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Mini Art For Big Impact

October 15, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Miniature oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,textured | Comments (0)

Do you dismiss the idea of buying original because you assume you cannot “afford” original art? Today, art can be found for everyone and I assure you there is affordable art for you, if you take time to look. 

We also suggest you consider Miniatures. For collectors, small-scale can be so charming and easy to fit into almost any size home, apartment or studio. Miniatures also give you the opportunity to be creative by deciding how you will arrange on a wall or on a tabletop or both.  As you add to  your miniature collection, you can easily rearrange without dragging out the ladder.  Miniatures are easily found in the $100 range and can go up from there.

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, a textured clay design on slate by Vicki Grant, a small bronze sculpture like  Fred Lunger’s bunnies, or small fused glass painting by Gary Vigen. These award-winning artists are some of many who offer art-lovers with a small budget and 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.

Remember this tip too, most collectors follow two rules:  (1) Buy the best with what you can afford; (2) Take advantage of Lay Away Plans when offered. If you collect miniatures, we’d like to know how you got started and how you display your collection.

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Sweet Bunny
Patrice Walker

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Fused Glass
Gary Vigen

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Lazy Bunny
Sculpture by Fred Lunger

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Slate & Clay
Vicki Grant

 

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Artists who Enrich Our Lives

September 29, 2016 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

As an art-enthusiast and collector, you likely know already how meaningful it is to meet the artist. If you have not met the artist who made your special piece, wouldn’t that be fun? For a collector of contemporary works, the ultimate personal connection to a work of art is meeting the artist. It can be thrilling to shake hands, tell the artist how much their work means to you 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 many 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. Remember, support living artists, the dead ones don’t need the money and we want our artists to continue to produce.

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What Makes An Artist

September 19, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Clifford T. Bailey,Color,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings,stylized realism | Comments (0)

cliffordMeet one of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s fine artists Clifford Bailey who is a professional artist for nearly 45 years. He composes his landscape paintings from recollections and from a collection of photographs he has taken. He doesn’t copy the photographs, but instead uses them to supply information about a certain tree, a cloud formation, or an object reflected in water. His primary concern in creating a painting is the feeling or emotion it invokes, the light and the atmosphere.

He also paints small still lifes that are reminiscent of the Old Masters in their technique with contrasting dark and light tones and subject matter such as perfectly rendered fruits. These are often rendered with subtle reflections on a black tabletop and droplets of water. Each is a careful study not only of the objects painted, but also of the technique and art of applying oil paint to canvas.

Bailey has been painting since high school  and is, essentially, a self taught artist. He says, “It’s in your hand, your eye, the only way to learn to paint is to paint. What makes a painter an artist isn’t necessarily skill or talent, it’s something else. A lot of people have a considerable ability to draw or paint but aren’t interested in approaching their subject in a sensitive or thoughtful way. It’s far more important to me to learn to see what is essential and paint from the heart. If the viewer is also sensitive they will respond to the emotion you put into it.”  Visit www.hunterwolffgallery.com and take a moment to enjoy Clifford T. Bailey’s collection.  We are happy to ship his work to your home or office.

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It’s Time To Rotate Your Art

September 10, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

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By The Garden Shed by Janelle Cox

Here comes Autumn and all the changes it brings along with it. This is the time of year you are likely changing your wardrobe and rotating what’s in your closets for warmer clothing.

Many art collectors have shared that this is the time of year they too change what is displayed on their walls. For many, when the seasons change,  fall housecleaning and rearranging seems natural, like moving the open-toed shoes to the back of the closet. If you store favorite art pieces because of limited wall space, isn’t it time to rotate your artwork? With holidays approaching, freshening up the house includes your walls with either new art or pieces from storage, or both.

There is no need to stop collecting because you have run out of wall space! Store some pieces for the winter months and bring in a few new “must have” works of art. Rotating artwork is fun and it allows you to upgrade with new favorites for a fresh new look. It is a great time to add a punch of color in the fall, as the days get shorter and gardens start to loose their blooms.

Experiment by adding something new to something old to create a new theme for the new season. Sometimes an old, nearly forgotten favorite feels new again especially when paired with something new. If what you loved decades ago seems to have lost a little appeal, just pass it on to someone else to enjoy, and replace it with something new you recently discovered.  It can be fun making changes to your wardrobe and art collection. We can certainly help with the artwork … and since we are all fashionistas at the gallery, we can offer opinions on that too!

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Raku That Always Glows

August 24, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Clay and Fiber,Colorado,Fiber art,Fine Art,Glow Pots,Raku,textured,Willow Bend Studios | Comments (0)

WB-1226 We urge you take time to get acquainted with Raku pottery and in particular, with one of Colorado’s top raku potters Marc Jenesel.  His work is rather unique because it “glows” with warmth and interest.  There are all kinds of raku pottery in the art world but none like this.

Whether an avid collector of pottery or not, if you love the feel and look of pottery, explore his collection.  This is a discovery you don’t want to miss. Marc and his wife Karen collaborate to create vessels with fiber for spectacular sculpture-like vessels.  Their collection of Raku vessels with textured glazes, shapes, and colors are head-turners and make great conversational pieces.  It is amazing what four hands, two sets of eyes and two creative minds can deliver together.  Each piece is exquisite work and the perfect accent for whatever you enjoy collecting.  You might even be moved to pick up a piece for a gift.

