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Scooby Doo, Where Are You! 50th Anniversary

Animation Art Exhibition Will Benefit

Palm Springs International Animation Festival

Palm Desert, CA: Join the Chuck Jones Gallery–Palm Desert in supporting the Palm Springs International Animation Festival (PSIAF), a nonprofit celebration and showcase of contemporary animation, on Saturday, March 21st, 4 to 7pm. The Chuck Jones Gallery is located at the Gardens on El Paseo, main level directly across from Saks Fifth Avenue. Welcome and remarks at 5 PM. $20 minimum suggested donation (which includes free admission to the PSIAF Showcase on April 18 at the Mary Pickford Theater). A generous percentage of all gallery sales to benefit PSIAF. With your art purchase, you will receive free admission to ALL PSIAF 2020 events, including the Festival and Awards on December 12th. Wine and small bites will be served. Admittance is open to the public.

“We’re thrilled to host this fundraiser for PSIAF,” said gallery director, Michael Fiacco. “Animation is the most complicated and time-consuming way of creating a motion picture, requiring the creative talents of artists and engineers alike and PSIAF is committed to celebrating the many women and men who work in this exacting field.”

Special guests at the reception and fundraiser will include legendary animators Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito who will sign and dedicate new works, including a brand new Scooby Doo 50th Anniversary hand-painted cel art edition! An extensive array of original vintage animation art, as well as a huge selection of limited editions and fine art prints, will be exhibited and available for acquisition.  A portion of proceeds from sales the night of the event will benefit the programs of the PSIAF.

As a young child, Willie Ito learned to draw on the pages of Sears catalogues while his family was incarcerated at the Japanese internment camp in Topaz, Utah during World War II. He then studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles before joining Walt Disney Studios in 1954 where he became Iwao Takamoto’s assistant as an in-betweener on the “Lady” unit of the feature film, Lady and the Tramp, illustrating the movie’s famous spaghetti-eating scene. Ito then worked alongside legendary animator Chuck Jones at Warner Bros. before joining Hanna-Barbera during development of The Jetsons. Ito remained at Hanna-Barbera for the next fourteen years, where he worked on layouts and backgrounds for such series as The Flintstones and The Yogi Bear Show, and designed characters like the title characters from Hong Kong Phooey and Goober and the Ghost Chasers.

Jerry Eisenberg quit art school to take his first job, as an inbetweener for MGM, in 1956. The studio closed seven months after Eisenberg’s hire, and he went to work as an assistant to Ken Harris at Warner Bros. Cartoons in the Chuck Jones unit. In 1961, Eisenberg was hired at Hanna-Barbera Productions, run by former MGM cartoon producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Here, Eisenberg co-created The Peter Potamus Show, designed the characters on Wacky Races and Super Friends, and worked in layout on programs such as The Jetsons, The Huckleberry Hound Show, and Jonny Quest.

The Palm Springs International Animation Festival in its 4th year is a global competition in animation and exhibition of the worlds most talented artists and filmmakers. Each year PSIAF awards over thirty filmmaking categories of animation including Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short with over 20 different styles from 2D, 3D, Stop-Motion, Hand-Drawn, Painted, Watercolor, Sand, Paper, Experimental, VFX, and more.  PSIAF is a non-profit organization helping the Coachella Valley community experience various animated media and interact with the art form’s creators, artists and visionaries, enhancing their knowledge of the art of animation filmmaking.

The Chuck Jones Gallery—Palm Desert is a POPUP at the Gardens on El Paseo through March 31, 2020. Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the fine art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in the Coachella Valley devoted to the art of the animated film.  Included in the on-going display is art from all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition fine art from a variety of internationally known artists. For more information: mfiacco@chuckjones.com.

To learn more about the Palm Springs International Animation Festival: www.psiaf.org.

Chuck Jones Gallery to “Pop Up” in San Francisco for the Holidays!

The Chuck Jones Gallery announced today that they will open a holiday Pop Up gallery in San Francisco’s famed Cartoon Art Museum on Friday, November 23 through Monday, December 31, 2018. Located at 781 Beach Street, just a few steps from the renowned Ghirardelli Square and directly across from San Francisco Bay, the Cartoon Art Museum houses one of the countries finest collections of all things cartoon. Hours will be 11 to 5 PM, closed Wednesdays. Michael Fiacco, director of special exhibitions for the Chuck Jones Gallery, will be on site during December. A grand opening is in the works for Saturday, December 1st.

