Archive for the ‘Oils’ Category

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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Are You An ArtWalker Yet? Every First Friday?

May 2, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Clifford T. Bailey,Color,Colorado,Events,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Raku | Comments (0)

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Aspen Grove by David William Ridge

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 13 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 May 3, Clifford Bailey, David William Ridge, Pamela Poll, Marlene Kort, and many others will be available to answer questions and explain what they do to create interest …. and sales!  Selling art is their livelihood and I 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 place in your own home.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery will also have several staff members 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, May 3 ArtWalk?

Boulder Canyon by David William Ridge

Raku with textured glaze and copper leaf by Marc Jenesel

Open & Shutter Case by Penny Stewart

Glass and Roses by Justin Clements










Be sure to send us comments or ask your questions about ArtWalk by emailing us at  We look forward to seeing you at ArtWalk!



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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.


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Call for Student Artists: Cash Awards to Top Winners

February 24, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Colorado,Development,Events,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings,Teaching | Comments (0)

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How often is a gifted art student given the opportunity to compete for cash awards outside of school and show-off their talent in an art gallery? Hunter-Wolff Gallery is offering that opportunity this June. A juried art competition limited to student artists between the ages of 14 and 22 are invited to apply for this opportunity. There is no limitation on where a student lives.  There is a limit to the number of students, however, who will be selected. Eligible students must apply by registering before April 30. Do it today and start planning now!

The intent of this program is to provide art students with real-world experience, competing in a fine art gallery venue. With the help of a professional artist mentor, students will benefit by learning the do’s and don’ts of submitting art work in a juried competition.  All applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee of $5 with a complete Registration form to Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

Cash awards for winners of Setting the Stage are generously provided by sponsors such as Colorado Springs Style Magazine, Rick Lien at Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Todd Crystal at Crystal Capital Advisors, Tony & Marcelline Cerato, Glaser Frames of Denver,  and other anonymous supporters. More than $2,000 will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony to top winners on Friday, June 7 and the exhibit closes on June 15.

Tell your gifted friends who love the thrill of a competition and chance to win serious cash awards! Registration and requirements can be found on the Hunter-Wolff Gallery website. Contact Hunter-Wolff Gallery at 719-520-9494 or with questions if something isn’t clear.  We look forward to helping set the stage for gifted young students who are interested in a future in the art world.

Good luck to each creative applicant!  We are as excited as you will be on June 7!



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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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California Guest

October 3, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Jean Baczuk,Oils | Comments (0)

Eggs & Brass Pot

About every quarter or so Hunter-Wolff Gallery accepts a new guest artist to showcase for 3 months or so.  Last quarter, we exhibited work by Ashley Dull from Minnesota and beginning October 1, we are pleased to announce the new collection by Jean Baczuk.  Jean has been painting for years and her work is hard to pass up.  Because she is so good, we think less words need to be posted on our Blog and more pictures will tell the story.  We hope you enjoy these wonderful works of art and consider adding quality work to your own fine art collection.

American Teapot & Peace Rose & Daisies

Emily and Her Doll


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I Hate When That Happens

August 10, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings,stylized realism | Comments (0)

Late In The Day

It has happened to all of us.  We see something we want to buy; have to have it; just need to wait a day and go get it, right?  Then we learn it was sold or discontinued and we can’t have it after all. Boy, I hate when that happens.

Today a new Clifford T. Bailey painting in his stylized realism technique arrived.  We receive one or two in this style a month and for the last 9 months, they have ALL sold within a week or two at the most.  We can’t keep more than a few in inventory.  They are amazing works of art and collectors can’t get enough.  We had zero in the gallery for the past week and I was so excited to get the mail today when “Late in the Day” arrived for the gallery.  I drooled with envy that someone else would buy this piece.  I already own one that I admire everyday in my living room but really wanted a second for the past two months.  I should get this one.

