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O, What a Night! Red Dot Re-cap

Were you there? Wasn't it awesome? Close to 300 people made the scene last night at the 3rd Annual Red Dot Auction, the spring fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, California (couldn't resist the alliterative 'c's!) 

Here's a quick look at the night in pictures…a more detailed account will be posted in the coming days (Chuck Redux needs to rest…)

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The Jacobson's take a moment to confab before the crowd arrived. Daughter Brenna helped out by selling raffle tickets throughout the evening and was a contributing artist, mom Rina is a council member and volunteer community ambassador for the Center. Mr. J., well, did as dads and husbands do.

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These patrons of the Center bid often and won often!

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Tracy Tanner (left), the Council's most-excellent president, says hello to her friend, David.

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Rachael O'Connell, a contributing artist, and her husband, David.

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The Zives make the scene! Thanks for becoming a member of the Center, Paul!

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Andrea Salisbury, who contributed two canvases to the Red Dot Auction, and her husband.

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John Yetsko, left, and his wife, Leigh, and son, John, Jr. (far right) with contributing artist Eric Scales.

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The Sleeper sisters, Jennifer and Debbie (left and right, respectively), flank Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and founding trustee of the Center. All three were contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction.

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Artist Eric Scales and his contribution, a hilarious and spot-on portrait of Michigan J. Frog!

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Tracy Tanner, Nancy Evans, photographer Pasquale Ferazzoli (who donated two beautiful photographs) and the Center's amazing program administrator, Sasha Advani. Thank you, Sasha, for all of your help and assistance–we couldn't have done it without you!

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Mike Dicken, national sales director for the Chuck Jones Galleries, gives Chuck Redux the "if you post this photo, you'll be in deep …." look. 

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Oh, here's trouble: From left, Michael Young of Collector's Editions (love you, mean it) with contributing artist, Mike Kungl, and Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity try to keep quiet while auctioneer, Eric Ross does his thing.

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Ain't we got fun?

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Carol Erickson, left, art consultant at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa, with Linda Jones Clough. Bare walls = a successful Red Dot Auction!

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MIke Peraza, second from right, artist and art director extraordinaire for Disney Studios and Warner Bros. kindly donated his talents for a live auction item that included a drawing lesson with him as well as several DVDs of films he's worked on and an original Chuck Jones drawing from the archive. Winners included David Cantor, far left, with his father Neil and Heather Broadnax, third from right, and her mother. Craig Kausen holds the Chuck Jones drawing (Craig is Chuck's grandson.)

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As the night wound down, winning bidders and artists got together for Chuck Redux's camera. Here we have contributing artist, Joseph Yakovetic with patrons of the arts, John Tanner (center) and son Nick who were the winning bidders of Joseph's portrait of Chuck Jones. Also, Nick helped out last night by selling raffle tickets and taking photos, thank you Nick!

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Producer of Nickelodeon's long-running "Dora the Explorer" and other animated series, Jeff DeGrandis, far left, with John, Jr., Leigh, and John Yetsko. They used their Red Dot on Jeff's "Chuck Jones as Ralph Phillips" or is it "Ralph Phillips as Chuck Jones"? Either way, it was a fab contribution to the success of the Red Dot Auction! Thank you, Jeff! And thank you to the Yetsko's!

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And finally, the truth is out, Craig Kausen is not only an engineer, but also an artist! (Plus, without his unflagging energy and extraordinary positive attitude, none of this would be possible.)

Thank you everyone for making last night such a resounding success. We appreciate you!

Arrival photos and event photos from the Center's professional photographer, Stephen Russo, will be posted later this week. Look for them!

Let me bring you up-to-date…

Last night the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was the setting for a preview of its Spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction. It was an intimate evening that allowed the Center's donors and benefactors the opportunity to meet many of the contributing artists to this, the 3rd annual Red Dot Auction.

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For the world-weary, a lounge.

The Center sparkled and shone in the early evening's setting sun and the donated artwork, arrayed as it is on the "spokes" of a wheel with a red dot stage as its hub, glittered and enticed.

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You know, the great thing about the Red Dot Auction, as Chuck Redux has always maintained, is the love it generates. Each and every artist has given of themselves to help fund creativity and you, when you're standing in the middle of all that generosity, can't help but feel the joy of such gift-giving. Did we mention that bidding begins at only $100.00? 


