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Oil Tanking Connections

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.

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Can Your Family Come Out & Play? Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity

CAN YOUR FAMILY COME OUT AND PLAY?

Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity Features Script-writing, Cartoon-drawing, Music-playing Family Fun at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity October 4

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Costa Mesa, CA, September 04, 2015: “It looks like you’re having fun,” was one of the highest compliments given by famed artist, author, and educator, Don Graham, to his students when the work they were doing showed promise. Having fun is an important part of creative endeavors at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 1-4pm and will benefit the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity. Tickets just $50 per family, available here: PIF4Creativity.org

“Everyone remembers knocking on your best friend’s door and asking, ‘can Johnny come out and play?” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board and grandson of Chuck Jones. “That’s exactly what Play It Forward is for—having fun and playing, while paying it forward.”

A carnival atmosphere will pervade this family-friendly event where you and your children will be able to participate in creativity stations throughout the 6000 square foot Center. There will be mask-making, guitar-playing, face-painting, lyric-writing, toy-making, animation light-table drawing, and a Foley station where you’ll be able to lay down a sound track for a short student-produced animated cartoon.

AND! You’ll be able to collaborate on your very own stop-motion animated short cartoon. You’ll storyboard your idea with the help of the Center’s teaching artists, and then film the action against a giant background using masks of some of Chuck Jones’s favorite characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and Pepé le Pew with his paramour, Penelope the cat.

Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity, will be open from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday, October 4 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, Ca. Tickets are $50 per family, regardless of the number of members, and will include carnival food such as popcorn, cotton candy, hot pretzels, and soft drinks. Plus there will be food stations manned by award-winning chefs where you’ll learn to make sweets and savories, and then eat them! Learn to think creatively, support others to do the same in the future through this fundraiser, and have fun all at the same time! Tickets available at PIF4Creativity.org.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation pioneer and creator, Chuck Jones. Its vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in every discipline, by the many, not just the few. It is our mission to inspire the innate creativity that resides in all of us, but particularly in children, through the philosophies and genius of Chuck Jones. The Center is located at South Coast Collection (SoCo) in Costa Mesa, convenient to the 405 at Harbor Blvd.

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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.

High Culture Hare–The Red Dot Auction Update

This painting, submitted to this year’s Red Dot Auction, is Canvas 106, titled, “High Culture Hare”, acrylic on wood panel. Which artist’s work will you go home with on May 1, 2015?

Tickets available here: https://delectus-3598.ticketbud.com/.

Artwork will be available for pre-bidding on April 10 at Heritage Auctions’ website, www.HA.com.

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Infused with Enthusiasm

One of the attendees at the Center's recent fall fundraiser, Creativity Season, Laura Tanimoto, along with her mother, Lisa, sent the Center's Council president, Tracy Tanner, a wonderful thank-you note that they've graciously allowed us to share with all of you. Laura is a film studies student here in Orange County and supports the Center's efforts to reinvigorate the creative spirit in all of us.  

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The card reads:

Dear Tracy Tanner,

I want to thank you so much for inviting me and my mother to such a wonderful event. I was 1000% fulfilled by all of the artwork and people I met there. especially as a film major in college I thought it was very helpful to meet so many people that appreciate film, animation, and art. I was really infused with enthusiasm.

I also want to say congratulations on bringing the state of California to recognize all of the phenomenal things the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity does for the world. Art is so important and I would never wnt it to be forgotten in legislations. This was such a great thing to do and my mother and I were so proud when you were recognized!

Thank you once again Tracy for an exciting evening and for the gift of inspiration, enthusiasm, and passion that was left on our hearts! Sincerely Laura Tanimoto

And a quick note from Laura's mother: 

Dear Tracy, 

Laura wrote everything I wanted to say. Thank you so much!! Lisa Tanimoto

 

Artist Mike Kungl at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, a Comic Con Moment

Artist Mike Kungl and his beautiful wife, Dana, made a rare public appearance last night at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, the first night of Comic Con 2012. The gallery displayed the largest collection of original paintings by the artist to have been exhibited in many years. 

The gallery, located at 232 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's notorious Gaslamp Quarter (just one half block north of the Convention Center) was thrilled to premier new original work and the artist's rare and sold-through editions, such as "Illudium Q36". Kungl has been chosen as a Chuck Jones Homage Artist, celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial.

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Mike Kungl (center) poses with a Storm Trooper at last night's reception for the artist. Is this a case of art imitating life or life imitating art? You tell me.

