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)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Did you know…

Greetings! Shayna & Clancy at your service. Today it’s MY turn to pick the blog topic, so I chose interesting facts about some of the animals featured in Gallery Giclées (mainly so I could stump Clancy and feel superior). But we hope you’ll find these facts fascinating too!

Me, stumping Clancy
Clancy, looking clueless

S - GIRAFFE © Alan Brown

      Just like human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same coat pattern. And, did you know, giraffes require more than 75 pounds of food a day, mostly leaves. And just like humans, giraffes have only seven vertebrae in their necks! (But in giraffes each vertebra is up to 10 inches long.)

Unlike other animals, scientists found that elephants have a greater sense of self-awareness and can recognize themselves in a mirror. In one study, an elephant named “Happy” repeatedly touched an ‘X’ painted on her forehead while looking in the mirror, indicating that she knew she was seeing her own reflection (and evidently approved of the make-up)! 

      Apes, such as gorillas and chimpanzees, are closely related to humans with 98% of their DNA being identical to Homo sapiens. They are also handy with tools, using sticks to retrieve insects and leaves to soak up drinking water. (This is true, despite Clancy’s protest: “If they’re so smart, where’s their tool belt?”)

           King Penguins have the amazing ability to dive 1,600 feet! They can remain underwater for up to five minutes when hunting for fish. Their favorite food is the lantern fish, but they also nosh on small fish, krill, squid and various crustaceans.

          Swans have only one partner for life. In fact, swans can die prematurely if they suffer the loss of their partner. This is why they are often used as the symbol of true love.

We hope you’ll stop in to see us as well as these and other pieces. There’s a fascinating story for each of them. And don’t miss our huge clearance sale, now in progress.  There are originals, signed and numbered prints, giclées, posters and sculpture, with sale prices from only $25!

Items are MINT...we're just so crowded with inventory that we cannot begin to show everything. If you are bargain hunting, this sale is for you. The holidays will be here before you know it, so go to our home page and click on the Clearance Sale.

See you soon!



Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

On behalf of our friends out West…

Clancy and Shayna here.

This season’s wildfires are some of the worst ever seen. In addition to the many homes that have been lost to the spreading flames, countless animals have been injured and displaced. To date, the ASPCA has rescued and sheltered more than 2500 animals in Northern California alone. When a call goes out, an animal disaster response team assists local agencies in the rescue and emergency sheltering of dogs, cats, birds and livestock. Just this past Monday, police rushed in to rescue 60 dogs and cats from a shelter in Vacaville, CA, that was directly in the path of the rapidly moving Nelson Fire. Thankfully, everyone made it out in time, smoky, but safe. The rescued animals are currently in foster care.

Animals rescued from the wildfires are examined and treated by veterinarians. This life-saving work is made possible by the donations of caring people. And because these scared and injured animals can’t ask for your help, we’re doing it for them.

If you can, please consider making a donation to the ASPCA’s disaster relief efforts. Call 800-628-0028 to give or donate safely online at:

Paul Oxton, founder of the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation wrote, “A simple act of kindness and compassion towards a single animal may not mean anything to all creatures, but will mean everything to one.” 

And on behalf of all of the animals helped by your generosity, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your kindness!



Clancy & Shayna

(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Clancy & Shayna here.

At the end of a day spent greeting Gallery guests and begging for treats, one of our favorite things to do is to pile on top of our folks’ bed and demand a bedtime story!  Like most kids, we love to imagine the kings and queens, enchanted castles, brave knights and beautiful princesses of our favorite fairy tales. We get all caught up in the magic of ‘once upon a time’ and picture ourselves surrounded by castle turrets and fairy Godmothers.

Art does the same thing. Without words, it can pull you into its magic, instantly capturing your imagination. And that’s what artist Scott Gustafson does so well. His colorful, enchanting paintings of stories passed down through the ages transport you to the land of long ago and far away.

Originally, Scott wanted to be an animator. Over the years he accepted commissions as a freelance illustrator for Celestial Seasonings, Playboy, Saturday Evening Post, The Bradford Exchange and DreamWorks. But Scott loved to tell stories with his art, eventually coming to the realization that being an illustrator is “about the best job there is.”  

In 2015, Scott Gustafson was recognized as being one of the best illustrators there is. He won the Grand Master Award from Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, an organization that celebrates and promotes fantastic art, its creators and the creative community. And we are delighted to announce that Gallery Giclées has just released four fabulous images by this celebrated artist!

Each canvas is hand-signed by Scott Gustafson. His colorful and imaginative artwork will enchant both the young and young at heart, making it the perfect choice for a child’s room or the family room where everyone gathers.

(Now listen up: Our folks gave us special permission to grant you a wish. If you order ANY of the four giclée canvases by Scott Gustafson shown here by Midnight, August 15, 2018, you will save 10%! So call or come in right away, and live happily ever after!)

Books illustrated by Scott Gustafson
The Night Before Christmas
Peter Pan
Animal Orchestra
Alphabet Soup
Classic Storybook Fables
Classic Bedtime Stories
Classic Fairy Tales*
Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose
Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe
  * Winner of the Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists


Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Gallery One a MUST stop on your summer schedule!

Clancy & Shayna here with an idea we thought you might like…

Everybody loves to take vacations. But sometimes, the unexpected happens, and travel plans just don’t fit into the budget or schedule due to financial or time constraints.

Should that happen to you, may we suggest an artful alternative? Just name the place and pick a work of art that will visually transport you to the locale you love, whenever you wish, for years to come.  (You can even put it in layaway.) 

Can’t take a vacation?
Gallery One will bring the vacation to you!

Art is the souvenir you’ll love forever.

