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It’s Never Too Late

December 22, 2009 in Art,Artists,jewelry | Comments (0)

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DSCN1714aspen-pot-wc5.5 x 2.5RedGoldVaseAutumnSonata28 x28In just a few days you and your loved ones will be gathering to exchange holiday gifts and good cheer.  You’ve heard it a hundred times, “it’s not the gift that counts but the thought”.  But, the truth is you want to give something that will be remembered).  If you are still scrambling to find the perfect art gift but are perplexed about what to choose, pick up a Gallery Gift Certificate.  Let your loved one pick exactly what they want.  We can gift box it for you or simply enclose it in a personally addressed envelope so you can hang it on the tree or slip it in the Christmas stocking.  Certificates from the gallery allow the gift certificate holder to select from our beautiful jewelry collections, hand-blown glass, pottery, original paintings, and more—all made right here in Colorado.  They can even mix and match or put your gift toward something bigger that can be placed on lay-away.  It’s Never Too Late to give the perfect gift. And remember, it’s always a great idea for birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special gift-giving time. Just call and we will help in a jiffy.

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The Cat is Out of the Bag

December 11, 2009 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Tempest1219When something good is about to happen, it is too hard to keep it a secret.  It is especially difficult when unique artistry like that of Karen Pierce and Marc Jenesel has already been delivered and is now on display.  I just couldn’t wait to tell you about the Pierce-Jenesel team’s clay and fiber vessels before the media get word. Yes, we are purposely “letting the cat out of the bag” because their amazing mixed media vessels, made up of clay and organic materials, should be under this year’s Christmas tree. 

BlogCitypark54x181Marc is the clay artist and has perfected his technique for rich colors, unexpected textures and flowing shapes. His wife, Karen, spends hours and hours intricately weaving natural grasses and reeds to top off Marc’s raku for an exquisite treasure. Much of their combined work includes brass coins, shells from the sea, and little jewel accents like chalcedony and carnelian. The combination of these and other materials is a feast for your eyes.  These beauties are not inexpensive but worth every penny and guaranteed to make a beautiful gift from Santa.

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Art Education: Sculpting Young Minds

December 7, 2009 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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Burink_Studio101notesDo you know how simple it is to take an active role in art education for your child? Not only is it simple but it is important because depending on their school curriculum to fill that role may leave you and him disappointed. Art education cultivates the imagination, self-expression and creativity, and plays a vital role in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving. Parents can take easy steps to help with art education by simply visiting local galleries and museums. Parents can also encourage the child’s art teacher to take the class on field trips to local galleries.

Burink_ExaminingSculptureArt Studio 101 and their more advanced students spent some after-school hours recently visiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery to learn about the challenges of stone sculpting from local sculptor Ruth Burink.

The kids had a great time examining dozens of diamond-edge sculpting tools and sample stone materials supplied by Burink. Each student, explored the sculpture on exhibit while taking notes and asking questions. They were introduced to different types of stone, including Colorado marble from Marble, Colorado, where the 100-ton block of marble came from to create the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Although it will be some time before these eager beginners are ready to work with all the sophisticated tools used by an accomplished sculptor, they are clearly inspired and eager to develop basic skills using wood under the watchful eye of their art instructor, Rhonda Conn-Parent.

Don’t make the mistake of denying you child the opportunity to learn, enjoy and excel through the arts. Taking your kids to a gallery is fun, free and a great way to spend quality time together. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is located at 2510 W. Colorado Avenue and features regionally recognized artists working in a range of mediums including mini- and large-scale paintings, blown glass, jewelry, ceramics and pottery, sculpture, wood turnings and other fine works of art.

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