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Like Being In Love

February 14, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Small Business | Comments (0)

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Come and Let Us Tell You Why We Are Passionate at Hunter-Wolff Gallery

What does it feel like to go to a job that you love every day? It feels like being in love. If you have been in love, you know that you want to be with that person as much as possible and that is how it feels when you are passionate about your job.  For the past 10 years,  I have never felt like the hard work it takes to create a successful business is hard work! Of course, it can be challenging but the joy and laughter one experiences by working at something they love, outweighs the challenges. For me, it feels like coming home when I arrive each morning.  Nearly every day I meet people who appreciate the talents of fine artists and share their passion for art whether they are buying their very first piece or their 100th piece. It is so exciting to be part of this process.

Like being in love, there are always surprises too.  I visited friends on a recent trip and although I knew they collected art, I had no idea how extensively.  It was exciting to see all their treasures. We had so many conversations about their collection over the course of my visit.  They clearly enjoyed telling the many, many stories about how they found each piece. On my last day, I noticed a wood-turned piece on a shelf and  was stunned to learn that it was created by an artist I represent at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  The piece was signed and dated 1987 when Colorado artist Jerry Wedekind was just getting his start in the business.

If your career or business doesn’t give you joy like being in love, keep searching. Although I feel like I have the best job in the world, there is one downfall, however.  I want to bring all the beautiful artwork home with me. Everyday I am surrounded by beautiful art–-paintings, pottery, sculpture, blown glass and most importantly, wonderful, interesting people.

If your job doesn’t put a smile on your face every day, then explore fine art and you might find your world changing.

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Lessons Learned+

January 18, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Teaching | Comments (0)

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Roses in TerraCotta 10x8 by Justin Clements

Roses in Terracotta 10×8 by Justin Clements

 

A wise man told me nearly 40 years ago, “Always buy quality. Quality products last long after the price is forgotten.”  It doesn’t matter what you purchase, there is no substitute for top-grade quality and that goes for artwork too. Quality artwork is made with quality materials and showcased in quality frames and platforms.

Furthermore, what you do with your fine art makes a difference too.  Making your home inviting and comfortable by adding beautiful, original art isn’t the whole story. Displaying art correctly is as important as selecting the right art. It’s often a daunting job finding the right art and resources you can trust.  That’s why Hunter-Wolff Gallery offers helpful services to help complete the job of displaying your art for the most impact. When working on a bigger project that involves assembling an entire room, bring your color swatches, wall and key furniture measurements and your personal style.

To make your home inviting and beautiful means hand-picking and displaying timeless (quality) pieces correctly so they can be fully appreciated.  For example, hanging paintings too high or too low disrupts the room balance.  Worse is hanging “bargain” filler pictures/prints because you “need something decorative to fill up space”.

Lack of originality and quality sends a reminder every day.  You will enjoy your home more and your art when it reflects your style and echoes a sense of originality and harmony. Ask for guidance and acquire quality original art over time. Sharon at Hunter-Wolff Gallery will help you present your quality art properly and ensure artwork is hung correctly. Just ask!

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Fun for Everyone! Pottery for a Day!

January 13, 2015 in Art,Art Gallery,Clifford T. Bailey,Colorado,Marlene Kort,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery | Comments (0)

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The word is out! Pottery hounds are thrilled to learn that the date for Tony Heslop’s Seconds Sale is almost here!  Colorado Springs potter Tony Heslop is making room in his shop for new 2015 inventory!  And, like you, we really like Tony’s work and are excited to host another “Day of Pottery” to move his extra inventory so the new inventory has room. The sale includes inventory that is beautiful but may be limited in numbers or discontinued glazes or styles.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery planned this special  Seconds Sale on Saturday, January 24 opening two hours earlier than normal.  If you like a great deal and beautiful pottery, we suggest you come as early as you can because this event is a one day event, from 9 am to 6 pm, and we are expecting his many fans for a great turnout. If it is anything like last year, early shopping is a must.

Why would we do this when it goes against our core principles?  Quality is always important to us, and this event does not go against our core values. Hunter-Wolff Gallery would not allow items that are defective or broken in some way. And, because it is a New Year,  we wanted to something special out of the ordinary.

So mark your calendar and bring boxes for your purchases. Because this is such a great deal,  help us keep costs down by bringing cash or checks. You can expect to have tons of fun, where everyone leaves with something they consider a pottery prize. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 24 from 9 am to 6 pm.

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Make It Well; Make It Affordable

January 4, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Pottery,Raku | Comments (0)

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If you have visited Colorado Springs and its historic district, Old Colorado City, there is a good chance you know the name of local potter Tony Heslop.  Tony is the preeminent potter known by thousands of collectors of his clayware.

For almost 40 years he sold his work year-round in Colorado Springs. You can find Tony Heslop’s pottery year-round at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Avenue.

We love working with Tony because of his philosophy and work ethics. He wants anyone who appreciates pottery to be able to purchase his work because it is affordable.  Affordability is as important to him as the right design and glaze color.  This has been his mantra for decades.  “Make it well; make it affordable.” And, we add, “Buy Made In America!”

