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A New Life in Red

June 17, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Custom Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Red | Comments (0)

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Colorado Rope Baskets

Embellished with Deer Horn

Not long ago these baskets were just a pile of lifeless lariats tossed aside without a purpose. After thousands of hours working on a ranch, doing dozens of jobs all cowboys and ranchers know about, the lariat just loses its life and is tossed aside.  What does a rope do then?  Like many things, it is given a chance for  a new life.

A sculptor and cowboy named Gary Campbell took one look at those dirty old ropes that just seemed to pile up and decided he had to find a way to breath new life into them. Being an artist  and working cowboy, the lariat had practically lived in his hands for 40 years and he knew how to handle it for ranching purposes.  Now he was going to take on the challenge to handle it in another way — a way that made sense to an artist.

If weavers can make baskets from reeds and fiber, he could make baskets from a rancher’s working ropes. After making a few baskets, he began to picture more elaborate designs and  in a more colorful way and started dying the ropes (with some coaching from  his wife) in shades of red and rust and soft greens and grays.  He wanted to stay true to the southwest color families and keep the colors rich and inviting.  Gary’s been making his baskets for a number of  years, not as long as he trained horses but long enough to have a strong following. Today he handles those lariats with as much expertise as he did when training horses in the corral. We think you will agree when you see his baskets in person. His work is found in fine retail stores and art galleries like Hunter-Wolff Gallery in southern Colorado.  Some baskets have open tops, while other baskets are lidded or embellished with deer or elk horns and bone.

No two baskets are ever alike; they come in all shapes and sizes. Sizes run from small to larger scale and based on complexity can run up to over a $1,000, although the average mid-size basket is closer to $400. It’s time to lasso one of these beauties for yourself!

 

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Sizzling Summer Guest Artist

June 11, 2012 in Art,Artists,Color,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils | Comments (0)

Transformed by the Journey

About every three months, Hunter-Wolff Gallery brings a new guest artist on board for a brief guest appearance.  This month, Ashley Dull from Minnesota joins us with her carefully molded textured oil paintings. Her landscapes with their sun-setting sky pull you in for a closer look. Is it a painting or photograph, people ask. Then a careful look lets you see how see covers her canvas with what looks like little peaks of thick colored frosting. But step back a few feet and the texture disappears and these nature-inspired scenes appear almost photographic, as though you could step into the scene and walk right down the path.

This under-30 year old artist is making a big splash in her home state and now invited into a number of galleries in Colorado. She recently explained her desire to reach more people and hear them say, “I wanna touch that. I wanna be there.” Then she goes on to explain her own inspiration, “When I am hiking in the woods, touching everything, enjoying the peace that nature brings – I want to put that [feeling] in my paintings. I want to make people feel good.”  Her work has been on our walls for only a week and everyone who visits, steps right up to her exhibit and do the wow-thing.  If you want a painting that makes you “want to be there” for a peaceful experience, then stop by for a close-up look at the Ashley Dull exhibit.

You will find it uplifting. That’s the feeling Ashley is hoping you feel.

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Red, Red, Red Roofs

June 2, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

Red Roof Series by janelle Cox

Artist Janelle Cox is back!  Fans are showing bigger smiles because Janelle is in full swing with her much-loved red, red, red roof series at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  In 2008, Janelle offered a series of about a dozen oils featuring mediterranean red roof hilltop villages that seemed to fly out the gallery door.  Fans and friends of the gallery asked if she would ever offer another series in this style and we are happy to report, yes.  On Friday, June 1 she made a special appearance to unveil her Red Roof collection along with other “tasty” gems as well.

This opening was a huge success and many of her paintings sold before officially opening.  Don’t wait if you love this style work because we promise, they will not last long.

Stop in and join Janelle’s fan club. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is open 7 days a week all summer!

 

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Two-Way Communication

April 14, 2012 in Art,Art Glass,Artists,Color,Fine Art,Oils | Comments (0)

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Making Customers Happy

Sometimes it only takes a single image to spur a decision. That is exactly what often occurs at Hunter-Wolff Gallery when we publish our monthly newsletters filled with images, or send a image via email to a customer based on his/her interest.  It helps when we know what you like and when you communicate your interests.  Servicing customers based on their interests is a win-win-win.  You get what you like, artists are rewarded for their creativity, and the gallery continues to do what it does best . . . satisfy a special desire for original artwork.

For example, we have been working with Barbara for a number of years and placed numerous paintings and other beautiful artwork in her home. She recently shared that she wanted multiple pieces that could be grouped together but not necessarily by the same artist.  Barbara saw an image of the raku and fiber sculpture by Karen Pierce and Marc Jenesel on the day it arrived in the gallery.  The next day Barbara owned it.  We were fairly certain the piece would meet her request: she wanted unique multi-medium sculpture that highlighted colors she wanted to bring into her space. She was upfront from the start about her budget and what she wanted her space to look like. We then scoped out potential pieces, including a blown-glass platter and several floral paintings for her grouping.  She liked all our recommendations and made her decision.

Sometimes it takes an in-home trial of a piece to get the perfect artwork.  Selecting and investing in artwork takes some decision-making, but it is always helpful to us if we understand your needs, likes and budget.  We want you to have what you like, not what we like, and we want you to enjoy it for a lifetime.  Tell us what you want and we will get busy helping you.

