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Funny Pictures: The Art of Cartooning

A Retrospective Exhibition of Original Cartoon Art by Brothers Eric & Bill Teitelbaum

Single Panel Cartoons from the Pink Panther, the New Yorker, Bottomliners to Be Featured

Original art by Eric & Bill Teitelbaum for the Pink Panther Sunday comic strip.

Original art by Eric & Bill Teitelbaum for the Pink Panther Sunday comic strip.

Santa Fe, NM: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located on Santa Fe’s historic Palace Avenue, announced today that Eric & Bill Teitelbaum will be their special guests at the opening of a retrospective exhibition of the duo’s original single panel cartoons on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM. The exhibit of original comic art drawings by acclaimed cartoonist brothers Eric and Bill Teitelbaum –including examples from facets of their diverse career, featuring over 90 preparatory drawings, sketches, and original comic panels including the Pink Panther Comic Strip,The New Yorker, and the syndicated business cartoon, Bottomliners. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 135 W. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe. 

“The Chuck Jones Gallery is delighted to exhibit this collection of cartoons by the Teitelbaum brothers,” said gallery director, Toshi Sanchez, “It brilliantly showcases their cultural commentary in their drawings for The New Yorker, business satire of Bottomliners, and the visual humor of the iconic Pink Panther now celebrating its 50th anniversary. We want people to see how a variety of artistic styles, strategies, and techniques offer a glimpse of how leading comic artists can take rough ideas and turn them into polished art, bringing laughter into the lives of millions of viewers.”

Original art for "Bottomliners" by Eric & BIll Teitelbaum, mixed media on paper.

Original art for “Bottomliners” by Eric & BIll Teitelbaum, mixed media on paper.

Eric and Bill Teitelbaum were raised in Palm Springs, California, and from an early age showed signs of the talent and dedication to art that would propel them into becoming two of today’s leading artists in this cartoon genre. With encouragement from their father—a lawyer and aspiring comedy writer—the brothers soon rubbed elbows and developed projects with such luminaries as “Lil Abner” creator Al Capp,  “No Respect” comic Rodney Dangerfield, and television producer Aaron Spelling. Their original drawings now adorn the walls of such media personalities as Doctor Laura, Maury Povich, Pat Sajak, super-entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens and the late publisher, Malcolm Forbes, Jr.

The Teitelbaum Brothers are in Santa Fe the week prior to the opening night reception leading three-day cartooning and art workshop camps at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue. The workshops are: “Funny Pictures, Cartooning for Kids” and “Fine Art for Kids,” both of which are appropriate for ages 9 to 16 plus they’ll lead an adult class, “Cartooning for Artists and Teachers.” Eric and Bill bring their considerable talent, passion, and expertise to bear in these exciting and fun programs. You’ll draw, you’ll laugh, and you’ll leave knowing more than when you arrived. To reserve your space at these special workshops, please contact Santa Fe Community College at 505-428-1270 or for additional information, call 505-428-1676.

Bill, left, and his brother, Eric, with pink friend.

Bill, left, and his brother, Eric, with pink friend.

“There’s No Place Like Home” New Art from the Iconic Film, “The Wizard of Oz”

Costa Mesa, CA:  Craig Kausen, President of Linda Jones Enterprises, announced today that the venerable art publishing house founded by his mother Linda in 1977 has been appointed by Warner Bros. to produce, publish, and distribute art based on the 1939 classic film starring Judy Garland, “The Wizard of Oz”.

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“We’re excited to work with our current collection of artists as well as with some bright new talent to bring to the art marketplace images that will appeal across generations,” Kausen said, “’The Wizard of Oz’ is one of the most significant films of the past 100 years, it made a star out of Judy Garland, and ushered in the use of Technicolor. Many of the songs, characters, and spoken words are considered national treasures. It is truly one for the ages.”

"Startling Stories: Tin Man" by Andrea Alvin

“Startling Stories: Tin Man” by Andrea Alvin

Warner Bros. premiered the re-mastered 3D IMAX version of the film at a gala private party at the newly restored Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, September 15. This version of the film will then go into wider distribution. In addition, characters from the film will debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and 2014 as well Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical version of the tale; “The Wizard of Oz” will begin a 20-city U.S. tour this fall. Along with the release of collector books, toys, and children’s programming, Warner Bros. is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to bring “There’s No Place Like Home” to communities around the country.

