EVENTS: Booksignings and Print Sales for MUSE-ings!

Join me at these holiday events where I’ll be hawking prints and a limited number of MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles books (national distribution begins on January 15, 2014!).

Shop the Block 300x100SAT 12/7 @ 3 PM to 6 PM
The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013

TODAY is #ShoptheBlock and I’ll be at The Pie Hole where you can BUY MY BOOK, get it signed, and GET A FREE PRINT (while supplies last – 8″ borderless print comes without a frame or a mat).

SAT 12/7 @ 7 PM to 12 midnight
Plaza de la Raza
3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles 90031

ROMERO STUDIO HOLIDAY ART SHOW: Look for me on Saturday at this 32nd annual event hosted by Sharon & Frank Romero and featuring artists Margaret GarciaDavid Flury, Carlos AlmarazPatssi ValdezYolanda Gonzalez, Rosie Getz, and photographer Oscar Castillo. Visa, Mastercard, checks and cash accepted.

MUSE-ings pp 10-11_1SUN 12/8 @ 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Duncan Miller Gallery in Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., Unit A7, Santa Monica 90404

BOOK FAIR for PHOTOGRAPHERS and ARTISTS: Join me for an afternoon of mingling with photo collectors, art lovers, friends, and others where I’ll be showing my photographs and selling copies of my book, along with Sara Jane Boyers, Richard Chow, Steve Daly, Elena Dorfman, Judy Francesconi, Kevin Gray, Maureen Haldeman, Lorna Hart, Liz Huston, Mark Indig, Renee Jacobs, Tom Johnson, Robbie Kaye, Sandra Klein, Clay Lipsky, Claire Mallett, Rico Mandel, Lisa McCord, Linda Morrow, Lori Pond, Kristianne Koch Riddle, Yasmina Rossi, Douglas Stockdale, and Michael Wood. There will be wine, soft drinks, and food from the Border Grill Truck, too! The event is sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and

SAT 12/14 @ 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Art Share LA
801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013
(entrance on Hewitt St.)

ARTS DISTRICT WINTERFEST OPENING NIGHT: This holiday event promises lots of fun, along with great art by A.S. Ashley and other local artists from Downtown Los Angeles just in time for the gift-giving season. Check out Art Share’s Craft Bazaar with handcrafted items from local makers, too. I’ll be there signing books and selling prints, too!

Downtown Muse Publishes New Cheech Marin Art Book

Image: “City at Night” by Frank Romero, 2010. Courtesy of Cheech Marin Collection.

Chicanitas book coverMany of you already know that I proudly work with Cheech Marin — I have worked side by side with him on many independent projects associated with his amazing Chicano art collection since 2003. We’ve worked together to produce the groundbreaking The Chicano Collection archival limited-edition print series (printed by none other than the master printer himself, Richard Duardo of Modern Multiples Fine Art Editions; sets from which have been donated to major museums across the country such as the Smithsonian, the DeYoung and LACMA), numerous museum exhibitions, a documentary film, several classical music concerts for his talented wife Natasha Marin, salons featuring artists and musicians, and other related arts and cultural projects. Since 2007, I have also researched, catalogued, photographed, and now manage his artworks.

I guess it seems now I have officially become an independent publisher as Downtown Muse through my Arts District-based firm CauseConnect. This Friday’s release through Amazon of Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection is our latest art book together featuring works that he selected for this publication and for our national exhibition tour. In 2007, I produced and edited his Papel Chicano art book, the winner of the 2008 “Best Design” International Latino Book Award. While I also served as the producer and editor of Chicanitas, this work represents my expanded role as an independent publisher as well. We have more planned … for example, in 2014, keep an eye out for a book featuring Cheech’s essays, which will reveal his unique and always humorous take on Chicano life and culture, accompanied by works specially selected from his collection to illustrate his words. I also have my own book scheduled for release later this fall.

Produced to accompany our nationally touring Chicanitas exhibition, the companion book includes 70 full-color images of small paintings by 27 artists, many from Los Angeles. For details and a tour schedule of the exhibition, visit To download a full press release, click HERE. To buy our book, keep scrolling!

BOOKSIGNING EVENTS: Want a signed book? Stay tuned for our full schedule of upcoming events in Los Angeles and other cities. For an updated list, stay tuned to my website or visit

ChimMaya-Logo-2009THU 10/3 @ 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
ChimMaya Gallery
5283 E. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Buy a pre-signed book in advance of the event at ChimMaya Gallery and get VIP treatment! The FIRST 75 people who purchase one or more books receive admittance to an exclusive reception with Cheech and some of the book’s featured artists Yolanda Gonzalez, Margaret Garcia, Cici Segura Gonzalez and Jose Lozano from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For details, call (323) 219-3260.

Okay, I did this obligatory plug for our book … so ORDER YOUR COPY OF CHICANITAS TODAY!

To purchase books, click the PayPal button above. You can also buy online on Amazon and through the Cheech Marin website in addition to my Downtown Muse.