Monday, August 31, 2015

Take a break! But keep your mind sharp by answering this week’s ArtSmartz questions!


Week #2: Take a break!

1.    Time out! Cleveland’s football team was a popular subject for a favorite Gallery One artist. For decades, he drew caricatures and cartoons of Cleveland’s sports legends for The Plain Dealer. What was his name?

2.    This painting style emerged in the 20th century. (You could say it took a break from reality.) In it, lines, shapes, colors and forms replaced realistic or representational images. What is the name of this style?

3.    What’s more relaxing than a ride through the country? This artist and his wife often explore the backroads on his Harley, searching for subjects. He is known for his watercolor landscapes of rural America that extend beyond their borders, and he authenticates each of his paintings with his thumb print? Do you know who he is?

4.    How do you cool off when the temperature climbs? With a swim? How about a squirt gun? This famous American watercolor artist uses a spray bottle – on her paintings! She only paints landscapes that she has seen, and millions have seen her artwork. This award-winning artist is a member of the American Watercolor Society. And if you’re a long-time reader of a certain publication, you may have had the opportunity to “Digest” her artwork. Who is she?

5.    Some people dream of how they’ll spend their retirement relaxing – travel, gardening, hobbies... But not these two; oh no. They’ve been working in the art business for more than 40 years (just ask Shayna and me). You may have heard of them. Their business was twice-named Cleveland’s BEST Art Gallery. Who are they?

6.    Sight-seeing is a great way to kick back. Sometimes it’s fun to just be a tourist in your home town. Shayna and I are proud to be part of “The Comeback City” – Cleveland, OH. And so is this award-winning photog, who has captured the city’s major landmarks in amazing limited edition prints and giclées, ornaments and wearing apparel. Who is he?

7.    This American artist, an admirer of Norman Rockwell, is well-known for his nostalgic portrayals of children. His limited edition print, Time Out, shows a little boy taking time out, cooling off with a drink from the garden hose. Who is this artist?

8.    Spend a relaxing day hiking in the woods. You’ll see birds and all sorts of animals. But you’ll need a sharp eye to spot this character who keeps watch over the woods and all of its inhabitants. The Guardian of the Woods was painted by this artist, who contends that “Believing is seeing.” Who is he?

9.    Relax with a charging rhino. Or maybe a giant gorilla. Explore Africa with this famous Canadian artist and naturalist who recounts his adventures in Safari, a fascinating book filled with his sketches, paintings and first-hand observations. Enjoy the adventure without leaving your couch. Can you name the artist/author?

10.    Fireflies wink good night at the end of a lazy summer day. Also known as lightning bugs, Native Americans have another name for them. It is also the title of this painting by artist R. Tom Gilleon, depicting a teepee encircled by fireflies. What is the name?


1.    Carl Brenders
2.    Plein air
3.    Thomas Kinkade
4.    Alan Bean
5.    Doug Bloodworth
6.    Egg tempera
7.    Certified Picture Framer
8.    Giclée (pronounced ZHEE-CLAY)
9.    James Gurney
10.    Peter Ellenshaw

Monday, August 24, 2015

Gallery One Presents ArtSmartz© Gallery One

Clancy & Shayna as artistsClancy here. As Gallery One’s “Patrons of the Arfs,” Shayna and I want to keep everyone up on the latest trends, trivia and info in the exciting and ever-evolving world of art. Test your art I.Q. - learn more about fine art, impress your family and friends AND earn official bragging rights with ArtSmartz!

How does ArtSmartz work?
Each week, we’ll give you a list of 10 questions, the answers for which can ALL be found somewhere within Gallery One’s websites: and (look in the artists’ collections, in our footer under “Helpful Links,” “Artist Bios” and elsewhere.) You can play on your mobile device or computer. Just in case you get stumped, we’ll announce the answers the following week. Challenge your family and friends to see who can correctly answer all the questions first!

Want to earn extra bragging rights credit?
Email us YOUR ideas for questions to use! Send them to (she works for us). And give us a call with your ArtSmartz comments or questions; we’d love to hear from you! (800.621.1141 or 440.255.1200)

Here are this week’s questions. Good Luck!
1. I was born in Belgium and became a wildlife painter whose detailed work is often mistaken for photography. Who am I?
2. Sometimes we artists prefer to leave the confines of our studios to paint outdoors. What is the French expression for works accomplished when artists play hooky?
3. Unbeknownst to many collectors, what contemporary American artist painted in a completely different style under the alias “Robert Girrard”?
4. Some artists paint romantic scenes beneath a glowing moon, but I’m the only artist who knows what the moon really looks like because I’ve BEEN there. Who am I?
5. I’m just a kid at heart – I love the Three Stooges, snack food and comic book superheroes. I even get candy and cookie crumbs all over my artwork when I paint. But my collectors don’t mind – in fact, they love it! What’s my name?
6. In the Middle Ages, before oil paints were developed, artists used to mix pigments with yolks. What is the name of this medium? (Hint: It sounds like something on a breakfast menu.)
7. In the picture framing world, these initials are a designation of excellence, earned only by someone who has passed rigorous testing and demonstrated particular skill and knowledge in their demanding profession (and Gallery One has three of them on-staff). What does CPF stand for?
8. This French term meaning “fine spray” has revolutionized the way fine art is reproduced, using digital scans to print directly onto canvas or paper. What is the term?
9. This American artist created an elaborate mythical island on which people co-existed peacefully with intellectually evolved dinosaurs. What is his name?
10. This British artist was an RAF pilot during World War II. After moving to the U.S., he worked as a matte painter for Walt Disney Studios, winning the 1964 Oscar for Best Visual Effects for the film classic, Mary Poppins. What is his name?