Way before we went on our trip to Disney World in September, the wife and I made our usual swing through the Thomas Kinkade shop at our local mall. I know that he has his detractors, but we really like his work. Especially, the Christmas stuff.
Well, awhile back we had seen the piece he did for Disneyland's 50th Anniversary and we were inquiring about whether or not it could still be found. The owner did some calling around and found that it could still be purchases at the Art of Disney stores at Disney World and Disneyland (which we found to be true in our June trip to Disneyland).
At the same time, she told us about the new piece he had been commissioned to create for Disney World. She took our information down and told us she'd call when there was anything to tell but it probably wouldn't be until October.
Well, we got the call about a week ago, but due to my wife's chaotic work schedule we didn't get to go until today.
Well, let me say, we were impressed. We actually have a place over our fireplace that is designed to showcase a piece of art. We had planned, from the beginning, that it would be a piece of Disney art that would be hung there. We were hoping it would be one of the Kinkade pieces (this new one or the Disneyland 50th Anniversary print) or a Beauty & the Beast inspired painting acquired from the Art of Disney store.
This print is a limited edition, numbered print and is on canvas and comes framed.
Needless to say, Grumpy's name is on this and should be hanging this sucker over the mantle in 3-4 weeks when we get it from the artist (the limited edition ones are getting signed).