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The Power of Art

May 9, 2017 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Small Business | Comments (0)

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Are you aware that by allowing some form of art into your life, you harness a powerful form of expression? At Hunter-Wolff Gallery we are submerged in visual expression, a place where people can express their individuality and represent their beliefs, feelings, imaginations, and philosophies.

CommunityThrough different forms of art, artists can explore different ideas, experience fresh perspectives and take viewers to another place and time. It stimulates the expression and exchange of ideas and feelings, even among total strangers who might never otherwise say a single word to each other. Friendships develop and art serves its purpose by bringing people together.

Doesn’t art improve quality of life too? Visit a room with blank walls and one personalized with handpicked art. One is inviting and the other less so. Studies also reveal that exposure to the arts help children forge their own ideas, acquire core values, such as integrity, perseverance, and analytical skills. Through arts education, students develop an imagination, solve problems, and feel a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and pride; all essential to changing their entire perception to learning. Art not only impacts individuals but entire communities. “An original work of art is not only visually appealing, it also communicates the personality, creativity, insight, technical mastery, attitudes, and at its best, the brilliance and genius of the artist who created it.”

Do you agree? People who appreciate art are likely to be inspired and uplifted by these qualities. Isn’t that the driving force behind thriving and growing communities?  Where we find art and creativity, we find people who are optimistic and proud of their community. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we believe that every form of art serves as a vehicle for a more enriched and rewarding life.

Allow art into your life and see what happens!

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2017 Best of the Springs Art Gallery

May 7, 2017 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Small Business | Comments (0)

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BESTOFwinnerIt’s an honor to learn so many people feel good about what Hunter-Wolff Gallery does day in and day out, year over year. We have left a mark on their lives in some small way. It’s not an easy task but together some 40 people have come together to create something special that people take notice of.  Hunter-Wolff Gallery is not about one owner.  It is about the many talented fine artists who create beautiful work that exceed a standard of expectation. I am pleased to be part of  these results.

Undeniably, it is exciting to be 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 biggest art gallery,  nor the most cutting-edge, but we work extra hard to be recognized  as one of “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 thirty and forty years helping grow an art district.

Throughout 2017 we will celebrate and cherish this award and promise to focus on what we do best: build relationships. For those who think a gallery is about selling art, it is more about creating relationships with artist and those who appreciate and value art. We hope all who voted for us as “Best of the Springs”, did so because we do an excellent job caring for our customers wile building long-standing relationships.

Thank you to all the Hunter-Wolff Gallery  fans who care about us as much as we care about them. A special thanks goes 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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Being the Best of the Best

January 28, 2017 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Small Business,Vote | Comments (0)

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Time is running out to vote Hunter-Wolff Gallery as the  Best of the Springs.  We love being in Colorado Springs for you. For a dozen years Hunter-Wolff Gallery has been the “people’s choice” and we understand what you want from a fine art gallery.  We set high standards, made customer care our priority, and worked extra hard to exceed art enthusiasts expectations. If you have been in to visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery in person or online and want to show your gratitude to the extraordinary artists and Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s staff, then take a minute and VOTE now.  The Gazette terms and conditions require:   Voting  in 10 categories to be counted and please enter Hunter-Wolff Gallery in two categories:  gallery and commercial gallery.

We plan to continue to bring you the best service and best value (as you expect) to make your art collecting experience everything you hope for whether we are voted #1 or not. You can count it.

But, we can’t win without Votes, and if you are reading this blog, you likely have a few minutes to go to the Gazette’s online page to V O T E.  Thank you — you are the reason we are here and we thank you for being our driving force.

Check out some of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s artists on Facebook or our up-to-date Website.

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Mini Art For Big Impact

October 15, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Miniature oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,textured | Comments (0)

Do you dismiss the idea of buying original because you assume you cannot “afford” original art? Today, art can be found for everyone and I assure you there is affordable art for you, if you take time to look. 

We also suggest you consider Miniatures. For collectors, small-scale can be so charming and easy to fit into almost any size home, apartment or studio. Miniatures also give you the opportunity to be creative by deciding how you will arrange on a wall or on a tabletop or both.  As you add to  your miniature collection, you can easily rearrange without dragging out the ladder.  Miniatures are easily found in the $100 range and can go up from there.

The White House and Smithsonian both have impressive collections. Why not you? Hunter-Wolff Gallery features miniatures and small-scale art by award-winning artists, some who specialize in miniatures following all the criteria necessary for juried shows and competitions. One can always find room for a 4×4 Patrice Walker painting, a textured clay design on slate by Vicki Grant, a small bronze sculpture like  Fred Lunger’s bunnies, or small fused glass painting by Gary Vigen. These award-winning artists are some of many who offer art-lovers with a small budget and limited space options to collect prized art.

Miniature painting involves tedious and delicate brushwork that captivates under close scrutiny.  A visit to Hunter-Wolff Gallery might surprise visitors the number of options, sizes and mediums for which small-scale art can be found.  Consider miniatures for your tabletop or display shelves.  They are also affordable and easier to rearrange as new artwork comes into your home and your collection continues to grow.

