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; and 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.
How? 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.
Doesn’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.
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.
Meet 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.
By The Garden Shed by Janelle Cox
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!
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.
Every 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
- Hand-blown glass hearts by Donna Gordon, starting at $65
- Hand-blown “paper weights” in tear-drop form by Donna Gordon, starting at $40
- Vases, Platters, and other functional pottery by Tony Heslop, starting under $20
- Jewelry by four different designers, starting under $30
- Decorative raku by Mark Wong, starting at $35
- Decorative/functional clayware and glass bowls, plates, and other tableware by Kerry Brooks, starting at $35
- Lamps and raku vessels in a variety of glazes by Tony Heslop, starting at $35
$100-$500 for Her or Him
- Wood turned vessels and bowls (he will love!), starting at $150
- Blown glass plates, vases, and more by Donna Gordon, starting at $140
- Oil and pastel paintings beautifully framed by multiple artists, starting at $145
- Whimsical flying Texas-Longs with Bunnies by Madalyn Kae, starting at $225
- Unique raku Glow Pots by Marc Jenesel, starting at $335
- Blown glass by Jennifer Nauck starting at $400
- 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!
Beautiful Oils by Justin Clements under $375
Have you ever thought about who you would like to meet from the past, if it was possible? My list is long and includes many artists like Michelangelo, Marc Chagall, Leonardo Di Vinci, Claude Monet, Andy Warhol, etc., but one American author, poet, and philosopher, would have to be Henry David Thoreau. I love the brilliance of this man and that he said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” This truth resonates with me every time I walk into Hunter-Wolff Gallery.
Having spent a fair amount of time selecting and sharing beautiful art work at Hunter-Wolff Gallery in Colorado Springs, there isn’t a more appropriate quote to stimulate a conversation. This often leads to digging a little deeper and learning what triggers a connection between the viewer and the art. Be sure to take time (more than a glance please!) to experience a painting or some other form of art to find a connection with what you are looking at. When we “take time to smell the roses” we have a more rewarding experience and it is just as important to “take time to feel the art”. Life is short and making time to enjoy the gifts of fine artists is a fulfilling experience.
The next time you visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery
or any other art venue, slow down, turn off your cell phone (or better yet, leave it at home), and appreciate the talent that is before you. Be sure to ask questions about the artist and his work and learn something new for a more fulfilled life!
“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.” Mark Twain
Aspen Grove by David William Ridge
Old 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 13 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 May 3, Clifford Bailey, David William Ridge, Pamela Poll, Marlene Kort, and many others will be available to answer questions and explain what they do to create interest …. and sales! Selling art is their livelihood and I 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 place in your own home.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery will also have several staff members 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, May 3 ArtWalk?
Boulder Canyon by David William Ridge
Raku with textured glaze and copper leaf by Marc Jenesel
Open & Shutter Case by Penny Stewart
Glass and Roses by Justin Clements
Be sure to send us comments or ask your questions about ArtWalk by emailing us at staff@HunterWolffGallery.com. We look forward to seeing you at ArtWalk!
What color would you paint your wall, if hanging this painting in a "frosty" room?
It isn’t unusual for art galleries to choose white, beige or pale gray backgrounds for their display walls to keep the focus on the artwork. But, at home, if your art and furnishings aren’t as fine as a gallery, do just the opposite and use rich, intense color on your walls. If you make color your focal point and first impression, those tatty pieces you can’t wait to replace will become less noticeable.
Colored 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.
When you are ready to replace your “less-than-fine” artwork, visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery in person and bring the color chips you used to paint your walls so we can help you find “more-than-fine” artwork.
For more paintings by fine artists, like Pamela Poll, visit www.hunterwolffgallery.com.
Jewelry by Tana, Pyrite Pendant
Pyrite is said to resemble gold with its yellow-amber color
. As a matter of fact, gold found throughout the world often include small inclusions of Pyrite. Did you know that gold is found in most pyrite deposits around the world? Like gold, Pyrite is traditionally the symbol for money and good luck and we hope it brings both to those who purchase our pyrite pendants.
Where is it found?
Although it is mined throughout the world, in the US, Pyrite is mined in Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri and Pennsylvania to name a few. It is also mined in Peru, Russia, Spain, Germany, and South Africa. Rainbow pyrite drusy, like in the pendant made by our Colorado designers “Jewelry by Tana
” are stunning and make beautiful heirloom pieces. One place rainbow or iridescent pyrite is found is in the river banks of Russia’s biggest river, Volga.
Some believe that pyrite offers many benefits to the wearer as it offers a mysterious energy shield, blocking out negativity from various sources. It is said to:
- Overcome inertia and feelings of inadequacy
- Energize the area where pyrite is placed
- Overcome lethargy and fatigue
- Increase the oxygen levels in the blood stream and improves the circulatory system.
- Benefit the lungs alleviating bronchitis and asthma.
Whether you believe in these metaphysical qualities or not, it is a beautiful stone. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we know you will feel beautiful when wearing rainbow pyrite drusy pendants made by Jewelry by Tana