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“Use a Bigger Brush” –A. Starr, Artist and Doctor of Neurology

“Chance favors the prepared mind,” said Arnold Starr, artist and founder of UCI’s neurology department, quoting Louis Pasteur. Last Friday, Craig Kausen, spent a few hours with A. Starr (that’s how he signs his paintings) at his home in coastal south Orange County talking about many different topics including what is “it” that people are searching for?  “Their color” the response. As well as touching on the topics of creativity, arts education today, neurology, science, and discovery, We were fortunate to have video-taped the conversation and over the next few months hope to share snippets of that conversation with our readers.

Dr. Arnold Starr, left, with Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, gifted the Center one of his paintings of a cochlea.

Dr. Arnold Starr, left, with Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, gifted the Center one of his paintings of a cochlea.

By the way, “use a bigger brush,” was Starr’s answer to “I don’t paint often because I have to think too hard about it.” Advice we’re taking to heart.

Photo by Stephen Russo.

Preview Night: Red Dot Auction Update!

On Thursday, April 30th, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted a private preview evening for their donors, sponsors, and the artists who had contributed artwork to this year’s Red Dot Auction. What a lovely evening! Cocktails and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres flourished, the repartee was sparkling, the evening was a smash!

Those in attendance had the opportunity to not only preview the incredible artwork that is on display, but to also bid and use the eponymous “Red Dot” to secure their favorite works of art by committing to pay $600 for the one of their choice. Cowbells were heard throughout the night!*Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck's grandson is flanked by, on the right, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, and on the left by New York Times best-selling author and reporter on the science of creativity, Ashley Merryman.

Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson is flanked by, on the right, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck’s daughter, and on the left by New York Times best-selling author and reporter on the science of creativity, Ashley Merryman. Ms. Merryman gave a brief introduction to the science of creativity for those assembled.

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Artists from left: Mike Kungl, our intrepid photographer, Stephen Russo, Daniel Killen, and Jimmy Mulligan.

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It’s true, your mother is always your biggest fan. In this instance, with good cause, the young man is incredibly talented.

Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Our creative council members, from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, Red Dot Auction event chair, and Frank Howa mug for the camera.

A trio of our creative council members, volunteers all, from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, Red Dot Auction event chair, and Frank Howa mug for the camera.

Artist and patron, Cynthia Damiano was in the right place at the right time for this special photo.

Artist and patron, Cynthia Damiano was in the right place at the right time for this special photo.

All photographs by Stephen Russo, a volunteer on the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity.

*Cowbells were rung every time a Red Dot was used.

 

This inspired me today: Of Compost, Molecules and Insects, Art Is Born

There is a terrific article in today's New York Times about the melding of art and science and the resulting artwork that comes from this unique pairing.  Inspiration comes in many guises and we must be open to its call. 

Cauda Equina
Keith W. Bentley’s “Cauda Equina” (1995-2007).

The word organic means different things to different people. To the gardener
it means compost
heaps. To the chemist it means carbon compounds. To the artist Fabian Peña, it
means American cockroaches, those chunky nocturnal charmers often seen
skittering around drainpipes or on the street. “I have collected cockroaches
from many different places,” Mr. Peña said. “From Cuba, Mexico, Miami, Houston,
everywhere I travel.” Read the rest of the article.