Happy trails: Metro poster recalls iconic Chatsworth

Artist Danny Heller signs iconic "Chatsworth" poster commissioned by Metro in the "Through the Eyes of Artists" series.
Artist Danny Heller signs iconic “Chatsworth” poster commissioned by Metro in the “Through the Eyes of Artists” series.

In the bright neon glow of Northridge Cruise Night’s convergence of muscle cars and classics, artist Danny Heller was autographing Metro posters for lines of Chatsworth fans lining up at the West SFV Bob’s Big Boy restaurant this past Friday night.

In the poster, Heller paints an iconic Chatsworth scene in photographic detail: a two-toned 1955 Chevy Bel Air cruises past a trio of grazing horses alongside the landmark Stoney Point.

And, there, among the car buffs and local historians and residents laying claim to birthrights, was Joe DiFatta, a Chatsworth resident and owner of the very same 1955 two-toned Chevy Bel Air featured in Heller’s artwork.

Artist Danny Heller, right, greets Joe DiFatta in his '55 Chevy Bel Air featured in Metro's 'Chatsworth' poster pictured here.

Artist Danny Heller, right, greets Joe DiFatta in his '55 Chevy Bel Air featured in Metro's 'Chatsworth' poster pictured here.

The Chatsworth poster is part of the “Through the Eyes of Artists” series commissioned by Metro Creative Services. The posters depicting various neighborhoods served by Metro are displayed on Metro trains and buses.

Missed the signing?  You can pick up a free print of the Chatsworth poster at the Metro Library, on the 15th floor of the Metro headquarters building next to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. There’s also a few remaining copies of the Whittier, Compton and Azusa posters, but supplies are limited until the next round of commissioned posters go up in 2012.

Here’s a fun photo gallery post  of the event from the Chatsworth Patch.