Since August is “American Artists Appreciation” month Hunter-Wolff Gallery selected one of its fine pastel painters, Marlene Kort, to honor this month.
Marlene works primarily with Pastels. Rather than using oil paint, brushes, solvents and other liquids, she selects her color sticks of ground pigment mixed with a binder. Shaped into drawing (painting) sticks, she layers and blends using her fingers. Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on a toothy paper similar to sandpaper by overlaying or blending colors. The color stays brilliant.
Although artists have been using pastels since the Renaissance, they did not become popular until the 18th century. Works created by numerous notable artists, including Edgar Degas, an innovator in the pastel technique, can be found in museums and look as fresh and vibrant as if created in more modern times.
Pastel is a very flexible medium and durable. It can be brushed off or erased. It can be blended or layered. It is typical to blend colors with a finger. Finished pieces are best placed under museum-quality glass to eliminate glare, protect against UV light rays and preserve a painting for a lifetime! Consider a pastel painting by Marlene Kort at Hunter-Wolff Gallery the next time you shop for art. It will remain vibrant for generations and by framing with top-quality museum glass will be appreciated for a lifetime.
Many examples of Marlene’s available work for ownership can be viewed on our website
. For more information about Marlene and her passions, click to read Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s August 2016 gallery’s newsletter.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery always has someone on staff to help with questions about art techniques, purchasing,
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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 15 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 April 3, David Newton, Justin Clements, Gina Grundemann, Gary Vigen, Marlene Kort, and many others will be available to answer questions. Selling art is their livelihood and we 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 admire in your own home.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery will also have staff 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, April 3 ArtWalk?
As an art-enthusiast and collector, have you had the pleasure of meeting the creator of the wonderful works selected for your home? Wouldn’t that be fun? For a collector of contemporary works, the ultimate personal connection to a work of art is meeting the artist. Personally, I have a long list of artists I wish I could meet, but unfortunately many are no longer living. However, for works by living artists, it can be thrilling to shake hands, tell the artist how wonderful he or she is, and chat with these gifted individuals who enhance our lives. Having the opportunity to personally be invited into the artist’s world is an added bonus.
One collector admitted, “The value of “bragging rights” that come with owning works of an artist-friend or acquaintance cannot be overstated. No one alive today can say he dropped in on Vermeer or Leonardo, but I can speak endlessly about my relationships with the various artists whose works are in my collection.” He continued to explain that when it comes to choosing between two equally wonderful creations by different artists new to his collection, he almost always supports the artist he has met.
For the artist, it is equally rewarding to meet admirers and collectors. It is these reasons we host regularly scheduled events to bring artist and collector together. By making appearances at openings and participating in events where the artist’s work is exhibited, the artist has the opportunity to engage with his admirers. It’s a win-win and sometimes it even tilts the balance toward a collector’s buying decision over another work.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery is one of a dozen galleries in Old Colorado City who participates in First Friday ArtWalk between April and December. Visitors and collectors are greeted by artists; some artists are demonstrating techniques, like Gary Vigen or other featured artists and jewelry designers. Mark your calendar for every first Friday of the month in Old Colorado City, Colorado, and take advantage of this great opportunity to discuss possible custom pieces one-on-one with the potential creator, too. Drop in and visit with your favorite artist. I bet that you will look at the artist’s artwork in a different light after you meet.
Can you put a name to the faces below? They are all represented at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and eager to meet you.
The word is out! Pottery hounds are thrilled to learn that the date for Tony Heslop’s Seconds Sale is almost here! Colorado Springs potter Tony Heslop is making room in his shop for new 2015 inventory! And, like you, we really like Tony’s work and are excited to host another “Day of Pottery” to move his extra inventory so the new inventory has room. The sale includes inventory that is beautiful but may be limited in numbers or discontinued glazes or styles.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery planned this special Seconds Sale on Saturday, January 24 opening two hours earlier than normal. If you like a great deal and beautiful pottery, we suggest you come as early as you can because this event is a one day event, from 9 am to 6 pm, and we are expecting his many fans for a great turnout. If it is anything like last year, early shopping is a must.
Why would we do this when it goes against our core principles? Quality is always important to us, and this event does not go against our core values. Hunter-Wolff Gallery would not allow items that are defective or broken in some way. And, because it is a New Year, we wanted to something special out of the ordinary.
So mark your calendar and bring boxes for your purchases. Because this is such a great deal, help us keep costs down by bringing cash or checks. You can expect to have tons of fun, where everyone leaves with something they consider a pottery prize. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 24 from 9 am to 6 pm.
