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Unusual Path

July 25, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

It may seem like an unusual path for an art gallery to set its sights on an investment firm for an alliance partnership.  Why not?

Unusual Path by Marlene Kort

Unusual Path by Marlene Kort

Hunter-Wolff Gallery and Waddell & Reed found through working some charity projects together that they may have more in common than first met the eye.  Sometimes finding just one important commonality can make all the difference in developing an alliance partner.  The most obvious is our clientele.  Financial investors frequently invest in art and art collectors need financial advisors. Waddell & Reed also have the resources art collectors need to protect their art collection for generations through trusts and other financial instruments.

How will this help clients at the gallery?  First, we have just gained some added wall space for more collections and exhibition and our new “friends” are excited to show-off their impressive office space during your visit.  Protecting your fine art collection is as important as protecting any other asset in your portfolio – check-out Waddell & Reed for all your financial planning/investment needs–now just stop by Hunter-Wolff Gallery for a briefing on what new pieces just arrived or take an unusal path to  Waddell & Reed at 1365 Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs for another grouping of work by some of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s finest artists.

Waddell & Reed is showcasing works by Marlene Kort, Janelle Cox, Katherine McNeill and John Sherman.

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Make Art Your Antidote

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Pat, Sparky & Dave

Pat, Sparky & Dave

It’s easy to find things wrong in our world and there is no shortage of complaints. Maybe that is why so many people turn to art where they can be assured of comfort and joy.  It can whisk us away in a matter of moments to another place or time away from distress and worries.   The second someone steps into the gallery, I can see their expression change and  life’s burdens magically melt away.  And when I hand  a piece of art to its new owner, their expression is priceless. I know without hearing their words that the artwork has found a new caretaker who will treasure it forever.  Here is Pat and Dave with Sparky, new owners of two of Sparky LeBold’s oil paintings.  They couldn’t be happier. 

  

 

Ron Found A McMahon Treasure

Ron Found A McMahon Treasure

Ron too displays a big smile after purchasing a wonderful oil painting by Kathryn McMahon and placed another companion piece on “hold”. 

Buying artwork at today’s prices couldn’t be a better value … or be a better antidote for all the things wrong in our world. Fine art can make you too smile.  Try it!

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Mission Accomplished

July 21, 2010 in Art | Comments (0)

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Ann Leago, Event Planner

Our Newest Staff Member, Ann Leago, Event Planner

Offering art work that exceeds expectation isn’t the only thing on my mind 24 hours a day

When someone walks through my door or speaks with us via the telephone or email, I’m thinking about how I can make this a memorable experience for that person.  My staff and I take great pride in delivering high quality work but creating a pleasant and professional environment for a delightful buying experience is just as important.

What does that mean? It simply means following good business practices and following through with excellent customer care.  Offering a great environment that is comfortable and managed by a staff who understands the importance of excellent customer care is high on my list.  When customers meet my staff, they feel the same way I do about these top-notch professionals the instant they are greeted with, “hello, welcome to Hunter-Wolff Gallery  . . .” We serve clients with sincere interest, good listening skills, and a desire to fill requests—even when we don’t have what is desired.  Just ask the mom who came in with her tearful 8 year old son whose dog just ate his stuffed, toy buffalo. Of course, I don’t sell stuffed animals or children’s toys but that didn’t stop me from finding out who did. I immediately called another store nearby who I knew carried little, stuffed animals and hopefully a buffalo.  Guess who was my happiest customer that day?  Yes, little 8 year old Colin.

Every day we are presented with opportunities to exceed expectations. And every day we are ready at Hunter-Wolff Gallery with experts who are eager to discuss, explain, educate, and find ways to meet your art (or stuffed animal) needs. We hope you will stop in soon to meet Marlene Kort, an accomplished pastel artists and superb customer care-giver on most Tuesdays.  Then come back on Wednesday and meet our new Event Planner and gallery representative, Ann Leago, who will serve and welcome you with an eagerness and warm smile that is hard to match.

Marlene Kort working on another great pastel painting

Marlene Kort working on another great pastel painting

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Farewell My Friend

July 13, 2010 in Art | Comments (0)

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Sharon Wolff & Kelli Hoffmann

Kelli Hoffmann was an outstanding Fine Art Director at Hunter-Wolff Gallery for three years.  She came to us with a fine arts degree and little experience in the gallery business but took to it like a duck takes to water.  Now she is on her way to a new Army post in Texas with her husband, Captain Adam Hoffmann.  Adam has completed a number of tours in the Middle East and moved his family more than ten times in 13 years. Kelli says this move is an especially difficult one because she loved living and raising her two small children in Colorado Springs but, “. . . this is what we signed up for.”  With a pretty smile on her face (and a slight quiver on her lip) she is doing what every dedicated military wife does when duty calls—moves on without a fuss. 

I will especially miss her and am grateful for all she has contributed to my business success these past three years.  Our customers loved her and the gallery artists appreciated her skills.  From the first time I met her, I knew she was an intelligent women with integrity, determination and strong work ethics. She never proved me wrong. As an employee, she always gave 100% and sensed my needs before I could even communicate them.  Kelli gave us so much without ever asking for much in return. She understood customer care and serviced every customer need with focus and desire to exceed expectations.  And, she did these things because that is who she is.  Adam and her children are lucky to have her.  We miss you already, Kelli!  I’ll always have a job for you should you return to Colorado and I wish you much happiness wherever you are with your family. We won’t forget you and hope you remember your “family” at the gallery.

If you have a story about Kelli and working with her at the gallery, please feel free to share it.

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Let the Sparks Fly

July 9, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Sparky_BW_0001_tnArtist Sparky LeBold’s swarthy, good looks and Ipana smile draw strangers in closer like a magnet. It could be his shiny black full-head of hair pulled back in a neat Steven Seagal-style ponytail or his boyish charm, but like bad-boy Seagal’s character it’s impossible to ignore this man and his mesmerizing art.

LeBold is making a guest appearance in Colorado Springs at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  His collection of landscapes and still life work will be on exhibit for less than two weeks starting July 20. There’s a definite buzz on the street as invitations are received by collectors. On July 23, Hunter-Wolff Gallery is hosting a private Opening Reception, showcasing several dozen paintings inspired by LeBold’s European travels, the coastal region of Sesimbra, Portugal, where he paints throughout the seasons when not in Colorado visiting family.  If you love fine art and charming artists, especially one who freely showers patrons with beijos, call for an invitation.  Because of limited space and the popularity of this artist, the gallery is requesting attendees RSVP—we want to make sure that the banquet table is adequately stocked too!  Call to receive an invitation to this one-time-only exclusive Opening. 719-520-9494. Don’t miss it or the beijos.

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Sun Kissed Africa

July 8, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Nocturnal Invitation, 18x24 pastel by Marlene Kort

Nocturnal Invitation, 18x24 pastel by Marlene Kort

 

WHAT IS IT ABOUT SOME SUNSETS?  Some of the most beautiful sunsets seem to leave an impression that never fade.  I’m sure you remember at least one or two you wish you could have captured on film or painted.  Here’s one I wish I had seen myself.  But, like all good paintings–it takes me there in an instant and I can almost feel the heat of the day escaping.

 

One of Colorado Springs’ esteemed pastel artists, Marlene Kort, recently returned from a life-changing trip to Africa (more to come about that later). Although she has been home only a few weeks, she is wasting no time communicating what she saw and experienced through her gifted fingers at her easel. Marlene said the landscape was beautiful—surprisingly lush and green—and the sunsets were breathtaking.  Above is one of the first paintings inspired by her trip.  Can they get any better than this?

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