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Comic Con @ Home with the Chuck Jones Gallery

Join us Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26 for [email protected] with the Chuck Jones Gallery! Each day will feature a different artist at our Chuck Jones Creativeside Chat forums via Zoom (Password: 394585) and Live Streamed at Facebook.com/OfficialChuckJones.

  • Wednesday, July 22 from 5 to 6 PM PDT — Meet the incomparable Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter and the founder of Linda Jones Enterprises! Interviewed by her son, Craig Kausen, president of the Chuck Jones Companies.
  • → Special online auction of rare original art and sold out editions featuring Bugs Bunny opens at 6 PM and closes at 9 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 22nd.  GO TO:  https://bit.ly/BugsBunny80 to register and preview the available artwork.
  • Thursday, July 23 from 5 to 6 PM PDT — Celebrating Marvel Comics and Stan Lee with special guest artist, Tim Rogerson!
  • Friday, July 24 from 5 to 7:00 PM PDT — Fabio Napoleoni! Arguably one of America’s most collected artists, Fabio and his Marcenivo, along with a charming cast of characters, misfits and maidens, have won the hearts of thousands.
  • → Special online auction of rare original art and sold out editions by Fabio Napoleoni opens at 7 PM and closes at 10 PM PDT on Friday, July 25th. GO TOhttps://bit.ly/NapoleoniStudio to register and preview the available artwork.
  • Saturday, July 25 from 3 to 4 PM PDT — Willie Ito — one of a handful of Japanese-American animation luminaries will discuss his career and his internment in a camp during World War II right here in the United States.
  • Sunday, July 26 from 1 to 2 PM PDT — Master of the Looney Arts! An interview with artist and animation superfan, Ben Olson

One Zoom link for all events! Click the Chuck Jones Creativeside Chat logo below to join us for these special Comic Con @ Chuck Jones Gallery events! Password: 394585

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CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF BUGS BUNNY!

Bugs Concerto by Chuck Jones


That wascally wabbit we all know and love turns 80 on July 27th! Baking a carrot cake in his honor would be an appropriate way to celebrate!

The Chuck Jones Gallery is honoring this birthday milestone with the release of “Bugs Concerto” a fine art print on canvas measuring 19″ x 24″ and in an edition of 375. Offered at a pre-publication price of only $695 FRAMED through the end of July. Click the image or here to acquire this striking work of art. It’ll be the centerpiece of any room in your home, office, or rabbit burrow.

Rabbit Season by Mike Kupka


“Rabbit Season” fine art print on canvas by Mike Kupka, 12″ x 24″, edition of 80. Click the image to acquire.

Artist Mike Kupka has created a spectacular tribute to Bugs Bunny and to Chuck Jones who directed him in some of his most iconic roles. “Rabbit Season” features Bugs in nine different cartoons directed by Chuck Jones! They are: Baby Buggy Bunny, 1954; Bunny Hugged, 1951; Hair-Raising Hare, 1946; Long-Haired Hare, 1949; Bully for Bugs, 1953; What’s Opera, Doc?, 1957; Super Rabbit, 1943; Broom-stick Bunny, 1956; Hareway to the Stars, 1958 and with special guest star, Daffy Duck appearing in Rabbit Fire, 1951. Click the image to acquire.

Picture the Future by Chuck Jones


Originally released in 2005, “Picture the Future” celebrated Bugs’s 65th birthday. For his 80th birthday, and with only six remaining  in the edition, we are pleased to offer “Picture the Future” framed with an 80th anniversary plaque for just $2850 before the price increases to $4000 on August 1, 2020. Don’t delay, order today by clicking the image or here.

Chuck Jones once said, “My Bugs doesn’t look like a rabbit; he looks like Bugs Bunny. I have often told eager students that the easiest way to draw him is probably to draw a carrot and then hook a rabbit onto it.” To read more about Bugs Bunny and Chuck Jones, click here.


