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.
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.
Sculpture by Fred Lunger
Slate & Clay
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.
Did you know Artists varnish their paintings as a final step for long-term protection and years of enjoyment by the collector? The final step to completing a painting after it has thoroughly dried is the protective application: varnish. Just like finishing furniture, a varnish product is applied to paintings that are not going to be framed under glass to protect them from dirt, dust, and pollution in the environment. Varnish also homogenizes the appearance of a painting, evening it out for a finished look. Depending on the artist’s decision, glossy or matte finishes or something in between can be chosen.
Varnishes are applied either with a brush or from a spray can. Gloss varnishes dry completely clear, but a matte (satin) varnish leaves an ever-so-slight frosted-glass appearance. Because of the effects of a matte finish, some artists opt for the glossier look to enhance the finer details of their painting.
Painters also have the option of using removable varnishes so that it can, at some future date if it has discolored, be removed easily and replaced without damaging the painting. The final step in varnishing a painting is done after the oils have cured which can take anywhere from six to twelve months depending on environmental conditions. Delaying the application of a varnish ensures the application is less likely to crack. Some artists prefer a matte varnish, where they can apply a gloss coat first to seal the surface before a matte or satin varnish is applied. This improves the clarity of the final finish whether it is a gloss or matte. Many artists put their work on the market for sale before they are able to complete the varnishing step. The buyer may request that the varnish be applied after 12 months or more to ensure the paint has fully cured for future protection.
At Hunter-Wolff Gallery we suggest buyers inquire whether their painting purchases have been varnished and if they can be varnished at a later day if it they have not yet fully cured. Happy Art Collecting!
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.
Taking time to build an art collection that reflect your taste and fits your style is worth every effort. You have to explore and discover what you like about each piece you encounter.
The best place to start your search for fine art is at a reputable gallery. Galleries are specialists and have relationships with many artists working in many different styles. They know about trends and are eager to help. When working with a gallery, you will gain knowledge about the art you are drawn to from the gallery personnel. Even if you are accustomed to shopping online, take time to visit a gallery and give them a chance to show you what they offer and learn what they know about their artists. If you have a good experience, you know you are working with the right experts.
When you start working with an art gallery and they don’t respond to your needs, let them know you are disappointed in their service and move on to another gallery. Galleries don’t just sell art, they are there to share their expertise, to educate, to enlighten, to inspire, and to offer ideas and suggestions. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we believe our role is to offer our knowledge. The more our customers know about art, techniques, styles and options, the more satisfying the relationship.
We always suggest that when buying art–especially if you are unsure, ask if you can take a piece home before you commit. Take a day or two to live with your new piece and make sure it makes you feel good. Sometimes you need to see it in your own space and test it in your own lighting. Natural light and artificial light will make your piece look different and checking the effects of day and night light are equally important.
Tip: Be sure to write down measurements of your space or of pieces you want for the wall, shelves, tables, and niches. Your favorite gallery will be better able to help you when you have specific sizes and details about your space.
At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, you can expect our staff to always be helpful. If you need extra help, Hunter-Wolff Gallery can send an expert to your home to help with more complex projects.
Happy Art Hunting