Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Size is the Prize in the Beholder’s Eyes

Greetings from Clancy, half of your humble Patrons of the Arfs!  Today two friends, Pancho and Lefty, are here to illustrate a point. (Loath to share the spotlight, Shayna will return next time.)

It has come to my attention that there are those who classify Lakeland Terriers as small dogs. While at 14”, we tower over Chihuahuas, we do fall somewhat short in comparison to Great Danes, who can reach a height of more than 30”.

But what has size to do with matters of art? I’m glad you asked, because while for some, bigger is better, there is no denying the appeal of smaller things. (Think of the tiny house craze or, if you will, miniature art.)

This art form can be found in prestigious museums and prized art collections the world over, including the White House and Smithsonian. Ever since medieval times, people have had a fascination with miniature art. This is especially true in modern times. In a fast-moving world, miniature art gives us an opportunity to slow down, stop and appreciate rich, exquisite detail.

Artists who typically create large works love the challenge to stretch their artistic muscles and work in a smaller, albeit demanding, format that demands perfection. And the art lovers who collect their work appreciate having the opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind, original works of art for prices comparable to those of reproductions.

That’s why I’m so excited to announce Gallery One’s 25th Masterworks in Miniature® Show, taking place May 10 through May 25. Artists from all over the globe have been invited to submit their original paintings and sculptures. Most of these exceptional works of art will be no larger than 9” x 12” with prices starting at only $200! AND we’ll be open on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12 from 11 – 4. (Take your one-of-a-kind Mom out for brunch, and then bring her in to select a unique, affordable, heirloom quality gift!) Much like a Fabergé egg, each miniature is a jewel to be treasured for generations. Many collectors create groupings with several miniatures.

The range of subject matter for Masterworks in Miniature® will be as diverse as the impressive array of artists participating in this distinguished invitational show. Among the artists who’ve created miniatures are Robert Bateman, Paul Brunelle, June Carey, Jim Daly, Michael Deas, Michael Dumas, Edna Hibel, Robert Laessig, Dean Morrissey, Maynard Reece, Rowenna, Mort Solberg and many others. A host of new participating artists will be announced.

Comprised of original watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media works, Masterworks in Miniature® also offers original bronze, fired clay, lost wax and ceramic sculptures. Genres will include wildlife, portraits, still life, landscape, abstract, Western and fantasy by these world renowned artists. And the entire exhibit will be on display at Gallery One and online when the show opens at www.galleryone.com   But be forewarned – because each miniature is an original, demand will be intense. Act quickly so as not to be disappointed.

In short, prepare to be dazzled. Shana and I can’t wait, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!


Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

You are going to LOVE this April 15th!

You read that right. Gallery One is giving you three good reasons:

Save the Sales Tax on April 15! *
Call or come in on Monday, April 15, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and save 7% on your purchase of art, framing, figurines, posters and books. Gallery One will PAY the sales tax for you!

Make your refund last!
What better way to make your tax refund last than to choose a work of art that will endure forever?

Your April 15th order entitles you to a 15% discount on another purchase within 6 months! *
Say you spend $500 on April 15th. You will be entitled to a future discount of $75 to be used on an additional purchase of equal or greater value by October 15. (You can use it to do some early holiday shopping.)

If Tax Time has you stressed out, Gallery One offers you some much-needed Tax Relief. Stop in or visit www.galleryone.com

*   You must mention this special when you place your orders.

Paradise Found - Josef Kote
The Monarch Is Alive - Carl Brenders

Paints - Howard Terpning

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Happy Trails to You!

Greetings from Shayna and brother Clancy! We hope your holidays were happy, and we want to thank you for all your good wishes and wish you all the best in 2019!

We went on a quick holiday road trip with our folks in our RV. Like you, Clancy and I LOVE to see new places. Now that we’re back at work, the start of a brand-new year seemed like an ideal time to share with you some captivating destinations captured by one of our favorite artists, Robert Finale! His work will transport you to lovely and romantic settings, right in the comfort of your home.

At the tender age of two, Robert and his family fled communist Cuba and settled in the U.S. The adversity and struggles his family endured instilled in the young boy an appreciation for the value of hard work as well as a sense of discipline. Ever since he was a youngster, Robert had a passion for art, sketching everything he could. His mother treasured his sketches and encouraged her son to always keep them and care for them.

