Category Archives: Friends of Chuck Jones

The Cat Behind the Hat!

Please join us as we present

The Cat Behind the Hat!

at our new location in San Diego’s Little Italy

1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego 92101

Opening night reception, Saturday, November 2, from 5 to 8 PM. RSVP by writing SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or calling 619-294-9880.

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. His artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculpture, which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate.

Chuck Jones Gallery will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection at the gallery, located at 1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, from November 2 through November 14. Visitors may explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names such as Carbonic Walrus, Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, to name a few.

Additionally, Ted’s cat was never far from his artist thoughts. He drew himself as The Cat Behind the Hat, his cat was the protagonist in several of his Secret Art paintings and, as a fun aside, many of his early advertisements and cartoons had a “cat bystander” witnessing all the action. They hinted at his adventures across the world, his reclusive sensibility despite his fame, and his penchant for the childlike fantasy and humor, which infused nearly every facet of his life.

Despite the unprecedented demand during his lifetime, no limited edition artworks were ever conceived, authorized, or created until this historic project began in 1997, six years after Geisel’s death. That year, this exclusive project put into motion a series of artworks and exhibitions, which firmly established him as one of the most iconic artistic talents of the 20th century.

Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions has been adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Additionally, each work bears a posthumously printed or engraved Dr. Seuss signature, identifying the work as an authorized limited edition commissioned by the Dr. Seuss Estate.

Cat in Obsolete Shower Bath, fine art print by Dr. Seuss. In her preface to the popular coffee table book on this collection, The Cat Behind the Hat, Audrey Geisel (Ted Geisel’s widow) writes, “I’m gratified to carry out Ted’s wishes and have these works revealed to the world.” Join us for a fascinating glimpse into the unique artistic vision of Theodor Seuss Geisel!

 

 

Bob Elias — March 22, 1949 — August 5, 2018

We connected with Bob only a decade ago when I learned about his passion for Creativity and the Arts and also for the art and films of Chuck Jones.


I think for some people, it is not only the achievements and the work that they produce while they are on this earth, I think sometimes it is about the quality and sincerity they bring to what they do.

Bob definitely was an incredible artist who brought a perfection to his craft throughout his life and was renowned in so many circles over decades. But what struck me most of all about him was his genuine love and caring for those he came in contact with. He had such a gentle glow that permeated all those around him. His humanity was only matched by his humility.

Whether it was the twinkle in his eye as he mentored a youngster as he painted or the joy in his smile as he sang the theme song from the Grinch to amazed onlookers, he brought out a stillness and calm that brought pause to us all.

No words can come close to fully describing a person like Bob because there was an infinite goodness about him. Every time I saw him with someone there was a truly sincere attentiveness by him and it was obvious he felt the other person was more important to him in that moment than he was.

I miss him now and I will miss him for a long time to come.

Peace be with you Bob, and all of us who love him.

Craig

Craig Kausen is Chuck Jones’s grandson and the president of the Chuck Jones Companies

Daniel Killen Named Official Artist of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Orange County Artist Daniel Killen Named Official Artist of Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Killen to Create Posters Leading up to the 50th Anniversary in 2021 of the Iconic Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Classic Chuck Jones Cartoon Characters, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Return in the “Full of Hot Air” Poster

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Companies of Costa Mesa announced today that Orange County artist, Daniel Killen, has been selected to create the poster images for the iconic Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta leading up to its 50th anniversary in 2021. Killen, represented by the Chuck Jones Companies for his work incorporating the Looney Tunes cartoon characters made famous by four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones, has produced the first of four images, “Full of Hot Air” for this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The official 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta poster by Daniel Killen. It is a fine art serigraph, printed one color at a time on archival paper, 30″ x 20″.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen by the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to represent the spirit and joy of the first Fiesta and the 50th coming in 2021, said Killen. ”This first image, “Full of Hot Air”, shows the morning sun breaking over the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque with the Road Runner aloft in an early rising balloon and each subsequent poster image will represent another part of the same day as Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner participate in the festivities of the Fiesta until the last one has them enjoying a sunset over the western plains.”

“Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner appeared in the very first posters for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta,” said Lisa Mulder, merchandise manager for the Balloon Fiesta, “and bringing them back to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary seemed like the right thing to do. We’re delighted with Daniel’s concept and artwork and feel it represents the exuberance and fun spirit of this international gathering of balloon fanatics”.

