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Tickets Now on Sale for the Grand Opening of “Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination” Exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum — San Francisco

Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination
Opening Reception
Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm

The Cartoon Art Museum and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will host a special reception for the exhibition, Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  Special guests include Chuck Jones’ widow, Marian Jones, his daughter,Linda Jones Clough and grandson, Craig Kausen, who is the Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as other guests from the family and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cartoon Art Museum and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Tickets are $50 for the VIP portion, $10 for the reception and can be purchased through: http://guestli.st/151239

Additional level tickets offer discount memberships to the Cartoon Art Museum and charter membership to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  Please visit the ticket page for details.

From 6pm to 7pm, the VIP portion will include an exclusive Docent Tour of the exhibit by Linda Jones Clough and Craig Kausen. Exclusive items will be available for auction, including tribute pieces from artists at Pixar Animation Studios and an original Chuck Jones piece.  Refreshments courtesy of Square MealsShmaltz Brewery and Garden Creamery.

From 7pm to 9pm regular ticket buyers can enjoy refreshments, mix and mingle with our special guests and participate in the auction. Exclusive items will be available for auction, including tribute pieces from artists at Pixar Animation Studios and an original Chuck Jones piece. The auction will close for live bidding at 8pm.

About the Exhibition:  February 9 – May 5, 2013 
The Cartoon Art Museum presents a centennial retrospective of the art of legendary animation director and creator Chuck Jones, on display from February 9 through May 5, 2013.  The exhibition, comprising 100 works of art from the late 1930s through the late 1990s, is entitled Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination100 Years of an Animated Artist. Artwork for the exhibit is provided by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA.

Chuck Jones, a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts in Valencia), drew $1.00 portraits on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles before he began his career in animation as a cel washer at Ubbe Iwerks Studio in 1932. He directed his first cartoon, “The Night Watchman,” for Leon Schlesinger Productions in 1938 and went to helm such classic Warner Brothers shorts as "What's Opera, Doc?" and "One Froggy Evening."  Winner of three animation Oscars and an honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar for "the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters," Jones is today considered synonymous with the "Golden Age" of studio animation and has inspired many of today’s most significant film directors, artists, and animators.  

“I have been a fan of the Cartoon Art Museum for many years and to finally have such an extensive exhibition presented here is like a dream come true.  My grandfather loved San Francisco and its denizens. This exhibition, with many never-before-exhibited works, is a masterpiece to celebrate Chuck’s Centennial Celebration,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and to bring our patrons 100 pieces of classic and rarely seen artwork from one of the greatest and most influential cartoonists in American history,” said Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago.  “Chuck received the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sparky Award for lifetime achievement in 1998, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to further celebrate his extraordinary career and talent.”   

About The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity located in Costa Mesa, California. Founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator, 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.

The Center is dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and they are doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction form the basis of their programs.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics.  The museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world.  The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.


Cartoon Art Museum * 655 Mission Street – San Francisco, CA 94105 – 415-CAR-TOON - www.cartoonart.org <http://www.cartoonart.org>  
Hours:  Tues.  Sun. 11:00 – 5:00, Closed Monday
General Admission: $7.00 – Student/Senior:$5.00 – Children 6-12:$3.00 – Members & Children under 6: Free

The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, 
study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms. 

The Red Dot Auction: Silent Auction Artwork Sneak Peak!

Who is the artist?

Which artist's work will I go home with tonight?


The answer to those questions and many more can be found at The Red Dot Auction: Silent Auction Artwork!  Haven't RSVP'd?  Not to worry!  Call Pamela Marsden at 949-660-7791 to secure your place at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's Spring fund-raiser, The Red Dot Auction, on Saturday, May 14th beginning at 6:30 PM.  

Tickets available online at: http://blog.chuckjones.com/chuck_redux/red_dot.html.  

The Dover Boys Decamp to Culver City

On the evening of Thursday, April 7th, at 6 PM, The Dover Boys will be guests-of-honor at the home of animation art collector and patron of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Dave Lowenstein.  

