Tired of that black ring around your neck from sterling silver? Tarnish is natural when silver oxidizes but it can make a black mark on your skin. Good news for silver lovers who want their silver to stay shiny and not blacken. A brand called Argentium® Sterling is an alloy or mixture of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals. Sterling silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength, durability and beauty. But sterling silver tarnishes and needs regular polishing to keep it from darkening or turning black.
Argentium® is a welcomed discovery by Peter Johns in 1996, a professor of silversmith at the Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI), School of Art & Design, Middlesex University in England. The project began in 1990 with research on the effects of germanium additions to silver alloys. Johns discovered that by reducing the copper content in traditional silver and adding germanium (discovered in Germany nearly 100 year earlier) to silver, it stays bright and beautiful. Can you imagine silver jewelry that rarely needs polishing? Argentium forms a clear oxide reducing the tarnishing and contains 92.5% silver and no nickel. If you love the look of shiny silver that only needs an occasional wipe with a soft cloth to remove a smudge or finger mark, look no further.
For thousands of years, we’ve worn sterling silver bracelets, earrings, cuffs, rings, and necklaces. This shimmery white metal can be worn day or night and is a very popular in everyday jewelry. Sterling silver jewelry is far more affordable than white gold or platinum. Hunter-Wolff Gallery offers Argentium sterling silver in designs by DKC Jewelry which are very durable and easy to clean. Even better, if you have a nickel allergy, you can wear sterling silver earrings and other pieces made with Argentium because there is no nickel. Made by hand in Colorado, Argentium sterling silver jewelry is designed for everyday wear.
Skyward by Jennifer Vranes
Typically art galleries paint their walls white, beige or pale gray for their display walls to keep the focus on the artwork. But, at home, add extra pizzazz by doing just the opposite and use rich, intense color on your walls. If you make color your focal point and first impression, even those tatty pieces you can’t wait to replace will become less noticeable.
Colored walls also compensate for poor architectural details. If you have beautiful moldings, trim, niches or built-ins, your walls look great in most any color. Some architectural designs are better in whites and beiges but the use of bold color to distract the eye can create something special where the builder didn’t.
If your room gets lots of sun and sometimes feels “too warm”, cool it down by painting the walls with a cool color. Likewise, if your room feels too frosty, warm it up with a warm paint color. The way we perceive a room affects the way we feel, and you can balance the extremes with the right color and the right art work.
Old Colorado City (Colorado Springs) offers a monthly art event, every first Friday of the month, that welcomes all ages and is family friendly. If you are looking for a way to stretch your legs and learn something new about art, get your walking shoes on and expect to spend at least 2 hours admiring, learning, and considering new art. With 15 venues along Colorado Avenue, from 23rd to 27th Streets, you will find something to peak your interests. Hundreds of artists exhibit work and there is no shortage of styles and techniques.
At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Avenue, ArtWalkers have the opportunity to meet many artists. On April 3, David Newton, Justin Clements, Gina Grundemann, Gary Vigen, Marlene Kort, and many others will be available to answer questions. Selling art is their livelihood and we can’t think of a better way to support artists than to come prepared to fall in love with original art and take it home to admire in your own home.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery will also have staff on hand to help guide you through the gallery if needed and point you in the direction for the next discovery along W. Colorado Avenue.
What do you think of these examples of art work being shown at Friday, April 3 ArtWalk?
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.
Everyone wants to be LIKED! It should be easy to figure out if someone likes you or not but sometimes we get mixed signals. Sometimes we misread those signals and then there are some people who are really, really hard to read because they don’t give any signals. Besides reading body language, behavior, etc., you can just ask. If asking is awkward and it is still important to know, then you can simply join Facebook and ask people if they like you–even those you hardly know.
As a business, it is easier to figure out who likes you if you are on Facebook. You just have to ask, “Like Us” and it only takes a second for the response to show up. If you are reading Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s Blog, we assume you do like us and you might be inclined to go to our Facebook page and show us that we are likeable with a click of the mouse. We’d like that! If you have never clicked our Like Us icon, please do.
If something about our service or products isn’t perfect for you, we’d like to know that too. Send us an email through our contact page on our website.
Go to Facebook and give us the thumbs up! If you want us to LIKE your Facebook page, let us know.
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!
The word is out! Pottery hounds are thrilled to learn that the date for Tony Heslop’s Seconds Sale is almost here! Colorado Springs potter Tony Heslop is making room in his shop for new 2015 inventory! And, like you, we really like Tony’s work and are excited to host another “Day of Pottery” to move his extra inventory so the new inventory has room. The sale includes inventory that is beautiful but may be limited in numbers or discontinued glazes or styles.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery planned this special Seconds Sale on Saturday, January 24 opening two hours earlier than normal. If you like a great deal and beautiful pottery, we suggest you come as early as you can because this event is a one day event, from 9 am to 6 pm, and we are expecting his many fans for a great turnout. If it is anything like last year, early shopping is a must.
Why would we do this when it goes against our core principles? Quality is always important to us, and this event does not go against our core values. Hunter-Wolff Gallery would not allow items that are defective or broken in some way. And, because it is a New Year, we wanted to something special out of the ordinary.
So mark your calendar and bring boxes for your purchases. Because this is such a great deal, help us keep costs down by bringing cash or checks. You can expect to have tons of fun, where everyone leaves with something they consider a pottery prize. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 24 from 9 am to 6 pm.
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.