Every year Christmas seems to come faster than the year before and every year it seems to be harder to think of new ideas. Are you struggling with balancing your budget and finding a gift that doesn’t look like it came from the local pharmacy?If socks and ties and drug store cologne aren’t working for you, good! Start thinking about unique gifts that show you care. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we help clients every day purchase affordable gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and 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 so important to you. Here are a few ideas on some items available at different price points:
Under $100 for Her or Him
- Hand-blown glass hearts by Donna Gordon, starting at $65
- Hand-blown “paper weights” in tear-drop form by Donna Gordon, starting at $40
- Vases, Platters, and other functional pottery by Tony Heslop, starting under $20
- Jewelry by four different designers, starting under $30
- Decorative raku by Mark Wong, starting at $35
- Decorative/functional clayware and glass bowls, plates, and other tableware by Kerry Brooks, starting at $35
- Lamps and raku vessels in a variety of glazes by Tony Heslop, starting at $35
$100-$500 for Her or Him
- Wood turned vessels and bowls (he will love!), starting at $150
- Blown glass plates, vases, and more by Donna Gordon, starting at $140
- Oil and pastel paintings beautifully framed by multiple artists, starting at $145
- Whimsical flying Texas-Longs with Bunnies by Madalyn Kae, starting at $225
- Unique raku Glow Pots by Marc Jenesel, starting at $335
- Blown glass by Jennifer Nauck starting at $400
- Beautiful pendants and bracelets, starting at $95
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!
The value of simplicity is sometimes overlooked. Too often we forget to take time to enjoy the simple things in everyday life, like a single delicate bloom or the vibrant color of juicy oranges sitting on the counter.
If you are yearning for freedom from the complexities in your life, don’t miss Marlene Kort’s pastel collection at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, which reminds viewers of the beauty in simplicity around us. Her paintings trigger cherished forgotten memories and show us how much beauty and purity surrounds us. In a hectic world that seems to move faster than ever before and seems to be getting more complicated, Marlene Kort’s vibrant pastels are a welcomed escape. She presents real day-to-day life occurrences and objects in terms that are easy to appreciate and understand. Her paintings give us the opportunity for a temporary leave of absence from our chaotic and stressful world. Artists talk about creating an emotional connection through their art, but Marlene makes it happen and she communicates a positive energy in her paintings that can be appreciated every day (without adding more complexity to your life).
If you can’t take a much needed respite because life’s demands are relentless, consider adding peaceful paintings to your home so you can give yourself a mini-vacation when you glance at your walls as you rush through your busy day. You deserve it!
Ann Leago, Sharon Wolff & Marlene Kort, Gallery Representatives to Help You With All Your Art Needs
Hunter-Wolff Gallery is committed to being your first choice for art collecting. We hand-select each piece of art with a careful eye to details, ensuring top quality and collectability. We select pieces as if they were being placed in our own home.
Winning your approval takes more than quality artwork. We know you have options all over the world for buying art and jewelry. That is why we believe you deserve the extra bonus of high customer service and complete satisfaction with your buying experience. We promise to deliver with a smile and with the same enthusiasm you feel when visiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery. We strive to make you feel like family when you visit.
Window Treatment, Marlene Kort
We can look inward and outward and examine various aspects of ourselves, but with art we can find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Music, dance and visual arts have that affect especially when we take time to open our ears, eyes and heart.
When I look at this 14 x 11 pastel by Marlene Kort, “Window Treatment” I imagine myself visiting a small village in Europe where people are friendly, the streets are narrow, and there is the pervasive scent of flowers and food—there is an abundance of well-cared for flowers overflowing window boxes and planters at the doorway to greet visitors. It is easy to feel welcomed with that sort of greeting. I like being here.
Where does this painting take you?
Artist Marlene Kort & SSgt. Anthony Ngo Devote a Day Fundraising
Success! Thanks to the many supporters of a newly started fundraiser “Plates & Palettes” in Old Colorado City for combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD.
It’s exciting to witness so many caring people who want to give. In spite of difficult economic times, people find ways to help others.
It was easy for me to jump on board to support this small organization with a big dream. They have limited funding and a goal to take a results-driven program national. This group of caring Coloradans recognizes the need for a solution, other than drugs, for our combat heroes when they have nowhere to turn for help with PTSD.
Anyone who has lived with this disorder knows how effective therapy can be because drugs are not always the answer. Art therapy is an effective tool. I am excited to be part of this effort and hope you too will consider helping this cause. This is neither a government funded nor a national program (yet) and relies on private contributions to support material needs and costs associated with running a dedicated art therapy program.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery will continue to support the program however we can. During October, we are offering the opportunity to purchase beautiful blown glass hearts for the cause. Every heart sale makes a difference—to the many combat heroes and their families.
Red Explosion by Marlene Kort
Following an artist’s career can be like watching children grow-up. When they do something new, totally unexpected, and done very well, it can be a very happy occasion. One of my favorite arists at Hunter-Wolff Gallery is a very fine pastel artist, Marlene Kort. Marlene has a wonderful style that is easy to look at, captures the essence of her subject matter and more times than not–evokes an emotional response. There are too many of her paintings that “got away” before I could get the money on the table and I couldn’t let that happen again when she presented Red Explosion – a new and totally unexpected style.
Marlene stepped out of her comfort zone with pastel and created a wonderful still-life oil painting that I am proud to own. The right thing may have been to give customers at Hunter-Wolff Gallery the chance to grab this beautiful painting, but I could not pass it up. I’m hoping she will do more oils in this style and give collectors a chance to enjoy her wonderful style, like I enjoy looking at Red Explosion every day on my living room wall.
What do you think? Doesn’t this work put a smile on your face and make you feel like you stumbled onto something really special?