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Chuck Jones’s Grandson to Speak at Colorado Springs Fine Art Center Exhibition

On Saturday, December 3rd at noon, Craig Kausen, the grandson of animator and Oscar-winning director Chuck Jones, will give a special presentation in the Music Room of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center where he will discuss his grandfather’s work.

This original production cel from "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and many others are on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center through January 8, 2017.

This original production cel from “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and many others are on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center through January 8, 2017.

During the “Golden Age” of animation, Chuck Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros.’ most famous characters and created characters such as Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew, and many others. Jones also directed the 1966 television special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. After the talk, join collector Bill Heeter in the galleries to learn more about his private collection of original animation cels and ephemera. Please RSVP for this event, as there is limited seating, by emailing boxoffice@csfineartscenter.org or calling 719.477.4310. For more information about the exhibit and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, click here.

Cakes and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Birth of a Notion–Celebrating Chuck Jones’s 104th Birthday!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Art Institute of California–Orange County celebrated Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday with a gala inauguration of a new exhibit, “Birth of a Notion” on his birthday, September 21st. The exhibit chronicles Jones’s passionate belief in the power of the human form as it relates to the production of the animated film.

From left: Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity; Sheila Estaniel, Director of Campus Relations at the Art Institute; Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones's daughter,

From left: Michael J. Hansen,  Director of the Aussic Gallery at the Art Institute; Sheila Estaniel, Director of Campus Relations at the Art Institute; Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter, Lindsey Morgan, Dean of Academic Affairs and Mark Lucero, President of Art Institute of California–Orange County.

Cakes and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Cakes and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Linda Jones Clough, right, and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, blow out the birthday candles celebrating Chuck Jones's 104th birthday.

Linda Jones Clough, right, and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, blow out the birthday candles celebrating Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.

Film students at the Art Institute interview Linda Jones and Craig Kausen.

Film students at the Art Institute interview Linda Jones and Craig Kausen.

Robert Patrick of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity curated the exhibit, "Birth of a Notion".

Robert Patrick of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity curated and installed the exhibit, “Birth of a Notion”.

Chloe DeMore, 16, a student at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Niguel, performed an original composition in honor of Chuck Jones's 104th birthday.

Chloe DeMore, 16, a student at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Niguel, performed an original composition in honor of Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.

Santiago Pinzon, a student at Music Vault Academy, manned the DJ booth during the reception.

Santiago Pinzon, a student at Music Vault Academy, manned the DJ booth during the reception.

The hors d'oeuvres, prepared by students at the culinary school and 5ifty Forks restaurant were themed to the artwork. P.S. It was delicious!

The hors d’oeuvres, prepared by students at the culinary school and 5ifty Forks restaurant were themed to the artwork. P.S. It was delicious!

Many thanks to the Art Institute of California–Orange County for hosting the exhibit and presenting the reception. It was a perfect celebration of the creative genius of Chuck Jones!

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

 

 

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, with Nancy Cartwright and her original painting of Bugs Bunny, inspired by the work of Chuck Jones.

Premiering the Fine Art of Nancy Cartwright, A Brief Q & A

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to have been selected as the premier location for the debut of the original art of celebrated and renowned voice actress, Nancy Cartwright, at this year’s Comic Con International in San Diego, California.

Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, in her art studio.

Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, in her art studio.

In an email exchange, Ms. Cartwright answered questions posed by the Chuck Jones Gallery. Here is a sampling of that conversation:

CJG: Tell us about the early years, growing up. What part did painting and drawing play in your childhood?

NC: I was always very creative as a child. I loved coloring and painting and doing arts and crafts. I really liked doodling and also working with clay. . .but I never really considered it for a career. Music played another part in my life and by the time I was 10, I decided to play the trumpet. I wasn’t allowed to be in both music and art–I had to pick one or the other. I chose music and eventually played French horn in the concert band, the marching band, and the orchestra.

CJG: What do you feel you communicate through your paintings?

