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Humanitarian Efforts: Painting for Change

September 15, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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Marlene Kort Makes A Promise

Marlene Kort Makes A Promise

This past June, artist Marlene Kort and her family visited Zambia, Africa.  Zambia is a beautiful and peaceful country and home to some of the best game parks in the world.  They were excited to visit their oldest daughter who was working with orphan groups in Lusaka, to see some of the remarkable game, and to connect with locals–and how they did!

In spite of its beauty, Zambia continues to be ravaged by HIV/Aids.  Life expectancy is 38 years, 86% of Zambians live below the international poverty line of $1 a day, and an outrageous 23% of the children are orphans. Only about 57% of the children ever have the opportunity to go to school, despite their desire to learn and have a better life.

The journey started in northeast Zambia at Flatdogs Camp in the South Luangwa Valley.  The small traditional village of Mfuwe sits a few miles outside the game park. Through the efforts of conservation groups, indigenous game numbers are improving and elephant and lion populations are being restored.  From a global perspective, this is good.  However, the now protected game freely wanders beyond the park boundaries to terrorize villagers and trample what few crops survive harsh conditions.  Although tourism in the game park provides employment for some villagers, there is a high cost for living close to these dangerous animals.

50 Children One Class Room

50 Children One Class Room

Several of the safari companies have served this park for generations and take measures to give back to the community.  At Flatdogs Camp, friends are part of this effort through Project Luangwa, a fund to support conservation, education and provide micro loans to families trying to start sustainable small businesses.

For example, when one of Flatdogs’ village employees noticed how many children were wandering the streets unattended all day, he decided to take action.  Most were orphans, living on whatever food and shelter could be found.  He began a small preschool, called Chiyembekezo School, which currently provides half day school for 50 young children.  A local church lends space and one very creative teacher gets paid whenever there is enough money. Supplies consist of a single chalkboard, some small plastic chairs, and children who are eager to learn.  There are no books, toys, snacks or essential teaching aids for learning.

The Korts visited the school and spent time holding and playing with the kids and were smitten.  Smitten and convicted! In addition to giving some financial help, Marlene made a promise that as an artist she would do some “Paintings For Change.”

Hope Brings Smiles

Hope Brings Smiles

Currently, Marlene has completed three paintings reflective of the area.  Profits from these works will go directly to the Chiyembekezo School.  It takes only about $10 a month to turnaround the life of a child in Zambia through education.  Marlene says, “I  know that ultimately Zambia’s future will be best served through local leadership, so supporting education, especially by giving young children an early start, can be a tremendous investment in future changes. I would love to talk more about Zambia.  Feel free to visit with me at one of the upcoming gallery events, or for more information on these projects check out these web pages.”

http://www.projectluangwa.org/

www.flatdogscamp.com/community-involvement/

Next month, Artist Marlene Kort is contributing a beautiful acrylic grouping of ten paintings in celebration of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s 5th Anniversary on October 1 for a silent auction.  All proceeds will benefit the children’s Chiyembekezo School in Zambia, Africa.

If you can help or know other ways to make a difference, contact Marlene or Sharon at Hunter-Wolff Gallery at www.hunterwolffgallery.com

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Peak at the Arts Coming October 8 and 9

September 12, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

Pikes Peak Center Stage

Pikes Peak Center Stage

Don’t miss this event! Bring your friends and family to this year’s inaugural art exchange event “Peak at the Arts: Global Artists Exchange Festival” at the Pikes Peak Center in downtown Colorado Springs. On October 8 and 9, 2010, Hunter-Wolff Gallery is honored to be showcasing 12 of its top artists along with other first-class artists at the Peak at the Arts event.  Bringing such a diverse group of performers and visual artists together from Colorado Springs and Costs Rica is an event we could not pass up! From Hunter-Wolff Gallery, Laura Reilly, Janelle Cox, John Sherman and others will join me during Opening Night on October 8th and we hope to see you too.

The doors open at 6:30 pm at the Pikes Peak Center , located at 190 South Cascade Avenue, for an exciting evening of world class dance and music performances melded with visual art exhibition. Based on current ticket sales, some 4,000 art enthusiasts, sponsors and supports will witness a memorable evening with:

Kaminari

Kaminari

  • The 4 Pelos/Losdenmedium Dance Company from San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Roberto Lizano, Costa Rican Visual Artist
  • The Kaminari Japanese Taiko Drum Ensemble from Japan and Crestone, Colorado
  • The 3rd Law Dance Company from Boulder, Colorado.

Performing side by side with these companies in this unique event will be Colorado performers:

The Ormao Dance Company

Colorado Springs Chorale

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble

Quattro Mani/Colorado College

Pikes Peak Arts Council

Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado

Pikes Peak Community College

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

For the visual art enthusiast, dozens of artists’ work will be projected onto a 40 foot screen at the Pikes Peak Center Stage before the performance and during intermission along with continuous viewing on two wide screen lobby video monitors.  A select number of original pieces will also be exhibited in the Lobby for viewing and purchase.  Hunter-Wolff Gallery is exhibiting a diverse group of work by John Sherman, Janelle Cox, Marlene Kort, Laura Reilly, Don Hamilton, Katherine McNeill and Sparky LeBold.  (John Sherman is showing for the first time in Colorado Springs a 70″ w x 55″ h painting that will grab your attention).

Buy your tickets  for $10, 17 or $20.  See you at Opening Night, October 8, for an evening you won’t forget!

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Calling All Glass Lovers

September 4, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Black Bowl with Aventerine Stripe

Black Bowl with Aventerine Stripe

There are many forms of glass art. Some you can even wear.  But we want you to see some of our spectacular fused pieces to adorn your home or office.  Our frequent visitors know Donna Gordon and her free-form blown glass.  Donna creates beautiful pieces from small table-top adornments to large, wall platters for a big splash. 

To complement our glass art, we just added Daniel Hewett’s bold, contemporary fused glass which is a very different process and look compared to blown glass. Fused glass is created by melting glass in a kiln.  Pieces are cut and arranged, heated in a kiln for several hours at 1400° to 1500°F. Individual pieces of glass liquefy and fuse (melt) together into a single piece of glass. When the glass has reached the desired state, the kiln is shut off, and annealing begins. Annealing is a slow cooling process to prevent internal stress (this process is similar to the process used for cooling down blown glass). Once the glass has returned to room temperature, slumping is begun. Shaped glass is suspended over a stoneware or stainless steel mold and slowly heated to take on the shape of the mold. As the glass reaches internal temperatures in the 1200° to 1350°F, the glass becomes soft yet pliable. The glass stretches and sags to fit the mold. As it reaches its desired shape, the kiln is shut down and annealing begins to cool the piece for its final stage. Dan’s contemporary pieces are eye-catching and now available at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  If you love glass and how it feels to your touch, stop by for a close-up of  Donna’s blown glass and Dan’s fused art glass.  They both make great stand-alone pieces and happy partners with your wall art.

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