“We’re thrilled to be opening a Chuck Jones Gallery Pop-up at the Cartoon Art Museum this fall and winter in San Francisco. With its unique position in the community as a destination to view and study the best in the fine art of cartoons, animation, and the associated arts, it was a natural selection for us,” said Scott Dicken, VP of Retail, the Chuck Jones Companies, “During our six weeks at the Cartoon Art Museum, our core collection will be on exhibit, but we also plan to feature original artwork from Disney Studios, plus original art from the Chuck Jones classic television special, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Chuck Jones Gallery Pop Up at Anaheim GardenWalk, July and August 2018.

The Chuck Jones Gallery, with locations in Costa Mesa & San Diego, California, as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is devoted to the art of American Pop Culture.

Founded in 1991 by four-time Academy Award-recipient and animation legend, Chuck Jones, and his daughter, Linda Jones Clough, in Corona del Mar, CA, the Chuck Jones Gallery quickly became the center for the work of not only Chuck Jones, but also all the major animation studios. Linda Jones Clough is credited with helping develop the market for animation art. In 1992 she created the “1 of 1” pairing an original production drawing with a hand-painted cel art edition of one.

Included in the on-going displays at the galleries are art from all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition fine art from a variety of internationally known artists such as Tom Everhart, Fabio Napoleoni, Marcus Pierson, and Fran Lew. All the leading studios, including Disney, Peanuts, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and the art of Star Wars are regularly featured. For more information contact a Chuck Jones Gallery near you or visit ChuckJones.com.

 

Chuck Jones Gallery at D23!

Going to D23 this weekend? Visit the Chuck Jones Gallery at booth #C1900 and say hello! We’ll be there from 9 AM to 7 PM Friday through Sunday, August 14-16. Four of our artists will be making an appearance at the booth, schedule below. Sign up to win a work of art! Ask about our D23 specials! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Scott and John installing artwork at the Chuck Jones Gallery booth #C1900

Scott and John installing artwork at the Chuck Jones Gallery booth #C1900

Almost finished! What you can't see is all of the terrific unframed art we have to share with you!

Almost finished! What you can’t see is all of the terrific unframed art we have to share with you!

Daniel Killen, Friday from 2 to 3 PM

Daniel Killen, Friday from 2 to 3 PM

Mike Kungl, Saturday from 11 AM to Noon

Mike Kungl, Saturday from 11 AM to Noon

Bob Elias, Saturday & Sunday from 3 to 4 PM

Bob Elias, Saturday & Sunday from 3 to 4 PM

Mike Peraza, Saturday from 6 to 7 PM

Mike Peraza, Saturday from 6 to 7 PM

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.

This Just In! “Cels” are 100 Years Old Today!

Thanks to Tom Sito we learned that on this date in 1914, Earl Hurd patented animation ‘cels’ (celluloids) and backgrounds. Before this cartoonists tried drawing the background settings over and over again hundreds of times or slashed the paper around the character and tried not to have it walk in front of anything. By the late 1990’s, most cels & cel paint had been replaced by digital imaging.

"Plein Air Genius" a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

“Plein Air Genius” a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

Special Guests @ Chuck 102Gether!

Chuck 102Gether at the Alex Theatre, Sunday, September 21 from 3 to 5 PM!

A Film Festival celebrating the collaborative creativity of the Golden Age of Looney Tunes!

Need another reason to attend besides being able to see these great cartoons on the big screen as they’re meant to be shown? Here’s a partial list of guest panelists:

GEORGE DAUGHERTY, creator of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” will be the afternoon’s Master of Ceremonies.
ROB MINKOFF–Director of “The Lion King” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
TOM SITO–Key figure in the Disney Renaissance and one of the 100 most influential people in animation
LEITH ADAMS–Longtime Executive Director of the Warner Bros. Archive
JEFF DEGRANDIS–Now at Dreamworks, formerly a supervising producer at Nickelodeon
ERIC GOLDBERG–Animator of the Genie in “Aladdin” and director of “Fantasia 2000” and so much more!

