Thursday, August 23, 2018

Did you know…

Greetings! Shayna & Clancy at your service. Today it’s MY turn to pick the blog topic, so I chose interesting facts about some of the animals featured in Gallery Giclées (mainly so I could stump Clancy and feel superior). But we hope you’ll find these facts fascinating too!

Me, stumping Clancy
Clancy, looking clueless

S - GIRAFFE © Alan Brown

      Just like human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same coat pattern. And, did you know, giraffes require more than 75 pounds of food a day, mostly leaves. And just like humans, giraffes have only seven vertebrae in their necks! (But in giraffes each vertebra is up to 10 inches long.)

Unlike other animals, scientists found that elephants have a greater sense of self-awareness and can recognize themselves in a mirror. In one study, an elephant named “Happy” repeatedly touched an ‘X’ painted on her forehead while looking in the mirror, indicating that she knew she was seeing her own reflection (and evidently approved of the make-up)! 

      Apes, such as gorillas and chimpanzees, are closely related to humans with 98% of their DNA being identical to Homo sapiens. They are also handy with tools, using sticks to retrieve insects and leaves to soak up drinking water. (This is true, despite Clancy’s protest: “If they’re so smart, where’s their tool belt?”)

           King Penguins have the amazing ability to dive 1,600 feet! They can remain underwater for up to five minutes when hunting for fish. Their favorite food is the lantern fish, but they also nosh on small fish, krill, squid and various crustaceans.

          Swans have only one partner for life. In fact, swans can die prematurely if they suffer the loss of their partner. This is why they are often used as the symbol of true love.

We hope you’ll stop in to see us as well as these and other pieces. There’s a fascinating story for each of them. And don’t miss our huge clearance sale, now in progress.  There are originals, signed and numbered prints, giclées, posters and sculpture, with sale prices from only $25!

Items are MINT...we're just so crowded with inventory that we cannot begin to show everything. If you are bargain hunting, this sale is for you. The holidays will be here before you know it, so go to our home page and click on the Clearance Sale.

See you soon!



Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

On behalf of our friends out West…

Clancy and Shayna here.

This season’s wildfires are some of the worst ever seen. In addition to the many homes that have been lost to the spreading flames, countless animals have been injured and displaced. To date, the ASPCA has rescued and sheltered more than 2500 animals in Northern California alone. When a call goes out, an animal disaster response team assists local agencies in the rescue and emergency sheltering of dogs, cats, birds and livestock. Just this past Monday, police rushed in to rescue 60 dogs and cats from a shelter in Vacaville, CA, that was directly in the path of the rapidly moving Nelson Fire. Thankfully, everyone made it out in time, smoky, but safe. The rescued animals are currently in foster care.

Animals rescued from the wildfires are examined and treated by veterinarians. This life-saving work is made possible by the donations of caring people. And because these scared and injured animals can’t ask for your help, we’re doing it for them.

If you can, please consider making a donation to the ASPCA’s disaster relief efforts. Call 800-628-0028 to give or donate safely online at:

Paul Oxton, founder of the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation wrote, “A simple act of kindness and compassion towards a single animal may not mean anything to all creatures, but will mean everything to one.” 

And on behalf of all of the animals helped by your generosity, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your kindness!



Clancy & Shayna

(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Clancy & Shayna here.

At the end of a day spent greeting Gallery guests and begging for treats, one of our favorite things to do is to pile on top of our folks’ bed and demand a bedtime story!  Like most kids, we love to imagine the kings and queens, enchanted castles, brave knights and beautiful princesses of our favorite fairy tales. We get all caught up in the magic of ‘once upon a time’ and picture ourselves surrounded by castle turrets and fairy Godmothers.

Art does the same thing. Without words, it can pull you into its magic, instantly capturing your imagination. And that’s what artist Scott Gustafson does so well. His colorful, enchanting paintings of stories passed down through the ages transport you to the land of long ago and far away.

Originally, Scott wanted to be an animator. Over the years he accepted commissions as a freelance illustrator for Celestial Seasonings, Playboy, Saturday Evening Post, The Bradford Exchange and DreamWorks. But Scott loved to tell stories with his art, eventually coming to the realization that being an illustrator is “about the best job there is.”  

In 2015, Scott Gustafson was recognized as being one of the best illustrators there is. He won the Grand Master Award from Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, an organization that celebrates and promotes fantastic art, its creators and the creative community. And we are delighted to announce that Gallery Giclées has just released four fabulous images by this celebrated artist!

Each canvas is hand-signed by Scott Gustafson. His colorful and imaginative artwork will enchant both the young and young at heart, making it the perfect choice for a child’s room or the family room where everyone gathers.

(Now listen up: Our folks gave us special permission to grant you a wish. If you order ANY of the four giclée canvases by Scott Gustafson shown here by Midnight, August 15, 2018, you will save 10%! So call or come in right away, and live happily ever after!)

Books illustrated by Scott Gustafson
The Night Before Christmas
Peter Pan
Animal Orchestra
Alphabet Soup
Classic Storybook Fables
Classic Bedtime Stories
Classic Fairy Tales*
Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose
Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe
  * Winner of the Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists


Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)