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

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.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Have We Gone to the Dogs?!

Most of you already know we’ve taken on the challenge of integrating another Lakeland Terrorist – er, I mean Terrier into our pack.  Now with the two of them with their dog-whisperer at Boot Camp for two weeks, we have high hopes of smoothing the wrinkles out of this transition. . .as long as Alan Brown attends too!

Even more exciting though, is that we are proud and extremely excited to announce that award-winning artist, Linda Daniels, has agreed to accept commissions in oil for our clients!  A favorite of Gallery One collectors, Linda Daniels is a Masterworks in Miniature “People’s Choice” winner. Her portraits of dogs, cats and people are sought-after by savvy collectors everywhere.   She can work from your photos, so the portrait can be of a current pet or a remembrance of one from the past.  We’ll “book” these portraits on a “first come, first served” basis. . .so call us ASAP.  A deposit of just one-third is required.  Her quality is second to none, she understands the importance of deadlines and her prices are very friendly.

An accomplished artist, Linda Daniels, was born in 1945. She was named Artist of the Year by the Timberwolf Alliance and by Ducks Unlimited. She has exhibited in the Arts for the Parks Top 100 Tour, as well as the China Exhibition. Her art has been featured in The Best of Wildlife Art and on the covers of Wildlife Art and Collector's Mart Magazines. 

You’ll find samples of her work at galleryone.com.  Call 800.621.1141 or 440.255.1200 for more information or to book your commission.  That's all for now!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Small and In Charge

Momma, Clancy and Shayna

As some of you already know, Momma & Poppa have decided to bestow upon me a new sister!!  Shayna is a two year old wheat colored Lakeland Terrier like me.  Last Wednesday we drove 9 hours to pick her up from the rescue group where she was living.  She is about 5 pounds lighter than me (as girls should be).  We had a wonderful weekend playing & getting to know each other.  Everything seemed PERFECT!  She did need a haircut though, so that was the first order of business.

Clancy at the groomer
Her appointment was for 10 a.m. Friday so we came in to the gallery & I introduced her to the staff.  Everyone loved her & the feeling seemed mutual.  We ran around the gallery together just to show how much we enjoyed each other.  Then, after we went back into Poppa’s office, it happened!  Our first big fight!  Maybe we’re both to blame, but wow!  Now I know why they’re called b i t c h e s!  Yikes!  Now Momma & Poppa have to devise strategies for breaking us up so Poppa doesn’t end up in the emergency room with stitches from breaking up our arguments.  I feel so bad.  I want to play.  Why can’t we just get along?? 

I’m not worried though, Momma knows how to be the “leader of the pack” and Shayna’s really smart, so I believe there will be a happy ending to this story.  We’ll keep you posted!  In the meantime, check out the little video of our first meeting and the pictures of Shayna at the groomer on my Facebook page.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Great Wall - Lousy Imports

We visited China in 1997. It was a glorious trip that included the Great Wall, great cities and historic sites like the Terra Cotta warriors. We loved the food, the people, the vistas and the bargains.

However, in the fifteen years that followed our trip to China (and especially recently), we've become increasingly wary of many Chinese imports. Especially imports that could affect our beloved Clancy, the 19-pound Lakeland Terrier and “Patron of the Arfs” who runs our lives.

For example:

Recently, Clancy suffered two troubling bouts of stomach distress and lethargy that neither we nor our vet could explain. Trolling the internet, we saw hundreds of postings warning us of Chinese-manufactured food, toys, bedding, etc. And a search of Clancy's toy box and personal effects (even his bedding and his toothpaste) revealed that nearly all of his belongings were made in China! Yes, Martha Stewart toys and clothing! Designer treats! Etc! Of course, it is possible that all of his Made in China goods were perfectly safe. But reports of lead, chemicals and arsenic put us on edge. We were reminded of the thousands of homes containing Chinese drywall that releases sulfur gases capable of corroding pipes and wiring. Such drywall has even caused the failure of smoke detectors and electronic devices, not to mention the respiratory ailments and sinus problems that homeowners, their children and their pets have suffered. So, as a precaution, in the past few days, we have junked ALL of Clancy's Made in China products in favor of Made in America items.

