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Essential to the Human Spirit

February 12, 2017 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Personal Development,PTSD | Comments (0)

arthumanspiritBecause I own an art gallery, I am often asked if I am an artist. No, but I love art and value art creators. I have been passionate about art since I could hold a crayon in my hand.  By the time I entered high school, I was hooked and collecting was most satisfying to me. I started collecting glass and small paintings on trips outside the country. Then I took a closer look at local artists and changed my focus. Today, my passion for art takes me wherever I can find it, to writing about it, and to working closely with artists and those who want to learn.

I’ve written and read dozens of articles about why art is important in our lives and talked about how it impacts our lives. In spite of my passion, I believe more people misunderstand art than those who appreciate it.  Art has been important to mankind since the first cave man etched in stone and continues to be used for purposes beyond creativity, self-expression, and communication.

What I love most about art is that it brings people together.  I’ve never heard of art starting a war, committing a violent act against another person, transmitting a deadly disease or hating its viewer because of some prejudice. Art welcomes your stares and dialog. Art doesn’t care if you can speak the language of the artist; it does not discriminate. It isn’t concerned if you have limitations, acute senses or not, are educated, successful, rich or poor. People with opposite beliefs, from different cultures, having different abilities can all appreciate the same work of art or dismiss it. Art is here for everyone to engage in and enjoy, using one’s own aptitude and skill. Let’s not forget, today art is more affordable than ever before and can be purchased and enjoyed in our homes and the workplace. It is more easily acquired than any time in history.

There are so many reasons why Art is important and essential to the human spirit. It can serve as therapy and heal broken lives. Art affects us all in different ways and only you can determine its value. It can transport us to the past and launch us into the future. The connection we make with a piece of art is sometimes surprising and can be life-changing.

It is impossible to experience art without experiencing values of home and family, work and play, the individual and community, nature and the environment, war and peace, beauty and ugliness, pain and love. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery we bring you art that you can experience and value in your own special way. We look forward to hearing how art is important in your life and what plans you have to bring it into your life in 2017.

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Select Original Art for Gift-Giving

December 7, 2016 in Art,Art Glass,Custom Art,Fiber art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Miniature oils,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pendants,Pottery,Shop Small,ShopSmall,Small Business | Comments (0)

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christmasDoes Christmas seem to come faster with each passing year? Even though we have 365 days a year to think of great ideas for gifts, that too seems to become more difficult with each passing year. When supporting your small local stores is important to you, check in with Hunter-Wolff Gallery for gifts that matter and consider unique gifts that show you care.  At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we take time to help each and every client find the perfect, affordable gift whether it is  for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or the holidays.  We listen and understand that you are feeling a little stressed as we get closer to Christmas and you really don’t want to disappoint those who are important to you. Here are a few ideas on some items available at different price points:

Under $100 for Her or Him

  1. Hand-blown glass hearts by Donna Gordon, starting at $65
  2. Blingware for a more beautiful table by Carole Fenberg, starting at $40
  3. Vases, Platters, and other functional pottery by Tony Heslop, starting under $20
  4. Jewelry by multiple designers, starting under $50
  5. Decorative raku pottery by Tony Heslop, starting at $22
  6. Decorative/functional clayware and glass bowls, plates, and other tableware by Kerry Brooks, starting at $35

$100-$500 for Her or Him

  1. Wood turned vessels and bowls (he will love!), starting at $150
  2. Blown glass  plates, vases, and more by Dottie Boscamp, starting at $140
  3. Oil and pastel paintings beautifully framed by multiple artists, starting at $145
  4. Whimsical mini-bronze sculptures by Fred Lunger, starting at $110
  5. Unique slate and clay sculpted wall hangings by Vicki Grant, starting at $160
  6. Beautiful pendants and bracelets, starting at $110

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If you have a less restrictive budget, there are too many options to count and most can be found on our website.Just let us know your budget and we promise to keep you on track, save you time by gift wrapping, and keeping everyone’s blood pressure where it should be!   Check our website at www.hunterwolffgallery.com or call for immediate help: 719-520-9494. Happy Holidays!  Happy Shopping!

 

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What Makes An Artist

September 19, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Clifford T. Bailey,Color,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings,stylized realism | Comments (0)

cliffordMeet 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.

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It’s Time To Rotate Your Art

September 10, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

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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!

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Varnish: Final Steps

July 23, 2016 in Art,Art Gallery,Fine Art,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

varnish a paintingDid 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!

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Ten Exciting Years

October 31, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

AnniversaryHappy 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.

