Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring at Gallery One

I know it’s been a while, so I thought it just might be time to catch you up on everything here at Gallery One!

We have just completed our 23rd annual Masterworks in Miniature featuring over 125 outstanding images from some of America’s finest artists.   If you didn’t have a chance to view or purchase, our “after the show” is still open with “name your terms” layaway options.  Visit in person or online before you miss them.


Remodeling and Home DesignHave you heard of Houzz.com?  According to their AboutUs page, “Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device.”  They are in the US and Canada and offer the world’s largest database of residential design along with a vibrant community of professionals willing and able to offer advice, inspiration and product information.  You’ll also find reviews of all the professionals you need to contract everything from initial design of simple redecorating or large building projects through the remodeling process.  You can create “Ideabooks” for each room of your home including the office and storage space, or look through all the landscaping photos.  There are so many design ideas you’ll browse for hours!  (fair warning)


Gallery One wants to connect with you through the social networks that Houzz uses; Twitter, Facebook.  Have you liked us on Facebook or followed us on Twitter?  A large part of our business relies on recommendations from our clients. We would appreciate it if you would write a brief review for us on Houzz.com.  If you’re a member of Angie’s list, perhaps you wouldn’t mind writing a review for us there as well.


In the gallery, our Kinkade clients are thinking ahead to Mother’s Day weekend when the Master Highlighter arrives to enhance their canvases.  Jen is scheduling now, so don’t miss this free service available only for our Thomas Kinkade canvas clients.


Alan Brown, president of Gallery One, has been hard at work with sales of some rare and newly
Howard Terpning
released editions by Howard Terpning.   Quite simply, Howard Terpning is one of the most lauded painters of Western art. His awards are so numerous and he is honored with them so often, that to list them would require changing the count every few months. To name three would be to cite the highest prizes awarded to Western art: countless awards from the Cowboy Artists of America, the Hubbard Art Award for Excellence, the National Academy of Western Art’s Prix de West and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gene Autry Museum. Why such praise? Passion, compassion, devotion and respect for his subject matter, extraordinary talent in palette and brushstroke, an exceptional ability to evoke emotion both in his paintings and from those viewing them — all this and more has made Terpning the "Storyteller of the Native American."  If you’ve never seen his work, at least browse online if you cannot make it into Gallery One.


Google has invited Gallery One to participate in their new Open Gallery project and we are excited to showcase a selection of this year’s entries to Masterworks in Miniature.  We’d love to hear your feedback!  Check out http://gallery-one.culturalspot.org/home and let us know what you think!


Well, that should brighten up your spring and maybe provide a bit of inspiration too.  We’re open 6 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm to provide just that.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Greatness with a Brush: Artist Jane Jones

Jane Jones
artist, Jane Jones

Jane Jones - Rose Rhapsody
Rose Rhapsody
JONRO1  22” x 21”  $375
JONRO2  5” x 7”  Mini $100
Jane Jones - Summer
Summer
JONSU2  32” x 18”  $425
JONSU3  8.5” x 5” Mini $100
Jane Jones - Shining Moment
Shining Moment
JONSH2  20” x 15”  $295
JONSH3 7” x 5”  Mini $100
Jane Jones - Crimson Evening
Crimson Evening
JONCR1  24” x 24”  $425 
JONCR2  7” x 7” Mini $100
Each giclée canvas is hand-signed by the artist. All artwork © Jane Jones.
It’s a brand new year; a great time to learn more about your favorite artists. (And if it’s cold where you are, there’s no better time to gaze at the exquisite floral creations of Jane Jones and learn a little more about what inspires this extraordinary artist.)

