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Commission a Portrait of a Loved One for Valentine’s Day

Each week leading up to Valentine’s Day 2016, we’ll feature an artist and a suggestion for a gift of art for your sweetheart. This week it’s Master American Portrait Artist, Fran Lew.

Gone with the Wind

“Scarlet and Rhett: Gone with the Wind”, original charcoal and white pastel on toned paper by Fran Lew

What better way to memorialize your love this Valentine’s Day than with a portrait of your beloved by noted American master portrait artist, Fran Lew? With her rich use of texture and subtle emotional undercurrent, Lew’s drawings are more than mere representation; she breathes life into them. What would, in lesser hands, be a fine portrait, become living beings in hers. Her unique ability to reach deeply inside her own self to discover the emotional core of her subject separates Lew from other portrait artists. Portraits begin at $3200 for a single subject.

Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for details:                                                   San Diego 888-294-9880 | Costa Mesa 866-248-2556 | Santa Fe 800-290-5999

About Fran Lew

Fran Lew is Contemporary Realist, trained in Academic Classical Realism. She is best known for her portraits. Lew’s training reaches back to the 19th century French Academy. Her subjects include heads of state, captains of industry, Nobel Laureates, distinguished members of the clergy and medical profession, along with stars of stage and film. Lew’s original work can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections.



What’s Up Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones Opens June 13 at EMP Museum, Seattle


What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” opens Saturday, June 13 at the EMP Museum, Seattle; the exhibit closes mid-January 2016. If you’re in the area or planning to travel to Seattle, it is a not-to-be-missed experience for fans of Chuck Jones, animation, and art.  The exhibit was organized by the Smithsonian Institute, Museum of the Moving Image, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bugs Bunny model sheet from an unknown production, colored pencil on 5-hole punch 12 field animation paper, circa early 1950s.

New in the Gallery: Caricatures by Thornton Hee (AKA T. Hee)

It’s hard to believe, but this is the 85th birthday of Warner Bros. Animation. You have to imagine a group of young men, many in their mid-20s, employed in animation during the Great Depression. How will they entertain themselves? One way was through caricature. Each of them in their own style would skewer the uppity, rib(ald) the randy, and generally make good-natured fun of their associates. The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present a collection for sale of caricatures of animators, directors, story writers, and others from the hand of Thornton Hee.

Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng as imagined by T. Hee.

Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng as imagined by T. Hee. For information about the availability of these drawings, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant. Phone numbers available at the end of the post.

Thornton Hee was one of these young men. Although his legendary status was in its formative years, he was noted for his quick wit and sharp pencil. Hee is known for working at the biggest and the best Hollywood studios, such as Disney, directing the “Dance of the Hours” segment of “Fantasia”. Later he worked at UPA (United Productions of America) where he was responsible for story and designs for many of their classic Mr. Magoo, Gerald McBoing Boing, and other one-shot cartoons.

Tex Avery by Thornton Hee

Tex Avery by Thornton Hee

But, for two years, 1935-36, T. Hee helped revolutionize the Warner Bros. animation style. His designs for the caricatures of Hollywood movie stars were used in the classic Tex Avery short, “The Coo Coo Nut Grove”, as well as one of Bob Clampett’s shorts, “Russian Rhapsody”.

Ken Harris wasn't safe either from the razor sharp wit of T. Hee.

Ken Harris wasn’t safe either from the razor sharp wit of T. Hee.

Years later, T. Hee, along with veteran Disney director, Jack Hannah, became the heads of the character animation department at CalArts; he later became the chairman of the Fine Arts department at the school.

Tedd Pierce got the Hee treatment.

Tedd Pierce got the Hee treatment.

Hee-Cal Dalton-PB399-1450 Hee-Melvin (Tubby) Millar-PB396-1800

Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: 888-294-9880

Chuck Jones Gallery–Costa Mesa: 866-248-2556

Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe: 800-290-5999

Creativity Meets the San Jose Convention Center!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was invited to participate in the grand opening ceremonies of the newly renovated and rebuilt San Jose Convention Center. George Daugherty, a recently installed board member of the Center and also the Music Director and Conductor for Ballet San Jose made the connection between the two entities. He performed his award-winning “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” as part of the opening day ceremonies on family day, October 10th, which featured several of Chuck Jones’s Looney Tunes cartoons.

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Pamala Meador, right, a local artist and business owner from Morgan Hill, graciously set aside her busy schedule to assist the Center’s resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino during the San Jose Convention Center’s Grand Opening Family Day.

The Center provided an exhibition of artwork from the Chuck Jones masterpiece, “What’s Opera, Doc?” as well as an recreation of the famous chaise longue upon which Bugs as Brunhilde entices the unsuspecting Elmer Fudd as Siegfried. Our resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, accompanied by local artist, Pamala Meador (Morgan Hill), who graciously set aside her busy schedule to work with families and children attending the festivities. A good time was had by all!

