There is an overwhelming amount of fantastic art galleries in Santa Fe, NM. You’ll be drowning in art. However the should not be missed, for young and old, is the Chuck Jones Gallery. Chuck Jones created the Loony Tunes. He is the brilliant mind behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and more icons from your childhood. While he was from Spokane, WA he gained a lot of his inspiration when vacationing in Santa Fe. you can see the influence of NM in Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote cartoons. While working for Warner Bros. he directed more than 250 cartoons and won 3 Academy Awards. You can definitely see a little of New Mexico in cartoons like Wiley Coyote.
“We must not confuse distortion with innovation; distortion is useless change, art is beneficial change.”- Chuck Jones
Be prepared for all of your childhood cartoons to be reimagined and beautifully depicted in to high priced art. It’s a glorious trip down memory lane.
Though The Nightmare Before Christmas is far from a Chuck Jones piece it ties into the general theme of children’s movies. The gallery doesn’t limit it’s subjects to strictly Looney Tunes but has New Yorker comics, Dr. Seuss, Disney, and Pixar pieces.
We were so lucky to come to The Chuck Jones gallery while they had a Dr. Seuss display. Artists from everywhere have taken classic stories from out bedtime readings and turned them into fantastical art.
If you are on a art binge with the children in tow Chuck Jones has a brightly lit room for them to dream of also one day becoming cartoonists! Even adults can put their own inspired pieces on the bulletin board.
Outside the gallery sits this bench that truly encompasses what Chuck Jones means to America. He captured our hearts and lives with his incredible imagination and hilarious characters and we can still enjoy him as adults.
This is a must stop in Santa Fe along with the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, and the town plaza.
It’s located at 135 W. Palace Avenue Santa Fe, NM, 87501.
For more information: http://www.chuckjones.com/