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Story Tellers

March 9, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings | Comments (0)

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At The Seashore, 11x14, K.A.McMahon

You’ve heard it before, “Artists take us on a journey with their art…” and good art makes a connection for the viewer.  I like to think of artists as more than skilled technicians. They don’t just create art, they create stories that need to be told.  The image to the left is a great example of a painting that jolts a memory or maybe even makes you dream about the future. When you connect to a painting, the story is  yours to tell. It could be on a beach along the Jersey shore or the Mexican Riviera or Pacific coast. You pick the location and players. By just glancing at this beautiful painting,  a story unfolds that makes us smile, takes us back to a time when our children or grandchildren were small. Maybe it will take you to a time you remember as a small child. Don’t those memories come rushing back?

My own story takes place in 1988 at  a lovely vacation home on Virginia Beach with life-long friends and their two daughters.  We shared so many firsts together along that stretch of beach in the bright sun and warm surf.  Every morning started with our children playing happily together in the sand, making sand castles and collecting bits of shells like little treasure hunters. We swam, sang, laughed, chased kites and ate big thick meaty sandwiches at lunch time from the local deli. The days seemed short, filled with so much activity, so many giggles and the memories will never be forgotten.  There were many vacations at the shore where a painting like this will keep those memories fresh. Now adults, I’m sure our kids have their own special version to tell about their happy memories growing up together. This painting is the first page of a good story.  Your own memories, your own imagination and  your own experiences will complete the tale.

Kathryn McMahon, painted this darling image based on photos she had from her own childhood.  These little ones are triplets born in Canada in the 1940s and her story is as personal and captivating as yours or mine. Take time to explore art and find pieces that help you tell your own story. What a great way to share a memory that you never want to forget.

What is your story?

 

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Bright & Beautiful Silver

March 3, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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DKC Jewelry Made in Colorado with Argentium Silver

Not familiar with Argentium® sterling silver?  Silver jewelry is typically made from an alloy of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals to give it strength, durability and beauty. But sterling silver tarnishes and needs regular polishing.

Since the late 1990’s, silver mixed with germanium (not copper) has become more and more popular in jewelry making.  It is called Argentium® and it stays bright and beautiful. Argentium® forms a clear oxide reducing tarnishing and contains 92.5% silver and no nickel or copper. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, Argentium® sterling silver used in designs by Jewelry by Tana and DKC Jewelry is very durable and is easy to clean. You can clean it with a mild detergent and lukewarm water to bring back its shine. To maintain the shine and luster of Argentium® silver, simply wipe away any dust or finger marks with a soft cloth. More intricate pieces worn frequently may require an occasional wash in warm soapy water followed by a rinse and patted dry with a soft cloth to avoid watermarks. An infrequent wipe with a clean silver polishing cloth will help to protect Argentium® silver from finger marks and everyday dirt and grime.

Tip: Never use ‘dip-type’ polishes or electrolytic cleaning processes with Argentium® silver. More info in our March Newsletter.

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Call for Student Artists: Cash Awards to Top Winners

February 24, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Colorado,Development,Events,Honors,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Paintings,Teaching | Comments (0)

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How often is a gifted art student given the opportunity to compete for cash awards outside of school and show-off their talent in an art gallery? Hunter-Wolff Gallery is offering that opportunity this June. A juried art competition limited to student artists between the ages of 14 and 22 are invited to apply for this opportunity. There is no limitation on where a student lives.  There is a limit to the number of students, however, who will be selected. Eligible students must apply by registering before April 30. Do it today and start planning now!

The intent of this program is to provide art students with real-world experience, competing in a fine art gallery venue. With the help of a professional artist mentor, students will benefit by learning the do’s and don’ts of submitting art work in a juried competition.  All applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee of $5 with a complete Registration form to Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

Cash awards for winners of Setting the Stage are generously provided by sponsors such as Colorado Springs Style Magazine, Rick Lien at Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Todd Crystal at Crystal Capital Advisors, Tony & Marcelline Cerato, Glaser Frames of Denver,  and other anonymous supporters. More than $2,000 will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony to top winners on Friday, June 7 and the exhibit closes on June 15.

Tell your gifted friends who love the thrill of a competition and chance to win serious cash awards! Registration and requirements can be found on the Hunter-Wolff Gallery website. Contact Hunter-Wolff Gallery at 719-520-9494 or hunterwolffgallery@gmail.com with questions if something isn’t clear.  We look forward to helping set the stage for gifted young students who are interested in a future in the art world.

