AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: The Thomas Guide Project

New Work by Connie Rohman

April 8 – May 6, 2023

Opening Saturday, April 8th, from 3:00 to 6:00pm

In this intriguing art exhibition, artist Connie Rohman takes pages from the Thomas Guide to create her colorful fabric collages.

Before the Waze app and GPS, citizens of Los Angeles used the Thomas Guide book of maps to navigate their way around the city. I have chosen to pay homage to the Thomas Guide by making abstract artwork out of the actual pages from the 1998 edition of the Thomas Guide. The lines of the streets on the map determine the shapes, and then the colorful fabric shapes are machine sewn directly to the pages. The names of the streets wind around the shapes, enabling the viewer to recognize that page’s neighborhood in the city.

At the exhibition, viewers are invited to look up their neighborhood or favorite streets in the 1998 Thomas Guide, and then find the corresponding framed page on display. Page numbers are left visible on all framed artworks, so the viewer can find that particular page.

Per Connie: I am influenced by the landscape of my childhood, both interior and exterior. I grew up in a remote Quaker community adjacent to the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia, Canada. My work is also influenced by the strong light and colors of Los Angeles, my chosen home.


Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 1pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 1pm to 5pm
Closed Fridays
Admission is FREE

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.