Archive for October, 2012

We Care About You

October 31, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Marlene Kort, Ann Leago & Sharon Wolff

I had an experience recently visiting some art galleries that triggered this topic and hope to get your comments. The success of business is never based on one thing but delivering excellent customer care is critical. Unfortunately too many small business failures are due to poor customer service.  Many reasons can torpedo a business but failure to deliver platinum service is a sure way to sink revenues and lose credibility fast.

Because of this important priority, it is my responsibility as a business owner to ensure we are always at the top of our game. As often as possible, I try to visit other art galleries to see how they deliver customer service.  It is always my goal to learn ways to improve service for our customers.  I value every client that walks through Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s door and believe they deserve my full attention and the best customer care available.

On a day off recently, I drove to a well-known Colorado art district.  After a two-hour drive, I began my mission to learn something new.  Here’s what I learned. Six out of seven gallery representatives never said “hello” or looked up from their computer or desk to greet me.  I hovered, picked up things, walked in circles, and nothing.  None were busy with customers but seemed uninterested in me. If this is how visitors are normally greeted, then I now understand why many people feel uncomfortable in art galleries.  Only one representative looked up from her desk and said hello but never asked a question or tried to engage me in a conversation. How do they stay in business?

This was a shocking experience to me. Hunter-Wolff Gallery will always acknowledge you and your family.  You will always be greeted and feel welcomed. We will always take time to ask about your needs, tell you about our artists, their work, or anything else that is of interest to you. Good customer care begins with these basic courtesies. You will feel comfortable and we hope you bring your friends and family back for the next visit. If you don’t, please let us know what did not please you.  We make it our business to make your visit positive and help make your art collecting experience a pleasure with superior customer care.

I am interested to hear about your gallery visits, wherever you went, and if you have ideas or tips to help us improve the services we provide, let us know.

 

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Start With The Experts

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Donna Gordon Blown Glass

Finding art that appeals to your taste and fits your style takes time. It is like finding a good wine. Not all are equal. Not all will fit your tastes but the best place to find a good wine could be a winery or specialist. The best place to start your search for good art is at a reputable gallery. Galleries are specialists and have relationships with many artists working in many different styles. They know about trends and are eager to help. Building  relationships with clients and helping clients are always to their advantage. You should find the kind of help you expect at a gallery and should expect ideas and recommendations as your communication unfolds.

It you start working with an art gallery and they don’t respond to your needs, it is time to move onto another gallery for help.  Galleries don’t just sell art, they are there to share their expertise, to educate, to enlighten, to inspire, and to offer ideas and suggestions.  At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we believe the most important service we can offer is our knowledge.  The more our customers know about art, techniques, styles and options, the deeper our relationships become.

We always suggest that when buying art–especially if you are unsure, ask if you can take a piece home before you commit.  Take a day or two to live with your new piece and make sure it makes you feel good.  Sometimes you need to see it in your own space and test it in your own lighting.  Natural light and artificial light will make your piece look different and checking the effects of day and night light is important.

It also might help if you try different kinds of art for greater interest.  If you need a wall piece, find a painting or wall hanging that you just can’t live without.  Then try a three dimensional piece that picks up colors or the theme you are developing for a table or shelf.  The pieces of art shown here are complimentary, tasteful, and appealing to the eye.  The vase picks up some of the colors in the oil painting and together they make a statement.

Mystic Seaport by K. A. McMahon

If you have some pieces of art in your home, you will want to find other pieces that work well together but bring interest and texture into your space.  Pottery, glass, fiber art, wood turned bowls, metal work, etc., take the eye from one piece to another and give the room harmony.

Tip:  Be sure to write down measurements of your space or of pieces you want for the wall, shelves, tables, and niches.  Your favorite gallery will be better able to help you when you have specific sizes and details about your space.

At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, you can expect someone to help with all your questions and if needed, to send someone to your home to help with more complex projects.

Happy Art Hunting!

 

 

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On Our Radar Screen

October 6, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Janelle Cox,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

Lavender & Poppies 16x20

Hunter-Wolff Gallery is known for its very fine regional artists, most of whom reside in Colorado. On any given day, visitors are likely to bump into one of our 30-some artists or jewelry designers because they frequently come and go to update or replace work.