NC: Fun, beauty, aesthetics, some thought-provoking messages.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, with Nancy Cartwright and her original painting of Bugs Bunny, inspired by the work of Chuck Jones.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, with Nancy Cartwright and her original painting of Bugs Bunny, inspired by the work of Chuck Jones.

CJG: Are there any major artistic influences you’d like to cite?

NC: I’ve been in the animation industry for 35 years now and my art is a reflection and homage to this art form that has served and inspired me for so long.  Being a part of the longest running scripted show in the history of television [“The Simpsons”] has completely influenced my passion for this art form.  Reverse painting has been around for thousands of years where it was widely used for religious renderings.  Much later, painting on glass influenced Renaissance art. With the invention of celluloid [a kind of plastic] in 1889, the art of animation was born.  My good friend, Dave Tourjé, is a local artist who excels in reverse painting.  His work is permanently on display in his historical home in South Pasadena that was serendipitously owned by the late artist and educator, Nelbert Chouinard.  Nelbert ran an art school that was the hub of the training that Walt Disney presented to his more inexperienced animators back in the 20s and 30s. In fact, Disney personally drove the animators to the school in his Model A so they could learn about anatomy and fine art.  This was especially helpful since it was during the development of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”.

CJG: What is your favorite color?

NC: Coral.

"Fellini", original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

“Fellini”, original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

CJG: Why do you paint/draw?

NC: I like to create positive effects on others and this is one way to really surprise them with something they didn’t know I did!

CJG: Anything else you’d like to mention?

NC: Being invited by the Chuck Jones Gallery as a preliminary exhibition definitely needs mentioning.  I had the privilege of working with Mr. Jones on the last animation project he directed—Timberwolf.  It was for the internet and was released in 2000.  Having worked so closely with Chuck opened up a relationship with his family who owns and operates Chuck’s galleries.  I am completely thrilled and honored to be associated with one of the most-respected animation art collections in the world.

Original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

Original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

Nancy Cartwright will be the guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery as it premiers her paintings on Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. RSVP is required: 619-294-9880. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Ave., in the heart of San Diego’s Gas Lamp Quarter, directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel and just one short block from the Convention Center.

 

“Use a Bigger Brush” –A. Starr, Artist and Doctor of Neurology

“Chance favors the prepared mind,” said Arnold Starr, artist and founder of UCI’s neurology department, quoting Louis Pasteur. Last Friday, Craig Kausen, spent a few hours with A. Starr (that’s how he signs his paintings) at his home in coastal south Orange County talking about many different topics including what is “it” that people are searching for?  “Their color” the response. As well as touching on the topics of creativity, arts education today, neurology, science, and discovery, We were fortunate to have video-taped the conversation and over the next few months hope to share snippets of that conversation with our readers.

Dr. Arnold Starr, left, with Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, gifted the Center one of his paintings of a cochlea.

Dr. Arnold Starr, left, with Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, gifted the Center one of his paintings of a cochlea.

By the way, “use a bigger brush,” was Starr’s answer to “I don’t paint often because I have to think too hard about it.” Advice we’re taking to heart.

Photo by Stephen Russo.

Special Guests @ Chuck 102Gether!

Chuck 102Gether at the Alex Theatre, Sunday, September 21 from 3 to 5 PM!

A Film Festival celebrating the collaborative creativity of the Golden Age of Looney Tunes!

Need another reason to attend besides being able to see these great cartoons on the big screen as they’re meant to be shown? Here’s a partial list of guest panelists:

GEORGE DAUGHERTY, creator of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” will be the afternoon’s Master of Ceremonies.
ROB MINKOFF–Director of “The Lion King” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
TOM SITO–Key figure in the Disney Renaissance and one of the 100 most influential people in animation
LEITH ADAMS–Longtime Executive Director of the Warner Bros. Archive
JEFF DEGRANDIS–Now at Dreamworks, formerly a supervising producer at Nickelodeon
ERIC GOLDBERG–Animator of the Genie in “Aladdin” and director of “Fantasia 2000” and so much more!

