Archive for May, 2010

Name that Painting!

May 29, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

 

"Name That Painting"

"Name That Painting"

Our summer “Teach Me Now” program is underway and includes monthly art demonstrations and weekly painting instruction.  Award-winning, visiting artist and art instructor, Don Hamilton, will be conducting a special two-hour demonstration of his oil painting technique on Saturday, June 12, from 1 to 3 pm. The gallery’s “Teach Me Now” sessions allow the audience to ask questions and learn from a hands-on approach. 

Don Hamilton is a professional artist and has been conducting workshops and classes for over 25 years.  He is an instructor for Grumbacher Art supplies and also teaches drawing and painting to young artists. Don and his wife have been teaching elementary through high school students since they started their popular KidzKreative Art Enrichment Program.

As an introduction to Don Hamilton, we are displaying several paintings including the image above which we are asking for your help to name.  So put on your thinking cap and help us find a proper title so we can offer it for sale!  Hints: the piece is 10 x 12 oil and depicts Pinon trees on a brilliant snowy day. The title selected will entitle the winner to a special gift from Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Be sure to send your recommendation, contact info  and email so we can contact the winner!

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Be Here Now; Turn-off Your Cell

May 20, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Still Water Reflections 36x48 by John Sherman

Are you too busy on your cell to enjoy life’s gifts? If you are always busy texting or have a phone attached to your ear like an appendage you have no idea what you are missing.  Put down the i-phone, stop texting and turnoff the cell for day and see what you are missing.  Life on the end of a phone will be there when needed. A friend once told me, “Be Here Now is my motto” and ever since I heard that I make every effort to live the “be here now” concept.  Life is so much sweeter and those little moments of joy can be so fleeting; I’d hate to miss it. 

Art is like that too.  When visiting a gallery, take an extra few minutes to truly look at the artwork – look deeply at the brush strokes, color palette, inhale the scent of oil, imagine yourself standing where the artist stood painting the scene.  Visiting means to go to see for a purpose, for inspection and examination.  When visiting a gallery or exhibit, there should be no cell phones, no distractions to interrupt your purpose. 

We urge you to examine and admire, to critique and praise, to escape and fantasize in the art work on the gallery wall and tabletops.  Artists create using their mind, heart and hands and you are missing the point of their work if you can’t “be here now” fully focused without texting messages on your i-phone.

Stop in for a visit and ask questions but be sure you inhale all the beauty at your finger-tips.  The rest of the world will be there when you leave.  I promise.

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Best of the Springs Delight

May 8, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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BestofSprings-2010On behalf of our 30 artists, I want to thank  all our fans and patrons who keep us inspired and dedicated to bring you the best art available to Colorado Springs.   We feel honored to receive this recognition, your votes and continued support.  Being awarded the Best of the Springs 2010 means we will work even harder to bring you only the very best.   Thanks for your Vote!

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Blessed with Beauty

May 6, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

 
San Padre Island Couldscape by Laura Reilly

San Padre Island Couldscape by Laura Reilly

 

La Luna by Fran Dodd
La Luna by Fran Dodd

First Friday ArtWalk is a celebration of beauty and many blessings.  We are blessed with talented artists who dedicate hours and hours, day after day, creating beautiful works of art for our pleasure … a pleasure that can last a lifetime.

Don’t miss out on what was just delivered.  Great artwork doesn’t last long and smart buyers don’t delay.   Fran Dodd is new to the gallery but not new to collectors who have been enjoying her gifts for nearly 30 years. Fran will be thrilled to meet you and tell you about her vibrant oil and pastel paintings that are filled with excitement. Laura Reilly timed the completion of a grouping of seven 9×12 oils—all inviting and soothing, capturing the highlights of her recent trip to the Gulf coast just for Friday’s ArtWalk. Emily Kline delivered a series of miniatures, colorful little pastels of Colorado landscape and perfect for a shelf or tabletop. Janelle Cox surprised us with amazing new oil paintings that are almost magnetizing. The list doesn’t end here – we want you to come see it all for yourself.  If you think this isn’t the time to purchase an original piece of art, you could change your mind when you see what we are offering. (Think layaway too)  These artists delivered something extra special—it’s “stop in your tracks” beautiful!  Friday, May 7 – 5-8 pm! Don’t miss it!

Opera Night by J.Cox

Opera Night by J.Cox

 

Garden of the Gods at Dawn by E.Kline

Garden of the Gods at Dawn by E.Kline

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Walking the ArtWalk

May 5, 2010 in Art | Comments (0)

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Mardi-Gras Memories

Mardi-Gras Memories

Why do so many people come out for ArtWalk?

It’s fun. It’s free. It delivers surprises. And, you are guaranteed to satisfy your itch for great art! The ArtWalk galleries schedule important art releases and introductions to new artists typically in time for ArtWalk, and who would want to miss that?  Sometimes you can get a sneak peek preview of the new collections by stopping in a day or two before ArtWalk if you can get away from work or family commitments. 

 

Most art districts, including ArtWalk presented by Ent Business Banking in Old Colorado City, schedule their event for the first Friday of every month.  It’s easy to remember.   Repeat ArtWalkers say it’s a great way to start the weekend and wind up their workweek.  For 2-3 hours, art-goers stroll in and out of the participating galleries and can seek out artists for conversation.  At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we always have 5 or 6 artists (with name tags) to meet visitors and answer questions.  We hold demonstrations too. One of last month’s local visitors said, “I really look forward to the first of the month and coming with my friends to discuss art with the artists.  What a great way to become more informed about trends and see how art is created.”

 

If you love art and haven’t been to ArtWalk, stop in and find out what you have been missing.  May 7 is another special ArtWalk evening at Hunter-Wolff Gallery — we are introducing a new artist, Fran Dodd. Her work is uplifting and cheerful and we look forward to sharing some cheer with you!  Mark down the date – May 7 from 5-8 pm.  Let us know about your experiences at ArtWalk, too.

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Christmas in May???

May 2, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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It’s only May and Christmas is a long way off but you know that feeling of anticipation one feels seeing special gifts under the tree? That’s the feeling I get every time an artist announces new work is coming to the gallery. So when Laura Reilly called to tell me she just completed six or seven new paintings from her recent paint-out in San Padre Island, Cabana Beach and the Gulf coast, I could barely wait for her arrival. I know that all my senses were on alert and I was almost giddy; after all I am one of the first people to see her efforts.  She was about to reveal the results of many hours of work; work that she poured her heart and soul into every brush stroke for our approval and hopefully a meaningful connection. I know she too was excited to show off her new collection and looked to me for an immediate response.

I wanted to rush over and pull away the wrappings. My mind’s eye conjured up all kinds of images until the bubble-wrap was removed, fully revealing her latest prizes. One by one, Laura revealed her wonderful experiences and memories locked in oil on canvas.  OMG … so lovely.  Now that we have celebrated “Christmas”, it’s your turn to enjoy her gifts.  Here’s a quick look of several pieces from this lovely collection of seven 9×12 paintings. Stop in and let’s compare reactions.  These seven paintings are some of Laura Reilly’s best.  It’s easy to see this trip agreed with her. You too can take a trip just by visiting her work. Can you see yourself wiggling your toes on “her” beach in San Padre Island?

SanPadreIsSeashore912Mystic Morning

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