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Storytelling in Words & Pictures: A Creative Classroom with Melissa Northway and Carolyn Le

Storytelling in Words & Pictures

Children’s author, Melissa Northway, and Illustrator, Carolyn Le to Lead

“Hands-on” Sunday Afternoon Fun for the Whole Family at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Costa Mesa, CA: Write and illustrate your own short story at the Chuck Jones Center on Sunday, April 24 from 1 to 3 PM with children’s book author, Melissa Northway (Penelope the Purple Pirate, Clarence and the Traveling Circus), and illustrator, Carolyn Le (Clarence and the Traveling Circus) nurturing your creativity. This “Creative Classroom” is a free and open to the public event. Space is limited, RSVP a must. 949-660-7793 x 107 or Programs@ChuckJonesCenter.org. The Center is located at 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 in Orange County’s hip new retail destination, South Coast Collection or “SoCo”.


“The Creative Classroom” workshops, currently scheduled one each quarter, offer children and adults alike, a safe and nurturing platform for exploring and exercising their creative muscles,” said Craig Kausen, chairman of the Center and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “We are at a critical turning point in our economy, from a manufacturing to a service economy and what business leaders are looking for in new hires is the ability to think creatively. One in six new jobs being created in California today is in the creative industries.”

The goal of the Creative Classroom workshops offered by the Chuck Jones Center is to encourage students to find within themselves a world where the laws of gravity don’t apply; a world where the space-time continuum can be altered; a world where they’re in control to break the rules. Imagine then, applying that kind of creative thinking to everyday life. How would they solve the problem if they weren’t constrained by rules, expectations, and assumptions that are imposed on us and we impose on ourselves?

About Melissa Northway:


Melissa Northway was inspired to write children’s picture books after her daughter was born in 2006.   She joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to find out how to make her dream of publishing a children’s picture book come true.  The journey was long and tons of work, but in January 2011, her first storybook app, Penelope the Purple Pirate, was released through her company Polka Dots Publishing and app developer PicPocket Books. She has published three children’s books that have received numerous awards that her daughter thinks are pretty cool! Her books are available on the iTunes store, Amazon and Barnes & Noble and she is currently working on her fourth children’s book. She is also the creator and editor of the lifestyle website Dandelion Moms.  You can find her at www.dandelionmoms.com and www.melissanorthway.com

About Carolyn Le:


Carolyn draws on the sunny California days, and her love of storytelling to create her watercolor paintings. She has twice received a first-place Illustration Award for her portfolio from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Editor’s Day, have received a Merit Award from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and have had her work shown in galleries in Los Angeles and London. The illustrations for her first picture book, Clarence and the Traveling Circus, received a Reader’s Choice Award for Illustration. Currently, Carolyn is writing and illustrating her own picture books and dreaming of ways to make her secret wish of having the power to fly come true.

About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity:

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a 501(c)3 public charity located in Orange County, CA. Chuck Jones was a creative genius who gave life to Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote & Bugs Bunny along with over 300 animated films.  The Center, which he founded in 1999, is an organization that fosters and teaches creative thinking—the thinking behind problem solving. It’s a proven fact that “creativity” is like a muscle in your brain that needs exercise in order to get and stay healthy. The stronger that muscle is, the better it works in engaging tasks and solving problems. The Center serves as a gymnasium for the brain. We work with disadvantaged youth, school systems without arts programs, people on the autism spectrum, the elderly (many of whom suffer from early onset dementia), and other groups, including corporate clients, who see the value of pumping up creativity in their ranks.


Can Your Family Come Out & Play? Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity


Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity Features Script-writing, Cartoon-drawing, Music-playing Family Fun at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity October 4


Costa Mesa, CA, September 04, 2015: “It looks like you’re having fun,” was one of the highest compliments given by famed artist, author, and educator, Don Graham, to his students when the work they were doing showed promise. Having fun is an important part of creative endeavors at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 1-4pm and will benefit the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity. Tickets just $50 per family, available here: PIF4Creativity.org

“Everyone remembers knocking on your best friend’s door and asking, ‘can Johnny come out and play?” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board and grandson of Chuck Jones. “That’s exactly what Play It Forward is for—having fun and playing, while paying it forward.”