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"Rocket Squad" original mixed media on board by Mike Kungl, 14" x 11" available at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego. 

Mike Kungl participated in this year's Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction, and in this short video talks about his work and the Center.

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"Duck Dodgers–The Quest for Planet X", mixed media on board by Mike Kungl, available at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego. See this and other works by Mike Kungl when you visit the gallery!

Artist John Ramirez to Lead Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Workshops at Dayton Art Institute

Artist, animator, art director, and designer, John Ramirez, will be leading two workshops at the Dayton Art Institue, Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19. Ramirez, who was mentored by and worked alongside Chuck Jones, will be at the Dayton Art Institute as part of their Super Hero Summer where he will offer two classes devoted to encouraging thinking beyond the obvious and growing beyond expectations all the while developing important skill sets in drawing. For details about the workshops and to enroll your budding young artists, visit Dayton Art Institute

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John Ramirez, left, puts his head together with Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and one of the founding trustees of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

A Few Photos from Last Night’s Red Dot Auction

What a night! The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity held its 2nd annual Red Dot Auction last night and it was a spectacular evening. There was art, there was food, there were cocktails, there was an art project ("Connect the Dots!" which was awesome, more on that in a future post), there were raffle prizes, there was a gong, there were many, many bids on the silent auction artwork, and the supporters of creativity raised their paddles during the live auction making it a memorable evening of love and enthusiasm. These are just a few of the photos Chuck Redux had time to snap at the beginning and at the end of the evening…more to come in the next few days.  

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First there was peace and quiet as we finished the installation of the Red Dot Auction art.

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61 works of art were donated to the Center from over 50 artists from around the country. Thank you all for donating your creativity and talent!

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And then it was all over…John Ramirez (l), one of the participating artists,  met up with a friend and artist from Rowland Heights High School, Andrea and her husband, Jeff.

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The Center's resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino (left) with artist Mike Kungl (center; both contributed beautiful works of art to the auction) pal around with art collector Stuart P.(r).

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Artist, muralist, and actor, James C. Mulligan (l) with one of the Center's community ambassadors, Linda Krall.

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National Sales Director for the Chuck Jones Gallery, Mike Dicken (far left) with his wife, Jamie (2nd from left) and collectors Sandra and Louis L. take a break from discussing all of the art they won in the silent auction. Thank you all for a great evening! We couldn't do it without donors like you.

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Pam Marsden, program director for the Center with donor Tom M. compare patterns at the end of the evening.

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Did I mention there was a gong? The magnificent, the talented, the beautiful Juliana Hansen takes a swing at our noise-maker. You can catch Juliana at the El Capitan this summer in the theatrical review that opens the new Disney film, "Brave".

Watch this space for more photos and details from last night's gala fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. In the meantime, Chuck Redux is going to go take a little nap and rest his weary bones.  

And many thanks to the hundreds of people who came out last night and declared their support for creativity through their generous donations at both the live and silent auctions–we appreciate you!

How to Hang Light Fixtures From 17′ High Ceilings (or How to Get a Lift Out of Life)

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This is Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, preparing to install light fixtures at the new (and improved) Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa in advance of next Friday's Red Dot Auction. (That's Friday, May 11th from 6 to 9 PM. You are going to be there, aren't you?)

 

This is Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, operating the 'lift' that allows us to install the light fixtures, change lamps, and generally do anything above the 10' level reachable by a ladder. Did I mention we're a week away from the Red Dot Auction? I did, didn't I, but you don't mind hearing it again, do you? 

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This is one of the walls after it had been lit by the fixtures that Craig Kausen had installed. He does excellent work, does he not? BTW, the lift is awesome, one of those gagdets that every man (and woman, for that matter) should have in his back pocket (one never knows when one might need a lift, does one?)

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The current Chuck Jones exhibition at the Center includes original drawings, watercolors, and production art from Jones's seven decade-long career. It will be on view the evening of Friday, May 11th from 6 to 9 PM at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA which is the evening that the Red Dot Auction will take place. But you knew that. 

Hope to see you then!

The Dover Boys Decamp to Culver City

On the evening of Thursday, April 7th, at 6 PM, The Dover Boys will be guests-of-honor at the home of animation art collector and patron of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Dave Lowenstein.  