According to Craig Kausen, president of the Chuck Jones Companies and Chuck Jones’s grandson, “My grandfather was fond of quoting American philosopher, George Santayana, about Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, ’A fanatic is someone who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.’ We’re extremely happy that the comic genius of my grandfather has been channeled so perfectly into Daniel Killen’s artwork for this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.”

The Chuck Jones Companies announced that they will be selling a very limited number of hand-embellished Artist Proofs of “Full of Hot Air” through their Chuck Jones Galleries in Orange County, San Diego, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. An interest list is forming, contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for more details.

About Daniel Killen

Daniel Killen was born in 1965 and raised along the coast of Southern California, where he still lives and calls home. The youngest of four, Daniel’s family originally immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1963. Always feeling like an outsider, he began creating and using his imagination to cope with his own shyness.  As a child, Daniel created creatures and worlds out of clay, cardboard, and any other items lying around the house. His love for creating grew to include illustrating and painting all of which set the course for his life’s goal of being an artist.

He studied animation at Roland Animation School in Hacienda, California. Learning the basics of 2D animation principles, Daniel was recruited in mid-1995 by Warner Bros. where he worked in their animation division on Space Jam starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Trained primarily in visual effects, he fulfilled a lifelong dream on his first professional Hollywood project by getting to work with all the classic Looney Tunes characters. Performing tasks as an animator’s assistant, he was given the responsibility of animating certain EFX scenes on his own. These experiences lead to work on eight additional animated feature films over the next eight years for Warner Bros. and DreamWorks SKG Animation Studio. Daniel also created concept and prop designs for Warner Bros. The Iron Giant, directed by Brad Bird, where he designed the giant’s visual readout, including the font design used in all scenes where the giant’s viewfinder was shown. He also was responsible for the creation of other items in the movie as well as the words ATOMIC HOLOCOST, which reads across the main character’s Duck and Cover school safety film.

His other movies for Warner Bros. were The Quest for Camelot and Osmosis Jones with Bill Murray. DreamWorks SKG projects included working in the EFX department, on Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. He also did freelance work for Rich Animation’s The King and I. Daniel continued to hone his drawing and painting skills in classes provide by the major studios, as well as the Animators Union.

Daniel now works with the Chuck Jones Gallery bringing to canvas such inspired Warner Bros. properties as The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Story, The Iron Giant, and the classic Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck, and the Road Runner. Greatly influenced by such artistic giants as Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper, Frank Frazetta, and Chuck Jones, Daniel incorporates sly wit, poetic beauty, and adventurous themes into his work. He brings his whimsical sense of humor, pleasing colors, and clever layout to all his creative endeavors. In 2018, Daniel was chosen by the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to create the poster for the 2018 Fiesta and to conceptualize and execute the designs for future posters leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the Fiesta in 2021.

Daniel Killen signing posters at the headquarters of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 23, 2018.

About the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta now attracts almost 600 balloons and 1000 pilots.

The first gathering of 13 balloons in 1972 was held in the parking lot of Coronado Center Mall in Albuquerque. The following year, 13 countries took part in the “First World Hot Air Balloon Championship”, the world’s largest ballooning event, held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. By 1978 Albuquerque was playing host to 273 entries. The number of balloons steadily increased, with 600 in 1988 and 903 balloons in 1999. The organizers of the Balloon Fiesta registered over 1000 balloons in the year 2000.

In 1972 there were about 10,000 guests that viewed the first Balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of thousands of guests visit Balloon Fiesta each year, and hundreds of thousands more fans watch the balloons from outlying areas and on TV. In order to accommodate the increases in balloons and guests, the Balloon Fiesta’s home field has grown from a corner in a mall parking lot, to its present home, a permanent site which is more than 350 acres.

The Balloon Fiesta has not only grown in numbers of balloons and guests, but in the number of unique events as well. In addition to the spectacular Mass Ascensions, the Balloon Fiesta has added the annual Balloon Glow, the Night Magic Glow™, and the Special Shape Rodeo™. These additions have grown to become guest favorites. In order to preserve the magic of these spectacular events, it is estimated that more than 25 million still photographs are taken of the Balloon Fiesta, repeatedly earning the title “the world’s most photographed event.”

For more information, visit www.BalloonFiesta.com.

