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Autumn Delivers Rich Colors

September 22, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,trees | Comments (0)

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As we cross the official mark of autumn this week, tank tops and flip-flops are being moved to the back of the closet and sweaters are coming out of storage.

Though meteorologists consider September 1 the start of fall for record keeping purposes, the autumnal equinox Friday, September 22 signals the beginning of astronomical fall. Whether you welcome autumn and cooler days with open arms or find it a bit depressing, we have the perfect antidote for you.

To celebrate the rich color of autumn, Old Colorado City’s art galleries will host “Aspens on the Avenue” on Saturday, September 30.  Grab a sweater and comfy walking shoes because you won’t want to miss any of the sidewalk exhibits and demonstration featured during this annual fall art fair.  Unlike other OCC ArtWalk events, this event is both outside and inside, showcasing locally and internationally recognized artisans in Colorado Springs’ art district Old Colorado City and promises to lift your spirits and keep you coming back for more. The event features painters, glass blowers, metal workers, jewelers, wood-turners, and more with live demonstrations along the Avenue’s sidewalks.

The highlight of the event is a celebration of fall and Colorado’s beautiful, shimmering aspen trees. It is all about the quaking aspen tree!aftertherain6x12

Hosted by OCC Arts Committee, this event is scheduled for Saturday September 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., on West Colorado Avenue, between 23rd and 27th Streets.

Happy Fall!

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This is Art: Witches’ Balls?

September 6, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Artists,Color,Colorado | Comments (0)

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If you never heard the term, Witches’ Balls, you are not alone. But to many who collect these ornaments, they help protect from evil spirits. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, they are beautiful decorative blown glass ornaments. But why are they called Witches’ Balls?

Modern day witches balls are decorative replicas of the hollow sphere of colored glass traditionally used as a fishing float. Today, you can find blown glass made to look like Christmas tree baubles that contain a few thin fibers strung inside.

Colorado Glass Blower Dottie Boscamp creates a signature Witch Ball that is iconic of the Colorado Aspens.

Why the term “Witches’ Balls”? Floating glass buoys became connected with witches during witch hunts in England. In the late 17th century, suspected witches were tried by being tied up and thrown into water. If the water rejected them from a second baptism and they floated, then the suspects were confirmed as witches, under the rule of trial by water, and they were then hung by the neck until dead.  In a like manner these heavy glass fishing floats, all tied up in a net, could not be made to sink. The water rejected them and they bobbed merrily upon its surface. Historically, witches’ balls were hung in cottage windows in 17th and 18th century England to ward off evil spirits and spells, witches, and ill fortune. Just as hanging a witch was believed to remove evil influences from a village, hanging a tried and tested witch’s ball that had been floating in water, around a home, was believed to protect the home from similar ills. Usage has continued to a smaller extent in America up to the present day.

Whether you believe in Witches or not, we enjoy the folklore and especially enjoy sharing these colorful ornaments blown by Dottie Boscamp.

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One Man: One Artist Making a Difference

July 29, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Pottery | Comments (0)

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BQ001PlateCan one artist change the world? Those living in the village of Mata Ortiz may very well tell you that is what happened to their world. It all started when an enterprising Mexican named Juan Quezada Celado found broken shards of pottery near his village. Today, this once economically struggling rural Mexican village is a thriving community of creativity because of one man—Juan Quezada Celado.

Like most of the village, he grew up very poor, with little education, but that did not stop what was about to unfold for Quezada and his village. It all began when he found pre-Hispanic pots and pot shards from the Mimbres and Casas Grandes cultures in caves and other places while collecting firewood. He collected these bits of pottery found close to the archeological site of Casas Grandes (Paquimé) in the Mexican state of Chihuahua to examine and study, impressed by their artistic detail and quality.

Since the age of 7, Quezada showed artistic promise and was captivated by how the pots were made with no help from ceramicists or specialists in these cultures. Quezada’s natural ability and curiosity inspired him to explore and recreate this ancient pottery on his own. Later Quezada shared the techniques he developed, with his first student being his sister Lydia Quezada, followed by other family and friends in Mata Ortiz. Under his wing, a number of his brothers and sisters also became master potters until some 300 residents of this small village became part of the Mata Ortiz movement. Soon this impoverished village transformed with artisans earning a living from making ceramics, and nearly two-thirds of the population having employment directly or indirectly related to the craft. The success of the pottery, which is sold for its aesthetic rather than its utilitarian value, has brought the town of Mata Ortiz out of poverty.