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Create your own ACME Invention!

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Christopher Scardino gives his undivided attention to a participant. All photographs by Tony Damiano. Thanks Tony!


Summer Creativity Camp–June 24 – 27 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Chuck Redux had just finished a wonderful Quinoa Tabouli salad for lunch prepared by the amazing Kimberley Kausen of Flavorful–Cooking Classes for the Home Cook the other day when the courses for the Center's upcoming Summer Creativity Camp popped up in an email and there, on the very first day of this exciting week-long camp, was "Culinary Creativity" led by Kimberley Kausen of Flavorful! As a bonus, Kimberley was kind enough to share her recipe for the Quinoa Tabouli salad–you'll find it at the end of this post.


Parents get your budding creatives signed up for this wonderful Summer Creativity Camp! The facts are:

Creativity and Culinary Art Camp 

@ Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626~949-660-7791 x 20107 to make your reservations today!

Monday, June 24 - Thursday, July 27
Ages 7-12
$195 for the week
$150 Early Bird Registration
Monday: Culinary
Tuesday: Papier maché
Wednesday: Animation Drawing
Thursday: Painting

Space is limited, please call 949-669-7791 x 20107 or email Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org to reserve your child's attendance.

And finally, Kimberley's Quinoa Tabouli!

Quinoa Tabouli

Serves 8

cups Chicken Broth

teaspoons salt

cup Quinoa (rinsed thoroughly)

cup extra-virgin olive oil

cup lemon juice (more to taste, if you like)

teaspoon sea salt

cups grape tomatoes (more if you like)

Persian cucumbers sliced ½” thick and then cut in half

carrots finely grated (I bought it already grated at Trader Joe’s

bunches green onion sliced up to the dark green part

cloves garlic minced (depends on how much you love garlic)

cup Fresh Mint, chopped (more if you like)

cup Italian Parsley, chopped (more if you like)

tablespoons Fresh Basil, chopped 

a medium size saucepan, put the rinsed quinoa in and lightly toast it, moving
it around constantly over medium heat. 
Once it is toasted, add the chicken broth and tsp. of salt.  Bring it to a boil. Cover with a tight lid
and reduce heat to low simmering.  Cook
approximately 15 minutes until the broth is absorbed and the quinoa looks
fluffy. Remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes covered.

the quinoa completely.  You can even
refrigerate it for a while once the bulk of the steam is gone.

in a large bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, garlic, mint, and
basil.  Add in the tomatoes, cucumber,
carrots and green onion.  Mix in the
cooled quinoa combining well.  Season
with Salt and Pepper to taste. 
Refrigerate at least one hour, or overnight before serving

Kimberley Kausen makes culinary creativity a snap! 



Cartoonist Lynda Barry to Teach University-Level Course on Doodling and Neuroscience

From the January 26 issue of the website "Open Culture" comes this report about cartoonist Lynda Barry and her new course on doodling and neuroscience:

Cartoonist Lynda Barry, who has helped legions of adults grope their way back to the unselfconscious creativity of childhood, is teaching at the university level. Barry’s Unthinkable Mind course is designed to appeal to students of the humanities.  Also hardcore science majors, the sort of lab-coated specimens the first group might refer to as “brains.” The instructor describes her University of Wisconsin spring semester offering thus:

A writing and picture-making class with focus on the basic physical structure of the brain with emphasis on hemispheric differences and a particular sort of insight and creative concentration that seems to come about when we are using our hands (the original digital devices) —to help us figure out a problem.

The twenty-one grads and undergrads accepted into Professor Barry’s course have been warned, via the illustrated letter above,  handwritten on legal paper, that the workload will be heavy.


You should be warned as well, if you elect to audit this course from home. Enrollment is not necessary. Professor Barry will be posting her weekly assignments and curriculum materials on her tumblr, a forum where her abiding interest in science is as apparent as her devotion to undirected doodling. Your first assignment, posted above, requires a box of crayons, the coloring pages of your choice, downloaded to four types of paper, and a significant chunk of time set aside for brain-related articles and vintage videos starring Cognitive Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga and astronomer Carl Sagan. You should also be committed to keeping a four-minute diary and serving as your own guinea pig.

Who’s in?

A big H/T @kirstinbutler



Saturday Morning Cartoons and Quick Draw at Center For Living Peace – 2/2/13

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 this Saturday, February 2, 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.  

Reis drawing of mr. burns
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.

Two Artists Two Events One Day!

immediate release

Contact: Robert Patrick, rpatrick@lje.com,
949-660-7791 x 22103 

Two Artists Two Events One Day!

