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UPDATED: Peanuts Gang Coming to LCAD

Original and rare artwork from Charles Schulz will be shown starting Jan. 23 at the Laguna College of Art & Design.

Updated story from the Laguna College of Art and Design, with quotes from Scott Minerd and LCAD President Jonathan Burke:

Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) has announced that the “The Art of Charles Schulz and Peanuts – The Minerd Collection” will make its worldwide debut at the school’s beautiful Laguna Canyon campus on January 23, 2013. This landmark exhibition will showcase the true genius of Mr. Schulz’s lifelong work in Illustration and Animation, two vital degree programs offered at the college. “LCAD is honored to premiere this impressive and groundbreaking exhibition of the genius of Charles Schulz and his cast of Peanuts characters showcased within The Minerd Collection,” explained LCAD President Jonathan Burke.  “The entire LCAD campus is buzzing with excitement over this upcoming exhibition.”

The Minerd Collection is considered to be one of the most important collections of original artwork by Charles Schulz to be held in private hands, and the owner of this impressive collection is Mr. Scott Minerd.  By day, Minerd is the Chief Investment Officer/Managing Partner for the Santa Monica based Guggenheim Partners LLC. This privately held global financial services firm handles more than $125 billion in assets. In addition to this, The Guggenheim Baseball Group was also instrumental in the recent acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  When not opening the stock exchange in New York, appearing on such shows as The Bloomberg Television, CNBC or Fox Business News, as well as being interviewed for Barron’s or the New York Times, Mr. Minerd, is a self-proclaimed lover of the genius of Charles Schulz. Minerd says fondly, “Charles Schulz is right up there with Walt Disney as one of the most import figures to help shape American pop culture.”

So why does a lover and collector of fine antique furniture, European masters artworks, and vintage US war bonds artwork place Schulz as the pinnacle of his collection? His answer comes from many different avenues. He will fondly tell you about avidly reading Peanuts paperbacks and Schulz penned daily and Sunday comic strips as a child growing up in Pennsylvania. He will tell you about his father taking him to see Peanuts animated feature films at the local theater. And finally he will recall with a child like smile, the joy of seeing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Great Pumpkin” in his living room each year as the holidays rolled around and how much these films still resonate with him today. His “Linus Moment” has become the highlight of his yearly holiday party, thrown each year at his home. To Scott Minerd, the wit and wisdom of Charles Schulz and Peanuts is second to none.

This collection is something very important to Minerd. He never set out to have the largest collection of original, one of a kind pieces Charles Schulz artwork in private hands, he just wanted to hold the “most important” ones. His search for these important pieces of Schulz artwork has been an ongoing joy for the collector. He states that, the fun of his collection is in the hunt. The testament to his eye for those special pieces of artwork can be seen in the upcoming book by noted animation historian and author Charles Solomon, “The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation”, which was released in November. This groundbreaking book on the history of Peanuts animation contains several pieces from The Minerd Collection. Mr. Minerd has stated that he is honored to debut his collection at a school where the principles of Illustration and Animation used by Charles Schulz for his entire creative life are still taught and are very highly regarded. “The debut of this collection in such an arts driven community like Laguna Beach is also a thrill,” says Minerd.

The world premier of this collection will be on display at Laguna College of Art & Design January 23 through February 14. Admission to the exhibit is free and the public is welcome and encouraged to visit the LCAD gallery Monday-Friday from 12-4pm.

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ORIGINAL POST: The Laguna College of Art & Design is presenting the worldwide debut of "The Art of Charles Schulz and Peanuts: The Minerd Collection," an exhibition of original artwork by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.

The show, which runs from Jan. 23 through Feb. 14, will feature rare animation cells and art from Peanuts TV specials culled from the largest collection of Peanuts and Schulz artwork in private ownership.

A special reception will be held at the college on Feb. 7 from 5-8 p.m. to coincide with First Thursdays Art Walk.

But—good grief!—the trick will be in carving out some time to actually see the show, since it'll only be open during school hours from noon till 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is closed weekends.

But hey, at least parking and the show are free ...

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