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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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Mini Art For Big Impact

October 15, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Miniature oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,textured | Comments (0)

Do you dismiss the idea of buying original because you assume you cannot “afford” original art? Today, art can be found for everyone and I assure you there is affordable art for you, if you take time to look. 

We also suggest you consider Miniatures. For collectors, small-scale can be so charming and easy to fit into almost any size home, apartment or studio. Miniatures also give you the opportunity to be creative by deciding how you will arrange on a wall or on a tabletop or both.  As you add to  your miniature collection, you can easily rearrange without dragging out the ladder.  Miniatures are easily found in the $100 range and can go up from there.

The White House and Smithsonian both have impressive collections. Why not you? Hunter-Wolff Gallery features miniatures and small-scale art by award-winning artists, some who specialize in miniatures following all the criteria necessary for juried shows and competitions. One can always find room for a 4×4 Patrice Walker painting, a textured clay design on slate by Vicki Grant, a small bronze sculpture like  Fred Lunger’s bunnies, or small fused glass painting by Gary Vigen. These award-winning artists are some of many who offer art-lovers with a small budget and limited space options to collect prized art.

Miniature painting involves tedious and delicate brushwork that captivates under close scrutiny.  A visit to Hunter-Wolff Gallery might surprise visitors the number of options, sizes and mediums for which small-scale art can be found.  Consider miniatures for your tabletop or display shelves.  They are also affordable and easier to rearrange as new artwork comes into your home and your collection continues to grow.

Remember this tip too, most collectors follow two rules:  (1) Buy the best with what you can afford; (2) Take advantage of Lay Away Plans when offered. If you collect miniatures, we’d like to know how you got started and how you display your collection.

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Sweet Bunny
Patrice Walker

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Fused Glass
Gary Vigen

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Lazy Bunny
Sculpture by Fred Lunger

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Slate & Clay
Vicki Grant

 

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Artists who Enrich Our Lives

September 29, 2016 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

As an art-enthusiast and collector, you likely know already how meaningful it is to meet the artist. If you have not met the artist who made your special piece, wouldn’t that be fun? For a collector of contemporary works, the ultimate personal connection to a work of art is meeting the artist. It can be thrilling to shake hands, tell the artist how much their work means to you and chat with these gifted individuals who enhance our lives. Having the opportunity to personally be invited into the artist’s world is an added bonus.

One collector admitted, “The value of “bragging rights” that come with owning works of an artist-friend or acquaintance cannot be overstated. No one alive today can say he dropped in on Vermeer or Leonardo, but I can speak endlessly about my relationships with the various artists whose works are in my collection.” He continued to explain that when it comes to choosing between two equally wonderful creations by different artists new to his collection, he almost always supports the artist he has met.

For the artist, it is equally rewarding to meet admirers and collectors. It is these reasons we host regularly scheduled events to bring artist and collector together. By making appearances at openings and participating in events where the artist’s work is exhibited, the artist has the opportunity to engage with his admirers. It’s a win-win and sometimes it even tilts the balance toward a collector’s buying decision over another work.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery is one of a many galleries in Old Colorado City who participates in First Friday ArtWalk between April and December.   Visitors and collectors are greeted by artists; some artists are demonstrating techniques, like Gary Vigen or other featured artists and jewelry designers. Mark your calendar for every first Friday of the month in Old Colorado City, Colorado, and take advantage of this great opportunity to discuss possible custom pieces one-on-one with the potential creator, too. Drop in and visit with your favorite artist. I bet that you will look at the artist’s artwork in a different light after you meet.

Can you put a name to the faces below? They are all represented at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and eager to meet you. Remember, support living artists, the dead ones don’t need the money and we want our artists to continue to produce.

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Ten Exciting Years

October 31, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

AnniversaryHappy 10th Anniversary Hunter-Wolff Gallery!  It sounds strange to hear these words, because when I started on this journey I thought being in the art business for few years would be fun.  There were so many unknowns at the time Hunter-Wolff Gallery opened its doors.  With only corporate business experience, I felt like I landed  in a “foreign country”.  It was hard to think beyond what was important on any given day or week but I wanted to do something challenging and fun for a few years.  Well, the fun kept coming and the challenges became less so.

Taking responsibility for my own business has been one of the most demanding, yet rewarding, endeavors in my life.  This was a challenge that would affect so many people, an entire community.  I knew from the start this is where I belonged.  Ten years later, I still enjoy what I do, even on the less than perfect days.

Because Hunter-Wolff Gallery has represented as many as 40 artists in a given year, we made a lot of friends.  Some artists come and some go; just like any other business. But I leave you with this reminder, do what you love, do it well, and the rewards will always be there for you.