Dunk ‘n’ Dash — Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
2020 Poster by Daniel Killen

As you may know, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been canceled for 2020. However, they are still releasing Daniel Killen’s poster, “Dunk ‘n’ Dash” for this year. They’ve decided to add an additional poster to the line-up and Daniel has agreed to continue this project through 2022.

“Dunk ‘n’ Dash”, fine art serigraph on paper, 36″ x 24″ edition of 50 Artist Proofs remarqued by the artist and hand-signed and numbered. Click the image to acquire.

“Dunk ‘n’ Dash” is a maneuver practiced by skilled aeronauts where they glide the bottom of the basket across the top of the water of the Rio Grande and lift off again without getting wet (allegedly). This maneuver has been poorly executed by the Coyote and the Road Runner is close behind him  offering a towel to dry off with in consolation.

The image is full of traditional Killen iconography, from the zoetrope-like character figures circling Coyote’s balloon, to the actual Road Runner and Coyote footprints in the sand of the river bank. The state flower of New Mexico, the Yucca, is featured as well as the state butterfly and toad. And somewhere, hidden in the design is an actual Road Runner. Can you spot it?

Click here to hear Daniel discuss his inspiration for this poster and the series.


Free Hugs and a Message from Chuck Jones Companies

I am writing this note today to let you know that although we as a family company are spread out in multiple cities, we, and our families, are safe and healthy in our respective hometowns.

Like the rest of the country, we are following the recommended guidelines of the CDC and our respective states to minimize any unnecessary group interactions and certainly being vigilant about our cleanliness and awareness of the ongoing situation.

Additionally, we are doing our best to maintain our ability to keep the operations that include preparing artwork, framing, shipping artwork and other items that we’ve promised to our friends and collectors. Thank you for your understanding for any minor delays.

Although there are so many priorities to be aware of in each of our lives these days, we know your collections are very important to you, as they always have been to each of us.

This is not a solicitation or attempt to “sell” you something, but it is our intent that if you choose to continue to surround yourself with things that make you smile, that we could make it easier for you to do so.

Although we are taking every precaution with our staff and locations, you might feel uncomfortable visiting the galleries in person; we will be glad to ship you artwork for your review at our cost as well as return it to our galleries if you choose not to keep it in your collection. (Some restrictions on size may apply.)

Additionally, until we are all back to our (somewhat) normal lives, we are allowing everyone to use their 10% earned “coyote cash” instantly on every work of art regardless of what it is.

Almost everyone here at the Linda and Chuck Jones Companies has been together since the early to mid-1990s. We truly are a family. And our Founder, Linda, is still inspiring us to continue the mission she set in 1977 which is to find artwork wherever it is, whether in someone’s basement or warehouse or in the heart of an artist, and bring it to those who love it.

All 35 of us and our families send you sincere wishes of health, well-being, and a bit of peace of mind during this time… and perhaps even an occasional smile or laugh, too…

Wishing you the best,

Craig Kausen
President, Chuck Jones Companies

To receive your Free “Bear Hug” print, go to https://www.chuckjonescatalog.com/new-page and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

“Marilyn–Like No Other” New Work from Fran Lew

The inimitable master American portraitist, Fran Lew, has just completed a portrait of Marilyn Monroe, titled, “Marilyn–Like No Other”. Using her trademark charcoal and white pastel, Lew’s deft handling of the medium becomes her subject matter like no other artist in recent memory. Her work pays homage to the great John Singer Sargent — Lew was represented by Grand Central Gallery in New York City — a gallery which Sargent was co-founder at the turn of the last century with another American master, Robert Henri.

“Marilyn–Like No Other”, charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 15″ x 14″, by Fran Lew, January 2020.

This new work, not unlike Lew’s last portrait of the star, “Marilyn, Unzipped”, brings to life the star power, and the innocent knowing, of this magnetic and magnificent movie star.

