Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanks a million!

As former rescues lucky enough to find a great home, Shayna and I have LOADS to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. And a special THANK YOU to all of our friends who stop in to scratch our ears and follow us on my Facebook page: This week, we thought that art would be a fun way to show those things for which we’re especially grateful. See if you can find all ten, and thanks for playing!
  1. When our folks hit the road, we love to go along. So many places to see, things to sniff! That’s why we’re thankful for pet-friendly lodging. We’re not sure, but we bet that Lamplight Manor is just the kind of place that would welcome four-legged guests. Name the artist.
  2. We’re thankful for squirrels and chipmunks that dare us to chase them. That’s why we love Casual Balance. It’s so realistic, with that chipmunk acting so nonchalant. You know that he wants to play. Who is the artist?
  3. What’s more fun than a ride in the car? A ride in the truck, with the breeze blowing your ears back, that’s what! Artist Jim Daly totally gets it. What’s the title of his giclée canvas depicting a dog and his boy, ready for a ride?
  4. Have you ever been so happy that you want to sing? (We have, and I must say, we sound awesome.) Sing-Out depicts two of our relatives, happily howling. Do you know who the artist is?
  5. What toy was your very favorite – the one you loved and were so thankful for? I love my stuffed gorilla; Shayna prefers her squeaky. Artist Dean Morrissey knows that favorite playthings are the stuff of dreams. Those dreams don’t just disappear. The Sandman gathers them for safekeeping. What is the name of his giclée canvas depicting the Sandman’s storage chest?
  6. How do you thank someone who means the world to you? Ask Shayna; I’d do anything for my dad. That includes waiting by the door whenever he leaves. I’m not happy until I hear him returning. There’s a term for that kind of devotion, and it’s the title of artist Jocelyn Russell’s limited edition bronze sculpture of dog. What is it called?
  7. Shayna and I are thankful for the time spent with those we love. Whether you have four legs or only two, special moments are not to be taken for granted. The limited edition print, Making Memories, is a perfect example. Name the artist.
  8. We are thankful to live near the beautiful Lake Erie shoreline. Humans love the awesome sunsets; we dogs just like to splash in the waves. Whichever makes you happy, nothing captures the mood like the giclée canvas Golden Sunset. Who painted this beautiful image?
  9. It seems like only yesterday when we were young pups…so many happy recollections! This artist has a real appreciation for some of the things that made him happy when he was a boy in the 1940s. The title of his original painting is Vintage Memories. Name the artist.
  10. Don’t you love rides in the country, especially in the fall? We love it when our folks take us out for barn-hunt competitions to places just like the one in this giclée canvas by Lynn Kaatz depicting rural farms in a fall setting. Can you name the artwork?

  1. The Good Old Days
  2. Runnin’ the Table
  3. Tiki Hut Lounge
  4. Paul Calle
  5. The Flat Iron Café
  6. John Weiss
  7. Scott Jacobs
  8. Voyage of the Fianna
  9. Stephen Lyman
  10. Robert Bateman

Friday, November 20, 2015

Former refugee becomes a force for global health

Norah Lynne and Alan Brown, Gallery One owners, are justly proud of their grandson-in law, Phuoc Le.  You may recall Erin, the cute blonde who helped out at the gallery during her elementary and secondary school days.  Today, Erin and Phuoc reside in Berkeley CA and are the parents of Anya (3) and Jada (1 month). 

Top Docs - Meet our 2015 Top Hospitalists

From the November ACP Hospitalist, copyright © 2015 by the American College of Physicians
Welcome to our eighth annual Top Hospitalists issue! The physicians profiled on the following pages were nominated by their colleagues and chosen by ACP Hospitalist's editorial board for their accomplishments in areas of hospitalist practice such as patient care, quality improvement, and medical education. Read on to learn about their achievements and innovations, and make a note to nominate any top docs you know next summer. Note: ACP Hospitalist's Top Hospitalists feature is not part of the ACP National Awards Program.

Phuoc Le, MD
Age: 38
Medical school: Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.
Residency: Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital)
Title: Assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco; Assistant professor of public health, University of California, Berkeley

Phuoc Le, MD,'s path from a rural village in Vietnam to the halls of Harvard and Stanford is a classic example of how the American dream is supposed to play out. He was born just after the end of the Vietnam War, and one of his earliest memories is fleeing the country with his mother on a small fishing boat en route to Hong Kong and eventual political asylum in the United States.

