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Slow Down, Take Time to Smell the Roses

May 19, 2013 in American Made,Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Color,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Personal Development,Shop Small | Comments (0)

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

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Are You An ArtWalker Yet? Every First Friday?

May 2, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Clifford T. Bailey,Color,Colorado,Events,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Raku | Comments (0)

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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!

 

 

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Picking the Right Wall Color for Your Art

May 1, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Hunter-Wolff Gallery | Comments (0)

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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.

 

 

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Pyrite, A Rare Beauty

December 17, 2012 in American Made,Blue,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Rainbow Pyrite

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.
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Bigger is Better

October 3, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,mixed medium,Paintings,Red,trees | Comments (0)

Prophet, 60x48

After a three-month exhibit in Colorado Springs Airport, regional artist John Sherman’s remaining (unsold) paintings moved to Hunter-Wolff Gallery this week.  Large and larger-scale paintings in bold blocks of color adorn the walls for a big splash. John loves to paint on large canvas and we love hanging them for you to see. Fans of expressionistic/impressionistic art find John Sherman’s work intriguing, even irresistible.  It is hard to put one 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 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 typically 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.

We love styles that are outside the box, and we would love to hear about your unique style and the style you appreciate most.

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Inner Glow

September 20, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery | Comments (0)

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Marc Jenesel Raku

Have you ever experienced that inner glow? It comes from happiness and starts deep in the inner core.  Marc Jenesel creates his raku pottery with a special glow that starts at the inner core of his vessels to reflect a warm amber glow even in the dark.  It is impossible to miss.

Don’t be surprised if you become mesmerized by the inner glow, and become drawn to these unique pots even if they have never given thought to pottery as a form of art.  Many fans tell us that they have never purchased pottery or considered Raku until they see these special Glow Pots by Colorado potter Marc Jenesel.

There are several basic elements interior designers recommend to create a special look and feel in your home, and we think adding a Glow Pot will put your “look” over the top.

You might also consider a Glow Pot for a gift for someone special as a way to say, “You are my inner glow.”  Art can speak volumes when words are difficult and we know from experience that these special gems will get your message across.

Visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery and check our website for new arrivals.  You can always request a “hold” for something you see online until you can visit in person.

 

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Freedom in Simplicity

September 19, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Marlene Kort,Paintings | Comments (0)

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The value of simplicity is sometimes overlooked.  Too often we forget to take time to enjoy the simple things in everyday life, like a single delicate bloom or the vibrant color of juicy oranges sitting on the counter.

If you are yearning for freedom from the complexities in your life, don’t miss Marlene Kort’s pastel collection at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, which reminds viewers of the beauty in simplicity around us. Her paintings trigger cherished forgotten memories and show us how much beauty and purity surrounds us.  In a hectic world that seems to move faster than ever before and seems to be getting more complicated, Marlene Kort’s vibrant pastels are a welcomed escape.  She presents real day-to-day life occurrences and objects in terms that are easy to appreciate and understand. Her paintings give us the opportunity for a temporary leave of absence from our chaotic and stressful world.  Artists talk about creating an emotional connection through their art, but Marlene makes it happen and she communicates a positive energy in her paintings that can be appreciated every day (without adding more complexity to your life).

If you can’t take a much needed respite because life’s demands are relentless, consider adding peaceful paintings to your home so you can give yourself a mini-vacation when you glance at your walls as you rush through your busy day. You deserve it!

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Living Large, Large-Scale

August 30, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings,Red | Comments (0)

Grand Red Tree 55 x 70

Large-scale artwork isn’t for everybody.  But when a large room with ceilings that seem to extend to the sky, the biggest mistake you can make is to hang  undersized artwork.

