Local Tempe artist, Craig Cheply (right) and his 96 year-old father-in-law, Harry Van Kirk, paid a visit to the "Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter" at the Tempe Center for the Arts this past week. Both Cheply and Van Kirk found the exhibit entertaining and enlightening; bringing back many fond memories for them both.
The exhibition will close June 18th, so make sure you mark your calendars and make time to visit beautiful Tempe, Arizona and take in the three concurrent Chuck Jones exhibitions before they close!
Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter: Tempe Center for the Arts
Chuck Jones, Black and White and Read All Over: Tempe Public Library
Chuck Jones, An Animated Life: Phoenix Airport Museum (Extended by popular demand through August 2010!)
Mr. Cheply sent us a photo of one of his paintings that we thought we'd share with our readers. Cheply has also exhibited at the Tempe Center for the Arts. This painting is titled, "X Marks the Spot." You can learn more about the artist by visiting his website, www.CraigCheply.com.
Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1975 television special “Rikki Tikki Tavi” based on one of The Jungle Book stories by Rudyard Kipling. This drawing is part of the exhibition Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter opening tonight at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.
Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, is traveling today to Tempe, Arizona site of the Chuck Jones retrospective exhibition, Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter, that opens tomorrow night at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Traveling with him today is one of Chuck's Oscars that will be on display at the exhibit.
They started off at John Wayne airport in Orange County:
And they landed at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix where a beautiful, concurrent exhibit of Chuck Jones original art is in the airport's museum (terminal 4, level 3 gallery):
Follow Oscar as he makes his way to Tempe Center for the Arts!
In 1989 Chuck Jones created a series of original oil paintings whose themes sprung from artists that he admired. He said at that time that it was one of the most challenging of works as he had to bend his artistic will to that of another artist in order to capture their brushwork and their intent. Pictured is the original oil painting titled "Persistence of Carrots." It will be featured at the exhibit Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter opening tomorrow night at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.
The oil paintings Chuck Jones completed in this series were published as fine art lithographs that same year by the American Atelier. Each was hand-pulled on 19th century French stone lithographic presses one color at at time. You can learn more about that series by clicking on the image.
The hands of Chuck Jones, photograph to be exhibited at the Tempe Center for the Arts beginning February 26th with a gala opening night reception. Read more about the exhibit Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughterhere.