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"Hand Grenades and Horseshoes", fine art reproduction on canvas by James C. Mulligan.

James C. Mulligan at the Chuck Jones Gallery — “May the Jones Be with You”

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce a reception for artist, actor, and singer, James C. Mulligan on Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 7 PM. Mulligan, known for not only his outstanding mural work around the Southwest, but also for his beautiful interpretive art work for both Disney Studios and Warner Bros., will premier new paintings and fine art editions. This effervescent artist is always bubbling over with ideas and the joy of creating radiates from him like a bright star. You’ll not want to miss the opportunity to meet him. Premiering at this reception will be “Hand Grenades and Horse Shoes” a new fine art reproduction on canvas, hand-signed by the artist. He’ll also be signing the Chuck Jones Gallery official Comic Con 2016 commemorative poster “May the Jones Be with You”, created from one of his original paintings.

The Chuck Jones Gallery Comic Con 2016 Commemorative Poster, art by James C. Mulligan.

The Chuck Jones Gallery Comic Con 2016 Commemorative Poster, art by James C. Mulligan.

"Hand Grenades and Horseshoes", fine art reproduction on canvas by James C. Mulligan.

“Hand Grenades and Horseshoes”, fine art reproduction on canvas by James C. Mulligan.

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“Broomstick Bunny” original painting by James C. Mulligan, acrylic on board.

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Nancy Cartwright, Stan Lee, William Shatner Headline Events at Chuck Jones Gallery During Comic Con Int’l

NANCY CARTWRIGHT, STAN LEE, WILLIAM SHATNER

       TO APPEAR AT CHUCK JONES GALLERY—SAN DIEGO

THESE ICONIC CREATIVES WILL UNVEIL NEW ARTWORK AT THE GALLERY DURING  

    COMIC CON INT’L 2016, JULY 20 – 24

The Chuck Jones Gallery will also host receptions for these fine artists: James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Rob Kaz, James C. Mulligan, Fabio Napoleoni, Mariano Nicieza, Tim Walsh, and Mike Bilz

San Diego: The Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, announced today their line-up of incredible talent during Comic Con Int’l 2016, July 20-24. In addition to the artist receptions the gallery will commemorate their quarter century of bringing the art of American Pop culture to the people who love it with an exclusive release of new paintings and limited editions from the renowned comics fine artist, Alex Ross. Ross, known for several decades now as the father of Super Hero (and Heroine) artwork, will be a featured artist at the gallery throughout the week long celebration of all things Pop culture.

The Chuck Jones Gallery will host receptions for the following artists during Comic Con. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP is requested for artist appearances at 888-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego 92101, in the heart of the Gas Lamp across from the Hard Rock Hotel and just one short block from the Convention Center.

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Nancy Cartwright: Known best as the voice of Bart Simpson on the longest running scripted televised sit-com, “The Simpsons”, Nancy Cartwright is undeniably one of the great comic actresses of our time. What many don’t know is that she’s also a remarkably talented painter and sculptress. On Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, the Chuck Jones Gallery will host the first ever art gallery reception and exhibition for Ms. Cartwright and her original paintings and sculptures. Ms. Cartwright will dedicate artwork purchased at this event.

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Stan Lee. Stan Lee is one of the greatest comic book writers of the twentieth century. He, along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko is responsible for creating Spider Man, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man and the entire Marvel Comics universe of Super heroes, heroines, and villains. On Friday, July 22, from 5 to 7 PM, Mr. Lee will make an appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery to meet his many fans. Artwork from “God Woke” will be premiered at this reception. “God Woke” is a poem, first heard at Carnegie Hall in January 1972, when it was read by his wife and daughters at “An Evening with Stan Lee at Carnegie Hall”. Soon to be a Cinematic Graphic Work.

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William Shatner: Shatner, remembered for his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in the television series, “Star Trek”, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, will be the special guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery on Saturday, July 23, from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM. Mr. Shatner will be launching his new publishing imprint, “Shatner Singularity”.

The gallery will feature art from Shatner Singularity’s “War Chronicles–Man O’War” story by William Shatner, “Phazer Universe”, and “A Daze Work”. In addition, guest artists will include Mariano Nicieza of “Phazer Universe” and Tim Walsh of “A Daze Work”, both of whom will dedicate artwork purchased at this event.

