The Rabbitville Public Art Program of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego will close its 150th anniversary celebration on Friday, April 19 from 6 to 9 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue.
Rabbits from the art program will be on display including the Warner Bros. rabbit. Each sponsor of one of the 15 rabbits painted by local San Diego artists has contributed $10,000 to the Gaslamp Quarter’s special lighting project. There are five rabbits left for sponsorship.
Contact Erin Liddell of the Gaslamp Quarter for more details regarding sponsorship, Erin@Gaslamp.org. RSVP for the evening celebration at 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.
The “Bubble Bath” series of mixed media editions by Tom Everhart are available for viewing and purchase at the Chuck Jones Gallery. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for details.
RELEASE – May 17, 2013
Willie Watson and Willy Tea Taylor Headline Orange County Benefit Show
Tickets go on Sale May 23rd; funds support
music and arts education in schools
May 15, 2013 – On Thursday, June 27th, Nashville recording artist
Andrew Combs, Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Willie Watson and Good Luck
Thrift Store Outfit frontman Willy Tea Taylor will take part in a special acoustic concert at the Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA.
will be part of the “Blackwing Sessions” music series in conjunction with the
Blackwing Experience, a travelling exhibit honoring creativity and the
woodcased pencil. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Blackwing Foundation
and its efforts to further arts and music education in schools.
No Depression Magazine named Taylor “one of the most important American
singer/songwriters of our time.” Saving Country Music compared Taylor’s
songwriting to “those now legendary recordings of Paul Simon in his
Watson spent 13 years as lead vocalist and songwriter for Old Crow
Medicine Show. Paving the way for other roots bands like Mumford and
Sons and the Lumineers, OCMS is best known for taking an unfinished Bob Dylan
song (“Wagon Wheel”) and turning it into a cult classic. Watson partook in the
historic “Railroad Revival Tour”, traveling to concerts throughout the Southwest
exclusively by vintage trains and capturing every moment for the “Big Easy
Express,” winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.
“Worried Man” ranked as the highest debut album on American Songwriter
Magazine’s annual list of 50 Best Albums of the Year in 2012. In their album review, American Songwriter
declared, “In a world full of pretenders, the
Texas bred, Nashville based Combs is the genuine article.”
Along with individual sets, the evening will feature an “in
the round” session, during which all three musicians and other special guests
will perform original compositions while discussing the songwriting process.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 23rd at
10:00 AM PDT at BlackwingSessions.com.
The Blackwing Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charles and
Ginger Berolzheimer to develop and enhance arts and music programs at the K-12
dedicated ourselves to developing and supporting programs that have a
sustainable, positive impact on arts and music engagement for children who
might otherwise not have these opportunities,” said Charles Berolzheimer,
founder of Palomino and revivalist of the Blackwing pencil. “Money from this
show will help us continue to build strong partnerships in 2013 and beyond.”
details and ticket information, visit www.BlackwingSessions.com
information on the Blackwing Foundation, visit www.blackwingfoundation.org
Michael Markowski, a composer and longtime fan of Chuck Jones, recently was commissioned by the Wind Ensemble of Dakota High School in Macomb, Michigan to create a musical work for them. The result was "Famishius Fantasticus" a four-minute "wild concert-closer" in the words of the composer.
Mr. Markowski writes in a letter to Chuck Redux: "Thank you so much for allowing me to share my music with you. Chuck Jones has been a surprisingly big part of my creative life, from watching Looney Tunes as a kid to studying them in college as a film major. Famishius Fantasticus was so much fun to write, and I'm excited that I will be able to share my love for the original Looney Tunes cartoons with the current generation of high school and college music students who, in most cases, have never even seen one."
In the foreword to the score, he's said, "When I was first asked to write a piece that "captured the energy of the students," I couldn't help but think that Wile E. Coyote was the man (or animal) for the job. The title, Famishius Fantasticus, is a direct allusion to the faux binomial (the scientific Latin name) of Wile E. Coyote, as shown in the opening freeze-frame of the 1956 Looney Tunes cartoon, There They Go-Go-Go!
"…[Famishius Fantasticus] is dedicated to all my friends and colleagues who vehemently go after their dreams, who never give up, and who continue totry new things no matter how many crazy ideas might blow up in their faces."
And we agree! Here, then is the Dakota High School Wind Ensemble of Macomb, Michigan, performing Michael Markowski's Famishius Fantasticus. Enjoy! (Please pay close attention to the percussionists, they work overtime for this piece. You may also note that ping-pong balls, an air horn and the magnificent Mahler Hammer are utilized to produce some delightful sounds.)
Today is Gossamer's birthday. The orange pile-of-hay monster who wore sneakers and had an aversion to large crowds of people appeared in only two cartoons, the first of which, "Hair-Raising Hare" premiered on this date in 1946.
We were absolutely charmed by the paper sculptures created by artist Mike Peraza, but also baffled by how he was able to construct them so beautifully and elegantly. Each of them requires many hours of painstaking work; the detail is phenomenal.
Celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial, Peraza, one of the great Disney art directors of the past three decades ("The Little Mermaid", "Aladdin", "Beauty and the Beast"), also put in his time at Warner Bros. working with Chuck Jones on a Bugs Bunny television special. His credits are too numerous to elaborate upon, but suffice it say, he is one of the great treasures of feature, television, and theme park animation. The Chuck Jones Gallery is thrilled and delighted to represent his "Chuck Jones Homage" works* beginning with these wonderful hand-cut and constructed paper sculptures (exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery). Take a moment to watch the artist at work:
Here are the finished works:
"Free Bird Seed"
"Chuck Jones Portrait-Grey"
"Chuck Jones Portrait-Orange"
For more details and information about the works of art pictured in this post, please contact one of the Chuck Jones Gallery's art consultants in San Diego, Santa Fe, or Orange County (888-294-9880, 800-290-5999, or 800-660-7791 x 102 respectively.)
*There are plans afoot to create limited edition works on canvas from original paintings by Mike Peraza in the "Chuck Jones Homage" series. Stay tuned!
Artist Fabio Napoleoni, in an appearance last Friday evening at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter, created quite a stir when he unveiled a recent painting that paid homage to the life and times of Chuck Jones. Titled "It Doesn't Bite", this charming and evocative image features Napoleoni's iconic everyman character, the rag doll Marcenivo, reaching out to a somewhat befuddled Bugs Bunny, with a heart of friendship.
"It Doesn't Bite" has been created as a limited edition, signed and numbered, fine art reproduction on paper, exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery. There are only 57 examples with 17 hand-embellished Artist Proofs available. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for more information at 888-294-9880 or online at ChuckJones.com.
On 8/28/12, Warner Home Video will release "Looney Tunes: Chuck Jones Mouse Chronicles", a 2-disc Blu-ray set featuring 19 classic cartoons. There is no word yet on pricing or special features, but reportedly, it will have special material.
The included shorts: (all directed by Chuck Jones)
Many of these films can be seen at ChuckJonesCenter.org Chuck Jones Filmography.