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Heslop Mania

August 8, 2013 in Art,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Pottery,Raku,Shop Small | Comments (0)

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Raku by Tony Heslop

Clay tableware by Tony Heslop

If you have ever visited Colorado Springs and its historic district ,Old Colorado City, there is a good chance you know the name Tony Heslop.  Tony is the preeminent potter known by thousands of collectors of his fine clayware.

For thirty years he sold his work year-round at one location in Old Colorado City and at a variety of art festivals. The the day came when that long-term relationship ended with clients because the gallery closed.  (Hey, we all need to retire sometime!)  Within a few weeks, Hunter-Wolff Gallery was already stocked up in Tony’s inventory and making his customers happy.  They only had to walk one block away from the closed gallery to find Tony was in full swing at 2510 W. Colorado Avenue.

Tony is an amazing artist and potter.  He wants anyone who loves pottery to be able to have at least one piece of his work.  Pricing is as important to him as the right form and glaze color.  Affordability has been his mantra for decades.  “Make it well; make it affordable.” And, we add, “Make it in America!”

If you are looking to spruce up your office, home or find a great gift for any occasion, think about pottery.  It is the perfect three-dimensional art to accent a room or give as a gift.  His functional ware styles please anyone with cooking skills and his Raku designs are unique and stunning for a mantel or on the floor.  You decide.

Come explore Tony Heslop’s pottery and check what 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 believe me, it doesn’t last.

We ship Tony Heslop pottery everywhere in the US.  If you find something you want for a gift, call 719-520-9494 to get your order shipped in time for the holidays or a special event.

 

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Slow Down, Take Time to Smell the Roses

May 19, 2013 in American Made,Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Color,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Personal Development,Shop Small | Comments (0)

Beautiful Oils by Justin Clements under $375

Have you ever thought about who you would like to meet from the past, if it was possible? My list is long and includes many artists like Michelangelo, Marc Chagall, Leonardo Di Vinci, Claude Monet, Andy Warhol, etc., but one American author, poet, and philosopher, would have to be Henry David Thoreau.  I love the brilliance of this man and that he said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” This truth resonates with me every time I walk into Hunter-Wolff Gallery.

Having spent a fair amount of time selecting and sharing beautiful art work at Hunter-Wolff Gallery in Colorado Springs, there isn’t a more appropriate quote to stimulate a conversation. This often leads to digging a little deeper and learning what triggers a connection between the viewer and the art.  Be sure to take time (more than a glance please!) to experience a painting or some other form of art to find a connection with what you are looking at. When we “take time to smell the roses” we have a more rewarding experience and it is just as important to “take time to feel the art”.  Life is short and making time to enjoy the gifts of fine artists is a fulfilling experience.
The next time you visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery or any other art venue, slow down, turn off your cell phone (or better yet, leave it at home), and appreciate the talent that is before you.  Be sure to ask questions about the artist and his work and learn something new for a more fulfilled life!

 

“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.” Mark Twain

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Customer Feedback

April 17, 2013 in Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Miniature oils,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Boulder Canyon by David William Ridge

If you recently made a major purchase, you likely received an online or paper survey asking for feedback about your experience. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we do not send out formal surveys, but we do ask for feedback. I think it is important to fill out surveys and provide feedback when asked.  It’s important to convey your satisfaction or maybe share ideas for improvement … so the next time your experience can be better.

As a result of ongoing customer feedback, Hunter-Wolff Gallery pays close attention to customer ideas and desires.  Sometimes, customers give us great tips about emerging artists, framing preferences, and other interests. We learned over the last twelve months, that collectors are interested in small paintings—even miniatures. We also learned that although sales show impressionism is hot, more realism is appreciated over as any other style.

So what do we do with that information? We act on it. To satisfy these interests, we signed on two new Colorado artists, Pamela Poll and David William Ridge. Pamela is a prolific painter of small pastels and oils, affordable for the new collector or for someone who is looking for a beautiful gift without breaking the bank. We also found a wonderful wildlife and landscape artist, David William Ridge, who will make you feel like you can smell the evergreens, feel the spray of water on your face, or hear a rustling in the undergrowth. Both artists are accomplished, gifted painters and offer a range of sizes.

Mason Jar & Rose by Pamela Poll

Keep your comments coming. It is your input that determines what course Hunter-Wolff Gallery takes, and it is your needs and wants we strive to satisfy.

 

Have some feedback you want to share?  Send it to staff@hunterwolffgallery.com

 

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2013 Best of the Springs

March 13, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Events,Fine Art,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Small Business | Comments (0)

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Today, I stand a little taller and my smile is a little bit bigger. I was just notified that Hunter-Wolff Gallery received its 8th honor from you (our devoted fans!), and voted the Best of the Springs. It is exciting to receive the honor of being recognized as a top gallery in a competitive market! When the public votes for their favorite business, and there are so many options, being named as “Best of the Springs” is thrilling. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is not the most senior art gallery, not the biggest, not the most cutting-edge, and there are so many things we can say we are not.  But today we can say, we are “The Best of the Springs”.  As the owner of Hunter-Wolff Gallery I am also honored to be located next to many others who in their own right are also the best — many who have stood the test of time, many who have become good friends, who have had years of experience, some celebrating their 40-year anniversary in 2013. Being relatively new, opening our doors in 2005, we appreciate the many votes and followers that allowed Hunter-Wolff Gallery to be at the top of leader board and to claim this honor.  We will celebrate and cherish this award, and promise to get right back to business so that Hunter-Wolff Gallery continues to be one of the best and exceed your expectations in a competitive marketplace.

