Friday, January 30, 2009

All about

Well, it is finally here! Our very own dedicated ART AUCTION site. And I bet it will be a favorite with new and experienced collectors. I hope you’ll visit our auction site at But before you do, here are some things that might interest you.

This is a real art auction site...supervised by a REAL live auctioneer... not a sham auction site like most that you will find on the web.

Our auctioneer is Alan Brown, Gallery One president. He has been a licensed auctioneer for nearly 30 years. A graduate of the Mendenhall Auction School and The Certified Auctioneers Institute (University of Indiana), he oversees Gallery One’s auctions in accordance with auction law and the National Auctioneers Code. He is doubly licensed and bonded for your protection. Ohio (#62-93-6363) and Florida (AU2937).

Alan’s auction history is impressive. He has successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations, officiated at hundreds of Gallery One auctions - live and on the web - and he has successfully auctioned real estate in Ohio and Florida.

For his weekly web auction format, Alan mandated that hundreds of works of art ---- resales, overstocks, as is items and special buys ---- be offered at unbelievably low reserve prices. He expects that even with enthusiastic bidding, great bargains will go to savvy bidders.

After the items were selected for auction, Alan asked our curators to examine and rate each work. (And I have to tell you, our curators are the strictest in the business.)

They were asked to rate each item MINT (perfect), NEARLY MINT or AS IS.

A mint item, according to our curators, looks brand new...front, back and margins.

A nearly mint item will look mint when framed. For example, a poster might have some slight handling marks...but those will vanish when the poster (as is traditional) is dry-mounted during the framing process. A print might have a slightly bent corner, but when matted, it will look mint.

An as-is item will have some blemishes that may (only if you have an eagle eye) be visible after framing.

Reserve prices have taken condition into account. And you should take condition into account when raising your bid.

So take a look at each auction item. Click the image for more information. And click again to expand the image. And if you want to bid, click the BID2BUY button and fill out your bid form.

I think you’re going to like our new site....but please let us hear from you with your questions, comments and suggestions.

That's all for now.

Norah Lynne Brown, VP

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Remembering Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth, the renowned American painter, died January 16, 2009. The photo at left shows the famed artist with President Bush as he receives the 2007 National Medal of Arts.

The art community is mourning the death of a legend.

Andrew Newell Wyeth (born July 12, 1917)was primarily a realist painter. He was sometimes referred to as the "Painter of the People," due to his work's popularity with an adoring American public.

He was the son of the illustrator and artist N. C. Wyeth, the brother of inventor Nathaniel Wyeth and artist Henriette Wyeth (Peter) Hurd and the father of artist Jamie Wyeth and Nicholas Wyeth.

Wyeth's favorite subjects were the land and people around him - both in his hometown of Chadds Ford PA and at his summer home in Cushing ME.

One of the most well-known images in 20th Century American art is his painting, Christina's World, currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Remembering Greg Clair

Last evening we learned of the passing of another friend, noted wildlife artist, Gregory Clair, who died January 8, 2009 in Scottsdale AZ. He was 54. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Gregory Clair`s experience in the outdoors began early as he accompanied his father hunting upland birds in Ohio and Michigan. Greg later studied and painted wildlife, entering his first art competition in 1989...the 1990 Ohio Wetlands Stamp Contest. He was a semifinalist.

The next year he won the Ohio contest. Over the next 17 years, he received many honors and worked with and donated to Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. His base was Bowling Green OH and later, Scottsdale.

"Whenever I am in the out-of-doors I am awed at the diversity and intricacy of God`s magnificent creation," he said. "I hope to evoke similar emotions in those who view my art."

Among Greg's accomplishments:
1991 Ohio Duck Stamp winner
1999 Ohio Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist
2002 Ohio Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year
2004 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, fourth place
2005 Ohio Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist
2006 Ohio Duck Stamp winner
2006 Ohio Magazine's Ohioan of the Month
2007 Ohio Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year
2007 Ohio Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist
2007 Buckmasters Print of the Year
2007 Featured Print South Carolina Waterfowl Assoc.

Greg was a regular contributor to Gallery One's annual Masterworks in Miniature event and was a featured Gallery One artist.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Remembering Tom Cross

Today, we learned of the passing of our friend, stellar artist Tom Cross who, over the holidays, lost a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 54. Our hearts go out to his devoted wife Patti and daughter Amber. The biographical information (below) is courtesy of Mill Pond Press.

Artist Tom Cross blends techniques both old and new to create a light-hearted yet thought-provoking glimpse into the aspects of nature that are so often overlooked—its lore, its myth and its legends. His art is a journey on which one can, Cross says, "rediscover the magic of nature trapped just within our reach." Cross describes his artwork as nature folklore rather than fantasy or science fiction as he believes his work is more than just an illustration of a fantastic scene. With its roots in ecology and folklore, Cross says his work is wildlife or nature art that has gone "just a bit awry."

Cross' artwork is in a realm where science and art meet and mix. He combines ecological fact and fable with whimsical images and fuses traditional and nonconventional techniques to convey the visions, dreams and realities of a world
that is environmentally right with itself. With a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Florida, Cross is uniquely qualified to employ his unusual and effective combination of creative and scientific expertise to accurately interpret and artistically communicate complex concepts in an easy to understand and visually entertaining fashion.

A nationally recognized specialist in the study of coastal barrier island ecology, Cross has been honored with awards for his environmental activities as well as his art. He has been associated with ecological projects and environmental programs on local, state and federal levels as a contributing author and artist for such organizations as the Cousteau Society, the National Estuary Program, the Nature Conservancy, the American Littoral Society and the Sierra Club. He has made documentaries on barrier island management and other films, videos, commercials and animations for environmentally oriented organizations and projects. Cross has also served on the faculty of Ringling School of Art and Design, teaching a variety of subjects from publication design to digital painting and drawing.

In his artwork, Cross interweaves the magic of the different elements that, he says, "are the foundation of this floating sphere of life we call earth. Our planet is unique. It's a closed system and a fragile one. It must be tended with care, respected and kept whole for the generations who follow."

An added note: The Florida resident co-founded the Web site to share information and hope with lung cancer patients who like himself never smoked.

Tom's originals and prints continue to be available through Gallery One.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The 2009 State of the Art!

I guess we are all glad to see 2008 come to an end. We learned a lot. We suffered over the economy, politics, the economy, the weather, the economy, global warming and, O YES, THE ECONOMY. Question is...what does this mean for art collectors?

Over the past few weeks, we are seeing some really optimistic signs. Of course, we can only speak for Gallery One....our receipts, our collectors and our artists. But what we see is really encouraging.

Older collectors who are down-sizing their homes...and their collections
...are happy to sell off artwork at great prices, so we really have our
pick of classic images that have been unavailable for years. Artists
are eager to provide great pricing and quality levels that insure rapid
sales. And Gallery One has taken a sharp pencil and a sharp eye to all
pricing...because, as you know, we will never be undersold. And, in fact,
we have always led the way when it comes to fair pricing and MINT art. And both artists and Gallery One are more liberal than ever relative to layaways, for example.


JUST A FEW WORDS OF CAUTION! Don't wait too long to buy. As the economy turns around, we expect art prices to rise.

From the entire Gallery One staff, we wish you a happy, healthy and
prosperous 2009.

That's all for now.

Norah Lynne


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