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The Dover Boys Decamp to Culver City

On the evening of Thursday, April 7th, at 6 PM, The Dover Boys will be guests-of-honor at the home of animation art collector and patron of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Dave Lowenstein.  

Because you may know who we speak of when we say "The Dover Boys" and you'd like to meet them and at the same time support the important work that the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is doing, all you have to do is donate here.  Call Pamela Marsden for event address, 949-660-7793 and to confirm your reservation.  SPACE IS LIMITED.


On the other hand, you might ask who are The Dover Boys?  Well, they're not these Dover Boys:

These Dover Boys (Tom, Dick and Larry) are the young men who appeared in the Chuck Jones 1942 ground-breaking short cartoon of the same name.  No, we're talking about a group of young men (yes, still) who made Jones's acquaintance when they were students at CalArts (in Valencia, CA) in the early 1980s.  As students of animation they had the opportunity to meet Chuck when he gave a lecture at the school and afterward, Jones stunned them by inviting them down to his home in Orange County "to talk."  (Now, they're all better at telling this story and quite a story it is, so you'll want to make sure you take the opportunity to put this very special fund-raising event on your calendar.)

These Dover Boys (a named coined for them by Chuck's daughter, Linda, BTW,) are Kelly Asbury, Rob Minkoff, Chris Bailey and Jeff DeGrandis.  

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Kelly Asbury (from left,) Chris Bailey, Jeff DeGrandis and Rob Minkoff at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in August of 2010 participating in a panel discussion at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater after a showing of all nine of Chuck Jones' Oscar-nominated short cartoons.

Kelly Asbury:  Kelly Asbury is the Director and co-writer of the 3D computer-animated feature filmGnomeo & Juliet (2011).

Asbury's past directorial efforts include the Oscar-nominated films "Shrek 2" (2004) and "Spirit – Stallion of the Cimarron" (2002). During his twenty-seven year career as an animation artist, Kelly Asbury has served many creative capacities on some of Hollywood's most popular animated films, including "Shrek" (2001), "Toy Story" (1995), "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), "Beauty and the Beast" (1992) and "The Little Mermaid" (1989). Asbury also provided a variety of character voices on "Gnomeo and Juliet" and "Shrek 2". In addition to films, Asbury is a noted author and illustrator of several published children's books, as well as having written and compiled the offbeat, non-fiction book, "Dummy Days – America's Favorite Ventriloquists from Radio and Early TV" (Angel City Press – 2003) Read more at his IMDB page. (Biography courtesy Internet Movie Database)

Rob Minkoff:  Known for directing the Academy Award-winning animated film, "The Lion King", Minkoff is also the director of "Stuart Little" and "Stuart Little 2."  While at Disney, Rob wrote the song "Good Company" for "Oliver & Company" and directed two Roger Rabbit shorts, "Tummy Trouble" and "Roller Coaster Rabbit," along with the feature films, "The Haunted Mansion" and "The Forbidden Kingdom."  He has a new film due for release this year, "Flypaper."  Visit his IMDB page for a complete listing of his credits.  

Chris Bailey: Writer, director, special effects wizard, animator, all words that describe Chris Bailey's career.  Born in Portland, Oregon, Bailey has worked in TV and film throughout his career including Disney's "Oliver & Company" (writer,) "The Little Mermaid" and "The Rescuers Down Under" (character animation) and the producer and director of the hit TV series "Kim Possible."  You can read the details of Chris Bailey's career at this IMDB page.  

Jeff DeGrandis:  DeGrandis has made his name in the world of TV animation as the producer and director of the hit TV series, "Dora the Explorer," "Go, Diego, Go!" and "Ni Hao Kai Lan."  Jeff got his first big break working with Chuck Jones on the animation for the 1992 movie, "Stay Tuned" and sharpened his skills at "The Ren and Stimpy Show."  If it involves drag racing, Jeff DeGrandis will be there.  He cites the custom car stylings of the iconic Ed "Big Daddy" Roth as one of his major influences. If you absolutely must know more about Jeff DeGrandis, click on his name to view his IMDB profile and credits.  

And as if that were not enough!   

This will be the setting for the evening's entertainment!  Dave Lowenstein has collected animation art for many years and his home is a museum of contemporary animation art collecting.  He's graciously opened his doors (and his heart and his wallet) to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity  for the evening.  

Oh, and one more thing!

To top off the evening we will be paying special tribute to animation pioneer, Martha Sigall as she and her husband, Sol, celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary!  

Please join us for this special evening, meet the Dover Boys, wish glad tidings to Martha and Sol, chat with Linda Jones (Chuck's daughter) and her children, Craig and Todd Kausen.  Tickets are just $50.00, use the PayPal button to make your reservation today!

Lawrence Noble: Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner Bronze Sculptures

In late 2006, National Sculpture Society member, Lawrence Noble, was commissioned to create bronze sculptures of Chuck Jones' iconic cartoon creations, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.  Working closely from Jones' original model drawings and along with input from Jones' daughter, Linda, Noble drafted several concepts of the characters in his classical illustrative style. 

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Once his drawings were approved by Linda Jones, Noble sculpted a maquette of each of the characters in clay.  This months long process culminated in an exquisite pair of bronze sculptures, cast in the time-honored lost wax casting process, that have been produced in a small edition limited to only 100 examples world-wide. 

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“Art helps us find some of the mysteries [of life] and not necessarily solve them, but at least identify that they are there in our lives. Art is one of those languages that allow us to realize the depth and resonance of our existence.”

For over 30 years, sculptor Lawrence Noble has been answering the call of these mysteries through his sculpture. He considers himself an American sculptor, in the mode of the Romantic sculptors of the late 19th century, Augustus Saint Gaudens and Daniel Chester French.

His early artistic career included designing and illustrating motion picture advertising campaigns including "Time After Time"; "Flash Gordon"; "Sharky's Machine"; "The Empire Strikes Back" (10th Anniversary Poster) and more recently, he has produced sculptures for "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and "The Rock". Noble designed an Olympic Gold Medal for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and he sculpted the "Daytona 500" trophy.

Noble’s first bronze sculpture, a life size equestrian monument to Civil War General, Philip H. Sheridan was unveiled in Chicago in June of 1990. He also sculpted the 7' bronze statue of Jack Benny which is located at the Epicenter, home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Minor League Baseball Team. Noble produced the "Car of the Year" award for Playboy Magazine from 1990 – 1995 and is a regular contributor to the magazine, including the Millennium Issue (January, 2000).

Noble gradually moved into what he calls the applied art of sculpture, doing mostly large-scale public pieces. "I realized shortly after I started sculpting that I was tapping into the things I was most interested in as a child," he explains. "It had later manifested into graphic art and illustration, but the primal root of it seemed to be that I had a fascination with building three-dimensional objects."

Noble was selected by the California Fire Foundation to produce a bronze monument titled Holding the Line. This memorial to California firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty is located in historic Capitol Park in Sacramento, California. Noble Studio was also commissioned to design and sculpt the San Bernardino County Peace Officers' Memorial, a ten foot tall bronze monument to Peace Officers killed in the line of duty.

The 59 year old artist/sculptor, born in Tampa, Florida, raised and educated in Houston, Texas, has resided in a mountain community in southern California for the last seventeen years with his wife, Elizabeth and their children Casey Josephine and John Marlay. Linda Jones Enterprises is pleased to publish and represent the sculpture, drawings and graphic editions of Lawrence Noble.