First Howard Behrens Studio Gallery Opens – Brief Article
SAN JOSE, Calif.–Media Arts Group Inc. has announced the opening of a Howard Behrens Studio Gallery[TM] in Monterey, Calif. The company-owned gallery is dedicated exclusively to the works of Howard Behrens and is located in the shopping center of the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row. The gallery has scheduled a grand opening for June 29 to 30.
“The opening of this Howard Behrens exclusive gallery is a landmark event, representing the first single-artist exclusive gallery for a Media Arts artist since the opening of the first Thomas Kinkade gallery in Carmel, Calif., in 1992” stated Craig Fleming, Media Arts’ chairman and c.e.o. “This is one of the biggest steps taken yet in our diversification efforts. With the interest we’ve seen in Behrens’ work, the timing was right to open a gallery dedicated exclusively to his art.”
“Early sales performance has been strong. As we gain more experience and fine-tune the Behrens retail concept, we will begin offering the Howard Behrens Studio Gallery as a business opportunity for independent dealers, much like we have done with the Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery[TM] business,” Fleming commented.
Today, Thomas Kinkade Signature Galleries number more than 350 worldwide and have been a major contributor to Media Arts’ growth. Media Arts plans on opening approximately three independently owned Behrens Studio Galleries by March 31, 2002.
Behrens is a palette-knife artist famous for art that captures the romance and allure of such destinations as Northern Italian lakes, California’s southern coast, and Mediterranean seas.
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