Other special guests may include: JUNE FORAY, AURIL THOMPSON, and MARTHA SIGALL (health permitting.)

Tickets from $10 available at AlexTheatre.org!

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

ChuckJonesNow.com–the Portal to All Things Chuck Jones

Friday night, Hook & Loop, the creative arm of business software giant, Infor, along with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, launched ChuckJonesNow.com at the Museum of the Moving Image, a web portal that operates across all devices (smart phones, tablets, and computer monitors) and that will provide you with up-to-the-minute news on all things Chuck Jones. It will include exhibition information about “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” as well as other exhibition openings and events around the country and around the world.

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Hook & Loop’s creative director, Marc Scibelli, along with his team of web designers and creatives, and through the generosity of Infor, created, built, and launched this new web portal. Besides information about Chuck Jones exhibitions and events, there are also many delightful features to the website that will keep you actively engaged, from coloring a character drawing to videos and a media gallery of drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings by Chuck Jones.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with Marc Scibelli of Infor's Hook & Loop and his wife, Megan.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with Marc Scibelli of Infor’s Hook & Loop and his wife, Megan.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity wishes to express its thanks to Infor, Hook & Loop, and Marc Scibelli and his team of experts for this wonderful, generous, thoughtful, and creative gift. Now get online and go directly to ChuckJonesNow.com to see what we’re talking about!

Valerie Kausen, Chuck Jones's granddaughter, left, with Michael Markowski and Gina Baker.

Valerie Kausen, Chuck Jones’s granddaughter, left, with Michael Markowski and Gina Baker.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity speaks at last night's launch party for ChuckJonesNow.com.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity speaks at last night’s launch party for ChuckJonesNow.com.

Marc Scibelli, Creative Director of Infor, center, with Nunzio Esposito of Infor's Hook & Loop creative team, premiers ChuckJonesNow.com at the Museum of the Moving Image last night.

Marc Scibelli, Creative Director of Infor, center, with Nunzio Esposito of Infor’s Hook & Loop creative team, premiers ChuckJonesNow.com at the Museum of the Moving Image last night.

From left: Craig Kausen, Valerie Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Marc & Megan Scibelli

From left: Craig Kausen, Valerie Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Marc & Megan Scibelli

he Chuck Jones Family with Mr. & Mrs. Marc Scibelli and the team behind the creation of ChuckJonesNow.com, Pooja Shah, Nunzio Esposito, Adam Picitelli, Kate...

he Chuck Jones Family with Mr. & Mrs. Marc Scibelli and the team behind the creation of ChuckJonesNow.com, Pooja Shah, Nunzio Esposito, Adam Picitelli, Kate Merlie, and Daniela Caicedo.

Red Dot Auction Photos Now Online

What a fabulous night it was this past Friday, May 9th, as the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted its Red Dot Auction! Over 350 people flowed into the Center’s main gallery space where it was hung with 193 twelve inch square canvases donated by over 175 artists from all levels of experience, from the world-famous to the yet-to-be-discovered. Bidding was robust as the five sections closed throughout the three hours of the event. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised to help support the educational programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Special thanks goes out to our Artist Tribute Sponsors, many of whom could not make it that evening, but feel strongly about the success and future of the Center. To view a selection of photographs from the event, click here or on the photo below.

Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center, enliven the evening during the Live Auction.

Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center, enliven the evening during the Live Auction.

Photo by Stephen Russo.

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered! Artists Make Their Mark at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Last night at a dinner for the entire staff of the Chuck Jones Gallery, it’s parent company, Linda Jones Enterprises, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, several artists represented by LJE and the Gallery were asked to sign the 10′ x 8′ pivot door that separates the gallery from its offices.

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But first, there was rope-jumping (allegedly) with artist Jimmy Mulligan.

Chris Scardino, the Center's resident teaching artist, with Carol Erickson, an art consultant at the gallery, greet the other guests.