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Husband and wife artists Dana (center) and Mike Kungl greet one of the Center's longtime supporters, collector Tom M. as last night's get-together got going. Funny story: Mike called Chuck Redux earlier in the day and said, "You won't mind if I come a little early, would you?" he queried, "I was thinking about the work I donated and realized it would be much much better if I painted a little bit of sparkle in the character's eye. It will only take me a moment." So, arrive early he did with paint and paint brush, we quietly slipped him into our office and seconds later, he was satisfied with the results. Chuck Redux will admit that the addition of the 'sparkle' was just the thing to finish his wonderful donation!

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Council president, Tracy Tanner (right) and one of the Council's community ambassadors, Steve Smith, stopped to smile for the camera. The Chuck Jones Council for Creativity is the volunteer arm of the Center. 

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Artist Ylenia Mino flew in from New York City just to be a part of the festivities! Thank you, Ylenia, for making the trip, and for your generous donation, it means the world to us.

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Painter, pirate, and philanthropist, James C. Mulligan (center)shows off a recent painting to Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, and her son, Craig Kausen, chairman of the Center. Jimmy's inspiration for the painting was a late '40s cover drawing by Chuck Jones for the square dance magazine, "Sets in Order" which depicts a deep-sea diver square dancing with a beautiful mermaid.

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Artist Joseph Yakovetic and his lovely wife, Sammy, making the scene at last night's Artist Meet & Greet.

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Artist Jeffrey Fliehler, Minerva the goddess, and Mike Wedaa of Opis Network enjoy the hospitality of the evening.

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Artist Allyson Vought with her S.O., Lisa, along with Dave L., one of the Council's volunteers and a patron of the Center get close for Chuck Redux.

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Artists George Garcia (far left) and Scott Ryder (2nd from right–Scott is also the gallery assistant at the Center and without whose help, Chuck Redux would be in a world of hurt) with the special women in their lives celebrate at last night's informal gathering of artistic temperaments. 

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Scott Dicken (right, and who is really tall), the VP of retail for the Chuck Jones Galleries, discusses the finer points of building a collection with Sandra and Louis L., art collectors and patrons of the Center. Okay, not true, they were talking baseball, maybe, or they could have been talking about something else entirely for at this point in the evening Chuck Redux's attention span was on the wane.

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Artist Luis Salazar (left) along with Dave L., Carol Erickson (2nd from right–and a Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant and collector), and Susan Palcsik (who is known for herding cats in a room full of rocking chairs) say goodnight to Chuck Redux at the end of the evening.

And that's what you missed at the preview party for the 3rd Annual Red Dot Auction. Tickets are still available and at the door for tonight's big gala. Go to the Center's website, ChuckJonesCenter.org for more information. See you tonight!

 

Live Bidding at the Red Dot Auction!

The Center is truly thankful to all of the artists and wonderful people who have worked their creative magic to bring this year's Red Dot Auction together! 

To top off this Saturday evening, the Center will present three unique live auction items:

  1. Imagine if you will the sound of splashing fountains,
    the tinkle of champagne glasses
    , good friends laughing, standing in the company
    of a talented visual artist and having conversations about art and creativity.
    It can be yours when you are the successful bidder on this live auction
    item.  Spend an evening with the painter
    Mike Kungl and his wife, Dana, at their home and studio in the hills of Orange County.
    This event, possibly a life-changing one (you may walk away thinking of
    becoming an artist), is good for you and up to nine of your friends and is
    supplemented by a $1000 gift certificate from 24 Carrots catering donated by Jon Brown and Norm Bennett, the owners of 24 Carrots. 
  2. A Super Colossal Bugs Bunny Drawing Lesson! Learn to draw
    Bugs Bunny in the THE CHUCK JONES style. Art director of “The Little Mermaid”
    and many other important Disney Studio films, Mike Peraza will sit down with
    you one-to-one and teach you to draw Bugs Bunny from his chubby wittle feet to
    his big pointed ears. At this personalized drawing lesson Mike will share with
    you drawing techniques he has developed in his over 40 years of Disney and
    Warner Bros. feature animation, along with his work in television, book,
    comics, and theme park design—can you say “Cars Land”? Mike will not only teach
    and guide you on your drawing of Bugs Bunny but will also do an original Bugs
    Bunny drawing just for you. Your lesson, scheduled at a mutually convenient
    time, can take place here at the Center or at Mike’s studio in Burbank. This special
    package also includes several DVDs of Disney feature films that Mike has worked
    on. And to tie the entire experience right back to the Father of Bugs Bunny,
    you will also receive an original sketch of Bugs Bunny by none other than Chuck
    Jones himself!
  3. A tisket, a tasket, a bright yellow basket stuffed with
    all sorts of goodies
    –tickets for four to the July 6 performance at the
    Hollywood Bowl of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony”, a picnic dinner, along with two
    bottles of wine, special Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote goblets, a Jones family-owned Levi jacket from the Warner Bros.
    Studio Stores
    . Plus you’ll go backstage after the performance with Linda Jones Clough to meet the conductor and creator of
    “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” George Daugherty. You’ll be skipping all the way
    to Hollywood! Also, you'll receive "Bugs Conductor" hand-embellished by Linda Jones. This fine art reproduction on canvas resides in some of the great symphony halls around the globe that have been the venue for performances of "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony." 

