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.
Come and Let Us Tell You Why We Are Passionate at Hunter-Wolff Gallery
What does it feel like to go to a job that you love every day? It feels like being in love. If you have been in love, you know that you want to be with that person as much as possible and that is how it feels when you are passionate about your job. For the past 10 years, I have never felt like the hard work it takes to create a successful business is hard work! Of course, it can be challenging but the joy and laughter one experiences by working at something they love, outweighs the challenges. For me, it feels like coming home when I arrive each morning. Nearly every day I meet people who appreciate the talents of fine artists and share their passion for art whether they are buying their very first piece or their 100th piece. It is so exciting to be part of this process.
Like being in love, there are always surprises too. I visited friends on a recent trip and although I knew they collected art, I had no idea how extensively. It was exciting to see all their treasures. We had so many conversations about their collection over the course of my visit. They clearly enjoyed telling the many, many stories about how they found each piece. On my last day, I noticed a wood-turned piece on a shelf and was stunned to learn that it was created by an artist I represent at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. The piece was signed and dated 1987 when Colorado artist Jerry Wedekind was just getting his start in the business.
If your career or business doesn’t give you joy like being in love, keep searching. Although I feel like I have the best job in the world, there is one downfall, however. I want to bring all the beautiful artwork home with me. Everyday I am surrounded by beautiful art–-paintings, pottery, sculpture, blown glass and most importantly, wonderful, interesting people.
If your job doesn’t put a smile on your face every day, then explore fine art and you might find your world changing.
Who is the Best?
Time is running out to vote Hunter-Wolff Gallery as the Best of the Springs. We’ve been here for you for almost 10 years and understand what you want from a fine art gallery. We set high standards, made customer care our priority, and worked extra hard to meet your requests. If you have been in to visit us in person or online and want to show your gratitude to the 30-some artists and Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s staff, then take a minute and VOTE now. We appreciate you and appreciate your votes.
We plan to continue to bring you the best service and best value (as you expect) to make your art collecting experience everything you hope for whether we are voted #1 or not.
We can’t win without Votes, and if you are reading this blog, you likely have a few minutes to go to the Gazette’s online page to V O T E. Thank you — you are the reason we are here and we thank you for being our driving force.
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!
If you have visited Colorado Springs and its historic district, Old Colorado City, there is a good chance you know the name of local potter Tony Heslop. Tony is the preeminent potter known by thousands of collectors of his clayware.
For almost 40 years he sold his work year-round in Colorado Springs. You can find Tony Heslop’s pottery year-round at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Avenue.
We love working with Tony because of his philosophy and work ethics. He wants anyone who appreciates pottery to be able to purchase his work because it is affordable. Affordability is as important to him as the right design and glaze color. This has been his mantra for decades. “Make it well; make it affordable.” And, we add, “Buy Made In America!”
If you are looking for durability and functionality when preparing and serving food, think about hand-crafted pottery for these tasks. His vases and one-of-a-kind vessels can enhance a room, table top or shelf. His functional clayware pleases anyone with cooking skills, and his decorative Raku designs are unique and stunning for a mantel or on the floor. You decide.
Come explore Tony Heslop’s pottery and check Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s website but be sure to call to see if something slipped in the door before it was posted on his webpage. We receive new work from Tony every week and it finds its way to kitchens and homes across America quickly.
We ship Tony Heslop pottery everywhere in the US. If you find something for a gift, call 719-520-9494 to get your order shipped in time for special event.
TIP: Tony Heslop Seconds Sales happens once a year. Mark Your Calendar for January 24, 2015 and get on our mailing list.
It is rare that a visitor walks through Hunter-Wolff Gallery without stopping to take a second look, touch the textured surface or feel the intricately woven art by Karen Pierce and Marc Jenesel. These two talented artists, husband and wife, create some of the most discussed work at the gallery. Their work consists of beautifully glazed raku pottery and fiber, embellished with natural materials like gem stones, special coins, copper wire and hand-made copper charms that move and sway with the slightest breeze. The inside of the pottery, which serves as a base for the woven structures, is lined with copper leaf for an eye-catching glow.
It’s amazing what four hands, 20 fingers, and an imagination that pushes the envelope can do together. Residents of Colorado Springs and just minutes from the gallery, allows Hunter-Wolff Gallery to receive Karen and Marc’s best work without difficulty. Collectors love it too.