Coincidentally, we have known for some time that Chinese imports of art are prevalent. Art dealers can easily work with Chinese printing companies to fraudulently have unauthorized works of art reproduced for sale in the United States. We've seen fraudulent works pretending to be done by Kinkade, Pino, Brenders, Daly and more; some even claim to be original paintings! Of course, the artists get no royalties. Collectors are purchasing inferior images done under false pretensions. And stateside distributors are guilty of misleading the public in order to enrich their wallets.

Thankfully, Clancy appears to have made a full recovery...and whether his Made in China items contributed to his illness or not can be argued. We're just not willing to take a chance on his health.  If you are the parent(s) of a treasured pet, you might want to look into the plethora of Chinese products that surround your dog or cat and consider an Internet search for sites offering Made in America pet products.

And if you are a concerned art dealer or collector, you might want to check your art sources. Always deal with a reputable art gallery, and before you make a major art investment, do your homework. We take great pride in the fact that you have made Gallery One a trusted source for nearly 40 years, and we will continue to proudly serve you in that capacity.

And along these same lines, we would like to tell you that our fabulous line, Gallery Giclées™, is made from the finest components.  Our canvases and stretcher bars are all made in America.  All of the printing, coating, stretching and shipping is done right here in Ohio, USA....by the most talented and caring staff in the industry.  As always, if you have questions or concerns, we welcome your calls.  You'll find us here...in the good old USA!

Thanks for letting me vent!  We'd love to hear from you. And with your permission, we'd enjoy posting your comments on our website.

Norah Lynne and Alan Brown

P.S. Clancy sends you his best.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Final Four Days of Masterworks in Miniature

March Madness at Gallery One has always been about original art.  Beautiful art is such a great way to welcome spring!  It has to the power to illuminate the early days of spring that can sometimes be a little gray.  Bringing a new original into your home brings freshness even before temperatures are warm enough for you to open the windows.

Masterworks in Miniature strives to provide every genre and medium.  Whether you prefer florals, cityscapes, portraits, still life, wildlife or something whimsical you'll find it in oils, acrylics, watercolors and even sculpture.  Our artists are the most talented, best selling professionals in the business.
Spring Shadows - Cottontail by Terry Isaac
Spring Shadows by Terry Isaac

Let's focus on florals for example.  Terry Isaac has two original acrylic floral entries; one features daisies and one with lilies.  Diane Hoeptner, new to Masterworks, has a tulip floral and a hydrangea floral.  Amanda Carder Lovett's posey and peonies are two more examples of florals.  Simon Bull gives his floral a more modern flair.  Rowenna Anderson is usually known for her florals, but this year submitted a cityscape of Venice.

Ladies in Waiting by Lynn Ponto-Peterson
Ladies in Waiting by Lynn Ponto-Peterson

We have several still lifes in the show.  Gail MacArgle sent another outstanding oil called "A" is for Apple.  If you prefer watercolors, Lynn Ponto-Peterson has created a lovely image titled Ladies in Waiting.  Richard Plasschaert's Egg Shells is exquisite!  Jan Stommes' cold beverages would make a perfect addition to your bar area.  Marie Line Fourmont's porcelains will grace your kitchen or boudoir.

Loyalty by Jocelyn Russell
Loyalty by Jocelyn Russell

Don't overlook sculpture when decorating your home or office.  Miniature sculpture's 3D quality makes a significant impact in a small space.  Paul Brunelle's textural fired clay birds are so realistic their eyes follow your movements and you're sure they'll fly away.  Jocelyn Russell's incredibly intricate bronze of a spaniel has to be seen to be believed.  They are just two of the sculpture artists in the show.

Leopard by Lee Kromschroeder
Leopard by Lee Kromschroeder
Wildlife artists in this year's show include Sue deLearie Adair, Al Agnew, James A. Andrews, Jim Beaudoin, Susan Bourdet, Carel Brest van Kempen, Audrey Casey, Kevin Daniel, James E. Faulkner, Charles Fracé, Rod Frederick, Wilhelm J. Goebel, Shawn Gould, W. Allan Hancock, Lee Kirschbaum, Lee Kromschroeder, Susan Labouri, Rebecca, Bonnie and Karen Latham, Otto Lawson, Peter Mathios, Jan Martin McGuire, John Mullane, Ron Orlando, Harold Roe, Linda Rossin, Linda Scott, Mort Solbert and Floy Zittin.  They offer everything from birds to zebras and fit any space and budget.

