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Warner Bros. exhibit captures history of 'Looney Tunes'

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com

A new exhibit now on display at the Honeywell Center’s Clark Gallery chronicles the history and development of iconic Warner Brothers characters, including the works of the studio’s most famous directors like Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Friz Freleng and Bob Clampett.

The exhibit features a wide range of pieces from film shorts and drawings to model sheets and “cels,” the transparent sheets upon which characters are drawn for animation. Curated pieces follow the development of characters from the 1930s through the early 1960s.

“This is a pretty large exhibit for the gallery,” said Michelle Hughes, programming assistant for the Honeywell Foundation.

Hughes said that while most Clark Gallery exhibits feature local artists, the Warner Brothers exhibit offers visitors something different. “And it’s ‘Looney Tunes,’” she said, “we’re hoping that it brings more people into the gallery and shows something a little different and more exciting.”

A public reception will be held at the gallery from 5-8 p.m. this evening, and on Saturday, a screening of “Looney Tunes Animated Shorts” will be shown at the Ford Theater, the Honeywell Foundation said.

Admission to Saturday’s screening is $2, with showtime at 2 p.m. this Saturday and again on Saturday, Jan. 20. The final day for the exhibit is Feb. 7.