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Legacy of light endures

Brother of late painter to appear at Parsons

POSTED: August 20, 2012 12:00 p.m.
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Kay Montgomery talks about the upcoming visit of Patrick Kinkade to Parsons Gallery in Cumming. Patrick Kinkade, brother of late painter Thomas Kinkade, has become the official spokesman of the company and is traveling across the country to speak.

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A Cumming art gallery will welcome a special guest Aug. 25.

Parsons Gallery in Lakeland Plaza will host an appearance by Patrick Kinkade, brother of the late artist Thomas Kinkade, who was one of the most widely recognized artists in the United States.

The Parsons Gallery has sold works by Thomas Kinkade, who was known as “the painter of light,” since 1996.

Since the passing of the artist in April, his brother has become the official spokesman of the Kinkade company and is traveling across the country to speak.

“The unique thing about [Thomas Kinkade] now, even though he’s gone, he had over 100 paintings he had never released,” said Kay Montgomery, who along with husband Mike, runs the Parsons Gallery.

“So [his family] is going to release three, possibly four, this year.”

Montgomery said Patrick Kinkade will hold a stage presentation at 2 p.m. Aug. 25, although he will be at the gallery for an informal meet and greet beginning at 10 a.m.

“He’s going to tell the future of the company, tell stories about growing up with Tom, what it’s like now that he’s gone and how [the company] is evolving,” she said.

The event will be held in the gallery and will include refreshments and door prizes.

“We decided for several reasons to keep it here in the gallery,” Montgomery said. “First and foremost because our art is here and it’s hard to transport, so we decided we’d rather be tight and cozy and have everything here.

“We’ll have TV monitors on both sides of the gallery so everyone can see.”

Patrick Kinkade, who Montgomery said is an art professor at Texas Christian University, will also be signing and sketching on the backs of his brother’s works.

“That will be available to any customers who have purchased a limited edition canvas since Aug. 1,” Montgomery said.

She said during the first few months after Thomas Kinkade’s passing, business was brisk.

“It was so wild we could hardly keep up with it,” she said. “It’s settled down now, but we’re very optimistic about future sales.”

She noted that customers seem excited about Patrick Kinkade’s visit.

“Patrick is very likable. He’s funny, he has a chummy personality and everybody enjoys being around him because he’s so much fun,” she said, noting he has visited the local gallery a few times in the past.

“Our customers like it when we have events like this. They seem to come out and enjoy everything that goes with it.”

 

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