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The Center’s Fall Fundraiser, Creativity Season, Set for Saturday, September 28

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Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Fall Fundraiser, Creativity Season Scheduled

September 28, 2013

Musical Entertainment by Broadway Star, Steve Landes

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that some of children whose lives have been enriched by its programs, will be the special guests at Creativity Season, to be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Center, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA in the South Coast Collection (SoCo).  

“Gala” tickets are $75.00 and include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and dinner. Silent and live auctions will be presented throughout the evening and after dinner the Center is pleased to present a song cycle by Steve Landes, star of the Broadway revue, “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.”

“Premiere” tickets are $125.00 per person and include all of the above plus the opportunity to sit with one of the ten noted artists that have worked with Chuck Jones or are respected artists in their fields such as: Eric Goldberg (Disney animation director “Aladdin”, “The Princess and the Frog”), Mike Peraza (Disney Art Director “The Little Mermaid”), Ron Burns (noted animal portraitist), Jeff DeGrandis (producer and director “Dora the Explorer”), as well as with Chuck’s wife, Marian Jones, a well-known photographer and writer, and his daughter, Linda, the founder of Linda Jones Enterprises, his publisher and art representative.

The evening will be catered by the Center’s partner, 24 carrots Catering & Events. Tickets may be purchased online at http://shop.chuckjonescenter.org/collections/tickets or by phone at 949-660-7793.

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“Creativity is me just being me,” said Laura Tanimoto, one of the evening’s special guests. Inspired by Chuck Jones, Laura has participated in classes and volunteered at the Center over the past year. Her donated artwork for the Red Dot Auction was one of the most hotly contested of the evening’s silent auctions.

“We are excited to share the major milestones the Center has produced this past year,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Center and Chuck’s grandson. “And it will also help explain the important work we do. It is a challenge these days to find adequate arts education; creativity is one of the most important attributes of highly successful scientists, mathematicians, and business leaders. The Center is committed to helping everyone, but particularly children, find the creative genius that resides in each of us.”

About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity: The Center was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator and director, 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.

These are important goals, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and we 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 our programs.

About Steve Landes: From New York’s famed Broadway to the West End in London, Steve Landes has been performing to packed houses. An original Broadway cast member of the show, “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” (Winner, 2011 Drama Desk Award for ‘Outstanding Revue’), Steve is currently touring worldwide with the show, in the role of John Lennon. When not on tour with RAIN, Steve performs solo with acoustic guitar, singing soulful versions of some of the greatest pop songs from the past five decades.

Singer and Broadway star, Steve Landes

Singer and Broadway star, Steve Landes

O, What a Night! Red Dot Re-cap

Were you there? Wasn't it awesome? Close to 300 people made the scene last night at the 3rd Annual Red Dot Auction, the spring fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, California (couldn't resist the alliterative 'c's!) 

Here's a quick look at the night in pictures…a more detailed account will be posted in the coming days (Chuck Redux needs to rest…)

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The Jacobson's take a moment to confab before the crowd arrived. Daughter Brenna helped out by selling raffle tickets throughout the evening and was a contributing artist, mom Rina is a council member and volunteer community ambassador for the Center. Mr. J., well, did as dads and husbands do.

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These patrons of the Center bid often and won often!

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Tracy Tanner (left), the Council's most-excellent president, says hello to her friend, David.

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Rachael O'Connell, a contributing artist, and her husband, David.

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The Zives make the scene! Thanks for becoming a member of the Center, Paul!

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Andrea Salisbury, who contributed two canvases to the Red Dot Auction, and her husband.

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John Yetsko, left, and his wife, Leigh, and son, John, Jr. (far right) with contributing artist Eric Scales.

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The Sleeper sisters, Jennifer and Debbie (left and right, respectively), flank Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and founding trustee of the Center. All three were contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction.

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Artist Eric Scales and his contribution, a hilarious and spot-on portrait of Michigan J. Frog!

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Tracy Tanner, Nancy Evans, photographer Pasquale Ferazzoli (who donated two beautiful photographs) and the Center's amazing program administrator, Sasha Advani. Thank you, Sasha, for all of your help and assistance–we couldn't have done it without you!

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Mike Dicken, national sales director for the Chuck Jones Galleries, gives Chuck Redux the "if you post this photo, you'll be in deep …." look. 

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Oh, here's trouble: From left, Michael Young of Collector's Editions (love you, mean it) with contributing artist, Mike Kungl, and Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity try to keep quiet while auctioneer, Eric Ross does his thing.

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Carol Erickson, left, art consultant at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa, with Linda Jones Clough. Bare walls = a successful Red Dot Auction!

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MIke Peraza, second from right, artist and art director extraordinaire for Disney Studios and Warner Bros. kindly donated his talents for a live auction item that included a drawing lesson with him as well as several DVDs of films he's worked on and an original Chuck Jones drawing from the archive. Winners included David Cantor, far left, with his father Neil and Heather Broadnax, third from right, and her mother. Craig Kausen holds the Chuck Jones drawing (Craig is Chuck's grandson.)

