Thomas Kinkade’s brother comes to Folsom
American Visions Art Gallery announces that Patrick Kinkade will make a rare, two-day personal appearance on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14, at 705 Sutter St. in historic Folsom.
Both days will include presentations by Patrick at 1:30 p.m. He will share personal photos and stories about his brother, and he will talk about their childhood in Placerville, Thom’s life as an artist and what he went through in his last years.
Patrick will unveil the new Disney release, “The Jungle Book,” and he will highlight artwork purchased at the event. The gallery will showcase rare and new Kinkade images, and it will have promotions and an exclusive tent sale of selected pieces and gift items.
Thomas Kinkade, known as “The Painter of Light,” was a prolific painter loved by millions for his ability to capture simpler times, lush gardens and city scenes in which he incorporated his signature glowing lights. He believed that art can inspire. As he told The New York Times, “My paintings values faith, family, home and the beauty of tranquility, peace, joy and hope.”
The Kinkade Company will release posthumous images this year: a Sierra Nevada image (“Away From It All”), two Christmas images and a scene from Walt Disney’s movie “The Jungle Book.”
“Away From it All” is the first painting made available in the new Estate Edition — a memorial edition similar to the highly collected Renaissance Edition featuring textured brush strokes. It is one of the last images Kinkade completed.
Before he died, he wrote, “I was raised with the majestic views of the mighty Sierra Nevada mountain range. As a boy, I would hike and camp. In ‘Away From It All,’ I hope others will center themselves in that comforting retreat as I did.” In describing the image, he said, “The moon watches over the forest’s transition from day to night as the lone fisherman returns to his welcoming cabin after a long day on the river. With images of waterfall, campfire, and faithful companion, we can find the calm and inner peace that inspired my effort.”
Patrick Kinkade’s visit to American Visions Gallery starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, and includes Champagne receptions from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Shanell McQuirk, gallery director, said that both days will feature coffees and mochas as well.
“We are so pleased that Patrick Kinkade was willing to come,” McQuirk said. “He thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to talk with people near the community where he and his brother were raised.
“Most people are surprised to learn that Patrick is an associate professor of criminal justice at Texas Christian University,” she added. “Some of our gallery’s clients from El Dorado and Sacramento have taken his classes and enjoyed his knowledge and his humor.”
“He’s a wonderful speaker,” said Ginessa Schaper, the gallery’s former manager who now lives in Texas. “He has a way with people — a style that connects personally.”
The public is welcome both days at no charge; RSVPs requested either by phone, (916) 351-1623, or through the website at avartgallery.com.