Start getting excited… Robert Finale will be joining us in Gatlinburg on July 14th. We are now allowed to start selling for the event so purchase your piece now to have it remarqued by the artist. Call us at 1-800-736-2087 and ask for Chastidyi!
This past weekend through today, we have had a master highlighter at our Thomas Kinkade Gallery in the Village. We generally have Kinkade highlighting events 3-4 times a year, but this one was especially memorable because it was the first since Thomas Kinkade passed away. The events normally last 6-8 hours and we keep the highlighter here for 2-3 days depending on the number of pieces we have set aside to be highlighted.
Some of you may be asking… what is highlighting?? Well, it’s quite simple. Highlighting is when the artist or an approved highlighter goes on top of the print and adds paint to “highlight” different parts of the canvas. This is done to add texture so that the prints seem more like the original as well as giving the light places to catch off of so it makes them jump out at you more.
Our clients love to see the process and meet the highlighters. This time, we were privileged to haveJanet Karn join us as our Master Highlighter. She has been with us several times in the past and always does a fabulous job. She has been highlighting over the past twelve years for the Thomas Kinkade company, and she services approximately ten galleries. When she first started, they required her to spend around a week in training… constantly highlighting paintings while being timed and spoken to so she could get comfortable with the process. Now, she has it down to a science. The Kinkade company provides their Master Highlighters with premixed paints to use so that the highlighting on the paintings remains consistent. When you have your painting highlighted, you receive a certificate stating the validity of the highlighting that you can keep with the painting to enhance its value.
Our next highlighting event is scheduled for June, and we would love to have you join us.
Robert Finale has a new release… Gatlinburg. It’s a lovely piece that highlights the main strip in Gatlinburg at the point where The Village meets the road. Guess who’s in The Village… that’s right–we are! He has used his very recognizable style to paint an image of our little place here in the Smokies that really pops when the lights are down just a bit. Working closely with our owner, he developed the layout and specifics of the image. Now, it’s available for our clients. Each piece is highlighted by Robert Finale’s very own hands. He signs each piece, numbers it, and puts his own special touch on each one so they are all unique.
A/P 12×16 $600 unframed $750 Framed
A/P 18×24 $1100 unframed $1300 Framed
S/N 12×16 $450 unframed $600 Framed
S/N 18×24 $950 unframed $1150 Framed
So… maybe you only have a tiny wall available in your house. Or, maybe $1500-$10,000 isn’t in your budget to spend on a print for your wall. Well, the answer is here… mini paintings! Several of our artists are offering open edition prints of some of their most popular pieces for very affordable prices. This makes it easy for you to fill up that tiny wall next to the door with something that will brighten your day. Some of the prints we offer in mini sizes are below:
Warm and Cozy 12×16 Framed: $195
Bedtime Stories 8×10 Framed: $95
Art of Being Young 9×12 Framed: $95
Dance of Grace 12×16 Framed: $195
Evening Prayers 8×10 Framed: $95
Faithful Friend 9×12 Framed: $95
Faithful Friend 9×12 Paper Print: $59
Faithful Friend 9×12 Paper Print Framed: $195
He Leadeth Me Paper Print Framed: $120
Heavenly Light 9×12 Framed: $95
His Light Shines 8×10 Framed: $95
Legacy 8×10 Framed: $95
Mountain Music Framed Print: $120
Seasons of Life 12×18 Framed: $195
Be Not Afraid 8×16: $55 Framed: $185
Behold, The Savior 11×14: $70 Framed: $200
Come Unto Me 12×18: $95 Framed: $245
The Covenant 8×16: $55 Framed: $185
Immanuel God is With Us 9×12: $100 Framed: $230
The Lord is My Shepherd 11×14: $70 Framed: $200
Rejoice in the Lord 11×14: $70 Framed: $200
Servant of All 8×16: $55 Framed: $185
This is My Body 10×20: $115
This is My Body 8×16: $55 Framed$185
This is My Son 10×20: $100 Framed: $250
Who Will Love Him More 8×16: $55 Framed $185
First Snow 16×20: $45 Framed: $195
Greater Love 12×16: $95 Framed: $245
All of his flower prints are available in smaller sizes ranging from 6.75×16 ($69) to 24.25×16 ($149).
A Young King 12×18: $150
Aloha 14×14: $150
Audrey Too 14×14: $150
Bob Marley 14×14: $150
Breakfast 14×14: $150
Dali 14×14: $150
Doing Time 12×18: $150
En La Caza 12×18: $150
Hot! 14×14: $150
Hound Dog 14×14: $150
I Dream 12×18: $150
In the Ghetto 12×18: $150
It’s All Relative 14×14: $150
James Dean 14×14: $150
Jimi 12×18: $150
Kemps’ Ridley 14×14: $150
Lion 12×18: $!50
Nala 12×18: $150
Old Blue Eyes 14×14: $150
Pablo Picasso 14×14: $150
Pacino 14×14: $150
Patience 14×14: $150
Presley USARMY 12×18: $150
Purple Haze 14×14: $150
The Soldier 14×14: $150
Apsaalooke Horse Hunters 11×14: $70 Framed: $200
Back from the River 12×12: $65 Framed: $195
Cheyenne Wood Gatherer 9×12: $60 Framed: $190
Days of the Coldmaker 11×14: $70 Framed $200
River’s Edge 11×15: $70 Framed: $220
River’s Gift 10.5×13.25: $65 Framed: $195
When Horses Leave No Tracks 9×12 Framed: $190
Intruders 9×12: $60 Framed: $190
New Day 9×12: $60 Framed $190
Summer on the Greasy Grass 9×12: $60 Framed: $190
Stray Wolf 9×12: $60 Framed: $190
Warriors in the Willows 9×12: $60 Framed $190
Whitewater Crossing 9×12: $60 Framed $190
Tribute 11×14: $70 Framed: $200
Scouts in Rough Country 9×12: $60 Framed: $190
The Alamo 10×15: $65 Framed: $195
America, America 9×12 Framed: $95
Beacon of Hope 12×16: $85 Framed: $235
City Lights 9×12 Framed: $95
Evening on the Hill 11×14: $65 Framed: $195
Gloria di Maria 10×15: $90 Framed: $220
Honored Glory 10×15: $65 Framed: $195
Jefferson’s Monticello 9×12 Framed: $95
Magnificent Destiny 9×12 Framed: $95
Mists of Morning 10×15: $65 Framed: $195
Old Glory 9×23 Framed: $95
Texas Capitol 10×15: $65 Framed: $195
We the People 10×15: $65 Framed: $195
JACK E. DAWSON
Hands of the Master Craftsman 16×26: $120
Heart of a Warrior 16×26: $120
His Eye is on the Sparrow 16×20 Framed: $95
If My People 14.5×16 Framed Inspirational: $95
Impressions of Old Glory Framed: $95
Passion Tree 12×18 Framed: $198
Peace in the Storm 14×18: $198
Reviewing the Troops 16×26 Framed Inspirational: $120
Reviewing the troops 12×18 Framed: $198
Two Shall Become One 12×18 Framed: $198
Arguably, the most popular pieces in the gallery are Grand Ol’ Gang and True Blues by Andy Thomas. Every day, the majority of our guests stop in front of them trying to figure out who each president is. The pieces almost always spark conversation. You may feel something familiar about the paintings… he modeled them after the famous paintings of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge that depicted dogs playing poker. Thomas affectionately referred to his paintings as “The Big Dogs.”
You might notice that Thomas hid lots of fun little things in his paintings that you would only really understand if you knew a bit about American and Presidential history. For Instance, In Grand Ol’ Gang, (the first painting below), you can see Reagan’s jellybeans, Ike’s famous Indian belt and golf clubs, Roughrider Teddy Roosevelt’s cowboy hat, Nixon in his often seen suit and tie, Bush’s cowboy hat, and Ford’s habitual pipe. Then, in the bottom painting, (True Blues), you might notice the curve of the wheel on FDR’s chair, his cigarette, and the fact that he’s making “The New Deal,” Wilson’s signature glasses, Truman’s oft worn Hawaiian shirt, and Jackson’s pistol/cane. So much research and time went into these, and they are so much fun! He has two more in this series that show the presidents playing pool.
Left to right: George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon.
Grand Ol’ Gang
24×36 Signed and Numbered $650 Unframed $980 Framed
12×18 Open Edition $125 Unframed $275 Framed
20×30 Artist Proof $450 Unframed $680 Framed
12×18 Open Edition $125 Unframed $275 Framed
12×18 Open Edition Signed $150 Unframed $300 Framed
20×30 Signed and Numbered $350 Unframed $580 Framed
24×36 Artist Proof $750 Unframed $1070 Framed
24×36 Signed and Numbered $650 Unframed $970 Framed
Sometime within the next week or so we will be receiving some originals from an artist we plan on representing in the gallery… Sandra Kuck.
