Dear Artists and Friends of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity,
Preparations are underway for the Fourth Annual Red Dot Auction benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, coming in May. As you are aware, the arts and creativity in our schools and in our national conversation are always the first things to be eliminated or casually dismissed as unimportant.
An outdoor art class at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood during the Chuck Jones 101 Film Festival, September 2013.
In fact, it is creativity that opens the minds and hearts of all who allow it to; it brings greater freedom to their lives. It enhances one’s ability to solve problems and it opens minds to the differences that make each of us unique, erasing prejudices and bigotry. Creativity makes the world a better place.
Today I’m writing to ask you to donate a work of art to this year’s Red Dot Auction, to be held on Friday, May 9th from 7 to 10 PM at the Center in Costa Mesa, California. Again this year the canvas is 12” square and as last year, we ask that you sign the artwork on the reverse. You may prefer to work on paper or another substrate and that’s fine as long as we can mount it to the 12” square canvas for presentation the night of the event.
For those of you who may be unaware of the Red Dot Auction and how it works (or may have forgotten), here are the details: each artist contributes a work of art that is either painted on the canvas we provide you or creates a work of art that can be mounted to the canvas for display the evening of the auction. The artwork should be signed on the reverse so that bidders at this silent auction will not know who has created which painting—although savvy collectors may be aware of your particular style and will jealously guard their bids, hoping to land a work by ______ or ____ ______.
Will she have the winning bid?
You might ask, “What should I paint?” Chuck’s life spanned most of the 20th century and with such a wealth of inspiration why not the life and times of Chuck Jones? That should not limit you to cartoon-related imagery, although many of the most sought after works at last year’s event were inspired by his Looney Tunes creations; you might be inspired by his love of reading, his enjoyment of painting “en plein air” or the fact that he liked to square dance.
Whatever you choose to do, of course, is up to you; it is your participation that is most important to us.
Won’t you share your gifts with us and with the Center’s members and patrons? If you will, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and I’ll get a canvas out to you or drop by the Center to pick up a canvas.
What’s that you say? You’d like to contribute two works? No problem! Just let me know and I’ll send you two canvases. Have an artist friend who would like to be a part of this exciting project? Please send them my way. Canvases are due back here no later than April 19th.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, time, and commitment to re-invigorating the creative spirit in all of us.
All the best, Robert
Robert Patrick, Director of Marketing