Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gallery One's Beginnings

"Art galleries are all the same
- pricey & pretentious."

NOT! Clancy here. As notable public figures and official Gallery One greeters and "Patrons of the Arfs," Shayna (that's her smiling on the right) and I have made it our personal mission to dispel such misguided notions right here and now.
As you can imagine, we are often stopped by fans, wanting an autograph or a selfie with us. The conversation frequently turns to our meteoric rise to fame despite our humble beginnings (we are both rescues). But to know the real story, you first have to go back some 43 human years to 1974. It was a different time:
In those days, when the President flew away, the birds tweeted...

Gimme an AYY! Postage for a fan letter to Fonzie was just 10¢...

The highway speed limit was lowered to 55 mph in an effort to conserve the 53¢ per gallon gasoline...

Fashion-conscious men wore mutton-chop sideburns and double-knit polyester leisure suits. Really, because...

...That's The Way We Were (also the Song of the Year from the movie of the same name).
The times they were a-changin'...
Fashion, music, movies, morals, you name it. Status quo hit the skids. Authority was questioned. Revolutionary ideas were everywhere including Mentor, Ohio, where, far away from the glare of the national spotlight, a different kind of art gallery opened; one with a radical notion:

"Going to an Art Gallery should be FUN,
not intimidating."

Children were WELCOMED (gasp!) - a play area was set up to keep them happy while their parents browsed. Big people could help themselves to snacks and beverages. (Unthinkable - there could be SPILLS!)

Our folks, Norah Lynne and Alan Brown, started Gallery One in 1974 in a converted house. They are still at the helm (with my guidance).
Now we're in an 18,000 square-foot showroom with custom framing facilities housing 30,000 limited edition prints, original paintings, sculptures, books, collector plates, fine art posters and porcelain figurines by the world's top contemporary artists (and unbelievably, our prices start at $25!)

...Now (WOW!)

Speaking of our folks, here's a picture of them from that era, 'socking it to the 70s.'

(Not to worry, now that Shayna and I are here, WE help them pick out their clothes, and we've been known to steal socks if we don't like them) But I digress... back to my story.

In recognition of their leadership and innovations that have benefited both art collectors and art dealers alike, U.S. Art even honored our folks with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award!
Our folks succeeded in making Gallery One so enjoyable for visitors that art lovers have twice voted it "Best Art Gallery in the Cleveland Area." We are known for taking excellent care of our clients, old and new. Kids who first visited with their parents, years ago, now come in with their kids to see all the beautiful artwork (and Shayna and me, of course).
As you can see, we're about as pretentious as a basket of puppies. We simply want to be your favorite place to shop for art - in person, by phone or online in your p.j.'s.
A FUN art gallery with games for kids and wine for grown-ups! What next... payment plans? Yes, as a matter of fact, because

"Beautiful art should be accessible
and available for everyone."

My folks still offer FREE layaways for your art. Whether choosing art for yourself or for someone special, we can accommodate your budget with a plan designed exclusively for you.
We assist collectors, both private and corporate, with design and installation services.
(Leave the hanging to us, the experts - we'll even bring the nails.)

"Any Pat, Michael, or Jo-Ann with a hammer can frame art."

And any schmuck with a Swiss army knife can remove your gall bladder. But if you want to present and preserve a piece of art or a treasured memento in the BEST way possible, go to a Certified Picture Framer who excels in frame design and art conservation. We have THREE CPFs on staff. (And seriously, see a specialist about that gall bladder.)
Only a CPF has completed the necessary requirements to earn (and retain) this distinction requiring rigorous testing and exceptional skill. Frequent recertification is required because a CPF has to know how to frame anything, from Picassos to hockey pucks. Gallery One's Framing department has won TWO international framing awards because of its creativity and skill!

I know what you're thinking: 'That sounds expensive.' We double dog dare you to compare - framing at Gallery One actually costs less than at chain stores offering Fabric-ated discount coupons. We provide better value for your framing dollar because we only use the finest quality mat boards and moldings, AND we buy them in bulk to pass the savings on to you.

