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)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018



Greetings from your devoted Gallery One Patrons of the Arfs, Clancy and Shayna, and two of our friends known as Push and Pull.

Push and Pull
Because you are a client of Gallery One, we have decided to let you in on a little-known secret before it makes the national headlines.

Now ask yourself, have you ever found your family dog barking at something that you cannot detect? He will stare intently at something unseen and unheard by you and bark with wild abandon. (And, when this happens, have you admonished him to quiet down, thinking that there is nothing there?)

Fear not, we understand that you cannot perceive many of the things that we dogs are able to detect. It’s just that our eyes, ears and wet noses are far more keen than those of our humans. A human typically has 5 million scent glands. Depending on our breed, we dogs have more than 125 million! We recognize moving objects better, and we also have the ability to see in low light. And us dogs can generally hear four times the distance of a human.

Now mind, this is not bragging. We are telling you this in order to illustrate the point of this week’s blog. Many times when we bark, it’s to tell you that we have spotted a Trundle (unbeknownst to you).

What, you ask, is a Trundle? Probably the human most knowledgeable about Trundles and their customs is artist Dean Morrissey. He is, as evidenced by his highly detailed artwork, an incredibly perceptive artist, and he has been seeing Trundles ever since he was a youngster. And having earned their trust over the years, he has been able to convince a number of them to pose for portraits, a feat previously unheard of. That Dean is certainly a charmer.

Trundles, he tells us, are magical little creatures that hide in plain sight. He explains: “Trundles inhabit homes and barns and shops in the real world. Preferring to stay out of sight, they sleep up in the eaves or in cabinet drawers. They are virtually invisible in a cluttered room.

“A fully-grown Trundle can stand up under a bed without hitting his head. 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. They are native to The Great Kettles, a magical Chain of Islands across the Sea of Time.”

Snappy Argyle
Two such Trundles, Push and Pull, are shown above as rendered by Dean Morrissey. Shown here are Billy Blue Sky and His Magical Bow Tie and Snappy Argyle.

Billy Blue Sky and His Magical Bow Tie
 Dean will be making his annual Gallery One holiday appearance in early December, and he’ll be bringing a Bundle of Trundles with him! Be among the first to see them, and take home your very own Trundle.

Check this Blog for dates and times!



Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Something artful to aMUSE you…

Greetings and salutations from Clancy, your humble Patron of the Arfs (and potential artist’s muse)!

As you undoubtedly know, dogs are considered man’s best friend, and rightfully so. Saint Bernards have traditionally warmed lost Alpine climbers with flasks of brandy. Dogs serve as seeing-eye dogs and provide assistance for a wide range of human conditions as emotional support animals. They search for bombs to keep people safe. And, it seems, dogs have often served as furry, four-legged muses to inspire artists; hence this week’s blog about famous artists who paint dogs. (Can you blame them?)

Take, for instance artist Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973), who had many loves during his life. Aside from his multiple wives and assorted mistresses, Picasso loved dogs, one of whom was his Dalmatian “Perro” (Spanish for dog). Lump was Picasso’s cherished Dachshund. The artist is shown below with both dogs and an original drawing of Lump. He remarked: “It took me a whole lifetime to learn how to draw like a child again.” (Thanks, I’m sure, in no small part to Perro and Lump.)


Artist George Rodrigue (1944 – 2013) of Louisiana painted his famous Blue Dog series based on a photo of his late dog, Tiffany. Loyal pooch that she was, she sat beside the Cajun artist’s easel to keep him company as he painted late into the night. When viewing the Blue Dog paintings, people would often stare at its eyes and begin to cry. Rodrigue noted: “The yellow eyes are really the soul of the dog. He has this piercing stare. People say the dog keeps talking to them with his eyes, always saying something different.” Among the many philanthropic causes Rodrigue established is Blue Dog Relief, raising millions for humanitarian aid after both 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina.