"Ruby Slippers" by Steven Chorney

“Ruby Slippers” by Steven Chorney

Linda Jones Enterprises will present new work specially commissioned for this major anniversary by such well-known artists as Andrea Alvin, John Alvin, Steven Chorney, and Mike Kungl. They’ll be introducing work by Kathy Daywalt, Daniel Killen, Robert Delgadillo (AKA RAD), T. J. Novy, and Joseph Yakovetic.

"Bark, Lunch, and Apple" by Daniel Killen

“Bark, Lunch, and Apple” by Daniel Killen

“’The Wizard of Oz’ is a landmark Oscar-winning movie and with the marketing push being planned by Warner Bros. for the next year, the film will be on consumer’s minds providing fine art galleries, gift shops, and other venues with a built-in promotional campaign,” explained Kausen, “and we plan to produce artwork suitable for every venue, from gift shops to the most sophisticated art gallery settings. In addition to “The Wizard of Oz” we have been authorized by Warner Bros. to create artwork based on several other of their classic film properties including “Gone With The Wind,” “A Christmas Story,” “King Kong,” “Iron Giant,” “300,” and “Corpse Bride.”

"Sleeping Dorothy" by Kathy Daywalt

“Sleeping Dorothy” by Kathy Daywalt

Artist Mike Kungl to Make Appearance at Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe

Mike Kungl, one of the Chuck Jones Centennial artists, will be our special guest tomorrow evening from 5 to 7 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe during the city’s Friday evening Gallery Walk. Located at 135 West Palace, just a short walk from the historic Plaza, the gallery will feature a selection of Kungl’s recent work. If you’re in town, please stop by and say hello to this master of Art Deco-styling and retro imagery. DSC_4989Mike Kungl and his wife, Dana, say hello to legendary voice actress and nonagenarian, June Foray (center) at the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. They were in attendance at “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” conducted by George Daugherty.

The gallery is located at 135 W. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe. 505-983-5999.

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Summer Creativity Camp–June 24 – 27 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Chuck Redux had just finished a wonderful Quinoa Tabouli salad for lunch prepared by the amazing Kimberley Kausen of Flavorful–Cooking Classes for the Home Cook the other day when the courses for the Center's upcoming Summer Creativity Camp popped up in an email and there, on the very first day of this exciting week-long camp, was "Culinary Creativity" led by Kimberley Kausen of Flavorful! As a bonus, Kimberley was kind enough to share her recipe for the Quinoa Tabouli salad–you'll find it at the end of this post.


Parents get your budding creatives signed up for this wonderful Summer Creativity Camp! The facts are:

Creativity and Culinary Art Camp 

@ Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626~949-660-7791 x 20107 to make your reservations today!

Monday, June 24 - Thursday, July 27
Ages 7-12
$195 for the week
$150 Early Bird Registration
Monday: Culinary
Tuesday: Papier maché
Wednesday: Animation Drawing
Thursday: Painting

Space is limited, please call 949-669-7791 x 20107 or email to reserve your child's attendance.

And finally, Kimberley's Quinoa Tabouli!

Quinoa Tabouli

Serves 8

cups Chicken Broth

teaspoons salt

cup Quinoa (rinsed thoroughly)

cup extra-virgin olive oil

cup lemon juice (more to taste, if you like)

teaspoon sea salt

cups grape tomatoes (more if you like)

Persian cucumbers sliced ½” thick and then cut in half

carrots finely grated (I bought it already grated at Trader Joe’s

bunches green onion sliced up to the dark green part

cloves garlic minced (depends on how much you love garlic)

cup Fresh Mint, chopped (more if you like)

cup Italian Parsley, chopped (more if you like)

tablespoons Fresh Basil, chopped 

a medium size saucepan, put the rinsed quinoa in and lightly toast it, moving
it around constantly over medium heat. 
Once it is toasted, add the chicken broth and tsp. of salt.  Bring it to a boil. Cover with a tight lid
and reduce heat to low simmering.  Cook
approximately 15 minutes until the broth is absorbed and the quinoa looks
fluffy. Remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes covered.

the quinoa completely.  You can even
refrigerate it for a while once the bulk of the steam is gone.

in a large bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, garlic, mint, and
basil.  Add in the tomatoes, cucumber,
carrots and green onion.  Mix in the
cooled quinoa combining well.  Season
with Salt and Pepper to taste. 
Refrigerate at least one hour, or overnight before serving

Kimberley Kausen makes culinary creativity a snap! 



