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The Power of Art

May 9, 2017 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Small Business | Comments (0)

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Are you aware that by allowing some form of art into your life, you harness a powerful form of expression? At Hunter-Wolff Gallery we are submerged in visual expression, a place where people can express their individuality and represent their beliefs, feelings, imaginations, and philosophies.

CommunityThrough different forms of art, artists can explore different ideas, experience fresh perspectives and take viewers to another place and time. It stimulates the expression and exchange of ideas and feelings, even among total strangers who might never otherwise say a single word to each other. Friendships develop and art serves its purpose by bringing people together.

Doesn’t art improve quality of life too? Visit a room with blank walls and one personalized with handpicked art. One is inviting and the other less so. Studies also reveal that exposure to the arts help children forge their own ideas, acquire core values, such as integrity, perseverance, and analytical skills. Through arts education, students develop an imagination, solve problems, and feel a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and pride; all essential to changing their entire perception to learning. Art not only impacts individuals but entire communities. “An original work of art is not only visually appealing, it also communicates the personality, creativity, insight, technical mastery, attitudes, and at its best, the brilliance and genius of the artist who created it.”

Do you agree? People who appreciate art are likely to be inspired and uplifted by these qualities. Isn’t that the driving force behind thriving and growing communities?  Where we find art and creativity, we find people who are optimistic and proud of their community. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we believe that every form of art serves as a vehicle for a more enriched and rewarding life.

Allow art into your life and see what happens!

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Your Pathway to Learning

August 29, 2014 in American Made,Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Justin Clements oils,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Personal Development | Comments (0)

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OnionsAGlass Bottle12x161Artists are inspired by all sorts of things that can lead them down a new path causing a change or improvement in their style. One of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s up and coming artists Justin Clements, recently delivered a  dozen or so new paintings that grabbed my attention.  I noticed he was doing something new with bits of color that looked like confetti over his painting.  This new addition to his work has an interesting effect and I  specifically asked  about the little pieces of color. At first, he smiled and was pleased I noticed but  didn’t have a ready answer.

After leaving to return to his studio, he  started  thinking about my probing question and realized something that had not occurred to him before. The last six months or so Justin had been studying the French impressionist movement and, specifically, the timeless works of Claude Monet. Monet’s work truly moved him and had a profound affect on Justin. Although several days had gone by, Justin contacted me to let me know he believed studying Monet’s style  influenced him to look at problems of light and color in a new way. Justin thanked me for noticing the tiny change that made such a big difference in his work and mentioning the detail that lead to this fun realization.

You never know where, when or how your questions might trigger deeper thought.  This is what art does.  Original art makes us think and stimulate conversation.  Take time today to look deeply at a piece of original art and see if you can come up with several questions for the artist or owner of the art.  You never know what path your question will take you. Learning about art is fun. See more new original paintings today at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.

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No-No Signs Not Here

April 21, 2014 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Teaching | Comments (0)

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Do NotDon’t you hate those signs in some stores that seem obvious? Do Not Touch;  You Break It, You Buy It; Checks with Proper ID Only; No Food, No Cameras; No Smoking; No Pets; No Cell Phones; No, No, No As a responsible adult, would you ever bring food into an art gallery or engage in a private conversation on your phone without considering those around you? Yes, some people do these things but it is a rare occurrence. Personally, I don’t need a sign to tell me how to behave and I believe my customers feel that way too. I understand why some retailers feel the need to display this type of signage but it just makes me want to leave their store.  How does it make you feel? 

As a business owner, my philosophy is to give people the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity to demonstrate that they are responsible adults accountable for their own actions. If someone decides to walk into my gallery with their four year old eating a drippy ice cream cone, then it is easy enough to politely ask the parent to come back when their youngster is done with his/her treat.  I prefer to address that small percentage of the population who display bad manners in a way that helps that person understand why they’re behavior is unacceptable. 

We enjoy visitors who bring their pets and children (without ice cream) and touch the touchables. Touching is a great way to learn and almost everything is waiting for you to explore it. Of course, we prefer visitors to  study the paintings with their eyes only. If visiting an art gallery is a new experience for your family and you are unsure what is acceptable, just ask if you can pick up something to admire it or ask if it is okay to bring your refreshment into the store with you.  We don’t operate like a museum or a library where there are strict rules. Visitors do not need to feel compelled to whisper either.  Hunter-Wolff Gallery and its staff are here to share information about everything we offer and want you to experience art first hand.  Often it takes both hands to experience what a burl feels like, for example.

