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Bob Elias — March 22, 1949 — August 5, 2018

We connected with Bob only a decade ago when I learned about his passion for Creativity and the Arts and also for the art and films of Chuck Jones.


I think for some people, it is not only the achievements and the work that they produce while they are on this earth, I think sometimes it is about the quality and sincerity they bring to what they do.

Bob definitely was an incredible artist who brought a perfection to his craft throughout his life and was renowned in so many circles over decades. But what struck me most of all about him was his genuine love and caring for those he came in contact with. He had such a gentle glow that permeated all those around him. His humanity was only matched by his humility.

Whether it was the twinkle in his eye as he mentored a youngster as he painted or the joy in his smile as he sang the theme song from the Grinch to amazed onlookers, he brought out a stillness and calm that brought pause to us all.

No words can come close to fully describing a person like Bob because there was an infinite goodness about him. Every time I saw him with someone there was a truly sincere attentiveness by him and it was obvious he felt the other person was more important to him in that moment than he was.

I miss him now and I will miss him for a long time to come.

Peace be with you Bob, and all of us who love him.

Craig

Craig Kausen is Chuck Jones’s grandson and the president of the Chuck Jones Companies

Tonight and Tomorrow Night!

Tonight is the Preview night for the Red Dot Auction and tomorrow is the Main Event! We want to thank all of the artists who have participated this year (names below) for their creativity and generosity of spirit. Without them, there would be no Red Dot Auction. Tickets are still available atChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot! Which artist’s work will you go home with Friday evening?

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Julie Bagby
Cindy Beatteay
Bruce Berglund
Mike Bilz
David Bird
Lisa Bolen
Dan Bowden
Teri Brudnak
Eric Calande
Christian Calle
Susan Celis
Benni Cinkle
Rocio Cintron
Susan Clemens
Anna Marie Crovetti
Amanda Crum
Cynthia Damiano
Cory De Yonker
Jeff DeGrandis
Denise Dion-Scoyni
Luke Duong
Lily Dye
Bob Elias
Steve Ellis
Michael C. Falk
Ron Ferdinand
Brian James Fichtner
Olivia Forrester
Hope Freleng
Mako Fufu
Steve Gamba
Sharon Gauthier
John Gaydos
Katie Gerlt
Eric Goldberg
Reece Gomez
Rebecca Gomez
Audrey Gonzalez
Zachary Goodson
Oksana Grineva
Sabrina Griswold
Kevin Gross
Samuel Jr. Guerrero
Terri Hardin
Ken Harris
Sylvia Hasbach
Dave Hausman
Alexis Hejna
Allen Helbig
Michele Chaffe Hill
Gary Hogue
Jeremy Holden
John Howitt
Marian Jones
Andrew Jones
Linda Jones
Darren Jones
Naylene Justis
Samantha Kausen
Craig Kausen
Daniel Killen
Daniel Killen
Heather Knapowski
Mary C Knapp
Mike Kungl
Mike Kungl
Mike Kupka
Carolyn Le
Fran Lew
Lori Lewis
Hannah Lieberman
Annette Lily
Doug Lothers
Martha Lothers
Noelle Lucia
Larissa Marantz
S.O. Mable Martin
Jamie Martin
Erica McCay
Gina McMillen
Tony Meador
Pamala Meador
Hillary Miller
Ylenia Mino
Mini Mukherjee
Jimmy Mulligan
Micah Murray
Fabio Napoleoni
Jimm Nawrocki
Olivia Nicoll
TJ Novy
Brian Oakley
Cesilia Ochoa
Ben Olson
Anthony W. Owens
Tina Palmer
Krissta Passanante
Robert Patrick
Stephanie Perez
Charles Perkins
Melissa Mae Phillips
Enrique Pita
Katy Price
Maria Reverberi
Andrea Rosales
Andrea Rosales
Scott Ryder
Brenda Salamone
Luis Salazar
Andrea Salisbury
Eric Scales
Michael Scharf
Selrahc Senoj
Debbie Sleeper
Jennifer Sleeper
Jeffrey Speiser
Margaret Spurlock
Christina Stone
Jay Stone
Mike Sullivan
Eva Szilagyi
Tommy Szurgot
Ron Szurgot II
Jerry “T-WACK” Talley
Mayu Tanimoto
Laura Tanimoto
Eric & Bill Teitelbaum
Martin Tesch
Wayne Todd
Taylor Rose Trujillo
June Valentine-Ruppe
Anna Vanover
Mick Victor
Will Vochelli
Miracle Wallace
Ben Washam
Anne Waterman-Tanner
Vernon Williams
John Yasutomi

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with this Year at the Red Dot Auction?

