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Maps to the Stars–New Work from Cory Bennett–Reception for the Artist

"Heart of the Mediterranean" by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 38" x 38"

“Heart of the Mediterranean” by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 38″ x 38″

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in SoCo (South Coast Collection), the lively new dining and shopping destination in central Orange County, announced today that artist Cory Bennett will be their guest at a reception for the opening of an exhibition of his most recent paintings and prints on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Bennett is known for his urban aesthetic, bold palette and layered imagery, all of which is fueled by his imaginative take on the street scene in southern California. Making his home in Long Beach, Bennett’s paintings combine a rich aesthetic with the graphic language of found materials through which he discovers the natural beauty of his subject matter.

“We are excited to present Cory’s work to our collectors and the art marketplace in general,” said gallery director, Scott Dicken. “His unique vision and exuberant execution makes his work at once thrilling, beautiful, and slightly dangerous, a potent combination of visual legerdemain.” This will be Bennett’s first gallery exhibition in Orange County.

"Fetching L.A." by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 36" x 24"

“Fetching L.A.” by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 36″ x 24″

The Chuck Jones Gallery was founded in 1991 in Corona del Mar and through the years has been located in Laguna Beach and Orange as well.  It is the only gallery in Orange County devoted to the art of the animated film, particularly the work of four-time Academy Award-winning animation director and pioneer, Chuck Jones. Along with the art of its namesake, the gallery represents work from all major animation studios as well as the art of Dr. Seuss, Marcus Pierson, Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, and Mike Peraza.  It is open seven days a week from 10 to 6:30 except for Sunday when the gallery closes at 5PM. It shares the space at SoCo with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to reinvigorating the creative spirit in all of us, but particularly in children. For more information, visit ChuckJones.com or ChuckJonesCenter.org.

Cory Bennett is available for interviews. Contact Robert Patrick at 949-510-0995 to arrange.

Cory Bennett Reveals Long Beach


Red Dot Surprise!

Turns out that Hank Ketchum, the creator of "Dennis the Menace" was a fan and admirer of the work of Chuck Jones. Although Mr. Ketchum has passed away, one of the official artists for his estate–we won't tell you who–has submitted this wonderful mixed media work to the Center's Red Dot Auction, to be held on Saturday, May 11 from 6 to 9 PM at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Buy your tickets here! To view more of the submissions for the Red Dot Auction, click on the image below. To pre-bid, contact your Chuck Jones art consultant.

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Chuck Jones Galleries:

San Diego: 888-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com

Costa Mesa: 866-248-2556 or CostaMesa@ChuckJones.com

Santa Fe: 800-290-5999 or SantaFe@ChuckJones.com



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

"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!

What Does Fun Look Like? Artist Mary Beth Volpini Has the Answer!

Artist and noted interior designer, Mary Beth Volpini, will be asking you that question at the Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at SoCo (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California.  A graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, Mary Beth has been creating art and designing homes in both California and New York for the last several years.  While fighting breast cancer in 2006, she was able to rediscover her love of painting and mixed media collage and will be sharing that love at the Chuck Jones Big Draw.  Start thinking about what your answer will be when she greets you this coming Sunday.  Be there or be square!  

Don't forget we're looking to break the Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue which begins promptly at 2 PM–everyone will be learning how to draw Bugs Bunny!

  Mary Beth Volpini
Mary Beth Volpini has a question for you, "What does fun look like?"  What's your answer?

Image of the Day: A Very Merry Cricket

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Original mixed media model drawing of the Connecticut Cat by Chuck Jones for his 1973 television special, "A Very Merry Cricket."  The sequel to his "A Cricket in Times Square" (original book by George Selden), "A Very Merry Cricket" finds our intrepid heroes Tucker Mouse (voiced by Mel Blanc) and Harry the Cat (voiced by Les Tremayne) off to Connecticut to find their friend, the musically-gifted cricket, Chester.  The final Christmas montage of the film is cited by many to be some of Chuck's finest post-Warner Bros. work, see for yourself and let us know if you agree:


Image of the Day: The Phantom Tollbooth

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Original mixed media on board by Phyllis Graham.  Chuck Jones, in preparation for filming his only feature film, 1970's "The Phantom Tollbooth," had several artists prepare original interpretations of scenes from the Norton Juster book of the same title.  Phyllis Graham, wife of famed Chouinard Institute life-drawing instructor, Don Graham, contributed several dozen images, all mixed media on 5" x 9" artist board.  Each one is a miniature work of art, one that can stand independently from the film and the book as its own entity, but seen together form a compelling story-line. 

Image of the Day: Crawford

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Original comic strip drawing by Chuck Jones for his short-lived foray into daily and Sunday comics, "Crawford"–mixed media on paper created for the March 6, 1978 daily.  From 1977 to 1978 Jones drew the syndicated comic strip, "Crawford" (also known as "Crawford and Morgan") for the Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate. 

Image of the Day: The Phantom Tollbooth

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Original pre-production art (mixed media on board,) 5.25" x 9.5", artist unknown, for the Chuck Jones 1970 feature film "The Phantom Tollbooth."  Several different artists provided interpretive visual ideas for Jones' adaptation of the much loved Norton Juster book, "The Phantom Tollbooth."  This one shows the hero of the book, Milo, as he enters the land of the Lethargians. 

If you'd like to view editions created from art for "The Phantom Tollbooth," please click here.

Image of the Day: The Phantom Tollbooth

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"It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!" That is the tag line used in advertising "The Phantom Tollbooth" a 1970 feature length film directed and produced by Chuck Jones.  (It was his only feature length film.)  A combination of live action (Chuck makes a cameo appearance in the beginning live action sequence) and animation, "The Phantom Tollbooth" is about a young boy, Milo, who is bored with his life when suddenly a magic tollbooth appears in his room & propels him into a marvelous quest to save the Princesses Rhyme and Reason.  This is the second adaptation of a book by Norton Juster that Chuck Jones made into a film, the first being his Academy Award-winning "The Dot and The Line" of 1966.

The artwork (mixed media on board, approx. 4" x 8") pictured is a pre-production concept work by Phyllis Graham, the wife of the revered teacher and artist, Don Graham, from whom Chuck Jones took many a life-drawing class in the 1940s and 1950s.  It has been selected by the curator of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gallery to be a part of an upcoming exhibition of the art of Chuck Jones opening May 14, 2010 in their Beverly Hills facility.