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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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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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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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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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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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What Makes An Artist

September 19, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Clifford T. Bailey,Color,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings,stylized realism | Comments (0)

cliffordMeet one of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s fine artists Clifford Bailey who is a professional artist for nearly 45 years. He composes his landscape paintings from recollections and from a collection of photographs he has taken. He doesn’t copy the photographs, but instead uses them to supply information about a certain tree, a cloud formation, or an object reflected in water. His primary concern in creating a painting is the feeling or emotion it invokes, the light and the atmosphere.

He also paints small still lifes that are reminiscent of the Old Masters in their technique with contrasting dark and light tones and subject matter such as perfectly rendered fruits. These are often rendered with subtle reflections on a black tabletop and droplets of water. Each is a careful study not only of the objects painted, but also of the technique and art of applying oil paint to canvas.

Bailey has been painting since high school  and is, essentially, a self taught artist. He says, “It’s in your hand, your eye, the only way to learn to paint is to paint. What makes a painter an artist isn’t necessarily skill or talent, it’s something else. A lot of people have a considerable ability to draw or paint but aren’t interested in approaching their subject in a sensitive or thoughtful way. It’s far more important to me to learn to see what is essential and paint from the heart. If the viewer is also sensitive they will respond to the emotion you put into it.”  Visit www.hunterwolffgallery.com and take a moment to enjoy Clifford T. Bailey’s collection.  We are happy to ship his work to your home or office.

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It’s Time To Rotate Your Art

September 10, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Here comes Autumn and all the changes it brings along with it. This is the time of year you are likely changing your wardrobe and rotating what’s in your closets for warmer clothing.

Many art collectors have shared that this is the time of year they too change what is displayed on their walls. For many, when the seasons change,  fall housecleaning and rearranging seems natural, like moving the open-toed shoes to the back of the closet. If you store favorite art pieces because of limited wall space, isn’t it time to rotate your artwork? With holidays approaching, freshening up the house includes your walls with either new art or pieces from storage, or both.

There is no need to stop collecting because you have run out of wall space! Store some pieces for the winter months and bring in a few new “must have” works of art. Rotating artwork is fun and it allows you to upgrade with new favorites for a fresh new look. It is a great time to add a punch of color in the fall, as the days get shorter and gardens start to loose their blooms.

Experiment by adding something new to something old to create a new theme for the new season. Sometimes an old, nearly forgotten favorite feels new again especially when paired with something new. If what you loved decades ago seems to have lost a little appeal, just pass it on to someone else to enjoy, and replace it with something new you recently discovered.  It can be fun making changes to your wardrobe and art collection. We can certainly help with the artwork … and since we are all fashionistas at the gallery, we can offer opinions on that too!

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Spring Into Art

March 15, 2014 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Justin Clements oils,Oils,Paintings,Pottery | Comments (0)

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Tired of winter and sub-zero temps?  Us too!  In a few days we can officially think Spring!   At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, Spring means an acceleration of activity to freshen up the gallery  and add new inviting artwork. When you visit, you will enjoy new work  by David Ridge, Fred Lunger, Katherine McNeill, Justin Clements and more. Our display cases are bursting with delicate, eye-catching druzy necklaces along with spring colored stones in pea-pod green mixed with blue glass, and the bluest of blue Murano glass jewelry  with other springy colors by a variety of jewelry designers.  Hunter-Wolff Gallery now has an influx of beautiful pottery by Tony Heslop. The icing on the cake is Justin Clements new collection of still life beauties and landscapes.  He is also one of the featured artists in American Art Collector (March 2014).  The images selected for the article are of original oils available only at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.

For those who are collectors of art, seasoned or just getting started, don’t miss an opportunity to add Justin Clements oils to your collection.  He is  a young painter with an old soul and amazing gift.  His prices are inviting and we expect his work to be increasing in value over time.  While enjoying the great weather coming your way and the splendor of spring, take time to visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery and let us know what catches your eye.  We love to  hear how our spring collection gets your attention.

 

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Christmas is Almost Here and You Still Need Ideas!

December 12, 2013 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Clifford T. Bailey,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Jewelry by Tana,Justin Clements oils,Marlene Kort,Miniature oils,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Raku | Comments (0)

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christmas-treeEvery year Christmas seems to come faster than the year before and every year it seems to be harder to think of new ideas.  Are you struggling with balancing your budget and finding a gift that doesn’t look like it came from the local pharmacy?If socks and ties and drug store cologne aren’t working for you, good! Start thinking about unique gifts that show you care.  At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we help clients every day purchase affordable gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and 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 so 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. Hand-blown “paper weights” in tear-drop form by Donna Gordon, starting at $40
  3. Vases, Platters, and other functional pottery by Tony Heslop, starting under $20
  4. Jewelry by four different designers, starting under $30
  5. Decorative raku by Mark Wong, starting at $35
  6. Decorative/functional clayware and glass bowls, plates, and other tableware by Kerry Brooks, starting at $35
  7. Lamps and raku vessels in a variety of glazes by Tony Heslop, 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 Donna Gordon, starting at $140
  3. Oil and pastel paintings beautifully framed by multiple artists, starting at $145
  4. Whimsical flying Texas-Longs with Bunnies by Madalyn Kae, starting at $225
  5. Unique raku Glow Pots by Marc Jenesel, starting at $335
  6. Blown glass by Jennifer Nauck starting at $400
  7. Beautiful pendants and bracelets, starting at $95

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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