See her work here.
“Admirers of Sandra Kuck know that this talented artist puts a little of herself into every painting. Her strong sense of family and appreciation for beauty is echoed in all of her works, from which she has captured a loyal and appreciative audience.
Sandra describes herself as a “romantic realist.” Her nostalgic settings and angelic children evoke memories and emotions of childhood. With vibrant color, delicate lighting, and exquisite lace and flowers, Sandra creates a romantic and peaceful atmosphere, capturing the beauty and simplicity of days gone by.
Sandra finds her inspiration from many different sources, including the special relationship between mother and child, the beauty of country garden, or the fine furnishings and the clothing of the Victorian era. Her pursuit of perfection, exacting standards, and her attention to detail allows her to paint only eight to ten pieces per year. It is the ability to create flawless scenes of serenity, joy, and elegance that has made her one of the most beloved artists in North America.
As a child in Ohio and Southern California, Sandra always loved to doodle and sketch. It was during her education at UCLA and The Art Student’s League in New York where she realized her love for painting children and deviated from her professor’s emphasis on modern art. Later, it was her husband John, who encouraged Sandra to pursue her dream of becoming a professional artist. Though they quickly started a family, John cared for the couple’s young children on weekends, so that Sandra could have an opportunity to develop her artistic talents. Once the children started school, Sandra was able to devote more time to her art, while John sold her works to local galleries. Their confidence in her special talents would eventually find embodiment in the collection we see today.
Thanks to a steadily growing fan base, it was in 1983 that Sandra’s work received national recognition. That year she was honored with the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers’ (NALED) Plate of the Year, Print of the Year and Artists of the year awards. Since 1983, she has been honored several times with honors from NALED, including an unprecedented seven-time honored as Artist of the Year. Although she enjoys acclaim, she treasures her time at him in her studio. A modest person, she is still easily embarrassed by praise from her faithful collectors.”
This past week, we started representing a new artist in our gallery: Robert Finale.
Not only is he a very interesting man (find out more in his bio below), but his paintings are phenomenal! I have to admit, I was a bit iffy when I first saw them online. Photos unfortunately do not do his artwork justice. After seeing them in the gallery, I’m a convert. He has an amazing talent. He started painting around 10 years ago when he and his wife walked into a Thomas Kinkade gallery and couldn’t afford a piece they badly wanted. He turned to his wife and said, “When we get home, I’ll paint one for you.” The resultant images are a blend of Kinkade, Cao Yong, and G. Harvey. Their use of light is lovely… it really accentuates the piece and adds a bit of drama to it–looking even better when you bring the lights down a bit. The colors he uses are very vibrant and eye-catching. These paintings would definitely not fade into the wall. Plus, he includes tons of detail that make you want to keep looking to discover as much as you can about the images.
To make his prints even more special, he limits his edition sizes to 20-30 prints per size which makes them much more unique and collectable. He also hand highlights each print (adds paint to the top of the canvas) and does a sketch on the back of each one.
He paints a variety of landscapes… europe (Paris, London, Germany, etc.), patriotic American places (DC, military statues, etc.), random American scenes (New York, old houses, houses decorated for Christmas, etc.)
See more of his work on his site: http://robertfinaleeditions.com. If you see one you’d like to own, give me a call at 1-800-736-2087 and ask for Chastidyi.
My favorite piece by him so far is Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.
Another popular piece by him is Evening in Vegas. The colors in it really pop.
The powerful and captivating works of the artist, Robert Finale, flow naturally from a deep-rooted passion and God given talent for capturing the intrinsic beauty in humankind and nature. Finale’s work on canvas is heartwarming and peacefully enchanting. His distinctive style is a colorful blend of impressionistic romance and realistic beauty, mostly in historic settings.
His paintings transport you to a time and place of private charm, a haven of pure and quiet delight. Robert loves to explore the complex interplay of light and its effects on architecture and surroundings. An avid traveler, Robert Finale uses his photographs, sketches and memories simply as the starting point, an inspiration on the journey to the creation of each masterpiece.
