Archive for June, 2012

Classic Contemporary

June 25, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists | Comments (0)

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Classic Contemporary by J’Nil Jackson

Pottery comes in all shapes, sizes and colors and is constructed and fired using different techniques. J’Nil Jackson is a potter who uses the slab built method.  This means that she uses slabs of clay as a way to create shapes that could never be produced using a potter’s wheel or that would be difficult to achieve with coiling.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery offers a variety of types of pottery, including Raku, and functional ware.  J’Nil’s slab-built or hand-built clayware is functional and has a contemporary style with inviting textures and colors.
You will find pieces from J’Nil start at about $100, depending on size and shape.  Send us your comments and feedback and we will respond with additional information and answers to your questions.
Join us during First Friday ArtWalk every month and see — touch — this stunning clayware.
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Customer Satisfaction

June 24, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Custom Art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery | Comments (0)

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Sharon & AnnWhy is gallery owner Sharon Wolff and art associate Ann Leago smiling? It’s easy to smile when we know you are happy with your shopping experience at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Sharon, Ann, and Marlene (absent from photo) and 30-some artists are pleased to be able to bring art enthusiasts beautiful works of art. Sometimes we are able to arrange for a piece to be custom made when what we have is not the right size, color, or fails to meet your requirements.  If a client tells us they love something but can’t know for sure about how it will work in their space for a variety of reasons, we send our customer home with it for a “test drive”, and if it has to come back because it did not work out, then that is okay.

Always ask if you can take a piece you love home for a “test drive” if you love it but are concerned about color matches or size.  If you are sure it is not working within a day or two, then we expect our clients to return it. We want you to be happy and to smile like Sharon, Ann and Marlene.  We know, and you know too, happy customers come back and happy customers are our favorite people.

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Help A Small Business Grow for the Future

June 22, 2012 in Art | Comments (0)

Hunter-Wolff Gallery

We love our gallery.  Our artists and our clients love our gallery.  But we are always strategizing to making it better. Sometimes these shoe-string budgets keep things from happening very fast but we keep dreaming about the impossible dream and who knows?  Maybe someone will come along and drop a load of cash on our door step.

Or maybe a big organization like Chase Bank and some other important players will come up with a idea for a small business grant … who knows, it’s possible.

And this week we learned it was more than possible, it was true.  Here in the 11th hour we are dreaming like never before and thinking we might even have a shot at being awarded such a large sum of money for the future of our business.  If you love Hunter-Wolff Gallery (or maybe just like us), then help us reach our dream–it could turn into your dream.

We filled out the application and met all the requirements of applying for a grant.  Now we need your votes … we actually need 250 votes.  So if you are good at convincing people to do good things for good people, then get them on board to help us win this award.  It is a crazy idea but it could help us get the gallery lighting we so desperately need, and computers and a POS system and other operational tools to help us do a better job for our artists and our clients.

Click the link above and VOTE today.  We only have a week to get this done!

 

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A New Life in Red

June 17, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Custom Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Red | Comments (0)

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Colorado Rope Baskets

Embellished with Deer Horn

Not long ago these baskets were just a pile of lifeless lariats tossed aside without a purpose. After thousands of hours working on a ranch, doing dozens of jobs all cowboys and ranchers know about, the lariat just loses its life and is tossed aside.  What does a rope do then?  Like many things, it is given a chance for  a new life.

A sculptor and cowboy named Gary Campbell took one look at those dirty old ropes that just seemed to pile up and decided he had to find a way to breath new life into them. Being an artist  and working cowboy, the lariat had practically lived in his hands for 40 years and he knew how to handle it for ranching purposes.  Now he was going to take on the challenge to handle it in another way — a way that made sense to an artist.

If weavers can make baskets from reeds and fiber, he could make baskets from a rancher’s working ropes. After making a few baskets, he began to picture more elaborate designs and  in a more colorful way and started dying the ropes (with some coaching from  his wife) in shades of red and rust and soft greens and grays.  He wanted to stay true to the southwest color families and keep the colors rich and inviting.  Gary’s been making his baskets for a number of  years, not as long as he trained horses but long enough to have a strong following. Today he handles those lariats with as much expertise as he did when training horses in the corral. We think you will agree when you see his baskets in person. His work is found in fine retail stores and art galleries like Hunter-Wolff Gallery in southern Colorado.  Some baskets have open tops, while other baskets are lidded or embellished with deer or elk horns and bone.

