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Autumn Delivers Rich Colors

September 22, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,trees | Comments (0)

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As we cross the official mark of autumn this week, tank tops and flip-flops are being moved to the back of the closet and sweaters are coming out of storage.

Though meteorologists consider September 1 the start of fall for record keeping purposes, the autumnal equinox Friday, September 22 signals the beginning of astronomical fall. Whether you welcome autumn and cooler days with open arms or find it a bit depressing, we have the perfect antidote for you.

To celebrate the rich color of autumn, Old Colorado City’s art galleries will host “Aspens on the Avenue” on Saturday, September 30.  Grab a sweater and comfy walking shoes because you won’t want to miss any of the sidewalk exhibits and demonstration featured during this annual fall art fair.  Unlike other OCC ArtWalk events, this event is both outside and inside, showcasing locally and internationally recognized artisans in Colorado Springs’ art district Old Colorado City and promises to lift your spirits and keep you coming back for more. The event features painters, glass blowers, metal workers, jewelers, wood-turners, and more with live demonstrations along the Avenue’s sidewalks.

The highlight of the event is a celebration of fall and Colorado’s beautiful, shimmering aspen trees. It is all about the quaking aspen tree!aftertherain6x12

Hosted by OCC Arts Committee, this event is scheduled for Saturday September 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., on West Colorado Avenue, between 23rd and 27th Streets.

Happy Fall!

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Size Matters

January 26, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Custom Art,expressionistic impressionism,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,John Sherman,mixed medium,Old Colorado City,Paintings,textured,trees | Comments (0)

Some say “size doesn’t matter”.  I disagree.  When collecting art, you should first and foremost, select what you love. Select pieces that move you and stir a special feeling. But, when it comes to displaying that art, place your wall pieces on a wall that is the right size for the artwork.  Large pieces need room to breath and smaller pieces can stand alone on a small wall or above a piece a furniture that doesn’t overpower it.  If you have a large wall begging for art, find a large-scale piece that makes a statement and fits your budget.  Don’t try to fill large wall spaces with tiny art.  It will look ridiculous.

Winesome 38x38For example, regional artist John Sherman loves to paint big and large-scale paintings like his need bigger spaces. John uses  bold blocks of color that make a big splash which also beg for room to breath. John loves to paint on large canvas and we love hanging them for you to see. Fans of expressionistic/impressionistic art find his work intriguing and irresistible.  It is hard to put a label on the style of his work.  It is highly stylized, textured with heavy paint and almost feels abstract within the subject matter. Even his medium is hard to describe because he mixes and blends so many types of ingredients and is hardly a traditional style of work.

He says, “I feel as though the red paint is my medium and within the layers of paint on the subject matter (which is often red trees) you can see another art form that is abstract.”  Realism mixed with abstract?  Interesting how he is able to balance these two elements for his own style–a style not taught in school but one that comes from practice and passion, and is as unique as the painter. But, these are perfect works of art for the big space that so many newer homes feature.

At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we love styles that are outside the box, and we love big too. Let us know about your unique style and how you display various sizes you collect.

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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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From Colorado’s Back Country to Your Front Door

December 30, 2014 in American Made,Art,Colorado,Old Colorado City,trees | Comments (0)

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Two-Tiered Juniper Table by Jerry Wedekind

Two-Tiered Juniper Table by Jerry Wedekind

This time of the year, are you planted in front of your TV or snuggled up with a good book in front the fire? Sounds comfortable, doesn’t it? Unlike those of us who prefer the comforts of home when the temperatures dip below freezing, Jerry Wedekind is one of those rare beings who would prefer the outdoors over the indoors anytime of the year.

He is a real outdoorsman with a special gift.  He loves the wilderness and scours Colorado back country for his greatest love – “the finest aged wood” to create breathtaking hollow turned burl vessels and artistically twisted juniper for tables and benches.  Real sculptural pieces of art!

It only takes about 15 seconds of listening to Jerry to learn how serious he is about his craft. Not many artists go to the extremes Jerry does to produce handcrafted art made from aspen, juniper and other beautiful Colorado wood. He often takes flight in a small aircraft, searching like an eagle in the sky, to locate rare and unusual burls—which from the sky look like a black target against the white aspen bark and snow covered ground. Using his GPS, he records the location of each potential piece to collect after the snow melts.

Aspen Burl Vessel by Jerry Wedekind

Aspen Burl Vessel by Jerry Wedekind

When he’s not turning objects in his shop, Jerry is hiking or mountain biking to collect potential wood he can’t visually identify from the sky. He says, “When I’m on a trail, I have one eye on the trail and the other fixed upon the surrounding landscape in a constant quest for the raw materials I need for my turnings and tables.”  Maybe it only takes one good eye for Jerry, but I think he just has a sixth sense about these things since he has been doing it for years.  Stop in and see (with both your eyes) these beautiful burl vessels and juniper tables.

You are a click away from more work by Jerry. More details about Jerry in a previously published article, February 2013, titled “Hardship Builds Character”.

 

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Beauty from Devastation

August 2, 2014 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,trees | Comments (0)

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BLKFtreeThe last two years have been trying for many Coloradans in the Colorado Springs area because of terrible wildfires.  At the time, it was hard not to think constantly about all the devastation and wonder how people directly affected would get through it.  The summer of 2014 is quite different for most residents in this area because of better weather conditions and lots of rain—almost daily.  But it is still hard to see the thousands of burned trees and chared hillsides where the flora and fauna once flourished.

Out of all that devastation, a creative artist and woodturner named Vinny Luciani at Hunter-Wolff Gallery has taken something so horrible and made something beautiful.  With salvaged Ponderosa Pine from the 2013 Black Forest fire, he makes lovely little tree ornaments.  His little trees include burned and unburned sections of the tree and are accented with crushed turquoise from one of Colorado’s turquoise mines in Cripple Creek.  These little jewels are a reminder of how quickly our natural resources can be devastated and how important it is to stay hopeful about the future.

We hope you have a safe summer and always return to find the home you love exactly the way you left it.  More information about Vinny Luciani’s Christmas tree ornaments can be found at our website or by calling 719-520-9494 during normal business hours.

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Bigger is Better

October 3, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,mixed medium,Paintings,Red,trees | Comments (0)

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After a three-month exhibit in Colorado Springs Airport, regional artist John Sherman’s remaining (unsold) paintings moved to Hunter-Wolff Gallery this week.  Large and larger-scale paintings in bold blocks of color adorn the walls for a big splash. John loves to paint on large canvas and we love hanging them for you to see. Fans of expressionistic/impressionistic art find John Sherman’s work intriguing, even irresistible.  It is hard to put one label on the style of his work.  It is highly stylized, textured with heavy paint and almost feels abstract within the subject matter. Even  his medium is hard to describe because he mixes and blends so many types of ingredients and hardly a traditional style of work.  He says, “I feel as though the red paint is my medium and within the layers of paint on the subject matter (which is typically red trees) you can see another art form that is abstract.”  Realism mixed with abstract?  Interesting how he is able to balance these two elements for his own style–a style not taught in school but one that comes from practice and passion, and is as unique as the painter.

We love styles that are outside the box, and we would love to hear about your unique style and the style you appreciate most.

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