Archive for December, 2012

Expand A Child’s World

December 28, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Personal Development | Comments (0)

This young Mom and her two pre-schoolers are learning about art as a family. Won't Daddy by thrilled when he gets home from work to see how productive they have been today?

Whether or not you have an art education or background, you can expand a child’s world  through art exploration using some very simple steps and having fun together! Learning together can be as much fun as teaching. To take your kids on a journey they will forever be grateful for, try as many of these steps as possible and see what happens.

1. Enjoy the visual arts together. Draw and color with your child at home.

2. Encourage your child to participate in art events, like visiting a gallery or museum with you.

3. Explore your school or local library and read “books about artists” together.

4. Check your local newspaper to find out about attending local art events like museum exhibits, ArtWalk, art festivals and other art demonstrations.

5. Tell your child’s teacher, principal, and school leadership that the arts are vital to your child’s success and an important part of a quality education. Find out if your school has resources for arts education, including qualified teachers and materials. If not, offer to help.

6. Contact your local arts organizations to inquire about the arts education programs they offer either during school hours or after school. Volunteer to donate time, supplies, or help with their advocacy efforts and connect these services to your child’s school.

7. Attend a school board meeting and voice your support for the arts to show you care and make sure the arts are adequately funded as part of the core curriculum in the school budget.

8. Explore your child’s dream to paint, draw, sing, dance, act—and encourage them to become the best they can be through the arts. You will reap the rewards of this action over and over.

9. Be an arts supporter!  Contact your elected officials—lawmakers and school board members—to ask them for more arts education funding from the local, state, and federal levels.

10. Sign up to be included on Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s email list to be notified about featured exhibits, special events and ArtWalk offered throughout the year. Bring your children!

I hope you have a wonderful New Year while expanding your child’s world through the gift of art.  **Note:  The framed painting on the wall was a custom oil painting by Kathryn A. McMahon given as a gift from their grandparents through Hunter-Wolff Gallery.

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Pyrite, A Rare Beauty

December 17, 2012 in American Made,Blue,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Rainbow Pyrite

Jewelry by Tana, Pyrite Pendant

Pyrite is said to resemble gold with its yellow-amber color. As a matter of fact, gold found throughout the world often include small inclusions of Pyrite. Did you know that gold is found in most pyrite deposits around the world? Like gold, Pyrite is traditionally the symbol for money and good luck and we hope it brings both to those who purchase our pyrite pendants.

Where is it found? Although it is mined throughout the world, in the US, Pyrite is mined in Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri and Pennsylvania to name a few. It is also mined in Peru, Russia, Spain, Germany, and South Africa. Rainbow pyrite drusy, like in the pendant made by our Colorado designers “Jewelry by Tana” are stunning and make beautiful heirloom pieces. One place rainbow or iridescent pyrite is found is in the river banks of Russia’s biggest river, Volga.
Some believe that pyrite offers many benefits to the wearer as it offers a mysterious energy shield, blocking out negativity from various sources. It is said to:

  • Overcome inertia and feelings of inadequacy
  • Energize the area where pyrite is placed
  • Overcome lethargy and fatigue
  • Increase the oxygen levels in the blood stream and improves the circulatory system.
  • Benefit the lungs alleviating bronchitis and asthma.
Whether you believe in these metaphysical qualities or not, it is a beautiful stone. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we know you will feel beautiful when wearing rainbow pyrite drusy pendants made by Jewelry by Tana.
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Potter’s Envy

December 1, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Blue | Comments (0)

Having had the pleasure of knowing Robyn and Curt Elliott, Colorado Springs Potters for several years now, I know that incoming work will be accepted for collectors.  They specialize in creating high quality raku vessels and plates for Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  What comes in the door is always top of the line and designed with a careful eye to detail.  What is different about the clayware they deliver is that it is designed and created by two and has to pass the “seal of approval” by not one artist but two before it is presented for final approval here at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.

I can only imagine that when they take the final step in their process and are assured of  success, it brings big smiles to both Curt and Robyn; conversely, when they experience a failure–like all potters face because of this difficult medium–the disappointment affects both.  They seem to always be in sync with ideas, designs, and the many steps it takes to create a single collectible piece.  They really make my job easy because I have never rejected their work for any reason.

The image in this posting is from one of several pieces delivered today.  I was hoping to get a smaller piece and this fit the bill.  Standing at 10.5″, the glaze on this raku sparkles like a faceted gemstone.  I wish I could wear it around my neck. The color is unlike any other vessel we have ever displayed and it reminds me of the giant blue drusies in our jewelry display case, twinkling in the sunlight.

Whether or not you are  a fan of pottery or the color blue, I think this piece is going to get the attention it deserves and can only guess that other potters will admire Robyn and Curt’s collection with a little envy. In this case, a little envy just might make every potter who admires their work a little better at what they do.

 

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