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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.


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.


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!











Calling All Artists! The 4th Annual Red Dot Auction to Benefit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Needs You!

Dear Artists and Friends of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity,

Preparations are underway for the Fourth Annual Red Dot Auction benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, coming in May. As you are aware, the arts and creativity in our schools and in our national conversation are always the first things to be eliminated or casually dismissed as unimportant.


An outdoor art class at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood during the Chuck Jones 101 Film Festival, September 2013.

In fact, it is creativity that opens the minds and hearts of all who allow it to; it brings greater freedom to their lives. It enhances one’s ability to solve problems and it opens minds to the differences that make each of us unique, erasing prejudices and bigotry. Creativity makes the world a better place.

Today I’m writing to ask you to donate a work of art to this year’s Red Dot Auction, to be held on Friday, May 9th from 7 to 10 PM at the Center in Costa Mesa, California.  Again this year the canvas is 12” square and as last year, we ask that you sign the artwork on the reverse.  You may prefer to work on paper or another substrate and that’s fine as long as we can mount it to the 12” square canvas for presentation the night of the event.

For those of you who may be unaware of the Red Dot Auction and how it works (or may have forgotten), here are the details: each artist contributes a work of art that is either painted on the canvas we provide you or creates a work of art that can be mounted to the canvas for display the evening of the auction.  The artwork should be signed on the reverse so that bidders at this silent auction will not know who has created which painting—although savvy collectors may be aware of your particular style and will jealously guard their bids, hoping to land a work by ______ or ____ ______.

Will she have the winning bid?

Will she have the winning bid?

You might ask, “What should I paint?” Chuck’s life spanned most of the 20th century and with such a wealth of inspiration why not the life and times of Chuck Jones? That should not limit you to cartoon-related imagery, although many of the most sought after works at last year’s event were inspired by his Looney Tunes creations; you might be inspired by his love of reading, his enjoyment of painting “en plein air” or the fact that he liked to square dance.

Whatever you choose to do, of course, is up to you; it is your participation that is most important to us.

Won’t you share your gifts with us and with the Center’s members and patrons?  If you will, please drop me a note at rpatrick@lje.com with your mailing address and I’ll get a canvas out to you or drop by the Center to pick up a canvas.

What’s that you say?  You’d like to contribute two works?  No problem!  Just let me know and I’ll send you two canvases.  Have an artist friend who would like to be a part of this exciting project?  Please send them my way.  Canvases are due back here no later than April 19th.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, time, and commitment to re-invigorating the creative spirit in all of us.

All the best, Robert

Robert Patrick, Director of Marketing

Red Dot Save the Date


Craig Kausen–Principal for the Day at McPherson Magnet K-8

Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck's grandson, will be Principal for the Day at McPherson Magnet K-8 school Wednesday, March 13.  

CK with Heli by Russo
Craig Kausen flies a remote-controlled helicopter at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

The Orange Unified School District will celebrate Principal for a Day on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 throughout its campuses. The event partners a business leader or community member with a school principal and allows the participant an opportunity to observe a glimpse of a principal’s daily responsibilities. The purpose of the program is to foster relationships within the community and to share the outstanding work of OUSD teachers, students, and staff.

Chuck Redux believes the children at McPherson are in for a special treat! More about Craig's day as Prinicpal as it unfolds. Stay tooned!

Photo by Stephen Russo

Volker Kühn “Objects” at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Costa Mesa

The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the vibrant new retail center SoCo (South Coast Collection) at Hyland and Sunflower in Costa Mesa, California is pleased to announce the opening of "Objects" an exhibition of the mixed media constructions by German artist, Volker Kühn. The exhibit runs through March 15, 2013. 

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Volker Kühn "Objects" at the Chuck Jones Gallery, Costa Mesa, California. 3321 Hyland Avenue, just north of the 405 at the Harbor Blvd. exit.

Kühn, born in 1948, studied at the Bremen Academy of Arts where he studied sculpture. His first commission was a mirrored "objects" installation at the Bremen Nautical Academy in 1974. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.

