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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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Are You An Art Junkie?

April 15, 2014 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Events,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings,Shop Small,Small Business | Comments (0)

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PoppiesRecently, I spent an evening with a few friends at an event enjoying the NBA (No Boys Allowed), a walking tour of local shops.  Because I tend to be a workaholic, I knew it would be fun to get away from work, visiting my neighborhood small shops and meeting some other business owners.

What I did not expect was that I would be buying art. I really do not need more art, but I admit I am an Art Junkie.  Isn’t that an odd confession for an art dealer who has their own shop full of hundreds of art objects?  Plus, there is scarcely a spot for more paintings in my home. What’s an art junkie to do?

At my gallery, Hunter-Wolff Gallery, I represent 37 fine artists and there is always something coming in the door taunting me, calling my name.  But, like working in a chocolate factory where workers become immune to the smell of chocolate, I too can resist buying my gallery art every time I fall in love with a new arrival.  And, the truth is, I fall in love all the time.

What does this have to do with last evening?  It just goes to show that no matter how disciplined you are about spending and collecting, sometimes it just feels good to give in to ones cravings.  I’m glad I did.  Now when I walk by these paintings on my wall,  I see not only three delightful little oils but have a special memory of my friends and the nicest business owners in my neighborhood town. It was a great evening and I’ll cherish that night just as much as I cherish my new art.

It’s okay to be an art junkie!  If it makes you smile and helps you connect with humanity, go for it!

When was the last time you purchased a must-have painting, when you least expected it? How did it make you feel?

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Lead the Way to LayAway

March 17, 2014 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Clifford T. Bailey,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Shop Small,Small Business | Comments (0)

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Piggy-Bank1How many times have you returned to purchase a special piece of art days after you first saw it and it was gone? Not only are you disappointed, but the staff at Hunter-Wolff Gallery too is disappointed that you missed out. When you don’t want to use a credit card and you don’t have the cash on hand for your art purchase, consider using Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s layaway plan. It’s a great option and it doesn’t cost anything extra.

When you buy an item on credit, you take the merchandise home with you but then you are likely to pay a premium to your credit card holder while you make installment payments. When you use our  layaway, however, you agree to a non-refundable deposit equal to a percentage of the purchase price and pay over time at no extra charge. How great is that?

Because we want you to own the art you love, we never add a handling fee or any up-charge to your layaway. We do remove the item from the sales floor and it remains in storage reserved for you until the final payment is made.

We get it that being in debt  is a dumb idea.  That is why we started offering layaway almost nine years ago and many collectors can attest to collecting using our layaway plan without upsetting their household budget. We are big fans of the Dave Ramsey philosophy “Cash is King; Debt is Dumb!” and understand why you may not want to charge a purchase.

By the way, there isn’t a small business that I know who doesn’t prefer cash.  Cash sales save small businesses money and helps keep operating costs low.   So when you get the chance, use cash and help your local small businesses thrive and grow without adding increases to your purchases. Did you really think all those credit card rewards came free?

Remember: the Hunter-Wolff Gallery  layaway purchase plan is not limited to in-store purchases. We also offer layaway options for items that clients find on our website or Facebook. Our goal is to help you acquire the artwork that you love without causing financial stress.  Layaway is easy; start with a down payment and make regular weekly or monthly payments and before you know it, you will own beautiful original artwork.  Now lets start talking about the art you love!

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Shop Small – November 30

November 24, 2013 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Shop Small,ShopSmall,Small Business | Comments (0)

Digital_BannerReminders are everywhere about shopping small business. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is looking forward to November 30 too because we get a chance to show how Shopping Small feels better than Big. We take time to build relationships and help you. We don’t just deliver a great day of shopping on “Shop Small” day, but we deliver a great day because we practice everyday. If you check in with us regularly, you already know Small is good for you and for the community and for all the great artists at Hunter-Wolff Gallery who create fine art  you want to take home. We are here to make your experience special, the day we all Shop Small and support small businesses around the country.

We are easy to find  at 2510 W. Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs’ historic district, Old Colorado City. Spend the day shopping Old Colorado City and park in the Free Public Parking right behind our building. We are open from 11 am to 6 pm daily and until 5 pm on Sunday.