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." - Dale Carnegie

Gallery One's dedicated staff includes members whose combined art gallery experience equals more than 180 years. (They won't leave, and even if they did, what would we inscribe on their watches... 'Thanks for another great century'?)

Our entire staff loves what we do. Art improves your quality of life, and we have fun making it available for those who love it as much as we do.

But why should we have all the fun? Why not invite the rest of the planet? So in 1997, galleryone.com was launched.
The first and most extensive website of its kind, we opened our virtual gallery to the world.
And today our website is loaded with testimonials about our unparalleled customer service from beginning decorators to serious art collectors, both locally and internationally.

Gallery One is the inviting kind of place where customers become old friends and artists are family. (You never know which celebrated artist you'll find curled up on the couch or stretched out on our floor.)
(Robert Bateman napping before a Gallery One appearance.)

What other gallery would encourage you to rub elbows with famous artists and noses with friendly dogs, all at the same time?

Over the years, Gallery One has celebrated many highlights including hosting the nation's first one-man show for legendary Canadian wildlife artist (and well-rested naturalist) Robert Bateman, drawing waiting crowds that lined the block for hours. A legion of the world's most notable contemporary artists have made regular appearances including famed astronaut/artist Alan Bean, Carl Brenders, James Christensen, Dean Morrissey, Jim Daly, Charley Harper, Edna Hibel, Thomas Kinkade, Bev Doolittle, Steve Lyman, Roger Tory Peterson, William Phillips and many others.

Gallery One also encourages future artists with its annual "Cold Nose - Warm Art™" Competition, displaying the artwork of hundreds of children alongside the work of established artists in a special month-long holiday exhibition.

(CNWA prize winners with Dean Morrissey)

In 2010, the Browns established their own art publishing company, Gallery Giclées™, printing fine art giclée canvases hand-signed by the artists, available from Gallery One and interior designers, art consultants and art galleries nationwide. The collection includes work by award-winning artists Carl Brenders, Jim Daly, Dean Morrissey, Alan Brown and more.

And speaking of our pop, Alan Brown's outstanding wildlife photography was even honored with a one-man exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for THREE months!

(Lioness with Cub © Alan Brown)

So now you know the whole story. If you haven't stopped in for a while, what are you waiting for? We're here Monday through Saturday, 10 until 6, or by appointment. We're wheel chair accessible, fun, family-friendly and have loads of free parking. Shayna and I are never too busy overseeing Gallery One operations that we can't stop for a belly rub or the proffered dog biscuit. We'll be waiting for you!
Your humble servants and Gallery One Patrons of the Arfs, Shayna & Clancy

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

More Top Honors for Gallery Giclées
Artist Michael Dumas

Kudos and congratulations to internationally acclaimed artist Michael Dumas!

Michael continues to garner some of the art world’s most prestigious awards and major recognition, most recently:

Artists from 63 countries submitted more than 3,100 entries for consideration to the Art Renewal Center’s (ARC) International Salon Competition. Michael Dumas’ painting, Sparrow’s Rest, depicting a pair of house sparrows atop a stack of flour sacks, was selected for honors in TWO categories: 

Sparrow's Rest © Michael Dumas

Sparrow’s Rest has been included in the ARC Salon Exhibition which opened at the Salmagundi Club in New York in May 2017, AND it will also travel to the Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain for an exhibition September 23 - November 27 of this year.

Prior to the ARC Salon Exhibition, Sparrow’s Rest was featured at the Western Visions Exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY held last fall. It received an Award of Excellence from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society in their Autumn, 2016 International Online Competition.

Michael is a member of Artists for Conservation, the world’s largest group of artists supporting the environment. His painting, Innocence, was selected for their virtual on-line exhibition and book.

Innocence © Michael Dumas

Innocence was also juried into the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) Art and the Animal Exhibition, 2016, opening at the Houston Museum of Natural History where it received the President’s Award for Artistic Achievement. In addition, Innocence was selected for the SAA national museum tour running through 2017.

Fox Sparrow Study © Michael Dumas

The Artists for Conservation selected Fox Sparrow Study (above) for the 2016 Exhibition that opened in Vancouver last September. It was included in the exhibition tour that began in Tucson before traveling to the Qingdao LAN Wan Art Gallery in Qingdao City, China, this summer. Fox Sparrow Study can be seen in the new North Light Books publication, Strokes of Genius 8/The Best of Drawing, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf.

White Garden © Michael Dumas

White Garden was chosen as the winner of the ‘Best Sketchbook’ in Plein Air Magazine’s bi-monthly competition for March - April 2017. Michael has also won Best Overall Oil, Best Nocturne and Best Outdoor Still Life in previous PAM competitions.

Red-tailed Hawk Study © Michael Dumas

A rare colored pencil work by Michael, Red-tailed Hawk Study, has been included in a new North Light Books publication titled Art Journey - Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Artworks, edited by Jamie Markle.

Be sure to see the entire Michael Dumas Gallery Giclées™ collection that includes ten NEW editions, all hand-signed by Michael:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Your ancestors would like a word. . .

“You’re taking us to AN ORDINARY framer
and you expect us to SMILE?”

They would like us to debunk a few myths related to framing…


• Framing costs less at craft stores that offer liberal discount coupons.

FALSE – dare to compare! We guarantee that Gallery One’s prices are lower than chain stores that offer Fabric-ated discounts. You’ll find that we offer better value for your framing dollar. We use only the finest quality mat boards and mouldings, and we buy them in bulk.

• Virtually anyone can learn to frame.

TRUE – But NOT every framer has completed the necessary requirements to earn (and retain) the distinction of CPF (Certified Picture Framer). This is the framer’s designation of excellence, awarded by the Professional Picture Framers Association to someone who has passed rigorous testing and demonstrated particular skill and knowledge in a demanding profession. A CPF has to know how to create frames for anything from Picassos to hockey pucks. The examination for this exclusive certification is intense and requires frequent recertification. Gallery One has THREE Certified Picture Framers on staff. Combined, our staff has 200 years’ experience in fine art and custom framing.

• My diploma will fit in a ready-made discount store poster frame.

TRUE – But first ask yourself, how much did it cost – in years, in study and in dollars – to earn that prized document that you will display for the rest of your life? Then decide how best to preserve it.

• Gallery One will handle my rare family photos and heirlooms with care.

TRUE – And unlike some other framers, all of our work is done on the premises by people who are used to handling priceless museum-quality pieces.

We can frame virtually anything (and have). Nobody takes better care of your treasures than we do, and no one will make them look better.

• But I don’t live in the area, so I’ll have to use a local framer.

FALSE – We take framing orders from all over the country and beyond! We can and do ship anywhere, and we do it better than anybody – see http://www.galleryone.com/testimonials.html

Or, make plans to visit us on your travels. Cleveland is hosting the RNC this summer. We’re home to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers, the world-famous Cleveland Clinic and so much more. We’re close to Niagara Falls, Cedar Point and many other vacation attractions.
Just ask Northeast Ohio locals about us. They have voted us Best Cleveland Area Art Gallery twice! Established in 1974, Gallery One is family-friendly and celebrating more than 40 years in business. With an 18,000 square-foot showroom and custom framing facilities, we’re something to see! We have 30,000 limited edition prints, original paintings, sculptures, books, posters and porcelain figurines. Located at 7003 Center Street (between Rtes. 2 and 90), we’re here 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment. The gallery is wheel chair accessible with free parking.

At Gallery One, we don’t make a fortune when we frame; we make a friend. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Summon Summer’s Warmth

El Niño notwithstanding, winter has just about worn out its welcome. While Mother Nature may still have a few more wallops up her sleeve, Shayna and I would like to suggest one sure way to bring summer into your world a bit early.