The artist, Robert Finale, is no stranger to struggles and adversity. At the tender age of two, he along with his family fled the communist ruled country of Cuba for a life of freedom and opportunity in the United States. Here Robert learned the value of hard work and discipline and realized his potential to pursue his passion for art. This passion, Finale explains, began very early in life.
As a young boy of five, Robert Finale was seldom without a pencil and sketchpad in hand, sketching everything from movie scenes to family vacation destinations. Robert’s love for brushing oil onto canvas came much later, when his early childhood sketch were brought to life in a special gift to his wife. From humble beginnings, today his paintings grace several Galleries all over the world. The first, however, has a special place in his family home.
Robert Finale’s images originate from his childhood sketches, which his mother always lovingly treasured and encouraged him to keep. Each painting is a journey of unspoken words and hidden whispers of freedom, nurturing the hopes and dreams that exist within all of us. These feelings are resurfaced and unveiled through beautiful city images in romantic surroundings placing the viewer in the dream world of unconscious thought.
A quiet, gentle natured man, Robert Finale uses his paintings to communicate with each individual person. Using rich colors and textures, Finale has developed his own rich vocabulary in a painting. Expressing this rich language through places and entities allows him to tap into his own world and the fragile emotions that exist within all of us. The emotion that a person feels upon examining a piece of art is the beauty of this communication. As Robert places the final brush stroke on the canvas he is conscious of the fact that art is a universal language. Therefore, one canvas represents the window to millions of different emotions that have existed and exist through all of us, giving the viewer a powerful, tool to look within his own world, for the understanding of life’s journey.
A while back, I posted that Mark would be releasing a new piece titled Valley of Shadows in February. Well, it has been here for a couple of weeks, and we are getting a very positive response from it. When I first saw the print, I was instantly captivated… snow, wolves, misty forest… what more could you ask for. Then, I went and saw “The Gray,” and now the piece makes me think of the movie when I look at it. With that in mind, I thought I would share some information about wolves, their reintroduction to the Smoky Mountains, and why this might make a good momento of your vacation in the Smokies.
“The gray wolf or common wolf (Canis lupus) is the largest extant member of the dog family of mammals, the Canidae. The species was the world’s most widely distributed mammal but has become extinct in much of Western Europe, in Mexico and much of the USA. Wolves occur primarily but not exclusively in wilderness and remote areas. Their original worldwide range has been reduced by about one-third by deliberate persecution due to depredation on livestock and fear of attacks on humans. Although the species still faces some threats, it is relatively widespread with a stable population trend and has therefore been assessed as Least Concern by IUCN since 2004.
Though once abundant over much of Eurasia, North Africa and North America, the gray wolf inhabits a reduced portion of its former range due to widespread destruction of its territory, human encroachment, and the resulting human-wolf encounters that sparked broad extirpation. Today, wolves are protected in some areas, hunted for sport in others, or may be subject to population control or extermination as threats to livestock, people, and pets.
Gray wolves are social predators that live in nuclear families consisting of a mated pair, their offspring and, occasionally, adopted immature wolves. They primarily feed on ungulates, which they hunt by wearing them down in short chases. Gray wolves are typically apex predators throughout their range, with only humans and tigers posing significant threats to them. Genetic studies reaffirm that the gray wolf is the ancestor of the domestic dog. A number of other Canis lupus subspecies have been identified, though the actual number of subspecies is still open to discussion. In areas where human cultures and wolves both occur, wolves frequently feature in the folklore and mythology of those cultures, both positively and negatively.” Find out more about wolves.
“Wolves are native to the Smoky Mountains. Hunting and habitat loss eliminated wolves from southern Appalachians in the late 1800′s. While gray wolves survived in Canada and Alaska, the red wolf populations shrank until 1973. Then the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured the world’s last 14 red wolves. In 1991, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced the red wolf to the Great Smoky Mountains. Only 350 red wolves remain in the world, and they roam free in the Great Smokies and the Alligator Wildlife Refuge in coastal North Carolina. Today about 25 animals live in the Park. They are not a threat to humans. Most of the red wolves live between Cades Cove and the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s red wolf program provides three release areas. Alligator National Wildlife Refuge, in coastal North Carolina has more than 70 red wolves. Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains is the second area. It has about 25 red wolves. The third site is in the selection process.
