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
The decision to approach a gallery for representation is followed by hard work and too often 7 common mistakes. Making these mistakes can create disappointment, waste time, impede financial opportunity and, more importantly, could permanently hurt the chance to secure the best representation for your work.Â
There are just a few steps that can increase your chances for representation with a gallery. You will be surprised at how many doors will open if you are prepared.Â
- Appointment â€“ First, visit a gallery in person to confirm a good match. Study as much as possible about the gallery from their website or speak with some of the resident artists. Set up an appointment for discussion purposes. Ask if you can follow-up later when timing may be better if you are initially rejected. Never show up without an appointment if you want to be taken seriously.
- Follow-Up â€“ Timing is always a factor. Follow-up with a second call if you are not successful the first time. After a call or meeting with a gallery, regardless of the outcome, be courteous and follow-up with a note to â€œthankâ€ the gallery for their time, words of encouragement or anything else that you took away from your meeting. Donâ€™t be shy about asking if you can follow-up with the gallery inÂ 3-6 months if you think it is a good match but maybe the timing is not right. It may not turnout the way you want but following up later may be the perfect time to be invited back.
- Answers â€“ Like any job interview, be prepared to answer questions about your track record and demonstrate you are a reliable artist who is prepared to deliver what the gallery needs when they need it. They will want to know about your experience, sales history and commitment. Be ready to discuss how you might contribute to the bottom-line.
- Portfolio â€“ Leave your work at home or in your car until you are asked for it.Â Deliver a portfolio of images of your best work and formatted in a binder and on a CD. The CD will be appreciated by the busy gallery owner. Label each image with a title, size, and medium and format large enough (4×5) to be clearly viewed. Galleries donâ€™t have time to look at your lifeâ€™s work; 15-25 examples are sufficient to determine a good fit. Keep it concise, consistent, informative and relevant and make it easy for review.
- Consistency â€“ Each portfolio should exhibit a meaningful body of work. Illustrate your uniquenessâ€”technique, style, and appeal, but be consistent. If you are an oil painter and excel at landscapes, donâ€™t show pencil sketches of nudes or abstract watercolors because you enjoy that too.Â Show only your most recent body of work and your best work. Include sold work to show you have a track record. Artists who work in different mediums should develop a portfolio based on one medium only. Create multiple portfolios but format each as a series of work based on only one medium. Be consistent–don’t confuse the gallery with your different styles and different mediums.
- Inventory â€“ An artist with half a dozen pieces of work isnâ€™t likely to be accepted into an active gallery. A viable partnership starts with a volume of work that allows galleries to swap out or replace work on a momentâ€™s notice. Many successful artists have as many as 75 or more pieces in their inventory and are constantly creating fresh work. The gallery canâ€™t sell what you donâ€™t have. If you only create a few pieces a month, you may not be ready for a gallery relationship.
- Self-Esteem â€“ Successful artists are confident in their artistic ability, marketability and the salability of their work. If you have a positive attitude, high self-esteem and confidence in your work, you will have a better chance to advance beyond your first meeting.
Lastly, for those with a special talent, getting a foot in the gallery door should be the easiest stepÂ to an excitingÂ career.Â Â There are many circumstances that may prevent an invitation initially; such as, timing, space availability, genre fit, etc. An unprepared artist, however,Â can turn a perfect opportunity into a disappointment. ThereÂ is no short-cut to securing good representation. But, the artist who prepares has the best chance of enjoying a long and rewarding relationship with the best representatives for their work.
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.