Check out our monthly newsletters and learn about our featured artists and exhibits. Be sure to add to your calendar Friday, November 6 to meet dozens of fine artists and to help us celebrate this wonderful milestone.

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Getting Help Collecting

October 4, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

DSC07800Taking time to build an art collection that reflect your taste and fits your style is worth every effort. You have to explore and discover what you like about each piece you encounter.

The best place to start your search for fine art is at a reputable gallery. Galleries are specialists and have relationships with many artists working in many different styles. They know about trends and are eager to help.  When working with a gallery, you will gain knowledge about the art you are drawn to from the gallery personnel. Even if you are accustomed to shopping online, take time to visit a gallery and give them a chance to show you what they offer and learn what they know about their artists. If you have a good experience, you know you are working with the right experts.

When you start working with an art gallery and they don’t respond to your needs, let them know you are disappointed in their service and move on to another gallery.  Galleries don’t just sell art, they are there to share their expertise, to educate, to enlighten, to inspire, and to offer ideas and suggestions.  At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we believe our role is to offer our knowledge.  The more our customers know about art, techniques, styles and options, the more satisfying the relationship.

We always suggest that when buying art–especially if you are unsure, ask if you can take a piece home before you commit.  Take a day or two to live with your new piece and make sure it makes you feel good.  Sometimes you need to see it in your own space and test it in your own lighting. Natural light and artificial light will make your piece look different and checking the effects of day and night light are equally important.

Tip:  Be sure to write down measurements of your space or of pieces you want for the wall, shelves, tables, and niches.  Your favorite gallery will be better able to help you when you have specific sizes and details about your space.

At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, you can expect our staff to always be helpful.  If you need extra help, Hunter-Wolff Gallery can send an expert to your home to help with more complex projects.

Happy Art Hunting

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ColorIFIC

August 27, 2015 in Art,Colorado,Custom Art,expressionistic impressionism,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,John Sherman,mixed medium,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,textured,trees | Comments (0)

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Steppes by John Sherman

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Poolside Reds by John Sherman

Different styles of art draw us in for different reasons. Colorado artist John Sherman‘s highly textured mixed medium paintings draw viewers in for a closer look at the texture and vibrant color. Having represented John for a decade, Hunter-Wolff Gallery can assure you his many paintings sold through the gallery were based on his vibrant RED colors. Since John Sherman started created his “red tree” paintings, he always blends his bold colors with warm gold background. So Rich! Although John has experimented for a number of years with other beautiful combinations from the color wheel, his fans always come back and ask about his red trees. Now John is working non-stop to deliver what his fans want …. more red trees.  Stand by, there is something new with his latest collection and we are predicting an even bigger fan club after his newest collection is released over the course of this fall.

Here are several new pieces for your comment.  We love the explosion of color and expressionistic style and hope you do too.

 

 

John Sherman’s original art is available for purchase at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  Visit us for a closer look.

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Vicki Grant Wall Sculpture

June 1, 2015 in Art,Art Gallery,Art Studies,Artists,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,mixed medium,Old Colorado City,textured | Comments (0)

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VG016 VG018 VG019When we have great news about a new artist, it is simply impossible not to tell everyone we know.  It’s like finding out you are having a baby.  You just can’t keep it a secret.

This past January, I found Vicki Grant’s wonderful work in another gallery when I was vacationing in Florida.  Remember her name because you will be seeing and hearing a lot about her and her work. Although we would love to have you meet her soon, it will likely be the fall when she can travel to Colorado. Keep checking our posts and website for information about her visit.

Where does she get such creative ideas? First, her background includes having studied Architecture at the University of Maryland School of Architecture. With more than 25 years experience as an architect and artist, she naturally creates a visual experience that engages the viewer both intellectually and emotionally. When you see her work in person, you will understand what this means. She says,  she “always felt that the most amazing forms, structure, color and textures are found within nature and that exposure to these elements have been her inspiration and teacher”.

When she sits down to start a new work of art and her idea is in place, she transforms clay with her hands and tools to reflect the original conceptual thought. After firing the clay, oil pigments are hand applied, layer after layer, until the final patina of rich hues is achieved. She then embellishes her shapes with porcupine quills, fossils, stones, feathers, wood and shells. The results are always unique and truly engaging.

When you want something incredibly stimulating to add to your art collection, consider Vicki Grant’s colorful shapes on slate. Hunter-Wolff Gallery currently carries two sizes, 12×12 and 6×6.  They are filled with surprises and textures inviting your touch.