“We lived in housing projects in Wichita, Kan., and then went to live near relatives in Sacramento,” said Dr. Le. “I went to a gang-ridden high school where achievement was not the norm, but my siblings and I got through it because we were grateful for the chance just to go to school.”

Dr. Le went on to attend some of the most revered schools in the country, including completing a combined medicine, pediatrics, and global health equity residency at Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he worked under Partners in Health cofounder Paul Farmer, MD. The 5-year residency program, which included stints in Haiti, Rwanda, and other poor countries, cemented his passion for global health.

“I wanted to do more than see patients at the ends of their lives when diseases have become irreversible,” said Dr. Le, who also holds a master's degree in public health and is fluent in Vietnamese, Chinese, and Spanish. “Working with Paul, I saw firsthand how global health is practiced and how the root causes of diseases—such as access to running water and electricity—are addressed.”

His experiences set the stage for becoming a full-time hospitalist, with an emphasis on global health, said Dr. Le. His work with Partners in Health taught him about the value of working in teams to improve systems, skills that are readily transferable to hospital medicine.

At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Le helped to initiate a Global Health Core within the hospital medicine division. The group has grown from 5 to 12 faculty members and also launched the nation's first Hospital Medicine-Global Health Fellowship, establishing UCSF as a leader in the emerging field.

“When Phuoc joined UCSF, we had a few hospitalists interested in global health and had set up small initiatives in Africa, Asia, and China,” said Bradley Sharpe, MD, UCSF's associate chief of hospital medicine. “Phuoc's arrival changed everything, and we now have become a magnet for hospitalists with this interest.”

Dr. Le and his team make regular trips to a hospital in Hinche, Haiti, where they have maintained a close partnership since the 2010 earthquake. They also visit rural hospitals in India, Liberia, and Nepal several times a year, where they have global health fellows working with partner organizations to strengthen health systems.

One of Dr. Le's most successful recent initiatives is the UCSF Global Health Boot Camp, a 4-day CME course that teaches strategies for working in the developing world to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and others. The first course in 2014 attracted so much interest that some applicants had to be turned away. Dr. Le also established the Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership, or HEAL, initiative, a 2-year fellowship for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists that involves working in underserved domestic, as well as international, communities.

“Every fellow spends half of their time in the Navajo Nation in New Mexico or Arizona, where there is a staggeringly high prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, and other problems,” said Dr. Le. “Many of the root causes of disease we see in developing countries are also happening here.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Art for the Man Cave

Clancy here. A few weeks back, I agreed to let Shayna pick the topic. In return, she agreed to let me choose a future topic, so listen up, guys: This week, we’re going to explore art that will enhance that most Hallowed of Hang-outs…the Man Cave! (That’s me in the photo above, getting all buff in my man cave.) And ladies, take note: all of the artwork described below are selections that you will both love.

  1. This colorful print, an original giclée evolved photograph on canvas by my Papa, Alan Brown, depicts the famous strip in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio’s first resort town. A great place for summer cruising where you can ride your Hog and bring your dog, it boasts arcades, restaurants, nightlife, fishing, boating and more. What’s the title of this fun panorama?
  2. If your man cave includes a pool table, then you can definitely relate. It’s every pool shooter’s dream: to call all the balls and win the game in one turn. That’s the subject of this giclée canvas by artist Tim Rogerson. What is the title?
  3. Some fun lovers are referred to as party animals (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Artist Will Bullas presents a group of such drinking buddies in tropical attire, gathered at the local Polynesian tavern. Name this fun giclée canvas.
  4. This artist was known for his riveting portraits of the trappers and mountain men of the early 1800s. A self-sufficient breed of men, they lived off the land, blazing the trails, discovering mountain passages and navigating unnamed rivers. Most of them died as they lived, alone, with their stories unrecorded and their discoveries unsung. In the limited edition print View from the Heights one such hardy individual surveys the terrain. Who was the artist?
  5. If you were a sailor or longshoreman looking for a place to stay in Cleveland in 1910, this Irish establishment would have been a popular choice. More than 100 years later, it’s still the go-to place in the Flats for food, fun and spirits. Immortalized as a signed and numbered serigraph by Jim Ptacek, what is the name of this serigraph (and restaurant)?
  6. If you’d rather be fishing than doing almost anything else, this captivating original oil entitled In the Fog belongs on your wall. Two men and a dog make their way through the gloom in a canoe, their passage illuminated only by lantern light. What is the title?
  7. What’s more American than red, white and blue? How about a red, white and blue officially licensed Harley-Davidson poster? (How cool would that be on the wall of your exclusive domain?) Name the artist whose fine art poster is entitled Made in the U.S.A.
  8. All hands on deck! According to mythology, this ship is said have transported an immortal band of Celtic warriors on their voyages between the real world and the afterlife. The artist is Dean Morrissey. What is the title of this stirring giclée canvas?
  9. Embers at Dawn is the limited edition print that will make you want to hit the road with your camping gear. Last night’s campfire, now glowing embers, contrasts with the pink-tinged sky of a new day, reflected in the water. Name the artist.
  10. Sportsmen will be captivated by Evening Snowfall – American Elk. It depicts a magnificent bull elk in his natural habitat, watching as his herd makes its way down a mountain slope in the falling snow. Name the artist.


