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Meet Mike Dicken

Mike Dicken embodies much of what makes the Chuck Jones Galleries such a great place to collect art:  he's enthusiastic, he loves to laugh and he's dedicated to making sure everyone he assists builds their perfect collection of art.  As National Sales Director for the Chuck Jones Galleries he guides and works with our art consultants to ensure that all of you receive the same knowledge, energy and attention to detail that he brings to his own collectors. 

We'd like to take a moment to congratulate Mike for completing his second triathlon, the Encinitas Sprint!  Huzzah!  If you've never participated, it requires a tremendous amount of dedication and focus and Mike has worked hard to achieve this awesome personal goal. 

Mike running from the ocean swim
Mike works out six days a week; two days a week devoted to each of the three parts of the triathlon, swimming, running, biking.  

"Doing any kind of exercise is so great for life.  You have so much more energy, you are thinking clearer.  I can't say enough good things about how it's changed my outlook on life," Mike stated recently when queried about his new found passion.

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You can tell how much he's having just by the photos!  Mike celebrated his 19th year working at the Chuck Jones Galleries in the middle of August and he says he wouldn't trade it for the world, "I love the art, I love working for the Jones/Kausen family, and I love the people I work with; it's a perfect combination."

Mike running
Mike has made his home in the San Diego area now for about 10 years.  He's been married to the lovely Jamie for 15 and has two children; Juliette, who's 10 and Spencer, 7, all of whom are the lights of his life.  

Native to southern California, Mike attended Menlo College and worked in his family's video stores for several years before starting at the Chuck Jones Showroom when it was located at Heliotrope and Pacific Coast Hwy. in Corona del Mar. 

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In 1996 Mike and Jamie congratulated Chuck Jones at the Chuck Jones Showroom (by now located at Poinsettia and Pacific Coast Hwy.) on the receipt of his Lifetime Achievement Oscar.  

Mike spends most days at your Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego, drop in (232 Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp District) or give him a call at 888-294-9880 (or email: SanDiego@ChuckJones.com) and extend your congratulations! 

Chuck Jones Film Fest at Samuel Goldwyn Theater

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As we were saying earlier this week,
a group of like-minded individuals got together for a road trip that
began at the Chuck Jones Galley in Tustin (3065 Edinger Avenue, open
M-F, 9-6 PM, 949-660-7791) and up to Burbank and the Warner Bros.
Studios for a private screening of their new 3D short cartoons (directed
by Matthew O'Callaghan) which were awesome!  After that incredibly fun
experience, what better way to celebrate all things Chuck Jones than to
drive over the hills to Beverly, Beverly Hills that is, movie stars,
swimming pools, (oof, I'm off topic) and down to the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts & Sciences where Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones'
daughter, led a tour of the exhibition "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life
From A to Z-Z-Z-Z". 

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Her insightful (and first-hand) knowledge of the subject matter made for a fascinating tour of the exhibit.  It was at turns, nostalgic and heart-warming, funny and laugh-out-loud (LOL for you internet users,) and filled with the kind of knowledge only someone as intimately involved with the creator of so many magical moments could share with us.  We all felt honored to have shared in that moment.

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Linda Jones with collectors Brian S. (center) and Jim O'N.


Leigh Y. and her son, John Jr., pore over some of the dialogue sheets from a Chuck Jones directed cartoon.

Later that afternoon we strolled down Wilshire Blvd. (like we owned it) and had a fantastic dinner at Kate Mantilini's (Wilshire & Doheny, if you're in the 'hood.)  It was a great time for all of us to recount the favorite part of our day, and share in some good old-fashion camaraderie, the kind that's so often missing in today's fast-paced, plugged-in, media saturated environment.  It also gave us a chance to get all fired up about the evening's presentation back at AMPAS of all of Chuck Jones' Academy Award-nominated and -winning short films, many of which some of us had never seen before on the big screen in their original 35 mm form.  Woo Hoo!

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Cathy Dicken, wife of Scott Dicken, the VP of Retail for Linda Jones Enterprises, peeks over the menu at Kate Mantilini's. 

After the screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater a panel discussion was held led by Bill Kroyer, head of Digital Arts at Chapman University & featuring “The Dover Boys”, four animators who were mentored by Chuck Jones in the
early 1980s; Kelly Asbury, Chris Bailey, Jeff DeGrandis & Rob Minkoff (all of whom have become extremely successful & well-respected directors/producers & artists.)

Hooray for Hollywood!  Although the day was long the rewards were great, exhilarating & heart-warming.

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From left: Bill Kroyer, Linda Jones Clough, Marian Jones (wife of Chuck Jones) and Kelly Asbury.

