Monday, October 16, 2017

Celebrate the Season with the
  Inspired Art of Dean Morrissey! 

Artist Dean Morrissey’s annual Santa tribute is an eagerly awaited holiday tradition for his ever-growing legion of collectors.



Santa: Packed and Ready
by Dean Morrissey

23" x 31"
45 s/n
Limited Edition Giclée on Canvas
MORSAC   $695

15" x 20"
Open Edition
Giclée on Canvas
MORSAD   $95



As his devoted elves see to the last-minute details, Santa pauses for a moment before embarking on  his yearly journey during which he visits every child in the world, all in one magical night. Nothing is left to chance; lists are checked, last-minute presents are loaded aboard the sleigh, and navigational devices are tested. In the tradition of the Old Masters, Morrissey’s Santa is richly detailed. A light emanates from the venerable St. Nick, contrasted with the stillness of his surroundings as he pauses, perhaps to make his own wish for the Season.
 “Santa Claus is an adventurer, an explorer who travels the whole world. He has discovered the joy of giving to others and has devoted himself to the job he does so well.”  
– Dean Morrissey

 

The Christmas Ship 
by Dean Morrissey                 


Giclées on Canvas,
hand-signed by 
the artist

28" x 38"   MORCHW   $625
                               
14” x 19”  MORCHV   $275




The resplendent art of Dean Morrissey, world renowned artist and best-selling children’s author, has dazzled art lovers for decades. A master story-teller, Morrissey paints ordinary objects in extraordinary settings, appealing to the child in everyone. He believes that the inclusion of familiar objects within a fantasy painting helps to make the magic more believable. With dramatic lighting and colors so rich and radiant, his canvases seem to glow from within, drawing the viewer into their enchantment.

When he turned his considerable talents to portraying Santa Claus, Morrissey brought to his paintings the particular brand of magic for which he is best known. Over the years, his Santa portraits have become widely sought-after by collectors.






Kris Kringle

by Dean Morrissey

Giclée on Canvas, 

hand-signed by the artist

7" x 6.25"
  $150










Santa Checking the Stars  
by Dean Morrissey

Giclées on Canvas,
hand-signed by the artist


24" x 20"    MORSAA   $395

16" x 12"    MORSAB   $245










Since 1992, Gallery One has been the main source for Morrissey’s original paintings and limited edition prints, including his renderings of Santa. “Morrissey’s Santa Claus portraits are timeless tributes to a beloved figure,” said Alan Brown, Gallery One president. “We hosted Dean’s first Gallery One exhibit in 1993. Art lovers came with their small children, and Dean took the time to talk to each child as he personalized their books and artwork. Over the years, they have continued to return, many now with children of their own, to greet Dean Morrissey each time he appears at Gallery One.”



Just Before Midnight byDean Morrissey

Giclées on Canvas,
hand-signed by the artist

24" x 24"
MORJU4
$395

18" x 18"
MORJU3
$295

12" x 12"
MORJU2
  $195







While still in elementary school, Morrissey’s limitless imagination led him to create his own tales. Inspired by comic book heroes and Disney matte paintings, he created and illustrated a cast of characters whose adventures took place around the walk-ups of his native Boston. After high school, he skipped college and worked a variety of jobs by day, including construction work, before becoming a lineman for the electric company. Inspired by the works of the masters – Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pyle and N.C. Wyeth – his nights were spent painting. A self-taught artist, Morrissey worked as a freelance book cover illustrator for a number of New York publishers for more than a dozen years. The demands and challenges of this period were his “art school,” and he won numerous awards and recognition for his art. He became a full-time artist in the late 70s, and in 1991, began a series of paintings for a collection of his own tales, set in the imaginary land of the Great Kettles.


Gallery One brought his incredible artwork to the attention of legendary art publisher Mill Pond Press who began to publish Morrissey’s sought-after limited edition prints and collaborated with Harry N. Abrams to publish his first book, Ship of Dreams. And, as they say, the rest is history. The book skyrocketed to fame. It was translated into several languages and sold more than 300,000 copies, becoming one of the best-selling children’s books of all time.  The amazing success of the book and its author were covered by major networks and national publications. The New York Times Book Review named Ship of Dreams one of the ten best illustrated children’s books of 1994. A series of books, all written and illustrated by Morrissey followed, as did more honors, awards and critical acclaim. Ship of Dreams was re-released in 2016, to the delight of book lovers everywhere, as well as Morrissey’s devoted fans and collectors.



