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Thomas Kinkade Paints Graceland to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

By Elvis Australia
Source: For Elvis Fans Only
February 24, 2007 - 11:11:00 AM

The year 2007 marks a very special anniversary for Graceland. In March 1957, Elvis purchased Graceland for his home. And to commemorate this historic event, Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade, has created his newest masterpiece 'Graceland, 50th Anniversary' and will unveil it during an exclusive event at Graceland. Welcoming him to Graceland and attending the unveiling will be Priscilla Presley.

Kinkade visited Graceland in September 2006 to paint a study for the painting, and had this to say, 'Elvis Presley created rock and roll and changed music forever. Graceland was his refuge from the demands of his fame. My hope is that I will capture on canvas a bit of the home that he loved so much'.

VIP tickets for the Graceland & Thomas Kinkade 'Light & Legend Event' are on sale now through Graceland Reservations. Please call toll free (800) 238-2010 to purchase your tickets. Cost is $250 per VIP event ticket and space is extremely limited.

VIP event ticket includes:

Welcome Reception and Tour
Friday March 23, 2007
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The weekend will start with an informal welcome reception for VIP guests at Graceland's Ticket Pavilion. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres and an evening tour of Graceland mansion. Last mansion tour goes up at 7:30 PM. Representatives from the local Kinkade Gallery will be on hand to take pre-orders on the 'Graceland, 50th Anniversary' painting.

Cocktail Reception
Saturday March 24, 2007
5:00-6:30 PM

Enjoy a cocktail reception with Thomas Kinkade and Priscilla Presley in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum at Graceland. Thomas Kinkade will unveil his latest masterpiece, 'Graceland, 50th Anniversary'. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres among the amazing assortment of vehicles from Elvis's collection, have your photo taken with Thomas and Priscilla, and meet and mingle with your fellow collectors and special guests.

Share the light, see you there!

For an unframed print it will cost you around $995.00 and with a frame around $1,680.00. For an additional $250.00 you can get your print signed by the artist at a special event at Graceland in March 2007.

'Who better to capture a classic icon of the American experience like Graceland than America's most collected living artist, Thomas Kinkade', stated Kelly Hill, International Licensing Manager for Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. 'Elvis Presley created rock and roll and changed music forever. Graceland was his refuge from the demands of his fame. My hope is that I will capture on canvas a bit of the home that he loved so much. As for me as an artist, I create art that is accessible for everyone, just as Elvis created music that is enjoyed by millions of people the world over. The Elvis I want to celebrate is the private man; the inspiration of how one person can use his or her God-given talent to bring joy to millions of people', said Thomas Kinkade in a recent interview.

'Thomas Kinkade is fulfilling his promise as an artist ambassador. In many ways, his paintings chronicle all that is good about the American experience', says Linda Mariano, Vice President, Marketing & Licensing at The Thomas Kinkade Company. 'Thom is increasingly interested in painting American icons. His forthcoming release of 'The Spirit of New York' depicts the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. Graceland, too, is a landmark and holds a special place in the American psyche'.

- Kinkade painting celebrates 50th year since Elvis purchased Graceland


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