Friday, April 5, 2013

Great Wall - Lousy Imports

We visited China in 1997. It was a glorious trip that included the Great Wall, great cities and historic sites like the Terra Cotta warriors. We loved the food, the people, the vistas and the bargains.

However, in the fifteen years that followed our trip to China (and especially recently), we've become increasingly wary of many Chinese imports. Especially imports that could affect our beloved Clancy, the 19-pound Lakeland Terrier and “Patron of the Arfs” who runs our lives.

For example:

Recently, Clancy suffered two troubling bouts of stomach distress and lethargy that neither we nor our vet could explain. Trolling the internet, we saw hundreds of postings warning us of Chinese-manufactured food, toys, bedding, etc. And a search of Clancy's toy box and personal effects (even his bedding and his toothpaste) revealed that nearly all of his belongings were made in China! Yes, Martha Stewart toys and clothing! Designer treats! Etc! Of course, it is possible that all of his Made in China goods were perfectly safe. But reports of lead, chemicals and arsenic put us on edge. We were reminded of the thousands of homes containing Chinese drywall that releases sulfur gases capable of corroding pipes and wiring. Such drywall has even caused the failure of smoke detectors and electronic devices, not to mention the respiratory ailments and sinus problems that homeowners, their children and their pets have suffered. So, as a precaution, in the past few days, we have junked ALL of Clancy's Made in China products in favor of Made in America items.

Coincidentally, we have known for some time that Chinese imports of art are prevalent. Art dealers can easily work with Chinese printing companies to fraudulently have unauthorized works of art reproduced for sale in the United States. We've seen fraudulent works pretending to be done by Kinkade, Pino, Brenders, Daly and more; some even claim to be original paintings! Of course, the artists get no royalties. Collectors are purchasing inferior images done under false pretensions. And stateside distributors are guilty of misleading the public in order to enrich their wallets.

Thankfully, Clancy appears to have made a full recovery...and whether his Made in China items contributed to his illness or not can be argued. We're just not willing to take a chance on his health.  If you are the parent(s) of a treasured pet, you might want to look into the plethora of Chinese products that surround your dog or cat and consider an Internet search for sites offering Made in America pet products.

And if you are a concerned art dealer or collector, you might want to check your art sources. Always deal with a reputable art gallery, and before you make a major art investment, do your homework. We take great pride in the fact that you have made Gallery One a trusted source for nearly 40 years, and we will continue to proudly serve you in that capacity.

And along these same lines, we would like to tell you that our fabulous line, Gallery Giclées™, is made from the finest components.  Our canvases and stretcher bars are all made in America.  All of the printing, coating, stretching and shipping is done right here in Ohio, the most talented and caring staff in the industry.  As always, if you have questions or concerns, we welcome your calls.  You'll find us the good old USA!

Thanks for letting me vent!  We'd love to hear from you. And with your permission, we'd enjoy posting your comments on our website.

Norah Lynne and Alan Brown

P.S. Clancy sends you his best.

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