“Marilyn, Unzipped” charcoal and white pastel on toned paper, 22″ x 18″ by Fran Lew, completed in 2019.

For more information about the art and artist, please contact Robert Patrick at Rpatrick@ChuckJones.com or at 949-386-7504.

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!

 

 

On the Avenue–Events During Comic Con

Holy Cosplay, Batman!

Chuck Jones Gallery Announces

Comic Con Events

San Diego, CA: The Chuck Jones Gallery announced today their lineup of events during this year’s Comic Con International, July 18-21st. The gallery, located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter at 232 Fifth Avenue, across from the Hard Rock Hotel, and a half block from the San Diego Convention Center, is pleased to present a series of artist appearances that will delight and inspire Comic Con attendees.

  • Wednesday, July 17, from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Two Sides of the Same… Meet Simpsons storyboard artist, Stephen Reis and view his latest work, Two Sides of the Same… Also this evening, our special guests will be Girls Drawin’ Girls!

“Two Sides of the Same…Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote” fine art print on canvas by Stephen Reis

  • Thursday, July 18, from 2 to 5 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Meet Minimalist and MLB-authorized artist, S. Preston, as we premier new work by the artist featuring all of your favorite Looney Tunes characters. Exhibition and sale. The artist will be dedicating artwork purchased for this event.

“Minimalist Broomstick Bunny” fine art print on paper by S. Preston

  • Thursday, July 18, from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Meet Chuck Jones’s grandson, Craig Kausen, for an evening of great art, Warner Bros. trivia contest, and raffle prizes! We’ll be premiering new work from the incomparable 4-time Academy Award-winning animation legend, Chuck Jones. A not-to-be-missed evening!

“The Fanatic”, fine art print on paper from an original watercolor by Chuck Jones.

  • Friday, July 19, from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: How About a Quick Stop on Venus? Artist reception for the remarkable Fabio Napoleoni. At this exhibition and sale, Fabio will be dedicating artwork purchased for this event. View exclusive original art and rare editions by this American Master.

“How About a Quick Stop on Venus?” fine art print on canvas by Fabio Napoleoni. Our exclusively.

  • Saturday, July 20, from 4 to 6 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Meet the incomparable animation legend, Willie Ito. With a career spanning several decades, this versatile artist and bon vivant will wow you with his tales of working with the greats of the Golden Age of Animation, including Chuck Jones and Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. View and acquire his original drawings!

Original drawing, mixed media on paper, by Willie Ito.

  • Saturday, July 20, from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Join us in a galaxy far, far away as we celebrate the epic tale of Star Wars with artists Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz! Featuring new original work depicting your favorite moments from the Star Wars legend. Both artists will be dedicating artwork purchased for this event.

“At an End Your Rule Is” fine art print on canvas by Rodel Gonzalez.

“Light Versus Dark” fine art print on canvas by Rob Kaz.

  • Sunday, July 21, from 9 to 5 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego: Comic Con comes to a close.

About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery, celebrating its 42nd anniversary, represents the finest in the art of American Pop culture. It is also the only gallery in San Diego dedicated to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also artwork by Dr. Seuss, and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Charles Schulz, Tom Everhart, Markus Pierson, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when it closes at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

 

 

Happy Birthday, Paul Klee!

Happy Birthday, Paul Klee, born 139 years ago today. Chuck Jones was inspired by the artwork of Paul Klee and created “Portrait du Cochon” (Portrait of a Pig) as an homage in 1989. Klee’s original, “Senecio” from 1922 is below Jones’s.

Klee was and is revered by artists and one of his most often quoted statements is: “A line is a dot that went for a walk.”

“Portrait of a Pig” 1989 by Chuck Jones

“Senecio” 1922 by Paul Klee

The Animated Art of Chuck Jones–New Book!

