Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time to hit the books!
Clancy, looking studious

Clancy, your humble co-Patron of the Arfs, reporting.

Ahh – fall! The days are shorter and nights are cooler. What could be cozier than curling up with a good book and a warm dog? Shayna and I decided that back-to-school time is the perfect opportunity to remind you what a wonderful resource Gallery One is for book lovers of all ages.

In addition to beautiful art and framing perfection, we have a fabulous selection of books, filled with art – something for every age and interest. We’re like the library for art lovers (best of all, you don’t have to whisper when you come in).

We even have ART about books!

The Library
J. Scott Nicol

Addie's Window
Scott Gustafson

You can choose from books featuring the recent art of Robert Bateman (New Works). For the lovers of fantasy we have books featuring the imaginative dinosaurs of Jim Gurney (Dinotopia), and colorful art for kids in Scott Gustafson’s Animal Orchestra. Dean Morrissey’s award-winning best-seller Ship of Dreams is back in print, and we have artist-signed copies! The Forest Has Eyes features Bev Doolittle’s camouflage art - as you gaze at the natural world, you realize it’s looking back at you! Or read all about the artist and humanitarian in The Life and Art of Edna Hibel. And for you foodies, we have Marilyn’s Munchies, a cookbook featuring photos of pets and recipes from their owners with proceeds benefiting a local animal rescue organization, Marilyn’s Voice.

Don’t forget, with the holidays coming up books make appreciated gifts – the kind that get opened again and again! And right now, when you purchase a book from Gallery One, you can also select a gift-boxed figurine for only $5! Can the library do that? But I digress.

Shana and I look forward to helping you browse our book collection. No treats are necessary. But if you should feel compelled to reward us with some, we’ll graciously accept.



Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

(Shayna and I in our Dad’s office, approving new artwork for Gallery Giclées.) 

Gallery Giclées Introduces Artist Elise Ondak

Clancy here, your humble Patron of the Arfs. Shayna and I are delighted to introduce our newest Gallery Giclées artist, Elise Ondak!

We both love her. Not only is she a talented artist, she is also a dog lover with two rescue dogs. (She has also rescued several cats, but we try not to hold that against her.)

Elise has been drawing and painting since childhood. While still in high school, she met and was mentored by artist Stanka Kordic. Encouraged by Kordic and her instructors to pursue her dream of a career in fine art, Elise went on to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art and has been painting ever since.

Her first Gallery Giclées release, The Path, captures the allure of the ocean.

© Elise Ondak

Giclée on canvas,
hand-signed by the artist


Original oil on canvas, hand-signed by the artist

Elise told us: "When I was painting The Path, I wished to represent not only a specific place and memory but the journeys each of us must travel throughout our lives. Standing on a path of sand, marked by the ever-fading footprints of those who traveled before us, we peer through the softly waving grasses to the inviting waters below. Although the destination is in sight, we must still walk the path to reach it."

Everyone sees something different when they contemplate The Path. Whether it recalls a memory or issues an invitation is up to the individual. As for me, I can picture myself chasing a Frisbee in the waves, and then shaking salt water all over Shayna.

Shayna, as always, has a different take: “The Path hypnotically draws you into its solitude, exuding a sense of peace. Alone with your thoughts, the rhythmic waves soothe the spirit. Clouds hint at storms to come, but the timeless ocean endures.”

What do YOU see?

Available in two sizes, The Path is the first in a series of mesmerizing seascapes by this artist. We’ll be bringing you additional images by Elise in the coming months. In the meantime, we invite you to stop into Gallery One to see The Path close up for yourself. (And if you imagine ocean breezes and the scent of salt water, don’t be surprised!)



Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)