Remember this tip too, most collectors follow two rules:  (1) Buy the best with what you can afford; (2) Take advantage of Lay Away Plans when offered. If you collect miniatures, we’d like to know how you got started and how you display your collection.

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Sweet Bunny
Patrice Walker

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Fused Glass
Gary Vigen

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Lazy Bunny
Sculpture by Fred Lunger

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Slate & Clay
Vicki Grant

 

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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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Raku That Always Glows

August 24, 2016 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Clay and Fiber,Colorado,Fiber art,Fine Art,Glow Pots,Raku,textured,Willow Bend Studios | Comments (0)

WB-1226 We urge you take time to get acquainted with Raku pottery and in particular, with one of Colorado’s top raku potters Marc Jenesel.  His work is rather unique because it “glows” with warmth and interest.  There are all kinds of raku pottery in the art world but none like this.

Whether an avid collector of pottery or not, if you love the feel and look of pottery, explore his collection.  This is a discovery you don’t want to miss. Marc and his wife Karen collaborate to create vessels with fiber for spectacular sculpture-like vessels.  Their collection of Raku vessels with textured glazes, shapes, and colors are head-turners and make great conversational pieces.  It is amazing what four hands, two sets of eyes and two creative minds can deliver together.  Each piece is exquisite work and the perfect accent for whatever you enjoy collecting.  You might even be moved to pick up a piece for a gift.

Tell us what you like about their pieces … the crackled textured glazes, the coppery shades of blue, violet and red that sparkle and glitter, or some other appealing feature?  Check online to see their combination pieces and more glow pots.

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A Savory Smorgasbord of Art

July 17, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Clay and Fiber,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Glow Pots,jewelry,Paintings,Pottery,ShopSmall,Small Business | Comments (0)

HWGshowroomWhether you are hungry or not, it’s hard to resist a sumptuous smorgasbord. Normally, Hunter-Wolff Gallery doesn’t serve food (except during ArtWalk) but you will find a tempting smorgasbord of art to sample.

Can’t decide what to sample first? With dozens of award-winning artists’ artwork to indulge in, expect a full course meal of art ranging from giftware to heirloom collectibles. Can you imagine dozens of chefs whipping up your smorgasbord? Visitors always find something appealing to their unique tastes. Soup to nuts, you can pick from a variety of two- and three-dimensional art confined to an area not much bigger than a volley ball court.  In spite of limited space, the curator displays and interprets the gallery’s collections to help inform, educate and inspire every visitor.

Not familiar with Raku? Drusy? Burl? Then you are in for a treat, because the staff is prepared to share as much detail as you want and have handouts to help you learn more about the pieces you find interesting.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery has a dozen painters, each with their own unique style and appeal.  Before stepping away from the buffet of paintings, consider the three-dimensional art made from wood, glass, bronze, clay and more. For extra sweet treats, the jewelry cases are filled with beautifully designed and fabricated silver pieces and necklaces, bracelets and earrings in colorful gemstones, pearls, etc., to satisfy today’s contemporary woman.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery has one extra bonus.  No calories!  And, when you can’t find what you want from this smorgasbord of delights, ask the staff to check its sources to find what you’re craving. Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s artists are happy to whip up a new recipe to satisfy your hunger for art. What are you craving?

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Tiny Homes, Tiny Art

May 12, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Miniature oils | Comments (0)

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Recently one of my kids asked my opinion about tiny homes on wheels, where the entire house is several hundred square feet (or less).  I started laughing because I can’t seem to find enough room in my current home, which is substantially larger, for all my art.  I am an art lover afterall and need space to enjoy it.

The small house movement (also known as the “tiny house movement”) is a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. I love the idea but am not sure it works for me personally at this point in my life.  For most art collectors this type of living could pose a problem, especially if you are an active collector and adding new works of art to your collection–to your living space.

One solution for the tiny home dweller is to continue to collect but go for those collectibles that are miniatures or smaller than the norm. For example Fred Lunger, a bronze sculptor at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, sculpts miniature bronzes that are typically between 2 inches and 5 inches in height or width. With miniatures, you often have a “miniature” price tag too!  Hunter-Wolff Gallery has many options for ideal “small” art for those with limited space and  want to continue collecting. Call 719-520-9494 or visit www.hunterwolffgallery.com for help with original art for your space.

 

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Display Art With Pizzazz!

April 11, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Skyward by Jennifer Vranes

Typically art galleries paint their walls white, beige or pale gray for their display walls to keep the focus on the artwork. But, at home, add extra pizzazz by doing just the opposite and use rich, intense color on your walls. If you make color your focal point and first impression, even those tatty pieces you can’t wait to replace will become less noticeable.

Colored walls also compensate for poor architectural details. If you have beautiful moldings, trim, niches or built-ins, your walls look great in most any color. Some architectural designs are better in whites and beiges but the use of bold color to distract the eye can create something special where the builder didn’t.

If your room gets lots of sun and sometimes feels “too warm”, cool it down by painting the walls with a cool color. Likewise, if your room feels too frosty, warm it up with a warm paint color. The way we perceive a room affects the way we feel, and you can balance the extremes with the right color and the right art work.

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