Historic Print Benefitting Camp

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Thomas Kinkade captured a special moment in history that will be auctioned off to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp in an online auction Aug. 1 - 10.

Kinkade brought all the pieces of the 50th running of the Daytona 500 together into one painting, including Richard Petty waving the green flag to start the race, the 43-car field racing the event, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird fly-over, cheering fans and explosive fireworks. He donated the limited edition print #50 for the auction.

"When I stood at the starting line and watched Richard Petty wave the green flag for the start of the 50th running of the Daytona 500, I felt like it was a moment lost in time, no photograph, no movie, no written story could possibly capture the electricity of that moment," Kinkade said of the artwork. "It was up to me as the artist, who was allowed the opportunity to document that event, to bring something to life in my painting that was larger than everyday life.

"I paint the drama of human experience, I paint those timeless moments of beauty that we discover on our journey through life - those exhiliarating moments when life seems somehow more perfect than it does every day."

The donated print has a special silk screen remarque of the starter's stand on the back and Kinkade's signature, in addition to signatures from many of the historic winners of the Daytona 500.

Some drivers that have already signed the print include 2008 winner Ryan Newman, seven-time Daytona 500 winner Richard Petty, Jimmie Johnson and many more.

"You've got to think that art is a powerful tool to communicate a message," Kinkade said of his historic painting. "It communicates a message in a more succinct way than any other media. You can write a book about NASCAR and it will sit on a shelf somewhere, you can make a movie, people might go to the theatre and see it but, after a while, the movie is out of the theatre and the DVD or whatever sits up on the shelf in a box, whereas a painting becomes a symbol in the home.

"When I create a painting, it commemorates the great institutions of America, be it the World Series, be it the Super Bowl, or be it a NASCAR race," Kinkade continued. "You know it's going to become a symbol to those people, possibly millions of people who purchase that painting. They identify strongly with that sport and the painting becomes a emblem for them in the home and their environment of the alliance they have with that sport."

All of the proceeds from the online auction will benefit the camp. The 24" X 36" print is #50 of 995 printed and is framed.

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