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Freedom in Simplicity

September 19, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Best of the Springs,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Marlene Kort,Paintings | Comments (0)

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The value of simplicity is sometimes overlooked.  Too often we forget to take time to enjoy the simple things in everyday life, like a single delicate bloom or the vibrant color of juicy oranges sitting on the counter.

If you are yearning for freedom from the complexities in your life, don’t miss Marlene Kort’s pastel collection at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, which reminds viewers of the beauty in simplicity around us. Her paintings trigger cherished forgotten memories and show us how much beauty and purity surrounds us.  In a hectic world that seems to move faster than ever before and seems to be getting more complicated, Marlene Kort’s vibrant pastels are a welcomed escape.  She presents real day-to-day life occurrences and objects in terms that are easy to appreciate and understand. Her paintings give us the opportunity for a temporary leave of absence from our chaotic and stressful world.  Artists talk about creating an emotional connection through their art, but Marlene makes it happen and she communicates a positive energy in her paintings that can be appreciated every day (without adding more complexity to your life).

If you can’t take a much needed respite because life’s demands are relentless, consider adding peaceful paintings to your home so you can give yourself a mini-vacation when you glance at your walls as you rush through your busy day. You deserve it!

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A Window to A Dream

February 26, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Color,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Marlene Kort,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

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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?

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Memories in the Making

April 3, 2011 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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Artist Marlene Kort

Artist Marlene Kort

As artists, we are all aware of how art forms can become a universal language, uninhibited by words, political, cultural or spiritual limitations.  Art, music, literature and dance have often bridged connections between people who might otherwise be unable to communicate.

Recently I became aware of another angle on this theme through the Memories In the Making® art program of the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter.  Through the freedom of art, those affected with Alzheimer’s are able to express feelings and ideas that may otherwise be trapped inside.  With brush strokes they pull us into their world and help us see their stories. 

The program began in 1986 when artist and caregiver Selly Jenny, whose mother had Alzheimer’s, began to use an art program to see what patients were able to reveal about themselves.  It grew from there, nationally and internationally, to include a training manual, an art exhibit and auction, a calendar, and much more.

Our local chapter will be holding a number of events in the next few months tied with this program.  Some of you may be participating in the palette program, where artists are given a traditional painter’s palette and asked to create a work of art directly on the palette, which will be auctioned off to raise funds for further research and development. 

Another program, which I am participating in, is a “pairing”, where I am paired with an Alzheimer’s patient and am using her work of art to inspire my own original piece.  These works will also be auctioned off as a fundraiser.

I am excited about this project for several reasons.  My grandmother had a very early onset of Alzheimer’s, a full decade before it became recognized and diagnostically identifiable.  Family members suggested that my grandfather was too domineering and wouldn’t allow her to think for herself as the source of her dementia.  We know now that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Probably no one reading this has been spared the touch of Alzheimer’s in their circle of family or friends.  I am excited to find yet one more way that our art can be a positive contribution in our society.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or the upcoming events in our community, here are some contacts;

2011 Memories in the Making Art Auction

April 29, 5:30pm ProRodeo Hall of Fame

Nancy Oxenhandler, Art Committee Co-Chair

nancy_s_oxenhandler@uhc.com

Marlene Kort, Artist & Treasurer, Pikes Peak Pastel Society  

Brightness from the Shadows by Marlene Kort

Brightness from the Shadows by Marlene Kort

Blooming Tulips by Vera

Blooming Tulips by Vera

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Humanitarian Efforts: Painting for Change

September 15, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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Marlene Kort Makes A Promise

Marlene Kort Makes A Promise

This past June, artist Marlene Kort and her family visited Zambia, Africa.  Zambia is a beautiful and peaceful country and home to some of the best game parks in the world.  They were excited to visit their oldest daughter who was working with orphan groups in Lusaka, to see some of the remarkable game, and to connect with locals–and how they did!

In spite of its beauty, Zambia continues to be ravaged by HIV/Aids.  Life expectancy is 38 years, 86% of Zambians live below the international poverty line of $1 a day, and an outrageous 23% of the children are orphans. Only about 57% of the children ever have the opportunity to go to school, despite their desire to learn and have a better life.

