It’s Daffy Duck’s 77th anniversary next week and to celebrate we thought we’d break out a bottle of vintage “Old Duck”.
Drawings by Chuck Jones, graphite on 12 field animation paper, 10.5” x 12.5”, top drawing circa 1985 and bottom circa 1975.
[editor’s note: Cold Duck was an effervescent wine drink popular in the ’60s and ’70s.]
The 4th Annual Red Dot Auction
Which Artist’s Work Will You Take Home Tonight?
Spring Gala Fund-raiser Announced for
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today plans for their spring fund-raising gala, The Red Dot Auction, to be held Friday, May 9th, from 7 to 10 PM at the Center located at South Coast Collection (SoCo), 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. Admission is $25.00 per person and open to the public. RSVP by May 2nd and receive 5 free raffle tickets when you sign in at the front desk the evening of the event. To buy your tickets online, go to ChuckJonesCenter.org or call 949-660-7791 x 20107.
This is the fourth annual Red Dot Auction, first conceived as a fund-raising opportunity for the Center in 2011. The Center, a 501(c)3 public charity, dedicated as it is to inspiring creativity in all people, but particularly in children, was founded in 1999 by animation legend and four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.
What differentiates The Red Dot Auction from other silent auctions is that all of the contributing artists have signed their artwork on the reverse. Consequently attendees at the event will not know who the artist is when bidding, they’ll only have their heart to follow. “We wanted to create a fun, engaging silent auction, and to further the suspense of not knowing which work belongs to which artist, each artist received an identical 12” square stretched canvas upon which to create their work of art,” noted Wayne Todd, President of the Council for Creativity, the volunteer arm of the Center.
“The artists who are participating come from all levels of notoriety, skill, and accomplishment, from students to emerging to established artists; we reached out around the world hoping to capture the imagination and appreciation of these artists. We are thankful that they were willing to help us achieve our goal of promoting creativity by providing a nurturing environment where it may grow and blossom,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center.
Participating artists include Rob Minkoff, director of such critically acclaimed films as “The Lion King” and “Stuart Little”; Nick Park and Peter Lord, Oscar-winning founders of Aardman Studios of “Wallace and Gromit” renown; “Dora the Explorer” producer and director, Jeff DeGrandis; Kelly Asbury, director of the box-office-giant animated film, “Gnomeo and Juliet”; Eric Goldberg, longtime Disney animator and director; Marian Jones, photographer, author, and Chuck Jones’s wife.
The Center’s vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in all disciplines, by the many, not just the few. This is an important goal, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to reinvigorating 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.
Chuck Jones as Bugs Bunny as Chuck Jones by Jeff DeGrandis, mixed media on canvas, 12” x 12”. DeGrandis, now with DreamWorks Animation, was the producer and director of “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go!” at Nickelodeon. He is one of “The Dover Boys” a group of (then) students at CalArts in Valencia whom Chuck befriended and mentored in the 1980s. Kelly Asbury (“Gnomeo and Juliet”), Rob Minkoff (“The Lion King” and “Peabody”), and Chris Bailey (“Hop”) are the other members of “The Dover Boys”.
From left: French actor Maurice Chevalier, Walt Disney, and Chuck Jones at a fundraiser in 1966 for California Institute of the Arts (once Chouinard Art Institute and now CalArts) on the back lot of Disney Studios where Chevalier was filming “Monkeys Go Home!”. Chuck Jones, a graduate of Chouinard, was on the Board of Directors for the fledgling Institute—while Disney helped found it as a school to train students in a variety of artistic disciplines.
Chuck worked at Disney Studios for a few short months in the late 1950s. Allegedly, in a meeting with Walt, Chuck said, “We’ve got a problem. The only job I want is yours.” Chuck was soon back at Warner Bros. making more great Looney Tunes cartoons.