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Take Two! PEANUTS Producer Lee Mendelson Honored Guest at Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

PEANUTS Executive Producer, Lee Mendelson, Special Guest at PEANUTS™ Art Exhibition

San Diego, CA: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the center of the historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Avenue, announced today that Lee Mendelson, executive producer of many of the beloved PEANUTS ™ animated television specials, will be their special guest, Saturday, March 15 from 6 to 8:30 PM, at the opening night reception for an exhibit of original production art from the classic PEANUTS ™ films. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs suggested at 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

Mendelson’s career began in San Francisco at television station KPIX where he created public service announcements. His first production, a documentary on the baseball legend, Willie Mays, lead to his meeting Charles Schulz. The resulting documentary, Charlie Brown & Charles Schulz premiered in 1965. When Mendelson was approached by Coca Cola about producing a Christmas television special, he naturally thought of his friend, Schulz. A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on December 9, 1965 and began a 30 year-long relationship between the two.

Over 50 original works of animation art will be on display and for sale at the gallery through April 7th, many of them signed by Bill Melendez, the director of all of the PEANUTS™ specials up until his death in 2008.  Included in this exhibit will be “Get ‘Em Next Time” a three-panel fine art reproduction on paper of original layout watercolors by Bill Melendez; Mr. Mendelson will be signing this edition. As a special addition to the exhibit of PEANUTS works, art from other endelson/Melendez productions including the “Babar” and “Betty Boop” cartoons will be on view and for sale. Dedications are available, contact the gallery for details.

The exhibition will introduce “Triple Play” a limited edition fine art reproduction on paper, hand-signed by Lee Mendelson. See image below.

“We are thrilled to be able to exhibit these historic works of art,” said Kate Bowerman, the gallery’s assistant director, “each cel represents an actual moment of time, almost as if you were able to capture the character’s heartbeat in a painting. To evoke those special memories is wonderful.”

The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted 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 Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, Mike Peraza, Eric Goldberg, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when they close at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com. Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Mr. Mendelson is available for interviews before the event. To arrange an interview or request images, contact Erin Liddell at 619-984-9880 or Erin@ChuckJones.com.


“Triple Play!”, a signed limited edition fine art reproduction on paper. Created from three hand-painted color-key panels; the concept art for scenes 57, 65A & 67 in the 1969 Academy Award-nominated animated film, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”. Lee Mendelson, longtime producer of the Peanuts films, has endorsed this art with his signature.

Tennessee Loveless at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

Last Saturday, POP artist Tennessee Loveless made an appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego during Comic Con. His fans and collectors made a point of stopping by to say hello and to look, consider, and acquire his latest editions and original works. Loveless unveiled his first Bugs Bunny portrait (below) and told us that he's planning a series of paintings of Bugs Bunny not unlike his Mickey Mouse works; it's a project that everyone here at Chuck Redux is looking forward to seeing in the future from this talented young man.

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Tennessee Loveless at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego on Saturday, July 14th with a selection of his original works on canvas and paper.

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Tennessee Loveless (fourth from right) poses with the Chuck Jones Gallery staff, from left: Sarah Knox, Joel Shapiro, Stephanie Owens, Dave Hausmann, Erin Liddell, Loveless, Mike Dicken, Scott Dicken, and Kate Bowerman.

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 

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Museum of Science and Industry–Chicago Hosts Dr. Seuss Exhibit

Three of our Chuck Jones Gallery staff attended this past weekend's opening gala for "Dr. Seuss and the Art of Invention" at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.  

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Making the scene at "the Bean" (AKA "Cloud Gate" by Anish Kapoor) are from left, Scott Dicken, VP of retail for Linda Jones Enterprises, Micah Murray and Kate Bowerman, art consultants at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego.  Afterwards, they took an architectural tour of Chicago from a boat (and got soaked–the weather is less predictable in Chicago than it is in southern California) and later in the day headed down to the Museum for the opening gala.

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Scott, Kate and Micah smile for the birdie at the gala reception for the opening of "Dr. Seuss: the Art of Invention" at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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The next day, before heading home, they stopped at the studio of artist Peter Mars, who had contributed an homage image of the Lorax to the current exhibit.  From left, artist Peter Mars, Scott Dicken, Micah Murray and Kate Bowerman.  

