Archive for January, 2012

Raku Splendor

January 28, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Hunter-Wolff Gallery | Comments (0)

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Robyn & Curt Elliot Raku

When you say “pottery” is art, most people respond with a look that says, “Have you lost your marbles?”

It is one of the oldest forms of art dating back to prehistoric times and it is here to stay.  Some of the nicest Raku pottery coming onto the market today is by Robyn and Curt Elliott.  For 35 years they have been working with clay and today are devoting all their time perfecting glazes and pushing the envelope with intricate designs and details.

The Elliotts have taken Raku to the next level . We’d like to hear your response to their newest work which just arrived in our gallery and likely will not be here for long. The designs, forms and glazes are outstanding. Each piece begs to be touched and admired.

 

 

 

 

 

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Naweeya’s World

January 25, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,jewelry,Naweeya Designs,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

Naweeya (4th from L) is a Passionate Designer

Can you imagine a 4 year old working for food?  That’s exactly what Naweeya Omer and her six siblings had to do to survive growing up in a small village in Northern Thailand. Today, however, this Khmu woman from Northern Thailand helps feed the people of her village. She came to America 11 years ago and worked in Colorado as a designer/artist and entrepreneur.  With her can-do spirit she started Naweeya’s World with a dream to help the small village she left behind.  She knew she could help make a difference just by doing what she does best . . . create beautiful wearable art.

In addition to operating a day care center for working parents, she designs stunning jewelry and other wearable art.   At Hunter-Wolff Gallery she offers stylish, one-of-a-kind jewelry created from natural gem stones, shells, wood, seedpods, and other organic elements for an exclusive look.

Because life has not changed much since she left Northern Thailand, and there is little opportunity for work, she and her husband try to support a village in dire need.  Naweeya buys as much materials from Northern Thailand tribal villages as possible. Her creations are sold in the US and profits are returned to her much-loved homeland. She knows the hardships first hand and is driven to help make a better future for the Khmu children.  She returns 100% of the profits she earns through her sales.

Her success as an artist for the past decade has fed many families and helps provide supplies for educational and health care purposes. Last year she contributed $1,200 worth of rice and $4,000 for medical supplies and education materials to the Khmu children. All this was made possible through Naweeya’s World and your support. It’s our goal in 2012 to keep Naweeya’s dream alive and give the Khmu children a brighter future so little children never have to work for food.

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Action: Style Magazine Best of the Springs Voting

January 19, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery | Comments (0)

Award-winning small business takes big business thinking, a lot of creative and innovative brain power, and making sure you are surrounded by the best people you can find.  For more than 6 years, Hunter-Wolff Gallery has been operating like big business. We have top professional artists and award-winning fine art exhibits.  Our small, part-time staff works like their life depended on it.  The end result is a loyal customer base and happy patrons.  Twice a year we ask our fans to help us win the recognition our artists and staff deserve.  They work hard to deliver, even without the incentive of  bonus money for their extra efforts.  We are excited with the possibility of winning Style Magazine’s Best of the Springs award and receive the recognition of your votes, but you have to Vote!

With your vote, we can win.  Just take a minute and fill in the question, who is the best Large Gallery?  (go ahead and fill in the blank for best small gallery, too).

P.S. You may remember that we won this prestigious award last year.  Help us win this honor again in 2012!

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Black & Berries Tableware

January 16, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Artists,Color,Hunter-Wolff Gallery | Comments (0)

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Serving Platter by Frank GrayLarge Bowl by Frank GrayCasseroleNot long ago, one of our gallery potters delivered a number of new tableware pieces including teapots, chip/dip platter, serving bowls, tumblers, platters, casserole dishes, etc.

Not only were they fresh from the kiln but they had a new wonderful glaze in deep, rich colors of dark red, blue, brown and black.  I have never been much of a pottery collector but these pieces just made my eyes dilate.  Fact: Whenever we see someone or something we like, the pupils of our eyes dilate and grow larger. It’s almost as if our eyes are trying to see as much of this desirable thing as possible.

This is an involuntary and uncontrollable physiological response.

 

I couldn’t resist the color and it made me want to touch the shiny smooth surface.  I could immediately see it on my table … and on every cook’s table …. what a wonderful color combination.

