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?
- Oasis, 17×17 oil
- White GOld, 16×20 oil
Just like the song Magic Penny, there is magic in the artwork by Colorado artist Penny Stewart and I think her work inspires music. Penny Stewart is not a resident artist at the gallery but this award-winning guest artist’s work should be in every collection. For a special brief appearance, Penny Stewart is coming to Hunter-Wolff Gallery on Saturday, January 22 to exhibit her collection of magical landscape paintings.
Admirers and collectors share an intimacy with her subject and enjoy the journey of exploration through color, form, and composition. She portrays nature at its most colorful moments and brings out subtle nuances of light and shadow to emphasize the spirit of a place. Penny Stewart is known for her tranquil landscapes and a sense of peacefulness washes over the viewer.
Not only can she capture the beauty and grandeur of the West in oil or watercolor, but also the poetic beauty of lesser-travelled places. Inspired by rolling hills, peaceful meadows, idyllic lakes and blue skies filled with puffy white clouds, she spends hours outdoors studying nature, ever changing hues, and atmospheric conditions to capture a special mood. I expect anyone who appreciates art will experience a connection and appreciate the fine qualities of “Magic Penny”. Can you feel the connection?
Take a closer look on Saturday, January 22 from 5:00 – 8:30 pm during Guest Artist Penny Stewart’s Opening Night. We welcome your comments and praise!
Valley High, 8x16 oil
- Evening Song, 16×20 oil Valley High, 8×16 oil
Looking for a great gift to lift the spirits of a friend? If they happen to be a struggling artist, â€œFaith by Artâ€”a lifeline to an artistâ€™s lifeâ€ will be a welcomed gift. Itâ€™s a beautifully illustrated book that explores the joys and pitfalls of a contemporary artistâ€™s life and the lifeline she relied on in her quest to fulfill her destiny. This heart-felt story about Artist Katherine McNeillâ€™s life includes page after page of images of her oil paintings covering three decadesâ€”Art by Faith. (111 pp, color illustrations, 11 x 8.5, hard cover).
Through a blend of poetry, scripture, images and life accounts, this true story offers readers, a positive outlook for a positive outcome. In an intimate collection of short stories in a chronological format, she shows how love and determination is the fuel that enables the impossible, why faith inspires personal growth, how social customs affect our interactions, and how setting positive examples for our children create a solid foundation for a more enriched life.
What makes this book different from other biographies is how it is presented from the perspective of a fighter â€“ a woman filled with courage and deep conviction for accomplishment and success in a competitive field of art. She is compelled to act under the guidance of her Christian faith and supported at every turn by the love of her family and art collectors. This short, pictorial book speaks volumes about self-determination, self-enlightenment and unwavering commitment.
Art by Faith will be available for sale from Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Signed copies by the artist available upon request.