With many diligent professional artists showcasing their art on Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s walls and shelves, it is an honor they deserve.  Without these fine painters, sculptors, potters, jewelry designers, wood-turners and glass artists, I could not write these words … Hunter-Wolff Gallery is the Best of the Springs, voted by the community and all its supporters.  A special thanks goest to an incredible Hunter-Wolff Gallery staff and a strong, professional team of fine artists. Thanks to our fans and for taking time to vote! We are only here because of you.

 

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Story Tellers

March 9, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings | Comments (0)

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At The Seashore, 11x14, K.A.McMahon

You’ve heard it before, “Artists take us on a journey with their art…” and good art makes a connection for the viewer.  I like to think of artists as more than skilled technicians. They don’t just create art, they create stories that need to be told.  The image to the left is a great example of a painting that jolts a memory or maybe even makes you dream about the future. When you connect to a painting, the story is  yours to tell. It could be on a beach along the Jersey shore or the Mexican Riviera or Pacific coast. You pick the location and players. By just glancing at this beautiful painting,  a story unfolds that makes us smile, takes us back to a time when our children or grandchildren were small. Maybe it will take you to a time you remember as a small child. Don’t those memories come rushing back?

My own story takes place in 1988 at  a lovely vacation home on Virginia Beach with life-long friends and their two daughters.  We shared so many firsts together along that stretch of beach in the bright sun and warm surf.  Every morning started with our children playing happily together in the sand, making sand castles and collecting bits of shells like little treasure hunters. We swam, sang, laughed, chased kites and ate big thick meaty sandwiches at lunch time from the local deli. The days seemed short, filled with so much activity, so many giggles and the memories will never be forgotten.  There were many vacations at the shore where a painting like this will keep those memories fresh. Now adults, I’m sure our kids have their own special version to tell about their happy memories growing up together. This painting is the first page of a good story.  Your own memories, your own imagination and  your own experiences will complete the tale.

Kathryn McMahon, painted this darling image based on photos she had from her own childhood.  These little ones are triplets born in Canada in the 1940s and her story is as personal and captivating as yours or mine. Take time to explore art and find pieces that help you tell your own story. What a great way to share a memory that you never want to forget.

What is your story?

 

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Bright & Beautiful Silver

March 3, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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DKC Jewelry Made in Colorado with Argentium Silver

Not familiar with Argentium® sterling silver?  Silver jewelry is typically made from an alloy of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals to give it strength, durability and beauty. But sterling silver tarnishes and needs regular polishing.

Since the late 1990’s, silver mixed with germanium (not copper) has become more and more popular in jewelry making.  It is called Argentium® and it stays bright and beautiful. Argentium® forms a clear oxide reducing tarnishing and contains 92.5% silver and no nickel or copper. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, Argentium® sterling silver used in designs by Jewelry by Tana and DKC Jewelry is very durable and is easy to clean. You can clean it with a mild detergent and lukewarm water to bring back its shine. To maintain the shine and luster of Argentium® silver, simply wipe away any dust or finger marks with a soft cloth. More intricate pieces worn frequently may require an occasional wash in warm soapy water followed by a rinse and patted dry with a soft cloth to avoid watermarks. An infrequent wipe with a clean silver polishing cloth will help to protect Argentium® silver from finger marks and everyday dirt and grime.

Tip: Never use ‘dip-type’ polishes or electrolytic cleaning processes with Argentium® silver. More info in our March Newsletter.

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We Care About You

October 31, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Marlene Kort, Ann Leago & Sharon Wolff

I had an experience recently visiting some art galleries that triggered this topic and hope to get your comments. The success of business is never based on one thing but delivering excellent customer care is critical. Unfortunately too many small business failures are due to poor customer service.  Many reasons can torpedo a business but failure to deliver platinum service is a sure way to sink revenues and lose credibility fast.

Because of this important priority, it is my responsibility as a business owner to ensure we are always at the top of our game. As often as possible, I try to visit other art galleries to see how they deliver customer service.  It is always my goal to learn ways to improve service for our customers.  I value every client that walks through Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s door and believe they deserve my full attention and the best customer care available.

On a day off recently, I drove to a well-known Colorado art district.  After a two-hour drive, I began my mission to learn something new.  Here’s what I learned. Six out of seven gallery representatives never said “hello” or looked up from their computer or desk to greet me.  I hovered, picked up things, walked in circles, and nothing.  None were busy with customers but seemed uninterested in me. If this is how visitors are normally greeted, then I now understand why many people feel uncomfortable in art galleries.  Only one representative looked up from her desk and said hello but never asked a question or tried to engage me in a conversation. How do they stay in business?