Chris Scardino, the Center’s resident teaching artist, with Carol Erickson, an art consultant at the gallery, greet the other guests.

Christina Stone, from left, with artist T.J. Novy, Sarah Knox, Erin Liddell, and Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery--San Diego.

Christina Stone, from left, with artist T.J. Novy, Sarah Knox, Erin Liddell, and Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego.

Joel Shapiro, art consultant extraordinaire at the Chuck Jones Gallery--San Diego, greets founder Linda Jones Clough and her husband, Jim.

Joel Shapiro, art consultant extraordinaire at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, greets founder Linda Jones Clough and her husband, Jim.

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Erin Liddell, left, with New Yorker cartoonist Eric Teitelbaum and his wife Amy.

Caught in a noir moment are artist Bob Elias flanked by the beautiful Sherri (left) and the exquisite Dana.  (You do know how to whistle, don't you?)

Caught in a noir moment are artist Bob Elias flanked by the beautiful Sherri (left) and the exquisite Dana. (You do know how to whistle, don’t you?)

There was food from El Pollo Norteno--yummy!

There was food from El Pollo Norteno–yummy!

There was speechifying by our fearless leader, Craig Kausen.

There was speechifying by our fearless leader, Craig Kausen.

Artist Daniel Killen makes the scene.

Artist Daniel Killen makes the scene.

Bob Elias signs the door (before revisions.)

Bob Elias signs the door (before revisions.)

Mike Kungl approves this message, uh, signature.

Mike Kungl approves this message, uh, signature.

Glen Tarnowski adds his "Glen Tarnowski" to the door.

Glen Tarnowski adds his “Glen Tarnowski” to the door.

Tom Novy, he of the mosaic tile (but not what you think 'mosaic' or 'tile' mean), boxes his signature.

Tom Novy, he of the mosaic tile (but not what you think ‘mosaic’ or ’tile’ mean), boxes his signature.

Daniel Killen wields a mean Sharpie!

Daniel Killen wields a mean Sharpie!

Artist, muralist, and pirate (and singer, actor, model), Jimmy Mulligan ups the ante.

Artist, muralist, and pirate (and singer, actor, model), Jimmy Mulligan ups the ante.

But Eric Teitelbaum is up to the challenge and leaves us with a delectable portrait of the Pink Panther! (More about that in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!)

But Eric Teitelbaum is up to the challenge and leaves us with a delectable portrait of the Pink Panther! (More about that in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!)

The evening ended with a dart round robin (yours truly, with partner Dana Kungl, made it to the semi-finals!). Woo Hoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mulligan’s “Wizard of Oz” Mural Finds Its Forever Home at Burnett Library, Long Beach

Just three months after its creation, the 40′ long by 6′ tall mural commissioned by Warner Bros., Habitat for Humanity, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was installed at its permanent home in the central room of the Burnett Library in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls area.

Installation proceeds smoothly. Artist James C. Mulligan lifts a panel up to the Chuck Jones Center's Chairman of the Board, Craig Kausen.
Installation proceeds smoothly as artist James C. Mulligan lifts a panel up to the Chuck Jones Center’s Chairman of the Board, Craig Kausen.

Created in September, the mural, titled “There’s No Place Like Home” was a project conceived by Warner Bros. Studios in conjunction with their commitment to assist Habitat for Humanity in the construction of a home for a deserving family in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls neighborhood. Employees of the Studio donated their time to the construction project as well as working with Mulligan on the mural project–constructing the felt ‘poppies’ that bloom along the bottom of the mural.

Jimmy Mulligan prepares to unwrap one of the panels before its installation at the Burnett Library.

Jimmy Mulligan prepares to unwrap one of the panels before its installation at the Burnett Library.

Craig Kausen, grandson of the legendary animation pioneer, Chuck Jones, directs the action from on high.

Craig Kausen, grandson of the legendary animation pioneer, Chuck Jones, directs the action from on high.