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"The Dover Boys" from left: Kelly Asbury, Chris Bailey, Jeff DeGrandis and Rob Minkoff.  So named by Linda Jones because she envisioned starting a production company with the four of them when they were first being mentored by Chuck Jones in the early 1980s. 

AMPAS to Screen All Nine of Chuck Jones’ Nominated & Winning Short Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that on Friday, August 20 at 7:30 PM they will present a screening of Chuck Jones' nine Oscar-nominated (and 3 winners) short films.  This is presented in conjunction with the final days of the exhibition "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" that closes on August 22. 

Tickets for the screening are just $5.00 for the general public and are available online.  Click here for more information.

Bill Plympton & Plymptoons Tonight!


Bill Plympton, two-time Oscar nominee, will be our special guest tonight from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, in the heart of San Diego's historic GasLamp District (across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel and smack in between K & L Streets.) 

Mr. Plympton will be dedicating and remarque-ing artwork purchased at this show.  Don't miss out on his first ever gallery exhibit in San Diego!  See you tonight! 

Craig Kausen Leads Tour of “Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-z-z-z”

On Saturday, June 19, Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones led a tour of the exhibition "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.  A group of about 40 Chuck Jones art collectors, fans and aficianados gathered to hear Craig wax nostalgic about growing up with Chuck Jones and discuss the impact Jones has made on the art of the animated film. 

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Craig spoke about the manner in which Chuck Jones constructed his films, his editing process (during the creation of the short film) and his attention to detail.

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Johnnie Diem and her grandson, Garrett, were among those who enjoyed the afternoon excursion and tour.  Garrett is currently interested in stop-motion animation and has been making his own films using legos.

Tom Myak and Oscar
Of course, everyone loves to get close to the magic of Oscar and collector Tom Myak is no exception.  

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As with all things Chuck Jones, there is always much love to be shared.  Craig and Diane Norwine give each other a hug in greeting and excitement at the prospect of sharing this incredible exhibition together.  

The exhibition runs through August 22nd at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California.  For more information, including hours, please their website by clicking here.

Image of the Day: One Froggy Evening

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Original production background, layout by Robert Gribbroek, backgrounds painted by Philip DeGuard, from the Chuck Jones directed 1955 short animated film, “One Froggy Evening.”  One of three short films by Jones inducted into the National Film Registry of the Smithosonian (the other two are “What’s Opera, Doc?” and “Duck Amuck”) it bowed in theaters on December 31, 1955 (what a New Year’s Eve surprise!)

Opening tonight with a gala reception, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents “Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z.”  The exhibit closes August 22, 2010.  For more information, visit the Oscars!

Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life from A to Z-Z-Z-Z Opens Friday, May 14th

"Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life from A to Z-Z-Z-Z opens Friday, May 14th at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in the Grand Lobby Gallery at 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California.  Running concurrently with three exhibitions in Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona (including an extension of the exhibit at Phoenix Airport Museum through August) the exhibit at the Academy was curated by Ellen Harrington, Director of Exhibitions and Special Events.  Researching the archives of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Harrington selected over 150 works of animation art, photographs, sketchbooks and storyboards that detail the nearly seven decade career of Chuck Jones. 

Not only will work from Jones' Academy Award® -winning and nominated films be on display, but also from such delightful cartoons as "Bear for Punishment" (1951), "Deduce You Say" (1956) and "Little Lion Hunter" (1939.)  The full range of the exhibition will help the viewer understand Jones' process of creating an animated film, from story to completed film.  To read more about the exhibition, visit the Academy's website by clicking here.

Image of the Day: From A to Z-Z-Z-Z

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Original lobby card for the 1954 Chuck Jones directed short animated film, "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" starring the day-dreaming young boy, Ralph Phillips.  In the Great Performances documentary "Extremes & In-Betweens" both Jones and his brother, Richard, discuss Chuck's difficulty with formal education (having learned to read at 3 and consumed more books by the age of 8 than many adults read in a lifetime,) Chuck was bored.  Thankfully, his father pulled him out of school as a teenager and enrolled him in the Chouinard Institute.  (And, as they say, the rest is history.)  

"Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z", an exhibition of over 200 works of animation art and ephemera from the six decade career of the Oscar-winning director and creator, will open to the public on Friday, May 14, 2010 in the Grand Lobby Gallery of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Califonia.  To read more about the exhibit, click here.  

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Chuck Jones’ Oscar Goes on a Trip, part 4

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Oscar in his temporary home at Tempe Center for the Arts exhibition, "Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter." 

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Linda Jones, Chuck Jones' daughter, draws Marvin Martian on Jones' animation desk this afternoon at Tempe Center for the Arts before heading back to southern California after last night's gala opening reception.

More on the opening to follow in the days to come!