With just a week left before the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Jimm Nawrocki.

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My current work is mixed media collage with a facial or figurative imagery focus.

I generally start out with an image that I have manipulated with the computer and print out this image on my ink jet printer.  I then take that image, make different versions of it through additional manipulations, and cut and paste parts of these versions onto the original image to create a new image.  I will also add different elements, tape, googly eyes, stickers, news print, wire mesh, cardboard or whatever, to the image to change it even more.

I don’t know that I have a specific goal or end result in mind when I go through this building process.  I am very much drawn to making the image into something else, pushing it into a different direction, and just seeing what happens.  I want my creation to have a certain ambiguity or uncertainty.  My art should express a range of ideas and give the viewer something to think about.

This is Jimm’s sixth year contributing a work to the Red Dot Auction; will you go home with it? Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with this Year at the Red Dot Auction?

With less than two weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist June Valentine-Ruppe.

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June was born and raised in California where she continues to pursue her love of drawing, illustrating and painting. For over 20 years she has illustrated more than 120 collectable children’s books for Publishers such as Disney, Random House, Scholastic, Golden Books, Lyrick and Publishers International. In these books, June illustrated licensed Characters including: Sesame Street Characters; Disney Characters, such as the Fab Five, Little Mermaid and Winnie The Pooh; Lamb Chop and Friends; and Barney the Dinosaur, among many others. But, according to June, “ my real love has always been painting on canvas, which gives me the freedom to create my own original art work. I love bringing interesting characters to life”.

Will you go home with June’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with at this Year’s Red Dot Auction?

With less than two weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Jeffrey Speiser.

Jeff Speiser

Jeff Speiser’s talent for art was recognized at an early age. His kindergarten report card noted that he was the “best male artist in the class.” (Thanks to his mom for holding onto his report cards for all these years). Jeff attended Cornell University where he majored in Film and Animation. During and after college, Jeff worked as an assistant animator and layout artist for Sesame Street,Reading Rainbow, MTV Animation and on the Academy Award-nominated short, The Chicken from Outer Space. Today, Jeff continues to work in design and marketing where he has completed projects for brands like Disney, The Walking Dead, Marvel Comics, the NBA, the NFL and more. Jeff lives in Celebration, FL with his wife Julie, son Connor and daughter Willow.

Will you go home with Jeffrey’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

Which Artist’s Work Will You Take Home at this Year’s Red Dot Auction?

With less than two weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Krissta Passanante.

Krissta Passanante

Many Items and scenes from my childhood still inspire and influence me to this day. As the daughter of a successful Hollywood set builder, I have always had an infatuation with old-fashioned theaters and props. Folklore and fairytales also instigate most of my work. Taking inspiration from my hometown in Utah, life and nature often collide in my paintings. I have always believed that my art should portray that which can only be imagined. As a result, my paintings and illustrations often materialize scenes that draw in surrealistic or dream-like qualities. I want the viewer to be able to think about the work and observe it as if they were the painter themselves. I hope they can imagine themselves in the fantasy world I have created.

Will you go home with Krissta’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with at this Year’s Red Dot Auction?

With less than two weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Bruce Berglund.

Bruce Berglund

Bruce Berglund started drawing by the time he could hold a pencil. One day Bruce’s mother noticed him ignoring a new coloring book she had just given him. When she asked why he wasn’t using it, Bruce commented, “I don’t want to color someone else’s drawings”. He started oil painting at age 12 and at college he pursued Advertising, and Graphic Design achieving degrees in both. In 1985 Bruce relocated to Southern California where his steady illustration work won him notoriety as one of the top illustrators in Orange County. Bruce went on to open his own design studio (Berglund Advertising Design) in Costa Mesa in 1989. A portion of his current commercial portfolio including: illustrations, logo designs, advertising and web concepts can be seen on his newly launched website:www.BerglundAdvertisingDesign.com. To view his oils (not yet displayed on his website), contact Bruce directly at: 714.545.4948.

Will you go home with Bruce’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with at this Year’s Red Dot Auction?

With less than three weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Eric Scales.

Eric Scales

Eric Scales has been an illustrator for 15 years. An animation fan from a young age, Eric loves capturing moments from memorable cartoons. He has illustrated books for Dreamworks, Hasbro, and Scholastic Publishing and he recently completed a dozen paintings for Walt Disney Imagineering to be used at the upcoming Shanghai Disneyland Resort. Eric currently creates artwork and animation cels for the Disneyland Resort in California. This is his fourth year contributing to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Red Dot Auction.