The journey started in northeast Zambia at Flatdogs Camp in the South Luangwa Valley.  The small traditional village of Mfuwe sits a few miles outside the game park. Through the efforts of conservation groups, indigenous game numbers are improving and elephant and lion populations are being restored.  From a global perspective, this is good.  However, the now protected game freely wanders beyond the park boundaries to terrorize villagers and trample what few crops survive harsh conditions.  Although tourism in the game park provides employment for some villagers, there is a high cost for living close to these dangerous animals.

50 Children One Class Room

50 Children One Class Room

Several of the safari companies have served this park for generations and take measures to give back to the community.  At Flatdogs Camp, friends are part of this effort through Project Luangwa, a fund to support conservation, education and provide micro loans to families trying to start sustainable small businesses.

For example, when one of Flatdogs’ village employees noticed how many children were wandering the streets unattended all day, he decided to take action.  Most were orphans, living on whatever food and shelter could be found.  He began a small preschool, called Chiyembekezo School, which currently provides half day school for 50 young children.  A local church lends space and one very creative teacher gets paid whenever there is enough money. Supplies consist of a single chalkboard, some small plastic chairs, and children who are eager to learn.  There are no books, toys, snacks or essential teaching aids for learning.

The Korts visited the school and spent time holding and playing with the kids and were smitten.  Smitten and convicted! In addition to giving some financial help, Marlene made a promise that as an artist she would do some “Paintings For Change.”

Hope Brings Smiles

Hope Brings Smiles

Currently, Marlene has completed three paintings reflective of the area.  Profits from these works will go directly to the Chiyembekezo School.  It takes only about $10 a month to turnaround the life of a child in Zambia through education.  Marlene says, “I  know that ultimately Zambia’s future will be best served through local leadership, so supporting education, especially by giving young children an early start, can be a tremendous investment in future changes. I would love to talk more about Zambia.  Feel free to visit with me at one of the upcoming gallery events, or for more information on these projects check out these web pages.”

http://www.projectluangwa.org/

www.flatdogscamp.com/community-involvement/

Next month, Artist Marlene Kort is contributing a beautiful acrylic grouping of ten paintings in celebration of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s 5th Anniversary on October 1 for a silent auction.  All proceeds will benefit the children’s Chiyembekezo School in Zambia, Africa.

If you can help or know other ways to make a difference, contact Marlene or Sharon at Hunter-Wolff Gallery at www.hunterwolffgallery.com

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An Antidote for the Status Quo

August 25, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Mt. Massive Wildflowers, 40x30

Mt. Massive Wildflowers, 40x30

Let’s hope the status quo is challenged and looks different soon says some of our clients, frustrated with the economy.  I couldn’t agree more.  In the art world, it’s a term not often used.  Artists can’t grow and bring new ideas to the forefront without challenging themselves, improving their skill and developing new concepts.  What’s going on in the economy is something else; something we all can’t wait to see change and improve.

In the meantime, one thing we can count on is experiencing originality and beauty by collecting art.  Art transfers positive energy to our personal lives.  Being immersed in the art business 24/7, I sometimes take that for granted .  After returning from being away for more than a week, I experienced “with fresh eyes” what visitors see when they walk through the door. It was reassuring to feel a much needed escape from the status quo and so much positive charge among our collections.  I couldn’t have been more pleased to see new artwork hanging on the wall by Laura Reilly, Marlene Kort and some of our other dedicated artists. It was a wonderful reminder that we continue to offer what is important and needed in our lives to stay uplifted and positive about the future.  Stop in soon and see the new work now hanging by Laura Reilly—her work is always charged with energy, aesthetically appealing with a fresh contemporary flair and clearly provides the perfect antidote for the status quo.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow ~ Albert Einstein

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Sun Kissed Africa

July 8, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Nocturnal Invitation, 18x24 pastel by Marlene Kort

Nocturnal Invitation, 18x24 pastel by Marlene Kort

 

WHAT IS IT ABOUT SOME SUNSETS?  Some of the most beautiful sunsets seem to leave an impression that never fade.  I’m sure you remember at least one or two you wish you could have captured on film or painted.  Here’s one I wish I had seen myself.  But, like all good paintings–it takes me there in an instant and I can almost feel the heat of the day escaping.