There are a handful of artists, however, who live and work somewhere other than Colorado, like oil painter Janelle Cox.  We met Janelle in 2005 when she lived within 30 minutes of the gallery.  From the very start, she was one of the gallery’s most popular landscape and figurative artists with an impressionistic style. Her range of plein air and in-studio skills is broader than many artists. I quickly learned from Janelle that she is one of those people never satisfied with her own level of expertise, in spite of her success, awards and accolades. This dissatisfaction has driven her to reach beyond her comfort level and to grow as a professional. She has studied and trained endlessly to produce  some of the finest paintings collectors admire at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. We have watched her grow and develop as a mature artist with a unique style and appeal.

Hint: Why this gallery appreciates Janelle Cox ~  Janelle is open to custom work (commissions) and dedicated to her craft.  This artist is rated in our book at the top of our professional artist list. We give Janelle’s paintings high marks and we buy them for our own personal collection, too.

If you are interesting is paintings that  can be enjoy over the course of your life, we suggest considering oils by Janelle Cox for your first . . . second or tenth original painting. Whatever stage you are at in collecting artwork, you won’t make a mistake adding one by Janelle Cox to your collection.

Janelle and her husband currently reside in Austin Texas but she remains on our radar and is highly regarded among her  peers.

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Miles of Smiles

October 5, 2012 in Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Events,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,John Sherman,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

 

Hunter-Wolff Gallery Celebrates 7 Years in Colorado Springs

Today Hunter-Wolff Gallery celebrated its 7th year anniversary in style. We ate cake, drank wine and made new friends. A steady flow of visitors and guests mingled for hours meeting artists, enjoying new work, learning about art, and buying some irresistible one of a kind wonders. There is nothing like celebrating a major milestone with friends and fans–seven years of working together, making clients happy and seeing the results on our artists’ faces.

Without the dedication of these hard working men and women (and those who were unable to attend), there would be no gallery.  There would be no smiles and no happy clients.  I am overjoyed to know each and every one of the talented people in this photo and the other members of the gallery.  We have 35 artists and a hardworking staff all of whom contribute to the gallery.  Together they bring so much to our community and to my life.

I hope you get to meet some of these  incredible people or at least get to see the results of their talent, skill and dedication.  They will enrich your life, like they enriched mine. From left to right, Katherine McNeill, Tom Donaldson, Dian Calkins, Ken Shanika (hat), William Rasch, Jeanine Potter, Karen Pierce, Marc Jenesel, Larry Szabelski, Patience Heyl, Clifford Bailey.  Front row (sitting) Marlene Kort, Sharon Wolff, Ann Leago, and John Sherman.  We missed having all our artists together tonight but those missing were in our hearts and I know wished they could have been here.

There are few treasures like the beauty these individuals create and their friendship they offer.

Bringing award-winning fine art into your life has been my mission for the past 7 years and I hope it has made a difference in your life.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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California Guest

October 3, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Jean Baczuk,Oils | Comments (0)

Eggs & Brass Pot

About every quarter or so Hunter-Wolff Gallery accepts a new guest artist to showcase for 3 months or so.  Last quarter, we exhibited work by Ashley Dull from Minnesota and beginning October 1, we are pleased to announce the new collection by Jean Baczuk.  Jean has been painting for years and her work is hard to pass up.  Because she is so good, we think less words need to be posted on our Blog and more pictures will tell the story.  We hope you enjoy these wonderful works of art and consider adding quality work to your own fine art collection.

American Teapot & Peace Rose & Daisies

Emily and Her Doll

 

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Bigger is Better

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Prophet, 60x48

After a three-month exhibit in Colorado Springs Airport, regional artist John Sherman’s remaining (unsold) paintings moved to Hunter-Wolff Gallery this week.  Large and larger-scale paintings in bold blocks of color adorn the walls for a big splash. John loves to paint on large canvas and we love hanging them for you to see. Fans of expressionistic/impressionistic art find John Sherman’s work intriguing, even irresistible.  It is hard to put one label on the style of his work.  It is highly stylized, textured with heavy paint and almost feels abstract within the subject matter. Even  his medium is hard to describe because he mixes and blends so many types of ingredients and hardly a traditional style of work.  He says, “I feel as though the red paint is my medium and within the layers of paint on the subject matter (which is typically red trees) you can see another art form that is abstract.”  Realism mixed with abstract?  Interesting how he is able to balance these two elements for his own style–a style not taught in school but one that comes from practice and passion, and is as unique as the painter.

We love styles that are outside the box, and we would love to hear about your unique style and the style you appreciate most.

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