(And cats, birds, and iguanas, and tetras…etc.)
Celebrating the Gaslamp Quarter's Pet Parade
San Diego, CA–The Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue–in the heart of San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter–will host an open house on Sunday, December 13, 2009 from 1 to 5 PM in honor of the Gaslamp Quarter's annual Pet Parade. Join Simon, the house dog, as the gallery exhibits never-before-seen Chuck Jones drawings of dogs & cats that he had known throughout his life.
This remarkable collection of drawings, in a variety of media (including graphite, pen & ink, charcoal,) will captivate and delight pets and their guardians. A special selection of the works will be featured in an upcoming limited edition portfolio of dogs (a companion to the 2001 "Cat Portfolio" also on display.) Most of the works shown will be from the archive of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and this will be their first public exhibition.
Jones, known for his legendary career in animation and as the father of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote plus a host of other Warner Bros. characters, was not only an avid lover of animals, but cared for and sheltered many dogs and cats throughout his 89 years, the most famous of which were Johnson the Cat and Teddy (a dog,) both of whom were immortalized in his autobiography Chuck Amuck and the sequel, Chuck Reducks. He was also the creator of many of the most recognized cartoon dogs in animation history, including: Charlie Dog, K-9, Sam Sheepdog, Marc Anthony (all at Warner Bros.) and Max (How the Grinch Stole Christmas.)
Along with refreshments for the humans, a special selection of treats will be available for the furred, feathered and scaled participants in the parade. The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film representing exceptional art not only from Warner Bros., but also from all major animation studios. Included in the ongoing exhibitions are works by important international painters, sculptors and photographers.