Chicanitas small paintings from Cheech Marin's hispanic art collection

“Chicanitas” Art Book Now Available

Chicanitas small paintings from Cheech Marin's hispanic art collection


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Just in time for the holidays …. my latest art book Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter} is now available for purchase online through Amazon. It was a hard job, but I did it — after checking everything in my stash, I chose 70 little paintings by 27 Chicano artists to include in our independently published art book.

Small paintings whisper to you. They tell a secret to you and to you only. They imprint upon the soft clay of your memory and you carry them around forever. You can almost see them in the dark. In one day, I learned that size doesn’t matter – it’s what’s inside the frame that counts.

To download a full press release, click HERE. For more information about the book and the authors, click HERE. Heck, buy my book NOW in advance of anyone else by visiting the Downtown Muse website – hurry, before you zone out about doing it.

Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter}
Specifications: contains 70 color images, an essay by art advocate and collector Cheech Marin plus an artwork checklist and artist biographies by Melissa Richardson Banks
Hardcover: 84 pages
Retail Cost: $39.99
Publisher: CauseConnect LLC
Publication Date: September 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989114805
ISBN-13: 978-0989114806
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces


Want a signed book? We’re booking some events in Los Angeles and other cities soon. For an updated list, stay tuned to my website or check out the Downtown Muse website.

(NOTE: Sorry – no merchandise other than Chicanitas, Papel Chicano, and Chicano Visions art books will be signed)

THU 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. To order a book in advance, visit the ChimMaya website and qualify for VIP admittance during 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (space limited). Please notify us of your interest in attending the VIP event by sending an email HERE!

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TUE 10/8 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
KPCC Pledge Drive Party: Conversation & Booksigning with Cheech
KPCC Crawford Family Forum
474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

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Hosted by Off-Ramp’s John Rabe with environment reporter Molly Peterson, join actor, director, comedian, author and Chicano art advocate Cheech Marin in conversation with KPCC editor Oscar Garza about his new book (based on an currently touring exhibition with the same name) “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter}.” This event is a live broadcast and will be videostreamed online. Live music performed by Conjunto Los Pochos core members Otoño Luján on the button-accordion and Elliott Baribeault on the bajo sexto.

ADMISSION: $60 per person ($50 for members) includes an autographed copy of Cheech’s new Chicanitas book ($40 retail value), a bag of KPCC swag, and refreshments. Proceeds benefit KPCC 89.3, a nonprofit radio station.

VPAMSAT 10/12 @ 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Vincent Price Art Museum
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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Visit the Vincent Price Art Museum at East L.A. College on Saturday, October 12 to see the nationally touring exhibition “Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez” (on view through December 7, 2013) and participate in an exclusive artist walkthrough at 2:00 PM with John Valadez. The artist will also sign books in advance of the walkthrough at 1:00 PM with collector and art advocate Cheech Marin.

1:00 PM—BOOKSIGNING: Valadez signs his exhibition catalog “Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez” ($32.95). Marin signs his latest art book “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection” ($39.99). Books sold on site – no other items may be presented for signatures. Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover accepted.

2:00 PM—ARTIST WALKTHROUGH: John Valadez discusses his work and career. Admission to the museum is free. Gallery capacity limited to 200 attendees.