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
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?
Art-lovers collect art because of choice. Pieces collected can be priceless regardless of the monetary value. With every decision to select a piece from millions of options, collectors make the choice because it is special to them and represents that person. That is why caring for your collection properly is so important. It extends beyond maintaining the physical condition.
It is important to keep records and a collection history. This will be invaluable for insurance purposes in case of theft or a catastrophic event. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery we recommend documenting your collection history with individual folders or a binder with tabs for each item in your collection but the best option is to keep your data on a flash drive or some other backup device with the following details:
- color photographs of your artwork, with a full-view and close up details—front, back, framed, unframed. Photograph multiple views of three-dimensional art.
- purchase date, price, and title of work (receipt) from vendor or gallery
- artist/maker information (biography)
- detailed description of object’s subject matter or type of work
- dimensions—framed and unframed for two-dimensional works. Overall and base measurements for three-dimensional works.
- media and support data detailed description of object—include location of scratches, losses, dents, abrasions, etc., that may not be visible in photographs.
- copies of all conservation and appraisal reports, text of inscriptions, markings, and labels
- provenance – ownership history
- bibliographic information if your work is cited in any exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, exhibition history.
Most of the information you need should be available on your sales receipt or available through the vendor or gallery. Take a few minutes today to update your list.
When we have great news about a new artist, it is simply impossible not to tell everyone we know. It’s like finding out you are having a baby. You just can’t keep it a secret.
This past January, I found Vicki Grant’s wonderful work in another gallery when I was vacationing in Florida. Remember her name because you will be seeing and hearing a lot about her and her work. Although we would love to have you meet her soon, it will likely be the fall when she can travel to Colorado. Keep checking our posts and website for information about her visit.
Where does she get such creative ideas? First, her background includes having studied Architecture at the University of Maryland School of Architecture. With more than 25 years experience as an architect and artist, she naturally creates a visual experience that engages the viewer both intellectually and emotionally. When you see her work in person, you will understand what this means. She says, she “always felt that the most amazing forms, structure, color and textures are found within nature and that exposure to these elements have been her inspiration and teacher”.
When she sits down to start a new work of art and her idea is in place, she transforms clay with her hands and tools to reflect the original conceptual thought. After firing the clay, oil pigments are hand applied, layer after layer, until the final patina of rich hues is achieved. She then embellishes her shapes with porcupine quills, fossils, stones, feathers, wood and shells. The results are always unique and truly engaging.
When you want something incredibly stimulating to add to your art collection, consider Vicki Grant’s colorful shapes on slate. Hunter-Wolff Gallery currently carries two sizes, 12×12 and 6×6. They are filled with surprises and textures inviting your touch.