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Meet A Fine Artist: ArtWalk

March 15, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Clifford T. Bailey,Custom Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Marlene Kort,mixed medium,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Raku | Comments (0)

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As an art-enthusiast and collector, have you had the pleasure of meeting the creator of the wonderful works selected for your home? Wouldn’t that be fun? For a collector of contemporary works, the ultimate personal connection to a work of art is meeting the artist. Personally, I have a long list of artists I wish I could meet, but unfortunately many are no longer living. However, for works by living artists, it can be thrilling to shake hands, tell the artist how wonderful he or she is, and chat with these gifted individuals who enhance our lives. Having the opportunity to personally be invited into the artist’s world is an added bonus.

One collector admitted, “The value of “bragging rights” that come with owning works of an artist-friend or acquaintance cannot be overstated. No one alive today can say he dropped in on Vermeer or Leonardo, but I can speak endlessly about my relationships with the various artists whose works are in my collection.” He continued to explain that when it comes to choosing between two equally wonderful creations by different artists new to his collection, he almost always supports the artist he has met.

For the artist, it is equally rewarding to meet admirers and collectors. It is these reasons we host regularly scheduled events to bring artist and collector together. By making appearances at openings and participating in events where the artist’s work is exhibited, the artist has the opportunity to engage with his admirers. It’s a win-win and sometimes it even tilts the balance toward a collector’s buying decision over another work.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery is one of a dozen galleries in Old Colorado City who participates in First Friday ArtWalk between April and December.   Visitors and collectors are greeted by artists; some artists are demonstrating techniques, like Gary Vigen or other featured artists and jewelry designers. Mark your calendar for every first Friday of the month in Old Colorado City, Colorado, and take advantage of this great opportunity to discuss possible custom pieces one-on-one with the potential creator, too. Drop in and visit with your favorite artist. I bet that you will look at the artist’s artwork in a different light after you meet.

Can you put a name to the faces below? They are all represented at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and eager to meet you.

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Like Us

February 5, 2015 in Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Everyone wants to be LIKED!   It should be easy to figure out if someone likes you or not but sometimes we get mixed signals.  Sometimes we misread those signals and then there are some people who are really, really hard to read because they don’t give any signals.  Besides reading body language, behavior, etc., you can just ask.  If asking is awkward and it is still important to know, then you can simply join Facebook and ask people if they like you–even those you hardly know.

As a business, it is easier to figure out who likes you if you are on Facebook.  You just have to ask, “Like Us” and it only takes a second for the response to show up.  If you are reading Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s Blog, we assume you do like us and you might be inclined to go to our Facebook page and show us that we are likeable with a click of the mouse.  We’d like that!  If you have never clicked our Like Us icon, please do.

If something about our service or products isn’t perfect for you, we’d like to know that too.  Send us an email through our contact page on our website.

Go to Facebook and give us the thumbs up! If you want us to LIKE your Facebook page, let us know.

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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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Collecting Small for Big Impact

September 26, 2014 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Colorado,Miniature oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

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4×4 Rufous Hummingbird by Patrice Walker

Pika Pair Bronze by Fred Lunger

Pika Pair Bronze by Fred Lunger

7.25x7.25 Fused Glass on Glass Painitng by Gary Vigen

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Glass Painitng by Gary Vigen

Miniatures are a genre that is often overlooked. For collectors, small-scale can be so charming and easy to fit into almost any size home, apartment or studio.

The White House and Smithsonian both have impressive collections. Why not you? Hunter-Wolff Gallery features miniatures and small-scale art by award-winning artists, some who specialize in miniatures following all the criteria necessary for juried shows and competitions. One can always find room for a 4×4 Patrice Walker painting, or a pair of Pika bronzes by  Fred Lunger or small fused glass painting by Gary Vigen. These award-winning artists are some of many who offer art-lovers with limited space options to collect prized art.

Miniature painting involves tedious and delicate brushwork that captivates under close scrutiny.  A visit to Hunter-Wolff Gallery might surprise visitors the number of options, sizes and mediums for which small-scale art can be found.  Consider miniatures for your tabletop or display shelves.  They are also affordable and easier to rearrange as new artwork comes into your home and your collection continues to grow.

If you collect miniatures, we’d like to know how you got started and how you display your collection.

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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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Uninspired? It’s Only Temporary

August 2, 2014 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Paintings,Personal Development | Comments (0)

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWe all have moments, or maybe even years go by, when we  feel uninspired and wish we could find that magic  to do something creative or rewarding. Inspiration is about the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something special but it might be simply just to DO SOMETHING.

In the art world, we often talk about inspiration and where it comes from and how get it.  There are even workshops to help with “inspirational block” similar to writer’s block. If you talk to a dozen artists about where they get their inspiration from, each has a different answer. It is particularly important to artists to learn how to tap into that magic as it is critical to their livelihood.

Whether an artist or not, inspiration can be just as important in ones everyday life. Being inspired allows us to respond in a positive way from the right mental stimulation, feel something extraordinary, and do those things that bring joy and added excitement. Those who feel inspired tend to have a more rewarding life filled with unexpected pleasure.

For example, I learned a valuable lesson years ago when I met a man who was a master gardener and his property was surrounded with beautiful gardens, gorgeous plants and flowers artistically displayed. It was a masterpiece and inspired many in our neighborhood to plant and learn more about gardening.  But the biggest reward was how this man brought our little neighborhood together where friendships grew as much as the interest in gardening. Because of this one experience, gardening is a special time for me.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment and often becomes a gateway to new friendships.  The inspiration we collectively felt by this one individual was a turning point for our little neighborhood and I often think about how it applies to life in general.

The key to tapping into inspiration is to be aware of your surroundings, those around you and your own thoughts.  For artists, taking time to visit an art gallery might  be the impetus to finding the inspiration they need to create their next masterpiece. For the rest of us, inspirational block is typically temporary and the key to unlock ones creativity can be closer than you know. Walt Disney said it best, “If you can dream it, you can do it!”

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Are You An Art Junkie?

April 15, 2014 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Events,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings,Shop Small,Small Business | Comments (0)

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PoppiesRecently, I spent an evening with a few friends at an event enjoying the NBA (No Boys Allowed), a walking tour of local shops.  Because I tend to be a workaholic, I knew it would be fun to get away from work, visiting my neighborhood small shops and meeting some other business owners.

What I did not expect was that I would be buying art. I really do not need more art, but I admit I am an Art Junkie.  Isn’t that an odd confession for an art dealer who has their own shop full of hundreds of art objects?  Plus, there is scarcely a spot for more paintings in my home. What’s an art junkie to do?

At my gallery, Hunter-Wolff Gallery, I represent 37 fine artists and there is always something coming in the door taunting me, calling my name.  But, like working in a chocolate factory where workers become immune to the smell of chocolate, I too can resist buying my gallery art every time I fall in love with a new arrival.  And, the truth is, I fall in love all the time.

What does this have to do with last evening?  It just goes to show that no matter how disciplined you are about spending and collecting, sometimes it just feels good to give in to ones cravings.  I’m glad I did.  Now when I walk by these paintings on my wall,  I see not only three delightful little oils but have a special memory of my friends and the nicest business owners in my neighborhood town. It was a great evening and I’ll cherish that night just as much as I cherish my new art.

It’s okay to be an art junkie!  If it makes you smile and helps you connect with humanity, go for it!

When was the last time you purchased a must-have painting, when you least expected it? How did it make you feel?

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