Tell us what you like about their pieces … the crackled textured glazes, the coppery shades of blue, violet and red that sparkle and glitter, or some other appealing feature?  Check online to see their combination pieces and more glow pots.

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Ten Exciting Years

October 31, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

AnniversaryHappy 10th Anniversary Hunter-Wolff Gallery!  It sounds strange to hear these words, because when I started on this journey I thought being in the art business for few years would be fun.  There were so many unknowns at the time Hunter-Wolff Gallery opened its doors.  With only corporate business experience, I felt like I landed  in a “foreign country”.  It was hard to think beyond what was important on any given day or week but I wanted to do something challenging and fun for a few years.  Well, the fun kept coming and the challenges became less so.

Taking responsibility for my own business has been one of the most demanding, yet rewarding, endeavors in my life.  This was a challenge that would affect so many people, an entire community.  I knew from the start this is where I belonged.  Ten years later, I still enjoy what I do, even on the less than perfect days.

Because Hunter-Wolff Gallery has represented as many as 40 artists in a given year, we made a lot of friends.  Some artists come and some go; just like any other business. But I leave you with this reminder, do what you love, do it well, and the rewards will always be there for you.

Check out our monthly newsletters and learn about our featured artists and exhibits. Be sure to add to your calendar Friday, November 6 to meet dozens of fine artists and to help us celebrate this wonderful milestone.

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ColorIFIC

August 27, 2015 in Art,Colorado,Custom Art,expressionistic impressionism,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,John Sherman,mixed medium,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,textured,trees | Comments (0)

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Steppes by John Sherman

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Poolside Reds by John Sherman

Different styles of art draw us in for different reasons. Colorado artist John Sherman‘s highly textured mixed medium paintings draw viewers in for a closer look at the texture and vibrant color. Having represented John for a decade, Hunter-Wolff Gallery can assure you his many paintings sold through the gallery were based on his vibrant RED colors. Since John Sherman started created his “red tree” paintings, he always blends his bold colors with warm gold background. So Rich! Although John has experimented for a number of years with other beautiful combinations from the color wheel, his fans always come back and ask about his red trees. Now John is working non-stop to deliver what his fans want …. more red trees.  Stand by, there is something new with his latest collection and we are predicting an even bigger fan club after his newest collection is released over the course of this fall.

Here are several new pieces for your comment.  We love the explosion of color and expressionistic style and hope you do too.

 

 

John Sherman’s original art is available for purchase at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  Visit us for a closer look.

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A Savory Smorgasbord of Art

July 17, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Clay and Fiber,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Glow Pots,jewelry,Paintings,Pottery,ShopSmall,Small Business | Comments (0)

HWGshowroomWhether you are hungry or not, it’s hard to resist a sumptuous smorgasbord. Normally, Hunter-Wolff Gallery doesn’t serve food (except during ArtWalk) 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 appealing 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 Raku? Drusy? Burl? 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 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?

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Tiny Homes, Tiny Art

May 12, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Miniature oils | Comments (0)

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Recently one of my kids asked my opinion about tiny homes on wheels, where the entire house is several hundred square feet (or less).  I started laughing because I can’t seem to find enough room in my current home, which is substantially larger, for all my art.  I am an art lover afterall and need space to enjoy it.

The small house movement (also known as the “tiny house movement”) is a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. I love the idea but am not sure it works for me personally at this point in my life.  For most art collectors this type of living could pose a problem, especially if you are an active collector and adding new works of art to your collection–to your living space.

One solution for the tiny home dweller is to continue to collect but go for those collectibles that are miniatures or smaller than the norm. For example Fred Lunger, a bronze sculptor at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, sculpts miniature bronzes that are typically between 2 inches and 5 inches in height or width. With miniatures, you often have a “miniature” price tag too!  Hunter-Wolff Gallery has many options for ideal “small” art for those with limited space and  want to continue collecting. Call 719-520-9494 or visit www.hunterwolffgallery.com for help with original art for your space.

 

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Collecting Art: A Journey of Tiny Steps

May 7, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Personal Development | Comments (0)

GalleryJanelleMy adult children often quote their Dad who wisely pointed out, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”  — one of his favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson. He would urge our children and friends to enjoy life’s journey regardless of outcome even when they experienced a disappointment.

Collecting art is a journey too.  Sometimes we are afraid of what we don’t know and don’t trust our instincts.  As an art collector and gallery owner, I have often seen the look in someone’s eyes, even tears, when a special work of art triggers an emotion. But too often they walk away empty handed because of their lack of experience or understanding of a particular art form. They fail to experience the wonderful gift of art as part of their personal journey.

Like anything one does in life, it is important to be confident and trust ones instincts when considering  art.  A meaningful work of art in our life adds a new dimension to the person we can be.  It connects us to the world we live in similar 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 fulfilled and interesting 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 later, but does that mean that you can’t enjoy art … or read another book or go to another performance?   Taking tiny steps, on your journey of life, allows you to grow and  smell the roses along the way. As you get more confident with your own 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.
Start today. Take a step toward the journey of collecting.  It is fascinating 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
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