If you are looking for durability and functionality when preparing and serving food, think about hand-crafted pottery for these tasks. His vases and one-of-a-kind vessels can enhance a room, table top or shelf. His functional clayware pleases anyone with cooking skills, and his decorative Raku designs are unique and stunning for a mantel or on the floor.  You decide.

Come explore Tony Heslop’s pottery and check Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s website but be sure to call to see if something slipped in the door before it was posted on his webpage.  We receive new work from Tony every week and it finds its way to kitchens and homes across America quickly.

We ship Tony Heslop pottery everywhere in the US.  If you find something for a gift, call 719-520-9494 to get your order shipped in time for special event.

TIP:  Tony  Heslop Seconds Sales happens once a year.  Mark Your Calendar for January 24, 2015 and get on our mailing list.

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From Colorado’s Back Country to Your Front Door

December 30, 2014 in American Made,Art,Colorado,Old Colorado City,trees | Comments (0)

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Two-Tiered Juniper Table by Jerry Wedekind

Two-Tiered Juniper Table by Jerry Wedekind

This time of the year, are you planted in front of your TV or snuggled up with a good book in front the fire? Sounds comfortable, doesn’t it? Unlike those of us who prefer the comforts of home when the temperatures dip below freezing, Jerry Wedekind is one of those rare beings who would prefer the outdoors over the indoors anytime of the year.

He is a real outdoorsman with a special gift.  He loves the wilderness and scours Colorado back country for his greatest love – “the finest aged wood” to create breathtaking hollow turned burl vessels and artistically twisted juniper for tables and benches.  Real sculptural pieces of art!

It only takes about 15 seconds of listening to Jerry to learn how serious he is about his craft. Not many artists go to the extremes Jerry does to produce handcrafted art made from aspen, juniper and other beautiful Colorado wood. He often takes flight in a small aircraft, searching like an eagle in the sky, to locate rare and unusual burls—which from the sky look like a black target against the white aspen bark and snow covered ground. Using his GPS, he records the location of each potential piece to collect after the snow melts.

Aspen Burl Vessel by Jerry Wedekind

Aspen Burl Vessel by Jerry Wedekind

When he’s not turning objects in his shop, Jerry is hiking or mountain biking to collect potential wood he can’t visually identify from the sky. He says, “When I’m on a trail, I have one eye on the trail and the other fixed upon the surrounding landscape in a constant quest for the raw materials I need for my turnings and tables.”  Maybe it only takes one good eye for Jerry, but I think he just has a sixth sense about these things since he has been doing it for years.  Stop in and see (with both your eyes) these beautiful burl vessels and juniper tables.

You are a click away from more work by Jerry. More details about Jerry in a previously published article, February 2013, titled “Hardship Builds Character”.

 

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Party With A Flare

October 19, 2014 in Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Events,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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WineRoses2_tn IMG_0661_tnTable_tnLooking for a party space that is beautiful and not going to cost you an arm and a leg? Your business or corporation can reserve Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s space for an intimate evening in a beautiful setting.  If you have a group of friends or want to do something extraordinary for that special someone, Hunter-Wolff Gallery has the perfect setting for an evening.  We can make recommendations for local caterers and entertainment. Surrounded by fine artwork, you will get your message across that says, “I appreciate you (or your business) and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.” Hunter-Wolff Gallery can get as creative as you like to help make your evening memorable and meaningful. We have lots of suggestions for dining, wine, flowers, and entertainers like Randy Rodriquez. We can even have an artist on site to do a live demonstration or create a portrait of your honoree.  Call 719-520-9494 and let us help you started planning a special evening.

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Tips for Hanging Wall Art

September 6, 2014 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

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BaileyWall_tnDoes the simple task of hanging artwork seem like a daunting project and you wish someone would do it for you? You have your ladder and a dozen tools, measuring tape and marker but can’t seem to decide if it should go higher or lower? If you follow a few key steps, you will be admiring your new work from the sofa in no time. First, tell Hubby to leave the room unless he promises to be helpful.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s designer friends tell us they work to develop a relationship between the wall and the art. In other words, think about the way the art is hung in relationship to the architectural design of the wall and room. For DIYs, we suggest a simple method by determining the spacing for hanging a group of art.

Begin with measuring the available space on the wall. Account for any furniture against the wall and mark with painter’s tape between 5 ½ to 5¾ feet (universal eye-level height) from the floor.

Next, arrange an odd number of paintings together. For a mixed collection of art; i.e., a group of pastels, photos or children’s drawings, one might experiment by hanging them in a lyrical way, up and down like musical notes, keeping the mean level at 5 1/2 feet. To achieve balance with a group of pieces that are different in size and scale, some experts suggest visualizing an imaginary axis vertically and horizontally on the wall. Then place the pieces to achieve an equal weight and balance in each of the four quadrants.

Finish by lining up the centers of all the pictures for display and create an arrangement on the floor or flat surface, starting from the center of the grouping and working outward.

