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The Best of the Springs?

February 28, 2010 in Art | Comments (0)

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BESTOFwinner08We’ve been told over and over that we are the best of the Springs but we want that little purple and white sticker on our front door too. Colorado Springs local paper, The Gazette is accepting nominations for Best of the Springs 2010. It’s that time of year to vote for your favorites.

We get thousands of visitors each year and have as many patrons who tell us we are the BEST in Colorado Springs. It is not uncommon for us to hear we carry the best artists.  We think so too and it means so much for our artists to receive your vote.

The voting process is not difficult and takes about 5 minutes.  Click the link here and select your favorite businesses (GALLERY) but also encourage your friends to vote. You can only vote online. Deadline is midnight March 14.

Go to  Arts & Entertainment, City Life, Dining, Family, Shopping Sports & Recreation . You can vote as many times as you have different email addresses.  Vote Now to make a lot of hard working artists very happy.

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Guest Blogger: Colorado Artist Gene Sanchez

February 26, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Artist Gene Sanchez Sketches His Study

I recently read the book “Strapless” by Deborah Davis and wonder how many great paintings “nearly ended” their creator’s career?  It is a true story of Madame X (Virginie Amelie Avegno Gautreau) and artist John Singer Sargent and how their lives came together and ultimately resulted in Sargent’s great “Madame X” painting.  For those not familiar, Sargent entered his “Madame X” painting in the Paris 1884 Salon Exhibition and it created such a controversy that it nearly ended Sargent’s career.

Sargent was one of the most celebrated artists of his time and had been well received in all of his previous Salon entries, but for the 1884 Salon, he wanted to do something that would get Paris and the rest of the art world talking about his true artistic potential.  What did Sargent do that created such a stir?  During one of the painting sessions with Madame X, one of her straps fell down from her shoulder onto her arm and Sargent decided to leave it and paint it in the down position.  He thought it would raise a few eyebrows but certainly not the uproar that followed. How was this possible when paintings of nudes were routinely accepted in salon shows?

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John Singer Sargent's Photo of Madame X with Fallen Strap

It’s a great story behind a great painting and it makes one wonder what other great stories remain untold about other great paintings.  Perhaps you’d like to share one of your stories.

You can find this wonderful book by Deborah Davis at Amazon in Sharon’s Book Store by clicking the tab above.

Gene Sanchez is a guest Blogger  but resident artist at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and we invite you to visit his current collection at our gallery or on-line. Examples of Gene’s work are posted below.

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The Secret to Great Art

February 14, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Jeannie Breeding at Work

Representing Colorado artist Jeannie Breeding is an honor and owning her work is a privilege. I explore the work of hundreds of artists year after year but few move me the way Jeannie Breeding’s work does.  Aside from her continued success as an artist and growing collectors, she brings more than a unique style and skill to her paintings.  Her work is all about emotion and awakening the senses.  This is what makes art great.

When art enthusiasts come across her work in my gallery, they stop dead in their tracks and there is silence … then an explosion of praise. Always the comments are about how her work makes the viewer feel. For those who appreciate her level of her expertise, making a decision to add a Jeannie Breeding painting to their home becomes necessary.

 

Canyon View

Canyon View

Chamisa in Bloom

Chamisa in Bloom

Colorado Morning

Colorado Morning

May Morning

May Morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

She transports onlookers to far-away lands and places them on the spot where she once stood, in the warm morning light or at location that feels so real it reaches into ones soul.  You can “feel” the moist air on your skin or the cool fog whisking across your face. Her work makes me feel alive and in awe of the beauty our planet offers.

You can see some of Jeannie’s work on our website, but you will experience something moving and delightful when you stand in front of her work. She just completed several 9×12 plein air paintings of Colorado landscape when the chamiza is in full bloom and the morning light is perfect.  We hope you stop in to experience what her collectors already know.  It’s an experience you won’t forget.

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50 New Paintings

February 3, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events,jewelry | Comments (0)

From 6×8 to 54×60, art lovers will find a wide range of styles and genre added to the gallery walls this month.  Have you ever wondered what happens to the art that comes down off the wall to make room for new work?  If it didn’t sell or wasn’t placed on lay-away, it went back to the artist’s studio.  They will decide its fate.  Most galleries rotate their art regularly and artists will send pieces not sold in one gallery to other galleries, while other pieces may grace the artist’s own home.  At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we typically rotate our work every 6-8 weeks.  Should you be a buyer who takes months to decide on a purchase, do not worry if the piece you want is not in the gallery when you come back.  If it is still available, we will do everything we can to get the piece back for you.  Worst case scenario, the artist will paint another piece matching your requirements. 

Stop in to see our new February collection.  Works by Marlene Kort, Jeannie Breeding, Laura Reilly, Ken Shanika, Katherine McNeill, Janelle Cox, Kathryn McMahon, John Sherman, Gene Sanchez,  Jean Houghton, Gary Vigen, Patience Heyl, Ruth Burink and Karen and Marc Pierce-Jenesel are waiting to hear your praise.  You can meet Jean Houghton and Sandy Murphy at the gallery on Sunday, February 7 (yes, before the Big Game) from 2-4 pm.  Both artists will be set-up to do educational demonstrations and take orders for custom pieces.

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