Consider adding unique accents like a Glow Pot or fiber art to your own collection. The glow pots are a must-have and will add a little beam of light to any dark corner. They glow with the lights on or off because of the copper leaf application on the interior of the Raku. Who needs candles to create a romantic mood or brighten up a poorly lit area?
Let us know what you think of our Raku vessels topped off with woven fiber such as seagrass, willow or date palm inflorescence and gem stones. We love hearing your comments.
Find more wonderful examples at Raku Fiber Art
Giving locally designed and hand-fabricated jewelry is one of the most thoughtful gifts for the holiday season. Women especially cherish jewelry that can be enjoyed for years made by fine jewelry artisans. Jewelry, like no other gift, is symbolic and shows how much the Giver cares.
Gallery designs are unique and one-of-a-kind crafted to meet designers’ high standards. Consider collections that include pieces to match her personality or style fitting any occasion, dressy or casual, classic, bold, sophisticated, trendy, or elegant. When looking for a wonderful surprise to tie-up in pretty ribbons, consider shopping for her based on her favorite gem stone or color.
If you know she loves earrings or favors sterling pendants, you can zero in on a variety of styles that are one of a kind just like her and designed and fabricated by award-winning designers. She will never see “herself” coming and going.
Forget running to department stores for bargain deals; you get exactly what you pay. Make this the year you will remember her adoring smile when she unwraps your special gift, by giving a gemstone necklace and matching earrings.
It’s the gift that lasts because it is made with quality natural materials and someday she will have the pleasure of passing it down to her daughter or granddaughter.
Select one of a kind, just like the woman in your life and consider selecting quality fine jewelry made by Colorado-designers. You will have as much fun giving as she will have receiving. You can’t make a mistake by giving quality–and we are here to show you the difference.
Male Cardinal by Larry Szabelski
Did you know that the Cardinal is the only red bird in Eastern North America? On average it lives 3-9 years but has been reported to live as long as 15 years. You can read some interesting facts on a number of web sites including http://on.natgeo.com/TcyAB1. What does this have to do with Hunter-Wolff Gallery?
Many artists are inspired by nature and there are few birds more colorful than the Cardinal to be inspired by. Wood-carver Larry Szabelski has carved blue birds, sharp-shinned hawks, sparrows, chickadees, warblers, and more but none take the spotlight like the cardinal.
Larry uses a hardwood called jelutong, which is a species of tree in the oleander subfamily. This tree grows over 200′ tall and sometimes measures 5-6′ in diameter and is found in low-elevation tropical evergreen forests like southern Thailand. He also uses acrylic paints for color and glass eyes and other natural elements to keep his sculpture as realistic as possible. This particular carving was further embellished with a wood-carved morning glory flower that took over 18 hours to carve.
To see more of Larry Szabelski’s life-like birds, stop in at Hunter-Wolff Gallery in Old Colorado City, just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, or visit Larry’s webpage at http://bit.ly/WPDB8Q
Comfort food–the ultimate hug for the soul this time of year! Even though Hunter-Wolff Gallery doesn’t sell comfort food, you can find Colorado-made pottery for serving your favorite meals for that ultimate hug. Tony Heslop, a fine potter in Colorado Springs, creates an array of colorful, practical tableware for everyday living. Everyday doesn’t mean not special!
Tony’s “pots” are a feast for the eyes and when you add your own home-cooked recipes, it is a combo your family and guests will come back for more. There is nothing like filling the kitchen with the smell of home baked bread and pastries and a bubbling treat on the stove or crock-pot and serving it up on beautiful clayware.
Fans have been collecting Tony’s work for nearly 40 years and several generations of cooks keep adding pieces to their own collections and for gifts. Each year he adds new designs, colors and shapes and his work continues to evolve to keep the kitchen kings and queens happy. His glazes are food safe and kitchen-friendly because they work in the microwave, dishwasher and oven. If you like adding a bottle wine to the table, check out his wine chiller. Place it in the freezer for a few hours and then on the table and your white wine and champagne will stay chilled throughout the meal, and they are so affordable, you might add several to the table.
When you are looking for a wedding, anniversary, or shower gifts, and have a modest budget, consider finding something special from the Tony Heslop pottery collection. We know the gift will be welcomed and cherished for years to come.
Buy local. Buy American. Buy treasures for a lifetime.
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.