Other special guests may include: JUNE FORAY, AURIL THOMPSON, and MARTHA SIGALL (health permitting.)

Tickets from $10 available at AlexTheatre.org!

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

A Still Animated Life

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present a new artist, Daniel Killen, to our collection. A local Southern Californian, Killen has worked in animation at Warner Bros. and DreamWorks on such features as “Space Jam,” “The Iron Giant,” and “Spirit: The Stallion of the Cimarron.” He’s recently created works for the gallery based on the Warner Bros. Classic Films, “The Wizard of Oz” and “A Christmas Story.”

Artist Daniel Killen

Artist Daniel Killen

Today, we’re releasing his first edition that pays homage to the legacy of Chuck Jones, “A Still Animated Life.” This fine art reproduction on canvas measures 18″ x 24″ unframed and has been created in an edition of 40 examples with 15 hand-embellished Artist Proofs. Pre-publication pricing of only $395.00 unframed for a limited time. This image takes a unconventional look at the cartoon characters made famous by Chuck Jones. Look closely to find your favorites cavorting on the picture plane. (Hint: They’re just a “shadow” of their former selves.)

 

 

Working in both traditional media and digital, Killen’s work reflects his consummate understanding of character and design. This, coupled with his droll wit and sly look at the predicaments and delights of daily life, make him an artist to watch.

 

At work on "A Still Animated Life"

At work on “A Still Animated Life”

 

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.

Marquee

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.

Oscar Goes Hawaiian!

Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and president of the Chuck Jones Companies, traveled this week to the beautiful island of Maui as the special guest of Dolphin Galleries who are currently hosting an exhibition and sale of the art of four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.

Steve Cat Craig and Nick
Craig Kausen, second from left, with Nick Schlag (far left), Sylvester the cat and Dolphin Gallery founder, Stephen Schlag.

Oscar in Case
Chuck's Oscar for "The Dot and the Line", best short animated film of 1965 is given a place of honor in a display of photographs, drawings, and letters on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Janna and Christine with Oscar
Oscar, as his wont, also got special attention from Dolphin Gallery art consultants, Janna and Christine.

Craig showing art
During the reception on Thursday evening, Craig took time with each of the collectors to discuss the subtleties and nuances of the art of the animated film.

Little Boy Watching Cartoons
Of course, some future collectors of Chuck Jones art were more interested in what was happening on the screen than off!

Children with Cat
Sylvester the cat was a big hit with visitors to the Dolphin Galleries in the Shops at Wailea. Did you know that in Chuck Jones cartoons, Sylvester never spoke?

Film Strip Display
Dolphin Galleries's very own Christian Adams designed a unique way to display the original production art that was featured in the exhibition and sale.

Show photo 1
A portion of the Chuck Jones exhibition and sale at Dolphin Galleries, the Shops at Wailea, Maui.

Craig and Client
Craig shared stories of growing up with Chuck Jones with collectors this past Thursday evening.

Craig with Children
Kids love Chuck Jones! (So do their parents!)

Teresa with Popcarn cart
Shhh, don't tell anyone, but Dolphin Galleries art consultant, Teresa, sneaked a bag of popcorn. 

Asa Flowers Arrangement
The flowers of Maui are nearly as spectacular as the Chuck Jones art on display.

Sam with oscar
Oscar sends "Aloha" from Maui! (Oscar's companion courtesy Kimberley and Craig Kausen.)

 

Saturday Morning Cartoons and Quick Draw at Center For Living Peace – 2/2/13

Join us every 1st Saturday of every month at 11:30am at the Center
for Living Peace in Irvine, CA with our dedicated volunteer Teaching
Artist, Doug Lothers. You'll watch a Chuck Jones cartoon and
periodically stop to capture the moment by quick drawing one of Jones'
beloved cartoon scenes. Doug will also share his approach of "classic
animation" with some examples of model sheets, a drawing disc, 35mm film
and animation cels. If drawing isn't your thing, just stop by and visit
us! The Center for Living Peace welcomes all visitors!

Center for Living Peace, 4139 Campus, Irvine, CA 92612   www.goodhappens.org  (949) 854-5500

Join us this Saturday, February 2, 2013,
and every 1st Saturday of every month. All ages welcome! Bring your
friend, significant other, parent or kids! 

11:30am-12:30pm, $1-$5 donation accepted