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Tickets Now on Sale for the 3rd Annual Red Dot Auction!

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The Red Dot Auction

Which Artist’s Work Will You Take Home
Tonight?

Spring Gala Fund-raiser Announced for

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity 

Costa Mesa, CA:
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today plans for their spring
fund-raising gala, The Red Dot Auction, to be held Saturday, May 11th,
from 6 to 9 PM at the Center located at South Coast Collection (SoCo), 3321
Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. 

This is the third annual Red Dot Auction, first conceived as
a fund-raising opportunity for the Center in 2011. The Center, a 501(c)3
organization, dedicated as it is to inspiring creativity in all people, but
particularly in children, was founded in 1999 by animation legend and four-time
Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.

What differentiates The Red Dot Auction from other silent auctions
is that all of the contributing artists have signed their artwork on the
reverse. Consequently attendees at the event will not know who the artist is
when bidding, they’ll only have their heart to follow. “We wanted to create a
fun, engaging silent auction, and to further the suspense of not knowing which
work belongs to which artist, each artist received an identical 12” square
stretched canvas upon which to create their work of art,” noted Tracy Tanner,
President of the Council for Creativity, the volunteer arm of the Center.

“The artists who are participating come from all levels
of notoriety, skill, and accomplishment, from students to emerging to
established artists; we reached out around the world hoping to capture the
imagination and appreciation of these artists. We are thankful that they were
willing to help us achieve our goal of promoting creativity by providing a
nurturing environment where it may grow and blossom,” said Craig Kausen,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Center. 

Participating artists include James Coleman, legendary background designer and matte painter for
Walt Disney Studios; “Dora the Explorer” producer and director, Jeff DeGrandis; Kelly Asbury, director of the critically acclaimed animated film,
“Gnomeo and Juliet”; Eric Goldberg,
longtime Disney animator and director; Marian
Jones
, photographer, author, and Chuck Jones’s wife.

The Red Dot Auction will include a short live auction of
items unique to the Center such as a studio tour with one of the Center’s
artists or a commissioned work of art by one of the participating artists.

Admission is $25.00 per person and open to the public.
RSVP and pay for your tickets by May 4th and receive 5 free raffle tickets when you sign in
at the front desk the evening of the event. To buy your tickets and to RSVP,
write to RSVP@ChuckJonesCenter.org
or call 949-660-7791 x 20107.  You can also buy online here or by clicking the above image. 

The Center’s vision is to inspire the innate creative
genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and
harmonious life and world. This is an important goal, particularly in today’s
world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to
reinvigorating the creative spirit and we are doing it through art classes,
exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the
material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his
writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life, along with his
philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction form the basis of our programs.

 

Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration of Animation at the Newport Beach Film Festival 2012

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a Newport Beach Film Festival Event Sponsor, will be hosting a morning of Chuck Jones animated cartoons at Triangle Square, Costa Mesa (at the intersection of Newport Blvd., 19th St., and the terminus of the 55 freeway) on Saturday, April 28th at 11 AM. Among the many favorite short cartoons to be shown will be one of his masterpieces, "One Froggy Evening."

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Following the showing at 1:30 PM will be a panel discussion and seminar on animation with celebrated voice actress, June Foray (Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, and Witch Hazel); Emmy Award-winning producer Linda Jones Clough; "Dora the Explorer" producer and director, Jeff DeGrandis; animation director, character designer ("Hop"), and writer, Chris Bailey and photographer Marian Jones, Chuck Jones's widow. The discussion will be moderated by Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

A ticket for both events is $5.00 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Newport Beach Film Festival by clicking on their name in this sentence or on the images. 

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

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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. 

 

 

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. 

 

Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was

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The Academy Award-winning director of "Duck Amuck," "What's Opera, Doc," "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" and other timeless classics, created dozens of cartoon characters throughout his decades-long career: Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote… and Crawford, an accident prone, nine-year-old boy whose daily routine includes surviving his own boyhood.

Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was follows the twenty-seven year journey it took Jones to bring "Crawford" to the public, from conception to storyboard to newspaper strip. This incredible volume is loaded with never before seen sketches, drawings, storyboards and production notes, and the six-month run of the Crawford newspaper comic strip from 1978. Accompanying the artwork is a biography of Chuck Jones's career in the sixties and seventies and how it influenced the creation of Chuck's only foray into the world of comic strips.

Marian Jones, Chuck's widow had this to say about the project, "Kurtis Findlay, an admitted comics addict, is too young to have ever read Chuck Jones’ 1970s short-lived comic strip, “Crawford”, in the newspapers.  But he came across some copies not too long ago and was hooked.  He was also puzzled.  “Crawford” was the least known of all of Chuck’s work; he thought that was a loss.  He also wondered how it had started, what had become of it, and how Chuck had developed it.

"A query to  CJCC [Chuck Jones Center for Creativity –ed.]led to Kurtis visiting us and proposing to write a book assembling all the original strips with any  information he could ferret out.  He and I spent several days in the archives, with Kurtis registering more and more amazement and excitement over Chuck’s drawings and historical source material.

"Even though I had worked with Chuck at that time, and was myself writing a comic strip (originated by someone else —Rick O’Shay and Hipshot) I had totally forgotten about some of the material that Kurtis discovered.  His book traces a never before spelled out story of a character that chased around in Chuck’s head, and in various ways onto film, over the years, but never quite came to fulfillment." 

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Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was is a dream come true in that almost all the art is being reproduced from Chuck Jones's originals! It is a treasure trove of previously unknown artwork that is a must for all fans of animation and comics.

Visit the official Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was website. All-new, never before seen Chuck Jones art will be added in the coming weeks and months leading up to the book's release this holiday season.  You can find them on Facebook as well.

 

Notes on the Red Dot Auction

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Before

This past Saturday, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted its spring fundraiser, The Red Dot Auction.  Over 125 guests filled the Center's space in Orange and engaged in, what can only be described as, conversation.  There was talk, of course, about the artwork donated by 45 brilliant, caring, and creative artists, from a kindergartener on up to an Academy Award-winning animation director and beyond.  

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After

The place was a hive of activity as our guest jostled for position along the wall of the silent auction artwork.  Guests were greeted by the accordion stylings of Eric Stefani (Gwen's brother, you know,) and his companion, Specially (yes, that's the greyhound's name) and were ushered into the event on a cloud of camaraderie.

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Of course, there were liquid libations (thank you Frank, Cassandra & Joe,) and an amazing array of hors d'oeuvres from Chef Ray and his crew (the sweetest people you'd ever hope to meet, I kid you not.)  All of which kept our guests content throughout the evening.  

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Our staff and volunteers, many of whom were decked out in shades of the color of the evening (that would be RED, in case you hadn't been paying attention,) such as Pam Marsden, Program Director for the Center, far left; next to Pam is Tracy Tanner, the President of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity, who are the volunteers for the Center, her neighbors and dear friends (and now ours too!), Karen Ketterer (center) and Beth Bacchi (far right,) and last, but certainly not least, the dynamic and creative Linda Krall, a volunteer for the Center (second from right.)

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Marian Jones, left, with animation director Chris Bailey, center, contributed wonderful works of art for the auction (BTW, EVERY single work of art in the auction went home with a collector!) The beautiful and talented Dina Andre (right, she was, for many years, Chuck Jones's personal assistant) also made the scene.

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Linda Jones Clough, seen here flanked by her two handsome sons, Todd on the left and Craig (the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the CJCC,) pause for a moment during the night's festivities to smile for the birdie.  Linda also was a contributing artist to the silent auction (did I mention that EVERY single artwork donated for the silent auction sold?  I did?  Well, pardon me for repeating myself, but I can't help it!)

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No fundraiser is complete without a live auction.  There were six fabulous packages and the bidding was fierce for every one of them.  But, tell me, who wouldn't want a behind-the-scenes tour of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences?  Or the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live (tech geeks, this one was for you!)?  A 90 minute Chuck Jones Film Festival?  The devil you say!  What about living the life of a renaissance prince and commissioning your very own Chuck Jones limited edition?  Four people thought it was such a great idea that ALL of them will be.  Woo Hoo!