Making the Scene at the Newport Beach Film Festival

The Newport Beach Film Festival opened last night with a showing of the documentary, "Broadway Idiot," that follows the making of the band Green Day's musical, "American Idiot." Although Billie Joe Armstrong and his mates were on hand last night, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's intrepid photographer, Stephen Russo, caught Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, seen below (center) with Richard and Elizabeth Sherman (he, along with his late brother, Robert, the penners of the music for "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and "It's a Small World (After All)." 

LJC with Robert Elizabeth Sherman

And the marquee outside of Edwards Big Newport Cinemas.


Tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 27, Linda and her son, Craig, will be presenting a Chuck Jones Film Festival at Big Newport. Ticket information is here. They will also screen some of the animated shorts that were submitted to the festival. A Q & A will follow. 

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

The Chuck Jones Essential Reading List Book Club & Discussion Group!

The Chuck
Jones Essential Reading List Book Club and Discussion Group

(Served with
Tea & Cake)

New Program at
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Launches in February

Costa Mesa, CA: Linda Jones Clough, daughter of
legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, and founding trustee of
the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity located at 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A,
Costa Mesa, CA—in South Coast Collection (SoCo), announced today the formation
and first meeting date of the Chuck Jones
Essential Reading List Book Club & Discussion Group
for Wednesday,
February 27 from 7 to 8 PM at the Center. A suggested donation to the Center
for participating is $15.00 per meeting.

“Many years
ago, my father made a list of what he considered to be an essential reading
list for any literate, English-speaking person. He felt that all 49 books
should be read at least once, if not more often. The Chuck Jones Essential Reading List Book Club & Discussion Group
will work its way through the list one book per month,” said Mrs. Clough,
“we’ll start with James Stephens’ “The Crock of Gold”, a rich mix of folklore
and philosophy by one of Ireland’s renowned authors.”

No one is
too old or too young to join the club as long as they are willing to read the
book and participate in the discussion. The book club will meet every fourth
Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 PM at the Center. Participants are expected
to read the book or story prior to the discussion meeting and be prepared to
share ideas, inspiration, or short passages of interest. The leader for the
discussion will rotate among participants; each leader for the next month’s meeting
will volunteer the prior month.

The books
selected for the first half of 2013 from the Chuck Jones Essential Reading List
are: February 27, “The Crock of Gold” by James Stephens; March 27, “Cabbages
and Kings” by O’Henry; April 24, “Farewell My Lovely” by Raymond Chandler; May
22, “The Red Pony by John Steinbeck; June 26, “Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter.
The entire year’s worth of books and meeting dates can be found at the Center’s
website calendar of events,

Many of the
books are available for free by downloading them to your Kindle or other
tablet/computer or for a few dollars through Amazon and other venues for those
who prefer the sweet smell of paper and turning actual pages instead of
virtual ones.

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Chuck Jones photographed at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens in 1983 by his wife, Marian Jones.

The Chuck Jones
Center for Creativity is  a
not-for-profit 501(c)3 charity located at 3321 Hyland Ave., Ste. A, Costa Mesa,
CA. Founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary
animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, the Center’s vision is to inspire
the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous,
passionate, and harmonious life and world. 

Jones Family Gathering, the Past

The Jones Family Gathering is scheduled for September 21 through September 23 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. This “by invitation only” event is now in its 17th year and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the original collectors who attended the very first one at our gallery in Chuck’s home town of Corona del Mar in 1995 along with the more recent additions to the Family. This year’s event is going to be a spectacular spectacular! 

JFG 1995
At our first Jones Family Gathering, Chuck took the opportunity to embellish a tablecloth with a drawing that grew out of a spilled coffee stain and signed it L. da Vinci! He also created another drawing on one of the stable doors of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. It was amazing! He’d drawn a line, maybe two or three inches long and then turn to the assembled and comment about drawing or coyotes or road runners, or making cartoons, and then he turned back to the door and add another little line here and one there until the image was completed.