Bessie Pease Gutmann (1876 – 1960) was an American artist and illustrator. Her husband, Hellmuth Gutmann and his brother, Bernard, had founded the fine art publishing company, Gutmann and Gutmann in New York in 1902. Bessie and Hellmuth married in 1906 and settled in South Orange, NJ. Setting up a studio in their home, Bessie painted their three little ones and became one of the era’s leading artists to portray the innocence of children. Her famous painting, In Disgrace, depicts her tearful toddler, Lucille, nose to the wall in utter shame. Teddy, Lucille’s puppy, longs to console her and snuggles her to share the blame, looking back at the viewer with an irresistibly sad expression.

Artist Jim Daly’s Tough Love presents a contrite little boy standing in the shadow of his mother. Her posture is stern, his remorseful. The empty glove suggests the missing baseball may be the culprit. The boy’s loyal dog is his ally, shielding him while sharing the blame. Writes Daly:  “When I was a boy, I was in the doghouse more than once, and I believed that all of my troubles would be over when I grew up. Life's problems, however, are with us always, and when they seem to be overwhelming and impossible to overcome, there is no way of measuring the unconditional love of a friend.” (Especially a furry one with a cold, comforting nose!)

Canadian artist Michael Dumas painted Gypsy, inspired by a trip abroad: 

“The subject for this piece was observed in the French city of Arles, just inside the entrance of a narrow side street that accessed the busy central square. In this relative calm and quiet location, the man seemed lost in thought, trusting his four-footed companion to warn him of the approach of strangers. The contrast between the man's contemplative mood and the dog's alertness interested me greatly, and in the painting I pushed the thread of this idea as far as I could. Placing the dog between any observer and his master, and with his gaze directed straight at the viewer, there is little doubt of the dog's unwavering diligence. As a last touch, I added an arched shadow into the area at upper right, hoping to enhance the idea of a protective space. This shape was inspired by observing its real-life counterpart in the many access points to the old Roman Coliseum just a few streets away.”       

American pop artist Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) took his dachshund, Archie, everywhere he went: out to dinner, to art show openings, and, of course, to his studio where he immortalized him for posterity in his own inimitable style.

American nostalgia artist Norman Rockwell (1894 – 1978) often painted dogs, making them central in his compositions because of the important role they play within families. His own dog, Pitter, hung out with him in the studio. Rockwell said, “If a picture wasn’t going very well, I’d put a puppy dog in it.” He recommended that other artists depict four-legged creatures “just as carefully and understandingly as you paint the people."


So if iconic artists such as those noted here derive so much inspiration from their furry companions, who am I to disagree? (And if any artists out there are reading this and would like to portray a certain handsome Lakeland Terrier and his sister, it can be easily arranged for a nominal fee of doggie treats and belly rubs. Just give my agent a call - kiss kiss!)



Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Shayna here. This week it’s MY turn to be the Blog Dog, so I decided to write about posters and how they relate to the history of modern art. (That’s why I am sporting my très chic Toulouse-Lautrec hat.)

Although stone lithography had been around since the late 1700s, it was a slow and expensive printing process. But everything changed just a century later with the introduction of the 3-stone lithographic process, making it possible to print an array of colors with the careful registration of just three basic colors - yellow, red and blue.

In France, Toulouse-Lautrec created the poster Moulin Rouge (shown above) and the poster craze took off. Posters grew in popularity and were used to symbolize national interests – the circus in the U.S., cabarets in France, bullfights in Spain, opera in Italy and so on. The ease of printing posters together with the ability to combine information and images in an appealing and economical manner helped to create the age of modern advertising. Posters were also used to promote political ideologies, special events or advertise products or services such as travel, sports, entertainment and popular personalities.

And did you realize that in addition to original paintings and fine art prints, books and figurines, Gallery One houses an enormous selection of posters, hand-signed by the famous artists? People love posters because they provide an affordable entrée for art lovers to enjoy beautiful art on a budget. That’s why students choose them for their dorm rooms or first apartments. And talk about a perfect gift – you can select posters with prices starting as low as $25!

Why have bare walls when you can have a room with a view? Check these out:

Indulge in whimsical flights of fancy with the imaginative, hand-signed art of James Christensen and Dean Morrissey.