GG: Other than painting, what is your favorite pastime?
Jane: I love living and playing with my dogs and cats. They are always “in the moment” and happy to do anything together. And I love gardening, whether it is weeding or just enjoying the visual beauty, sounds and smells. One of the toughest things that I have to do is cutting the flowers from the plant. But once I get just the right light on them and the glass vase − well, I’m beside myself with excitement at the possibility of translating it into paint.
GG: In addition to your extensive art studies, you have a Bachelor of Science degree. How has this influenced your artwork?
Jane: The elegance of nature, from cells to ecosystems is so magnificent. Looking into the lives of cells, plants and animals gave me a glimpse into the awesome power of living things and an incredible respect for them. One day I decided to investigate flowers with a new close-up lens on my camera and saw a whole new and incredibly beautiful world of shape and movement, much like looking into a microscope. As a result, I began to paint large canvases with magnified flowers. 
GG: When did you know that you were destined to become an artist?
Jane: In 1985 I read the book Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe, and as I was reading it, I found so many ideas and thoughts with which I identified. Her life and mine have very little in common, but we share the passion for art and a way of seeing the world, and realizing those things caused me to apply to art schools and make the commitment to follow that path. Or spend the rest of my life wishing that I had!
GG: Who has most encouraged or inspired you?
Jane: My husband has always encouraged me in every way. And having taught Art History for many years, I’ve gotten to know the lives and ideas of so many great artists and learned a lot different things them. Many of the problems and solutions in artists' lives and their work are the same no matter what the century.
GG: What is your preferred medium with which to paint and why is it your favorite?
Jane: I love, love, love oil paint. It is so smooth and sensual to work with, and compared to other media, it is really forgiving of mistakes. And I think it is the most beautiful medium because of the density of the pigment and how it interacts with light.
GG: You often include symbolic elements in your paintings that give them a spiritual dimension. What do you hope that people will discover in your work?
Jane: The beauty and value of nature. Beauty is something that people respond to; it is uplifting and hopeful…the desire for it is universal. Flowers occupy the elevated level of beauty, which moves us and evokes notes of aspiration to vibrate within us. There is something truly celebratory about flowers in sunlight. Light invests them with energy and liveliness.
GG: What do you find to be the single most gratifying aspect of being an artist?
Jane: There are several really gratifying things in my artistic life. I absolutely love the excitement of new ideas. They make the world new and exciting, and it seems like everything is possible. It’s such a great ride! And then it is so wonderful and exciting when new ideas are realized into new paintings, and I am happy with what I have created. The last part is when a viewer understands what I was communicating. Then the communication is complete.


The elegant giclée canvases of Jane Jones are striking whether displayed individually or grouped. Gallery-wrapped and ready to hang, framing is optional. Click the links or call 800.621.1141 to order, and prepare to be dazzled!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gallery One Proudly Supports Marilyn’s Voice

Daisy Flower
How did Gallery One, a retail art gallery, become a proud supporter of Marilyn's Voice, an organization that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs rescued from dire circumstances?

The unlikely connection came as the result of someone doing the unthinkable in June of 2012:  A tiny 2-year old Jack Russell/Chihuahua was stuffed into a cat carrier with her male puppy and dumped along the roadside in Franklin County, OH. When found, both dogs were so starved, sick and filthy that the Humane Society thought it would be best to euthanize them. Marilyn’s Voice came to their rescue, just as they have done with hundreds of other severely neglected and abused puppy mill dogs.

Just prior to this, on Memorial Day, 2012, Gallery One owners Norah Lynne and Alan Brown had adopted Clancy. His picture had been posted on a Lakeland Terrier rescue website by a loving owner whose demanding schedule precluded giving Clancy all the attention he needed. Just 17 months old, Clancy soon became a regular fixture at the gallery, where he is adored and fussed over by the staff, one of whom missed him so much on the weekends that she decided to adopt her own rescue dog. One look at the beseeching brown eyes of “Daisy Flower” online, and it was all over. Daisy Flower would never be abandoned again (neither would her puppy who had already been adopted). Saved, loved and fostered, both had found permanent, loving forever homes, thanks to Marilyn’s Voice.

Clancy was the impetus that led a Gallery One staffer to Marilyn’s Voice, and Daisy Flower introduced Gallery One to that remarkable organization. (And Clancy and Daisy Flower have since become something of an item!)

If you would like to consider adoption, contribute or receive e-mails from Marilyn’s Voice, read more at www.marilynsvoice.org.


The dedicated volunteers of Marilyn's Voice are committed to improving the lives of severely neglected, abused and abandoned dogs from commercial kennels, puppy mills and other unfortunate situations. Marilyn’s Voice provides vital medical treatment to all of the rescues who are lovingly cared for in private foster homes until they are ready for adoption into screened and approved forever homes.