Frank Gray, The Potter, said he just developed the glaze formula and really didn’t have a name for it yet, when I blurted out, “Black & Berries”.  Yes, look at the raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and of course the blackberries!  The name was perfect.  The color is perfect.  Can’t you imagine servings of fresh asparagus, mashed garlic potatoes, pot roast, corn bread, cape cod crab cakes, golden fried calamari … you fill in the blank and fill your plate. Frank Gray’s pottery is far from gray and will look wonderful on any table. I bet everyone will want seconds.  Reminder:  Don’t forget to include color on your table. Add Donna Gordon’s Blown Glass Tumblers and you will have a winning table. I bet your eyes will dilate too.

 

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Vote Today

January 12, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Events,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Make Hunter-Wolff Gallery Your Favorite & the Best

Isn’t campaigning hard work?  It will take you only a minute or two to click here and go directly to the voting categories. You MUST vote in 5 categories along with Arts/Entertainment.  Vote Hunter-Wolff Gallery as your pick for Best Gallery.  Your help and our hard work should get the results we are after.

 

If you have more than one email address, you can vote multiple times and be sure to ask your friends to help too with their votes.

 

We will keep you updated with results.  Thanks for your Vote!  It means more than you know to all our gallery artists and the hardworking staff at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.

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Time To VOTE Best Gallery

January 9, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Events,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Who’s the Best? We have worked hard for more hours over the course of 6 years than I would like to have to count.  If you have been in to visit us and want to show your gratitude for what 30-some artists and Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s staff do for you each time you visit, then take a minute and VOTE now.

Whether we get the nod or not, we are going to continue to work as smart, if not smarter, to make your art collecting experience everything you hope for.

We can’t win without Votes, and if you are reading this blog, I am guessing you have a few minutes to go to the Gazette’s online page to Vote.  Thank you — you are the reason we are here and we thank you for being our driving force.

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Bold & Bulging

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Beautiful Chunky Floral Design by Naweeya Omer

There’s no getting around “Bold and Bulging” jewelry trends with over the top chunky features. Forget understated

. Go for the Bold dripping in a bucketful of colorful stones.  Turn any outfit into a head-turning, runway run-away. Not too long ago, we called these pieces “wearable art”.  But it seems all the department stores, boutiques and gift shops are jumping on a trend that isn’t ready to fade.
If you want those one-of-a-kind American made quality pieces with real stones, real silver and long-term wearability, then you need to buy from a reliable source.  Do you really think you can find quality at festivals and boutiques where they depend on volume sales?  Can you imagine finding something this gorgeous in a local mall boutique?  No way.  This piece took our designer long hours (and hours), after spending hours carefully planning unique designs.  Stop in and see for yourself.
If you really can’t see the difference, then let us show you.
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Aura Phenomena

January 8, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Rising Moon by Clifford T. Bailey

Have you ever walked into a room and felt the excitement of someone’s aura? I suppose there are good and bad auras.  The aura we are feeling at Hunter-Wolff Gallery is the GOOD kind.   We’ve experienced this over the years and my theory is it has something to do with new artwork.  It often doesn’t last as long as we would like but it’s definitely here now.

Maybe you can share your theory based on these facts.  We added a new artist, Clifford T. Bailey.  He’s now been with us for several months.  With other new artists, this aura typically dissipates after Opening Night.  Not so with Clifford T. Bailey.  He delivers one or two new pieces about every 2-3 weeks.  He calls, writes, communicates regularly.  We always have a lot to talk about because we have exciting news that another piece just sold  or  he is in the middle of finishing up a new piece for us.  There is a constant dialogue and two-way communication.  He is genuinely interested in the gallery’s  activity and the success of the gallery and helping us with our sales goals.

Then there are the admirers of his work. Whether someone knows this artist, collects his work or not, they are intrigued.  Intrigued enough to spend a lot of time studying his work (I mean a LOT of time).  Sometimes, people come back a day or two after to revisit and just stand in front of his work without moving or saying a word. Sometimes, they see his work for the first time, fall in love,  and within minutes are  buying it. And, in this economy, we can’t explain it but his work sells like everyone has a pile of cash sitting around.

How would you explain all this?  Is this an authentic artist aura we are experiencing?

 

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