Not only is Quezada given credit for beginning the Mata Ortiz pottery movement, but for updating the look and style. The pottery’s appeal became more popular and collectible and through trials and tribulations penetrated the U.S. markets.  By the 1990′s, the Mata Ortiz pottery was exhibited across the United States in museums and other cultural institutions and sold in fine galleries.

Mata Ortiz pottery is a highly sought-after collectible pottery not only because of its history but because of its outstanding beauty. The unique style of Mata Ortiz pottery has been quietly gaining a strong following within the collector and fine art worlds. This pottery movement can best be described as modern interpretations of 12th century indigenous pottery. Mata Ortiz pottery is painstakingly handcrafted. No pottery wheels or modern kilns are used. All materials including the clay and color pigments are collected locally, created by the artists themselves, and complicated designs are painted using brushes made from human hair.

Mata Ortiz pottery continues to grow in popularity especially in the southwest United States and some other parts of the country. Demand for bigger and more elaborate pieces have driven prices upward, selling for thousands of dollars although fine small and medium-sized vessels can be found for a few $100 up to thousands of dollars. The finest pieces are those made with white clay and those made by Quezada run considerably more.

Can one artist change the world?  I would say Yes!

More examples of this fine pottery can be viewed here.

 

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The Power of Art

May 9, 2017 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Small Business | Comments (0)

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Are you aware that by allowing some form of art into your life, you harness a powerful form of expression? At Hunter-Wolff Gallery we are submerged in visual expression, a place where people can express their individuality and represent their beliefs, feelings, imaginations, and philosophies.

CommunityThrough different forms of art, artists can explore different ideas, experience fresh perspectives and take viewers to another place and time. It stimulates the expression and exchange of ideas and feelings, even among total strangers who might never otherwise say a single word to each other. Friendships develop and art serves its purpose by bringing people together.

Doesn’t art improve quality of life too? Visit a room with blank walls and one personalized with handpicked art. One is inviting and the other less so. Studies also reveal that exposure to the arts help children forge their own ideas, acquire core values, such as integrity, perseverance, and analytical skills. Through arts education, students develop an imagination, solve problems, and feel a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and pride; all essential to changing their entire perception to learning. Art not only impacts individuals but entire communities. “An original work of art is not only visually appealing, it also communicates the personality, creativity, insight, technical mastery, attitudes, and at its best, the brilliance and genius of the artist who created it.”

Do you agree? People who appreciate art are likely to be inspired and uplifted by these qualities. Isn’t that the driving force behind thriving and growing communities?  Where we find art and creativity, we find people who are optimistic and proud of their community. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we believe that every form of art serves as a vehicle for a more enriched and rewarding life.

Allow art into your life and see what happens!

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2017 Best of the Springs Art Gallery

May 7, 2017 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Small Business | Comments (0)

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BESTOFwinnerIt’s an honor to learn so many people feel good about what Hunter-Wolff Gallery does day in and day out, year over year. We have left a mark on their lives in some small way. It’s not an easy task but together some 40 people have come together to create something special that people take notice of.  Hunter-Wolff Gallery is not about one owner.  It is about the many talented fine artists who create beautiful work that exceed a standard of expectation. I am pleased to be part of  these results.

Undeniably, it is exciting to be recognized as a top gallery in a competitive market. When the public votes for their favorite business, and there are so many options, being named as “Best of the Springs” is thrilling. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is not the biggest art gallery,  nor the most cutting-edge, but we work extra hard to be recognized  as one of “The Best of the Springs”.  As the owner of Hunter-Wolff Gallery I am also honored to be located next to many others who in their own right are also the best — many who have stood the test of time, many who have become good friends, who have had years of experience, some celebrating thirty and forty years helping grow an art district.

