Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Your ancestors would like a word. . .

“You’re taking us to AN ORDINARY framer
and you expect us to SMILE?”

They would like us to debunk a few myths related to framing…


• Framing costs less at craft stores that offer liberal discount coupons.

FALSE – dare to compare! We guarantee that Gallery One’s prices are lower than chain stores that offer Fabric-ated discounts. You’ll find that we offer better value for your framing dollar. We use only the finest quality mat boards and mouldings, and we buy them in bulk.

• Virtually anyone can learn to frame.

TRUE – But NOT every framer has completed the necessary requirements to earn (and retain) the distinction of CPF (Certified Picture Framer). This is the framer’s designation of excellence, awarded by the Professional Picture Framers Association to someone who has passed rigorous testing and demonstrated particular skill and knowledge in a demanding profession. A CPF has to know how to create frames for anything from Picassos to hockey pucks. The examination for this exclusive certification is intense and requires frequent recertification. Gallery One has THREE Certified Picture Framers on staff. Combined, our staff has 200 years’ experience in fine art and custom framing.

• My diploma will fit in a ready-made discount store poster frame.

TRUE – But first ask yourself, how much did it cost – in years, in study and in dollars – to earn that prized document that you will display for the rest of your life? Then decide how best to preserve it.

• Gallery One will handle my rare family photos and heirlooms with care.

TRUE – And unlike some other framers, all of our work is done on the premises by people who are used to handling priceless museum-quality pieces.

We can frame virtually anything (and have). Nobody takes better care of your treasures than we do, and no one will make them look better.

• But I don’t live in the area, so I’ll have to use a local framer.

FALSE – We take framing orders from all over the country and beyond! We can and do ship anywhere, and we do it better than anybody – see

Or, make plans to visit us on your travels. Cleveland is hosting the RNC this summer. We’re home to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers, the world-famous Cleveland Clinic and so much more. We’re close to Niagara Falls, Cedar Point and many other vacation attractions.
Just ask Northeast Ohio locals about us. They have voted us Best Cleveland Area Art Gallery twice! Established in 1974, Gallery One is family-friendly and celebrating more than 40 years in business. With an 18,000 square-foot showroom and custom framing facilities, we’re something to see! We have 30,000 limited edition prints, original paintings, sculptures, books, posters and porcelain figurines. Located at 7003 Center Street (between Rtes. 2 and 90), we’re here 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment. The gallery is wheel chair accessible with free parking.

At Gallery One, we don’t make a fortune when we frame; we make a friend. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Summon Summer’s Warmth

El Niño notwithstanding, winter has just about worn out its welcome. While Mother Nature may still have a few more wallops up her sleeve, Shayna and I would like to suggest one sure way to bring summer into your world a bit early.

Our folks have a glorious new giclée canvas at Gallery One that captures a fleeting moment and radiates warmth and cheer. It’s by award-winning Canadian artist Michael Dumas. Entitled High Summer – Yellow Warbler, this artwork seems to glow from within.
Michael Dumas expresses the simple harmony of the everyday, revealing the beauty in ordinary sights that are often easily overlooked in our busy world. Michael even told Shayna and me all about what inspired him: “It is high summer, a time of green foliage and ripening fruit. A seemingly random movement of leaves in a large russet apple tree marks the foraging of some small bird, and I strain to see what it might be. The complex patterns of sunlight and shadow frustrate my attempts at making a clear sighting, but just as I am about to give up, a sudden burst of bright yellow appears quite close at hand. It is a transient thing though, and just as suddenly as it appears the yellow warbler was once again hidden in the depths of the tree. Gone from sight, but vividly impressed in memory, the act of painting re-creates a brief instant that can be savored at leisure.”

And once you see this little gem, you’ll understand.  (Every time Shayna see it, she just smiles…)
Shayna smiling

High Summer – Yellow Warbler is now available as a hand-signed giclée canvas published by Gallery Giclées’™ and part of the Michael Dumas exhibit at Gallery One. (When you come in to see it, be sure to stop and see US, too!)