Friday, May 30, 2008

Brian Davis is here!

Artist Brian Davis arrived last night...on time...and in high spirits...for his first visit ever to Ohio. Already, his outstanding florals are flying out of the gallery...and having him visit to open a one man showing of his giclees should be a real treat for all art lovers. Fact is that his images take your breath away.

His visit was arranged through our friends at Collectors Editions
who publish his works and the works of several other artists of note...all displayed at the gallery. Joanne Rita of CE is here for Brian's opening....and we expect to have a great event.

All the info is at

But first, we're going to give Brian and Joanne a big northeastern Ohio welcome with a tram tour of The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland OH - one of the largest arboretums and botanical gardens in the USA with over 3,500 acres. (Luckily for us, it is just ten minutes from the gallery.) They have fabulous gardens and miles of hiking trails.

And a photo-visit to a special friend's GORGEOUS private garden retreat. Brian, Joanne and Alan always travel with their cameras and we'll post pictures in early June.

Meanwhile, Brian, Joanne and CE have big surprises for Gallery One collectors who purchase Brian's works between now and the end of May....a signed coffee table book all about Brian....and a 10"x 10" signed Davis floral giclee - it's pictured on our home page -(we're framing it FREE for our clients)....all free with purchases of Brian's signed and numbered canvas giclees and originals...just thru May.

We hope you'll visit tonite (Friday) or tomorrow afternoon to meet Brian and see his glorious works. And have some wine and cheese, of course.

Or just treat yourself with a web visit to see Brian's works at The book and giclee gifts apply to mail/phone/email orders, thru tomorrow.

That's all for now! Hope to see you this weekend.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Holiday

BTW, I'm Norah Lynne Brown. My friends call me Norah Lynne. This cumbersome double-name was a southern tradition back in Annapolis MD where I spent most of my childhood. The double-name stuck to me. Other friends and family dropped theirs. Resa Beverly became Resa. Phyllis Norma became Phyllis. Barbara Rhoda became Bobbie. Lester Ray became Les. My double-name stuck! I'm sort of the Billy Ray Cyrus of the art world.

Alan is Gallery One's president. He is never Al. Always Alan! He may be the boss of the Gallery .... but I'm his boss!

Great having a two-day holiday. On Sunday, we visited the Cleveland Metro Zoo....ran into the head guy, Steve Taylor. He's been in charge for more than 20 years...and he was on a "bus man's holiday".....taking his grandchildren on a zoo tour.

On Monday, it was hiking at Lakeshore Reservation in our Lake Metroparks chain. The trails lead down to the lake, thru an old sculpture garden and along a bird watcher's path. We even saw and took a photo of the rare tree root fixed-wing brown bird. We have the fabulous chain of Lake Metroparks in our area. They are open to the public and feature miles of hiking trails.... both manicured and rustic - along with great views. Leaving the park, we even had a deer encounter.

FYI, we have park maps at the Gallery...and brochures about other area attractions. (We have so many out-of-town visitors that we were named a satellite of the Lake Visitors Bureau.) We even have a list (with directions) of our favorite Yours Truly (, just 1/2 mile south of the Gallery...great for BLand D...or just a yummy dessert.

If you are planning a visit, here is a great tip! Many of our out-of-town visitors like the superb overnight accommodations at the award-winning Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast ( It's just ten minutes away in Painesville OH. Debra and Tom Fitzgerald are fabulous hosts and their home away from home draws raves from all visitors.

Here are some websites that might interest you.

We are looking forward to hearing from you. Below is a link where you can leave your comments and/or queries. I'll post some of your correspondence on our blog....along with our responses ... and perhaps answer some by email. Either way, we thank you in advance for "asking Gallery One." Whenever you post a comment on our blog...or send an email to, I'll forward it to the appropriate staff member...and your response will come from that staff member.

That's all for now! NL

Thursday, May 22, 2008

My first blog!

Greetings from Gallery One. This is my first web log please be kind! I'm not sure of blog protocol...or if there is a blog protocol. I just know that all of us at Gallery One love communicating with you...even those of you that are thousands of miles away. About art and artists...about framing...about decorating with art and framing...about our Lake County, OH home (Gallery One is a satellite of the Lake County Visitor's Bureau.) and about you.

Let me start by telling you a bit about us. Alan was born and raised in northeastern Ohio and went to Ohio State to find a wife. I was an Air Force brat with a home base of Annapolis MD. I, too, went to Ohio State...but my goal was an education. And Alan sure gave me that! Alan had grown up in his dad's furniture business...and I had worked at my grandparent's men and boys clothing store.

We both loved interacting with clients and even enjoyed the long hours and the business aspects of retailing. We were married 15 years when we fell in love with the art world. That was back in 1974. The art world was undergoing major growth and Gallery One opened to an enthusiastic audience of new collectors...many of whom are still with us. We were lucky to be able to grow and learn as art trends emerged. (We are still growing and learning...and having fun!)

Speaking of growing, the pictures on your left show our recent tenants - a house finch brood that nested just outside our entrance. We put off replacing the dead bush while the brood grew up...and out. Our favorite plant and flower guy will replace the tree next time for Brian Davis' visit. Brian is the outstanding floral painter who is in such demand....and he is opening his very first Ohio gallery exhibition on May 30 and Gallery One, of course. You can meet him at the gallery and see his glorious works. (Or just peruse our website and view...and


A sample of his work is to the right.

That's all for now! NL