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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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Select Original Art for Gift-Giving

December 7, 2016 in Art,Art Glass,Custom Art,Fiber art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Miniature oils,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pendants,Pottery,Shop Small,ShopSmall,Small Business | Comments (0)

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christmasDoes Christmas seem to come faster with each passing year? Even though we have 365 days a year to think of great ideas for gifts, that too seems to become more difficult with each passing year. When supporting your small local stores is important to you, check in with Hunter-Wolff Gallery for gifts that matter and consider unique gifts that show you care.  At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we take time to help each and every client find the perfect, affordable gift whether it is  for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or the holidays.  We listen and understand that you are feeling a little stressed as we get closer to Christmas and you really don’t want to disappoint those who are important to you. Here are a few ideas on some items available at different price points:

Under $100 for Her or Him

  1. Hand-blown glass hearts by Donna Gordon, starting at $65
  2. Blingware for a more beautiful table by Carole Fenberg, starting at $40
  3. Vases, Platters, and other functional pottery by Tony Heslop, starting under $20
  4. Jewelry by multiple designers, starting under $50
  5. Decorative raku pottery by Tony Heslop, starting at $22
  6. Decorative/functional clayware and glass bowls, plates, and other tableware by Kerry Brooks, starting at $35

$100-$500 for Her or Him

  1. Wood turned vessels and bowls (he will love!), starting at $150
  2. Blown glass  plates, vases, and more by Dottie Boscamp, starting at $140
  3. Oil and pastel paintings beautifully framed by multiple artists, starting at $145
  4. Whimsical mini-bronze sculptures by Fred Lunger, starting at $110
  5. Unique slate and clay sculpted wall hangings by Vicki Grant, starting at $160
  6. Beautiful pendants and bracelets, starting at $110

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If you have a less restrictive budget, there are too many options to count and most can be found on our website.Just let us know your budget and we promise to keep you on track, save you time by gift wrapping, and keeping everyone’s blood pressure where it should be!   Check our website at www.hunterwolffgallery.com or call for immediate help: 719-520-9494. Happy Holidays!  Happy Shopping!

 

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If Walls Could Talk

December 2, 2016 in Art | Comments (0)

2016baileyexhibitWhy do most galleries and museums typically paint their walls white, beige or pale gray for their display walls? Most are keeping their display background neutral to attract attention  on the artwork. If the “wall talks too much”, gallery visitors might miss the artwork. A gallery may also benefit from its light colored walls which reflect more light to their display area while giving the space a fresh and open feel.  But, at home, you can be as creative as you like by adding extra pizzazz with rich, intense color on your walls. Some paintings and wall art actually look better with a colorful backdrop.

Painted walls also compensate for poor architectural details. If you have beautiful moldings, trim, niches or built-ins, your walls look great in most any color. Some architectural designs are better in whites and beiges but the use of bold color to distract the eye can create something special where the builder didn’t.

If your room gets lots of sun and sometimes feels “too warm”, cool it down by painting the walls with a cool color. Likewise, if your room feels too frosty, warm it up with a warm paint color. The way we perceive a room affects the way we feel, and you can balance the extremes with the right color and the right art work.

The image here is an example of a display area at Hunter-Wolff Gallery where it chose to use a texture wall paper in tan and brown to hide wall defects and showcase Clifford T. Bailey’s classic oil paintings.

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Head Turners

November 27, 2016 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Custom Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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dkc-720Doesn’t it feel great when heads turn when you walk into a room wearing your favorite outfit? Keep those “head turning” moments coming by adding some spectacular one-of-a-kind jewelry to your ensemble.   It’s challenging to find an outfit  that looks like it was made just for you and only you.

dkc-721 But, you can add one-of-a-kind DKC Jewelry Designs, made by Colorado Springs designer Diane Calkins, to your favorite holiday outfit for a big head-turner.  You will find unique pieces and always find Diane’s designs feel in style.  Check it out.  You can find Diane Calkins’ affordable sterling silver wearable art at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Come meet Diane at HWG’s annual Holiday Gala on Friday, December 2, 2016.

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