Stop in and see us. Tell us what you love and where you’d love to go, and we’ll find the art that makes you feel like you’re there. (And if we don’t have it in-house, we’ll do our best to locate it for you.) Bottom line:  No luggage, no layovers – just endless enjoyment.

Once you've found the perfect piece (like this - click here), plan a special themed event for the one you love. Or invite the whole gang to the grand unveiling for a potluck. Pair the artwork with the appropriate cuisine, libations and music, and get the party started! 

Shown are just a few suggestions to get you thinking.  Need more ideas? Ask us! (We love art, and we definitely know how to party!)


Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Answers to previous Blog:

1. Jane Jones
2. Paul Calle
3. Peter Ellenshaw

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hello again! We’re your humble Patrons of the Arfs, Clancy & Shayna, with more about the “past lives” of some well-known artists. Read the descriptions below and see if you can identify them!

In Another Life…

This artist studied Biology in college. Her courses gave her an immense appreciation and deep respect for the power of living things as seen in the individual cells of plants and animals.

Although she earned her BS, she chose not to pursue science as a career, but instead went on to earn her Master’s in Art History. Today, her fascination with the transformative nature of flowers is evident in her radiant paintings. Using an Old Master’s technique, she layers oil glazes over an opaque underpainting. She says: “There is something truly celebratory about flowers in sunlight. Light invests them with energy and liveliness. Their transitory nature makes the moment an occasion that deserves to be savored and remembered with attention and care, drama and boldness.”

She has won numerous awards and honors for her resplendent artwork. In addition to being a fulltime artist, she also teaches art and has authored the book, Classic Still Life Painting.

Name this artist!


The dimensions of this artist’s work were as vast as the wild, wind-swept plains of the West, as infinite as outer space and as small as the historic scenes that he captured on more than 30 postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service.

A master of both oils and the pencil, he depicted the mountain men and trappers of the American West with the same sense of history that had guided his hand when he and seven other artists were invited to illustrate early space missions for NASA’s Fine Art Program. Wanting more than a factual record of events, these artists were told: “NASA is commissioning your imagination… Artists should be key witnesses to history in the making…the truth seen by an artist is more meaningful than any other type of record.”

Although diverse in subject matter, all of his paintings had a central theme in common: man at the threshold of a new, unknown frontier. This artist, who painted Neil Armstrong’s boot stepping into the dust of the lunar surface, also painted those largely forgotten and unsung heroes, the North American trappers of the early 1800's, who blazed trails through lonely mountains and along unknown waterways.

He stated: “I find my inspiration in all the life that surrounds and envelops me, from the evolution of man and his works, to the timelessness of the rocks, the trees, of man, his land, the sky and the sea.”

Who was this artist?

Born in Great Britain, this artist was a pilot in the Royal Air Force during WWII, where he met his wife, an American nurse.

After the war, he came to the U.S. at the invitation of Walt Disney to work as a matte painter, creating elaborate backgrounds on glass in front of which the live action was filmed. Once the scene was shot, the glass was washed down to be reused for other scenes. He also created Oscar-winning special effects, such as the wavy smoke staircase seen above, in his recreation of Edwardian London for the Walt Disney classic, Mary Poppins. The artist left “holes” in the paint, through which he shined light to give the impression of nightfall with lights twinkling on throughout the city.

As a fine artist, his paintings and prints of powerful panoramic landscapes and seashores express both the magnitude and the delicacy of nature. He called his method of painting "impressionistic shorthand," referring to his use of broad brushstrokes to give the impression of detail. Can you name this legendary artist?

Watch for the answers in our next blog!

Answers to previous Blog puzzler:

1. Jim Daly
2. Dean Morrissey
3. Ryan Douglas Jacque

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In Another Life…

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”
John W. Gardner, educator, public official and political reformer

Life sometimes has a way of diverting us from our presumed course into new, unexpected directions. Shana and I are prime examples of this. Before my tenure at Gallery One, my former human had a demanding schedule and couldn’t devote as much time as she wanted to me, so she found me loving parents who would spoil me rotten. (Thanks, Caitlin!) See:

Shayna, on the other hand, was an outside dog from New York. She was ignored most of the time, and was not receptive to affectionate humans or even other dogs. But somehow, over time, our paths all became interwoven for the better. Go figure.

Life has also taken some unexpected twists and turns for the following artists. See if you can name them:

This artist once considered becoming a professional boxer. (Had he done so, there would be countless broken noses and bare walls left in his wake.)

“I dropped out of high school and joined the Army. I was stationed in Panama and spent my last year on the boxing team. My dad was a boxer when he was young, and he taught us [my brother and me] boxing from the time we were five or six years old. I was always walking around throwing left jabs into the air. (I still do when no one is watching.) When I got out of the service I thought seriously about becoming a professional boxer, but decided to go to art school instead.”
Who am I?

This artist spent a decade as an electrical power lineman by day, painting by night (thanks, in no small part, to the wonders of electricity).

“I have been making pictures and telling stories my whole life. As a kid, I worked along with my brothers for my father who was a carpenter, and I seriously thought about taking that direction, but I loved to draw and cartoon. At 20 I went to work as a Power Lineman for Edison. I would stay up all night, draw and paint, then go to work. Eventually this became untenable so I quit the paying job in favor of this great unknown – illustration. I went to New York to seek my fortune. Eventually I worked as a freelancer for 18-20 publishers. I consider this whole illustration period as my art school. I had lots of ideas for stories to illustrate, and so I decided to write and illustrate my own children's book.”
(It became a best seller.) Who am I?

This artist did a portrait for fellow artist Robert Bateman as a gift. (Wait until you see where it ended up!)

“I’ve taught workshops at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.  My portrait of internationally known wildlife artist Robert Bateman is on permanent display at The Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, BC.”  Who am I?

Watch for the answers in next week’s blog!



Clancy & Shayna

(Your Patrons of the Arfs)