Feeling in the mood to trash my unfavorite unartist again, I found this item from a central California newspaper. Apparently, there were five — FIVE! — Thomas Kinkade galleries on the Monterey Peninsula.
How did this schlock-glut come to exist? And how did this situation correct itself so quickly? Two on Cannery Row, two in downtown Carmel, and a “national archives” in Monterey.
The answer certainly has to do with the close ties the Placerville, Calif., native has to the area. The first Kinkade “Signature” gallery appeared in lovely Carmel in the early 1990s.
The story doesn’t explain the closures other than to say they were sold as a group to a Texas company that “didn’t perform.” The original owner, who had them for 18 years, said they were “doing super” before the sale. Six months later and they’re gone.