PLACERVILLE, CA – The original art gallery that helped launch the renowned career of American Artist Thomas Kinkade has re-opened in Placerville. After a brief hiatus, the Thomas Kinkade Hometown Gallery has opened its doors to the collectors at 437 Main Street in historic downtown Placerville, CA. The re-opening celebration includes a live Master Highlighter Event May 28th and 29th, open to the public 10:00 am – 6:00 pm both days. An additional Grand Opening event will be scheduled for the Fall.

Thomas Kinkade grew up in Placerville in the 1960s and 1970s and in 1984 was commissioned to paint original art for the Placerville Public Library. Thomas Kinkade sold prints of his paintings from a card table in a Placerville shopping center, and then in 1990 he teamed up with original Thomas Kinkade Gallery owner George Carpenter, in what was then a gift shop in downtown Placerville. After growing success, Carpenter renamed his retail store the Thomas Kinkade Gallery, which went on to become the inspiration for many successive Thomas Kinkade art galleries.

Upon Carpenter’s retirement, Art Brand Studios (ABS) has taken up the mantle and will continue to offer Thomas Kinkade’s art in Placerville, CA.

“The Placerville community is thrilled that, once again, their downtown will be home to an art gallery dedicated to Thomas Kinkade and his work. As a hometown hero, visitors associate Placerville with Thomas Kinkade”, remarks Carolyn Keeler, Thomas Kinkade Gallery Director.

For more information on the Thomas Kinkade Hometown Gallery, visit Thomas Kinkade.com

Art Brand Studios publishes the work of Thomas Kinkade, Thomas Kinkade Studios, Marjolein Bastin, Zac Kinkade, and Simon Bull with distribution of the art and related collectibles through independently owned galleries worldwide, an extensive network of branded and licensed dealers, and strategic marketing relationships with more than 70 licensees. The company’s primary products are canvas and paper reproductions that feature inspiring themes.

For more information, please contact Karen Batista, Art Brand Studios Marketing Manager at (408) 201-5000