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!
Boulder Canyon by David William Ridge
If you recently made a major purchase, you likely received an online or paper survey asking for feedback about your experience. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we do not send out formal surveys, but we do ask for feedback. I think it is important to fill out surveys and provide feedback when asked. It’s important to convey your satisfaction or maybe share ideas for improvement … so the next time your experience can be better.
As a result of ongoing customer feedback, Hunter-Wolff Gallery pays close attention to customer ideas and desires. Sometimes, customers give us great tips about emerging artists, framing preferences, and other interests. We learned over the last twelve months, that collectors are interested in small paintings—even miniatures. We also learned that although sales show impressionism is hot, more realism is appreciated over as any other style.
So what do we do with that information? We act on it. To satisfy these interests, we signed on two new Colorado artists, Pamela Poll and David William Ridge. Pamela is a prolific painter of small pastels and oils, affordable for the new collector or for someone who is looking for a beautiful gift without breaking the bank. We also found a wonderful wildlife and landscape artist, David William Ridge, who will make you feel like you can smell the evergreens, feel the spray of water on your face, or hear a rustling in the undergrowth. Both artists are accomplished, gifted painters and offer a range of sizes.
Mason Jar & Rose by Pamela Poll
Keep your comments coming. It is your input that determines what course Hunter-Wolff Gallery takes, and it is your needs and wants we strive to satisfy.
Have some feedback you want to share? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prairie Storm, 9 x 12, by Pamela Poll
My late husband always said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” — one of his favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was a wise man and so was my husband. He would urge our children and friends to enjoy life’s journey regardless of outcome when they experienced a disappointment or failure with this quote. Collecting art is a journey too. Sometimes we are afraid of what we don’t know and don’t trust our instincts. As a gallery owner, I have often seen the look in someone’s eyes, even tears, when a special painting triggers an emotion, but because of their lack of experience or understanding of a particular art form they walk away empty handed. They fail to experience the wonderful gift of art as part of their journey.
Like anything we do in life, it is important to trust our instincts when thinking about art. Including meaningful works of art in our life changes who we are. It adds a new dimension to the person we can be. It connects us to the world we live in similiar to other art forms such as a beautiful song, or memorable stage performance or award-winning literature. These experiences make us who we are, a more fullfilled being.
How often have you purchased tickets for a show and walked out disappointed? Started a book everyone raved about, and put it down out of boredom? You might even purchase a piece of art that you are less than enchanted with months down the road, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy art … or reading another book or going to another performance? We all make mistakes. Taking tiny steps, on your journey of life, allows you to grow and … smell the roses along the way. As you get more familiar with your own interests, tastes, and spend a little time exploring what types of art speak to you, you will find the perfect gem to make your life sweeter. Take a step toward the journey of collecting. It is fastinating and exciting.
In closing, I share another Emerson quote that happens to be one of my favorites: “It is not the length of life, but the depth.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
At The Seashore, 11x14, K.A.McMahon
You’ve heard it before, “Artists take us on a journey with their art…” and good art makes a connection for the viewer. I like to think of artists as more than skilled technicians. They don’t just create art, they create stories that need to be told. The image to the left is a great example of a painting that jolts a memory or maybe even makes you dream about the future. When you connect to a painting, the story is yours to tell. It could be on a beach along the Jersey shore or the Mexican Riviera or Pacific coast. You pick the location and players. By just glancing at this beautiful painting, a story unfolds that makes us smile, takes us back to a time when our children or grandchildren were small. Maybe it will take you to a time you remember as a small child. Don’t those memories come rushing back?
My own story takes place in 1988 at a lovely vacation home on Virginia Beach with life-long friends and their two daughters. We shared so many firsts together along that stretch of beach in the bright sun and warm surf. Every morning started with our children playing happily together in the sand, making sand castles and collecting bits of shells like little treasure hunters. We swam, sang, laughed, chased kites and ate big thick meaty sandwiches at lunch time from the local deli. The days seemed short, filled with so much activity, so many giggles and the memories will never be forgotten. There were many vacations at the shore where a painting like this will keep those memories fresh. Now adults, I’m sure our kids have their own special version to tell about their happy memories growing up together. This painting is the first page of a good story. Your own memories, your own imagination and your own experiences will complete the tale.
Kathryn McMahon, painted this darling image based on photos she had from her own childhood. These little ones are triplets born in Canada in the 1940s and her story is as personal and captivating as yours or mine. Take time to explore art and find pieces that help you tell your own story. What a great way to share a memory that you never want to forget.
What is your story?
How often is a gifted art student given the opportunity to compete for cash awards outside of school and show-off their talent in an art gallery? Hunter-Wolff Gallery is offering that opportunity this June. A juried art competition limited to student artists between the ages of 14 and 22 are invited to apply for this opportunity. There is no limitation on where a student lives. There is a limit to the number of students, however, who will be selected. Eligible students must apply by registering before April 30. Do it today and start planning now!
The intent of this program is to provide art students with real-world experience, competing in a fine art gallery venue. With the help of a professional artist mentor, students will benefit by learning the do’s and don’ts of submitting art work in a juried competition. All applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee of $5 with a complete Registration form to Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.
