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.
With more than 30 years experience in visual media, Marc Jenesel is a graphic artist and animator but dedicates every available moment for his passion creating Raku. His signature pots, ‘Glow Pots’, truly glow from the interior and the first response seeing them in person is, “Is there a candle in there?”.
No candles, trick lighting or any other light sources are added to make Marc’s Glow Pots glow. They are beautifully created by an accomplished potter, Marc Jenesel, then fired at 1800 degrees, removed from the kiln at their maximum temperature, cooled and embellished with layers of copper leaf which catch the ambient light fork a beautiful soft glow. Before bringing his finished products to Hunter-Wolff Gallery, there are a number of steps in between, quality control checks are made and only perfect pots are delivered. The waiting is well worth it.
Through his science background and experience, he is able to obtain the range of textures and glaze colors using chemistry and post-firing reduction. He explains, “Much of my education is in the sciences. I believe art and science run parallel. As science has become more abstract and out there, so has art. I think a well-rounded education in the arts requires some study of the sciences.” His results are remarkable and formulated for rich color and texture before they are made available to collectors. Stop in and visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, and discover how Marc creates Raku pottery like no other potter.
The last two years have been trying for many Coloradans in the Colorado Springs area because of terrible wildfires. At the time, it was hard not to think constantly about all the devastation and wonder how people directly affected would get through it. The summer of 2014 is quite different for most residents in this area because of better weather conditions and lots of rain—almost daily. But it is still hard to see the thousands of burned trees and chared hillsides where the flora and fauna once flourished.
Out of all that devastation, a creative artist and woodturner named Vinny Luciani at Hunter-Wolff Gallery has taken something so horrible and made something beautiful. With salvaged Ponderosa Pine from the 2013 Black Forest fire, he makes lovely little tree ornaments. His little trees include burned and unburned sections of the tree and are accented with crushed turquoise from one of Colorado’s turquoise mines in Cripple Creek. These little jewels are a reminder of how quickly our natural resources can be devastated and how important it is to stay hopeful about the future.
We hope you have a safe summer and always return to find the home you love exactly the way you left it. More information about Vinny Luciani’s Christmas tree ornaments can be found at our website or by calling 719-520-9494 during normal business hours.
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!”