Since August is “American Artists Appreciation” month Hunter-Wolff Gallery selected one of its fine pastel painters, Marlene Kort, to honor this month.
Marlene works primarily with Pastels. Rather than using oil paint, brushes, solvents and other liquids, she selects her color sticks of ground pigment mixed with a binder. Shaped into drawing (painting) sticks, she layers and blends using her fingers. Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on a toothy paper similar to sandpaper by overlaying or blending colors. The color stays brilliant.
Although artists have been using pastels since the Renaissance, they did not become popular until the 18th century. Works created by numerous notable artists, including Edgar Degas, an innovator in the pastel technique, can be found in museums and look as fresh and vibrant as if created in more modern times.
Pastel is a very flexible medium and durable. It can be brushed off or erased. It can be blended or layered. It is typical to blend colors with a finger. Finished pieces are best placed under museum-quality glass to eliminate glare, protect against UV light rays and preserve a painting for a lifetime! Consider a pastel painting by Marlene Kort at Hunter-Wolff Gallery the next time you shop for art. It will remain vibrant for generations and by framing with top-quality museum glass will be appreciated for a lifetime.
Many examples of Marlene’s available work for ownership can be viewed on our website
. For more information about Marlene and her passions, click to read Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s August 2016 gallery’s newsletter.
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Come and Let Us Tell You Why We Are Passionate at Hunter-Wolff Gallery
What does it feel like to go to a job that you love every day? It feels like being in love. If you have been in love, you know that you want to be with that person as much as possible and that is how it feels when you are passionate about your job. For the past 10 years, I have never felt like the hard work it takes to create a successful business is hard work! Of course, it can be challenging but the joy and laughter one experiences by working at something they love, outweighs the challenges. For me, it feels like coming home when I arrive each morning. Nearly every day I meet people who appreciate the talents of fine artists and share their passion for art whether they are buying their very first piece or their 100th piece. It is so exciting to be part of this process.
Like being in love, there are always surprises too. I visited friends on a recent trip and although I knew they collected art, I had no idea how extensively. It was exciting to see all their treasures. We had so many conversations about their collection over the course of my visit. They clearly enjoyed telling the many, many stories about how they found each piece. On my last day, I noticed a wood-turned piece on a shelf and was stunned to learn that it was created by an artist I represent at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. The piece was signed and dated 1987 when Colorado artist Jerry Wedekind was just getting his start in the business.
If your career or business doesn’t give you joy like being in love, keep searching. Although I feel like I have the best job in the world, there is one downfall, however. I want to bring all the beautiful artwork home with me. Everyday I am surrounded by beautiful art–-paintings, pottery, sculpture, blown glass and most importantly, wonderful, interesting people.
If your job doesn’t put a smile on your face every day, then explore fine art and you might find your world changing.
Everyone wants to be LIKED! It should be easy to figure out if someone likes you or not but sometimes we get mixed signals. Sometimes we misread those signals and then there are some people who are really, really hard to read because they don’t give any signals. Besides reading body language, behavior, etc., you can just ask. If asking is awkward and it is still important to know, then you can simply join Facebook and ask people if they like you–even those you hardly know.
As a business, it is easier to figure out who likes you if you are on Facebook. You just have to ask, “Like Us” and it only takes a second for the response to show up. If you are reading Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s Blog, we assume you do like us and you might be inclined to go to our Facebook page and show us that we are likeable with a click of the mouse. We’d like that! If you have never clicked our Like Us icon, please do.
If something about our service or products isn’t perfect for you, we’d like to know that too. Send us an email through our contact page on our website.
Go to Facebook and give us the thumbs up! If you want us to LIKE your Facebook page, let us know.
The word is out! Pottery hounds are thrilled to learn that the date for Tony Heslop’s Seconds Sale is almost here! Colorado Springs potter Tony Heslop is making room in his shop for new 2015 inventory! And, like you, we really like Tony’s work and are excited to host another “Day of Pottery” to move his extra inventory so the new inventory has room. The sale includes inventory that is beautiful but may be limited in numbers or discontinued glazes or styles.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery planned this special Seconds Sale on Saturday, January 24 opening two hours earlier than normal. If you like a great deal and beautiful pottery, we suggest you come as early as you can because this event is a one day event, from 9 am to 6 pm, and we are expecting his many fans for a great turnout. If it is anything like last year, early shopping is a must.
