November 3rd – Two Artists Two Events One Day!

Saturday, November 3rd at The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity & Art Gallery in Costa Mesa: 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

“Simpsons” Storyboard Artist, Stephen Reis                                                                                                           Free Fun for the Whole Family! -10 AM to 1 PM

Painter, Mike Kungl                                                                                                                                        New Work, Exhibit and Sale -1 to 4 PM

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that on Saturday, November 3, 2012, beginning at 10 AM “Simpsons” storyboard artist and director, Stephen Reis, will lead a workshop on creating storyboards and character development during the Center’s “The Great, Grand Chuck Jones Family Happening!” This event is free and open to the public and will end at 1 PM. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is located at 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa in Orange County’s hippest new gathering place, South Coast Collection (SoCo).

Immediately following “The Great, Grand Chuck Jones Family Happening” the Chuck Jones Gallery will host a reception for painter Mike Kungl whose work graces the halls of Warner Bros. Television, DreamWorks Entertainment and Ingram Micro to name but a few of his corporate collectors. His Art Deco and Art Moderne-inspired imagery is always in full bloom whether he’s painting a beautiful woman or Bugs Bunny and one of his adversaries. The reception for this artist will end at 4 PM and is free and open to the public.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring Stephen Reis to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s ‘The Great, Grand Chuck Jones Family Happening!’,” says Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Center and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “His ability to guide and nurture creativity is inspirational and a wonder to behold. Children and adults will thoroughly enjoy their time with him.”

“Both of my parents were very encouraging of my artistic pursuits. Not once can I remember them trying to talk me out of going into an art-related career, while at the same time reminding me that it is still a business and that you have to be a professional to work as a professional,” says Stephen Reis about his choice of career. Currently the storyboard artist for the longest running animated sitcom on television, “The Simpsons”, Reis brings a child-like intensity to the work he creates tempered by an adult’s more realistic approach. The results: hilarious!

“Mike Kungl is one of today’s art stars, known for his Art Deco/Moderne influenced paintings and fine art prints,” notes Scott Dicken, VP of retail for the Chuck Jones Companies and director of the Chuck Jones Gallery at SoCo. “This will be his first exhibition at our Costa Mesa gallery and we will be featuring never-before-seen original drawings, mixed media, and works on canvas.”

“I strive to produce work that I’m personally going to have fun designing and painting. Therefore when it’s complete my goal is having thecollector be just as entertained looking at it as I was creating it,” states Mike Kungl on his approach to selecting subject matter and the creation of his artwork. A resident of Orange County, California, Kungl is the official artist of the 25th Annual Miami Beach Art Deco Weekend. The Miami honor is just one of many in a succession of developments that highlight Kungl’s growing reputation as a recognized artist across the country and around the world. His work is featured regularly in magazine articles, how to books and television shows. The Chuck Jones Gallery at the Center for Creativity is pleased to represent his original work and fine art limited editions.

Founded in 1999, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’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. The Center is dedicated to reinvigorating the creative spirit and is accomplishing that through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. His writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction form the basis of the programs of the Center.

The Chuck Jones Gallery has been an Orange County institution since 1991 and a magnet for collectors and visitors from around the world. Located inside the Center’s 8000 square foot building at South Coast Collection, the OC’s most fashionable shopping and dining destination, the Gallery regularly exhibits the work of Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, Disney Studios, and the Chuck Jones Homage Artists which include Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, Jeff Degrandis, Mike Peraza, James Coleman, and Tennessee Loveless. Gallery hours are 10 to 6 Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesday.

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