"The Garden of Paul Klee" by Volker Kühn. Outside dimensions 23.75" x 20", image size 8.5" x 7.5", mixed media construction.

Visiting Kühn's studio you would immediately notice his carefully sorted drawers that reach wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, each drawer labeled with "elephants", "dromedaries", "spirit levels", "feathers", "women–large", "cowboys", "toothpicks", or "teddys (as in teddy bears) for instance. He never knows where his peregrinations will lead him. However, his work table is less orderly and is often looked upon as "productive chaos."

"Enchanted Forest" mixed media construction by Volker Kühn. Outside dimensions 11.5" x 10.25", image size 4.75" x 3.75". 

makes compelling statements about the human predicament that are strangely free
of irony and didacticism. His surrealistic freeze-frames could be described as
“visual puns” which intrigue the viewer and reward them with the joy of solving
a riddle.

"The Team" mixed media construction by Volker Kuhn. Outside dimensions 20" x 19", inside dimensions 6" x 5.75". 

His wife, Edda, best explains the appeal of his work, ''The nature of art is to draw the observer out
of a state of reserve. Volker Kühn's “Objects” are an example of how this
works. The spontaneous reaction – mostly a smile – is transformed into
contemplation. The smile returns again later, sometimes broadening into a grin,
provoking the question: How is it possible for a person to invent such
grotesque situations? In doing so, he exploits the materials to their utmost potential.  Is there something pedantic in his make-up?
Oh yes, and chaotic to boot! His very nature is contradictory. In his hands nonsense suddenly makes

"Welcome Baby" mixed media construction by Volker Kühn. Outside dimensions 15.75" x 17", inside dimensions 3.5" x 6.25".  

For more information regarding the work of Volker Kühn , stop the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa at 3321 Hyland Avenue. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for a private online viewing of the collection. 

Costa Mesa — 866-ChuckJones or email CostaMesa@ChuckJones.com; San Diego — 888-294-9880 or email SanDiego@ChuckJones.com; Santa Fe, NM — 800-290-5999 or email SantaFe@ChuckJones.com. 

"Movie Stars" mixed media construction by Volker Kühn. Outside dimensions 20.25" x 20.75", image size 8.25 x 6.25. 

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.  

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

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!

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.

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).

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

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.

Pam tom soft glow

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

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!

Chuck Jones Experience — Sneak Peek and Grand Opening Date!

The artisans and craftsmen (and women) who have been turning an 8,000 square foot concrete and wallboard shell at Circus Circus in Las Vegas into the Chuck Jones Experience have been working around the clock to make this unique destination one of the most exciting to come to Las Vegas in a long time. Make your plans to join us on the 19th of January for its grand opening!

CJ wall
On your way to a recreation of Chuck's office that will include his animation desk and artifacts, photos, and original drawings from the 1940s and 1950s.

Entrance to CJ theater
The entrance to the Chuck Jones Theater where you'll watch an introductory film and other moving picture surprises!

Inside theater
Inside the theater…are you as excited as we are?  It's going to be awesome!

Every brick
Every single brick has been lovingly hand-prepared just for your enjoyment!  Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 19th mid-day.  Be there or be square!


Chuck Jones at the Port of Portland

Beginning September 19th, a new Chuck Jones exhibit based on his drawings for his 1996 book, "Chuck Reducks–Drawing from the Fun Side of Life" will be featured along Concourse A at the Portland, Oregon airport.  If you're traveling through Portland then (particularly on Alaska or Horizon airlines) make sure you check out this original artwork, much of it never-before-seen, from the hand of Chuck Jones.  The exhibit will close at the end of March 2012.  

The exhibit focuses on drawings that Jones created to illustrate how he drew the characters that we've all come to know and love, including, Sam Sheepdog, Porky Pig, Marvin Martian, Bugs Bunny and others.  The works below are a sample of the original artwork that will be on display.




Trevor Carlton: The Secrets of a Professional Artist

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be a professional artist?  Is it all berets and filterless French cigarettes and double shots of espresso and an unexplainable cough and nubile nudes posing for you under the north-facing skylight in your garrett atelier or is it something else entirely?