  1. Original painting
  2. Original lithograph
  3. Offset lithography or offset printing
  4. Giclée
  5. Canvas transfer
  6. Signed and Numbered
  7. Open edition
  8. Artist’s Proofs
  9. Fine art poster
  10. Remarque

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What's the Difference? - A Print Primer

Clancy here. Each week, people come into Gallery One, just to see us. Many times, they’ll stop to look at the artwork. Naturally, if they have questions, they consult us. Many times they ask us to explain the different formats. So that’s this week’s topic. After answering all ten questions, do what we do – reward yourself with a nap!

  1. This term refers to the source from which something arises or the first from which copies are generated. When referring to a painter’s creation, it is the one-of-a-kind work from which future editions are published. Name the term.
  2. The ancient Greek word for stone was lithos; graphien in ancient Greek meant “to write.” This type of print is created from a design drawn on a surface such as a stone or mylar. The surface is moistened with water and then ink is applied. Paper is pressed onto this surface to pick up the design. Because this process must be repeated for each print made, each print is slightly different and therefore, unique. What is this kind of print called?
  3. Most limited editions on paper are reproduced using this photo mechanical process. The inked image is transferred from a metal plate to a rubber blanket or rollers and then to the printing surface. All of the prints in an edition are identical. What is the term for this method of art printing?
  4. This process is the first major change in printmaking since 1796 and has revolutionized the industry. High resolution digital scans direct the spray of archival inks directly onto the paper or canvas resulting in art with superior color accuracy. What is the French-sounding term for this printing process?
  5. This type of print is created by taking the top layer of a paper print and fusing in onto a prepared canvas surface. Textured varnish is often applied to replicate the appearance of an artist’s brushstrokes. What is this type of print called?
  6. This term means that the artist’s handwritten signature appears on the print (indicating its validity) along with a number identifying the print as one of a limited edition. What is this term associated with limited edition prints?
  7. This term refers to an edition in which individual prints are not numbered. What kind of print edition is this?
  8. These prints are an exclusive subset (generally less than 10% of the edition) traditionally reserved for the artist’s personal use. They bear the letters “AP” and a number. What is their name?
  9. This type of art usually bears an image by an artist as well as information (such as exhibition dates and locations of galleries or museums). Name this art form.
  10. This term means that the artist has added a small, original drawing, often in the margin of a paper print or on the back of a canvas print. What is it called?

  1. Force and Magic
  2. Passage to Autumn
  3. First Moments of Gold
  4. Echoes in Gold
  5. Golden Season – Gray Squirrel
  6. Hardwood Forest – White-Tailed Buck
  7. Moonrise at Sunset
  8. Autumn Chill
  9. The Watchers
  10. Train Depot

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Time to turn over a new leaf!

Clancy and I love the fall – the crunchy leaves and cool days are just made for hiking in the woods. And because autumn is one of the most colorful seasons of the year, it’s a favorite subject for many artists. Here are ten examples. See if you can find all of them!