(FYI, Nichelle Nichols pioneered the role of Uhura in the original Star Trek series during the 1960s. However, she wanted to pursue a Broadway career. That was until she met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an NAACP fund-raiser. Dr. King encouraged her to stay on in the role saying, “You’re a part of history.” He told her she was a vital role model, and so Nichols continued playing Uhura in TV and films for another quarter century.)

No matter what a person’s interests, Gallery One has you covered. Stop in and see us and our HUGE selection of posters. They make gift-giving easy, affordable and fun. There’s a lot from which to choose, but no worries – Clancy and I are always here to help!



Shayna & Clancy
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time to hit the books!
Clancy, looking studious

Clancy, your humble co-Patron of the Arfs, reporting.

Ahh – fall! The days are shorter and nights are cooler. What could be cozier than curling up with a good book and a warm dog? Shayna and I decided that back-to-school time is the perfect opportunity to remind you what a wonderful resource Gallery One is for book lovers of all ages.

In addition to beautiful art and framing perfection, we have a fabulous selection of books, filled with art – something for every age and interest. We’re like the library for art lovers (best of all, you don’t have to whisper when you come in).

We even have ART about books!

The Library
J. Scott Nicol

Addie's Window
Scott Gustafson

You can choose from books featuring the recent art of Robert Bateman (New Works). For the lovers of fantasy we have books featuring the imaginative dinosaurs of Jim Gurney (Dinotopia), and colorful art for kids in Scott Gustafson’s Animal Orchestra. Dean Morrissey’s award-winning best-seller Ship of Dreams is back in print, and we have artist-signed copies! The Forest Has Eyes features Bev Doolittle’s camouflage art - as you gaze at the natural world, you realize it’s looking back at you! Or read all about the artist and humanitarian in The Life and Art of Edna Hibel. And for you foodies, we have Marilyn’s Munchies, a cookbook featuring photos of pets and recipes from their owners with proceeds benefiting a local animal rescue organization, Marilyn’s Voice.

Don’t forget, with the holidays coming up books make appreciated gifts – the kind that get opened again and again! And right now, when you purchase a book from Gallery One, you can also select a gift-boxed figurine for only $5! Can the library do that? But I digress.

Shana and I look forward to helping you browse our book collection. No treats are necessary. But if you should feel compelled to reward us with some, we’ll graciously accept.



Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

(Shayna and I in our Dad’s office, approving new artwork for Gallery Giclées.) 

Gallery Giclées Introduces Artist Elise Ondak

Clancy here, your humble Patron of the Arfs. Shayna and I are delighted to introduce our newest Gallery Giclées artist, Elise Ondak!

We both love her. Not only is she a talented artist, she is also a dog lover with two rescue dogs. (She has also rescued several cats, but we try not to hold that against her.)

Elise has been drawing and painting since childhood. While still in high school, she met and was mentored by artist Stanka Kordic. Encouraged by Kordic and her instructors to pursue her dream of a career in fine art, Elise went on to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art and has been painting ever since.

Her first Gallery Giclées release, The Path, captures the allure of the ocean.

© Elise Ondak

Giclée on canvas,
hand-signed by the artist


Original oil on canvas, hand-signed by the artist

Elise told us: "When I was painting The Path, I wished to represent not only a specific place and memory but the journeys each of us must travel throughout our lives. Standing on a path of sand, marked by the ever-fading footprints of those who traveled before us, we peer through the softly waving grasses to the inviting waters below. Although the destination is in sight, we must still walk the path to reach it."

Everyone sees something different when they contemplate The Path. Whether it recalls a memory or issues an invitation is up to the individual. As for me, I can picture myself chasing a Frisbee in the waves, and then shaking salt water all over Shayna.

Shayna, as always, has a different take: “The Path hypnotically draws you into its solitude, exuding a sense of peace. Alone with your thoughts, the rhythmic waves soothe the spirit. Clouds hint at storms to come, but the timeless ocean endures.”

What do YOU see?

Available in two sizes, The Path is the first in a series of mesmerizing seascapes by this artist. We’ll be bringing you additional images by Elise in the coming months. In the meantime, we invite you to stop into Gallery One to see The Path close up for yourself. (And if you imagine ocean breezes and the scent of salt water, don’t be surprised!)



Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)