The Chuck Jones Gallery is also pleased to present the following artist receptions during Comic Con Int’l 2016:

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Wednesday, July 20 from 8 to 10 PM: Girls Drawin’ Girls celebrates their 10th anniversary with a special exhibition of artwork inspired by Chuck Jones. Animator and artist, Melody Severn, and “The Simpsons’ storyboard artist, Stephen Reis, will be special guests that evening. The exhibit will feature artwork created by members of Girls Drawin’ Girls over the past several years. GDG member, Mako Fufu, will be painting “live” at the event. A portion of proceeds of sales that evening will benefit the programs of Girls Drawin’ Girls and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

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Thursday, July 21 from 5 to 7 PM: Artist, Actor, and Singer, James C. Mulligan, creator this year of the gallery’s annual Comic Con poster, “May the Jones Be with You” will be on hand to sign the poster and to speak with collectors about his work. The exhibit will include recent paintings and watercolors.

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Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM: Star Wars tribute! Artists James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, and Rob Kaz, official artists of Star Wars art, will be the gallery’s special guests. Paintings and fine art editions. Painter James Coleman was a long-time animation background specialist for Walt Disney Studios. Since leaving “Hollywood”, he has toured the world with his original paintings and prints. Gonzalez, founder and lead singer of the rock band, Side A, found his artistic calling just a few years ago, but his luminous paintings and lush brushwork have made him an emerging artist of note. Rob Kaz, also an emerging artist, whose rich palette and unique sensitivity has earned him legions of fans. All three artists will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

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Friday, July 22 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: American Art Star, Fabio Napoleoni, will be on hand as we premier his new paintings and fine art editions on paper and canvas. Creator of the much-beloved Marcenivo, Fabio continues to delight and inspire with his simple tales of love and redemption. The artist will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

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Sunday, July 24 from 12 PM to 3 PM: Introducing artist Mike Bilz. The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present original paintings and fine art editions by Bilz. His dry wit coupled with a deep sense of the absurdity of life makes for a potent combination in his technically flawless paintings on wood. Mike Bilz will dedicate artwork purchased for this event.

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About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery, celebrating its 25th anniversary, represents the finest in the art of American Pop culture. It is also the only gallery in San Diego dedicated to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss, and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Charles Schulz, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when it closes at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

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!

The Big Day: The Chuck Jones Experience Opens With a Big Kaboom!

The Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus, Las Vegas, opened Thursday, January 19th with a big kaboom!

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On hand to inaugurate the new space were artists (from left) Jeff DeGrandis, producer and director of "Dora the Explorer" and other Nickelodeon cartoons; Eric Goldberg, renowned Disney animator and director who had also worked with Chuck Jones; Mike Peraza, Disney art director ("The Little Mermaid" and many others); muralist and actor, James C. Mulligan; celebrated mat painter and fine artist, James Coleman; emerging POP/OP artist Tennessee Loveless, Art Deco-inspired artist, Mike Kungl, and surf artist, Bob Elias (not shown).  All of the artists are creating artwork for the Chuck Jones Centennial Homage series to be released throughout 2012.  Watch this space for more information!

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There was speechifying: Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity acted as the Master of Ceremonies and kept the assembled journalists, photographers, videographers, fans, and collectors laughing and the proceedings humming along.

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Craig (left) introduced Neil Cantor, managing director of The Chuck Jones Experience, and the man who 17 years ago had dinner with Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, and Chuck Jones where his idea for the Experience first blossomed. 

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Don Thrasher (right), President of Circus Circus enjoyed the Experience and officially welcomed it to the hotel.

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The Jones Family was on hand to celebrate, from left: Todd Kausen, Valerie Kausen, Marian Jones, Linda Jones Clough, and Craig Kausen. 

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The inimitable animator and director, Eric Goldberg, shared with the crowd his love of all things Chuck Jones and how, over the years, Jones has influenced his work.

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Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, made everyone laugh with her self-deprecating wit and then everyone teared up when she read a letter Chuck had written to Craig on his first birthday, "You charm me completely.  I am captured by your smile, touched by your bright love of life, enchanted completely and absolutely by your uniqueness. I think that being within you, looking out at this wonderful world must be a very splendid thing."  (There was not a dry eye in sight.)