About Chuck Jones Companies

The Chuck Jones Companies include Linda Jones Enterprises, the Chuck Jones Galleries, and the not-for-profit, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Linda Jones Enterprises was founded in 1977 by Chuck Jones and his daughter, Linda, as an art publishing company representing the art of the four-time Academy Award-winner, Chuck Jones. In 1991, the first Chuck Jones Showroom, a retail art gallery, opened in Corona del Mar, California. The Chuck Jones Galleries quickly grew to three locations besides Orange County, it now includes a location in San Diego’s historic Gas Lamp Quarter and the iconic Plaza area of old Santa Fe, New Mexico. The not-for-profit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by Chuck Jones. Its mission is to inspire the innate creativity in all of us through the philosophies and work of Chuck Jones. Its vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in every discipline, by the many, not just the few.

Visit www.ChuckJones.com for more details.

Images available upon request. Contact Robert Patrick at 949-660-7791 x 1103 or by writing Robert@ChuckJonesCenter.org for interview and image requests.

Art Star Publishers Gather at the Chuck Jones Gallery

The stars aligned last night at the San Diego Chuck Jones Gallery “Art of Star Wars” gala reception for artists Rob Kaz and Rodel Gonzalez during Comic Con International–San Diego. It’s not often you can get publishers and artist representatives from all the major studios in one room at the same time, but last night was that night.

Standing from left: Scott Coleman of James Coleman Studios, publisher of the “Art of Star Wars” with ACME Archives; Jerry Beck, famed author and animation historian; Ari Goldman, owner of Choice Art Group and publisher of the Marvel Comics fine art; Michelle Smart, artist representative extraordinaire; Eric Lange of Collector’s Editions; Jim Lentz, head of the animation department at Heritage Auctions; Michael Young, CEO of Collector’s Editions and publisher of Disney Fine Art; Mike Dicken, National Sales Director for the Chuck Jones Galleries; seated from left, Joel Shapiro, Sales Manager, Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, and Scott Dicken, VP of Retail Sales for Linda Jones Enterprises, publisher of the art of Chuck Jones.

Today’s events at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego–232 Fifth Avenue–in the heart of the historic Gas Lamp Quarter and just one-half block north of the Convention Center include a meet & greet with actor and star of the upcoming feature film, “The Samuel Project”, Ryan Ochoa, from 11:30 to 2:30 PM; The Art of Marvel Comics with special guest artist, James C. Mulligan from 3 to 6 PM and a “Nap Time” a reception for American Art Star, Fabio Napoleoni, from 7 to 10 PM featuring his iconic Marcenivo. Visit the Gallery on Facebook.com/ChuckJonesGallery or at ChuckJonesCatalog.com.

Tommy “Road Runner” Martin Celebrates 50 Years at the Five Crowns

Longtime Corona del Mar resident, Tommy “Road Runner” Martin, celebrated his 50th anniversary at the famed Five Crowns restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach’s Corona del Mar this past month.

Tommy Martin, far right, with Marian and Chuck Jones at the Five Crowns restaurant in Corona del Mar.

Tommy met Chuck Jones in 1980 and he describes his relationship with Jones in an article in a recent Los Angeles Times article.

“In 1980, he met his best friend, Chuck Jones, the famed animator who drew the Road Runner character and so many others for Warner Bros.

“Before Martin became a regular runner, he was an avid tennis player who darted around the court. His friends nicknamed him “Road Runner” for his speed.

“One night, Jones, who lived in Cameo Shores with his wife and daughter, was dining at Five Crowns. Jones asked for something to draw on and sketched the Road Runner with a tennis racket and signed it.

“Throughout their decades of friendship, Martin considered Jones a father figure. Martin even joined the Jones family when the animator received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Each Father’s Day, Martin and Jones’ daughter celebrate the life of the cartoonist, who died in 2002. Martin continues to wear a “Looney Tunes” tie and pin.

“What he gave from his heart was so much more important,” Martin says. “Meeting Chuck Jones and gaining employment at Five Crowns are the biggest moments of of my life.”

Read the full article clicking on this sentence.

The Linda Jones Clough Archive: Ode to the Washam Wedding

Chuck Jones’s daughter, Linda Jones Clough, will be posting weekly, material from her personal archive of writings and ephemera created by her father over the course of his lifetime. Today, she presents “Ode the Washam Wedding” a poem Chuck Jones wrote celebrating the wedding anniversary of his friend and colleague, Ben Washam. It is important to note that Chuck was intimate friends with his animators throughout his career.

