No, Burl doesn’t have anything to do with being cold. It is all about beautiful wood. Some new burl aspen vessels by Jerry Wedekind are arriving in time for holiday shopping. We get so many questions about the type of wood and what exactly burl means it was time to give you a little explanation. A burl is a tree growth or by-product of environmental- or human-caused stress in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner.
Some are in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch filled with small knots from dormant buds. Burls can also grow beneath the ground attached to the roots and discovered when the tree dies or falls over. In some tree species, burls can grow to enormous size adding to the challenge and expense of removing the burl from its natural habitat to the woodworker’s studio.
For artists like Jerry Wedekind, Elmer Jacobs and Vinny Luciani at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, burls yield a very peculiar and figured wood that are highly prized for interesting patterns and rich color. The low occurrence rate of burls adds to their value and collectability.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s three wood-turners covet burls for their beauty, but the art of creating with them requires patience and special skills. Burl wood is very hard to work in a lathe or with hand tools because its grain is not straight but misshapen. The highly desirable irregular patterns of burl wood make it harder to saw, chisel, and cut without splitting the wood or accidentally cutting it in the wrong direction.
Stop in soon and let us tell you more about this incredibly beautiful wood!
Reminders 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.
Color 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?
Comfort food–the ultimate hug for the soul this time of year! Even though Hunter-Wolff Gallery doesn’t sell comfort food, you can find Colorado-made pottery for serving your favorite meals for that ultimate hug. Tony Heslop, a fine potter in Colorado Springs, creates an array of colorful, practical tableware for everyday living. Everyday doesn’t mean not special!
Tony’s “pots” are a feast for the eyes and when you add your own home-cooked recipes, it is a combo your family and guests will come back for more. There is nothing like filling the kitchen with the smell of home baked bread and pastries and a bubbling treat on the stove or crockpot and serving it up on beautiful clayware. This past weekend I made a steaming pot of vegetable soup from my grandmother’s recipe book and served it up with crusty bread smothered in soft creamy butter and a tasty mango treat – all served in Tony Heslop’s serving dishes and platters. I even used his clever butter saver that can sit on the counter or table for two weeks without spoiling.
Fans have been collecting Tony’s work for more than thirty years and several generations of cooks keep adding pieces to their own collections and for gifts. Each year he adds new designs, colors and shapes and his work continues to evolve to keep the kitchen king and queens happy. His glazes are food safe and kitchen-friendly because they work in the microwave, dishwasher and oven. If you like adding a bottle wine to the table, check out his wine chiller. Place it in the freezer for a few hours and then on the table and your white wine and champagne will stay chilled throughout the meal…and they are so affordable, you might add several to the table.
When you are looking for a wedding, anniversary, or shower gifts, and have a modest budget, consider finding something special from the Tony Heslop pottery collection. We know the gift will be welcomed and cherished for years to come.
Buy local. Buy American. Buy treasures for a lifetime.
Welcome to Hunter-Wolff Gallery
It is nearly 8 years since we opened our door on W. Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure it was something I would be good at or even enjoy. Owning a gallery in charming Old Colorado City was one of the best decisions I ever made regarding career choices. It’s hard to imagine that I spent almost three decades in the high-tech telecom field, traveling around the world, and giving up the things I really loved to do. Not anymore.
Today, I pour my heart and soul into what I do and love every minute of it. Yes, there are days when I shake my head and question why I work so many long hours, but it is just something that is in my blood. We’ve all heard it before, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Isn’t that the way it should be? Finding your right place in the world is so important and doing what brings pleasure and satisfaction keeps the world turning. I can’t image doing anything else and I plan to be on this “trail” for as long as possible. I hope you come and visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery and meet some of the amazing people who make my day almost perfect.
I wish you too a happy career — where you too never have to work a day in your life. It’s out there, you just have to look and take a chance.
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.
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.
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
What color would you paint your wall, if hanging this painting in a "frosty" room?
It isn’t unusual for art galleries to choose white, beige or pale gray backgrounds for their display walls to keep the focus on the artwork. But, at home, if your art and furnishings aren’t as fine as a gallery, do just the opposite and use rich, intense color on your walls. If you make color your focal point and first impression, 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.
When you are ready to replace your “less-than-fine” artwork, visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery in person and bring the color chips you used to paint your walls so we can help you find “more-than-fine” artwork.
For more paintings by fine artists, like Pamela Poll, visit www.hunterwolffgallery.com.
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
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