John Sherman at Hunter-Wolff Gallery has been exhibiting work at this location in Colorado Springs for almost seven years and although collectors really love his red trees, they REALLY love his large-scale artwork.  The image to the left is an original called “Grand Red Trees” and it really is grand.  There is nothing like putting a bold, colorful painting with large blocks of color on a wall that needs big artwork.  Don’t make the mistake of hanging a bunch of little paintings in a grouping on a really big wall.  When  you need a 5, 6 or 7′ painting, go for it.  You will never regret it.
Too many gallery visitors tell us they made the mistake of  going with a smaller painting because it was less expensive and they thought they could save a few hundred dollars.   Price is always a consideration and everyone needs to watch their budget, but in the long run you will regret skimping on size because of a few dollars.  Look at the size of your walls and be realistic about what it needs.  Work with a decorator and tell them you want original artwork from regional artists to get the biggest bang for your buck if you don’t trust your own instincts.
Remember, one of your biggest investments in your life is your home.  Don’t devalue what you invested with prints and reproductions, or undersized artwork.  A big home is expensive and showcasing it will require an investment too.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery can help with your budget plan and find the most affordable, desirable art offered by regional artists in Colorado. Let us help with ideas and consider colorful, bold, unforgettable art like John Sherman’s red trees.
When you visit us in person and don’t see large-scale on the wall, ask about commissioning something special that fits your requirements and your personality.
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At the Top of the Glass

July 24, 2012 in American Glass Studio Movement,Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Color,Commissions | Comments (0)

 

 

Donna Gordon Blown Glass Collection

 

In recognition of the 2012 nationwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the American Glass Studio Movement, Hunter-Wolff Gallery is featuring beautiful blown glass by Colorado glassblower Donna Gordon in appreciation for her years of dedication and creativity and for being part of this movement, which continues to foster new interest in utilizing glass as an art form. The gallery is also taking this opportunity to introduce kilnformed glass by former Chicago-area Tom Donaldson.

Tom Donaldson’s exhibit of kilnformed glass gives collectors another option, primarily intended for display.  For more than 26 years, Donaldson has studied and developed a lesser conventional style. Donaldson rarely creates pieces in multiples unless it is a series of glass tiles or for lighting.  He strongly believes that the value of art is diminished somewhat with large production numbers and often looks to nature for new inspiration.  He credits nature for many of his award-winning pieces and explains, “Nature combines the precision and logic of math with the gentle variations of form and color. In almost everything in nature there is a repeating pattern, color and shape and that makes nature very desirable and useful in creating abstract and representational art.” Donaldson says he continues to push existing theory pertaining to kilnformed glass and collectors appreciate his results. Both exhibits will run concurrently July 15 to September 30, 2012 for visitors’ appreciation of contemporary art glass.

Tom Donaldson Kilnformed Art Glass

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Dazzling Me, Darling!

July 1, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,jewelry,Naweeya Designs | Comments (0)

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Only At Hunter-Wolff Gallery

If you love glamour and love jewelry, we have the perfect answer for you:  Naweeya Designs! Whether looking for something casual or something outstanding and stunning, Naweeya Designs are here.  Designer Naweeya Omer painstakingly spends hours sorting stones and finding the perfect color matches to create her unique pieces.  No two are alike.  She strings as many as 10 strands of beads and creates a garden of pearls and stones that are almost too beautiful to wear.

I like to describe Naweeya Designs as a symphony.  Naweeya starts with her supplies and materials, sorting and planning, making decisions on the type and size, or color of stones–faceted, polished, raw chunks of stones or pearls, abalone, silver, etc. Upon deciding on a theme, keeping in mind color, size, shape and other elements to bind a concept together for movement and purpose.  Should the design be formal, casual, or something in between?  It’s like making music.  All the elements need to come together in some type of order and make sense upon completion.

Her pieces dazzle the wearer and turn heads of admirers.  Naweeya Designs are always unique, no two alike, and difficult for other designers to copy because of her intricate detail.  We love Naweeya Designs and think you will too.  You don’t have to be a celebrty to feel like a celebrity–and you can find pieces that don’t break the bank. Her new summer collection is here and make perfect gifts for the woman who has everything and the woman who doesn’t mind buying herself a special reward.
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