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A Window to A Dream

February 26, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Color,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Marlene Kort,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Window Treatment, Marlene Kort

We can look inward and outward and examine various aspects of ourselves, but with art we can find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Music, dance and visual arts have that affect especially when we take time to open our ears, eyes and heart.

When I look at this 14 x 11 pastel by Marlene Kort, “Window Treatment” I imagine myself visiting a small village in Europe where people are friendly, the streets are narrow, and there is the pervasive scent of flowers and food—there is an abundance of well-cared for flowers overflowing window boxes and planters at the doorway to greet visitors.  It is easy to feel welcomed with that sort of greeting. I like being here.

Where does this painting take you?

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A Thing Of Beauty

February 20, 2012 in Art,Artists,Color,Custom Art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry | Comments (0)

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Velvet Obsidian in Silver by DKC Jewelry

Pendants in Silver or Copper

Silver or Copper Pendants by DKC Jewelry

John Keats said it best, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.”

I believe this is why woman understand a good piece of jewelry doesn’t just feel good now, but will last a lifetime, and it will increase in its loveliness through time.  And, if the piece is handed down to a daughter or granddaughter, the feeling of giving a good piece of jewelry to someone you love is just as important.  Remember, whether your piece is from Tiffany’s or made by a local artisan, you should love it and the piece should be the best quality you can afford. It is much better to have several good pieces that you can wear with nearly everything, than dozens of costume jewelry that will someday end up part of a kid’s Halloween costume.
Check out the exclusive line of wearable art by DKC Jewelry now at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  The intricate designs and wiring around the stones are delicate and tasteful.  Women, who love style, will enjoy the look of these pieces  whether in their jeans or evening gown, and how they make a lady feel special!
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Tweet, Tweet

February 17, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Hunter-Wolff Gallery | Comments (0)

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Jeanine Potter Designs

 

If a little bird did not tell you, then this is worth repeating.  Jeanine Potter Designs have now expanded their offerings to Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Since 2005 we have been offering wearable art by Colorado designers.  Examples of Naweeya Omer, Jewelry by Tana, Ronee DelBianco Designs and others can be found at www.hunterwolffagllery.com.  The best bet is to stop in and try on some of these gorgeous, one of a kind pieces.

We hand pick our selection.  Each piece is examined carefully for quality, style, versitality and wearability.  We think you will be glad we do.

Jeanine Potter Designs are big, bold and colorful, with unexpected color combinations for a “look at me, I’m gorgeous” statement.  Keep up with our newest additions and changes by joining the world of Tweeters.  You can find quick updates every day or as often as you have time for.

 

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Black & Berries Tableware

January 16, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Artists,Color,Hunter-Wolff Gallery | Comments (0)

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Serving Platter by Frank GrayLarge Bowl by Frank GrayCasseroleNot long ago, one of our gallery potters delivered a number of new tableware pieces including teapots, chip/dip platter, serving bowls, tumblers, platters, casserole dishes, etc.

Not only were they fresh from the kiln but they had a new wonderful glaze in deep, rich colors of dark red, blue, brown and black.  I have never been much of a pottery collector but these pieces just made my eyes dilate.  Fact: Whenever we see someone or something we like, the pupils of our eyes dilate and grow larger. It’s almost as if our eyes are trying to see as much of this desirable thing as possible.

This is an involuntary and uncontrollable physiological response.

 

I couldn’t resist the color and it made me want to touch the shiny smooth surface.  I could immediately see it on my table … and on every cook’s table …. what a wonderful color combination.

Frank Gray, The Potter, said he just developed the glaze formula and really didn’t have a name for it yet, when I blurted out, “Black & Berries”.  Yes, look at the raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and of course the blackberries!  The name was perfect.  The color is perfect.  Can’t you imagine servings of fresh asparagus, mashed garlic potatoes, pot roast, corn bread, cape cod crab cakes, golden fried calamari … you fill in the blank and fill your plate. Frank Gray’s pottery is far from gray and will look wonderful on any table. I bet everyone will want seconds.  Reminder:  Don’t forget to include color on your table. Add Donna Gordon’s Blown Glass Tumblers and you will have a winning table. I bet your eyes will dilate too.

 

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Vote Today

January 12, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Events,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Make Hunter-Wolff Gallery Your Favorite & the Best

Isn’t campaigning hard work?  It will take you only a minute or two to click here and go directly to the voting categories. You MUST vote in 5 categories along with Arts/Entertainment.  Vote Hunter-Wolff Gallery as your pick for Best Gallery.  Your help and our hard work should get the results we are after.

 

If you have more than one email address, you can vote multiple times and be sure to ask your friends to help too with their votes.

 

We will keep you updated with results.  Thanks for your Vote!  It means more than you know to all our gallery artists and the hardworking staff at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.

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Time To VOTE Best Gallery

January 9, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Events,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Who’s the Best? We have worked hard for more hours over the course of 6 years than I would like to have to count.  If you have been in to visit us and want to show your gratitude for what 30-some artists and Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s staff do for you each time you visit, then take a minute and VOTE now.

Whether we get the nod or not, we are going to continue to work as smart, if not smarter, to make your art collecting experience everything you hope for.

We can’t win without Votes, and if you are reading this blog, I am guessing you have a few minutes to go to the Gazette’s online page to Vote.  Thank you — you are the reason we are here and we thank you for being our driving force.

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