The Post & Courier is reporting that Angela Trotta Thomas will have a gallery showing of her paintings of Lionel toy trains 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.”
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