Cash awards for winners of Setting the Stage are generously provided by sponsors such as Colorado Springs Style Magazine, Rick Lien at Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Todd Crystal at Crystal Capital Advisors, Tony & Marcelline Cerato, Glaser Frames of Denver, and other anonymous supporters. More than $2,000 will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony to top winners on Friday, June 7 and the exhibit closes on June 15.
Tell your gifted friends who love the thrill of a competition and chance to win serious cash awards! Registration and requirements can be found on the Hunter-Wolff Gallery website. Contact Hunter-Wolff Gallery at 719-520-9494 or email@example.com with questions if something isn’t clear. We look forward to helping set the stage for gifted young students who are interested in a future in the art world.
Good luck to each creative applicant! We are as excited as you will be on June 7!
When you own a business, you are likely approached by job-seekers at some point in the day or week or month. If you are lucky, the job opportunities you offer are well defined and responsibilities are clear. Then there are the jobs like “curator” that isn’t always well-defined and the job seeker can’t clearly define what they are experienced at or the value of their skills.
People want to work. People needs jobs and people need purpose. When I ask ‘Job-Seeking Joe’ to describe to me what he thinks a curator does, the reply is often met with a blank stare or the comment, “I can hang pictures.” Well, I am here to tell you a curator does more than that and the following is just the beginning.
What is a gallery curator and his responsibility? The curator is the overseer of the gallery art collection and the key responsibilities at the top of the list are generally managing the acquisition of art, handling delivery/returns, developing short- and long-term exhibit plans, and displaying a collection in order to inform, educate and inspire the public as well as provide proper exposure for the artist. The specific needs of a curator can vary from gallery to gallery, resulting in an opportunity for the job seeker to develop his/her own responsibilities.
In smaller galleries, the curator may also handle public relations, marketing, fundraising, and events. Curators prepare and manage budgets, train and manage staff, and build relationships with both internal and external partners, clients, and stakeholders.
Sounds like the curator is a business owner? Sometimes the entrepreneurial owner is the curator. It is not unusual to find galleries managed single-handedly or with few staff or sales personnel. It’s a challenge that takes many talents, business skills and a level of expertise, and experience grows with time. I’ve been curating for seven years and few would want my job . . . and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Gallery Exhibits Change Monthly
Whether you are hungry or not, its hard to resist a sumptuous smorgasbord. Normally, you won’t find food at Hunter-Wolff Gallery but you will find a tempting smorgasbord of art to sample.
Can’t decide what to sample first? With dozens of award-winning artists’ artwork to indulge in, expect a full course meal of art ranging from giftware to heirloom collectibles. Can you imagine dozens of chefs whipping up your smorgasbord? Visitors always find something that appeals to their unique tastes. Soup to nuts, you can pick from a variety of two- and three-dimensional art confined to an area not much bigger than a volley ball court. In spite of limited space, the curator displays and interprets the gallery’s collections to help inform, educate and inspire every visitor.
Not familiar with kiln-formed glass? Raku? Drusy? Then you are in for a treat, because the staff is prepared to share as much detail as you want and have handouts to help you learn more about the pieces you find interesting.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery has a dozen painters, each with their own unique style and appeal. Before stepping away from the buffet of paintings, consider all the three-dimensional art made from wood, glass, bronze, clay and more. For extra sweet treats, the jewelry cases are filled with beautifully designed and fabricated silver pieces and necklaces, bracelets and earrings in colorful gemstones, pearls, etc., to satisfy today’s contemporary woman.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery has one extra bonus. No calories! And, when you can’t find what you want from this smorgasbord of delights, ask the staff to check its sources to find what you’re craving. Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s artists are happy to whip up a new recipe to satisfy your hunger for art. What are you craving?
Shallow Waters 30x40 Ken Shanika
This painting was inspired by one of Ken Shanika’s favorite Colorado hiking trails. Deep in Cheeseman Canyon the modern world seems forgotten. It’s peaceful, untouched by modern man, filled with a surprise around every corner. It takes a little over an hour to hike to this area. The scenery is beautiful as you follow a trail that runs about a hundred feet or so above South Platte River. The trail is on the steep side of the hill and consists of mostly ball-bearing sized gravel that can be challenging. In the spring time the crystal-clear water runs fast especially when Colorado has a good winter with lots of snow. In the late summer, it can be quite shallow and it becomes easier to see the riverbed made up of colorful smooth stones.
When Ken found this spot, the river was low and he painted it the way he always wants to remember it. With all his painting gear, he carefully worked his way out onto a gravel bar in the middle of the shallow river for the perfect spot to compose this painting for a perspective few get even when hiking.
Over hundreds of thousands of years the face of the canyon walls have broken off and fallen into the river. Huge rocks have been weathered into rounded, smooth boulders. Can you imagine the power and years it took to shape all that granite? Ken says he can still see it clearly in his mind’s eye when he closes his eyes. If you can’t take this journey to experience Cheeseman Canyon in person, you will feel its beauty when you stop in to see Ken’s Shallow Waters at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Do you have a painting of your favorite hiking trail?
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