The Cades Cove reintroduction program began in 1991. Successes and setbacks mark the program. The wolves reproduced in the wild, and a few pups reached adulthood. A poacher killed one wolf, and another died of anti-freeze poisoning. Tracking studies show the wolves prefer areas outside the Park boundaries. If people in the surrounding communities do not support the effort, problems will follow.
It is difficult to see a red wolf. They are shy and nocturnal. Although rarely seen, people often hear them howl.
Adult red wolves weigh from 45-80 pounds. Although they do often have reddish cast, they can be gray, yellow, or black. Raccoons and ground hogs are common prey.
The red wolves are not pack-oriented like the gray wolf. Red wolves give birth to five to seven pups in April, but a few usually die. Parents raise the family together. As the pups mature, the family may remain together and appear to make a small pack. When hunting, they look for rodents, rabbits, groundhogs or raccoons. Their diets include most anything from persimmons and insects to birds, small mammals, and an occasional deer, taking the weaker animals.
The Red Wolf reintroduction project did not work and there are no wolves in the park. The project was discontinued in 1998. ” You can find out more information about the wildlife in the Smokies by going here.
All that being said, wolves are a part of the heritage here in the Smoky Mountains although they are no longer roaming free. In Mark’s painting, you can see a glimpse into a time when humans and nature coexisted peacefully and wolves were scattered across the countryside.
Size/Edition Framed Unframed Edition Size
18×27 S/N $750.00 $550.00 95
18×27 A/P $1,195.00 $995.00 15
24×36 A/P $1695.00 $1375.00 25
Mark just released a new painting, and it’s one of the best I’ve seen from him so far. Nestled in a valley in the mountains is an old log house with an old picket fence and some of the loveliest scenery you’ve ever seen. You can see the redbud trees and the dogwood trees budding in the background with tons of spring flowers and even some baby chicks. It oozes so much spring energy that looking at it makes you want to open up the windows and start your spring cleaning.
“The Welcome series is straight from my heart. I love life in the country. The first day we moved from the city to the country we finished moving in and then stepped out onto the back porch that evening and felt totally different – like we were our own people – we weren’t following others any more. It took some adjustments for sure, the conveniences of town were missed for the first couple of months. I think we went into town at least once every day, but soon we learned how to manage that part of this new life and we set out to build our dream. Now don’t get me wrong, life in the country isn’t a dream, it was just our dream. The work load of the demands of animals and land weighs a bit, but it offered me something to do with my boys that we needed and it served us well. We found out, though, that all our friends (who had come by our city home daily) didn’t want to make the trip out to our new place in the country and we missed the folks that would often drop by to visit. So much so, did I miss it, that I invited the UPS guy in for coffee on occasion. So with this idyllic setting in the Smokey Mountains, I did a “no no” and left the gate open so you would feel the longing of your presence and the invitation for your company. I hope this open gate expresses your hearts desire for others to “enter in”. The company of accepting friends and neighbors is the richest of blessings – Hope sincerely hope you have this wealth.
Welcome Spring – A time for Renewal
The seasons of life ebb and flow in a way that teaches us to be patient and wait. Sometimes we have lean – dry times and other times we have vibrant growing times. It doesn’t mean that something is wrong or that we have been forgotten, or that we are doing it all right and are the “blessed” ones. For the Lord rains down on the just and the unjust alike. He cares for everyone alike and he longs to see them find fullness and renewal in their lives. In Welcome Spring, I’ve depicted the exciting time of life when the fragrance of life is wonderful, too much to contain, and the beauty spills over for all to see. The excitement of new birth and buds awaken the senses and make us feel alive, and give us the promise that the cold winters of our lives will not always be. There is such hope and expectation in the spring and I hope this painting stirs up that longing in your heart to see things grow and blossom. Go ahead and plant the seeds of acceptance with your estranged son, or wayward daughter; dig up the weeds of resentment and jealousy with someone you have grown to dislike and replace them with the fragrant flowers of forgiveness and love. It is a time for renewal.”
~ Mark Keathley
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Have you thought about what to get your sweetie this year? Gentlemen, we have something special for you… how would you like to give your sweetheart a flower that will never wilt or die so that she will remember this Valentine’s Day forever? Well, now you can. Take a look at our assortment of flower prints by Richard Reynolds. You are sure to find a flower there that she loves, and you can score some major brownie points. If you need help picking one out, give me a call at 1.800.736.2087, and ask for Chastidyi. Click on the Richard Reynolds tab at the top of the page to see the available prints.