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.
Craig Kausen, second from left, with Nick Schlag (far left), Sylvester the cat and Dolphin Gallery founder, Stephen Schlag.
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.
Oscar, as his wont, also got special attention from Dolphin Gallery art consultants, Janna and Christine.
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.
Of course, some future collectors of Chuck Jones art were more interested in what was happening on the screen than off!
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?
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.
A portion of the Chuck Jones exhibition and sale at Dolphin Galleries, the Shops at Wailea, Maui.
Craig shared stories of growing up with Chuck Jones with collectors this past Thursday evening.
Kids love Chuck Jones! (So do their parents!)
Shhh, don't tell anyone, but Dolphin Galleries art consultant, Teresa, sneaked a bag of popcorn.
The flowers of Maui are nearly as spectacular as the Chuck Jones art on display.
Oscar sends "Aloha" from Maui! (Oscar's companion courtesy Kimberley and Craig Kausen.)