Linda recounted that as a four-year old, Ben Washam’s wife, Eddie, was one of her favorite visitors–always ready with a lap and a kind word.

From: Chuck Jones

To: Ben and Eddie Washam

Re: Eighth wedding anniversary, October 1942

ODE TO THE WASHAM WEDDING

Happy wedding anniversary to the Washams. I.E.: to Benny and Eddie,

Who apparently have gone together for a long time. Steady.

From where I sit it looks like you have been married since nineteen

thirty-four. To be exact, in October.

Were you sober?

Or were you drunk with love or liquor.

And so woke up the next morning with a screaming headache thinking

you had never felt worse or been sicquor?

Eight years is a good long time to have been married.

Some people I know quite well would rather be hari-karied.

But I want you to know that marriage is a thing that I spend a good deal

of time endorsing.

It’s better than horsing

And being a general gadabout,

Even though some irresponsible wolves may be madabout

You.

Pew!

Just remember that when you’re a hundred and nine years old and not

married and not pretty.

It’s pretty s—-y.

(That line is only dirty if you make it so.

I might have meant ‘sweaty’ if you pronounced ‘pretty’ ‘pretty’

instead of ‘pritty’, or I might have meant ‘sweety’ if you

pronounced ‘pretty’ ‘preety’ like Mexicans do, no?)

Well, anyway, you dirty-minded little couple you, Happy Birthday to

the inception of your connubial bliss.

Do you realize this:

For twenty-nine hundred and nineteen nights Benny has been saying:

“Beddie?”

And Eddie answers, “Ready.”

Ben Washam, contemporary to the poem. Alas, no photo of Eddie Washam to share.

Ben Washam, contemporary to the poem. Alas, no photo of Eddie Washam to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOB NICOLL, DEAN OF BLIZZARD ACADEMY, TO SPEAK ON CREATIVITY AND TEAM BUILDING

Coming to the CHUCK JONES CENTER FOR CREATIVITY on Thursday, August 20! 

Renowned Visual Effects & Gaming Educator, Bob Nicoll, Will Host a Special One-Hour  

“Chuck Talk” on the Creative Process and Collaborative Team Building 

Costa Mesa, CA, July 21, 2015—Ever wonder how to get the most creativity out of your team? Businesses today need to be more adaptable and innovative than ever before to stay ahead, but often leaders are unsure of how to get their teams to deliver creative solutions to daunting business problems. Bob Nicoll—wordsmith, speaker, author and Dean of Development at the Blizzard Academy in Orange County—will help you look at problem-solving and team building in new, highly creative ways at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s inaugural Chuck Talk on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30pm. 

“We are honored to have Bob Nicoll kick off our quarterly Chuck Talk series,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “Chuck Talk speakers inform and inspire the listener; providing insights into their creative process and offering audiences the tools to find, understand, and utilize their own creativity in their daily lives. Bob is world-renowned as a passionate, inspiring teacher who brings creativity to everything he does. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the Center. ”

Bob was a long-time friend of Chuck Jones’s and the Kausen family. When asked about Jones’s influence on his life, he said, “Even before I met and worked with Chuck Jones, his characters, his films, and his philosophies helped shape my own creativity and imagination and it continues to inspire me today in all that I do.”

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Known for his infectious positivity, Bob Nicoll is considered one of the most important speakers and teachers in the entertainment industry. His expertise in both animation and gaming has made him an integral part of companies such as Sony, SGI, EA, and now Blizzard. He has been a faculty member at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Carnegie Mellon University and has sat on the boards of the Visual Effects Society and San Francisco Academy of Art University.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary creative genius, Chuck Jones, as a place to promote creativity in all its various forms. The Center’s programs are inspired by the films, writings and art of Jones and are informed by his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction.

Doors to open at 6:30 PM for networking opportunities, talk to begin at 7:30 PM sharp. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 100 attendees, RSVP required at 949-660-7793 x 107 or programs@ChuckJonesCenter.org. The Center is located at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, CA in South Coast Collection (SoCo).

We Get Mail: The History of Animation with Linda Jones Clough

Chuck’s daughter and Emmy Award-winning producer, Linda Jones Clough, was in New York this past weekend for the 25th anniversary performances of George Daugherty’s “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony”.