  1. Anthony Eaton Cook, the famous artist, author, naturalist and photographer, is the grandson of Anthony Wayne Cook who deeded the land for Cook Forest State Park to Pennsylvania. Name his magical giclée photograph depicting a cascading forest waterfall surrounded by fiery fall foliage.
  2. Artist Terry Isaac painted the passing of summer and beginning of fall with a bull moose casting a reflection in the water. The sunlight illuminates the evergreens and the foliage that has just begun to turn golden. Name this limited edition.
  3. “There’s gold in them thar hills!” Mark Twain wrote about the rush for gold in California. But Western hills boast another kind of gold as seen in this beautiful artwork by Rod Frederick. It depicts a Western landscape – snow-capped mountains, silvery blue sagebrush, majestic elk and touches of sunlit gold. Be the first to name this limited edition print.
  4. In the Rockies, September cloaks the mountains in gold. The bellows of bull elk can be heard reverberating throughout the wilderness. John Banovich portrays this thrilling scenario in his limited edition. What is it called…what is it called?
  5. It’s as though this squirrel knew how cute he was and posed for the artist. Nibbling on a nut, his tail fluffed above his head, he balances on a high branch, perfectly framed by yellow leaves. Name this charming giclée canvas signed by Carl Brenders.
  6. You have to look hard to spot the white-tail deer in this forest! He stands alert – looking for a mate, watching for rivals and wary of hunters. Robert Bateman shows the depth of the forest, leading your eye from the foreground through the misty recesses. What is the title of this limited edition print?
  7. The trees cast long autumn shadows at day’s end. They are tinged in copper and gold, as the sun yields to the moon in this original oil painting by artist Mo Dafeng. Name the artwork.
  8. In this talented artist’s hands, a pencil becomes a paintbrush. With his meticulous attention to detail, Ryan Jacque can create compelling portraits of the wonders of nature. In this giclée canvas, two little robins try to keep warm on a bare branch by ruffling and plumping their feathers against the cold. What is the title of this giclée canvas?
  9. Artist Bonnie Marris has had a lifelong fascination with wolves, and it shows in her artwork. Backlit amidst autumn foliage, a wolf peers out, watching something in the distance. Look closely – the wolf is not is not alone! Name this limited edition giclée canvas.
  10. It’s a fine fall day in the country. People are gathered at the station, carriages await and the express is right on time. Name this colorful autumn scene by artist Lynn Kaatz.

  1. Brian Davis
  2. Andrew Atroshenko
  3. Rod Frederick
  4. Florian Lawton
  5. Dwayne Hickman
  6. Rob Gonsalves
  7. James Coleman
  8. William Phillips
  9. Charles Wysocki
  10. Mo Dafeng

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Name that artist!

Shayna here. As Gallery One’s “Patrons of the Arfs,” Clancy and I rub elbows (and noses) with dozens of famous artists. To us, they’re just regular humans (only exceptionally talented). To our folks, they’re part of the family. But I digress. We know and love them, and once you get to know them as we do, you will too. So let’s all get better acquainted with this week’s ArtSmartz.

  1. Imagine if you were a bee coming in for a landing on a gorgeous flower. This artist is known for magnificent close-up paintings of brightly illuminated flowers that give you that same perspective. This floral artist is the son of musicians who encouraged his artistic talents. As this artist says, "The light is the real subject of my work. The flower is the stage, the light is the dancer.” What is his name?
  2. This talented Russian artist attended the St. Petersburg Academy of Art, one of the world’s most prestigious art schools. His portraits of flamenco dancers, musicians and the female form are dramatic and captivating. (You’ll get an “A” if you can name the artist.)
  3.  His wildlife paintings come in ALL shapes and sizes – tall and narrow and short and wide. His love of all things wild also applies to his sense of humor and sense of style. He has an impressive collection of zany and colorful Hawaiian shirts. But when it comes to his subjects, he knows them inside out, having majored in art and minored in biology at Willamette University. Who is this wild and crazy guy?
  4. This artist was best known for his watercolors of rural Amish scenes and landscapes of northeastern Ohio. He was especially drawn to winter scenes because he was able to see the structure of the trees and considered it to be a very meditative time of year. Despite his fondness for winter, he rarely used white paint in his watercolor paintings; any white was most likely the paper. Name this artist.
  5. The work of this critically acclaimed fine artist is exhibited at Gallery One and galleries across the country. He is also a well-known actor whom Baby Boomers will remember from his 1950s hit TV show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (which also starred Bob Denver as his beatnik BFF, Maynard). Collectors love his renderings of cottages with inviting pathways bordered by flowers. Who is this artist?
  6. Things are not always as they seem in this artist’s work. He combines architectural elements with illusions of perspective to give reality some magical possibilities. In his artwork, the imagination transforms clouds into snow-capped mountains; a quilt becomes an aerial patchwork of farmland. Name this artist, born in Toronto in 1959.
  7. Born in Hollywood, this artist worked at Walt Disney Studios for more than twenty years as a background animation specialist. He worked on many short subjects and a dozen films including The Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh and Beauty and the Beast. After leaving the motion picture industry he became a fulltime artist, painting vibrant tropical rainforests, lush woods and the splendor of romantic destinations such as Giverny. What is his name?
  8. This artist is considered by many to be the world’s top aviation artist. As a boy in California, he’d watch the Air National Guard F-86s taking off and landing at the Van Nuys Airport. Besides being an award-winning artist, he is an accomplished pilot who spent a tour of duty in the Air Force, including an assignment in Vietnam. In 2005 the USPS released his American Advances in Aviation stamps. In addition to aviation art, this artist is known for his nostalgic landscapes featured in the picturesque Phillips Bay series. Can you name him?
  9. After completing an Army stint, this artist studied at the Art Center in Los Angeles on the G.I. Bill. He later formed a successful ad agency. His future wife introduced him to the simplicity of farm life in the San Fernando Valley. This was the artistic influence that led him to pursue primitive art, and he became known for his Americana Calendars. His colorful nostalgic art is still widely collected. Name the artist.
  10. This artist was born in Shanghai. He came to the U.S. in 1987 and fell in love with the beauty of the land. The son of an art professor, he was educated in China and later earned his MFA at New York’s Pratt Institute School of Art and Design. A favorite subject is boats docked in the harbor. He has the remarkable ability to capture the light, atmosphere and mood of such settings. These, he believes, are similar in the U.S. and China, saying “Our similarities are greater than our differences.”

