Archive for September, 2017

Autumn Delivers Rich Colors

September 22, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,trees | Comments (0)

Aspen Beauty 6x8

As we cross the official mark of autumn this week, tank tops and flip-flops are being moved to the back of the closet and sweaters are coming out of storage.

Though meteorologists consider September 1 the start of fall for record keeping purposes, the autumnal equinox Friday, September 22 signals the beginning of astronomical fall. Whether you welcome autumn and cooler days with open arms or find it a bit depressing, we have the perfect antidote for you.

To celebrate the rich color of autumn, Old Colorado City’s art galleries will host “Aspens on the Avenue” on Saturday, September 30.  Grab a sweater and comfy walking shoes because you won’t want to miss any of the sidewalk exhibits and demonstration featured during this annual fall art fair.  Unlike other OCC ArtWalk events, this event is both outside and inside, showcasing locally and internationally recognized artisans in Colorado Springs’ art district Old Colorado City and promises to lift your spirits and keep you coming back for more. The event features painters, glass blowers, metal workers, jewelers, wood-turners, and more with live demonstrations along the Avenue’s sidewalks.

The highlight of the event is a celebration of fall and Colorado’s beautiful, shimmering aspen trees. It is all about the quaking aspen tree!aftertherain6x12

Hosted by OCC Arts Committee, this event is scheduled for Saturday September 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., on West Colorado Avenue, between 23rd and 27th Streets.

Happy Fall!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

This is Art: Witches’ Balls?

September 6, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Artists,Color,Colorado | Comments (0)

Tags: , , , ,


aspen small file brown tree orn sm file teal sm file

If you never heard the term, Witches’ Balls, you are not alone. But to many who collect these ornaments, they help protect from evil spirits. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, they are beautiful decorative blown glass ornaments. But why are they called Witches’ Balls?

Modern day witches balls are decorative replicas of the hollow sphere of colored glass traditionally used as a fishing float. Today, you can find blown glass made to look like Christmas tree baubles that contain a few thin fibers strung inside.

Colorado Glass Blower Dottie Boscamp creates a signature Witch Ball that is iconic of the Colorado Aspens.

Why the term “Witches’ Balls”? Floating glass buoys became connected with witches during witch hunts in England. In the late 17th century, suspected witches were tried by being tied up and thrown into water. If the water rejected them from a second baptism and they floated, then the suspects were confirmed as witches, under the rule of trial by water, and they were then hung by the neck until dead.  In a like manner these heavy glass fishing floats, all tied up in a net, could not be made to sink. The water rejected them and they bobbed merrily upon its surface. Historically, witches’ balls were hung in cottage windows in 17th and 18th century England to ward off evil spirits and spells, witches, and ill fortune. Just as hanging a witch was believed to remove evil influences from a village, hanging a tried and tested witch’s ball that had been floating in water, around a home, was believed to protect the home from similar ills. Usage has continued to a smaller extent in America up to the present day.

Whether you believe in Witches or not, we enjoy the folklore and especially enjoy sharing these colorful ornaments blown by Dottie Boscamp.

Save

Save

Save

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter