Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Gallery One – a MUST stop on your summer schedule!
Everybody loves to take vacations. But sometimes, the unexpected happens, and travel plans just don’t fit into the budget or schedule due to financial or time constraints.
Should that happen to you, may we suggest an artful alternative? Just name the place and pick a work of art that will visually transport you to the locale you love, whenever you wish, for years to come. (You can even put it in layaway.)
Can’t take a vacation?
Gallery One will bring the vacation to you!
Art is the souvenir you’ll love forever.
Plan your Art-inerary® with Gallery One
Stop in and see us. Tell us what you love and where you’d love to go, and we’ll find the art that makes you feel like you’re there. (And if we don’t have it in-house, we’ll do our best to locate it for you.) Bottom line: No luggage, no layovers – just endless enjoyment.
Once you've found the perfect piece (like this - click here), plan a special themed event for the one you love. Or invite the whole gang to the grand unveiling for a potluck. Pair the artwork with the appropriate cuisine, libations and music, and get the party started!
Set sail for Celtic legend and lore with Dean Morrissey’s The Voyage of the Fianna and pop open a Guinness.
What a capital idea!Celebrate tulip time in Washington, D.C. with Nita Engle’s White House Spring and a dry martini.
Join the elk for an autumn excursion in the Rockies with John Banovich’s Echoes in Gold and a pack of Coors.
A romantic getaway awaits with Thomas Kinkade’s Paris, Boulevard of Lights! Enjoy while sipping a Café au Lait.
Shown are just a few suggestions to get you thinking. Need more ideas? Ask us! (We love art, and we definitely know how to party!)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Hello again! We’re your humble Patrons of the Arfs, Clancy & Shayna, with more about the “past lives” of some well-known artists. Read the descriptions below and see if you can identify them!
In Another Life…
This artist studied Biology in college. Her courses gave her an immense appreciation and deep respect for the power of living things as seen in the individual cells of plants and animals.
Although she earned her BS, she chose not to pursue science as a career, but instead went on to earn her Master’s in Art History. Today, her fascination with the transformative nature of flowers is evident in her radiant paintings. Using an Old Master’s technique, she layers oil glazes over an opaque underpainting. She says: “There is something truly celebratory about flowers in sunlight. Light invests them with energy and liveliness. Their transitory nature makes the moment an occasion that deserves to be savored and remembered with attention and care, drama and boldness.”
She has won numerous awards and honors for her resplendent artwork. In addition to being a fulltime artist, she also teaches art and has authored the book, Classic Still Life Painting.
Name this artist!
The dimensions of this artist’s work were as vast as the wild, wind-swept plains of the West, as infinite as outer space and as small as the historic scenes that he captured on more than 30 postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service.
A master of both oils and the pencil, he depicted the mountain men and trappers of the American West with the same sense of history that had guided his hand when he and seven other artists were invited to illustrate early space missions for NASA’s Fine Art Program. Wanting more than a factual record of events, these artists were told: “NASA is commissioning your imagination… Artists should be key witnesses to history in the making…the truth seen by an artist is more meaningful than any other type of record.”
Although diverse in subject matter, all of his paintings had a central theme in common: man at the threshold of a new, unknown frontier. This artist, who painted Neil Armstrong’s boot stepping into the dust of the lunar surface, also painted those largely forgotten and unsung heroes, the North American trappers of the early 1800's, who blazed trails through lonely mountains and along unknown waterways.
He stated: “I find my inspiration in all the life that surrounds and envelops me, from the evolution of man and his works, to the timelessness of the rocks, the trees, of man, his land, the sky and the sea.”
Who was this artist?
Born in Great Britain, this artist was a pilot in the Royal Air Force during WWII, where he met his wife, an American nurse.
After the war, he came to the U.S. at the invitation of Walt Disney to work as a matte painter, creating elaborate backgrounds on glass in front of which the live action was filmed. Once the scene was shot, the glass was washed down to be reused for other scenes. He also created Oscar-winning special effects, such as the wavy smoke staircase seen above, in his recreation of Edwardian London for the Walt Disney classic, Mary Poppins. The artist left “holes” in the paint, through which he shined light to give the impression of nightfall with lights twinkling on throughout the city.
As a fine artist, his paintings and prints of powerful panoramic landscapes and seashores express both the magnitude and the delicacy of nature. He called his method of painting "impressionistic shorthand," referring to his use of broad brushstrokes to give the impression of detail. Can you name this legendary artist?
Watch for the answers in our next blog!
Answers to previous Blog puzzler:
1. Jim Daly
2. Dean Morrissey
3. Ryan Douglas Jacque
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
In Another Life…
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”
– John W. Gardner, educator, public official and political reformer
Life sometimes has a way of diverting us from our presumed course into new, unexpected directions. Shana and I are prime examples of this. Before my tenure at Gallery One, my former human had a demanding schedule and couldn’t devote as much time as she wanted to me, so she found me loving parents who would spoil me rotten. (Thanks, Caitlin!) See: https://www.facebook.com/LakelandTerrier.dog/videos/327655994035927/
Shayna, on the other hand, was an outside dog from New York. She was ignored most of the time, and was not receptive to affectionate humans or even other dogs. But somehow, over time, our paths all became interwoven for the better. Go figure.
Life has also taken some unexpected twists and turns for the following artists. See if you can name them:
This artist once considered becoming a professional boxer. (Had he done so, there would be countless broken noses and bare walls left in his wake.)
“I dropped out of high school and joined the Army. I was stationed in Panama and spent my last year on the boxing team. My dad was a boxer when he was young, and he taught us [my brother and me] boxing from the time we were five or six years old. I was always walking around throwing left jabs into the air. (I still do when no one is watching.) When I got out of the service I thought seriously about becoming a professional boxer, but decided to go to art school instead.”
Who am I?
This artist spent a decade as an electrical power lineman by day, painting by night (thanks, in no small part, to the wonders of electricity).
“I have been making pictures and telling stories my whole life. As a kid, I worked along with my brothers for my father who was a carpenter, and I seriously thought about taking that direction, but I loved to draw and cartoon. At 20 I went to work as a Power Lineman for Edison. I would stay up all night, draw and paint, then go to work. Eventually this became untenable so I quit the paying job in favor of this great unknown – illustration. I went to New York to seek my fortune. Eventually I worked as a freelancer for 18-20 publishers. I consider this whole illustration period as my art school. I had lots of ideas for stories to illustrate, and so I decided to write and illustrate my own children's book.”
(It became a best seller.) Who am I?
This artist did a portrait for fellow artist Robert Bateman as a gift. (Wait until you see where it ended up!)
“I’ve taught workshops at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. My portrait of internationally known wildlife artist Robert Bateman is on permanent display at The Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, BC.” Who am I?
Watch for the answers in next week’s blog!
Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)