So stop by on November 30th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and do your part to help make this Small Business Saturday one of the biggest shopping days of the year for small businesses.

 

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Caring for Customers

November 3, 2013 in American Made,Art,art education,Art Gallery,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Shop Small | Comments (0)

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HunterWolffGalleryfrontColor trends and fashions change year to year. One thing that never goes out of style is great customer care.  What some sellers forget, however, is that “customer care” MEANS caring. Caring is defined as “displaying kindness and concern for others” and that applies to the workplace.  Having served thousands of customers for most of my career, I am fairly certain that most will admit that when it comes to buying, price and perceived value come much lower on the list than one might expect.

At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we know from experience that customers prefer to buy from sellers who deliver exceptional service and show they care by:

  • Connecting on a personal level while getting down to business
  • Being responsive to concerns and objectives
  • Sharing product knowledge with confidence
  • Listening (not talking!) to the customer and providing full attention to the customer
  • Taking time to fully understand every possible detail about the customer’s requirements and needs
  • Helping the customer avoid potential risks or drawbacks
  • Bringing  solutions, options and new ideas to the table
  • Developing a workable solution
  • Communicating the purchasing process in simple terms
  • Providing value above other options

When a seller cannot demonstrate that buying from them is the right course of action for the customer, the customer should buy elsewhere. All things being equal, most people would rather buy from somebody they like and that is true when all things are not equal too.  When someone walks out Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s door with or without a purchase, we want them to remember that we did everything possible to make their experience positive. Sounds simple doesn’t it?

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Once A Month A Must: ArtWalk

September 3, 2013 in American Made,Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Colorado,Custom Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings,Shop Small,Small Business,Teaching | Comments (0)

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Do you love being on top of what is happening in the art community? Then you should have ArtWalk on your calendar! It’s the first Friday of every month through December in Old Colorado City, right on Colorado Avenue. Check the galleries along the Avenue between 24th and 27th Streets to enjoy the latest collections and hear the latest news. Be sure to stop in at Hunter-Wolff Gallery!

Having received “Best” awards eight years running, you don’t want to miss what everyone is talking about. Whether you are a casual or hard-core collector, ArtWalk is great way to meet some of the gallery artists, gallery owners and staff, and learn about new trends, along with a wide variety of mediums, and techniques.

There are hundreds of individual art pieces to be found in Old Colorado City’s art galleries–the largest concentration of artists and galleries in Colorado Springs within three city blocks. And after all the art browsing and buying, there isn’t a better place in Colorado Springs to meet up with friends over a great meal or refreshments.

Be sure to add ArtWalk to your calendar now 5-8 pm in Old Colorado City.   Parking is free, admission is free and the fun is priceless!

Hunter-Wolff Gallery is also hosting a 3 hour live oil painting demo on September 6, from 5-8 pm.  Learn what is on the mind of regional artist Patience Heyl as she works her canvas and paints for a few magical hours.

 

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Going to a Trunk Show?

August 23, 2013 in Art,Artists,Best of the Springs,Events,jewelry,Pendants,Shop Small,ShopSmall | Comments (0)

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What is a Trunk Show? At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we host an annual Trunk Show to feature a specific jewelry designer and offer customers a chance to meet our designer and discuss the materials used in the featured jewelry collection. On August 24, 2013 DKC Jewelry by Colorado Springs designer Diane Calkins will be featured along with her one-day only 2013 Signature earrings. Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s staff will model DKC Jewelry design throughout the day and preview the DKC collection before it is made available to the public.

Customers will have the opportunity to participate in a special drawing for attendees only and win free gift giveaways.  At this annual Trunk Show, we also have an exclusive buy 3, get one free offer as a gift to clients.

Although Hunter-Wolff Gallery is open year-round and purchases can be made at www.hunterwolffgallery.com any time, this is the only time of year, you can stock up on gifts for the future at a special trunk show prices.  Get the same top quality for slightly less! And, be sure to say “hello” to Diane Calkins!

History Lesson: Trunk shows are so named because dresses used to be transported to these events in trunks.

 

 

 

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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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