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A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Presents a Creative Classroom Led by Leigh Rubin, Author & Illustrator of the Syndicated Comic Strip, Rubes®

Sunday, November 15 from 2 to 4 PM

A Musical Performance by Andrew Rubin Will Close the Workshop

Costa Mesa, Ca: Need more humor in your life? The world is a serious place and let’s face it, we all need to lighten up. There really is humor in almost any situation, but how do we find it? All it takes is a bit of mental twist to look at your world in a funny way. Discover the humor in your own life by mentally stepping out of your normal routine and into your very own twistedly absurd and funny world! This illustrated lecture and workshop is a comic adventure inside the ridiculously twisted mind of Leigh Rubin, Rubes® cartoonist and “sit down” comic. This afternoon presentation is free and open to the public and is recommended for ages 10 and above. At the end of the lecture, Leigh’s talented musician son, Andrew, will perform for approximately one-half hour.

Leigh Rubin began his cartooning career in 1978 by establishing his own greeting card company, Rubes® Publications. His first cartoon collection, the popular Notable Quotes musical cartoons was published in 1981. Originally self-syndicated, 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of his daily cartoon, Rubes®, which is now distributed by Creators Syndicate to more than 400 newspapers and media outlets worldwide. Rubes® appears in major daily metropolitan newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Daily News, the Vancouver Sun, the Oregonian, the Staten Island Advance, the Washington Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Houston Chronicle, and the Orange County Register. Rubin recently launched a new website, WhyGrowUp.Club, celebrating life’s simple pleasures.

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Creative Classroom began with a workshop led by children’s author and illustrator, Kelly Light, in February 2015 and is a quarterly free-to-the-public workshop presented by the Center. Award-winning actor and illustrator, Richard Kinsey delighted the summer crowd with his innovative take on storytelling. The Center is pleased to present “A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste”, led by the funny and charming, Leigh Rubin, as part of this ongoing series.

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Andrew Rubin, of California’s Central Coast, has been cultivating his passion for music since he was thirteen years old. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the rock trio, The Spaces Between, and has a background of various musical projects involving Pop, Jazz, Funk, and more. In more recent times, Andrew discovered a new-found love for classical music and, with support from peers and mentors, has taken up composition. Now 20, he is currently working on his third classical piece, and aims to continue with great vigor the writing and performance that brings him so much joy, as well as further exploration and progress in all branches of his musical career. The Center is pleased to present Andrew Rubin in a short concert appearance after his father’s workshop.

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is located at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Part of the exciting South Coast Collection (SoCo), the Center’s vision is a world where creativity is known, in all disciplines, by the many, not just the few. The Center offers art classes and programs, both on site and with our community partners around Orange County. Visit ChuckJonesCenter.org to learn more. The Leigh Rubin Creative Classroom is on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 2 to 4 PM. It is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Please contact Programs@ChuckJonesCenter.org or call 949-660-7793 x 107 to reserve your seat.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Part 2

We’re happy to announce two new additions to our artist door at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa. Artists Casey Leonard, she of the beautiful charcoal work, and Jeff DeGrandis, producer, director at DreamWorks added their respective signatures.

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Casey Leonard

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Jeff DeGrandis

View other artists signing the door here. Jeff DeGrandis photo by Stephen Russo.

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!

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What’s in store for tonight at the Red Dot Auction

There will be music.

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Jester McCool (right) and Jimmy Mulligan (AKA James C.) will be performing.

There will be drinks.

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Tom M. (left), Dana Kungl, Tommy Martinez (TNez), and Mike Kungl

There'll be food too! (no photo of food, though, sorry. 🙁

There'll be artists.

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Painter Bob Elias (left) with patrons, Sandra and Louis. 

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Tamara Wood (left) with her daughter.

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And  of course, there'll be art, lots of art! There are 106 donated works of art…you should drop everything and join us this evening. Tickets available at the door. Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 949-660-7791 x 22103 or RSVP@ChuckJonesCenter.org.

See you there!

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo

Let me bring you up-to-date…

Last night the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was the setting for a preview of its Spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction. It was an intimate evening that allowed the Center's donors and benefactors the opportunity to meet many of the contributing artists to this, the 3rd annual Red Dot Auction.

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For the world-weary, a lounge.

The Center sparkled and shone in the early evening's setting sun and the donated artwork, arrayed as it is on the "spokes" of a wheel with a red dot stage as its hub, glittered and enticed.

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You know, the great thing about the Red Dot Auction, as Chuck Redux has always maintained, is the love it generates. Each and every artist has given of themselves to help fund creativity and you, when you're standing in the middle of all that generosity, can't help but feel the joy of such gift-giving. Did we mention that bidding begins at only $100.00? 


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Husband and wife artists Dana (center) and Mike Kungl greet one of the Center's longtime supporters, collector Tom M. as last night's get-together got going. Funny story: Mike called Chuck Redux earlier in the day and said, "You won't mind if I come a little early, would you?" he queried, "I was thinking about the work I donated and realized it would be much much better if I painted a little bit of sparkle in the character's eye. It will only take me a moment." So, arrive early he did with paint and paint brush, we quietly slipped him into our office and seconds later, he was satisfied with the results. Chuck Redux will admit that the addition of the 'sparkle' was just the thing to finish his wonderful donation!

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Council president, Tracy Tanner (right) and one of the Council's community ambassadors, Steve Smith, stopped to smile for the camera. The Chuck Jones Council for Creativity is the volunteer arm of the Center. 

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Artist Ylenia Mino flew in from New York City just to be a part of the festivities! Thank you, Ylenia, for making the trip, and for your generous donation, it means the world to us.

