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Book Event: RONALD SEARLE’S AMERICA Book Launch


I still don’t know what possessed me to RSVP for this event hosted by the History & Culture of Los Angeles Meetup Group. I wasn’t familiar with the author or subject of the book “Ronald Searle’s America” but I recognized some of the illustrations in the write up and the description of Searle’s life sounded interesting and there was mention of brunch so, why not?

 

Author Matt Jones

I’m really glad I went! The Welsh author, Matt Jones, gave a really interesting presentation that included humorous stories about “stalking” Searle, meeting with him & his wife at a restaurant, and being invited to his home in TourTour, France. In addition to photos of Searle’s sketches & illustration he was able to share photos of his studio, desk, bookshelves and personal notes. The presentation was so good that there was a collective “Ohhhhh” from the audience when Matt said “And that’s the end.”

 

The book

I loved the illustrations so much that I decided I had to buy the book, which Matt signed.

 

The print

Everyone who bought a book also got this limited edition print.


Center Stage Gallery in Burbank is a nice little gallery.


I wanted almost every print and book in there. The current exhibit is the work of Eyvind Earle, an artist who designed Christmas cards, starting in the 1930s.


I missed that book launch, but at $300, it’s not in my budget anyway. I wish it was because it’s a beautiful book.

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I will try to make it to the exhibit on his work at Forest Lawn this Spring

Shout outs to Charles from the Meetup Group for convincing Matt to give a talk and to Porto’s for the yummy brunch.

 

Porto’s potato balls & pastries!

 

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