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This is Art: Witches’ Balls?

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

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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.

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Helping Combat Vets Get Art Therapy for PTSD

October 9, 2011 in Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Artists,Colorado,Events,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Donna Gordon Glass Collection Hearts

I love my life as an American and think you probably do too.   This would be a different world without the men and women who serve our country in a uniform. I’m talking about our military forces here and abroad.  Those who serve in combat know their life is at risk but few think about the effects of trauma when they return home.  We are grateful when they come home to us but are not always prepared for the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  It’s real and it isn’t always addressed until too late.

The Wounded Warriors, Colorado Springs, foundation has partnered with Aspen Pointe to help our combat veterans through Art Therapy.  It’s an effective method of therapy and we are here to support this fine group of caring friends in any way we can.  We are reaching out to you too to help us raise funding for this important cause and help those in need of our help.

During the Month of October sales proceeds from our Donna Gordon Blown Glass heart collection will be donated to the program to show our gratitude.  In addition, on Sunday, October 16 from 1-5 pm we are participating in a fun afternoon of food, demonstrations and a silent auction.  Proceeds from the day and silent auction will also help this important program.  We hope to see you here and look forward to receiving your help.

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Really Hot Stuff

October 5, 2011 in Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Artists,Color,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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From the Furnace to Home

Have you ever watched a surgeon perform a procedure and thought, “wow that looks fun”.  Maybe you even thought it looked easy.  That is how I felt when I watched Donna Gordon at her Colorado hot shop create a beautiful vase.  This was not my first visit and I expected to be uninspired seeing her work again since I’ve watched the process before several times.  Wrong.  She is amazing and glass blowing is incredibly difficult, labor intensive and VERY HOT. Aside from the intense heat, I thought maybe this time I would try one or two of the steps she performs but decided not to interfere with her rhythm.  She moves to and fro from the furnace to the glory hole, to the bench, to her torch, to her table for more colored frit and back to the glory hole. Like a dancer not missing a step.  I think I will just leave the glass blowing to the experts like Donna Gordon.

The Donna Gordon Glass Collection is refreshed with new work regularly.  She just finished blowing several dozen hearts for our October fundraiser to support the Wounded Warrior Art Therapy program.  Stop by and pick out your favorite color; they make great gifts and will make you feel great about yourself for helping our combat vets seeking help through Art Therapy.

Hearts to Support Wounded Warriors

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The Art of ArtWalk Mojo

March 29, 2011 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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Preparing for ArtWalk might sound like time-consuming, hard work for the galleries but we are having so much fun we hardly notice.  Ina few days, you will see the results of our fun.  This year’s ArtWalk begins April 1  and includes 13 different locations in Old Colorado City.  Not only canArtWalkers enjoy new collections and meet new artists at some of their old favorite spots, but also they will get to explore some new ArtWalk hosts to get the art mojo moving.

Corner Cafe, Paris by Laura Reilly

Corner Cafe, Paris by Laura Reilly

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Blown Glass by Donna Gordon

So what’s new at Hunter-Wolff Gallery? Laura Reilly has several new pieces, capturing what she is so good at— painting street scenes. If you can’t visit Paris this year, you might have to bring Paris home with you. There is nothing like springtime in Paris and her Paris street scenes will  whisk you away in a second. Donna Gordon also delivered a large collection of new glasswork— all free-flowing, fresh colors and irresistible.   Patience Heyl has been spending time working with live models and bringing the human form out of the shadows and into the light. She really makes magic happen on her canvas.  There are oodles more to explore.

Sweet Dreams by Patience Heyl

Sweet Dreams by Patience Heyl

You are going to find your own favorites and will get jazzed up on being entertained while getting hooked as an ArtWalker.   Veteran ArtWalkers can tell you, “it’s the best way to feed your soul and get your fill of creative energy.” 

Stop by between 5 pm and 8 pm, and we will have a chat about your favorites.

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Out of the Box

March 8, 2011 in Art | Comments (0)

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2.25" x 2.25" x 2.25" Glass Box

Do you ever wonder why glass draws your attention even when you are not looking for it?  Could it be the color, texture or maybe just the process it takes to create it?  Check out these three forms of glass at Hunter-Wolff Gallery:  blown glass by Donna Gordon, fused glass by Dan Hewett and, most recently, crystal glass achieved through the lost wax method of casting by Hibri Glass.

These newest offerings are limited edition (47% lead glass) crystal boxes, with removable lids and  textured patterns in soft pastel colors.  Pick from soft powder blue, amber, lavender and a host of other colors.  At close inspection, each delicately designed box is accented with connecting patterns of figures.  The boxes feature Haida motifs of the Northwest Canadian Indians with interlocking totem animals.

 We are anxious to learn what our glass collectors think and welcome feedback on these uniquely hand-crafted glassworks that take an indeterminable amount of time to design and craft. For glass collectors looking for something slightly different and functional, we think you will find these little gems perfect for a gift—for someone special or for yourself.  Glass is always a welcomed treasure in every collection.

 

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