Why would we do this when it goes against our core principles? Quality is always important to us, and this event does not go against our core values. Hunter-Wolff Gallery would not allow items that are defective or broken in some way. And, because it is a New Year, we wanted to something special out of the ordinary.
So mark your calendar and bring boxes for your purchases. Because this is such a great deal, help us keep costs down by bringing cash or checks. You can expect to have tons of fun, where everyone leaves with something they consider a pottery prize. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 24 from 9 am to 6 pm.
How many times have you returned to purchase a special piece of art days after you first saw it and it was gone? Not only are you disappointed, but the staff at Hunter-Wolff Gallery too is disappointed that you missed out. When you don’t want to use a credit card and you don’t have the cash on hand for your art purchase, consider using Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s layaway plan. It’s a great option and it doesn’t cost anything extra.
When you buy an item on credit, you take the merchandise home with you but then you are likely to pay a premium to your credit card holder while you make installment payments. When you use our layaway, however, you agree to a non-refundable deposit equal to a percentage of the purchase price and pay over time at no extra charge. How great is that?
Because we want you to own the art you love, we never add a handling fee or any up-charge to your layaway. We do remove the item from the sales floor and it remains in storage reserved for you until the final payment is made.
We get it that being in debt is a dumb idea. That is why we started offering layaway almost nine years ago and many collectors can attest to collecting using our layaway plan without upsetting their household budget. We are big fans of the Dave Ramsey philosophy “Cash is King; Debt is Dumb!” and understand why you may not want to charge a purchase.
By the way, there isn’t a small business that I know who doesn’t prefer cash. Cash sales save small businesses money and helps keep operating costs low. So when you get the chance, use cash and help your local small businesses thrive and grow without adding increases to your purchases. Did you really think all those credit card rewards came free?
Remember: the Hunter-Wolff Gallery layaway purchase plan is not limited to in-store purchases. We also offer layaway options for items that clients find on our website or Facebook. Our goal is to help you acquire the artwork that you love without causing financial stress. Layaway is easy; start with a down payment and make regular weekly or monthly payments and before you know it, you will own beautiful original artwork. Now lets start talking about the art you love!
Welcome to Hunter-Wolff Gallery
It is nearly 8 years since we opened our door on W. Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure it was something I would be good at or even enjoy. Owning a gallery in charming Old Colorado City was one of the best decisions I ever made regarding career choices. It’s hard to imagine that I spent almost three decades in the high-tech telecom field, traveling around the world, and giving up the things I really loved to do. Not anymore.
Today, I pour my heart and soul into what I do and love every minute of it. Yes, there are days when I shake my head and question why I work so many long hours, but it is just something that is in my blood. We’ve all heard it before, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Isn’t that the way it should be? Finding your right place in the world is so important and doing what brings pleasure and satisfaction keeps the world turning. I can’t image doing anything else and I plan to be on this “trail” for as long as possible. I hope you come and visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery and meet some of the amazing people who make my day almost perfect.
I wish you too a happy career — where you too never have to work a day in your life. It’s out there, you just have to look and take a chance.
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.
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!
There is a definite buzz on the Avenue. The 2012 ArtWalk season is about to start, April 6 at 5pm – 8pm. Brochures are printed, banners are hung, new artwork has arrived. And, the weather is perfect for strolling the Avenue to explore 17 galleries and more than a dozen open artist’s studios.
For those who have yet joined us during ArtWalk, put it on your calendar today. Hunter-Wolff Gallery will have live demonstrations each month. This month, you will witness Gary Vigen in action creating delicate paintings on stained glass surfaces. These lovely gems are really landscapes created out of all glass; glass fused to glass for a new twist on wall art. Stop in and ask questions!
Window Treatment, Marlene Kort
We can look inward and outward and examine various aspects of ourselves, but with art we can find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Music, dance and visual arts have that affect especially when we take time to open our ears, eyes and heart.
When I look at this 14 x 11 pastel by Marlene Kort, “Window Treatment” I imagine myself visiting a small village in Europe where people are friendly, the streets are narrow, and there is the pervasive scent of flowers and food—there is an abundance of well-cared for flowers overflowing window boxes and planters at the doorway to greet visitors. It is easy to feel welcomed with that sort of greeting. I like being here.
Where does this painting take you?