Throughout 2017 we will celebrate and cherish this award and promise to focus on what we do best: build relationships. For those who think a gallery is about selling art, it is more about creating relationships with artist and those who appreciate and value art. We hope all who voted for us as “Best of the Springs”, did so because we do an excellent job caring for our customers wile building long-standing relationships.

Thank you to all the Hunter-Wolff Gallery  fans who care about us as much as we care about them. A special thanks goes to an incredible Hunter-Wolff Gallery staff and a strong, professional team of fine artists. Thanks to our fans and for taking time to vote! We are only here because of you.

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Essential to the Human Spirit

February 12, 2017 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Personal Development,PTSD | Comments (0)

arthumanspiritBecause I own an art gallery, I am often asked if I am an artist. No, but I love art and value art creators. I have been passionate about art since I could hold a crayon in my hand.  By the time I entered high school, I was hooked and collecting was most satisfying to me. I started collecting glass and small paintings on trips outside the country. Then I took a closer look at local artists and changed my focus. Today, my passion for art takes me wherever I can find it, to writing about it, and to working closely with artists and those who want to learn.

I’ve written and read dozens of articles about why art is important in our lives and talked about how it impacts our lives. In spite of my passion, I believe more people misunderstand art than those who appreciate it.  Art has been important to mankind since the first cave man etched in stone and continues to be used for purposes beyond creativity, self-expression, and communication.

What I love most about art is that it brings people together.  I’ve never heard of art starting a war, committing a violent act against another person, transmitting a deadly disease or hating its viewer because of some prejudice. Art welcomes your stares and dialog. Art doesn’t care if you can speak the language of the artist; it does not discriminate. It isn’t concerned if you have limitations, acute senses or not, are educated, successful, rich or poor. People with opposite beliefs, from different cultures, having different abilities can all appreciate the same work of art or dismiss it. Art is here for everyone to engage in and enjoy, using one’s own aptitude and skill. Let’s not forget, today art is more affordable than ever before and can be purchased and enjoyed in our homes and the workplace. It is more easily acquired than any time in history.

There are so many reasons why Art is important and essential to the human spirit. It can serve as therapy and heal broken lives. Art affects us all in different ways and only you can determine its value. It can transport us to the past and launch us into the future. The connection we make with a piece of art is sometimes surprising and can be life-changing.

It is impossible to experience art without experiencing values of home and family, work and play, the individual and community, nature and the environment, war and peace, beauty and ugliness, pain and love. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery we bring you art that you can experience and value in your own special way. We look forward to hearing how art is important in your life and what plans you have to bring it into your life in 2017.

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Being the Best of the Best

January 28, 2017 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Small Business,Vote | Comments (0)

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Time is running out to vote Hunter-Wolff Gallery as the  Best of the Springs.  We love being in Colorado Springs for you. For a dozen years Hunter-Wolff Gallery has been the “people’s choice” and we understand what you want from a fine art gallery.  We set high standards, made customer care our priority, and worked extra hard to exceed art enthusiasts expectations. If you have been in to visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery in person or online and want to show your gratitude to the extraordinary artists and Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s staff, then take a minute and VOTE now.  The Gazette terms and conditions require:   Voting  in 10 categories to be counted and please enter Hunter-Wolff Gallery in two categories:  gallery and commercial gallery.

We plan to continue to bring you the best service and best value (as you expect) to make your art collecting experience everything you hope for whether we are voted #1 or not. You can count it.

But, we can’t win without Votes, and if you are reading this blog, you likely have a few minutes to go to the Gazette’s online page to V O T E.  Thank you — you are the reason we are here and we thank you for being our driving force.

Check out some of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s artists on Facebook or our up-to-date Website.

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Size Matters

January 26, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Custom Art,expressionistic impressionism,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,John Sherman,mixed medium,Old Colorado City,Paintings,textured,trees | Comments (0)

Some say “size doesn’t matter”.  I disagree.  When collecting art, you should first and foremost, select what you love. Select pieces that move you and stir a special feeling. But, when it comes to displaying that art, place your wall pieces on a wall that is the right size for the artwork.  Large pieces need room to breath and smaller pieces can stand alone on a small wall or above a piece a furniture that doesn’t overpower it.  If you have a large wall begging for art, find a large-scale piece that makes a statement and fits your budget.  Don’t try to fill large wall spaces with tiny art.  It will look ridiculous.

