|My Lighthouse by Diana Weber Gardner|
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 www.gallerygiclees.com 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.