For a single piece of art, think of the wall in terms of quarters, thirds, halves, etc., in determining the placement of the piece on the wall. Accurately measure the proportions , both horizontally and vertically. In a room with a 9-foot ceiling, for example, we advise that the chair rail should be at 3 feet (one-third), leaving 6 feet above for the painting. With the center of the work at the 6-foot mark, it would be proportionately in the center of the top of the space. When in doubt, ask Hunter-Wolff Gallery for advice or if you are located in the Colorado Springs area, ask if we can come to your home to hang your artwork for a small fee!

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Your Pathway to Learning

August 29, 2014 in American Made,Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Justin Clements oils,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Personal Development | Comments (0)

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OnionsAGlass Bottle12x161Artists are inspired by all sorts of things that can lead them down a new path causing a change or improvement in their style. One of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s up and coming artists Justin Clements, recently delivered a  dozen or so new paintings that grabbed my attention.  I noticed he was doing something new with bits of color that looked like confetti over his painting.  This new addition to his work has an interesting effect and I  specifically asked  about the little pieces of color. At first, he smiled and was pleased I noticed but  didn’t have a ready answer.

After leaving to return to his studio, he  started  thinking about my probing question and realized something that had not occurred to him before. The last six months or so Justin had been studying the French impressionist movement and, specifically, the timeless works of Claude Monet. Monet’s work truly moved him and had a profound affect on Justin. Although several days had gone by, Justin contacted me to let me know he believed studying Monet’s style  influenced him to look at problems of light and color in a new way. Justin thanked me for noticing the tiny change that made such a big difference in his work and mentioning the detail that lead to this fun realization.

You never know where, when or how your questions might trigger deeper thought.  This is what art does.  Original art makes us think and stimulate conversation.  Take time today to look deeply at a piece of original art and see if you can come up with several questions for the artist or owner of the art.  You never know what path your question will take you. Learning about art is fun. See more new original paintings today at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.

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Buying Art? Use Good Judgement

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moneyBuying art, like buying any major purchase, is not without its risks. How do you know the price paid is actually a true reflection of its worth? The better way to assess value is to consider how the art you are considering makes you feel on a deeper emotional or intellectual level. When a piece jogs a memory or evokes something pleasant, it becomes meaningful and the value can be measured by how it makes you feel. Aside from affordability, your choice should consider whether it will be a pleasure for you day in and day out.  If these considerations are made, you are likely to make the right choice regardless of the artist’s fame or price tag.

If purchasing outside a reputable gallery, there is a possibility that the artwork is not authentic or it could even be a stolen piece. Purchasing a stolen piece could turn a joyous occasion into the loss of a lot of money and the piece being reclaimed by authorities. There is an Art Loss Register service based in Amsterdam, Cologne, New York and Paris, where pieces can be checked. More than 200,000 works of stolen art reside in the ALR database.  This registry not only stores famous pieces but includes works of less celebrity. Of course, searching the database cannot guarantee that a piece is not stolen. Working through a reputable gallery or art broker could save a lot of headaches.  Reputable galleries, auction houses and brokers know the history of pieces before offering them for sale.  Always be sure to check with your local galleries and take some time to build a relationship with its owner and staff.  Like any other service provider for your home, it is beneficial to know who you are doing business with and to work with local small businesses. More information about buying art and regional artists can be learned from Hunter-Wolff Gallery at www.hunterwolffgallery.com or by calling 719-520-9494

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Lead the Way to LayAway

March 17, 2014 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Clifford T. Bailey,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Shop Small,Small Business | Comments (0)

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Piggy-Bank1How many times have you returned to purchase a special piece of art days after you first saw it and it was gone? Not only are you disappointed, but the staff at Hunter-Wolff Gallery too is disappointed that you missed out. When you don’t want to use a credit card and you don’t have the cash on hand for your art purchase, consider using Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s layaway plan. It’s a great option and it doesn’t cost anything extra.

When you buy an item on credit, you take the merchandise home with you but then you are likely to pay a premium to your credit card holder while you make installment payments. When you use our  layaway, however, you agree to a non-refundable deposit equal to a percentage of the purchase price and pay over time at no extra charge. How great is that?

Because we want you to own the art you love, we never add a handling fee or any up-charge to your layaway. We do remove the item from the sales floor and it remains in storage reserved for you until the final payment is made.

We get it that being in debt  is a dumb idea.  That is why we started offering layaway almost nine years ago and many collectors can attest to collecting using our layaway plan without upsetting their household budget. We are big fans of the Dave Ramsey philosophy “Cash is King; Debt is Dumb!” and understand why you may not want to charge a purchase.

By the way, there isn’t a small business that I know who doesn’t prefer cash.  Cash sales save small businesses money and helps keep operating costs low.   So when you get the chance, use cash and help your local small businesses thrive and grow without adding increases to your purchases. Did you really think all those credit card rewards came free?

Remember: the Hunter-Wolff Gallery  layaway purchase plan is not limited to in-store purchases. We also offer layaway options for items that clients find on our website or Facebook. Our goal is to help you acquire the artwork that you love without causing financial stress.  Layaway is easy; start with a down payment and make regular weekly or monthly payments and before you know it, you will own beautiful original artwork.  Now lets start talking about the art you love!

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