Good luck to each creative applicant!  We are as excited as you will be on June 7!

 

 

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You Want to be a What?

January 10, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Development,Events,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Personal Development,Small Business,Teaching | Comments (0)

When you own a business, you are likely approached by job-seekers at some point in the day or week or month.  If you are lucky, the job opportunities you offer are well defined and responsibilities are clear.  Then there are the jobs like “curator” that isn’t always well-defined and the job seeker can’t clearly define what they are experienced at or the value of their skills.

People want to work.  People needs jobs and people need purpose.  When I ask ‘Job-Seeking Joe’ to describe to me what he thinks a curator does, the reply is often met with a blank stare or the comment, “I can hang pictures.”  Well, I am here to tell you a curator does more than that and the following is just the beginning.

What is a gallery curator and his responsibility? The curator is the overseer of the gallery art collection and the key responsibilities at the top of the list are generally managing the acquisition of art, handling delivery/returns, developing short- and long-term exhibit plans, and displaying a collection in order to inform, educate and inspire the public as well as provide proper exposure for the artist. The specific needs of a curator can vary from gallery to gallery, resulting in an opportunity for the job seeker to develop his/her own responsibilities.

In smaller galleries, the curator may also handle public relations, marketing, fundraising, and events. Curators prepare and manage budgets, train and manage staff, and build relationships with both internal and external partners, clients, and stakeholders.

Sounds like the curator is a business owner? Sometimes the entrepreneurial owner is the curator. It is not unusual to find galleries managed single-handedly or with few staff or sales personnel.  It’s a challenge that takes many talents, business skills and a level of expertise, and experience grows with time.  I’ve been curating for seven years and few would want my job . . . and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

 

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A Savory Smorgasbord of Fine Art

January 8, 2013 in American Made,Art,art education,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Artists,Award,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Custom Art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery,Raku | Comments (0)

Gallery Exhibits Change Monthly

Whether you are hungry or not, its hard to resist a sumptuous smorgasbord. Normally, you won’t find food at Hunter-Wolff Gallery but you will find a tempting smorgasbord of art to sample.

Can’t decide what to sample first? With dozens of award-winning artists’ artwork to indulge in, expect a full course meal of art ranging from giftware to heirloom collectibles. Can you imagine dozens of chefs whipping up your smorgasbord? Visitors always find something that appeals to their unique tastes. Soup to nuts, you can pick from a variety of two- and three-dimensional art confined to an area not much bigger than a volley ball court.  In spite of limited space, the curator displays and interprets the gallery’s collections to help inform, educate and inspire every visitor.

Not familiar with kiln-formed glass? Raku? Drusy? Then you are in for a treat, because the staff is prepared to share as much detail as you want and have handouts to help you learn more about the pieces you find interesting.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery has a dozen painters, each with their own unique style and appeal.  Before stepping away from the buffet of paintings, consider all the three-dimensional art made from wood, glass, bronze, clay and more. For extra sweet treats, the jewelry cases are filled with beautifully designed and fabricated silver pieces and necklaces, bracelets and earrings in colorful gemstones, pearls, etc., to satisfy today’s contemporary woman.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery has one extra bonus.  No calories!  And, when you can’t find what you want from this smorgasbord of delights, ask the staff to check its sources to find what you’re craving. Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s artists are happy to whip up a new recipe to satisfy your hunger for art. What are you craving?

 

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Expand A Child’s World

December 28, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Personal Development | Comments (0)

This young Mom and her two pre-schoolers are learning about art as a family. Won't Daddy by thrilled when he gets home from work to see how productive they have been today?

Whether or not you have an art education or background, you can expand a child’s world  through art exploration using some very simple steps and having fun together! Learning together can be as much fun as teaching. To take your kids on a journey they will forever be grateful for, try as many of these steps as possible and see what happens.

1. Enjoy the visual arts together. Draw and color with your child at home.

2. Encourage your child to participate in art events, like visiting a gallery or museum with you.

3. Explore your school or local library and read “books about artists” together.

4. Check your local newspaper to find out about attending local art events like museum exhibits, ArtWalk, art festivals and other art demonstrations.

5. Tell your child’s teacher, principal, and school leadership that the arts are vital to your child’s success and an important part of a quality education. Find out if your school has resources for arts education, including qualified teachers and materials. If not, offer to help.

