Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Extend Your Vacation Travels!

Clancy & Shayna in Miami
When your vacation is over, you start to look forward to next year’s. Our folks take Shayna and me all over the place. We love to hit the open road, and once we’re back at the gallery we start planning our next road trip, inspired by art from so many places. This week we’d like to invite you to come along with us as we explore the world through art. You don’t even have to leave your favorite chair!

  1. Photographer Alan Brown took this timeless photograph while traveling in China. The mist-shrouded clouds and mountain peaks are mirrored in the water, creating a dreamlike effect. What is the title?
  2. An Artist’s Proof refers to a special part (generally less than 10%) of a limited edition traditionally reserved for the use of the artist or publisher. In modern times, these prints are identical to those in the rest of the edition. If you were traveling in Paris, how would you say Artist’s Proof in French?
  3. When traveling in the tropics, you’ll see plants called birds of paradise. They are named for their resemblance to rainforest birds having exotic, trailing plumage and elaborate courtship rituals. It is also the title of a giclée canvas by an artist whose father was a renowned fine artist and celebrated illustrator. Name the artist. (And for extra credit, what was his father’s name?)
  4. King Penguins are the subject of a striking original giclée photograph by world-renowned artist, author and naturalist Anthony Eaton Cook. To which southernmost continent must you travel to find king penguins in the wild as he did?
  5. The easiest way to get from one point to another in big cities is by cab. Checker Taxi was an American cab company. The cabs were first made in Joliet, IL then Kalamazoo, MI. But their prototype was based on a model from The Great Kettles. Name the artist/author who painted the FIRST Checker Cab.
  6. Artist Rod Chase painted a twilight scene entitled Dawn’s Early Light. What famous national monument visited by millions of tourists from all over the globe does it depict?
  7. This fairy tale castle was commissioned as a personal refuge by King Ludwig II who died prior to its completion. Just seven weeks later, it was opened to the public. When you travel to Germany you can tour it. What is the name of this castle and also the limited edition by artist Robert Finale?
  8. Imagine if you were on an expedition, hiking in the Arctic, when suddenly the wind picked up, obscuring your vision with blowing snow. At that very same moment, an enormous polar bear appears in your path! This is the startling subject of White Encounter. Name the artist.
  9. Cao Yong painted a tranquil Hawaiian dock on the island of Maui, located in a historic town once considered the world’s whaling center. What is the title of this artwork?
  10. Robert Bateman painted these ancient ruins found in Ireland. The focus is a Romanesque arch carved with faces of early Christian saints. What is the name of this mystical limited edition?

  1. After School Lessons
  2. No Swimming Lessons Today
  3. School Yard
  4. Teachings of My Grandmother
  5. Bonnie Marris
  6. Mother Nature
  7. College of Magical Knowledge
  8. Stringing the Children Along
  9. Morgan Weistling
  10. Off to School

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

If you’re reading this, thank a teacher!

This week Clancy and I are paying tribute to America’s educators. My brother and I have had more classes than you would believe, and our folks are always finding new things for us to learn because it’s fun. We hope that you’ll have fun learning more about artists and their work as you answer this week’s questions. (And thanks to our favorite teachers, Dru and Libby!)

1.  Artist Jim Daly takes a nostalgic look back in this heart-warming giclée canvas. It depicts a little boy getting extra help with his multiplication tables from his devoted teacher. Generous with her time and knowledge, she is dedicated to helping him succeed. What is the title of this artwork?

2.  Friend to both fishermen and hunters, Labrador retrievers are powerful swimmers. Artist John Weiss depicts a mother Lab and her pup along the shoreline watching the crashing waves. Because of the bad weather, they are experiencing what has come to be known as a calamity day. What is the name of this giclée canvas?

3.  Artist Lynn Kaatz paints rustic scenes from a bygone era. In this colorful giclée canvas, you’ll find horses and buggies, an old one-room schoolhouse, girls jumping rope, a seesaw and a maypole. What is the title?

4.  Howard Terpning, a famous artist of the American West, painted a Native American girl watching her grandmother make a beadwork design on buckskin. Such lessons were an important part of the culture of the Blackfoot tribe. Elders were honored and traditions were handed down through the generations. What is the title of this artwork?

5.  Baby animals are just like children in that there are many important things they must learn in order to succeed. Different species require different skills, and in order to catch fish, bear cubs must adapt to the water. Testing the Waters depicts a mother bear introducing her cubs to the water. Who is the artist?

6.  Artist and author Dean Morrissey wrote and illustrated a series of best-selling children’s books detailing the adventures of Joey, who meets a number of legendary figures in his travels. In this work of art, a wise woman instructs Joey: “The right path is never clear, but the journey is always a journey forward, never back.” Who is this famous woman from folklore in Morrissey’s artwork entitled The Wooden Swan?

7.  In James Christensen’s world of fantasy, there is a place where characters from all realms go to contemplate, meditate and develop. Their library is filled with volumes that impart knowledge giving access to all sorts of magic. What is the name of this school, located in the mountains in a land a little left of reality?

8.  In this adorable work by artist Steve Hanks, a teacher is taking her little charges on a field trip. Knowing that little ones are easily distracted and might wander off, she has come up with a novel way of keeping everyone safely “in line.” What is the name of this delightful limited edition?

9.  Long before modern schools and computers in the classroom, children were taught in one-room schoolhouses. Children wrote on chalkboards; calculators were not yet invented. In Country Schoolhouse, 1879, the artist depicts a classroom where some of the students are more intent on their teacher’s lesson than others. Can you name the artist?

10.  This fun poster, hand-signed by artist Diane Graeber, depicts three Amish children, a horse and buggy, and two other animals. What is it called?


Will Bullas
Painted Dogs
Fred Machetanz
The Little Rascals
Esprit de Corps
Prairie Dogs
The Thief
Right Church, Wrong Pew

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Celebrate Man’s BFF!

This week, Shayna and I decided to test your knowledge on a subject about which we know a thing or two, namely dogs! (We’re doing this on the honor system; if you get stumped by a question, no fair asking Fido.)

1.    American artist John Weiss is known for his moving portraits of dogs. Queen Elizabeth is among his collectors! In his limited edition print entitled Wake-up Call, Weiss depicts what breed of sheep herding dog?

2.    Although we hate to admit it, not all dogs are as cool as us. There is a little known breed that is, shall we say, fashion-challenged. Westminster does not recognize the breed, but this popular artist does and has captured the traits that make Nerd Dogs unique. What is his name?

3.    This colorful breed of dog, found in Africa, used to be called “wild dog” or “Cape hunting dog.” They are a highly social but endangered species and the subject of a limited edition print by artist Robert Bateman. What is their more common name?

4.    He was known as Alaska’s preeminent artist, capturing the kaleidoscope of its colorful landscape and traditional Eskimo lifestyle. One of his favorite subjects to paint was sled dogs. Who was this famous artist?

5.    Artist Bonnie Marris immortalized the dog from a series of movie comedies popular in the 1930s about a group of kids and their neighborhood adventures. Her print For the Love of Pete pays tribute to their mascot. This beloved movie series was remade as a film in 1994. What was its name?

6.    Dogs are descendants of wolves. These highly socialized animals have a sense of camaraderie that has enabled them to overcome adversity. Artist Carl Brenders pays tribute to this characteristic in his limited edition print of four Arctic wolves. What is the name of this print that is also a common French expression?

7.    Award-winning photographer Alan Brown captured a tender moment as two little animals rub noses in this original giclée photograph. The two are not really dogs as the title would suggest, but burrowing members of the rodent family who bark to warn each other. What is their name?

8.    Renowned Canadian artist Michael Dumas painted this man and his little white dog that he observed in the French city of Arles. The title refers to a traditionally nomadic ethnic group also known as the Romani. What is the title?

9.    Little boys love to play ball. So do dogs. In this case, the boy’s dog has made off with the baseball and chewed its stitching. When the heist is discovered, the dog rolls over for an “all is forgiven” belly rub. Name this endearing work of art by American artist Jim Daly.

10.    Artist Bob Leathers’ humorous take on Cleveland’s football fans is the subject of his signed poster. It depicts the bleacher section of the stadium where the fans are especially loud and often dress in dog masks and bark, known as “The Dawg Pound.” What is the title of this poster?

1.    Dick Dugan
2.    Abstract art
3.    Luke Buck
4.    Nita Engle
5.    Alan & Norah Lynne Brown
6.    Jim Ptacek
7.    Jim Daly
8.    James Christensen
9.    Robert Bateman
10.    Little Star People

Monday, August 31, 2015

Take a break! But keep your mind sharp by answering this week’s ArtSmartz questions!


Week #2: Take a break!

1.    Time out! Cleveland’s football team was a popular subject for a favorite Gallery One artist. For decades, he drew caricatures and cartoons of Cleveland’s sports legends for The Plain Dealer. What was his name?

2.    This painting style emerged in the 20th century. (You could say it took a break from reality.) In it, lines, shapes, colors and forms replaced realistic or representational images. What is the name of this style?

3.    What’s more relaxing than a ride through the country? This artist and his wife often explore the backroads on his Harley, searching for subjects. He is known for his watercolor landscapes of rural America that extend beyond their borders, and he authenticates each of his paintings with his thumb print? Do you know who he is?

4.    How do you cool off when the temperature climbs? With a swim? How about a squirt gun? This famous American watercolor artist uses a spray bottle – on her paintings! She only paints landscapes that she has seen, and millions have seen her artwork. This award-winning artist is a member of the American Watercolor Society. And if you’re a long-time reader of a certain publication, you may have had the opportunity to “Digest” her artwork. Who is she?

5.    Some people dream of how they’ll spend their retirement relaxing – travel, gardening, hobbies... But not these two; oh no. They’ve been working in the art business for more than 40 years (just ask Shayna and me). You may have heard of them. Their business was twice-named Cleveland’s BEST Art Gallery. Who are they?

6.    Sight-seeing is a great way to kick back. Sometimes it’s fun to just be a tourist in your home town. Shayna and I are proud to be part of “The Comeback City” – Cleveland, OH. And so is this award-winning photog, who has captured the city’s major landmarks in amazing limited edition prints and giclées, ornaments and wearing apparel. Who is he?

7.    This American artist, an admirer of Norman Rockwell, is well-known for his nostalgic portrayals of children. His limited edition print, Time Out, shows a little boy taking time out, cooling off with a drink from the garden hose. Who is this artist?

8.    Spend a relaxing day hiking in the woods. You’ll see birds and all sorts of animals. But you’ll need a sharp eye to spot this character who keeps watch over the woods and all of its inhabitants. The Guardian of the Woods was painted by this artist, who contends that “Believing is seeing.” Who is he?

9.    Relax with a charging rhino. Or maybe a giant gorilla. Explore Africa with this famous Canadian artist and naturalist who recounts his adventures in Safari, a fascinating book filled with his sketches, paintings and first-hand observations. Enjoy the adventure without leaving your couch. Can you name the artist/author?

10.    Fireflies wink good night at the end of a lazy summer day. Also known as lightning bugs, Native Americans have another name for them. It is also the title of this painting by artist R. Tom Gilleon, depicting a teepee encircled by fireflies. What is the name?


1.    Carl Brenders
2.    Plein air
3.    Thomas Kinkade
4.    Alan Bean
5.    Doug Bloodworth
6.    Egg tempera
7.    Certified Picture Framer
8.    Giclée (pronounced ZHEE-CLAY)
9.    James Gurney
10.    Peter Ellenshaw

Monday, August 24, 2015

Gallery One Presents ArtSmartz© Gallery One

Clancy & Shayna as artistsClancy here. As Gallery One’s “Patrons of the Arfs,” Shayna and I want to keep everyone up on the latest trends, trivia and info in the exciting and ever-evolving world of art. Test your art I.Q. - learn more about fine art, impress your family and friends AND earn official bragging rights with ArtSmartz!

How does ArtSmartz work?
Each week, we’ll give you a list of 10 questions, the answers for which can ALL be found somewhere within Gallery One’s websites: and (look in the artists’ collections, in our footer under “Helpful Links,” “Artist Bios” and elsewhere.) You can play on your mobile device or computer. Just in case you get stumped, we’ll announce the answers the following week. Challenge your family and friends to see who can correctly answer all the questions first!

Want to earn extra bragging rights credit?
Email us YOUR ideas for questions to use! Send them to (she works for us). And give us a call with your ArtSmartz comments or questions; we’d love to hear from you! (800.621.1141 or 440.255.1200)

Here are this week’s questions. Good Luck!
1. I was born in Belgium and became a wildlife painter whose detailed work is often mistaken for photography. Who am I?
2. Sometimes we artists prefer to leave the confines of our studios to paint outdoors. What is the French expression for works accomplished when artists play hooky?
3. Unbeknownst to many collectors, what contemporary American artist painted in a completely different style under the alias “Robert Girrard”?
4. Some artists paint romantic scenes beneath a glowing moon, but I’m the only artist who knows what the moon really looks like because I’ve BEEN there. Who am I?
5. I’m just a kid at heart – I love the Three Stooges, snack food and comic book superheroes. I even get candy and cookie crumbs all over my artwork when I paint. But my collectors don’t mind – in fact, they love it! What’s my name?
6. In the Middle Ages, before oil paints were developed, artists used to mix pigments with yolks. What is the name of this medium? (Hint: It sounds like something on a breakfast menu.)
7. In the picture framing world, these initials are a designation of excellence, earned only by someone who has passed rigorous testing and demonstrated particular skill and knowledge in their demanding profession (and Gallery One has three of them on-staff). What does CPF stand for?
8. This French term meaning “fine spray” has revolutionized the way fine art is reproduced, using digital scans to print directly onto canvas or paper. What is the term?
9. This American artist created an elaborate mythical island on which people co-existed peacefully with intellectually evolved dinosaurs. What is his name?
10. This British artist was an RAF pilot during World War II. After moving to the U.S., he worked as a matte painter for Walt Disney Studios, winning the 1964 Oscar for Best Visual Effects for the film classic, Mary Poppins. What is his name?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fresh Prints of Gallery Giclees™

