Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Fever

Longer, warmer days have us all at least thinking about getting outside; whether it means yard work and gardening or hikes and bikes. Artists also find plenty of inspiration in springtime. Jim Daly, Fred Machetanz and Bonnie Marris each titled a piece, Spring Fever, with three very different images!

Bonnie Marris' Spring Fever
Jim Daly's Spring Fever
Fred Machetanz's Spring Fever

Maybe you think of floral art for spring.  In that case; Robert Sarsony, Brian Davis, Jane Jones, Robert Laessig or our own Alan Brown may appeal to you.

Garden Colors by Robert Sarsony
Trillium by Robert Laessig
Enchanting Irises by Brian Davis
Allure by Jane Jones

Butterfly and Blossom by Alan Brown
Do you know that there are 151 titles on our site with the word spring in them?  Subjects range from floral to wildlife, landscapes and even a sprinkling of abstracts!  William Phillips, who will be with us on April 14, has Accompaniment to the Symphony of Spring and Spring Fling.
Accompaniment to the Symphony of Spring
by William S. Phillips
Spring Fling by William S. Phillips

April 28 brings Felicia Zavarella back to lecture about Georges Seurat.  Seurat's pointillism, called "chromo-luminarism" dramatically influenced the course of modern art.  Many of his works have a decidedly spring time feel.

Celebrating the change of seasons with fresh art helps to revive our homes and our spirits.  These are but a tiny sampling of the beautiful images available.  Find your favorites at and enjoy a breath of fresh air with something new for your walls then join us for our April events.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Symphony of Spring

All this warm weather inspires me to get out and garden or get back into a hiking routine; which brings to mind some of our best experiences with our artists!  Kristi and Bill Phillips were along a decade or so ago when we rafted the Colorado River for eight days with a small group that also included Carole and Jim Daly and Carole and James Christensen. We slept in tents along the river and shared fabulous food (everything tastes great when mixed with sand)...and even celebrated Bill's birthday with a gourmet dinner cooked in a fire pit.  (Our guide made us a "from scratch" cake every night!)

We bathed in the river.  Peed in the river.  Brushed our teeth with river water.  And made the best coffee I've ever had!

We still laugh when we think of our adventures...and we'd all happily do it again. 

For Bill, the Canyon has always been special.  And he has painted the most outstanding images of that sacred place.  Here are just a few.  Click the links to read more about them:

The Grand Expedition
New Sounds in an Ancient Canyon
Winter Symphony

Our long association with so many of the artists we carry makes hosting their shows that much more exciting for us and for their collectors.  Bill and Kristi will be with us on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. when he’ll showcase his Americana and aviation art and give an informal lecture at 2 p.m.  This charming and talented artist is always entertaining.  We hope you can join us!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Original Art

Art collectors have long had the choice of purchasing art on paper or art on canvas. The paper art included original works such as watercolors, pastels, pencil or ink drawings, lithos, serigraphs and etchings....and canvases were mainly acrylic, oil and mixed-media.  Some artists tend to gravitate toward one medium, while others like to vary their offerings.  But paper and canvas are not the only things used on which to paint.  Oil can be used on panel, board and even silk; and don't forget the whole area of sculptural materials! 

To collectors, the difference between original art work and prints is huge, even though aesthetically, there may not be much difference. Purchasing authentic original art can be as simple as choosing something you adore.  Whether the piece appreciates over time should be immaterial to the purchase decision, as there is never a guarantee that a given piece (original or print) will rise in value. 

The reasons to purchase original art include owning something unique, having a piece actually created by an artist you admire, providing a focal point in a room and a great conversation starter or simply the satisfaction of owning something of quality.  Even if the piece is not large, purchasing original art conveys an impression of wealth.  Clearly, the owner can afford to buy what they like; original artwork.

Gallery One’s famed Masterworks in Miniature opens on Friday, March 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a wine and cheese celebration and the exhibition of close to 200 small and truly outstanding works of original art — created by today’s most collected painters.

Now in its 21st year, Masterworks features original paintings and sculpture by Robert Bateman, Edna Hibel, Carl Brenders, Michael Dumas, Terry Isaac, Dean Morrissey, James Christensen and more than 100 other artists. Most works are framed. Prices range from $400.  While some Masterworks will fit in the palm of one's hand, others are as large as 9" x 12." A rare few may be a bit larger. Regardless of size, all are exquisitely detailed and represent the high quality expected of the individual artists. Genres include wildlife, portraiture, still life, landscape, abstract, western and fantasy.

The artists are from all over the world. Some are miniaturists, specifically known for small originals. Many like Bateman and Christensen have carved out enviable reputations for full-sized originals — at prices that do not fit the average wallet.  “When such top artists are ‘forced’ to work small, their prices become really affordable,” said Alan Brown, gallery president. “Collectors of limited editions often find that they can collect such miniatures for less than prints by the very same artists.”

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