Here’s a photo with the back of collector Carol Erickson’s head. She’s stuck around so long she now works for us here in Costa Mesa! You’ll want to get the inside scoop from her when you’re here for JFG. 

The next year we held the Jones Family Gathering in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We hosted a Chuck Jones Film Festival at the Lensic Theater, and the Family got together for lunches, dinners, and lots & lots of laughs. Noted American sculptor, Paul Moore, even created a special award for Chuck, called the “Chucky” (see below) which delighted Chuck no end and all of us too. (Thank heavens for the discreetly placed sword!)


And on the last day of the weekend, we all got together for another group photo.

If you look close enough you’ll see some faces that, albeit a little older and a little grayer, are still here to welcome you to this year’s Jones Family Gathering. 

Remember, if you get in on Thursday the 19th, please stop by the gallery from 7 to 9 PM for a glass of wine (or a beer) and say hello. Otherwise we’ll see your smiling faces Friday morning at 10 AM sharp!

Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge Hosts Chuck Jones Exhibit

What's Up, Doc?: The Animated Art of Chuck Jones is the current exhibit at the Union Art Gallery at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge

Since 1964, the LSU Student Union Art Gallery has been bringing cultural and educational exhibits and programs to the Baton Rouge community. Located in the very heart of the Student Union, the gallery draws a wide range of visitors, from students to faculty and staff to community members to school groups. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public, including the receptions and programs that accompany each show.

During the fall and spring semesters, the Union Art Advisory Committee meets once a month to approve proposed exhibits and programs. The Committee was inspired to select the Chuck Jones exhibit, What's Up, Doc?: The Animated Art of Chuck Jones, based on the number of youth groups and families that visit LSU during the summer. They have already had an overwhelming positive response from the thousands of freshman orientation attendees who find their way into the gallery every week.

With the help of the gallery collection manager, Hugh O'Connor, they were able to supplement the over 100 original sketches and animation cels with memorabilia items from the past 40 years to demonstrate the pervasiveness of Jones's creations in American pop culture.

They have also set up two televisions on opposite ends of the gallery, which play Chuck Jones biographies and interviews along with many of his best known cartoons, including a sampling of classic Looney Tunes shorts, Tom and Jerry, and Rikki Tikki Tavi

At the far end of the gallery, they have provided a "make your own character mask" station for our younger guests as well as a memory board where visitors can share their favorite Chuck Jones moments. 

In mid-July (tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 17) the gallery will host some educational programs, including a lecture on the history of animation by Yeon Choi of University of Louisiana at Lafayette; a panel discussion on the works of Chuck Jones; and a presentation by Jones's grandson, Craig Kausen. For more information on the exhibit or the gallery, please visit

What You’ll Discover at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego is located at 232 Fifth Avenue (between K & L Streets) in San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter and is open seven days a week from 10 AM until 9 PM Monday – Saturday; Sunday 12 noon to 8 PM. 

Crossing 5th avenue
Our dedicated staff of professional art consultants delight in taking visitors to the gallery on a journey down memory lane, we are the home of famed Looney Tunes director and creator, Chuck Jones, the man responsible for such memorable cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe le Pew, the Grinch, Rikki Tikki Tavi. He is also one of the “fathers” of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig. 

The Chuck Jones Gallery presents his original drawings, watercolors, oil paintings as well as his popular cel art editions in a loft-like space that is the perfect setting for viewing art. The gallery represents all major animation studios as well as a variety of other painters and sculptors such as Marcus Pierson, and the rising art star, Fabio Napoleoni.  The gallery is also home to the Dr. Seuss Collection.

2012 is Chuck Jones’s Centennial year and the gallery has commissioned a select group of artists to re-interpret the Looney Tunes characters Jones made so famous. They include such well-known and internationally acclaimed artists as Eric Goldberg, James Coleman, Mike Kungl, Mike Peraza, Bob Elias, and James C. Mulligan (a sampling of their art is below.) 

The Chuck Jones Gallery looks forward to your visit. Mention this kiosk and either headline and receive a free “Smile” fine art print. OfficialChuckJones.

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“Paradise Season” fine art edition by James Coleman

“Illudium Q36” fine art edition on canvas by Mike Kungl

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“Le Mew and Le Pew” fine art serigraphs by Eric Goldberg