August 2004 Release
"The Kinkade family delights in travel.
One of our recurring discoveries is Charleston, South Carolina, where
the heart of the Old South lives on. The feeling that I get when I
visit Charleston is nostalgic, romantic, as if I had somehow stepped
back in time. So, as I worked on my studio treatment of "Charleston,
Sunset on Rainbow Row", I've filled my streets with vintage cars and
passersby wearing simple yet timeless garb. Step aboard the
horse-drawn carriage for a leisurely visit to Rainbow Row!
Thomas Kinkade has decided to bring a little of the
Southern life to our walls with his release of Charleston, Sunset on Rainbow
Row. As Art of the South has its roots in the sweet South, you can imagine
our delight with this new piece. With such an interesting title and vibrant
colors, we bet you are wanting to know a little more about the setting.
Well, prepare yourself a mint julep while we gather our notes.
The colorful houses portrayed in Kinkade's piece were originally built in
the mid 1700s and were the center of Charleston's commerce. This is because
the first floors usually contained shops while the upper levels were
reserved for the living quarters. Their unique style was the first
introduced to Charleston and to this day remain an important part of the
city's rich history.
As time moved on, many of the
weathered homes began to face the possibility of being torn down due to
their age and condition so in 1920, residents, alarmed by the irreplaceable
loss of history, formed the
Society for Preservation of Old Dwelling Houses. Soon afterwards, their
efforts focused on the area between
Tradd and Elliot Streets. The seventeen houses were bought and restored to
their former glory with a bit of a colorful twist. And so the fruits of
their labors are now what we know as Rainbow Row!
Now that you know a bit more about the subject - we are also betting you
might want to know more about the image. Well, we can help you there too! This August release is available in three sizes: 18x27,
28x42 and as always more information about this nostalgic piece can
be had by contacting your Art of the South consultant.