Will you go home with Eric’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

“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.

DAFFY DUCK PAC RAISING FUNDS FOR PRESIDENTIAL RUN

DAFFY DUCK PAC RAISING FUNDS FOR PRESIDENTIAL RUN

Contributions support the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Orange County, CA, February 25, 2016: Renowned film legend Daffy Duck announced his intent to seek the office of President of the United States. Shouting at a crowd of three from the steps of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, candidate Duck hinted at his platform. “A vote for Daffy Duck is a vote for creativity and imagination, and I’m throwing my bill into the ring! Why not? It’s been thrown everywhere else!”

Tying the announcement in with an early victory party on June 5, 2016, before the California Primary (Tuesday, June 7, 2016), the Chuck Jones Center in Orange County will host a “Daffy Duck for President” bumper sticker/campaign poster drawing party, with prizes and celebrations.  Supporters can cast their vote for Daffy at any time on the Center’s website, http://www.daffyforpresident.org.  “I’m the only candidate for the party, and if anybody knows about a party, it’s this duck!” he told the largely silent trio of passersby.

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Mr. Duck’s reasons for entering the grueling 2016 political fray were clarified in a press release. “As candidates of both parties fall away, one candidate rises! A champion of the people who’s not mainstream (but who knows his streams). He’s more stream-of-consciousness. He believes in mom, apple pie, and social insecurity. He’s got brains, bluster, and pluck! He’s a nihilistic socialist rogue insider with Tea Party Appeal.”

For every contribution of $100 to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s “Daffy for President” PAC (Patently Angry Character), the contributor will receive a hardcover copy of Chuck Jones’s “Daffy Duck for President,” a “Daffy for President” campaign button, and a “Daffy for President 2016” bumper sticker. For contributions less than $100, a variety of other gifts are included. Visit http://www.daffyforpresident.org to donate today and for full details! All contributions benefit the educational and outreach programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity located in Orange County, California. The Center brings creativity programs to underserved children and adults in Los Angeles, Orange Counties, and beyond.

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“Daffy puts the ‘wag’ back in ‘bandwagon,’” the announcement said. “He puts the ‘otus’ back in POTUS. He puts the ‘ivity’ back in ‘creativity.’ He’s not only a problem solver, but he’s a problem creator! And if this world needs anything these days, it’s more problems! Ladies and Gentlemen—we ask your support for the next leader of the Free (if not reasonably priced) World–Daffy Duck for President, 2016!”

Chuck Jones’s “Daffy Duck for President” was a pet project of the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation pioneer, and was born of a desire to talk to kids about the process of passing a law as detailed in the U.S. Constitution. Using Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Jones’s unique brand of humor, the book was his last published work.

Endorsements have poured in:

“Eh, what’s one more lunatic?” – Bugs Bunny, international film star

“Petty. Greedy. Jealous. And transparent! Daffy fits the bill.” –Foghorn Leghorn (R-Alabama)

“Who?” – Porky Pig, actor

“Are you serious? Start-a-runnin’, varmint!” – Yosemite Sam, diplomat. 

About Daffy Duck:

Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character created by the animation studio of Warner Bros. in the 1930s. Styled as an anthropomorphic black duck, the character has appeared in cartoon series such as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies where he has usually been depicted as the screwball companion and occasional archrival of Bugs Bunny. Daffy starred in 133 shorts in animation’s Golden Age, making him the third most frequent character in the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons, behind Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.

Daffy was number 14 on TV Guide‘s list of top 50 best cartoon characters and was featured on one of the issue’s four covers as Duck Dodgers with Porky Pig.

About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity:

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a 501(c)3 public charity located in Orange County, CA. Chuck Jones was a creative genius  who gave life to Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote & Bugs Bunny along with over 300 animated films.  The Center, which he founded in 1999, is an organization that fosters and teaches creative thinking—the thinking behind problem solving. It’s a proven fact that “creativity” is like a muscle in your brain that needs exercise in order to get and stay healthy. The stronger that muscle is, the better it works in engaging tasks and solving problems. The Center serves as a gymnasium for the brain. We work with disadvantaged youth, school systems without arts programs, people on the autism spectrum, the elderly (many of whom suffer from early onset dementia), and other groups, including corporate clients, who see the value of pumping up creativity in their ranks.

Support the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Exercise Your Genius!

Images are available upon request. Interviews available and are dependent upon the candidate’s prior engagements.