No two baskets are ever alike; they come in all shapes and sizes. Sizes run from small to larger scale and based on complexity can run up to over a $1,000, although the average mid-size basket is closer to $400. It’s time to lasso one of these beauties for yourself!

 

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Layaway Pays Smile Dividends

June 11, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Events,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

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Artist Janelle Cox with A Happy Collector

Everyone wants to be happy and have good health.  You can find all kinds of articles on how happiness affects your health.  How you define your own happiness and what makes you happy might be different from others, but we know happy when we see it at the gallery.

Dale from Colorado Springs had been saving up for this beautiful oil painting and planned to buy it before someone else got it.  And the day he picked it up, he was thrilled to learn the artist, Janelle Cox, was in town for a special Opening reception.  It seemed like everyone was super-happy on this occasion.

By the way, Dale was smart because he saved for the down-payment, and then made sure the painting was his by placing it on layaway so he would not risk losing it while he saved for the balance.  You too can acquire the art that makes you happy  by using our no-add cost layaway program.  Don’t let the good ones get away…layaway is so convenient and easy. Try it!

See how it made Dale smile?

 

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Sizzling Summer Guest Artist

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Transformed by the Journey

About every three months, Hunter-Wolff Gallery brings a new guest artist on board for a brief guest appearance.  This month, Ashley Dull from Minnesota joins us with her carefully molded textured oil paintings. Her landscapes with their sun-setting sky pull you in for a closer look. Is it a painting or photograph, people ask. Then a careful look lets you see how see covers her canvas with what looks like little peaks of thick colored frosting. But step back a few feet and the texture disappears and these nature-inspired scenes appear almost photographic, as though you could step into the scene and walk right down the path.

This under-30 year old artist is making a big splash in her home state and now invited into a number of galleries in Colorado. She recently explained her desire to reach more people and hear them say, “I wanna touch that. I wanna be there.” Then she goes on to explain her own inspiration, “When I am hiking in the woods, touching everything, enjoying the peace that nature brings – I want to put that [feeling] in my paintings. I want to make people feel good.”  Her work has been on our walls for only a week and everyone who visits, steps right up to her exhibit and do the wow-thing.  If you want a painting that makes you “want to be there” for a peaceful experience, then stop by for a close-up look at the Ashley Dull exhibit.

You will find it uplifting. That’s the feeling Ashley is hoping you feel.

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Making A Connection

June 10, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

 

Hill Country Blues by Janelle Cox

Many of our loyal patrons started collecting quality art for the first time after visiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  One collector recently said he had collected sculpture and paintings before meeting us, but his choices were always based on price because he felt that was the best way to grow his collection.  Today, he better understands that you get what you pay for and now he looks for quality pieces he feels a connection with.  “It makes more sense to buy quality art that has meaning. I buy fewer pieces in a year but I buy only what I love.  Hunter-Wolff Gallery has taught me so much more about art than I ever knew before and it has made a difference.  I am so proud of my Hunter-Wolff Gallery collection.”

We’d love to hear your stories about collecting and how you got started.  You can send us an email to staff@hunterwolffgallery.com or leave a comment to this article.

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No Paint Paintings

June 3, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,mixed medium | Comments (0)

Reflections, Mixed Medium by Grace Wever

It’s not unusual to find oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings in a gallery.  But how about a painting for your wall that doesn’t have any paint on it?  This is one of a series of “paintings” by Colorado Artist Grace Wever. This 29×22″ artwork is created with beautiful fabrics and encaustic wax in a collage fashion.

Grace Wever spends hundreds of hours planning and creating her amazing wall hangings. You can visit her other gallery pieces on line and visit us in person seven days a week in Colorado Springs historic district.

These unique pieces deserve a close up examination and then comes the “Wow”.

 

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Red, Red, Red Roofs

June 2, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Paintings | Comments (0)

Red Roof Series by janelle Cox

Artist Janelle Cox is back!  Fans are showing bigger smiles because Janelle is in full swing with her much-loved red, red, red roof series at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  In 2008, Janelle offered a series of about a dozen oils featuring mediterranean red roof hilltop villages that seemed to fly out the gallery door.  Fans and friends of the gallery asked if she would ever offer another series in this style and we are happy to report, yes.  On Friday, June 1 she made a special appearance to unveil her Red Roof collection along with other “tasty” gems as well.

This opening was a huge success and many of her paintings sold before officially opening.  Don’t wait if you love this style work because we promise, they will not last long.

Stop in and join Janelle’s fan club. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is open 7 days a week all summer!

 

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