The 5th Annual Red Dot Auction: the Photos!

05/08/2015 by rpatrick
Kimberley and Craig Kausen. Craig is Chairman of the Center and Chuck's grandson.
Kimberley and Craig Kausen. Craig is Chairman of the Center and Chuck's grandson.
Artist Dana Kungl with collector and artist, Cynthia Damiano
Artist Dana Kungl with collector and artist, Cynthia Damiano
Artists Eric Schlegel and Ginger Duncan
Artists Eric Schlegel and Ginger Duncan
Irvine Children's Symphony members performed Thursday evening at the VIP private preview evening.
Irvine Children's Symphony members performed Thursday evening at the VIP private preview evening.
Leigh and John Yetsko, left, with artist Daniel Killen.
Leigh and John Yetsko, left, with artist Daniel Killen.
Artists Deborah and Jennifer Sleeper with friends.
Artists Deborah and Jennifer Sleeper with friends.
Craig with his older brother, Todd Kausen.
Craig with his older brother, Todd Kausen.
From left: artist Mike Kungl; the Center's photographer, Stephen Russo; artists Daniel Killen and Jimmy Mulligan.
From left: artist Mike Kungl; the Center's photographer, Stephen Russo; artists Daniel Killen and Jimmy Mulligan.
Samii (r) and Joseph Yakovetic. Joe's been a contributing artist to the Red Dot Auction for the past two years.
Samii (r) and Joseph Yakovetic. Joe's been a contributing artist to the Red Dot Auction for the past two years.
Your mom will always love you best: Jamie Martin gets a kiss from his.
Your mom will always love you best: Jamie Martin gets a kiss from his.
Craig Kausen leading the live auction on Friday evening.
Craig Kausen leading the live auction on Friday evening.
Artist Bob Elias signs the commemorative poster.
Artist Bob Elias signs the commemorative poster.
Contributing artists, Linda Jones Clough (l), Chuck Jones's daughter with Mayu Tanimoto.
Contributing artists, Linda Jones Clough (l), Chuck Jones's daughter with Mayu Tanimoto.
Three of the volunteers of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity mug for the camera: from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, chair of the event and Frank Howa.
Three of the volunteers of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity mug for the camera: from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, chair of the event and Frank Howa.
Three of the Center's Board of Directors, from left, Linda Jones Clough, Bob Kurtz, and Tracy Tanner.
Three of the Center's Board of Directors, from left, Linda Jones Clough, Bob Kurtz, and Tracy Tanner.
Long time supporters of the Center and fine artists in their own right, Pamala and Tony Meador.
Long time supporters of the Center and fine artists in their own right, Pamala and Tony Meador.
The featured speaker at Thursday's private preview was author and journalist, Ashley Merryman, seen here with Board Chairman, Craig Kausen, and his mother Linda Jones Clough.
The featured speaker at Thursday's private preview was author and journalist, Ashley Merryman, seen here with Board Chairman, Craig Kausen, and his mother Linda Jones Clough.

The 5th Annual Red Dot Auction was held on two nights this year. A private preview cocktail party for donors, friends, supporters, and artists was held Thursday evening, April 30. On May 1st, the Red Dot Auction was open to the public and what a great turnout both nights! There was a lot of interest in the amazing art donated by over 225 artists this year! Huzzah! Much flurried bidding took place, Red Dots were flying, cowbells were ringing, glasses were tinkling, raffle prizes were drawn, and one lucky soul was the winning bidder at the live auction of an afternoon with Disney artist extraordinair, Mike Peraza, at his home studio where he'll get to see Peraza's astounding collection of animation collectibles and have a private lesson on how to draw your favorite Chuck Jones cartoon character! Woo hoo!

The question on everyone's lips, of course, was, "What artist's work will you go home with tonight?" By the end of the evening there were nearly two hundred answers! Thank you to the marvelous artists without whose generous donation of their time, talent, and creativity this event would not exist. And a special thank you to all of the Center's supporters, we appreciate you!

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.