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Going to a Trunk Show?

August 23, 2013 in Art,Artists,Best of the Springs,Events,jewelry,Pendants,Shop Small,ShopSmall | Comments (0)

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What is a Trunk Show? At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we host an annual Trunk Show to feature a specific jewelry designer and offer customers a chance to meet our designer and discuss the materials used in the featured jewelry collection. On August 24, 2013 DKC Jewelry by Colorado Springs designer Diane Calkins will be featured along with her one-day only 2013 Signature earrings. Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s staff will model DKC Jewelry design throughout the day and preview the DKC collection before it is made available to the public.

Customers will have the opportunity to participate in a special drawing for attendees only and win free gift giveaways.  At this annual Trunk Show, we also have an exclusive buy 3, get one free offer as a gift to clients.

Although Hunter-Wolff Gallery is open year-round and purchases can be made at www.hunterwolffgallery.com any time, this is the only time of year, you can stock up on gifts for the future at a special trunk show prices.  Get the same top quality for slightly less! And, be sure to say “hello” to Diane Calkins!

History Lesson: Trunk shows are so named because dresses used to be transported to these events in trunks.

 

 

 

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Heslop Mania

August 8, 2013 in Art,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Pottery,Raku,Shop Small | Comments (0)

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Raku by Tony Heslop

Clay tableware by Tony Heslop

If you have ever visited Colorado Springs and its historic district ,Old Colorado City, there is a good chance you know the name Tony Heslop.  Tony is the preeminent potter known by thousands of collectors of his fine clayware.

For thirty years he sold his work year-round at one location in Old Colorado City and at a variety of art festivals. The the day came when that long-term relationship ended with clients because the gallery closed.  (Hey, we all need to retire sometime!)  Within a few weeks, Hunter-Wolff Gallery was already stocked up in Tony’s inventory and making his customers happy.  They only had to walk one block away from the closed gallery to find Tony was in full swing at 2510 W. Colorado Avenue.

Tony is an amazing artist and potter.  He wants anyone who loves pottery to be able to have at least one piece of his work.  Pricing is as important to him as the right form and glaze color.  Affordability has been his mantra for decades.  “Make it well; make it affordable.” And, we add, “Make it in America!”

If you are looking to spruce up your office, home or find a great gift for any occasion, think about pottery.  It is the perfect three-dimensional art to accent a room or give as a gift.  His functional ware styles please anyone with cooking skills and his Raku designs are unique and stunning for a mantel or on the floor.  You decide.

Come explore Tony Heslop’s pottery and check what Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s website but be sure to call to see if something slipped in the door before it was posted on his webpage.  We receive new work from Tony every week and believe me, it doesn’t last.

We ship Tony Heslop pottery everywhere in the US.  If you find something you want for a gift, call 719-520-9494 to get your order shipped in time for the holidays or a special event.

 

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Jewelry That Stays Shiny

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DKC Designs

Argentium Alloy

Jewelry by Tana

Just when you figured out all you needed to know about Sterling silver, someone comes along with a new improved version called Argentium®. Sterling is an alloy or mixture of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals. Sterling silver made in the United States, except jewelry, is marked .925-.999 and silver is 99.9% pure and generally too soft for producing functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength, durability and beauty.  But sterling silver tarnishes and needs regular polishing.

Although it costs slightly more than Sterling Silver, Argentium® is a welcomed discovery by Peter Johns in 1996, a professor of silversmith at the Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI), School of Art & Design, Middlesex University in England. The project began in 1990 with research on the effects of germanium additions to silver alloys. Johns discovered that by reducing the copper content in traditional silver and adding germanium (discovered in Germany nearly 100 year earlier) to silver, it stays bright and beautiful. Can you imagine silver jewelry, hollowware and sculpture that rarely needs polishing? Argentium forms a clear oxide reducing the tarnishing and contains 92.5% silver and no nickel. If you love the look of silver only needs an occasional wipe with a soft cloth to remove a smudge or finger mark, look no further.

For thousands of years, we’ve worn sterling silver bracelets, earrings, cuffs, rings, and necklaces. This shimmery white metal can be worn day or night and is a very popular in everyday jewelry. Sterling silver jewelry is far more affordable than white gold or platinum. Hunter-Wolff Gallery offers Argentium sterling silver in designs by DKC Jewelry and Jewelry by Tana which are very durable and easy to clean. Even better, if you have a nickel allergy, you can wear sterling silver earrings and other pieces made with Argentium because there is no nickel. Made by hand in Colorado, Argentium sterling silver jewelry is designed for everyday wear.

Make a Note:  TRUNK SHOW featuring Argentium sterling silver by DKC Jewelry. Select from a large collection and have the option to collect DKC Signature earrings specially priced for this event on Saturday, August 24 at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. We look forward to seeing you there from 1-5 pm.

 

 

 

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Document Your Valuable Art

August 7, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado | Comments (0)

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Canyon Boulders by David William Ridge

Regardless of the monetary value, caring for your collection extends beyond maintaining the physical condition. It is important to keep records and a collection history. This will be invaluable for insurance purposes in case of theft or disaster. We recommend individual folders or a binder with tabs for each item in your collection with the following documentation, but the best option is to keep it on a flash drive or some other backup device:

-color photographs of your artwork, with a full-view and close up details—front, back, framed, unframed. Photograph multiple views of three-dimensional art.

-purchase date, price, and title of work (receipt)vendor or gallery information

-artist/maker information (biography)

-detailed description of object’s subject matter or type of work

-dimensions—framed and unframed for two-dimensional works. Overall and base measurements for three-dimensional works.

-media and support datadetailed description of object—include location of scratches, losses, dents, abrasions, etc., that may not be visible in photographs.

-copies of all conservation and appraisal reportstext of inscriptions, markings, and labels

-provenance – ownership history

-bibliographic information if your work is cited in any exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues,exhibition and loan history

Most of the information you need should be available on your sales receipt or available through the vendor or gallery.  Take a few minutes today to update your list.

 

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