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“Simpsons” Storyboard Artist, Stephen Reis

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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).

Immediately
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.

“We’re
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.”

“Both
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
canvas.”

"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
editions.

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.

 

Artist Mike Kungl at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, a Comic Con Moment

Artist Mike Kungl and his beautiful wife, Dana, made a rare public appearance last night at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, the first night of Comic Con 2012. The gallery displayed the largest collection of original paintings by the artist to have been exhibited in many years. 

The gallery, located at 232 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's notorious Gaslamp Quarter (just one half block north of the Convention Center) was thrilled to premier new original work and the artist's rare and sold-through editions, such as "Illudium Q36". Kungl has been chosen as a Chuck Jones Homage Artist, celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial.

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Mike Kungl (center) poses with a Storm Trooper at last night's reception for the artist. Is this a case of art imitating life or life imitating art? You tell me.

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"Rocket Squad" original mixed media on board by Mike Kungl, 14" x 11" available at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego. 

Mike Kungl participated in this year's Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction, and in this short video talks about his work and the Center.

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"Duck Dodgers–The Quest for Planet X", mixed media on board by Mike Kungl, available at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego. See this and other works by Mike Kungl when you visit the gallery!

Lines Are Forming at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego for the Release of the New Alex Ross Art

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There's no doubt in these collector's minds that the Chuck Jones Gallery at 232 Fifth Avenue is the place to be before, during, and after Comic Con. Today, the gallery releases new work, "Rough Justice" from DC Comics master artist, Alex Ross. Tonight, from 7 to 10 PM, meet contemporary Art Deco artist, Mike Kungl, and view his new mixed media works on paper, canvas, and board. They're awesome (see a sampling below)!

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"Duck Dodgers" mixed media on board, 18" x 12", by Mike Kungl

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"Gossamer Brand" mixed media acrylic on board, 14" x 11", by Mike Kungl 

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"Rocket Squad" mixed media acrylic on board, 14" x 11", by Mike Kungl

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"Pepe: Tour de Romance" mixed media acrylic on board, 12" x 18", by Mike Kungl

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"Black Widow" mixed media acrylic on canvas, 40" x 30", by Mike Kungl

Contact the gallery for pricing and availability. 888-294-9880, SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or visit us at 232 Fifth Avenue, just one half block from the San Diego Convention Center 

Shop online at ChuckJonesGallery.com!

A Little Bit of “Rough Justice” for Comic Con-goers at Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, located just steps from the Convention Center at 232 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's historic (and oh-so-naughty, historically speaking, of course) Gaslamp Quarter is your home for the newest art from DC Comics's star artist, Alex Ross. 

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All of Ross's hyper-realistic artwork begins as a pencil drawing and these new works, such as "Rough Justice-Batman" demonstrate why Ross is the go-to artist for DC Comics. Although some of his drawings never get painted, the new series (including Superman, below) show how the drawing evolves into a painting. 

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In this short video, Alex Ross talks about what it takes to be a comic book artist and how he works.

