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“It’s hard to tell,” said Adams. “It’s equally possible that he’ll disappear entirely in 100 years.”

For now, Cavanaugh, the California woman with the friend who loves Kinkade, is trying not to judge.

“I can say this: They are very welcoming,” she said to her friend of Kinkade’s paintings, seeking common ground. “You like them. Go for it!”


Associated Press writers Kate Brumback in Atlanta, Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, N.Y., Gosia Wozniacka in Fresno, Calif., and Brett Zongker in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.