The salty ocean air carries hints of seafood and sweet cinnamon rolls, over the steady hum of conversation and slow rolling cars. Laughter and music rises up from the beach, punctuated by the sharp cry of seagulls as they duck and dive. And on the corner of Cypress and Stimson streets stands an oasis of fine art, a beautifully lit gallery offering you a tour of the life and work of Thomas Kinkade.
For 22 years, the Thomas Kinkade Showcase by the Sea has been home to one of the largest collections available. While Kinkade brings to mind a quaint English countryside with a Cotswold, thatch roof cottage, he was an impressively multi-facetted artist. Throughout his career he was commissioned to paint the nation’s iconic baseball stadiums, National Parks, Nascar racing, and the enchanting Disney collection; examples of which can be found here from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Owner Ann Smith and her staff are more than adept in bringing each canvas to life by answering questions and offering insight into the depth of Thomas Kinkade’s talent with a paint brush. Smith believes that each canvas appeals to “art lovers” as a whole.
“Thom’s peaceful paintings reach a variety of people,” says Smith. “Anyone is bound to fall in love with one of his many styles and scenes. If you love the ocean, lighthouses, ball parks, gardens, cabins, landscapes, Disney – Thom’s paintings draw you into a place where you would like to be.”
Painter of Lights
The famous “Painter of Lights” used techniques perfected by a distinguished group of nineteenth century American painters, known as Luminists. Kinkade’s beautiful paintings radiate light – a feature best appreciated when you adjust the spot lights on the canvases and find the paintings evolve with the time of day. A brilliant afternoon fades into long shadows of evening with dimming of a switch, and his talent will astonish you even more.
As Kinkade once stated, “I try to create paintings that are a window for the imagination. If people look at my work and are reminded of the way things once were, or perhaps, the way they could be, then I’ve done my job.”
A job that Showcase by the Sea has memorialized beautifully.
“Throughout the years we have helped many people decorate their home with what I believe is superb art. It is timeless and can be passed down through the generations, says Smith. “We are lucky to work in a most peaceful setting by the beach and have made many wonderful friends over the last 22 years.”
For more information contact Smith at Thomas Kinkade Showcase by the Sea, located at 500 Cypress S-5 in Pismo Beach or call (805) 773-9424. Check out the gallery’s website, www.kinkadecentralcoast.com, or Facebook page to keep informed of upcoming events.
– Katie Marchetti
Visit Thomas Kinkade Showcase by the Sea throughout this Thanksgiving weekend for a Master Highlighter Event. There will be a personal gallery appearance by a trained Thomas Kinkade Master Highlighter, giving visitors the opportunity to witness firsthand a specially trained artisan adding dimension to the canvas by hand highlighting with oil paint. This will be a unique and memorable opportunity for collectors to interact with a Master Highlighter who will share stories about the paintings and inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade’s work.