Wow, the response to both our new book 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A. and to the show of the subject paintings by artist/author Barbara Thomason has been fantastic. The kickoff event took place in the gallery space at Angel City Brewery in the historic Arrañaga building on the edge of Downtown L.A.’s Little Tokyo neighborhood. A large crowd—fans of Barbara’s paintings, former students, art collectors, devoted Angelenos, friends of Prospect Park Books—gathered to spend time with the 107 paintings on display at Angel City (you have to read the book to understand why there are 107 paintings in the series but 100 in the book), buy a book or three, have an Angel City beer and a Röckenwagner pretzel (courtesy of Prospect Park), and congratulate the artist/author.
We sold all the books we brought, and there was practically a frenzy to buy the paintings that Barbara hasn’t already sold since she completed the series. (Fortunately, she is also a master printmaker, so she has superb archival prints of the all the sold paintings.) If you missed your chance to get a painting or print, here’s the link to buy.
Editing and publishing 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A. was an honor and a joy, and it’s so thrilling to see the tremendous response as we launch it into the world, and to see Barbara’s work getting the attention it deserves. We’re seeing media coverage from every corner, more than any of our books have ever received, and it’s clear that this book is going to become part of the Los Angeles canon. Nothing could make this sixth-gen Angeleno happier.