Because you may know who we speak of when we say "The Dover Boys" and you'd like to meet them and at the same time support the important work that the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is doing, all you have to do is donate here.  Call Pamela Marsden for event address, 949-660-7793 and to confirm your reservation.  SPACE IS LIMITED.


On the other hand, you might ask who are The Dover Boys?  Well, they're not these Dover Boys:

These Dover Boys (Tom, Dick and Larry) are the young men who appeared in the Chuck Jones 1942 ground-breaking short cartoon of the same name.  No, we're talking about a group of young men (yes, still) who made Jones's acquaintance when they were students at CalArts (in Valencia, CA) in the early 1980s.  As students of animation they had the opportunity to meet Chuck when he gave a lecture at the school and afterward, Jones stunned them by inviting them down to his home in Orange County "to talk."  (Now, they're all better at telling this story and quite a story it is, so you'll want to make sure you take the opportunity to put this very special fund-raising event on your calendar.)

These Dover Boys (a named coined for them by Chuck's daughter, Linda, BTW,) are Kelly Asbury, Rob Minkoff, Chris Bailey and Jeff DeGrandis.  

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Kelly Asbury (from left,) Chris Bailey, Jeff DeGrandis and Rob Minkoff at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in August of 2010 participating in a panel discussion at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater after a showing of all nine of Chuck Jones' Oscar-nominated short cartoons.

Kelly Asbury:  Kelly Asbury is the Director and co-writer of the 3D computer-animated feature filmGnomeo & Juliet (2011).

Asbury's past directorial efforts include the Oscar-nominated films "Shrek 2" (2004) and "Spirit – Stallion of the Cimarron" (2002). During his twenty-seven year career as an animation artist, Kelly Asbury has served many creative capacities on some of Hollywood's most popular animated films, including "Shrek" (2001), "Toy Story" (1995), "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), "Beauty and the Beast" (1992) and "The Little Mermaid" (1989). Asbury also provided a variety of character voices on "Gnomeo and Juliet" and "Shrek 2". In addition to films, Asbury is a noted author and illustrator of several published children's books, as well as having written and compiled the offbeat, non-fiction book, "Dummy Days – America's Favorite Ventriloquists from Radio and Early TV" (Angel City Press – 2003) Read more at his IMDB page. (Biography courtesy Internet Movie Database)

Rob Minkoff:  Known for directing the Academy Award-winning animated film, "The Lion King", Minkoff is also the director of "Stuart Little" and "Stuart Little 2."  While at Disney, Rob wrote the song "Good Company" for "Oliver & Company" and directed two Roger Rabbit shorts, "Tummy Trouble" and "Roller Coaster Rabbit," along with the feature films, "The Haunted Mansion" and "The Forbidden Kingdom."  He has a new film due for release this year, "Flypaper."  Visit his IMDB page for a complete listing of his credits.  

Chris Bailey: Writer, director, special effects wizard, animator, all words that describe Chris Bailey's career.  Born in Portland, Oregon, Bailey has worked in TV and film throughout his career including Disney's "Oliver & Company" (writer,) "The Little Mermaid" and "The Rescuers Down Under" (character animation) and the producer and director of the hit TV series "Kim Possible."  You can read the details of Chris Bailey's career at this IMDB page.  

Jeff DeGrandis:  DeGrandis has made his name in the world of TV animation as the producer and director of the hit TV series, "Dora the Explorer," "Go, Diego, Go!" and "Ni Hao Kai Lan."  Jeff got his first big break working with Chuck Jones on the animation for the 1992 movie, "Stay Tuned" and sharpened his skills at "The Ren and Stimpy Show."  If it involves drag racing, Jeff DeGrandis will be there.  He cites the custom car stylings of the iconic Ed "Big Daddy" Roth as one of his major influences. If you absolutely must know more about Jeff DeGrandis, click on his name to view his IMDB profile and credits.  

And as if that were not enough!   

This will be the setting for the evening's entertainment!  Dave Lowenstein has collected animation art for many years and his home is a museum of contemporary animation art collecting.  He's graciously opened his doors (and his heart and his wallet) to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity  for the evening.  

Oh, and one more thing!