Marilyn's Voice, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization registered in the State of Ohio.
It was founded by Kristina Lange and named for Kristina’s tiny adopted rescue, Marilyn, whose vocal cords had been cut while she was still at a puppy mill. (“Debarking” is a cruel but all too common puppy mill practice to keep the large number of dogs quiet.) As a result, Marilyn’s trachea suffered irreparable damage and collapsed, leading to her untimely death. But in her brief life, Marilyn became a certified therapy dog, visiting and comforting patients at hospitals and nursing homes. Because of all she had silently suffered, little Marilyn was quick to empathize, instantly making others feel uplifted and loved.

Marilyn's Voice volunteers, are now, and will always be, her “voice” and the voice of other mistreated dogs who have suffered similar atrocities. Working to eliminate Ohio’s horrendous puppy mills by educating the public, Marilyn's Voice is raising awareness through outreach, protests and other events, in order to help individuals find responsible ways to acquire companion dogs.

Gallery One is home to two Lakeland Terrier rescue dogs, Clancy and Shayna. We are extremely proud to partner with Marilyn’s Voice to raise awareness through co-sponsored events and fund-raising. When artwork purchased elsewhere is brought to Gallery One for our recommendation, it is our policy to collect a minimum $10 donation for Marilyn’s Voice.

Together, we can help Marilyn’s Voice be the voice of change. To learn more about the many ways in which you can help, please visit www.marilynsvoice.org.

Thank you,
Gallery One
www.galleryone.com

Friday, November 1, 2013

To Shave or Not to Shave

Lincoln…Van Gogh…Hemingway…Confucius…Brown…

What do these great men have in common? Beards! But there comes a time in the life of every such man when he is tempted (or encouraged by his wife) to shave it off.

Norah Lynne and Alan Brown founded Gallery One in 1974, and Alan has worn a beard for the entire time. His beard has been as much a Gallery One fixture as the artwork of Bateman, Brenders, Kinkade and Doolittle.

But lately, Clancy and Shayna, Gallery One’s Lakeland Terrier rescue dogs and official “Patrons of the Arfs™”, have been campaigning for their dad to sport the clean-shaven look.

To that end, Alan told Clancy and Shayna to poll a random sampling of the population, agreeing to comply with the consensus. Here are a few of the responses so far:
  • Col. Nathan R. Jessup: “You can’t handle the truth!” 
  • Harry Callahan: "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'” 
  • Rhett Butler: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” 
  • Bill Walton: “It’s the only beard in the history of Western civilization that makes Bob Dylan’s beard look good.” 
  •  Donatella Versace: “Some men look great unshaven; others just look like they forgot to shave”. 
 We want to know what YOU think: Should Alan Brown shave his beard off?

Send us your comments. If you submit the funniest reason for Alan "to shave or not to shave," you will win a $100 Gallery One Gift Certificate. Let your voice be heard! Reply to either

 Long live the fuzz! [e-mail]

or Off with his beard! [e-mail]

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, December 5 — Deadline for responses 
  •  Friday, December 6 — Results and Gift Certificate Winner to be announced at the Dean Morrissey show (6:45 to 9) 
If the people have indeed decreed that Alan’s beard must go, it will be ceremoniously eliminated DURING the Morrissey show by a volunteer selected from the audience! Vote early, vote often! Founded in 1974, Gallery One has been voted Cleveland's BEST Art Gallery again!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Felicia Returns!

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman It is with great joy and pleasure that we can announce Felicia Zavarella Stadelman's return with her art lecture series,Through the Eyes of the Artist!

As in the past, all lectures are held on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and include free admission, parking & refreshments!  Mark your calendars and make it a point to attend any or all of these entertaining and informative events!
  • July 27 • HENRI MATISSE Many people consider him the greatest innovator of the 20th century. Although constantly pushing experimentation, his paintings represent pure calm and harmony.
  • August 31 • ODD ARTISTS Drama, Passion, Obsession and Tragedy - The Hidden Lives of our Greatest Artists The most outrageous tales about some of our most famous artists - all the good stuff our art history books left out! "Many of the best artists lived on the edge of chaos - where all great art is born". You will never view art the same way again.
  • September 28 • VINCENT VAN GOGH - Dispelling rumors and tales surrounding his life with the true story of passion and obsession. Through his words we begin to understand "Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul."
  • October 26 • AUGUSTE RODIN - Who really did most of his important sculptures? Experience the tragic love story that is carved in stone.
  • November 23 • PIERRE RENOIR - The story behind the man, not the icon, who refused to think of himself as an impressionist artist. He believed that “a work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, and carry you away.”

