Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Shayna and I love the holidays, so we thought we’d help spread the cheer with this week’s questions, all having to do with holiday-themed artwork. We hope your holidays are warm, happy and bright!

  1. This Gallery Giclées canvas by artist Jim Daly shows a little girl amidst holiday decorations and toys, but the present that she clearly treasures above all others is a kitten (probably a rescue like us). Name the artwork.
  2. Victorian Christmas I by this artist is a nostalgic, idyllic scene, complete with carolers, friends and family gathered together in celebration before a Victorian mansion. Name the artist.
  3. This print, Arctic Family – Polar Bears, reminds us of the Coca-Cola bears. Two fuzzy white Arctic cubs stay close to their mom as she pauses on the pack ice. Name the Canadian artist.
  4. Everyone wants to go home for the holidays. This original painting, entitled Our Home, depicts a group of Native Americans, riding toward their spirit encampment, a group of teepees aglow in the snow that seems to touch the heavens. (And did you know that this artist was an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns back in the day with Sam Rutigliano! Dog pound, woof! But I digress…) Name the artist.
  5. They used to say that behind every successful man is a great woman. But we know that it’s an equal partnership. And the same is true of Santa Claus. Do you think he could possibly pull off a feat like he does, year after year, if it weren’t for MRS. Claus? Heck no! This artist knows it, too. That’s why he created this delightful porcelain figurine of Mrs. Claus. Name the artist.
  6. This artist was a native of northeast Ohio, famous for his watercolors of rural life. In this original painting, the trees are heavily coated with fresh snow, the sun is shining, casting intricate shadows, and a solitary bunny pauses to admire his surroundings. The title of the painting is Snow Bunny. Name the artist.
  7. This artist and children’s author painted a magical flying ship. It is used to help Father Christmas distribute gifts on Christmas Eve with the help of a boy named Joey, Sam the toymaker and animated toys. Name the Gallery Giclées canvas by Dean Morrissey (it’s also the title of his 2000 book).
  8. This limited edition, Observing Christmas, depicts a dog looking out the door to the porch where a Christmas tree awaits. Name the artist. (Christmas bonus: It’s the same answer as number 3 above…You’re welcome!)
  9. This Gallery Giclées canvas, Christmas Town Frolic, depicts an old-fashioned town with horses and carriages and cozy shops, festive with holiday cheer. Name the artist who grew up in Elyria.
  10. Happy New Year! Did you know that a dusting of snow on New Year’s Day means twelve months of good luck in China? This artist, whose original painting is entitled New Year’s Snow, was born in Shanghai. What is his name?

  1. Will Bullas
  2. Jim Ptacek
  3. James Christensen
  4. Jim Daly
  5. Three
  6. Lynn Kaatz
  7. No charge; it’s FREE!
  8. Dean Morrissey
  9. Embellishing or enhancing
  10. Books, apparel, Christmas ornaments, figurines, frames, collector plates

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fun Finds only at Gallery One!

Some people think that art galleries are stuffy places where artsy people speak in hushed tones, but if you’ve been to Gallery One, you know that we’re about as pretentious as a basket of puppies. In addition to excellent customer service, we pride ourselves on being family friendly, with a play corner for little ones and a help-yourself coffee pot for grown-ups (not to mention being greeted by two of the cutest Lakeland Terriers you’re ever going to see). But did you know about all of the other cool things we offer, in addition to art?

  1. BOOKS! We have a large assortment – coffee table books as well as kids’ books. If you want to share some smiles with people of all ages, Shayna and I recommend this volume entitled A Fool Moon. (It has a foreword by movie star Doris Day.) Name the artist whose comical work this book features.
  2. APPAREL! This award-winning Cleveland photographer has close “ties” to the city, and has photographed its major monuments, some of which are featured on men’s fashion neckties. Name this artist.
  3. CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS! This artist’s work graces a set of ornaments perfect for your tree, such as Lute Player, Horn Blower and Christmas Angel. Can you name the artist?
  4. FIGURINES! This artist, known for his endearing and nostalgic paintings of children from yesteryear, also has a wonderful line of figurines that capture some of his works such as Red Scooter. Name the artist.
  5. FRAMES! No FABRIC-ated discounts or crazy coupons, for the love of Mike! But you’ll get the best quality and value for your dollar with our custom or ready-made frames. We can frame just about anything and have, from original paintings to a LeBron James jersey, and we do it expertly. Here’s a question “About Us.” How many CPFs (Certified Picture Framers) does Gallery One have on-staff?
  6. COLLECTOR PLATES! This artist’s wonderful ceramic plates make appreciated gifts. Shayna and I are rather partial to the ones featuring different dog breeds, such as Shirt Tales – The Cocker Spaniel. Name the artist.
  7. FEEL FREE TO HANG WITH US! (We’ll bring the hammer and nails.) Did you know that we offer expert design advice and FREE installation of your Gallery One purchase? Our design consultant will deliver it in the local area and hang it at no cost. Trick question: What’s the charge for this invaluable service?
  8. AUTOGRAPHS, SELFIES AND BRAGGING RIGHTS. If you’re on our email list, you’ll get advance notice inviting you to attend our fabulous Artist Shows. Rub elbows with the world’s most prestigious contemporary artists. Get their autographs, have artwork personalized and talk and take photos with them! Name the artist appearing at Gallery One on Dec. 4 & 5.
  9. FREE HIGHLIGHTING FOR KINKADE COLLECTORS. When you purchase a Thomas Kinkade canvas at Gallery One, you can have it highlighted free of charge by a professional Kinkade Master Highlighter Artist. Gallery One holds two highlighting events each year. Highlighted canvases are given added dimension. No two highlighted canvases are ever alike, and each receives a Certificate of Highlighting. We are “Frequently Asked” what are other terms for highlighting?
  10. DAZZLED BY SO MANY FUN FINDS? Here’s one more “Category” to consider at Gallery One – Gift Certificates! You can make any occasion extra special for someone with a Gallery One Gift Certificate to use for any of the fun finds described above. So just for fun, name two of them!

  1. Thomas Kinkade
  2. Michael Dumas
  3. Back of the Old Truck
  4. Bonnie Marris
  5. The Dreamer’s Trunk
  6. Loyalty
  7. John Weiss
  8. Rodel Gonzalez
  9. Robert Sarsony
  10. Shepherds Farm