To top off the evening we will be paying special tribute to animation pioneer, Martha Sigall as she and her husband, Sol, celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary!  

Please join us for this special evening, meet the Dover Boys, wish glad tidings to Martha and Sol, chat with Linda Jones (Chuck's daughter) and her children, Craig and Todd Kausen.  Tickets are just $50.00, use the PayPal button to make your reservation today!

Inaugural Fundraiser “Creativity Season” a Success!

Close to 100 friends of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity made their way to Orange this past Saturday evening as the Center launched its inaugural fund-raiser, "Creativity Season."  There was much merriment, great food, good spirits (of the liquid kind too!,) and lively repartee:  what more could a non-profit devoted to inspiring creativity ask for?  Okay, simple answer:  money.  Friends of the Center showed their true colors by bidding & winning Silent Auction items; some items were so 'hot' that they were bought by opting to 'buy-it-now'.  And that was just the beginning!   We thought we'd share a few photographs from the evening's festivities with you.  

Jimmy mulligan mural

The amazing James C. Mulligan (we all call him Jimmy!) worked all night to complete the mural on the back of the Center's building in Old Towne Orange.  Guests stood in awe of his prodigious talent (some even got to hold his paint for him while he worked!) 

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As you can see the resulting work of art is a show-stopper!  Thank you Mr. James C. Mulligan for donating your talent to the Center.  We appreciate you!

Sharon smith

During the evening, guests were invited to work on canvases that had been prepared with a Chuck Jones line drawing & the results were outstanding.  Mrs. Sharon Smith got the paint ball rolling on this canvas that featured Bugs Bunny at his artist easel.  

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Chris Scardino, one of the Center's teaching artists, lent his expertise to Glenn Locke as the project continued and guests painted a canvas depicting Road Runner and Coyote.

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Animation director and Chuck Jones "Dover Boy", Chris Bailey, helped out by filling in the blank canvas Bugs is working on (shown here with Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter.)

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Throughout the evening, raffle prizes were drawn.  Mrs. Beverly Brown won a hand-signed Chuck Jones-designed Christmas Card!

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The Board of Trustees of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, from left: Marian Jones, Craig Kausen (Chairman,) Linda Jones Clough and Todd Kausen.  Not shown is Valerie Kausen.

Auction crowd
The live auction got off to a lively start & before you knew it, bidding wars were cropping up everywhere you turned.  Our auctioneer, Bill, really put his heart and soul into making the auction a memorable event.  Much needed funds were raised!

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None of this would have been possible without the tireless effort of the staff of the Center, Cheryl Posner, Executive Director (third from left) and Pam Marsden, Program Director, (on the right) shown here basking in the glory of the new mural with Tracy Tanner (far left) President of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity (the volunteer community ambassadors for the Center,) without whose awesome talent this event would not have been nearly as wonderful, with Council member Stephen Russo (and the photographer for all of the photos in this post.

Thank you to everyone who joined us Saturday evening and who gave freely to help us insure that these much-needed creativity programs will continue into the future.  Huzzahs all around!



Win Two Tickets to “Creativity Season”!

Would you like to join us AS OUR GUEST for the inaugural "Creativity Season"  Fundraising Event at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity this Saturday, October 23rd?

Tell us your story of how you have been inspired by Chuck Jones and his work (in 100 words or less) and you'll be entered into a drawing to get 2 complimentary tickets to "Creativity Season," October 23rd in Old Towne Orange.  Winners will be selected and notified Friday evening, October 22nd.  

For details about the event, click here.

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Muralist, Actor, All Around Bon Vivant, Jimmy Mulligan to Appear at Creativity Season!

Don’t know what to do on Saturday, October 23rd from 6 to 9 PM?  Head on down to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 131 W. Chapman, Orange, California for their first annual fund-raiser, CREATIVITY SEASON!  Tickets are still available, but space is limited so click here and get yours now!  

Muralist and actor (and all around bon vivant), Jimmy Mulligan, will be our special guest.  He was at the Center this past Saturday and working with a terrific group of kids, painted this:

Jimmy and bugs mural

Plus he talks about the experience here: