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.
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!
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?
Why do so many people come out for ArtWalk?
It’s fun. It’s free. It delivers surprises. And, you are guaranteed toÂ satisfy your itch for great art!Â The ArtWalk galleries schedule important art releases and introductions to new artists typically in time for ArtWalk, and who would want to miss that?Â Sometimes you can get a sneak peek preview of the new collections by stopping in a day or two before ArtWalk ifÂ you can get away from work or family commitments.Â
Most art districts, including ArtWalk presented by Ent Business Banking in Old Colorado City, schedule their event for the first Friday of every month.Â It’s easy to remember.Â Â Repeat ArtWalkers say itâ€™s a great way to start the weekend and wind up their workweek.Â For 2-3 hours, art-goers stroll in and out of the participating galleries and can seek out artists for conversation.Â At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we always have 5 or 6 artists (with name tags) to meet visitors and answer questions.Â We hold demonstrations too. One of last month’s local visitors said, “I really look forward to the first of the month and coming with my friends to discuss art with the artists.Â What a great way to become more informed about trends and see how art is created.”
If you love art and haven’t been to ArtWalk, stop in and find out what you have been missing.Â May 7 is another special ArtWalk evening at Hunter-Wolff Gallery — we are introducing a new artist, Fran Dodd. Her work is uplifting and cheerful and we look forward to sharing some cheer with you!Â Mark down the date â€“ May 7 from 5-8 pm.Â Let us know aboutÂ your experiences at ArtWalk, too.