Comfort food–the ultimate hug for the soul this time of year! Even though Hunter-Wolff Gallery doesn’t sell comfort food, you can find Colorado-made pottery for serving your favorite meals for that ultimate hug. Tony Heslop, a fine potter in Colorado Springs, creates an array of colorful, practical tableware for everyday living. Everyday doesn’t mean not special!
Tony’s “pots” are a feast for the eyes and when you add your own home-cooked recipes, it is a combo your family and guests will come back for more. There is nothing like filling the kitchen with the smell of home baked bread and pastries and a bubbling treat on the stove or crockpot and serving it up on beautiful clayware. This past weekend I made a steaming pot of vegetable soup from my grandmother’s recipe book and served it up with crusty bread smothered in soft creamy butter and a tasty mango treat – all served in Tony Heslop’s serving dishes and platters. I even used his clever butter saver that can sit on the counter or table for two weeks without spoiling.
Fans have been collecting Tony’s work for more than thirty years and several generations of cooks keep adding pieces to their own collections and for gifts. Each year he adds new designs, colors and shapes and his work continues to evolve to keep the kitchen king and queens happy. His glazes are food safe and kitchen-friendly because they work in the microwave, dishwasher and oven. If you like adding a bottle wine to the table, check out his wine chiller. Place it in the freezer for a few hours and then on the table and your white wine and champagne will stay chilled throughout the meal…and they are so affordable, you might add several to the table.
When you are looking for a wedding, anniversary, or shower gifts, and have a modest budget, consider finding something special from the Tony Heslop pottery collection. We know the gift will be welcomed and cherished for years to come.
Buy local. Buy American. Buy treasures for a lifetime.
What color would you paint your wall, if hanging this painting in a "frosty" room?
It isn’t unusual for art galleries to choose white, beige or pale gray backgrounds for their display walls to keep the focus on the artwork. But, at home, if your art and furnishings aren’t as fine as a gallery, do just the opposite and use rich, intense color on your walls. If you make color your focal point and first impression, those tatty pieces you can’t wait to replace will become less noticeable.
Colored walls also compensate for poor architectural details. If you have beautiful moldings, trim, niches or built-ins, your walls look great in most any color. Some architectural designs are better in whites and beiges but the use of bold color to distract the eye can create something special where the builder didn’t.
If your room gets lots of sun and sometimes feels “too warm”, cool it down by painting the walls with a cool color. Likewise, if your room feels too frosty, warm it up with a warm paint color. The way we perceive a room affects the way we feel, and you can balance the extremes with the right color and the right art work.
When you are ready to replace your “less-than-fine” artwork, visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery in person and bring the color chips you used to paint your walls so we can help you find “more-than-fine” artwork.
For more paintings by fine artists, like Pamela Poll, visit www.hunterwolffgallery.com.
Why is gallery owner Sharon Wolff and art associate Ann Leago smiling? It’s easy to smile when we know you are happy with your shopping experience at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Sharon, Ann, and Marlene (absent from photo) and 30-some artists are pleased to be able to bring art enthusiasts beautiful works of art. Sometimes we are able to arrange for a piece to be custom made when what we have is not the right size, color, or fails to meet your requirements. If a client tells us they love something but can’t know for sure about how it will work in their space for a variety of reasons, we send our customer home with it for a “test drive”, and if it has to come back because it did not work out, then that is okay.
Always ask if you can take a piece you love home for a “test drive” if you love it but are concerned about color matches or size. If you are sure it is not working within a day or two, then we expect our clients to return it. We want you to be happy and to smile like Sharon, Ann and Marlene. We know, and you know too, happy customers come back and happy customers are our favorite people.
Frank Lloyd Wright said it best, “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
Believing is the first step to achievement, and then it is all about hard work, focus, integrity, and surrounding yourself with the best people you can find. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery we always look for the best artists to represent and do the best for them to meet their goals and our own business goals. Achieving recognition like “Best of the Springs” is meaningful and humbling. We thank all the Gazette voters and believers in Hunter-Wolff Gallery for their approval and continued support. Thank you for reminding us you are always there watching and judging.