Ship of Dreams byDean Morrissey

Gallery One Collector’s Set

Hardcover book
with framed 6.25” x 7”
giclée canvas

MORBON   $150






And so it is no wonder that Dean Morrissey’s lavishly rendered portraits of Santa Claus have become a highly anticipated holiday tradition for thousands. Just like the Christmas tree, Morrissey’s Santa portraits add a festive touch to brighten the season, lifting the spirits of all who see them.


Monday, October 9, 2017

East meets West …

Enter the Enchanting World
of Yiqian Shu at Gallery One

Take a break from the rush and commotion of the daily grind. You are invited to treat your spirit to peaceful moments of quiet wonder and reverie with the masterpieces of Yiqian Shu, now on exhibit at Gallery One.

With delicate mists and softly diffused light, the mesmerizing art of Yiqian Shu (pronounced Ee-chen Shoe) conveys a tranquil, almost dreamlike quality that beckons you.

23" x 38" - SHUMO2 - $595
Giclée on canvas, hand-signed by the artist

Shu masterfully creates his originals with acrylics on canvas and rice paper. His artwork has been exhibited in Bulgaria, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S. It is included in the collections of prestigious museums, multinational corporations and private individuals and has appeared in numerous publications.

"We are honored to be the only gallery in this part of the country to offer the stunning work of this celebrated international artist," said Gallery One president Alan Brown.  In addition to a collection of original paintings on exhibit, Gallery One has published six exquisite Gallery Giclées™ canvases, each hand-signed by the artist.

During a professional career that has spanned more than 50 years, Shu has garnered many prestigious honors and distinctions including:
  •          Signature Member of the U.S. National Acrylic Painters Association (NAPA) and NAPA of UK.
  •         The Outstanding Chinese Achievement Award for his art for the First Global Chinese Business Summit in Las Vegas, NV (2010)
  •          Recipient of the “Rising Star of the Galaxy” award in the 19th “Best of America” National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society annual membership art exhibition (2009)
  •          A listing in London’s Tate Modern Museum Archives (2004)
  •          The Solo Honor Exhibition, launched by The Oregon Art Committee in recognition of Shu’s achievements and contributions to art (2002)
  •          Limited editions of Shu’s paintings were first published by Mill Pond Press and distributed throughout Canada, France, Belgium, Monaco, Switzerland, Great Britain and the U.S. (2002)
  •          Officially recognized as an Oregon Treasure, invited to exhibit in the Governor's Mansion (2001)
  •          Winner of the Silver Award of The World Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Competition in Beijing, China (1998)
  •          Winner of the 13th New American Painting Art Award (1997)
  •          Listed in The Album of Contemporary Chinese Artists (1992) and Who's Who of Contemporary Chinese Artists (1990)

27" x 28" - SHUAU3 - $645
Giclée on canvas, hand-signed by the artist



…Making color and line
come together in peaceful poetry…
I want to create water, mountains
and forests that sing and dance
with brilliant color.

       Yiqian Shu

30" x 30" - SHUWA2 - $595
Giclée on canvas, hand-signed by the artist

24" x 30" - SHUIN1 - $495
Giclée on canvas, hand-signed by the artist

30" x 40" - SHUAU4 - $645
Giclée on canvas, hand-signed by the artist

18" x 24" - SHUSC1 - $345
Giclée on canvas, hand-signed by the artist

By presenting the beauty and serenity he finds in nature, Yiqian Shu reveals its spirituality.

He writes, “As I wander through this fascinating world, woven with the rhythm of color, I wish to explore the heavenly beauty of nature that I treasure within my heart,” he writes, “Driven by the light of the sun, I use my emotions, wisdom and skills to make color and line come together in peaceful poetry. I want to create water, mountains and forests that sing and dance with brilliant color. The blazing sun’s power gives me everlasting inspiration, and I hope to express all that is within my heart.”

In a world where peace is increasingly hard to come by, the moving art of Yiqian Shu provides an oasis of tranquility. Experience it for yourself at Gallery One.


