Friday, June 22, 2018



Like most Americans, Shana and I LOVE patriotic holidays like the 4th of July (except for the really loud fireworks; those are scary). However, I digress. We love the cook-outs and those hot dogs that magically “roll” off the grill...we enjoy the songs and get-togethers. Our celebrations with family and friends are made even more festive by art that captures the true American spirit as best symbolized by that grand lady, the Statue of Liberty. (And, to paraphrase lyrics from the American musical, Damn Yankees: “You gotta have ‘art,’ all you really need is ‘art!’”)

Shana and I are surrounded by artful reminders of Americana every day at Gallery One. If you’d like to add these works to your surroundings, stop in or give us a call. We’d be happy to point you in the right direction! Here are just a few of our all-American favorites:

Wysocki painted the original in 1986 to celebrate the renovation of the Statue of Liberty and the promise of opportunity it represents for all.


Bull was born in Bedfordshire, England in 1958, becoming an American citizen in 2011.  He wrote: “I want my paintings to lift people’s spirits, to send them on their way with a smile on their face…”


“Pillars of a Nation is an image about the experience of emigration. It was commissioned by a man whose grandfather arrived at Ellis Island from Hungary in 1907. Like most of the immigrants who passed through Ellis Island, he came with few resources — just a burning desire to succeed. Pillars of a Nation is a tribute to that grandfather and to all immigrants who came to North America.” – Jim Daly 

The art of John Weiss conveys the message that strength, comfort and encouragement are always within reach. The artist often uses man’s best friend to represent family, friends and faith. Weiss believes that the key to understanding it all is in recognizing the wag of a tail for what it truly is.  


Bill Phillips may be the world's top aviation artist. Another dimension to Bill's talents lies in his nostalgic landscape scenes. This is a scene from the idyllic community he created, Phillips Bay, where picturesque and romantic images of Americana abound. 


Wishing you a safe and Happy 4th of July,


Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

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