| Oct 7, 2012
| 7:00 AM
About 20 miles beyond the red-tile roofs of downtown Santa Barbara, it begins: the rolling blond hills that go indecently green in spring, the massive estates and miniature horses, the sprawling vineyards and "Sideways" scenery, the dude ranch with 10,000...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 8:08 AM
The legal battle over the estate of Thomas Kinkade received a hearing earlier this week in a court in San Jose, with the artist's estranged wife squaring off against Kinkade's girlfriend, who was living with him at the time of his death in April. The...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 7:30 AM
The death of Thomas Kinkade earlier this month at the age of 54 left behind many unanswered questions. Now comes a report of a brewing legal skirmish between the popular artist's wife and his girlfriend.
The Los Gatos Patch in Santa Clara, Calif.,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:23 PM
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and Fridays through Sundays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; and closed Wednesdays. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 11:18 AM
It sounds like the setup for a movie about an aspiring Broadway star: Young hopeful moves to competitive cultural mecca, gets bartending job to pay the bills, passes demanding audition and soon has people congregating on the sidewalk to get a glimpse of...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 2:47 PM
The art world takes itself very seriously. Make that very, very seriously.
What little laughter can be heard between the white walls of the museum typically comes at the expense of art by people who don't understand it. Far rarer are chuckles that erupt...
| May 7, 2012
| 9:34 PM
LOS GATOS, Calif. -- Artist Thomas Kinkade died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and valium, according to autopsy findings reported Monday by a Bay Area news organization.
Family members say Kinkade, 54, died April 6 at his home near Los Gatos....
| Apr 18, 2012
| 7:35 PM
Artist Thomas Kinkade, known as "The Painter of Light" died unexpectedly at age 54. Now, the only Thomas Kinkade Gallery in north Texas is packed with customers.
"He can create light. That's my favorite part of it," said Barbara Williams, assistant...
| Apr 22, 2012
| 1:05 AM
After Thomas Kinkade died this month, art critics rushed to insult his art. Since I didn't know the difference between art and art, I browsed contemporary art museum websites, to get a feel for real art. I wanted to understand it better.