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know.”                                                                                                            
– Groucho Marx



Close Encounters


PJs and pith helmets are optional for these “Close Encounters.” And the shots, taken by photographer Alan Brown, are spectacular.

“Close Encounters,” an exclusive new Gallery Giclées™ series hand-signed by award-winning photographer Alan Brown, brings the thrill of the safari right to the comfort of your home. By focusing solely on the subject and eliminating the background, the individual patterns and intricacies of African wildlife are highlighted.

Consider, for instance, a zebra’s stripes: On the move, a herd of zebras creates a dizzying target for a lion, making it more difficult to isolate an individual. While their stripes protect zebras from predators, they also provide a means of identification for family members. Much like fingerprints, zebras have unique stripe patterns, enabling a mare and her foal to keep track of each other in the herd. These same patterns also allow them to distinguish their herd from that of another.





“Close Encounters”
ZEBRA MOTHER AND CHILD 
© Alan Brown
40” x 40”
Hand-signed giclée on canvas


 
                  
















Alan Brown's fascination with subtle nuances such as zebra stripe patterns first began when he developed a passion for photography in high school. Over the years he perfected his technique, and in 1990, he journeyed to Kenya and Tanzania where he applied it to great effect.

It often took hours to capture just the right images...waiting for the sun to cast the perfect rays on his subject. With an artist's eye, Brown would then compose and crop...clicking the shutter at just the right moment.

Brown takes the viewer on a visual safari to witness wildebeests thundering up a cloud of dust, or a male lion guarding his kill, or a mama leopard resting high on a branch. But even as he aimed and clicked these sights, Brown could also see changes taking place. He saw the last of wild dog packs, and he regretted the passing of big tusker elephants. Brown photographed the rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater where they are monitored, and he photographed mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda, working with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. His
outstanding wildlife photography has been recognized and honored with a three-month, one-man exhibit at the prestigious Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

“Close Encounters” presents African wildlife in a whole new light, revealing all of its fascinating detail. The first release in the Close Encounter series, Zebra Mother and Child (shown above), is now available at Gallery One.  Call or stop in and prepare to be amazed!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What’s the story with “Cold Nose – Warm Art™”?



It all started in 2012 when Gallery One owners, Norah Lynne and Alan Brown adopted Lakeland Terrier Clancy, a rescue dog (later to be joined by Shayna, also a rescue). Clancy fit right in with gallery operations, becoming our official greeter and “Patron of the Arfs.”


Norah Lynne thought it would be fun to have an art exhibit for kids, inviting them to draw, paint or sculpt Clancy and then display their artwork at Gallery One, alongside famous artists. Enthusiastic community response made the exhibit, named "Cold Nose - Warm Art," a resounding success with youngsters, parents and their teachers. All of the participating young artists received recognition, and prizes were awarded by renowned artist and best-selling children's author, Dean Morrissey. 



    
                      

                     

Clancy as rendered by four young artists in 2012.

“Cold Nose – Warm Art” has since become an annual Gallery One tradition. This highly anticipated event helps to raise awareness about the plight of rescue and shelter animals, thanks to the involvement of the Lake Humane Society www.lakehumane.org  and Marilyn’s Voice www.marilynsvoice.org, a nonprofit volunteer animal rescue organization that fosters and re-homes puppy mill and other abused and neglected dogs. “Cold Nose – Warm Art” has featured pets from both of these organizations as models since 2013 in an effort to get the word out and promote their adoption.

Kids have warmly embraced this mission by creating more than 730 original works of art for the exhibits in the past five years! Just as heartwarming as the artwork are the handwritten descriptions that accompany each piece:  “My art portrays a dog looking at you, happily saying, ‘Take me home.’”

“Cold Nose – Warm Art” is open to all kids, ages 4 – 18. The deadline for 2017 art submissions is 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. For more info, an official entry form and pictures of this year’s animal models, go to www.galleryone.com/ARTSHOW.html

This free, fun exhibit is open to the public November 17 – January 5. All are invited. Gallery One is located at 7003 Center Street (Route 615 between Rtes. 2 and 90). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment. The gallery is wheel chair accessible with free parking. For more information, call 800.621.1141 or 440.255.1200 or visit www.galleryone.com

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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."



Then...
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: