Artists 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.
Buying 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
We 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!”
Recently, 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?
How many times have you returned to purchase a special piece of art days after you first saw it and it was gone? Not only are you disappointed, but the staff at Hunter-Wolff Gallery too is disappointed that you missed out. When you don’t want to use a credit card and you don’t have the cash on hand for your art purchase, consider using Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s layaway plan. It’s a great option and it doesn’t cost anything extra.
When you buy an item on credit, you take the merchandise home with you but then you are likely to pay a premium to your credit card holder while you make installment payments. When you use our layaway, however, you agree to a non-refundable deposit equal to a percentage of the purchase price and pay over time at no extra charge. How great is that?
Because we want you to own the art you love, we never add a handling fee or any up-charge to your layaway. We do remove the item from the sales floor and it remains in storage reserved for you until the final payment is made.
We get it that being in debt is a dumb idea. That is why we started offering layaway almost nine years ago and many collectors can attest to collecting using our layaway plan without upsetting their household budget. We are big fans of the Dave Ramsey philosophy “Cash is King; Debt is Dumb!” and understand why you may not want to charge a purchase.
By the way, there isn’t a small business that I know who doesn’t prefer cash. Cash sales save small businesses money and helps keep operating costs low. So when you get the chance, use cash and help your local small businesses thrive and grow without adding increases to your purchases. Did you really think all those credit card rewards came free?
Remember: the Hunter-Wolff Gallery layaway purchase plan is not limited to in-store purchases. We also offer layaway options for items that clients find on our website or Facebook. Our goal is to help you acquire the artwork that you love without causing financial stress. Layaway is easy; start with a down payment and make regular weekly or monthly payments and before you know it, you will own beautiful original artwork. Now lets start talking about the art you love!
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.
It’s that time of year again! The Colorado Springs Gazette just announced its 20th Annual Best of the Springs campaign.
Every person who votes in five or more categories will be entered to win a grand prize equal to a $500 value.
What’s great about voting early is that you will have time to get your friends to vote too before the deadline.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery wants your vote for Best Gallery!
Why vote Hunter-Wolff Gallery Colorado Springs Best Gallery? Because Hunter-Wolff Gallery meets important criteria and high standards. First, it is a Colorado Springs gallery within the city limits, established and focused on meeting its patron’s expectations for quality art since 2005. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is a gallery, not a museum, not a gift shop, and not a hybrid gallery. The artists and staff at Hunter-Wolff Gallery are seasoned professionals, knowledgeable and passionate about visual arts. No other single gallery since 2005 has been more influencial in bringing the arts alive in Colorado Springs through ArtWalk than Hunter-Wolff Gallery. No other gallery is on a mission like Hunter-Wolff Gallery to raise the level of awareness about art in its community. No other gallery is more dedicated to practicing its core values every day to insure its high standards and client satisfaction. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is proud of its successes and knows it isn’t possible to achieve its goals without the vote of its customers everyday — not just one time a year during special campaigns. Your vote goes along way to show Hunter-Wolff Gallery that you appreciate what they do throughout the year like thousands of other fans.
Tables Filled with Pottery Options
Pottery hounds will be thrilled to learn that Tony Heslop’s Second Sale is back! As a consumer, when you learn a retailer is offering a big sale using terms like “discount”, “reduced”, “seconds” or some other term to describe a special event to incite sales, do you immediately become suspicious? Some retailers are notorious for marking up 500%, then advertising a mark down of 30% making consumers believe they are getting a great deal. More often than not, those items are overpriced to begin with. Then there is always the possibility of sale items being flawed or defected in some way.This is not the case at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. In fact, this is a first time sales event for Hunter-Wolff Gallery. We got the idea from Tony Heslop, who wants to make room in his shop for new 2014 inventory! And, like you, we really like Tony and wanted to accommodate him (and other artists) to move his extra inventory–inventory that is beautiful but may be limited in items, discontinued glazes or styles.
Together we planned this special biennial Seconds Sale on Saturday, January 25 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 only a one day event, from 9 am to 6 pm, and we are expecting his many fans for a great turnout.
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 shake things up. We have several other artists including Marlene Kort, Patience Heyl, Clifford Bailey, and more who plan to add a few items as a bonus to our guests on Saturday, January 25.
So mark your calendar and bring your boxes, and because this is such a great deal, we hope you will help us too keep costs down by bringing cash or checks. We look forward to making this a fun day where everyone leaves with something they consider a prize.
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!
Reminders are everywhere about shopping small business. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is looking forward to November 30 too because we get a chance to show how Shopping Small feels better than Big. We take time to build relationships and help you. We don’t just deliver a great day of shopping on “Shop Small” day, but we deliver a great day because we practice everyday. If you check in with us regularly, you already know Small is good for you and for the community and for all the great artists at Hunter-Wolff Gallery who create fine art you want to take home. We are here to make your experience special, the day we all Shop Small and support small businesses around the country.
We are easy to find at 2510 W. Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs’ historic district, Old Colorado City. Spend the day shopping Old Colorado City and park in the Free Public Parking right behind our building. We are open from 11 am to 6 pm daily and until 5 pm on Sunday.
So stop by on November 30th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and do your part to help make this Small Business Saturday one of the biggest shopping days of the year for small businesses.