Bruce White with Gallery Owner Sharon Wolff
Another spectacular ArtWalk evening at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. After a brief break, all the Old Colorado City galleries will open their doors for First Friday ArtWalk in April 2012 again for more opportunities to meet guest artists and other art lovers.
Last evening, Hunter-Wolff Gallery introduced Bruce White from Littleton, Colorado and his color-saturated watercolors. You can see more of Bruce White’s work on his webpage or during a visit to Hunter-Wolff Gallery at 2510 W. Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs. We look forward to your comments.
Homage to Earle-Deep Shadows
Eyvind Earle’s work inspired many artist during his lifetime and continues today. As a young boy at age 10, he started his life’s work as an artist. Although he passed in 2000, at the age of 84, his work lives on. You have seen his work, if not original pieces, certainly prints and limited editions, and even greeting cards. He was a prolific artist creating unique paintings, sculptures, scratchboards, watercolors and drawings that have not been publicly seen or exhibited. Eyvind Earle Publishing LLC, under the specific instruction of the late Eyvind Earle, will continue the legacy of the artist, promoting and introducing new serigraphs and books through galleries worldwide. To learn more about this amazing artist go to: http://www.eyvindearle.com/Bio.aspx
You can see how he inspired contemporary Colorado artist, Clifford T. Bailey. The style and mood of Bailey’s work might make you think they studied together. We are very excited to be able to present the work of Clifford T. Bailey and his “Homage to Earle, Deep Shadows”. Could they have studied together?
UPDATE: No, they did not study together, but Clifford did meet Eyvind Earle when he was 14 years old and several times during his youth. It was Mr. Earle who influenced Clifford Bailey’s pursuit of art and becoming an artist. After seeing the master’s work, there was no turning back for Clifford. THIS PAINTING SOLD IN LESS THAN 30 minutes after arriving in the gallery on December 2.
Vernazza Cinque, Terra Italy
All it takes is a slight change in temperature and that chill in the air makes me think of deep blue water, white beaches, and sunny skies. When you cannot drop everything and leave town for your dream vacation, you can easily take a side trip and get lost in a Bruce White watercolor.
Bruce White takes his viewer to the edge of the water, where it is easy to get lost in the pounding surf. Being an avid traveler, he isn’t stingy with “dream-vacation” subject matter and keeps his collection interesting with exciting destinations. It is easy to leave home and visit the Amalfi Coast, or the slopes of Colorado. If you have ever been to these places, you can revisit anytime your mind begins to drift …..
We love having Bruce White’s watercolors at Hunter-Wolff Gallery because they add a bold splash of color and help me think about sailing away on my next vacation plans.
Meet Bruce at his first Hunter-Wolff Gallery Opening, Friday, December 2 from 5-8 pm.
We’ve been excited before when we discover an artist we think you should know about. But, there is something different about our latest discovery, Clifford T. Bailey. I only met him two days ago and I already have told dozens of friends and you too need to see this accomplished artist’s work. He’s not your average or just above average artist-—-he’s what every artist hopes to accomplish. Great. Sometimes it takes time to get out the good news but as soon as art-lovers see his work, it won’t take long.
While getting out the word and showing his current offerings at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, you can expect to see and hear more about Clifford T. Bailey regularly. He’s been painting for nearly 40 years but tucked away up in Greeley Colorado. We are now unleashing the secret that Greeley has been keeping for years. Here’s a sampling of what we just hung on the wall and based on two days of interest from visitors, we expect he will have to get busy to paint more pieces for us soon.
Donna Gordon Custom Blown Glass
Have you been burning up hours searching and searching for a perfect painting or piece of artwork?
We often hear someone confess he/she has been looking for months—even years—for a painting to love for a specific location. Years of searching might seem extreme, but we know you are out there. Sometimes available space requires a certain dimension and other times lighting issues are factors that can be addressed in a custom piece.
The solution is to identify an artist’s style of work you appreciate, then work with their representative. Don’t be shy about asking for specific needs–whether it is size, color or shape. We have completed many custom requests and have many examples to show you. Most of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s artists enjoy creating custom pieces based on client needs. If you plan to place a piece of art in your home, why wait? Stop searching, start asking, and get the ball rolling.
You can have the art you love now!
Laura Reilly Commission
- 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