Bring the dog, the kids and if possible, leave your cell in your pocket and let us help you learn about something new that could possibly change your life and give you new appreciation for art made by American artists–without a bunch of signs making you feel uptight.

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Get Ready, Get Set . . . Let’s Chat

April 18, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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photo marlene for bio_frmChat?  What’s that you ask?  It’s better than blogging, better than texting, better than yakking on the cell.  Actually our chat is a gallery talk and it involves an expert and the entire audience.  We hope you don’t miss out.

In just a few days you will get the chance to shake hands with and meet one of the loveliest people at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  Marlene Kort. She’s dynamic, professional, highly intelligent and eager to share her knowledge to make you a more informed art enthusiast. Marlene is one of our most popular artists and top guest speakers ready to meet with you this week—Saturday, April 24.  Marlene plans to talk about her art career but, more importantly, she will explain how you can be more confident in assessing art and buying what you personally connect with.

In addition, she has been working for weeks preparing a small collection, “Savoring Colorado” to exhibit during her Gallery Talk session.  We know you will be glad you joined us when you hear what she has to say ….   

There is limited seating, so if you need to sit call ahead and reserve your place. 719-520-9494.  See you Saturday.  By the way, it’s all free and is from 2-4 pm, Saturday, April 24. 

Here’s another sneak peek at two more of her paintings in “Savoring Colorado”. UEntangleMe1530_fsmfrmEveonGoldenPond1114_frm

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Gallery Talk: Here & Now by Laura Reilly

January 9, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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Sharon Wolff and Laura Reilly are scheduled for Gallery-Talk Here & Now January 23, 2010

Have you attended an art function wanting to meet the artist and shake their hand, but they were always surrounded by so many people you just missed out? Or maybe the artist you were hoping to meet just wasn’t there? 

Hunter-Wolff Gallery is hosting quarterly Gallery Talks where you can meet the artist and shake their hand. Quarterly, a specific artist will be featured to talk about three or four art-related topics.  Guests will have the opportunity to speak directly to the artist. These events are more intimate and allow guests to become acquainted with the artist and their work and ask questions without the fan-fare of an Opening Reception.

Red Velvet, a pefect pick-me-up on a winter day

Red Velvet, a pefect pick-me-up on a winter day

We invite you to become familiar with our artists during upcoming Gallery Talks; the first being given by Impressionist Laura Reilly.  Not only is Laura a gallery favorite—she is highly sought after on a regional and international basis.  Come visit between 2-3 pm (right after a terrific lunch on the Avenue) on Saturday, January 23 and learn from a seasoned artist who has been successful in building an enviable reputation.  Her work speaks to a broad range of people with varying interests and backgrounds.  Warning:   You may leave with a new piece of art under your arm!

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Art Education: Sculpting Young Minds

December 7, 2009 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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Burink_Studio101notesDo you know how simple it is to take an active role in art education for your child? Not only is it simple but it is important because depending on their school curriculum to fill that role may leave you and him disappointed. Art education cultivates the imagination, self-expression and creativity, and plays a vital role in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving. Parents can take easy steps to help with art education by simply visiting local galleries and museums. Parents can also encourage the child’s art teacher to take the class on field trips to local galleries.

Burink_ExaminingSculptureArt Studio 101 and their more advanced students spent some after-school hours recently visiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery to learn about the challenges of stone sculpting from local sculptor Ruth Burink.

The kids had a great time examining dozens of diamond-edge sculpting tools and sample stone materials supplied by Burink. Each student, explored the sculpture on exhibit while taking notes and asking questions. They were introduced to different types of stone, including Colorado marble from Marble, Colorado, where the 100-ton block of marble came from to create the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Although it will be some time before these eager beginners are ready to work with all the sophisticated tools used by an accomplished sculptor, they are clearly inspired and eager to develop basic skills using wood under the watchful eye of their art instructor, Rhonda Conn-Parent.

Don’t make the mistake of denying you child the opportunity to learn, enjoy and excel through the arts. Taking your kids to a gallery is fun, free and a great way to spend quality time together. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is located at 2510 W. Colorado Avenue and features regionally recognized artists working in a range of mediums including mini- and large-scale paintings, blown glass, jewelry, ceramics and pottery, sculpture, wood turnings and other fine works of art.

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