Early on, Robert worked as an electrician before discovering his natural talent for painting with oils. Entirely self-taught, this incredible artist is also an avid traveler. He uses his photos, sketches and memories to begin each painting, creating detailed landscapes that take the viewer throughout the United States, to South America, Europe and the Mediterranean.

Winter in Paris

Finale’s limited editions capture the atmosphere and reveal the magical play of light on the architecture that makes each historical setting so memorable and unique. Whether you’ve traveled to one of Finale’s romantic settings or someday plan to, his idyllic locales are like a vacation for the soul. His mesmerizing art breaks the monotony and affords us the opportunity to enjoy the moment, reconnecting with that which makes us happy.

Portofino Sunrise

Shown here are a handful of Finale’s many giclées available to you through Gallery One. Need an anniversary gift for a seasoned traveler or someone special? Look no further.  Stop in and claim your favorite ports of call! 

Autumn Morning, Halstat Austria

Be sure to browse the complete collection at www.galleryone.com/artframing/finale.html for size and price options.

If you have any questions, just ask us – Clancy and I are experts and we’re happy to help!



Shayna & Clancy
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy 8th Birthday Clancy!

One of Gallery One's Patrons of the Arfs, Clancy celebrated his 8th birthday on Monday! He was gifted a fine selection of duck jerky, oversized bones, and assorted doggie treats (not to mention all of the affection and belly rubs he could ever want from Gallery One staff and patrons!)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

More prestigious awards for Gallery Giclées Artist

Artist Michael Dumas is internationally recognized, not only for his unique work, but for his
conservation efforts that have raised millions of dollars for such causes. Included here are some of his most recent paintings and honors.

Sparrow’s Rest (above) by Michael Dumas has received a number of honors and was included in the prominent exhibitions noted below:
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art 2016, Jackson, Wyoming: Western Visions Exhibition
  • Recipient of National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Competition Award of Excellence 2016
  • Artists for Conservation (AFC) International Exhibition of Nature in Art 2017: Medal of Excellence and Best in Show
  • Art Renewal Centre (ARC) 12th International Competition 2016/2017: Dual Category Award
  • ARC National Art Exhibition 2017: Salmagundi Club, NYC (Centre for American Art since 1871)
  • ARC International Art Exhibition 2017-208: MEAM / European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain
  • Birds in Art 2018/Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (LYWAM), Wausau, WI
  • Opening Exhibition, National USA Tour Dec. 2018 – Nov. 2019
  •  2018 Birds in Art poster image  
  • Inducted into LYWAM Permanent Collection

Michael contributed the foreword for a new book, The Artists of Kawartha, featuring his painting, Forgotten Chores, on the cover as well as additional works inside.


Michael’s painting, Looking Out, received a Medal of Excellence in the Artists for Conservation International Exhibition of Nature in Art held in Vancouver, September 2018.

Looking Out was also included in three other exhibitions:

  • “Legacy” at the Algonquin Art Centre
  • “The Lives of Birds,” Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (selected as the Featured Piece)
  • “Western Visions 2018,”National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming. 


Michael grew up in the village of Whitney near the entrance to Algonquin Park, where some of his earliest childhood recollections were of times spent feeding the deer and visiting the museum. Built in 1953, the museum is now known as the Algonquin Art Centre. Michael worked his way through art college as a park ranger there from 1969 – 1971.

Michael, as a Park Ranger in 1971 

As one of the artists featured in a PBS television documentary series, Michael had cited the Algonquin Art Centre as an integral influence on his art. He was recently honored as the very first recipient of the “Algonquin Legacy Award,” established to recognize individuals who have actively contributed to supporting, promoting or utilizing the features of Algonquin Park for cultural and/or research purposes.

Michael receiving the Algonquin Art Centre Legacy Award
from Joel Irwin, co-director of the Centre

Michael, with other members of the Artists for Conservation, participated in the “Silent Skies” project, a mural depicting the 678 birds worldwide that are designated as endangered by the International Ornithological Congress. Each bird was to be painted on an 8” x 8” x 3/4” panel to be arranged as a multi-tiered composite that would stretch over 100 feet when assembled. 

A number of species were missing from the mural at its September opening, and ARC members are working to fill those spaces by the time the mural travels to museums over the next few years. Michael has committed to six bird paintings for this effort. Shown below are four of his exquisite works that were completed in time for the inaugural exhibit in Vancouver.


