Vintage Lionel Holiday Art Show & Reception

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Nov 262014

Angela Trotta Thomas Best Friend of Charleston Lionel - BannerOn 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!

Angela Trotta Thomas Best Friend of Charleston Lionel

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.

Event Dates: 12/5/2014 – 12/31/2014
Reception: 12/5/2014 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: COCO VIVO Art for Living, 25 Broad Street, Charleston SC 29401

For more information on the show and reception, check out the Coco Vivo website.

Angela Trotta Thomas Lionel Christmas Art Reception

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Dec 052013

COCO VIVO Fine Art & Interior Design of Charleston, SC, proudly announces a special holiday art show during the month of December. Angela Trotta Thomas, official artist of Lionel Train Corporation, will exhibit a collection of original oils depicting nostalgic toy train art. An exciting Christmas window scene will feature the Angela Trotta Thomas Signature Express toy train set traveling through a holiday snowy village. Angela’s powerful images are a mixture of Lionel trains, childhood, and the holiday season. This year’s train layout will be even bigger than last year’s display!

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A special invitation has been extended to kids of all ages to experience the magic of toy trains this Christmas. Meet Angela Trotta Thomas on Friday, December 6, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, at  COCO VIVO Gallery 25 Broad Street in downtown Charleston during a special artist reception. Join the artist and shop for a Jingle & Mingle holiday event and relive the memories of Christmases past. Angela will be handing out and signing the latest Lionel Christmas catalog. Angela’s latest artworks draw on memories of Lionel trains and a simpler time. She is creating still life paintings that combine Lionel trains with period objects that evocatively freeze time. Many paintings will depict Lionel trains of the era, and children playing with their favorite trains.

Lionel Train Artist To Have Charleston Show

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Nov 292012

The Post & Courier is reporting that Angela Trotta Thomas will have a gallery showing of her paintings of Lionel toy This One Daddy - Boy Looking At Lionel Toy Train Catalogtrains at the Coco Vivo Gallery at 25 Broad Street on December 7th from 5pm to 8pm.  Thomas has become the only artist to be licensed by the toy train company and has been featured on several covers of its catalogs. Her painting on the 2000 cover was the first illustrated cover since 1969, when they switched to photographs.

Lionel also created an Angela Trotta Thomas Christmas boxcar collection 10 years ago that comes out every year and features her art.  “It just seemed like a natural progression. Ten years ago, I licensed them, and before they licensed me,” she said.

Lionel was founded in New York City in 1900 when the railroad business was booming and trains were a popular way to travel. Joshua Lionel Cowen was the company’s founder and the inventor of the toy trains.

Thomas said many of her paintings are not about the trains themselves, but about the emotional attachment to them. She said many of her paintings are about “capturing the romance of train travel” like in her painting, “Passing Train.”

For the full story please see the Post & Courier article.

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