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Did I mention that without the tireless efforts of Executive Director Cheryl Posner (seen here with collectors Leigh and John Yetsko–Leigh also is a volunteer on the Council, but I digress,) whose every waking moment for the past several weeks has been focused not only on all of the other parts of the Center's many programs, exhibitions and such, but she was also making sure that every little detail of the Red Dot Auction was perfect.  I think Chuck Jones said it best, "All great endeavors are 90% hard work and 10% love and only the love should show."  That's our Cheryl!  

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Throughout the evening, guests were encouraged to finger paint and leave a their 'mark' on a special canvas displayed just for this occasion.  Master muralist and amazing actor, James C. Mulligan contributed the center portrait of Chuck Jones.  

It is Chuck Jones to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.  His work has impacted so many lives, and in a variety of ways too numerous to list here, that a mere 'thank you' hardly seems sufficient.  The best way we can repay his creativity and artistic generosity is through the programs, exhibitions and events of the Center; they extend his genius for generations to come.  

Our heartfelt thanks to those who found it in their hearts (and their wallets) to donate to the important work of fostering creativity in people of all ages that is the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's mission.  Thank you!   

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo

Image of the Day: Bunny Prince Charlie

"Ideas for paintings came from all sorts of nooks and crannies and inspired happenchance.  I remember one day we were looking through a travel guide to Scotland.  Turning the pages, we came across a painting of the rather infamous Scottish heir to the British throne, Bonnie Prince Charlie.

"I could sense the creative wheels turning.  "Hmm..you know," he said, "maybe with a carrot sword…wouldn't Bugs look great in that prince outfit?"

"And so, on canvas, appeared the ever self-confident Bugs, magnificent in his coat of crimson, a portrait titled Bunny Prince Charlie."  –Marian Jones, writing in the foreword to "Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art by Chuck Jones".  

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"Bunny Prince Charlie" a hand-pulled fine art lithograph by Chuck Jones.  Image size 20" x 14", paper size 24" x 18", hand-signed by Chuck Jones in pencil, edition size 350.  The Chuck Jones quote accompanying this image in "Stroke of Genius" is "History always looks real simple from the far end."  

 

Marian Jones Photography Exhibit to Open at the Newport Beach Library

Marian Jones, wife of Chuck Jones, will be honored by a one-woman exhibit of her recent photography at the Newport Beach Public Library.  The exhibit will open Wednesday, September 1st and close on Sunday, October 31st.  The Newport Beach Public Library is located at 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, California.  Its hours are Mon–Thurs. from 9 AM to 9 PM, Fri. & Sat. 9 AM to 6 PM, and Sundays from 9 to 5 PM. 

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"Shoreline Cliff" photograph by Marian Jones.

"A camera, like paint brushes or the computer, is simply a tool used to communicate a person's passion or opinion or vision.

"The photograph's in Shoreline Visions reflect my own endless intrigue with the ocean and its surroundings.  I think it began with growing up on the beach in Santa Barbara.  These particular photos were all taken along Crystal Cove beach and my interest in the detail and beauty of things close-up.

"I have been a photographer for some eighteen years, after retiring as a journalist/writer in Los Angeles.  It was there I met my late husband, animation director Chuck Jones, when assigned to interview him.  I later worked with him as a writer/researcher."

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"Mussel Shells" photograph by Marian Jones

Marian Jones photographs have been shown and sold in galleries nationwide, including such cities as New York City, Denver, Chicago, Santa Fe and Laguna Beach.  Her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, California. 

Several years ago, one of her photos "Nude Barbie Descending a Staircase" was featured in a New York exhibit and has appeared in numerous publications and books. 

All photographs for sale are archival prints in limited edition (numbered and signed by Marian Jones.)  A portion of all proceeds from this exhibit will go to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a non-profit organization that fosters creative expression through the arts, especially among young people. 

For more information or to purchase a photograph, please leave a comment to this post and someone will contact you.

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"Low Tide" photography by Marian Jones