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Chuck Jones Council for Creativity News

Last night the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity, the volunteer arm of the Center, held their last meeting of 2012. They gathered 'round a groaning board of potluck (corn pudding! fried chicken! lasagna! homemade cheesecake with pomegranates! salads! breads! rustic tomato soup! apple pie! did I mention homemade cheesecake with pomegranates? OMG everything was so delicious I'm repeating myself!) and stuffed themselves silly.

All that food was followed by a recap of this past season's events, future plans, and setting the date for the 2013 Red Dot Auction — Saturday, May 11 — artists start your engines now! There was also a few minutes of uncontrollable laughter (it's good for digestion.)

The Center has seen tremendous growth this year, not only in programming, but also in exhibitions and special outreach due in no small part to the wonderful work done by our volunteers, the Center's Board of Trustees, and the Center's part-time staff. 

And 2013 is shaping up to be an awesome year as the Center continues its forward march as the place for creativity in southern California and beyond. Two upcoming exhibitions of note: a Chuck Jones Centennial Retrospective will open at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco February 9 and run through May 5; the Toonseum in Pittsburgh will be the host of the art of "The Phantom Tollbooth", Chuck Jones's only feature film, beginning in July of 2013 and running through September. Put them on your calendars!

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Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and a founding trustee of the Center, shows off the new coloring book available soon on ChuckJonesCenter.org for a nominal donation.

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The Council also surprised Craig Kausen, chairman of the Center, with birthday wishes and a gift, a remote controlled helicopter. Craig's shown here with the Council's president, Tracy Tanner, who's tireless efforts have made many positive things happen for the Center's remarkable growth. 

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Boys and toys, need we say more?

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The Chuck Jones Council for Creativity, from left: Steve Smith, Tracy Tanner, Pam Marsden, Rina Jacobson, Robert Patrick, Linda Jones Clough, Stephen Russo, Craig Kausen, and kneeling, Wayne Todd. Missing were Becky Yasick, Juls Aspinall, and Dave Lowenstein. A special thank you to Stephen Russo for his wonderful photographs last night and throughout the past year.

P.S. Chuck Jones is now on Tumblr: DirectedbyChuckJones.tumblr.com!

Notes on the Red Dot Auction

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This past Saturday, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted its spring fundraiser, The Red Dot Auction.  Over 125 guests filled the Center's space in Orange and engaged in, what can only be described as, conversation.  There was talk, of course, about the artwork donated by 45 brilliant, caring, and creative artists, from a kindergartener on up to an Academy Award-winning animation director and beyond.  

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The place was a hive of activity as our guest jostled for position along the wall of the silent auction artwork.  Guests were greeted by the accordion stylings of Eric Stefani (Gwen's brother, you know,) and his companion, Specially (yes, that's the greyhound's name) and were ushered into the event on a cloud of camaraderie.

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Of course, there were liquid libations (thank you Frank, Cassandra & Joe,) and an amazing array of hors d'oeuvres from Chef Ray and his crew (the sweetest people you'd ever hope to meet, I kid you not.)  All of which kept our guests content throughout the evening.  

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Our staff and volunteers, many of whom were decked out in shades of the color of the evening (that would be RED, in case you hadn't been paying attention,) such as Pam Marsden, Program Director for the Center, far left; next to Pam is Tracy Tanner, the President of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity, who are the volunteers for the Center, her neighbors and dear friends (and now ours too!), Karen Ketterer (center) and Beth Bacchi (far right,) and last, but certainly not least, the dynamic and creative Linda Krall, a volunteer for the Center (second from right.)

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Marian Jones, left, with animation director Chris Bailey, center, contributed wonderful works of art for the auction (BTW, EVERY single work of art in the auction went home with a collector!) The beautiful and talented Dina Andre (right, she was, for many years, Chuck Jones's personal assistant) also made the scene.

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Linda Jones Clough, seen here flanked by her two handsome sons, Todd on the left and Craig (the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the CJCC,) pause for a moment during the night's festivities to smile for the birdie.  Linda also was a contributing artist to the silent auction (did I mention that EVERY single artwork donated for the silent auction sold?  I did?  Well, pardon me for repeating myself, but I can't help it!)

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No fundraiser is complete without a live auction.  There were six fabulous packages and the bidding was fierce for every one of them.  But, tell me, who wouldn't want a behind-the-scenes tour of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences?  Or the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live (tech geeks, this one was for you!)?  A 90 minute Chuck Jones Film Festival?  The devil you say!  What about living the life of a renaissance prince and commissioning your very own Chuck Jones limited edition?  Four people thought it was such a great idea that ALL of them will be.  Woo Hoo!

Did I mention that without the tireless efforts of Executive Director Cheryl Posner (seen here with collectors Leigh and John Yetsko–Leigh also is a volunteer on the Council, but I digress,) whose every waking moment for the past several weeks has been focused not only on all of the other parts of the Center's many programs, exhibitions and such, but she was also making sure that every little detail of the Red Dot Auction was perfect.  I think Chuck Jones said it best, "All great endeavors are 90% hard work and 10% love and only the love should show."  That's our Cheryl!  

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Throughout the evening, guests were encouraged to finger paint and leave a their 'mark' on a special canvas displayed just for this occasion.  Master muralist and amazing actor, James C. Mulligan contributed the center portrait of Chuck Jones.  

It is Chuck Jones to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.  His work has impacted so many lives, and in a variety of ways too numerous to list here, that a mere 'thank you' hardly seems sufficient.  The best way we can repay his creativity and artistic generosity is through the programs, exhibitions and events of the Center; they extend his genius for generations to come.  

Our heartfelt thanks to those who found it in their hearts (and their wallets) to donate to the important work of fostering creativity in people of all ages that is the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's mission.  Thank you!   

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Art Program Decorates for the Holidays!

On Sunday, November 7th, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity held an art program for 6 Orange County, California Girl Scout Troops (a total of 26 girls!)  Our teaching artists (all volunteer) Jamie Sugarman and Elisa Hastings led the girls through several processes, one of which was "Litter-ally It's Art" where they created multi-dimensional sculptures from found and recycled objects.  


Another part of the day was spent reversing colors in Chuck Jones artwork to create a new mood and to experience how color can affect one's emotional perspective.

Ms. Sugarman, a former Disney caricature artist, led a group of nine girls in a session where they decorated the windows of not only the Center, but also two adjacent businesses, the restaurant "Byblos" and the children's vintage clothing store, "Hope Chests."





All-in-all it was a great way to spend a Sunday!  

Photos courtesy Vicki Woods, Girl Scout Troop leader and member of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity, the volunteer community ambassadors for the Center.  If you would like to volunteer at the Center, please contact Pam Marsden, Program Director at 949-660-7793.