Chuck Redux offered advice from the floor of the  library while Craig and Jimmy shimmy the panels into place.

Chuck Redux offered advice from the floor of the library while Craig and Jimmy shimmy the panels into place.

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The mural’s beauty and scope start to come together as the panels are placed.

The complete mural installed at the Burnett Libary, Long Beach.

The complete mural installed at the Burnett Libary, Long Beach.

Muralist James C. Mulligan with his finished "There's No Place Like Home" mural celebrating Habitat for Humanity and the 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz".

Muralist James C. Mulligan with his finished “There’s No Place Like Home” mural celebrating Habitat for Humanity and the 75th Anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”.

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Hang in there, Jimmy, Chuck Redux is almost finished taking photos!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Craig Kausen, Jimmy Mulligan, and Chuck Redux want to thank librarian extraordinaire, Erica Lansdown, for her help and enthusiasm this past Monday!

Chuck 101 Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater–Hollywood

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity held Chuck 101 yesterday at Hollywood’s historic 91 year-old Egyptian Theater. The day started with Center-sponsored art projects in the courtyard.

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There was mask-making and drawing, led by our talented team of teaching artists, including the Center’s resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino; the Sleeper Sisters, Debbie & Jennifer; Doug Lothers and Darrell Park. Sasha Advani, the Center’s program director had organized the activities.

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The art classes were followed by a screening of the Chuck Jones feature film, “The Phantom Tollbooth” (1970).The film was from Chuck’s personal collection of 35mm films. Before the screening, a Q & A with the indomitable Ms. June Foray, the voice actress known for her adept talent and wonderful acting ability. Ms. Foray was feted in the lobby for 96th birthday.

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DSC06900That evening, the Center brought over a dozen of Chuck’s short Looney Tunes cartoons to share with a full house — a portion of ticket sales went to the programs of the Center. Before the screening, though, major donors and supporters of the Center were feted in the Spielberg lobby with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

DSC06902From left: Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson; Maddie Andre; Steve Fossati, Dina Andre, and Chris Bailey.

DSC06904Valerie Kausen, Chuck’s granddaughter is seen here with producer David Wong.

DSC06905Linda Jones Clough, Chuck’s daughter and founding member of the Board of Trustees smiles with her adoring fans, (r. to l.) Jim (husband), Dave, and Louis.

DSC06906Cynthia Damiano, a Center donor and supporter takes a breather from the festivities.

DSC06907The inimitable George Daugherty, creator, conductor, and producer of the film and live music extravaganza, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” is seen here with Marian Jones, Chuck’s widow, and her friend, Bev White.

DSC06908From left: Ashley & Kevin Mangusing with John and Doris Rendine.

DSC06910Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant, Erin Liddell (left) with collectors and friends, the Milligan’s.

DSC06911Singer and actress, Juliana Hansen with her main squeeze, artist and pirate, James C. Mulligan.

DSC06915The Spielberg Lobby at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater. Follow American Cinematheque on Twitter @sidgrauman.

DSC06916Michael Wedaa with Linda and Jim Clough. Chuck Redux apologizes for forgetting to write down Michael’s date’s name. Our bad.

DSC06922One of the many wonderful, beautiful, and charming volunteers from American Cinematheque. The Center thanks Gwen, Grant, and their entire group for the lovely assistance they provided us yesterday.

DSC06924The Chuck Jones family from right: Craig Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Valerie Kausen, and Todd Kausen.

DSC06925Before the lights went down on the evening’s program, Chuck Redux snapped a photo of the Art Deco ceiling in the theater. Stunning!

DSC06933A full house enjoys cartoons by Chuck Jones. The shorts were interspersed with remembrances of Chuck Jones from all of his family and from special guests, Leonard Maltin, Charles Solomon, John Schulman, George Daugherty, and David Wong.

Watch this space for details regarding Chuck 102, scheduled for Chuck’s birthday, September 21, 2014 at a theater near you.