My Lighthouse by Diana Weber Gardner
We are extremely excited to announce the introduction of two new artists to our growing pool of talent at Gallery Giclees™!

Our first artist is local to northeast Ohio.  As a college student in the 70s, Diana Weber (now Weber-Gardner), first worked for Gallery One. Today, after 20 years of leading marketing communications departments for corporate America, she has returned to Mentor as an artist for Gallery Giclees™. Welcome back, Diana!  Her first work, entitled "My Lighthouse," is shown here.  Locals will instantly recognise it, but everyone has their own favorite lighthouse.  They may conjure up memories of vacations as a child or bring to mind the knowledge of the lives they have saved and continue to save.  Her soft use of the brush and pastel color pallette set a restful mood.
End of Summer by Ryan Douglas Jacque

Our second artist is a native New Englander, Ryan Douglas Jacque is known worldwide for his exquisite pencil works. In his hands, the pencil becomes a paintbrush with which he crafts compelling portraits of people, animals and nature. His meticulous attention to light, shadow and detail results in patterns and textures with an almost abstract dimension. At a young age Jacque attended art workshops at The George Walter Vincent Smith Museum in Springfield, MA, and studied fine line drawing at Ashton Institute of Art in Newington, CT, before earning a scholarship to Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT. He later attended John Seerey-Lester's Wilderness Art Workshop in Alaska's Denali National Park. Jacque has conducted workshops at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.  "End of Summer" is shown here.

Featured in a number of major publications, his finely detailed art has received prestigious awards and honors and has been included in many important shows and notable exhibits. Two of his works are in the permanent collection of Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and his portrait of famed wildlife artist Robert Bateman is on permanent display at The Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, BC.

According to Ryan, "My Gallery Giclées™ reproductions make me proud and excited to be the artist who created the originals. I couldn't have asked for a better representation."  Thanks, Ryan.  We only go to print when the artists are happy.  Visit and see all the art from these new artists as well as from Alan Brown, Carl Brenders, Anthony Cook, Jim Daly, Michael Dumas, Jane Jones, Lynn Kaatz, Jean Monti, Dean Morrissey, Rowenna Anderson and David Utz.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Gallery One is hosting a FREE fun and educational Friday evening for the entire family on January 30, and YOU’RE invited! Come and learn more about butterflies, books and beautiful art.

We have invited children’s book author Mary Lee Corlett and illustrator Sophie Cayless to autograph copies of their new book, Belle’s Wild Ride: The Artful Adventure of a Butterfly and a Cabbie on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. We will display illustrations from their colorful story, and they will give presentations teaching how to draw and make origami butterflies. (What better way to get ready for spring?)

Belle’s Wild Ride is a hardcover book for kids ages 8-12 years, loaded with information that art lovers of ALL ages will find interesting. It is the story of Belle, a red admiral butterfly who has lived in a 300 year-old painting at the National Gallery of Art. Her grandmother resides in another painting at The Cleveland Museum of Art, so Belle hatches a plan to visit her. An artful adventure ensues, taking Belle and the reader to various masterpieces throughout the collection.

Author Mary Lee Corlett is an art historian and research associate at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (AND former Gallery One employee). She has written about many contemporary American artists and began writing children’s literature following the birth of her daughter. Her first children's book, Belle: The Amazing, Astonishingly Magical Journey of An Artfully Painted Lady, based on the National Gallery's art collection, was published in 2011.

Sophie Cayless, a freelance illustrator, earned her degree in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University. In addition to teaching drawing and painting, she illustrated the books Beaver Tales and Sophie’s Stuff and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

Make plans to bring your entire family and friends and join us! We’re located at 7003 Center Street (between Rtes. 2 and 90). We are wheel chair accessible with loads of free parking. For more information about this or other events, call us at 800.621.1141 or 440.255.1200. See you January 30th!