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Painter, pirate, and philanthropist, James C. Mulligan (center)shows off a recent painting to Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, and her son, Craig Kausen, chairman of the Center. Jimmy's inspiration for the painting was a late '40s cover drawing by Chuck Jones for the square dance magazine, "Sets in Order" which depicts a deep-sea diver square dancing with a beautiful mermaid.

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Artist Joseph Yakovetic and his lovely wife, Sammy, making the scene at last night's Artist Meet & Greet.

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Artist Jeffrey Fliehler, Minerva the goddess, and Mike Wedaa of Opis Network enjoy the hospitality of the evening.

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Artist Allyson Vought with her S.O., Lisa, along with Dave L., one of the Council's volunteers and a patron of the Center get close for Chuck Redux.

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Artists George Garcia (far left) and Scott Ryder (2nd from right–Scott is also the gallery assistant at the Center and without whose help, Chuck Redux would be in a world of hurt) with the special women in their lives celebrate at last night's informal gathering of artistic temperaments. 

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Scott Dicken (right, and who is really tall), the VP of retail for the Chuck Jones Galleries, discusses the finer points of building a collection with Sandra and Louis L., art collectors and patrons of the Center. Okay, not true, they were talking baseball, maybe, or they could have been talking about something else entirely for at this point in the evening Chuck Redux's attention span was on the wane.

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Artist Luis Salazar (left) along with Dave L., Carol Erickson (2nd from right–and a Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant and collector), and Susan Palcsik (who is known for herding cats in a room full of rocking chairs) say goodnight to Chuck Redux at the end of the evening.

And that's what you missed at the preview party for the 3rd Annual Red Dot Auction. Tickets are still available and at the door for tonight's big gala. Go to the Center's website, ChuckJonesCenter.org for more information. See you tonight!

 

Do You Red Dot?

You'll have to forgive Chuck Redux, but we are obsessed with the art that's been donated for this year's Red Dot Auction. From the four corners of the continent–North American, that is–to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity the works of art have been flowing in this past couple of weeks. We are close to receiving 100 works — which was our goal — to celebrate the centennial year of Chuck Jones. 

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There are paintings of horses…

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…and then there are paintings of horses <nudge, nudge, wink, wink>. 

There are abstract works of art — including photography — that are as brilliantly conceived as the most complex oil painting.

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Yes, it's a photograph.

And there are charming re-imaginings and what-ifs:

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In other words, there is something for everyone at the Red Dot Auction! Bidding begins at only $100.00–and all of the proceeds help fund the creativity programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity like Pastelicious and Dynamic Dioramas led by the Center's resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, who by-the-way, has contributed a stunning work of art to the Red Dot.

So, do you Red Dot? Would you like more information about bidding long-distance? Contact any of our galleries, or Chuck Redux and we'll gladly help you find the work that means the most to you. Which artist's work will you take home?

Chuck Redux: robert@ChuckJonesCenter.org

Chuck Jones Gallery, Costa Mesa: CostaMesa@ChuckJones.com or 866-Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones Gallery, Santa Fe: SantaFe@ChuckJones.com or 800-290-5999

Chuck Jones Gallery, San Diego: SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or 888-294-9880

New Art Class For Kids Begins January 9!

Artables–At the Center with Gina Latora!

It begins with glue and goes from there. There will be painting — not always with a brush — your child will be surprised at the 'tools' that are used as well as the 'paint'. Adult attendance is required; please wear your painting attire!

Cost per 5-week session: $50.00 per artist, plus a $15 (cash, due at first class) material fee. Ages 1 to 12 years old welcome. These are great classes for the whole family.

Classes begin January 9, 2013. Three different sessions to choose from!

10:45-11:45A   1/9/13 -2/6/13*

12:30-1:30P     1/9/13 -2/6/13*

1:45-2:45P       1/9/13 -2/6/13*

*If a class needs to be rescheduled (due to CJCC scheduling) during the session, the make up date will be 2/13/13

Gina Latora, artist and educator, has been providing art classes for children and preschoolers in Orange and Los Angeles Counties for over seventeen years. Her "Artables" class is particularly well-suited for preschoolers, and will also captivate children of all ages. The earlier a child begins to discover the world of art, the earlier they develop self-confidence and are able to articulate visually their own ideas. Email: artablesofginalatora@gmail.com

Classes held at:

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
3321 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Register at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Call Sasha Advani to register your budding artists today! 949-660-7793 x107 or email: Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org

Saturday Morning Cartoons and Quick Draw at Center for Living Peace

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 for the first class of the year, Saturday, January 5, 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

“Simpsons” Storyboard Artist Stephen Reis at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Writing from Costa Mesa: This reporter was fortunate enough to witness "Simpsons" storyboard artist, Stephen Reis (center in photo below) in action this past Saturday, November 3rd, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity during their "Great, Grand Chuck Jones Family Happening!" With a sharp pencil in each hand (many thanks to Pencils.com for the gift of Chuck Jones's preferred drawing instrument, the Blackwing 602, which all of those in attendance were able to use), Reis wowed those lucky aspirants with his dexterity and command of character design.  

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How to draw Mr. Burns was one of many character studies led by Stephen Reis. 

Over a three-hour period, over 30 students of animation, both young and old alike, learned from one of the most creative storyboard and character design artists working in animation today. By the end of the session and because of his guidance and nurturing manner each student had produced a group of characters from "The Simpsons". Smiles all around!

Everyone at the Center extends a heartfelt thank you to Stephen and we look forward to his return in the future!

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Photo by Stephen Russo.