This was a shocking experience to me. Hunter-Wolff Gallery will always acknowledge you and your family.  You will always be greeted and feel welcomed. We will always take time to ask about your needs, tell you about our artists, their work, or anything else that is of interest to you. Good customer care begins with these basic courtesies. You will feel comfortable and we hope you bring your friends and family back for the next visit. If you don’t, please let us know what did not please you.  We make it our business to make your visit positive and help make your art collecting experience a pleasure with superior customer care.

I am interested to hear about your gallery visits, wherever you went, and if you have ideas or tips to help us improve the services we provide, let us know.

 

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Start With The Experts

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Donna Gordon Blown Glass

Finding art that appeals to your taste and fits your style takes time. It is like finding a good wine. Not all are equal. Not all will fit your tastes but the best place to find a good wine could be a winery or specialist. The best place to start your search for good 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. Building  relationships with clients and helping clients are always to their advantage. You should find the kind of help you expect at a gallery and should expect ideas and recommendations as your communication unfolds.

It you start working with an art gallery and they don’t respond to your needs, it is time to move onto another gallery for help.  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 the most important service we can offer is our knowledge.  The more our customers know about art, techniques, styles and options, the deeper our relationships become.

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 is important.

It also might help if you try different kinds of art for greater interest.  If you need a wall piece, find a painting or wall hanging that you just can’t live without.  Then try a three dimensional piece that picks up colors or the theme you are developing for a table or shelf.  The pieces of art shown here are complimentary, tasteful, and appealing to the eye.  The vase picks up some of the colors in the oil painting and together they make a statement.

Mystic Seaport by K. A. McMahon

If you have some pieces of art in your home, you will want to find other pieces that work well together but bring interest and texture into your space.  Pottery, glass, fiber art, wood turned bowls, metal work, etc., take the eye from one piece to another and give the room harmony.

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 someone to help with all your questions and if needed, to send someone to your home to help with more complex projects.

Happy Art Hunting!

 

 

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On Our Radar Screen

October 6, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

Lavender & Poppies 16x20

Hunter-Wolff Gallery is known for its very fine regional artists, most of whom reside in Colorado. On any given day, visitors are likely to bump into one of our 30-some artists or jewelry designers because they frequently come and go to update or replace work.

There are a handful of artists, however, who live and work somewhere other than Colorado, like oil painter Janelle Cox.  We met Janelle in 2005 when she lived within 30 minutes of the gallery.  From the very start, she was one of the gallery’s most popular landscape and figurative artists with an impressionistic style. Her range of plein air and in-studio skills is broader than many artists. I quickly learned from Janelle that she is one of those people never satisfied with her own level of expertise, in spite of her success, awards and accolades. This dissatisfaction has driven her to reach beyond her comfort level and to grow as a professional. She has studied and trained endlessly to produce  some of the finest paintings collectors admire at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. We have watched her grow and develop as a mature artist with a unique style and appeal.

Hint: Why this gallery appreciates Janelle Cox ~  Janelle is open to custom work (commissions) and dedicated to her craft.  This artist is rated in our book at the top of our professional artist list. We give Janelle’s paintings high marks and we buy them for our own personal collection, too.

If you are interesting is paintings that  can be enjoy over the course of your life, we suggest considering oils by Janelle Cox for your first . . . second or tenth original painting. Whatever stage you are at in collecting artwork, you won’t make a mistake adding one by Janelle Cox to your collection.

Janelle and her husband currently reside in Austin Texas but she remains on our radar and is highly regarded among her  peers.

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Miles of Smiles

October 5, 2012 in Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Events,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,John Sherman,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

 

Hunter-Wolff Gallery Celebrates 7 Years in Colorado Springs

Today Hunter-Wolff Gallery celebrated its 7th year anniversary in style. We ate cake, drank wine and made new friends. A steady flow of visitors and guests mingled for hours meeting artists, enjoying new work, learning about art, and buying some irresistible one of a kind wonders. There is nothing like celebrating a major milestone with friends and fans–seven years of working together, making clients happy and seeing the results on our artists’ faces.

Without the dedication of these hard working men and women (and those who were unable to attend), there would be no gallery.  There would be no smiles and no happy clients.  I am overjoyed to know each and every one of the talented people in this photo and the other members of the gallery.  We have 35 artists and a hardworking staff all of whom contribute to the gallery.  Together they bring so much to our community and to my life.

I hope you get to meet some of these  incredible people or at least get to see the results of their talent, skill and dedication.  They will enrich your life, like they enriched mine. From left to right, Katherine McNeill, Tom Donaldson, Dian Calkins, Ken Shanika (hat), William Rasch, Jeanine Potter, Karen Pierce, Marc Jenesel, Larry Szabelski, Patience Heyl, Clifford Bailey.  Front row (sitting) Marlene Kort, Sharon Wolff, Ann Leago, and John Sherman.  We missed having all our artists together tonight but those missing were in our hearts and I know wished they could have been here.

There are few treasures like the beauty these individuals create and their friendship they offer.

Bringing award-winning fine art into your life has been my mission for the past 7 years and I hope it has made a difference in your life.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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