Video excerpts from the June Foray Reception at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Orange County

Our reception for legendary voice actress, June Foray (Witch Hazel, Granny, Cindy Lou Who, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale,) started off with a beautiful sunset over the Tustin Marine Corps Base (just to the southwest of our gallery) and went on into the night with a crowd of collectors & well-wishers.  Miss Foray, a vibrant 93 years old, spoke during the evening with hundreds of her fans, food was consumed — there was even music (coming soon!)  All-in-all a lovely evening.  More video to come, watch this space.

(P.S. that's Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, on the left of the last photo.)

Last Minute Preparations for the June Foray Show Tonight

Preparations continue for the June Foray reception and "Roast Beast Feast" exhibit at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Tustin this evening from 4 to 8 PM.  3065 Edinger Ave.  Tustin@ChuckJones.com or 800-959-7175.  

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June Foray, Legendary Voice Actress, Special Guest at Chuck Jones Gallery Tonight!

June Foray, the legendary voice of such memorable cartoon characters as Witch Hazel and Granny, Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale along with a host of others, will be the guest-of-honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Tustin, California this evening.  The reception, "Roast Beast Feast" is a celebration of the artwork of the Chuck Jones directed 1966 classic Holiday animated TV special, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"  and for which Ms. Foray provided the voice of little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two.

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Ms. Foray is shown here with Chuck Jones (left) at a reception in the 1990s.  The reception is from 4 to 8 PM this evening, Friday, December 3rd.  The gallery is located at 3065 Edinger Avenue, Tustin, California.  For more information email Tustin@ChuckJones.com or call 800-959-7175.  

Bill Plympton at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Animation legend (and Indie film bad boy) Bill Plympton made the scene at the Chuck Jones Gallery, San Diego, on Friday evening, July 23rd.  Fresh off a full day of seminars and screenings at the 2010 Comic Con, Bill was the picture of graciousness, greeting and meeting and speaking with hundreds of his fans that joined the gallery in welcoming this artistic iconoclast to San Diego and his first-ever gallery show.

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Animation legend Bill Plympton exhibits some of the same enthusiasm as his character does in his over-the-top hilarious animated short film "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger." 

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Plymptom adds his imprimatur to an original drawing from his animated short film "Hot Dog."

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At times throughout the evening, Bill would stop the proceedings and a short film would be popped into the DVD player and everyone would stop what they were doing and watch the film with Plympton commentary running along with his mostly silent films (they do have the occasional squeal, howl, laughter, weeping & splats.) 

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Bill Plympton explains a bit of animation to a film crew from Canada. 

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Happiness is a gallery full of collectors and fans!

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The Chuck Jones Gallery staff with Bill Plympton: from left Bob Parker, Scott Dicken, Joel Shapiro, Plympton, Erin Liddell, Carla Miramontes, Mike Dicken, Katy Easland, and Chris Scardino. 

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Plympton pauses during the festivities to get a hug from documentary director and producer of the soon-to-be-released documentary "Plymptoons", Alexia Anastasio, and Craig "Spike" Decker of the world famous "Spike and Mike's Animation Festivals."

Bill Plympton & Plymptoons Tonight!


Bill Plympton, two-time Oscar nominee, will be our special guest tonight from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, in the heart of San Diego's historic GasLamp District (across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel and smack in between K & L Streets.) 

Mr. Plympton will be dedicating and remarque-ing artwork purchased at this show.  Don't miss out on his first ever gallery exhibit in San Diego!  See you tonight! 

This Just In: Stan Lee Faces A Hundred Cameras

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Stan Lee (in yellow shirt, back to camera) is guided by Daniel Winn through the crowd of fans and collectors at the Chuck Jones Gallery during last night's reception for the artist and his collaborator, comic artist Tony Winn.  Artwork from their new comic wireless app, Stripperella, was premiered along with original art from Winn's work on a variety of original comic books. 

The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, between K and L Streets in the heart of the Gaslamp District.  888-294-9880.  Website: ChuckJonesGallery