Friday, July 12, 2013

Greatness with A Brush:
Artist Dean Morrissey

Have you ever been spellbound by a work of art and wondered what the artist was like?

At Gallery Giclées™, artists are like family, and we’d like you and your clients to get to know ours better. So, from time to time, we thought we’d share some artist information — what they like, what they think, what they do when not chained to their easels — that you can pass it on to your clients. Casual conversation often leads to art sales, so read on!

Dean Morrissey, artist
GG:  When did you first know that you were destined to be an artist?
Dean:  My first illustration was a black-and-white interior illustration for a small pulp science fiction book titled Galileo. I worked for weeks on this drawing. When I finally turned it in, the editor gave me $10. That’s when I knew I was hooked on art.
GG:  What is your preferred medium with which to paint and why is it your favorite?
Dean:  I paint in the traditional method of oil on canvas. The oil paint delivers fat, warm colors and the luxury of time.
GG:  What do you hope that people will discover in your work?
Dean:  I hope that people will see in my pictures a bit of the joy I found in making them.
GG:  Describe your favorite childhood memory.
Dean:  Playing football one day when I was 8 years old, I lined up against a giant kid who looked like a full-grown man. He was telling me he was about to run me over. The ball was snapped; I dove for his ankles and squeezed as hard as I could. His shadow seemed to block the sun as he came down like a redwood tree, landing on top of me. I was walking on air for a week. After that, the kid nodded to me whenever we crossed in the hall at school.
GG:  What’s your favorite pastime (other than painting)?
Dean:  I played in a blues band for 20 years; had a ball. But bringing my son up tops them all.

Watch for future installments on the amazing artists from Gallery Giclées™.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Congratulations to Michael Dumas, Named “A Contemporary Art Master”

ArtTour International Magazine has just released a special edition featuring the Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art chosen for 2013. Michael Dumas’ masterwork, Influx - Sparrows in the Louvre, shown above, graces the front cover. Dumas was also given the premiere position of being the first artist presented inside with four additional pages dedicated to his incredible artwork. (See http://issuu.com/arttour_international/docs/top60masters2013 )

The special edition was recently unveiled in Italy during Florence Design Week, May 20 – 26, an international event to enhance and preserve the city’s historical and cultural heritage.
More than 5,500 artists submitted work for consideration from which the top 60 were selected. ArtTour International curator Viviana Puello said the special edition was “a celebration of years of work and dedication in the lives of a group of individuals that have turned their passion into their careers.…[W]hen the creator gives himself over completely and surrenders to love, the painter becoming one with the canvas …That is how masters work and how masterpieces are created, more often than not; the masterpiece outlives the master and remains as a testament to the miracle that once took place, when creation brought to life a creator and when the creator produced what the world considers a precious gift.”

Hailed by art lovers, ArtTour International covers the art scene throughout Europe and the Americas. It offers an international platform for professional and emerging artists by showcasing the finest contemporary art. Its more than two million online subscribers and 50,000 readers of the printed publication include collectors, buyers, dealers, critics and art galleries in 64 countries.
DUMCA1  12” x 12”  $195
Giclée on canvas

DUMGR1  10” x 10”  $175
Giclée on canvas
DUMGY2  17” x 12”  $235
DUMGY1  11” x 8”  $155
Giclée on canvas
The art of Michael Dumas continues to attract international acclaim, with prestigious galleries and museums in North America, Europe and Japan exhibiting his work. Dumas is attracted to subjects that express the simple harmony of the everyday to reveal the beauty in ordinary sights often overlooked. His art is characterized by masterful drawing and an unusual sensitivity to the subtleties of light, detail, form, color and composition. Giclée canvases of his work such as those shown above are published by Gallery Giclées’™ and are available at Gallery One www.galleryone.com located at 7003 Center Street, Mentor, OH. For more information about Dumas’ artwork, call 800.621.1141 or 440.255.1200.