 Our living spaces can and should surround us with the things we love and inspire us with their beauty.  If we put our treasure where our heart is, we're sure to be happy.  This is the true value of art.  Don't miss this chance to visit online or stop by in person and see this truly incredible exhibit before it closes this Saturday at 6 p.m.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Clancy Unleashed!

Hi everyone!  If you haven't already seen it, be sure to watch me doing my newest trick on the treadmill.  I've found it to be a great way to stay in shape when the weather is too cold, wet, icy or the snow comes up past my shoulders.  Even with the 4 sweaters & 4 coats I have to choose from, if it's just too yucky, I don't want to spend any more time outside than is absolutely necessary. . .if you know what I mean!

I get a lot of inspiration from first dog, Bo!  In fact we're fur-riends on Facebook now!  Have you heard of PALA?  "The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award challenge will help you add physical activity to your life—and now, it will also help improve your eating habits."  Maybe you can register and "earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. All it takes is a commitment to being active and healthier eating for 6 out of 8 weeks. Stick with the program and you’ll earn an award in less than two months."

Let's Move
Another great program for staying active is called  Let's Move!  This is a program launched by First Lady Michelle Obama.  She's dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation.  Why not look into that??

Did you know owning a dog is one of the best ways to promote exercise?  Maybe it's easy to put off a walk around the block or romping in the backyard if you're alone, but not if you have to say no to a puppy face!  Am I right?

Well, as a wise man once said, "The secret to life?  Keep Moving!"


Monday, January 21, 2013

Alan Brown’s “First 75 Years” photo exhibit

Alan Brown, photographer and president - Gallery One
On February 16, Gallery One’s Alan Brown will celebrate his 75th birthday with the opening of a retrospective exhibit representing his half century love affair with photography.

Brown’s fascination with photography began in high school when he photographed events, historic buildings and even used his telescope to obtain “Life Magazine” worthy images of the moon.

He first journeyed to Kenya and Tanzania in 1990, recording images of exotic animal life and fascinating African tribesmen. In 1994, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History launched a three-month one-man exhibit featuring his images of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Now, 25 years later, Brown’s original photographs are available as vibrant giclées on canvas, and his works are prominent at Gallery One, the company he founded with wife Norah Lynne in 1974.

The opening of Brown’s “First 75 Years” will feature a 2 p.m. lecture, followed by a celebration complete with giant birthday cake for all attendees. His photographic images will hang through February and will include wildlife, landscapes, florals and landmarks, both local and exotic, from 8” x 10” to 40” x 60.” Many are based on his extensive travels to the Galapagos, the Amazon jungle, Machu Picchu, China, Alaska, Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Brown’s lecture will center on his unusual approach to photography. His choice camera is Contax. “I’m sold on Zeiss lenses, and while Contax is an northodox choice for outdoor photography, it works for me.” He scoffs at auto-camera features, shoots prints instead of slides - and handles his own color processing. The results are powerhouse images that have appeared in national magazines and won numerous awards including honors from USArt Magazine, Popular Photography, Wildlife Art Magazine, American Photo, Photographer’s Forum and Lake Metroparks.

Please join us for this extra special celebration!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Looking Ahead to 2013

We have many irons in the fire for 2013!  We'll have parties, exhibits, new releases from Gallery Giclées and of course, Masterworks in Miniature 2013.

Alan Brown, president Gallery One
February brings a very special celebration of Gallery One president, Alan Brown's 75th birthday.  He'll publish some never before seen images from his vast collection of photographs; and he hints that they won't necessarily be wildlife.  In their 53 years of marriage, Alan & Norah Lynne have traveled all over the world gathering images and memories along the way.  This birthday exhibit will feature those images taken from five continents.

Masterworks in Miniature 2013 is scheduled for March 8-23.  Now in it's 22nd year, this show is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to start a collection of original art!  With image sizes restricted to a maximum of 9" x 12", these originals become very affordable.  Over 150 participating artists include all the best sellers and some of the finest "new" talent we have discovered over the years.

Gallery Giclées has expanded the number of published artists to 10 in 2012 and we look forward to another year where we can continue to add to that number.  Watch for spring releases from Jim Daly, Alan Brown and Anthony Cook!

Check this space, galleryone.com or like us on facebook to stay up to the minute with details on these events and any weekly specials.