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Some Orange County galas are stuffy black tie affairs, but the 4th Annual Red Dot Auction benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be the most animated OC event this spring.  The Red Dot Auction will be held Friday, May 9th, from 7 to 10pm at the Center located at South Coast Collection (SoCo), 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa. 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 or call 949-660-7791 x 20107.

 Check out some of my favorite pieces up for auction.

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Here's the cool part. All of the contributing animation artists have signed their artwork on the reverse. Bidders won't know who the artist is when bidding, they'll only have their heart to follow. Trust me, I've been to these auctions and it gets pretty animated during the bidding.  Lots of rubbing elbows with artists (Disney, Warner Bros and more) while noshing on hors d'oeuvres and sipping cocktails.  There'll be lots of laughter and a envigorating creative energy will fill the center as all the paintings are bid upon.  Bid wisely and you could walk home with a signed piece of art by a famous animator! 

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"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.

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  "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, Oscar-winning co-founder 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; James C. Mulligan, Disney artist and man about town.

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The Center, dedicated to inspiring creativity in all people, particularly in children, was founded in 1999 by animation legend and four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.

The Center's vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in all disciplines. 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.

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 I'll be there, bidding on art, laughing, mingling and getting very animated. Go buy your tickets now and I'll see you there!      BEEP!  BEEP!