Today it is with great sadness that we say good-bye to one of the finest artists and men I had the pleasure of knowing. Gary Vigen will be sorely missed by all who knew him, his family, friends, his fellow artists and so many art enthusiasts who enjoyed his art for more than 50 years. Gary was a friend who followed his passion creating fine art and became one of Colorado’s preeminent stained glass artists.
I had the pleasure of meeting Gary 11 years ago as I started up my art gallery in Colorado Springs. By then he had already been working in his complex medium for nearly 50 years and had been long admired by his fellow artists. Gary was one of the original, core artists represented at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and became a good friend and sounding board. This incredibly talented man also had the gift to reach children with learning disabilities and taught for more than 30 years. After retirement, he continued to follow his passion to work with glass and made time to teach adults the joy of working with stained glass.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery will continue to offer Gary Vigen’s work until its limited inventory is depleted. You can read more about Gary in Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s Insider News, November 2016 , our November featured artist and on our website.
Farewell Gary. You will always be remembered for your friendship and incredible talent.
It’s human nature to want more out of life. We strive to make life more meaningful and fulfilled. Hundreds of books and articles have been written about what to eat and drink for a healthier life and what exercises build stronger bodies for a longer life. Most hope to find the secret to having a more rewarding and happier life with less stress; and if there was a magic pill to achieve these things, we would all take it. But there is no magic pill but there is Art, which adds to a more enhanced and joyful life.
How? First, consider that Art has a long history and is here to stay. Since the first cave man etched in stone some 35,000 years ago, man has used the power of art for purposes beyond creativity, self-expression, and communication. Understanding that one aspect of art is that it does not discriminate against anyone. It allows young children who have a limited vocabulary to express themselves without words and doesn’t care about ones education, successes, religion, color, sexual preferences or how much money is in your bank account.
Art today is not just for the super-wealthy but is available to anyone who is interested and desires how ones life is more joyful with art in it. Art is the magic pill for many. It is here for anyone to engage in, using ones own abilities and for anyone to enjoy. It can serve as therapy and can heal broken lives and broken hearts. Art affects us all in different ways and with a little curiosity and exploration one can determine its value.
Through art, we can learn the meaning of the joy of work too. Creating art is work, like any other profession and the idea of good work, personal fulfillment and recognition serves our society favorably. Work is one of the noblest expressions of the human spirit, and art is the visible evidence of work carried to the highest possible level. Art is the best way to learn the value of work and appreciate workmanship. It is impossible to experience art without experiencing values of home and family, work and play, the individual and community, nature and the environment, war and peace, beauty and ugliness, pain and love. Hunter-Wolff Gallery brings you art that you can experience and value in your own special way. We look forward to learning how Art affects your life and and if it is your magic pill.
Doesn’t it feel great when heads turn when you walk into a room wearing your favorite outfit? Keep those “head turning” moments coming by adding some spectacular one-of-a-kind jewelry to your ensemble. It’s challenging to find an outfit that looks like it was made just for you and only you.
But, you can add one-of-a-kind DKC Jewelry Designs, made by Colorado Springs designer Diane Calkins, to your favorite holiday outfit for a big head-turner. You will find unique pieces and always find Diane’s designs feel in style. Check it out. You can find Diane Calkins’ affordable sterling silver wearable art at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Come meet Diane at HWG’s annual Holiday Gala on Friday, December 2, 2016.
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.
Meet 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.
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!
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.
Since August is “American Artists Appreciation” month Hunter-Wolff Gallery selected one of its fine pastel painters, Marlene Kort, to honor this month.
Marlene works primarily with Pastels. Rather than using oil paint, brushes, solvents and other liquids, she selects her color sticks of ground pigment mixed with a binder. Shaped into drawing (painting) sticks, she layers and blends using her fingers. Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on a toothy paper similar to sandpaper by overlaying or blending colors. The color stays brilliant.
Although artists have been using pastels since the Renaissance, they did not become popular until the 18th century. Works created by numerous notable artists, including Edgar Degas, an innovator in the pastel technique, can be found in museums and look as fresh and vibrant as if created in more modern times.
Pastel is a very flexible medium and durable. It can be brushed off or erased. It can be blended or layered. It is typical to blend colors with a finger. Finished pieces are best placed under museum-quality glass to eliminate glare, protect against UV light rays and preserve a painting for a lifetime! Consider a pastel painting by Marlene Kort at Hunter-Wolff Gallery the next time you shop for art. It will remain vibrant for generations and by framing with top-quality museum glass will be appreciated for a lifetime.
Many examples of Marlene’s available work for ownership can be viewed on our website
. For more information about Marlene and her passions, click to read Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s August 2016 gallery’s newsletter.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery always has someone on staff to help with questions about art techniques, purchasing,
shipping, and other area’s of interest. 719-520-9494.
Happy 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.
Whether 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?