talent to the cartoon characters made famous by the four-time Oscar-winning director. Unveiling his first Homage work, “The Big Kaboom”, Loveless will also be signing and dedicating a limited number of commemorative Comic Con 2012 Chuck Jones Gallery posters.

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About the gallery:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Ave., is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film.  Included in the on-going display is art from all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition fine art from a variety of internationally known artists and photographers whose work is entertainment related.  For more information please call the gallery at 888-294-9880 or online at www.ChuckJonesGallery.com.  Blog: Chuck Redux


Chuck Jones Exhibition at Art Institute Closing June 13th

This is the last week that you will be able to view the Chuck Jones exhibition at the Art Institute of Southern California–Orange County.  Located at 3601 W. Sunflower Avenue in Santa Ana, the Art Institute is one of the premier art and culinary schools in the United States.  The exhibit features life drawings by Jones along with a selection of artworks that feature the cartoon characters he is so well-known for, such as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and Bugs Bunny.  If you're in the neighborhood, check it out!  Here's a little preview of what you'll see while you're there:

For more information about the Art Institute, click here.