Winesome 38x38For example, regional artist John Sherman loves to paint big and large-scale paintings like his need bigger spaces. John uses  bold blocks of color that make a big splash which also beg for room to breath. John loves to paint on large canvas and we love hanging them for you to see. Fans of expressionistic/impressionistic art find his work intriguing and irresistible.  It is hard to put a label on the style of his work.  It is highly stylized, textured with heavy paint and almost feels abstract within the subject matter. Even his medium is hard to describe because he mixes and blends so many types of ingredients and is hardly a traditional style of work.

He says, “I feel as though the red paint is my medium and within the layers of paint on the subject matter (which is often red trees) you can see another art form that is abstract.”  Realism mixed with abstract?  Interesting how he is able to balance these two elements for his own style–a style not taught in school but one that comes from practice and passion, and is as unique as the painter. But, these are perfect works of art for the big space that so many newer homes feature.

At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we love styles that are outside the box, and we love big too. Let us know about your unique style and how you display various sizes you collect.

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In Memoriam Gary Vigen

January 2, 2017 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Fine Art,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings,stained glass | Comments (0)

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Today it is with great sadness that we say good-bye to one of the finest artists and men I had the pleasure of knowing. Gary Vigen will be sorely missed by all who knew him, his family, friends, his fellow artists and so many art enthusiasts who enjoyed his art for more than 50 years. Gary was a friend who followed his passion creating fine art and became one of Colorado’s  preeminent  stained glass artists.

gary_painting_mediumI had the pleasure of meeting Gary 11 years ago as I started up my art gallery in Colorado Springs. By then he had already been working in his complex medium for nearly 50 years and had been long admired by his fellow artists. Gary was one of the original, core artists represented at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and became a good friend and sounding board. This incredibly talented man also had the gift to reach children with learning disabilities and taught for more than 30 years. After retirement, he continued to follow his passion to work with glass and made time to teach adults the joy of working with stained glass.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery will continue to offer Gary Vigen’s work until its limited inventory is depleted. You can read more about Gary in Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s Insider News, November 2016 , our November featured artist and on our website.

Farewell Gary.  You will always be remembered for your friendship and incredible talent.

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Is Art Your Magic Pill?

January 1, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Development,expressionistic impressionism,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings | Comments (0)

It’s human nature to want more out of life. We strive to make life more meaningful and fulfilled. Hundreds of books and articles have been written about what to eat and drink for a healthier life and what exercises build stronger bodies for a longer life. Most hope to find the secret to having a more rewarding and happier life with less stress; magicpilland if there was a magic pill to achieve these things, we would all take it. But there is no magic pill but there is Art, which adds to a more enhanced and joyful life.

 

 

cavedrawingHow? First, consider that Art has a long history and is here to stay.  Since the first cave man etched in stone some 35,000 years ago, man has used the power of art for purposes beyond creativity, self-expression, and communication. Understanding that one aspect of art is that it does not discriminate against anyone. It allows young children who have a limited vocabulary to express themselves without words and doesn’t care about ones education, successes, religion, color, sexual preferences or how much money is in your bank account.

Art today is not just for the super-wealthy but is available to anyone who is interested and desires how ones life is more joyful with art in it. Art is the magic pill for many. It is here for anyone to engage in, using ones own abilities and for anyone to enjoy.  It can serve as therapy and can heal broken lives and broken hearts. Art affects us all in different ways and with a little curiosity and exploration one can determine its value.

Through art, we can learn the meaning of the joy of work too. Creating art is work, like any other profession and the idea of good work, personal fulfillment and recognition serves our society favorably. Work is one of the noblest expressions of the human spirit, and art is the visible evidence of work carried to the highest possible level. Art is the best way to learn the value of work and appreciate workmanship. It is impossible to experience art without experiencing values of home and family, work and play, the individual and community, nature and the environment, war and peace, beauty and ugliness, pain and love.  Hunter-Wolff Gallery brings you art that you can experience and value in your own special way.  We look forward to learning how Art affects your life and and if it is your magic pill.

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