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce the publication of “The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”. This coffee-table book, measuring 11.5″ square with 116 full color pages, is volume one in a series of books (future volumes are in the works) that chronicle the creative genius of Chuck Jones. A catalog raisonne of the first ever hand-painted cel art editions from the legendary artist, it includes a foreword by noted animation historian, Jerry Beck, as well as “In Linda’s Own Words”, a brief history of the eponymous Linda Jones Enterprises by Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s only child.

LInda Jones Clough holds a copy of “The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”

The book includes the original press release from Neiman Marcus for the 1977 cover art of their Christmas catalog, created by Chuck Jones. Inside the catalog was the second-ever hand-painted Chuck Jones cel art edition, produced in an edition of 25, which immediately sold out. Order today by clicking any of the above images or by calling me at %%assigned_user.phone%%. There are a very limited number of copies available from this first small print run. Don’t miss out! Click here to order.

NOTICE! The first print run has sold out! Back orders are available, delivery expected by mid-January 2019.

Selections from the inside of “The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”, now available for back order. Delivery expected by mid-January 2019. Click any photo to order. 

The Wit and Brilliant Artistry of Mike Peraza

 

 

 

When one looks at Mike Peraza´s impressive career, it is not uncommon to wonder how he had the time to work on so many film projects. From his early days creating layouts, to working as the Art Director for Disney´s The Little Mermaid, Peraza´s amazing talents have shaped the animation world, and helped to usher in the fabled Disney Renaissance.

Mike Peraza in his studio.

It was while Mr. Peraza was attending Cal Arts that he first met Chuck Jones.  Chuck came out to the school to give an inspiring lecture and tell the students that everyone has 10,000 bad drawings in them, so you better get busy filling up your sketchbooks. Mike did just that and after graduation, while returning to his locker to clean out his supplies, Mr. Peraza found a note inviting him to come and work for The Walt Disney Studios, his dream job.

Disney lent Mike out to Steven Spielberg and Bob Zemekis for Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the morning and Mr. Peraza would return to Disney in the afternoon to continue to develop new projects for themIn addition to working on Disney projects, Mike worked on projects for Warner Brothers, Bluth, and Sony including Dragon´s Lair, Space Ace, Thumbelina, Stuart LittleIce Age and art directed Fox´s Anastasia. During Mike’s stay at Warner Brothers he had the honor of working with Chuck Jones on a Bugs Bunny compilation and directing the Umptee series.

“Coyote Coffee” fine art print on paper in an Artist Proof edition of 40 signed and numbered examples. Click the image to purchase. Limited quantity available.

Mike has created a suite of Looney Tunes advertising images for an imaginary (yet, fully realized) ad campaign for a coffee and tea company. Comprised of “Coyote Coffee,” “Don’t Be Latte” and “Taz Tea”, these three fine art giclees on paper show off his innate wit and wonderful artistry. Limited to an Artist Proof edition of 40, they measure an impressive 22″ x 16″ unframed. Just $595 per artwork, there are very limited quantities of each image, so order today in time for Christmas delivery.

“Don’t Be Latte!” fine art print on paper by Mike Peraza. Limited to 40 Artist Proofs, signed and numbered. Click the image to purchase. Limited quantity available. 

As a special for this holiday season, Mike Peraza has created a limited number of original drawings of the most beloved of Looney Tunes characters exclusively for the Chuck Jones Gallery. Measuring 12.5″ x 10.5″ and hand-signed, each drawing brings to life these beloved characters. Priced exclusively for holiday gift-giving at $395 and $495 depending upon complexity, visit his page at ChuckJonesCatalog.com (will open in new window) to view the collection and for more information.

Pepe le Pew, original graphite drawing on paper, 10.5″ x 12.5″, by Mike Peraza for the Chuck Jones Gallery. Click the image to purchase.

Bugs Bunny, graphite and red pencil on paper, 10.5″ x 12.5″ by Mike Peraza exclusively for the Chuck Jones Gallery. Click the image to purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

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.