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"Dover Boys" Rob Minkoff (left) and Jeff DeGrandis (right) flank Craig Kausen. "The Dover Boys", so named by Linda Jones Clough, were a young group of students at CalArts that Chuck took a shine to and mentored over the remaining years of his life. 

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How would you rather have a grand opening, by cutting a boring old red ribbon (see scissors in Craig's right hand) or blow it up with a bouquet of ACME TNT as Neil is suggesting?  Everyone chose the ACME TNT and the plunger was pushed, the explosion 'rocked' and The Chuck Jones Experience opened with a bang (that big kaboom I mentioned at the beginning of the post.) 

Visit The Chuck Jones Experience online for more information and make sure to add it to your "to-do" list, "bucket" list or any other list you might be making.  As we celebrate the Chuck Jones Centennial (1912–2012) this year, we're hoping to reach 100,000 'likes' (or more) on Facebook.  If you're not a fan already, please join us in celebrating this amazing artist's life and times.

Chuck Jones Big Draw = Big Hit!

Yesterday, the inaugural Chuck Jones Big Draw got off with a big bang as over 200 children and adults filled the Irvine Marriott's Tuscany Ballroom for a day of magical thinking, drawing, painting, building, creating, and inspiring!  Held from 10 AM to 2:30 PM, the Chuck Jones Big Draw was the perfect way for a family to spend a Sunday together.  Not only did the young children immediately immerse themselves in their artistic endeavors, but their parents and their older siblings (teenagers!) did too.  There was so much concentration going you could here a brush stroke the canvas.

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Craig Kausen (left), grandson of Chuck Jones and the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was on hand to extend his "bravo!" and "well done!" to these creative geniuses.  

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Friend of the Center and muralist (and actor), James C. Mulligan contributed his amazing talents, creating a marvelous portrait of two of Chuck Jones's iconic cartoon characters, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.  Not only did he develop the layout (a triptych–three separate panels), but he also guided our young guests as they helped him paint the image (below).

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Even the youngest among us had fun at the iPad station.  This two year-old was drawing & painting all sorts of wonderful images (trees were his favorite).  His father told me that he would correct their use of the computer, he was that savvy.  Youth today!

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Artist Bob Elias (below) spent the day demonstrating his technique on two new canvases featuring cartoon characters brought to life by the inimitable Chuck Jones.  P.S.  Bob's been surfing all of his life and if you look closely you'll see a little surf culture in his use of paint and how he applies it to the canvas.  

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One of the highlights of the Chuck Jones Big Draw was the performance painting that Trevor Carlton and Steven Reis created to music in 20 minutes!  Trevor (pictured below left) is one of the fine artists working with a variety of studios and Steven is a storyboard artist on "The Simpsons".  

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You couldn't have walked into the room without noticing that the energy level was vibrating with positive, encouraging inspiration.  It was a truly creative day.  Before their performance, Steven spent an hour or so with anyone who was interested, guiding and encouraging and drawing and mentoring.

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But of all the happy faces I saw yesterday, this young lady's sums up the day best:

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All photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

Muralist, Actor, All Around Bon Vivant, Jimmy Mulligan to Appear at Creativity Season!

Don’t know what to do on Saturday, October 23rd from 6 to 9 PM?  Head on down to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 131 W. Chapman, Orange, California for their first annual fund-raiser, CREATIVITY SEASON!  Tickets are still available, but space is limited so click here and get yours now!  

Muralist and actor (and all around bon vivant), Jimmy Mulligan, will be our special guest.  He was at the Center this past Saturday and working with a terrific group of kids, painted this:

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What in the world does this blank wall have to do with “Creativity Season”?

"Creativity Season," the 2010 inaugural fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is set for Saturday, October 23rd from 6 to 9 PM at the Center's facility, 131 W. Chapman, Orange, California.  Tickets are still available!  Order yours today by clicking here!

But the real conundrum and one that should be easy to solve is: What in the world does this blank wall have to do with "Creativity Season?"   And who is that with Craig Kausen?*  Do you have the answers?

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Find out all about the terrific LIVE AUCTION items that have been donated to further the art programs of the Center by clicking here!  You can bid in absentia if you're unable to attend; just let us know and we'll work with you!

*Jimmy Mulligan.  But who is he and what does he have to do with the blank wall and "Creativity Season?"  It is a puzzle!!!