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As the night wound down, winning bidders and artists got together for Chuck Redux's camera. Here we have contributing artist, Joseph Yakovetic with patrons of the arts, John Tanner (center) and son Nick who were the winning bidders of Joseph's portrait of Chuck Jones. Also, Nick helped out last night by selling raffle tickets and taking photos, thank you Nick!

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Producer of Nickelodeon's long-running "Dora the Explorer" and other animated series, Jeff DeGrandis, far left, with John, Jr., Leigh, and John Yetsko. They used their Red Dot on Jeff's "Chuck Jones as Ralph Phillips" or is it "Ralph Phillips as Chuck Jones"? Either way, it was a fab contribution to the success of the Red Dot Auction! Thank you, Jeff! And thank you to the Yetsko's!

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And finally, the truth is out, Craig Kausen is not only an engineer, but also an artist! (Plus, without his unflagging energy and extraordinary positive attitude, none of this would be possible.)

Thank you everyone for making last night such a resounding success. We appreciate you!

Arrival photos and event photos from the Center's professional photographer, Stephen Russo, will be posted later this week. Look for them!

What’s in store for tonight at the Red Dot Auction

There will be music.

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Jester McCool (right) and Jimmy Mulligan (AKA James C.) will be performing.

There will be drinks.

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Tom M. (left), Dana Kungl, Tommy Martinez (TNez), and Mike Kungl

There'll be food too! (no photo of food, though, sorry. 🙁

There'll be artists.

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Painter Bob Elias (left) with patrons, Sandra and Louis. 

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Tamara Wood (left) with her daughter.

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And  of course, there'll be art, lots of art! There are 106 donated works of art…you should drop everything and join us this evening. Tickets available at the door. Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 949-660-7791 x 22103 or RSVP@ChuckJonesCenter.org.

See you there!

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo

Meet Leonard Maltin at Creativity Season!

Film Critic, Author, Historian to Be the Special Host

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Fall Fundraiser

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that noted film critic, author, and historian, Leonard Maltin will be the special host for the fall fundraiser, Creativity Season, to be held Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Center, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite B, Costa Mesa, CA in the South Coast Collection (SoCo). Creativity Season will include a Chuck Jones Big Draw starring several of today’s most noted artists working in animation and other media.

“Red Carpet” tickets are $100.00 per person and include an exclusive cocktail party to meet Mr. Maltin along with artists and film directors such as Rob Minkoff (director, “The Lion King”), Kelly Asbury, (director “Gnomeo and Juliet”), George Daugherty (Creator and Conductor of “Bugs Bunny on Broadway”), and Mike Peraza (Disney Art Director “The Little Mermaid”).  

“Gala” tickets are $50.00 and include cocktails beginning at 7 PM, the Chuck Jones Big Draw, and dinner. Silent and live auctions will be presented throughout the evening and after dinner Mr. Maltin will deliver a short paean to Chuck Jones.

The evening will be catered by the Center’s partner, 24 carrots Catering & Events. Tickets may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/CreativitySeasonTickets or by phone at 949-660-7793.

“If you love the movies, you’ll love meeting Leonard,” said Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter, Board member of the Center as well as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.  “His depth of knowledge of all things film and his love for the work my father created during his lifetime are astonishing. We’re delighted he has agreed to join us for this important fundraiser.”

“The Chuck Jones Big Draw we have planned will give our patrons and donors the opportunity to interact with some of today’s most creative talent working in animation and the arts today,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Center and Chuck’s grandson. “And it will also help explain the important work we do. It is a challenge these days to find adequate arts education; creativity is one of the most important attributes of highly successful scientists, mathematicians, and business leaders. The Center is committed to helping everyone, but particularly children, find the creative genius that resides in each of us.”

The artists who will be attending include:

George Daugherty – Symphonic conductor, Creator and Conductor of Bugs Bunny On Broadway and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, producer/director of Chuck Jones’ Peter and the Wolf, Emmy Award winning producer and director for ABC, Warner Bros., and PBS
David Ka Lik Wong – Creator and Producer of Bugs Bunny On Broadway and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, producer of Chuck Jones Peter and The Wolf, Emmy Award winning producer for ABC, Warner Bros., and PBS

Rob Minkoff: Director of Lion King, Stuart Little, The Forbidden Kingdom, The Haunted Mansion

Jeff DeGrandis: Producer of Dora the Explorer, Director for Chuck Jones Enterprises, Animator at Disney and Warner Bros.

