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“Simpsons” Storyboard Artist Stephen Reis at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Writing from Costa Mesa: This reporter was fortunate enough to witness "Simpsons" storyboard artist, Stephen Reis (center in photo below) in action this past Saturday, November 3rd, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity during their "Great, Grand Chuck Jones Family Happening!" With a sharp pencil in each hand (many thanks to Pencils.com for the gift of Chuck Jones's preferred drawing instrument, the Blackwing 602, which all of those in attendance were able to use), Reis wowed those lucky aspirants with his dexterity and command of character design.  

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How to draw Mr. Burns was one of many character studies led by Stephen Reis. 

Over a three-hour period, over 30 students of animation, both young and old alike, learned from one of the most creative storyboard and character design artists working in animation today. By the end of the session and because of his guidance and nurturing manner each student had produced a group of characters from "The Simpsons". Smiles all around!

Everyone at the Center extends a heartfelt thank you to Stephen and we look forward to his return in the future!

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Photo by Stephen Russo.

Drop In and Draw at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

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After spending the morning cleaning out the garage, Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and trustee of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, needed to do something 'creative' so she made her way over to the Center's new space at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa for the Saturday morning, "Drop In and Draw" led by the Center's teaching artist, Christopher Scardino. 

Most Saturday mornings you'll find the Center set-up for drawing with all sorts of materials with which to express your creativity; pencils, craypas, glitter & glue, crayons, colored pencils, marker pens, ink pens, and plenty of paper. The Center's talented teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, will guide you and your children to new heights of creativity.

Find your creative genius on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA. A nominal donation to cover the costs of materials is suggested. For more information, email Pam Marsden, Program Director, Pam@ChuckJonesCenter.org. 

The Red Dot Auction: Silent Auction Art Preview

Dear friends, fans, and collectors,

The Red Dot Auction, the spring fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, opens its doors tomorrow night, Friday, May 11, at 6 PM, inaugurating the Center's new space at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. Be there or be square.

You can preview the silent auction art by going to this page on the blog. These are a few of the recent additions to the auction:

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Everyone at the Center is looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night!

A Day of Preparation in Advance of Last Night’s Gala Grand Opening!

Reporting from Costa Mesa, CA: When our team started arriving at the new Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa (at South Coast Collection, Sunflower & Hyland, just north of the 405) yesterday morning at around 8:30 AM to prepare for last night's gala grand-opening (you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see photos and learn more about that part of day) we found Paul S., the construction foreman, with his head stuck in the "El Cheapo" lift.  (Most of the above statement is true, but part of it is false…you'll need to make the judgement call.)

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Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones's daughter, along with 24 carrots Catering & Events' own Nicole Schieppati, put their heads together and came up with a plan for the day.  Without our gracious good fortune of being partnered with 24 carrots, the Center would not have had this amazing opportunity to be in this new 8000 square foot facility.  Thank you 24 carrots Catering & Events!

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Everyone looks so small!  It was a Lilliputian moment as the hanging wires were installed by the 6'5" Scott Dicken (far left) with Steve Amaya on a 12' ladder and Tracy Tanner (President of the Center's volunteer council) assisted by the gracious Carol Erickson (far right; everyone give a big 'hello' to Carol, a longtime collector of the art of Chuck Jones who has recently joined the staff of the Center and the Chuck Jones Gallery.  Welcome Carol!) offered their expert advice.

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Carol (below) prepared the 20 Silent Auction bid boards for installation.

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"Lights, Camera, Action!" made the scene, placed lovingly on its own wall; just to give you an idea of the size of this room, the wall it is hanging on is 23' wide by 17' high.   Texas isn't the only place where everything is big!

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Scott Dicken, VP of Retail Operations for the Chuck Jones Galleries, along with the intrepid Steve Amaya (both are 20 year veteran's of Linda Jones Enterprises…we have a tendency to stick around) found themselves up in the El Cheapo lift more often than not as we placed larger works of art on the main exhibition wall.

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Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity (far left) and Linda Jones (back to camera, 2nd from left) help Paul, the construction foreman, negotiate the El Cheapo Lift (okay, that's really the name of the company that supplies the lifts we use and we find it immensely amusing, hence its repeated appearance in this post) around the ceiling's truss supports.  Please note that the back wall has since been hung with a variety of works by a group of new artists who are paying homage to Chuck Jones during his centennial year, but more on that later.

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The main exhibition wall after installation.  In this instance, we felt a 'salon' installation was best for the space and for the evening ahead.

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Finally, at the end of yesteday afternoon, things seemed to be in place and ready for 400 of our nearest and dearest.  Christopher Scardino, Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant extraordinaire and the Center's teaching artist (he channels Chuck's teaching philosophy of nurturing and gentle guidance) stands between original works by Bob Elias (left) and James C. Mulligan (right) that we had placed in our incompleted office area that was off limits to our guests last night, but which we used as a staging area for the event.  Art goes everywhere, no matter the setting!

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Tomorrow, watch this space for photos and details from last night's gala grand-opening of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!

Countdown to the Chuck Jones Big Draw…817, 818, 819

We're heading into the home stretch and prepping our event space for today's Chuck Jones Big Draw.  Join us for this CREATIVITY extravaganza at South Coast Collection, 3309-E Hyland Avenue (next to the Paul Mitchell School), Costa Mesa, California today from 11AM to 5PM.  Remember we're attempting to set a world-record for the largest art class held in one venue promptly at 2PM this afternoon; we need to beat 817…be there or be square!

Last night at "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" (created and conducted by the absolutely awesome George Daugherty, far right in the photo below) Chuck Jones's grandchildren, Craig, Todd and Valerie Kausen, presented the Pacific Symphony with "Bugs Conductor" in commemoration of this amazing symphonic experience.  More photos and details to follow tomorrow–gotta run and get my creativity on!  See ya!

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Pink Donuts + the Chuck Jones Big Draw

You might ask yourself what pink donuts have to do with the Chuck Jones Big Draw and you'd be right to do so.  I imagine that Chuck may have enjoyed a pink donut on occasion (no one's talking if he did or didn't), but still it seems a stretch, doesn't it?

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Well, wonder no more!  "The Simpson's" storyboard artist and animator, Stephen Reis, will be one of our teaching artists at the upcomnig Chuck Jones Big Draw.  Not only will he be working with young and old alike at the animation station, but with his painting partner, Trevor Carlton, will be creating a painting to music in a performance you won't want to miss!  To read a great interview with Stephen, click on the pink donut.

The Chuck Jones Big Draw will be held Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  We really want to set a world record for the largest  art class held in one location, starting promptly at 2 PM, so please come out and join in the fun, meet Stephen Reis and our large group of teaching artists and discover your innate creative genius. To reserve your space go to EventComplete.com or click on Bugs Bunny.

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