Our folks have a glorious new giclée canvas at Gallery One that captures a fleeting moment and radiates warmth and cheer. It’s by award-winning Canadian artist Michael Dumas. Entitled High Summer – Yellow Warbler, this artwork seems to glow from within.
Michael Dumas expresses the simple harmony of the everyday, revealing the beauty in ordinary sights that are often easily overlooked in our busy world. Michael even told Shayna and me all about what inspired him: “It is high summer, a time of green foliage and ripening fruit. A seemingly random movement of leaves in a large russet apple tree marks the foraging of some small bird, and I strain to see what it might be. The complex patterns of sunlight and shadow frustrate my attempts at making a clear sighting, but just as I am about to give up, a sudden burst of bright yellow appears quite close at hand. It is a transient thing though, and just as suddenly as it appears the yellow warbler was once again hidden in the depths of the tree. Gone from sight, but vividly impressed in memory, the act of painting re-creates a brief instant that can be savored at leisure.”

And once you see this little gem, you’ll understand.  (Every time Shayna see it, she just smiles…)
Shayna smiling

High Summer – Yellow Warbler is now available as a hand-signed giclée canvas published by Gallery Giclées’™ and part of the Michael Dumas exhibit at Gallery One. (When you come in to see it, be sure to stop and see US, too!)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Shayna and I love the holidays, so we thought we’d help spread the cheer with this week’s questions, all having to do with holiday-themed artwork. We hope your holidays are warm, happy and bright!

  1. This Gallery Giclées canvas by artist Jim Daly shows a little girl amidst holiday decorations and toys, but the present that she clearly treasures above all others is a kitten (probably a rescue like us). Name the artwork.
  2. Victorian Christmas I by this artist is a nostalgic, idyllic scene, complete with carolers, friends and family gathered together in celebration before a Victorian mansion. Name the artist.
  3. This print, Arctic Family – Polar Bears, reminds us of the Coca-Cola bears. Two fuzzy white Arctic cubs stay close to their mom as she pauses on the pack ice. Name the Canadian artist.
  4. Everyone wants to go home for the holidays. This original painting, entitled Our Home, depicts a group of Native Americans, riding toward their spirit encampment, a group of teepees aglow in the snow that seems to touch the heavens. (And did you know that this artist was an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns back in the day with Sam Rutigliano! Dog pound, woof! But I digress…) Name the artist.
  5. They used to say that behind every successful man is a great woman. But we know that it’s an equal partnership. And the same is true of Santa Claus. Do you think he could possibly pull off a feat like he does, year after year, if it weren’t for MRS. Claus? Heck no! This artist knows it, too. That’s why he created this delightful porcelain figurine of Mrs. Claus. Name the artist.
  6. This artist was a native of northeast Ohio, famous for his watercolors of rural life. In this original painting, the trees are heavily coated with fresh snow, the sun is shining, casting intricate shadows, and a solitary bunny pauses to admire his surroundings. The title of the painting is Snow Bunny. Name the artist.
  7. This artist and children’s author painted a magical flying ship. It is used to help Father Christmas distribute gifts on Christmas Eve with the help of a boy named Joey, Sam the toymaker and animated toys. Name the Gallery Giclées canvas by Dean Morrissey (it’s also the title of his 2000 book).
  8. This limited edition, Observing Christmas, depicts a dog looking out the door to the porch where a Christmas tree awaits. Name the artist. (Christmas bonus: It’s the same answer as number 3 above…You’re welcome!)
  9. This Gallery Giclées canvas, Christmas Town Frolic, depicts an old-fashioned town with horses and carriages and cozy shops, festive with holiday cheer. Name the artist who grew up in Elyria.
  10. Happy New Year! Did you know that a dusting of snow on New Year’s Day means twelve months of good luck in China? This artist, whose original painting is entitled New Year’s Snow, was born in Shanghai. What is his name?