  1. 10+ faces
  2. 10+ wildebeest
  3. Sheep, horn, top, pan, bell, pocket watch. . .
  4. 8 dandelions in bloom
  5. 57 (counting the shooter)
  6. Haberdashery, Johnson Shoes, Lugo Restaurant, Gentry Dance Studio, Paris Isabella Dress Shop, Drew’s Coffee, Main & Wright Street Car, Shirley’s Flower Stand, Morrison’s Ice Cream Wagon, Fire Station #1
  7. Fish, two birds, a lady, a leopard, a frog, a soldier, two men
  8. A burrowing owl, a pearl-spotted owl and a tawny owl
  9. 22 gulls
  10. In lower right-hand corner

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It's all in the details!

Art – you can look at art again and again and spot hidden details you never noticed. That gave Shayna and me an idea. We thought it would be fun to go outside in camo and see if our folks could find us. It would have worked too, had we made it past this flowered rug. So we thought it would be fun to test your powers of observation and see how many details you can spot in the artwork described in this week’s installment of ArtSmartz. (If you get stumped, don’t go chasing your tail over details; we’ll post the answers next week.)
  1. Speaking of camouflage, artist Bev Doolittle is famous for her art with hidden elements. In The Forest Has Eyes a lone rider has the feeling he is being watched. How many faces are hidden in the forest?
  2. Robert Bateman traveled to Kenya where he saw a herd of wildebeests, just as the sun was setting. His painting, Wildebeest at Sunset was published in England, but many of the prints were destroyed in shipment to the U.S. Gallery One is lucky to have gotten this rare print. See if you can count how many wildebeest it depicts.
  3. In Dean Morrissey’s giclée canvas, The Dreamer’s Trunk, we see the Sandman with his collection of remnants from children’s dreams, gathered for safekeeping. In his trunk are more than 100 such items. Name five of them.
  4. Wildlife artist Carl Brenders paints details like no one else. In his giclée canvas Colorful Playground, two cottontail rabbits are surrounded by dandelions, a common flowering edible plant in Europe and North America. Five of the blooms have gone to seed; how many are fully opened?
  5. Wiped Out by artist Jim Daly is a giclée canvas of three little boys shooting marbles while their dog waits patiently. How many marbles can you find?
  6. Artist Lynn Kaatz’s colorful giclée canvas Main Street Town shows a bustling street scene. Name six of the establishments it depicts.
  7. James Christensen is known for his imaginative artwork. His new giclée canvas, Old Man with a Lot on His Mind illustrates just a few of the life experiences in the memory of someone who has lived a long life. Name seven of the things that are on this man’s mind.
  8. Whooo can correctly name the three different owl species in the giclée canvas entitled Kinship by Michael Dumas?
  9. Artist Rowenna’s giclée canvas Sand and Sea beckons you to its inviting beach. How many gulls are there?
  10. Artist Zac Kinkade’s limited edition print Noah’s Ark shows the myriad creatures safely ashore after the Great Flood. See if you can find the giant tortoise pair.

  1. Thomas Kinkade
  2. Jim Daly
  3. Citizens Band
  4. Steve Hanks
  5. Minstrel in the Mill
  6. From Out of the Fifties – Rock and Roll
  7. Courting Pair – Whistling Swans
  8. Three Black Ties
  9. The Library
  10. Solitary Voice