Chris Bailey: Animation Director of Hop, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Kim Possible, Animator on Lion King

Kelly Asbury: Director of Gnomeo and JulietShrek 2, Writer of Chicken Run and Beauty and the Beast

Eric Goldberg: Director of PocahontasFantasia/2000, Animation Supervisor of AladdinPrincess and the Frog, and Hercules

Mike Peraza: Disney Art Director The Little Mermaid, Warner Bros. Animation Director, Production Designer- Anastasia, Concept- Ice AgeBeauty & Beast, Roger Rabbit, Aladdin, Ducktales, Darkwing Duck; Disney Parks Designer Carsland, Fantasyland.

John Ramirez: Designer, Art Director, Animator, Illustrator for such films as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules, and Toy Story II 

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator and director, 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.

These are important goals, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and we 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 our programs.

For more information, photo files, or to arrange an interview, please call Robert Patrick at 949-660-7791 x 22103 or via email rpatrick@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!

How to Hang Light Fixtures From 17′ High Ceilings (or How to Get a Lift Out of Life)

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This is Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, preparing to install light fixtures at the new (and improved) Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa in advance of next Friday's Red Dot Auction. (That's Friday, May 11th from 6 to 9 PM. You are going to be there, aren't you?)

 

This is Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, operating the 'lift' that allows us to install the light fixtures, change lamps, and generally do anything above the 10' level reachable by a ladder. Did I mention we're a week away from the Red Dot Auction? I did, didn't I, but you don't mind hearing it again, do you? 

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This is one of the walls after it had been lit by the fixtures that Craig Kausen had installed. He does excellent work, does he not? BTW, the lift is awesome, one of those gagdets that every man (and woman, for that matter) should have in his back pocket (one never knows when one might need a lift, does one?)

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The current Chuck Jones exhibition at the Center includes original drawings, watercolors, and production art from Jones's seven decade-long career. It will be on view the evening of Friday, May 11th from 6 to 9 PM at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA which is the evening that the Red Dot Auction will take place. But you knew that. 

Hope to see you then!

“Creativity Season” the Fall Fundraiser for CJCC to Be Rescheduled

Special announcement front webAfter considerable thought and discussion, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s fall fund-raiser “Creativity Season” is being rescheduled to a yet to be determined new date.  It has been our hope to show off our beautiful new home, but construction at the SoCo location is moving much slower than we had anticipated.

We anticipate combining this event with a fabulous grand opening event later this year or early in 2012 with our partner, 24 Carrots.   That gala would also be a fundraiser for the Center—utilizing the silent and live auction items we’d planned for “Creativity Season.”   We will update you as soon as we can with a new date for this special event.    We look forward to seeing you soon!

Let the Bidding Begin! The Red Dot Auction Silent Auction Artwork

Seeing red because you can't make it to the Red Dot Auction on May 14?  Yes, you can place an absentee bid.

Guidelines for absentee bidding on art featured in the silent auction: 

1.  The Chuck Jones Center is accepting absentee bids by e-mail only to Pam@ChuckJonesCenter.org.  No telephone calls, please.

2.  We must receive your e-mail bid by 6:00 p.m. PST on Friday, May 13.  We will not honor late bids, telephone bids, or bids sent to any other e-mail address.

3.  Make your very best bid, as the high bid from the absentee bidding will appear on the silent auction bid sheet posted by the art on Saturday night.

4.  In your bid e-mail, please include:
     a.  Your first and last name
     b.  Your e-mail address
     c.  Your telephone number
     d.  Your billing address
     e.  The number(s) of the piece(s) on which you are bidding
     f.  The maximum amount you are bidding for each piece
     g.  We reserve the right to request a credit card number for preauthorization

5.  We will notify winning absentee bidders early next week, and will request prompt payment via the Chuck Jones Center's PayPal account.  If the winning absentee bidder does not pay within 48 hours, we reserve the right to offer the piece to the next highest bidder.  
Bidding begins at $100.00 and goes up in $50.00 increments.  Let the bidding begin!

Participating artists include:  Andrea AlvinKelly Asbury, Chris Bailey, Jess Black, Caitlyn bone, John Canemaker, Benni CinkleLinda Jones CloughJeff DeGrandisSunny DolbergAmy Dyson, Bob Elias, Eric GoldbergShakiba Hashemi, John Howitt, Aaron Jackson, Andrew Jones, Marian Jones, Samantha Kausen, Mike KupkaNina Kuriloff, Christina Lancaster, Ria Lepage, Tennessee Loveless, Theresa Marchand, Marcel Marchand, Ken Marshall, Pamala Meador, James Mulligan, Micah Murray, Jimm Nawrocki, Robert Patrick, Irene Prestinary, Brittany Rausch, Jim Salvati,Chris Scardino,  Joshua Smith, Glen Tarnowski, Inna Timokhina, Mick Victor & others…

To purchase tickets to the Red Dot Auction, click on The Red Dot Auction!

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The Red Dot Auction: Silent Auction Artwork Sneak Peak!

Who is the artist?

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

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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.