Because you may know who we speak of when we say "The Dover Boys" and you'd like to meet them and at the same time support the important work that the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is doing, all you have to do is donate here.  Call Pamela Marsden for event address, 949-660-7793 and to confirm your reservation.  SPACE IS LIMITED.

 

On the other hand, you might ask who are The Dover Boys?  Well, they're not these Dover Boys:

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These Dover Boys (Tom, Dick and Larry) are the young men who appeared in the Chuck Jones 1942 ground-breaking short cartoon of the same name.  No, we're talking about a group of young men (yes, still) who made Jones's acquaintance when they were students at CalArts (in Valencia, CA) in the early 1980s.  As students of animation they had the opportunity to meet Chuck when he gave a lecture at the school and afterward, Jones stunned them by inviting them down to his home in Orange County "to talk."  (Now, they're all better at telling this story and quite a story it is, so you'll want to make sure you take the opportunity to put this very special fund-raising event on your calendar.)

These Dover Boys (a named coined for them by Chuck's daughter, Linda, BTW,) are Kelly Asbury, Rob Minkoff, Chris Bailey and Jeff DeGrandis.  

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Kelly Asbury (from left,) Chris Bailey, Jeff DeGrandis and Rob Minkoff at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in August of 2010 participating in a panel discussion at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater after a showing of all nine of Chuck Jones' Oscar-nominated short cartoons.

Kelly Asbury:  Kelly Asbury is the Director and co-writer of the 3D computer-animated feature filmGnomeo & Juliet (2011).

Asbury's past directorial efforts include the Oscar-nominated films "Shrek 2" (2004) and "Spirit – Stallion of the Cimarron" (2002). During his twenty-seven year career as an animation artist, Kelly Asbury has served many creative capacities on some of Hollywood's most popular animated films, including "Shrek" (2001), "Toy Story" (1995), "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), "Beauty and the Beast" (1992) and "The Little Mermaid" (1989). Asbury also provided a variety of character voices on "Gnomeo and Juliet" and "Shrek 2". In addition to films, Asbury is a noted author and illustrator of several published children's books, as well as having written and compiled the offbeat, non-fiction book, "Dummy Days – America's Favorite Ventriloquists from Radio and Early TV" (Angel City Press – 2003) Read more at his IMDB page. (Biography courtesy Internet Movie Database)

Rob Minkoff:  Known for directing the Academy Award-winning animated film, "The Lion King", Minkoff is also the director of "Stuart Little" and "Stuart Little 2."  While at Disney, Rob wrote the song "Good Company" for "Oliver & Company" and directed two Roger Rabbit shorts, "Tummy Trouble" and "Roller Coaster Rabbit," along with the feature films, "The Haunted Mansion" and "The Forbidden Kingdom."  He has a new film due for release this year, "Flypaper."  Visit his IMDB page for a complete listing of his credits.  

Chris Bailey: Writer, director, special effects wizard, animator, all words that describe Chris Bailey's career.  Born in Portland, Oregon, Bailey has worked in TV and film throughout his career including Disney's "Oliver & Company" (writer,) "The Little Mermaid" and "The Rescuers Down Under" (character animation) and the producer and director of the hit TV series "Kim Possible."  You can read the details of Chris Bailey's career at this IMDB page.  

Jeff DeGrandis:  DeGrandis has made his name in the world of TV animation as the producer and director of the hit TV series, "Dora the Explorer," "Go, Diego, Go!" and "Ni Hao Kai Lan."  Jeff got his first big break working with Chuck Jones on the animation for the 1992 movie, "Stay Tuned" and sharpened his skills at "The Ren and Stimpy Show."  If it involves drag racing, Jeff DeGrandis will be there.  He cites the custom car stylings of the iconic Ed "Big Daddy" Roth as one of his major influences. If you absolutely must know more about Jeff DeGrandis, click on his name to view his IMDB profile and credits.  

And as if that were not enough!   

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This will be the setting for the evening's entertainment!  Dave Lowenstein has collected animation art for many years and his home is a museum of contemporary animation art collecting.  He's graciously opened his doors (and his heart and his wallet) to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity  for the evening.  

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Oh, and one more thing!

To top off the evening we will be paying special tribute to animation pioneer, Martha Sigall as she and her husband, Sol, celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary!  

Please join us for this special evening, meet the Dover Boys, wish glad tidings to Martha and Sol, chat with Linda Jones (Chuck's daughter) and her children, Craig and Todd Kausen.  Tickets are just $50.00, use the PayPal button to make your reservation today!