A carnival atmosphere will pervade this family-friendly event where you and your children will be able to participate in creativity stations throughout the 6000 square foot Center. There will be mask-making, guitar-playing, face-painting, lyric-writing, toy-making, animation light-table drawing, and a Foley station where you’ll be able to lay down a sound track for a short student-produced animated cartoon.

AND! You’ll be able to collaborate on your very own stop-motion animated short cartoon. You’ll storyboard your idea with the help of the Center’s teaching artists, and then film the action against a giant background using masks of some of Chuck Jones’s favorite characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and Pepé le Pew with his paramour, Penelope the cat.

Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity, will be open from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday, October 4 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, Ca. Tickets are $50 per family, regardless of the number of members, and will include carnival food such as popcorn, cotton candy, hot pretzels, and soft drinks. Plus there will be food stations manned by award-winning chefs where you’ll learn to make sweets and savories, and then eat them! Learn to think creatively, support others to do the same in the future through this fundraiser, and have fun all at the same time! Tickets available at PIF4Creativity.org.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation pioneer and creator, Chuck Jones. Its vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in every discipline, by the many, not just the few. It is our mission to inspire the innate creativity that resides in all of us, but particularly in children, through the philosophies and genius of Chuck Jones. The Center is located at South Coast Collection (SoCo) in Costa Mesa, convenient to the 405 at Harbor Blvd.


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


The Center’s Fall Fundraiser, Creativity Season, Set for Saturday, September 28

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Learn How the Center Has Enriched the Lives of Young People

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Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Fall Fundraiser, Creativity Season Scheduled

September 28, 2013

Musical Entertainment by Broadway Star, Steve Landes

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that some of children whose lives have been enriched by its programs, will be the special guests at Creativity Season, to be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Center, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA in the South Coast Collection (SoCo).  

“Gala” tickets are $75.00 and include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and dinner. Silent and live auctions will be presented throughout the evening and after dinner the Center is pleased to present a song cycle by Steve Landes, star of the Broadway revue, “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.”

“Premiere” tickets are $125.00 per person and include all of the above plus the opportunity to sit with one of the ten noted artists that have worked with Chuck Jones or are respected artists in their fields such as: Eric Goldberg (Disney animation director “Aladdin”, “The Princess and the Frog”), Mike Peraza (Disney Art Director “The Little Mermaid”), Ron Burns (noted animal portraitist), Jeff DeGrandis (producer and director “Dora the Explorer”), as well as with Chuck’s wife, Marian Jones, a well-known photographer and writer, and his daughter, Linda, the founder of Linda Jones Enterprises, his publisher and art representative.

The evening will be catered by the Center’s partner, 24 carrots Catering & Events. Tickets may be purchased online at http://shop.chuckjonescenter.org/collections/tickets or by phone at 949-660-7793.

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“Creativity is me just being me,” said Laura Tanimoto, one of the evening’s special guests. Inspired by Chuck Jones, Laura has participated in classes and volunteered at the Center over the past year. Her donated artwork for the Red Dot Auction was one of the most hotly contested of the evening’s silent auctions.

“We are excited to share the major milestones the Center has produced this past year,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Center and Chuck’s grandson. “And it will also help explain the important work we do. It is a challenge these days to find adequate arts education; creativity is one of the most important attributes of highly successful scientists, mathematicians, and business leaders. The Center is committed to helping everyone, but particularly children, find the creative genius that resides in each of us.”

About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity: The Center was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones. 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.

These are important goals, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to re-invigorating 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.

About Steve Landes: From New York’s famed Broadway to the West End in London, Steve Landes has been performing to packed houses. An original Broadway cast member of the show, “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” (Winner, 2011 Drama Desk Award for ‘Outstanding Revue’), Steve is currently touring worldwide with the show, in the role of John Lennon. When not on tour with RAIN, Steve performs solo with acoustic guitar, singing soulful versions of some of the greatest pop songs from the past five decades.

Singer and Broadway star, Steve Landes

Singer and Broadway star, Steve Landes