On December 5, 5-8 PM, Coco Vivo Art for Living will host an artist reception and artwork sale featuring the new Vintage Holiday Lionel Collection by nationally known artist Angela Trotta Thomas, premier toy train artist in America. Experience nostalgic holiday moments during this festive French Quarter Artwalk show at COCO VIVO as the Angela Trotta Thomas Lionel Train travels through a Christmas village window display. Tim Church III will entertain our guests with a live musical performance of Christmas songs…an evening to remember!
Best Friend of Charleston, 16×20 Oil, one of the highlights of our show, depicts a vital part of Charleston history. The original Best Friend of Charleston train, built in the early 1800’s, was a huge and necessary bolt to Charleston’s economy.
The engine has now been restored and is on display on John Street in Charleston.
Mary Lehr, then President of the Charleston Chapter National Railway Historical Society, worked with the famed Lionel Toy Train Company to create a beautiful model of this very unique and colorful Best Friend of Charleston train. Angela Trotta Thomas is the only artist licensed by the Lionel Train Company, an honor she has held for 24 years, and lives in Charleston; it seemed only fitting that Angela feature this beautiful little toy train in her latest painting, Best Friend of Charleston.
For more information on the show and reception, check out the Coco Vivo website.