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ColorIFIC

August 27, 2015 in Art,Colorado,Custom Art,expressionistic impressionism,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,John Sherman,mixed medium,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,textured,trees | Comments (0)

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Steppes by John Sherman

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Poolside Reds by John Sherman

Different styles of art draw us in for different reasons. Colorado artist John Sherman‘s highly textured mixed medium paintings draw viewers in for a closer look at the texture and vibrant color. Having represented John for a decade, Hunter-Wolff Gallery can assure you his many paintings sold through the gallery were based on his vibrant RED colors. Since John Sherman started created his “red tree” paintings, he always blends his bold colors with warm gold background. So Rich! Although John has experimented for a number of years with other beautiful combinations from the color wheel, his fans always come back and ask about his red trees. Now John is working non-stop to deliver what his fans want …. more red trees.  Stand by, there is something new with his latest collection and we are predicting an even bigger fan club after his newest collection is released over the course of this fall.

Here are several new pieces for your comment.  We love the explosion of color and expressionistic style and hope you do too.

 

 

John Sherman’s original art is available for purchase at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  Visit us for a closer look.

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Change Your Status Quo With Art

May 19, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Children,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Janelle Cox is Never Satisfied with The Status Quo and always brings new subject matter and fresh ideas to her canvas

 

How do you change status quo to get the most out of life? Do you look for new challenges? New adventures? Push the envelope a little?

In a recent conversation with a local Artist, he reminded me that he knows he isn’t improving or growing as an artist unless he brings new ideas to the forefront by challenging himself. He feels he isn’t doing his best work unless he sees improvement and the status quo never works for him. Ever.

In 1991, Ronald Regan said, “Status quo, you know, that is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.” If you don’t really like the “mess” you’re in, change it. Don’t settle for status quo.

I believe we all have the power to make change, to challenge ourselves, to improve our current state of affairs.  I like to believe that collecting art is part of that process.  It enriches our lives.  It makes us see the world with different eyes and feel a closer connection to world we live in.  Art transfers positive energy to our personal lives.

Case in point: After returning from being away for a period, I experienced with fresh eyes what visitors see when they walk through Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s door. It was reassuring to feel a much needed escape from the status quo and so much positive charge among our collections. I couldn’t have been more pleased to see new artwork that arrived while I as gone by Greg Custer, Janelle Cox, Fred Lunger and other dedicated artists.

It was a wonderful reminder that HWG continues to offer what is important and needed in our lives to stay uplifted and positive about the future. Stop in soon and see the new work now hanging by these fine artists–work that is always charged with energy, aesthetically appealing with a fresh contemporary flair and the perfect antidote for the status quo.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow ~ Albert Einstein

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Collecting Art: A Journey of Tiny Steps

May 7, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Personal Development | Comments (0)

GalleryJanelleMy adult children often quote their Dad who wisely pointed out, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”  — one of his favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson. He would urge our children and friends to enjoy life’s journey regardless of outcome even when they experienced a disappointment.

Collecting art is a journey too.  Sometimes we are afraid of what we don’t know and don’t trust our instincts.  As an art collector and gallery owner, I have often seen the look in someone’s eyes, even tears, when a special work of art triggers an emotion. But too often they walk away empty handed because of their lack of experience or understanding of a particular art form. They fail to experience the wonderful gift of art as part of their personal journey.

Like anything one does in life, it is important to be confident and trust ones instincts when considering  art.  A meaningful work of art in our life adds a new dimension to the person we can be.  It connects us to the world we live in similar to other art forms such as a beautiful song or memorable stage performance or award-winning literature. These experiences make us who we are, a more fulfilled and interesting being.
How often have you purchased tickets for a show and walked out disappointed?  Started a book everyone raved about, and put it down out of boredom? You might even purchase a piece of art that you are less than enchanted with later, but does that mean that you can’t enjoy art … or read another book or go to another performance?   Taking tiny steps, on your journey of life, allows you to grow and  smell the roses along the way. As you get more confident with your own tastes and spend a little time exploring what types of art speak to you, you will find the perfect gem to make your life sweeter.
Start today. Take a step toward the journey of collecting.  It is fascinating and exciting. In closing, I share another Emerson quote that happens to be one of my favorites:  “It is not the length of life, but the depth.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Learn About Art At ArtWalk

April 2, 2015 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Clay and Fiber,Clifford T. Bailey,Colorado,Fine Art,Glow Pots,Justin Clements oils,Marlene Kort,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Raku,Willow Bend Studios | Comments (0)

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ArtWalkImage2015Old 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?

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