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Change Your Status Quo With Art

May 19, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Children,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Janelle Cox is Never Satisfied with The Status Quo and always brings new subject matter and fresh ideas to her canvas

 

How do you change status quo to get the most out of life? Do you look for new challenges? New adventures? Push the envelope a little?

In a recent conversation with a local Artist, he reminded me that he knows he isn’t improving or growing as an artist unless he brings new ideas to the forefront by challenging himself. He feels he isn’t doing his best work unless he sees improvement and the status quo never works for him. Ever.

In 1991, Ronald Regan said, “Status quo, you know, that is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.” If you don’t really like the “mess” you’re in, change it. Don’t settle for status quo.

I believe we all have the power to make change, to challenge ourselves, to improve our current state of affairs.  I like to believe that collecting art is part of that process.  It enriches our lives.  It makes us see the world with different eyes and feel a closer connection to world we live in.  Art transfers positive energy to our personal lives.

Case in point: After returning from being away for a period, I experienced with fresh eyes what visitors see when they walk through Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s door. It was reassuring to feel a much needed escape from the status quo and so much positive charge among our collections. I couldn’t have been more pleased to see new artwork that arrived while I as gone by Greg Custer, Janelle Cox, Fred Lunger and other dedicated artists.

It was a wonderful reminder that HWG continues to offer what is important and needed in our lives to stay uplifted and positive about the future. Stop in soon and see the new work now hanging by these fine artists–work that is always charged with energy, aesthetically appealing with a fresh contemporary flair and the perfect antidote for the status quo.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow ~ Albert Einstein

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Learn About Art At ArtWalk

April 2, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Clay and Fiber,Clifford T. Bailey,Colorado,Fine Art,Glow Pots,Justin Clements oils,Marlene Kort,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Raku,Willow Bend Studios | Comments (0)

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ArtWalkImage2015Old Colorado City (Colorado Springs) offers a monthly art event, every first Friday of the month, that welcomes all ages and is family friendly.  If you are looking for a way to stretch your legs and learn something new about art, get your walking shoes on and expect to spend at least 2 hours admiring, learning, and considering new art. With 15 venues along Colorado Avenue, from 23rd to 27th Streets, you will find something to peak your interests. Hundreds of artists exhibit work and there is no shortage of styles and techniques.

At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Avenue, ArtWalkers have the opportunity to meet many artists.  On April 3, David Newton, Justin Clements, Gina Grundemann, Gary Vigen, Marlene Kort, and many others will be available to answer questions.  Selling art is their livelihood and we can’t think of a better way to support artists than to come prepared to fall in love with original art and take it home to admire in your own home.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery will also have staff on hand to help guide you through the gallery if needed and point you in the direction for the next discovery along W. Colorado Avenue.

What do you think of these examples of art work being shown at Friday, April 3 ArtWalk?

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Meet A Fine Artist: ArtWalk

March 15, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Clifford T. Bailey,Custom Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Marlene Kort,mixed medium,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Raku | Comments (0)

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As an art-enthusiast and collector, have you had the pleasure of meeting the creator of the wonderful works selected for your home? Wouldn’t that be fun? For a collector of contemporary works, the ultimate personal connection to a work of art is meeting the artist. Personally, I have a long list of artists I wish I could meet, but unfortunately many are no longer living. However, for works by living artists, it can be thrilling to shake hands, tell the artist how wonderful he or she is, and chat with these gifted individuals who enhance our lives. Having the opportunity to personally be invited into the artist’s world is an added bonus.

One collector admitted, “The value of “bragging rights” that come with owning works of an artist-friend or acquaintance cannot be overstated. No one alive today can say he dropped in on Vermeer or Leonardo, but I can speak endlessly about my relationships with the various artists whose works are in my collection.” He continued to explain that when it comes to choosing between two equally wonderful creations by different artists new to his collection, he almost always supports the artist he has met.

For the artist, it is equally rewarding to meet admirers and collectors. It is these reasons we host regularly scheduled events to bring artist and collector together. By making appearances at openings and participating in events where the artist’s work is exhibited, the artist has the opportunity to engage with his admirers. It’s a win-win and sometimes it even tilts the balance toward a collector’s buying decision over another work.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery is one of a dozen galleries in Old Colorado City who participates in First Friday ArtWalk between April and December.   Visitors and collectors are greeted by artists; some artists are demonstrating techniques, like Gary Vigen or other featured artists and jewelry designers. Mark your calendar for every first Friday of the month in Old Colorado City, Colorado, and take advantage of this great opportunity to discuss possible custom pieces one-on-one with the potential creator, too. Drop in and visit with your favorite artist. I bet that you will look at the artist’s artwork in a different light after you meet.

Can you put a name to the faces below? They are all represented at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and eager to meet you.

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