I decided I liked the size and loved the colors and it was another superior work of art.  Instead of doing what I should have done,  I put it on a small easel and placed it in our gallery window and went back to work.  Within 2 hours I was kicking myself I didn’t’ do what I should have done–wrapped it up, paid for it and put it in my car to go home.  Now it is owned by someone else and I can’t add it to my own collection.

Why do we hesitate when we know something is right for us? It was perfect in so many ways.  It was a good size that could fit almost anywhere; was affordable and I certainly had first pick.  I see customers do this all the time and I often think, “What are they waiting for?  It won’t be here next week.  These are such special pieces who would let such a wonderful work of art slip through their fingers?”

Now I am going to follow my own advice I so often give my clients, “Don’t hesitate when you love something like a fine piece of art.  You don’t always get second chances and an artist isn’t going to recreate something so special.  It can’t be done.  Get it now.  Or, at least put your name on the “wait list” for the next superior piece that arrives in the gallery!”

Did you know that galleries have a “Wait List”?  Hunter-Wolff Gallery will email or call you when new inventory arrives so YOU get first pick.  How special is that?  Get your name on the wait list and be the first to say, “Yes, I want that” and never hear yourself say, “I Hate When That Happens” when you lose out on something as special as a Clifford T. Bailey painting.

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Layaway Pays Smile Dividends

June 11, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Events,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Artist Janelle Cox with A Happy Collector

Everyone wants to be happy and have good health.  You can find all kinds of articles on how happiness affects your health.  How you define your own happiness and what makes you happy might be different from others, but we know happy when we see it at the gallery.

Dale from Colorado Springs had been saving up for this beautiful oil painting and planned to buy it before someone else got it.  And the day he picked it up, he was thrilled to learn the artist, Janelle Cox, was in town for a special Opening reception.  It seemed like everyone was super-happy on this occasion.

By the way, Dale was smart because he saved for the down-payment, and then made sure the painting was his by placing it on layaway so he would not risk losing it while he saved for the balance.  You too can acquire the art that makes you happy  by using our no-add cost layaway program.  Don’t let the good ones get away…layaway is so convenient and easy. Try it!

See how it made Dale smile?


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Sizzling Summer Guest Artist

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Transformed by the Journey

About every three months, Hunter-Wolff Gallery brings a new guest artist on board for a brief guest appearance.  This month, Ashley Dull from Minnesota joins us with her carefully molded textured oil paintings. Her landscapes with their sun-setting sky pull you in for a closer look. Is it a painting or photograph, people ask. Then a careful look lets you see how see covers her canvas with what looks like little peaks of thick colored frosting. But step back a few feet and the texture disappears and these nature-inspired scenes appear almost photographic, as though you could step into the scene and walk right down the path.

This under-30 year old artist is making a big splash in her home state and now invited into a number of galleries in Colorado. She recently explained her desire to reach more people and hear them say, “I wanna touch that. I wanna be there.” Then she goes on to explain her own inspiration, “When I am hiking in the woods, touching everything, enjoying the peace that nature brings – I want to put that [feeling] in my paintings. I want to make people feel good.”  Her work has been on our walls for only a week and everyone who visits, steps right up to her exhibit and do the wow-thing.  If you want a painting that makes you “want to be there” for a peaceful experience, then stop by for a close-up look at the Ashley Dull exhibit.

You will find it uplifting. That’s the feeling Ashley is hoping you feel.

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Making A Connection

June 10, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)


Hill Country Blues by Janelle Cox

Many of our loyal patrons started collecting quality art for the first time after visiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  One collector recently said he had collected sculpture and paintings before meeting us, but his choices were always based on price because he felt that was the best way to grow his collection.  Today, he better understands that you get what you pay for and now he looks for quality pieces he feels a connection with.  “It makes more sense to buy quality art that has meaning. I buy fewer pieces in a year but I buy only what I love.  Hunter-Wolff Gallery has taught me so much more about art than I ever knew before and it has made a difference.  I am so proud of my Hunter-Wolff Gallery collection.”

We’d love to hear your stories about collecting and how you got started.  You can send us an email to or leave a comment to this article.

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