Visit the Chuck Jones Gallery at 232 Fifth Avenue during Comic Con! 866-294-9880 or email SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

Comic Con Show Schedule:

Thursday, July 12: 7 to 10 PM — Meet artist Mike Kungl

Friday, July 13: 6 PM to ? — Fun and Games with Prizes! Celebrate the Chuck Jones Centennial

Saturday, July 14: 2 to 5 PM — Meet artist Tennessee Loveless

Shop online at ChuckJonesGallery.com

Chuck Jones Gallery Launches New Website

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The Chuck Jones Gallery unveiled its new and improved website today. Redesigned, reorganized, and refreshed, ChuckJonesGallery.com is ready to assist you with your collecting needs. Whether its Chuck Jones (our specialty!), the Chuck Jones Centennial Homage Artists (James Coleman, Eric Goldberg, Mike Kungl, Mike Peraza, Tennessee Loveless, to name but a few), Fabio Napoleoni, Markus Pierson, or many of DC Comics most well-known artists, such as Alex Ross and Jim Lee, the Chuck Jones Gallery website is your destination for the finest art of the animated film, comics, and an exceptional selection of artists whose work inspires.

Of course, we represent all major animation studios as well as the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. Join us today and take our new website for a spin! Who knows what work of art might jump out at you, begging you to take it home. 

Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego Announces Comic Con Int’l Events, July 12 – 15

Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego

Announcing Artist Appearances and Exhibits for Int’l Comic Con

July 12-15, 2012

Mike Kungl, Tennessee Loveless in Person!

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The Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Kick-off

San Diego, CA:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the historical center of the city at 232 Fifth Avenue, announced today their schedule of artist appearances and exhibits during International Comic Con, July 12-15.  All events and receptions are free and open to the public. 

  • Disney, Warner Bros., and Star Wars artist, Mike Kungl, will be feted with a reception on Thursday, July 12th from 7 to 10 PM.  The official artist for the Miami Beach Art Deco Weekend, Kungl is known for his sleek stylings reminiscent of the time of luxury liners, movie stars, and geometric designs. His work for Warner Bros., Disney, and Star Wars brings a dramatic theatricality to images beloved by collectors world-wide. Kungl has been selected by the family of legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, to create homage artwork for their celebration of Chuck Jones’s centennial year (1912-2012). In addition to the Homage work, he will be unveiling original Super Heroes mixed media paintings. Kungl will be dedicating artwork purchased at the exhibit.  

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  • On Friday, July 13th, the Gallery will host an open house 7 to 10 PM celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial.  The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce that the Smithsonian Institutes Traveling Exhibits will be touring a Chuck Jones retrospective beginning mid-2014. To celebrate that and Chuck’s centennial, the gallery will feature an exhibit of original production art from the Chuck Jones archive chronicling his films made during the Golden Age of Animation (1940s, 1950s). This evening will also be filled with free raffles for artwork, games where the winner will receive a free work of Chuck Jones art, plus trivia competitions that will challenge even the geekiest among you, the winners of which will win a free work of Chuck Jones art. PLUS THIS JUST IN!: MEET ARTIST JAMES C. MULLIGAN AND CHUCK JONES'S GRANDSON, CRAIG KAUSEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHUCK JONES CENTER FOR CREATIVITY!!! SEE MULLIGAN'S LATEST CHUCK JONES HOMAGE ORIGINAL ART UNVEILED!
  • The visually-challenged artist, Tennessee Loveless, will be honored with an exhibition and reception on Saturday, July 14th from 2 to 5 PM.  Severely color-blind, Loveless overcame the obvious obstacles on his road to becoming a young tyro. Utilizing a system of mathematical formulas to plot his color charts, his POP/OP paintings vibrate with color as his imagery delights and surprises collectors.  Chosen by the family of Chuck Jones as one of the Centennial Homage artists, Loveless has applied his skill and undeniable talent to the cartoon characters made famous by the four-time Oscar-winning director. Unveiling his first Homage work, “The Big Kaboom”, Loveless will also be signing and dedicating a limited number of commemorative Comic Con 2012 Chuck Jones Gallery posters.

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About the gallery:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Ave., is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film.  Included in the on-going display is art from all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition fine art from a variety of internationally known artists and photographers whose work is entertainment related.  For more information please call the gallery at 888-294-9880 or online at www.ChuckJonesGallery.com.  Blog: Chuck Redux

 

The Big Kaboom: Artist Tennessee Loveless and His Triumph Over Color-Blindness

Celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial, the Chuck Jones Gallery has reached out to many talented artists asking them to create works of art that pay homage to Jones's creativity and genius. We've worked with such artistic luminaries as James Coleman and Mike Kungl, and this week released a new edition, "The Big Kaboom" (pictured below) from the young tyro, Tennessee Loveless.

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Overcoming a handicap that might have deterred someone of weaker character, Loveless, in the accompanying video, describes how he has met the challenge of severe color-blindness, using it instead as a springboard for his creative vision.