While in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s information kiosk, she met an animation student, Gabe Schleifer. Gabe sent us this email this morning:

“Hello, this email is for Linda Jones. My name is Gabriel Schleifer, I’m a 3rd year animation student at The School of Visual Arts. She and I met at Lincoln Center a few days ago during the Bugs Bunny at the Symphony concert where she and her granddaughter were promoting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

“I just wanted to let you know that I had a great time chatting with you about your father and about the foundation, not to mention all of the talented artists who are already helping. It’s wonderful to be able to speak to someone who is, in some way or another, a part of the history of this extraordinary art form and is making sure the revolutions of it’s pioneers lives on.

“Here are a couple of photos taken from the event. I plan to stay in touch with this organization.”

Thanks again! Gabe Schleifer

Linda Jones Clough, center, with correspondent and animation student, Gabe Schleifer, right, and his friend.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with correspondent and animation student, Gabe Schleifer, right, and his friend.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Part 2

We’re happy to announce two new additions to our artist door at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa. Artists Casey Leonard, she of the beautiful charcoal work, and Jeff DeGrandis, producer, director at DreamWorks added their respective signatures.

Casey Leonard

Casey Leonard

Jeff DeGrandis

Jeff DeGrandis

View other artists signing the door here. Jeff DeGrandis photo by Stephen Russo.

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered! Artists Make Their Mark at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Last night at a dinner for the entire staff of the Chuck Jones Gallery, it’s parent company, Linda Jones Enterprises, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, several artists represented by LJE and the Gallery were asked to sign the 10′ x 8′ pivot door that separates the gallery from its offices.

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But first, there was rope-jumping (allegedly) with artist Jimmy Mulligan.

Chris Scardino, the Center's resident teaching artist, with Carol Erickson, an art consultant at the gallery, greet the other guests.

Chris Scardino, the Center’s resident teaching artist, with Carol Erickson, an art consultant at the gallery, greet the other guests.

Christina Stone, from left, with artist T.J. Novy, Sarah Knox, Erin Liddell, and Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery--San Diego.

Christina Stone, from left, with artist T.J. Novy, Sarah Knox, Erin Liddell, and Kate Bowerman of the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego.

Joel Shapiro, art consultant extraordinaire at the Chuck Jones Gallery--San Diego, greets founder Linda Jones Clough and her husband, Jim.

Joel Shapiro, art consultant extraordinaire at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, greets founder Linda Jones Clough and her husband, Jim.

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Erin Liddell, left, with New Yorker cartoonist Eric Teitelbaum and his wife Amy.

Caught in a noir moment are artist Bob Elias flanked by the beautiful Sherri (left) and the exquisite Dana.  (You do know how to whistle, don't you?)

Caught in a noir moment are artist Bob Elias flanked by the beautiful Sherri (left) and the exquisite Dana. (You do know how to whistle, don’t you?)

There was food from El Pollo Norteno--yummy!

There was food from El Pollo Norteno–yummy!

There was speechifying by our fearless leader, Craig Kausen.

There was speechifying by our fearless leader, Craig Kausen.

Artist Daniel Killen makes the scene.

Artist Daniel Killen makes the scene.

Bob Elias signs the door (before revisions.)

Bob Elias signs the door (before revisions.)

Mike Kungl approves this message, uh, signature.

Mike Kungl approves this message, uh, signature.

Glen Tarnowski adds his "Glen Tarnowski" to the door.

Glen Tarnowski adds his “Glen Tarnowski” to the door.

Tom Novy, he of the mosaic tile (but not what you think 'mosaic' or 'tile' mean), boxes his signature.

Tom Novy, he of the mosaic tile (but not what you think ‘mosaic’ or ’tile’ mean), boxes his signature.

Daniel Killen wields a mean Sharpie!

Daniel Killen wields a mean Sharpie!

Artist, muralist, and pirate (and singer, actor, model), Jimmy Mulligan ups the ante.

Artist, muralist, and pirate (and singer, actor, model), Jimmy Mulligan ups the ante.

But Eric Teitelbaum is up to the challenge and leaves us with a delectable portrait of the Pink Panther! (More about that in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!)

But Eric Teitelbaum is up to the challenge and leaves us with a delectable portrait of the Pink Panther! (More about that in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!)

The evening ended with a dart round robin (yours truly, with partner Dana Kungl, made it to the semi-finals!). Woo Hoo!