 

One of Colorado Springs’ esteemed pastel artists, Marlene Kort, recently returned from a life-changing trip to Africa (more to come about that later). Although she has been home only a few weeks, she is wasting no time communicating what she saw and experienced through her gifted fingers at her easel. Marlene said the landscape was beautiful—surprisingly lush and green—and the sunsets were breathtaking.  Above is one of the first paintings inspired by her trip.  Can they get any better than this?

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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: Connecting with Collectors

April 10, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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Best of Colorado, 18x24 Pastel

Best of Colorado, 18x24 Pastel

Colorado Fields, 11x14 Pastel

Colorado Fields, 11x14 Pastel

Ask someone what they think of a piece of original art and you will hear the unexpected. Everyone has an opinion and each is as unique as the individual.  So how do you know what makes a painting good? What is it about original art that is so captivating? Why do some paintings have a profound effect on the viewer and you can’t live without it?

 

As an art lover and gallery owner, I hear these questions frequently. Knowing the elements that make an original painting award-winning is key to building a beautiful collection that you will enjoy for a lifetime. 

Come learn with us and be part of the circle of friends at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and learn what others only pretend to know.  Hear what one of our expert artists, Marlene Kort, says about choosing the best art you can afford. She will discuss how 2-D paint surfaces become a work of art and specifically how she achieves this with the pastel medium.  Elements of design and composition are like a roadmap unfolding the narrative of a good piece of art.  These principles will apply to any form of art, decorating or design, and Marlene will point out tips that will make you a more knowledgeable collector and help you develop a better appreciation for original art.

Creativity is invigorating, come get inspired and take an artistic journey with Marlene at Gallery Talk: Connecting with Collectors Saturday, April 24, 2-4 pm.  Limited seating; call 719-520-9494 to reserve a seat.  It’s fun learning about art and it’s free.

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Meeting the Artist

February 24, 2010 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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As an art-enthusiast and collector, have you had the pleasure of meeting the creator of the wonderful works selected for your home?  Wouldn’t that be fun? For a collector of contemporary works, the ultimate personal connection to a work of art is meeting the artist. Personally, I have a long list of artists I wish I could meet, but unfortunately many are no longer living.  But for works by living artists that I collect, I am always thrilled to shake hands, tell the artist how wonderful he or she is, and have a chat with these gifted individuals who enhance my life. Having the opportunity to personally be invited into the artist’s world is an added bonus.

One collector admitted, “The value of “bragging rights” that come with owning works of an artist-friend or acquaintance cannot be overstated. No one alive today can say he dropped in on Vermeer or Leonardo, but I can speak endlessly about my relationships with the various artists whose works are in my collection.” He continued to explain that when it comes to choosing between two equally wonderful creations by different artists new to his collection, he almost always supports the artist he has met.

For the artist, it is equally rewarding to meet admirers and collectors. It is these reasons we host regularly scheduled events to bring artist and collector together.  By making appearances at openings and participating in events where the artist’s work is exhibited, the artist has the opportunity to engage with his admirers. It’s a win-win and sometimes it even tilts the balance toward a collector’s buying decision over another’s work.   

Hunter-Wolff Gallery is one of a dozen galleries in Old Colorado City who participates in First Friday ArtWalk between April and December.  Visitors and collectors are greeted by artists, some artists are demonstrating techniques, like Gary Vigen, or other featured artists and jewelry designers.  It’s a great opportunity to discuss possible custom pieces one-on-one with the potential creator, too. Drop in and visit with your favorite artist. I bet that you will look at the artist’s artwork in a different light after you meet.

Can you put a name to the faces below? They are all represented at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and eager to meet you.

DSC02182PICT0921Jeannie BreedingLaura in the Gallerydr_shermanBIO PhotoJanelle Coxphoto marlene for bio

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