Go to www.galleryone.com/artframing/dumas_gg.html to see Michael’s collection of hand-signed canvases available exclusively from Gallery Giclées.   

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

To celebrate artist Dean Morrissey’s holiday appearance, Gallery One has a gift for ALL kids age 12 and under who draw a Trundle and bring it to his show!!

Gallery One Announces

What’s a Trundle, you ask?

A Trundle is a colorful little creature that hides in plain sight. (You probably have a Trundle or two living in your own house and don’t even know it.) According to Dean Morrissey, “Their purpose is a good one. They quietly go about helping their host in many ways. They sweep up in the middle of the night, secretly finish up bookkeeping, haul firewood and repair broken windows and leaky pipes. They are very appreciative of their hosts and become indispensable after a while. Very few people have actually seen a Trundle although many people have them as boarders.”

ASK yourself – have you ever:

  •        Lost something and searched your entire house, only to spot it easily a short time later? (You have a Trundle.)
  •      Gone to the fridge for a snack and found a BRAND-NEW jar of peanut butter inside? (Further evidence of Trundles…)
  •         Discovered a garment on the closet floor instead of on the hanger where you left it? (Irrefutable proof that a Trundle fashion show has taken place…)
  •     Found only one sock in the dryer instead of the pair? (Sounds like your Trundle needed a sleeping bag for camp. Not to worry, your sock will be returned soon…)

If you are age 12 or younger, draw a picture of a Trundle and tell us how you know for sure that you have one in your house. (Hint: Did he finish your homework or fold your clothes while you slept?)


  •     You must be age 12 or younger
  •     Your drawing should be no larger than 8-1/2” x 11”
  •     Bring your Trundle drawing to Gallery One on Friday, December 7, between 7 and 9 p.m., OR Saturday, December 8, between 1 and 5 p.m.

We will proudly display your drawing AND GIVE YOU a Trundle print created and hand-signed by artist Dean Morrissey!

What better time to recognize the countless contributions of our Trundles than the holiday season? (Shown are some Trundles who live in Dean Morrissey’s house.) Be sure to see Dean’s latest art including NEW Trundle paintings during his show!



Questions? Check our website www.galleryone.com or give us call. We’ll see you AND your Trundles December 7th and 8th!

440-255-1200 / 800-621-1141

7003 Center Street
Mentor, OH 44060

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Your Guide to Trundletopia

Greetings from Clancy & Shayna, your Patrons of the Arfs and local Trundle authorities!

Here we are in an area barn, where we recently spotted a Trundle, trying to give us the slip!

In last week’s blog we discussed Trundles. Due to the overwhelming response, we’ve asked international authority and leading Trundologist,* Dean Morrissey, to elaborate a bit regarding some of their lesser-known traits. 
According to Dean, although you may have never personally encountered one, odds are you have a Trundle or two under your own roof, but this is exceedingly difficult to verify as Trundles tend to avoid the spotlight.

Take for example, Billy Blue Sky and His Magical Bow Tie, discussed in last week’s blog. According to Dean, Billy is the embodiment of optimism. Yet he has absolutely nothing going for him in life except his attitude and his tie with which he can fly.

Billy is like the bumble bee; aerodynamically, he shouldn’t be able to fly. But like the bumblebee, no one has bothered to tell him, so Billy flies anyway. Said Dean, “Billy has no body, giant metal shoes and an empty head, but the boy’s got heart! The upbeat vibes emanating from such a roommate, even one who eschews the limelight, are bound to have an overall positive effect on those with whom he shares a residence.”

By now you probably have additional questions regarding Trundles, how they get into your home to do small favors, and how they manage to go undetected. The best advice we can give is to make plans to ask Dean Morrissey himself when he comes to Gallery One this holiday season. You can also view all of his new original artwork and latest giclées, and have him personalize his books and prints for the perfect holiday gifts.

Not only that, but you can take home your very own Trundle artwork!

Everyone loves an optimist; their outlook draws people to them. And after all the nasty political campaigns and bad news that bombards the airwaves daily, who wouldn’t welcome some optimism? Best of all, if you display Dean’s colorful Trundles in your home, they’ll be a daily reminder to maintain a positive outlook. (And they’ll show your resident Trundles that you’re happy to have them – mi casa es Trundle casa.)

Dates and times will be announced here soon. Make plans to join us! Tell your friends and bring your family (and leave a note for your Trundles).

* An authority on all things having to do with Trundles



Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)