You'll have the chance to find out on Sunday, August 7th, at the Chuck Jones Big Draw as artist Trevor Carlton shares his secrets and the ins and outs of working professionally as an artist.  

Trevor, a native of Olympia, Washington, started painting in high school, but his first love was the stage and he went on to study acting at his local college, and then at the Lee Strasberg Acting Workshop in Los Angeles where he pursued his acting career.  But, as happens with actors, he paid the bills by working in a custom furniture store specializing in faux finishes.  His signature style was developed here.

Using reclaimed lumber as his canvas, he started painting images of vintage Americana with subjects ranging from pop icon celebrities to jazz greats.  More recently he has been commissioned by Disney Studios to create limited edition artwork utilizing their characters in his unique style.  

At the Chuck Jones Big Draw, Trevor will be speaking with anyone who wants to know more about the challenges and rewards of becoming a professional artist.  Also, along with his friend and painting partner, Stephen Reis, he will be creating a very special performance piece later in the afternoon.  Stick around for it–it's a terrific experience!   

The Chuck Jones Big Draw, Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at South Coast Collection, 3303 Hyland Avenue (next to Paul Mitchell) in Costa Mesa, California.  Help us set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue beginning promptly at 2 PM.  For more details and to register go to EventComplete.   "Like" us on Facebook at The Chuck Jones Big Draw!

Explore Your Creativity from the Chuck Jones Side of Your Brain!

Bugs at drawing table cjcc

Explore the spirit of legendary animation director Chuck Jones this summer with three very special programs at the world-famous Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California!  Each seminar will meet on a Wednesday in August (3rd, 10th, 17th) from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at the museum, 2002 N. Main Street (just south of the 5) in Santa Ana.  Tickets for all three seminars are $50.00 for members and $80.00 for non-members.  Individual sessions are $20.00 members and $30.00 non-members.  

The first seminar, "Embracing the Line, Facing the Lion", will be led by Marian Jones, a gifted photographer, artist, and writer.   As the late Chuck Jones' beloved wife and creative co-conspirator, Marian will share insights into Chuck's imagination–and help you explore and learn to trust your own unique creativity!

According to Chuck Jones, "failure as success" is just one of several great contradictions of creative endeavors. In this seminar, learn the "grammar" of drawing – learn to control the line, not the other way around! Session includes viewing of short cartoons and clips from Chuck Jones interviews, as well as a lively discussion of what "success" really means.

This session will include a presentation of several of Chuck Jones's cartoons plus a hands-on art project for participants.  

The second seminar, "Bringing Life to the Characters: Its the Oddities that Count!", presented by Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter and sole focus of Chuck's fatherly affection.  She is an innovative and skilled entrepreneur and producer who has found success both on her own and working with her late father (look her up on IMDB and be dazzled.) 

Whether you draw, write, or tell stories, what allows you to bring what you imagine to life?  What makes cartoon characters so believable?  This seminar uses Chuck Jones films and sketches to demonstrate the astonishing things that can be done with seemingly lifeless, inanimate objects. Each participant in this seminar will draw, describe, or create an original character–and find genuine inspiration along the way.

For the third and final session, "The Pencil, the Computer, Children and Creativity" you'll join Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (and a founding member) of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as he shares his own personal perspective on the life of the imagination.

Whether we work with the oldest or the newest tools, the human touch is an absolutely essential component of creativity. This seminar highlights the Chuck Jones brand of character study:  how to harness the most subtle details of human and animal movement to bring your creations to life. Everyone participating in this highly interactive seminar will discuss which tools to use, and why, and will leave with tips on fostering children's (and adults') natural enthusiasm for creating art.   It will also include an art project for participants.  

But wait! To wrap up this series of imaginative and fun programs (in a bright shiny bow) will be a Chuck Jones Film Festival hosted by Craig Kausen on Sunday, July 28th, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Starring all of your favorite cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, it will be a not-to-be-missed event at the Bowers!  

For more information, please email education@bowers.org , call 714.567.3677, or visit the Bowers website.