  1. Will Bullas
  2. Jim Ptacek
  3. James Christensen
  4. Jim Daly
  5. Three
  6. Lynn Kaatz
  7. No charge; it’s FREE!
  8. Dean Morrissey
  9. Embellishing or enhancing
  10. Books, apparel, Christmas ornaments, figurines, frames, collector plates

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fun Finds only at Gallery One!

Some people think that art galleries are stuffy places where artsy people speak in hushed tones, but if you’ve been to Gallery One, you know that we’re about as pretentious as a basket of puppies. In addition to excellent customer service, we pride ourselves on being family friendly, with a play corner for little ones and a help-yourself coffee pot for grown-ups (not to mention being greeted by two of the cutest Lakeland Terriers you’re ever going to see). But did you know about all of the other cool things we offer, in addition to art?

  1. BOOKS! We have a large assortment – coffee table books as well as kids’ books. If you want to share some smiles with people of all ages, Shayna and I recommend this volume entitled A Fool Moon. (It has a foreword by movie star Doris Day.) Name the artist whose comical work this book features.
  2. APPAREL! This award-winning Cleveland photographer has close “ties” to the city, and has photographed its major monuments, some of which are featured on men’s fashion neckties. Name this artist.
  3. CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS! This artist’s work graces a set of ornaments perfect for your tree, such as Lute Player, Horn Blower and Christmas Angel. Can you name the artist?
  4. FIGURINES! This artist, known for his endearing and nostalgic paintings of children from yesteryear, also has a wonderful line of figurines that capture some of his works such as Red Scooter. Name the artist.
  5. FRAMES! No FABRIC-ated discounts or crazy coupons, for the love of Mike! But you’ll get the best quality and value for your dollar with our custom or ready-made frames. We can frame just about anything and have, from original paintings to a LeBron James jersey, and we do it expertly. Here’s a question “About Us.” How many CPFs (Certified Picture Framers) does Gallery One have on-staff?
  6. COLLECTOR PLATES! This artist’s wonderful ceramic plates make appreciated gifts. Shayna and I are rather partial to the ones featuring different dog breeds, such as Shirt Tales – The Cocker Spaniel. Name the artist.
  7. FEEL FREE TO HANG WITH US! (We’ll bring the hammer and nails.) Did you know that we offer expert design advice and FREE installation of your Gallery One purchase? Our design consultant will deliver it in the local area and hang it at no cost. Trick question: What’s the charge for this invaluable service?
  8. AUTOGRAPHS, SELFIES AND BRAGGING RIGHTS. If you’re on our email list, you’ll get advance notice inviting you to attend our fabulous Artist Shows. Rub elbows with the world’s most prestigious contemporary artists. Get their autographs, have artwork personalized and talk and take photos with them! Name the artist appearing at Gallery One on Dec. 4 & 5.
  9. FREE HIGHLIGHTING FOR KINKADE COLLECTORS. When you purchase a Thomas Kinkade canvas at Gallery One, you can have it highlighted free of charge by a professional Kinkade Master Highlighter Artist. Gallery One holds two highlighting events each year. Highlighted canvases are given added dimension. No two highlighted canvases are ever alike, and each receives a Certificate of Highlighting. We are “Frequently Asked” what are other terms for highlighting?
  10. DAZZLED BY SO MANY FUN FINDS? Here’s one more “Category” to consider at Gallery One – Gift Certificates! You can make any occasion extra special for someone with a Gallery One Gift Certificate to use for any of the fun finds described above. So just for fun, name two of them!

  1. Thomas Kinkade
  2. Michael Dumas
  3. Back of the Old Truck
  4. Bonnie Marris
  5. The Dreamer’s Trunk
  6. Loyalty
  7. John Weiss
  8. Rodel Gonzalez
  9. Robert Sarsony
  10. Shepherds Farm

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: www.facebook.com/LakelandTerrier.dog 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