“Simpsons” Storyboard Artist, Stephen Reis

Free Fun for the Whole Family! 10 AM to 1 PM                                                      

Painter, Mike

New Work, Exhibition and Sale – 1 to 4 PM                                                                                     

Saturday, November 3rd

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity &
Art Gallery

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
announced today that on Saturday, November 3, 2012, beginning at 10 AM “Simpsons”
storyboard artist and director, Stephen Reis, will lead a workshop on creating
storyboards and character development during the Center’s “The Great, Grand
Chuck Jones Family Happening!” This event is free and open to the public and
will end at 1PM. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is located at 3321
Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa in Orange County’s hippest new gathering place, South
Coast Collection (SoCo).

following “The Great, Grand Chuck Jones Family Happening” the Chuck Jones
Gallery will host a reception for painter Mike Kungl whose work graces the
halls of Warner Bros. Television, DreamWorks Entertainment and Ingram Micro to
name but a few of his corporate collectors. His Art Deco and Art
Moderne-inspired imagery is always in full bloom whether he’s painting a
beautiful woman or Bugs Bunny and one of his adversaries. The reception for
this artist will end at 4 PM and is free and open to the public.

thrilled to be able to bring Stephen Reis to the Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity’s ‘The Great, Grand Chuck Jones Family Happening!’,” says Craig
Kausen, Chairman of the Center and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “His ability to
guide and nurture creativity is inspirational and a wonder to behold. Children
and adults will thoroughly enjoy their time with him.”

of my parents were very encouraging of my artistic pursuits. Not once can I
remember them trying to talk me out of going into an art-related career, while
at the same time reminding me that it is still a business and that you have to
be a professional to work as a professional,” says Stephen Reis about his
choice of career.

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Stephen Reis

Currently the storyboard artist for the longest running
animated sitcom on television, “The Simpsons”, Reis brings a child-like
intensity to the work he creates tempered by an adult’s more realistic
approach. The results: hilarious!

“Mike Kungl is one of today’s art stars, known for his Art Deco/Moderne
influenced paintings and fine art prints,” notes Scott Dicken, VP of retail for
the Chuck Jones Companies and director of the Chuck Jones Gallery at SoCo.
“This will be his first exhibition at our Costa Mesa gallery and we will be
featuring never-before-seen original drawings, mixed media, and works on

"I strive to produce work that I'm
personally going to have fun designing and painting. Therefore when it's
complete my goal is having the collector be just as entertained looking
at it as I was creating it,” states Mike Kungl on his approach to selecting
subject matter and the creation of his artwork.

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Mike Kungl

A resident of Orange County,
California, Kungl is the official artist of the 25th Annual Miami
Beach Art Deco Weekend. The Miami honor is just one of many in a
succession of developments that highlight Kungl’s growing reputation as a
recognized artist across the country and around the world. His work is featured
regularly in magazine articles, how to books and television shows. The Chuck Jones Gallery at the Center for
Creativity is pleased to represent his original work and fine art limited

Founded in 1999, the Chuck Jones
Center for Creativity’s vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within
each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and
world. These are important goals, particularly in today’s world, when arts
education is practically non-existent. The Center is dedicated to
reinvigorating the creative spirit and is accomplishing that through art
classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from
the material in the Chuck Jones archive. His writings, art, and other ephemera
from a nine-decade life along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing
instruction form the basis of the programs of the Center.

The Chuck Jones Gallery has been an
Orange County institution since 1991 and a magnet for collectors and visitors
from around the world. Located inside the Center’s 8000 square foot building at
South Coast Collection, the OC’s most fashionable shopping and dining
destination, the Gallery regularly exhibits the work of Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss,
Disney Studios, and the Chuck Jones Homage Artists which include Mike Kungl,
Bob Elias, Jeff Degrandis, Mike Peraza, James Coleman, and Tennessee Loveless.
Gallery hours are 10 to 6 Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesday.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity,
3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 949-274-4834

Stephen Reis and Mike Kungl available
for interviews subject to their schedule. Images available upon request.


Saturday Morning Cartoons & Quick Draw!

Join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Center for Living Peace for Saturday morning cartoons & quick draw the first Saturday of the month beginning September 1st! Chapman University professor of animation, Doug Lothers, will lead aspiring artists on a journey of creativity. Suggested donation $1.00 to $5.00. 

This program will be held at the Center for Living Peace, 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine 92612.

Enjoy the escapades of Bugs Bunny, Pepé Le Pew, Daffy Duck, and more of the characters generations have loved for decades! We'll watch Chuck Jones’ animated world unfold before our eyes and periodically stop to capture that "best moment" without having time to think.  We'll watch some more and do it again and again to create unforgettable memories of that day.  

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity inspires joy and innovation in people of all ages, energizing them to transform their lives, their communities, and society as a whole.  The best way to tap into pure creativity, the energy that dwells inside all of us, we need to trust our minds and hands and NOT think.  Whether it's watching a cartoon or watching your child play, we hold onto the best moments of our day in pictures and store them away as brilliant memories.  Chuck Jones would do the same thing, only he would draw on those memories and turn them into beautiful art.  For Cartoon Quick Draw, we get the chance to be Chuck Jones for an hour.