6. Contact your local arts organizations to inquire about the arts education programs they offer either during school hours or after school. Volunteer to donate time, supplies, or help with their advocacy efforts and connect these services to your child’s school.

7. Attend a school board meeting and voice your support for the arts to show you care and make sure the arts are adequately funded as part of the core curriculum in the school budget.

8. Explore your child’s dream to paint, draw, sing, dance, act—and encourage them to become the best they can be through the arts. You will reap the rewards of this action over and over.

9. Be an arts supporter!  Contact your elected officials—lawmakers and school board members—to ask them for more arts education funding from the local, state, and federal levels.

10. Sign up to be included on Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s email list to be notified about featured exhibits, special events and ArtWalk offered throughout the year. Bring your children!

I hope you have a wonderful New Year while expanding your child’s world through the gift of art.  **Note:  The framed painting on the wall was a custom oil painting by Kathryn A. McMahon given as a gift from their grandparents through Hunter-Wolff Gallery.

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Pyrite, A Rare Beauty

December 17, 2012 in American Made,Blue,Color,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Rainbow Pyrite

Jewelry by Tana, Pyrite Pendant

Pyrite is said to resemble gold with its yellow-amber color. As a matter of fact, gold found throughout the world often include small inclusions of Pyrite. Did you know that gold is found in most pyrite deposits around the world? Like gold, Pyrite is traditionally the symbol for money and good luck and we hope it brings both to those who purchase our pyrite pendants.

Where is it found? Although it is mined throughout the world, in the US, Pyrite is mined in Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri and Pennsylvania to name a few. It is also mined in Peru, Russia, Spain, Germany, and South Africa. Rainbow pyrite drusy, like in the pendant made by our Colorado designers “Jewelry by Tana” are stunning and make beautiful heirloom pieces. One place rainbow or iridescent pyrite is found is in the river banks of Russia’s biggest river, Volga.
Some believe that pyrite offers many benefits to the wearer as it offers a mysterious energy shield, blocking out negativity from various sources. It is said to:

  • Overcome inertia and feelings of inadequacy
  • Energize the area where pyrite is placed
  • Overcome lethargy and fatigue
  • Increase the oxygen levels in the blood stream and improves the circulatory system.
  • Benefit the lungs alleviating bronchitis and asthma.
Whether you believe in these metaphysical qualities or not, it is a beautiful stone. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we know you will feel beautiful when wearing rainbow pyrite drusy pendants made by Jewelry by Tana.
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Support Small Business

November 15, 2012 in Art Gallery,Art Glass,Artists,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Events,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,November 24,Old Colorado City,Paintings | Comments (0)

In only ten days, Saturday, November 24 is Small Business Saturday®—a day to demonstrate your support and celebrate local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery is proud to participate in Small Business Saturday and we look forward to your support by shopping with us on November 24th. Get a jump on your holiday gift purchases; we are well stocked with great fine art made here in America by award-winning artists at affordable prices. Shop Small® and together we can make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business.

To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com and remind your friends and family to do the same!

We’d love to hear why you like shopping small business.

 

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We Care About You

October 31, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Best of the Springs,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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Marlene Kort, Ann Leago & Sharon Wolff

I had an experience recently visiting some art galleries that triggered this topic and hope to get your comments. The success of business is never based on one thing but delivering excellent customer care is critical. Unfortunately too many small business failures are due to poor customer service.  Many reasons can torpedo a business but failure to deliver platinum service is a sure way to sink revenues and lose credibility fast.

Because of this important priority, it is my responsibility as a business owner to ensure we are always at the top of our game. As often as possible, I try to visit other art galleries to see how they deliver customer service.  It is always my goal to learn ways to improve service for our customers.  I value every client that walks through Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s door and believe they deserve my full attention and the best customer care available.

On a day off recently, I drove to a well-known Colorado art district.  After a two-hour drive, I began my mission to learn something new.  Here’s what I learned. Six out of seven gallery representatives never said “hello” or looked up from their computer or desk to greet me.  I hovered, picked up things, walked in circles, and nothing.  None were busy with customers but seemed uninterested in me. If this is how visitors are normally greeted, then I now understand why many people feel uncomfortable in art galleries.  Only one representative looked up from her desk and said hello but never asked a question or tried to engage me in a conversation. How do they stay in business?

This was a shocking experience to me. Hunter-Wolff Gallery will always acknowledge you and your family.  You will always be greeted and feel welcomed. We will always take time to ask about your needs, tell you about our artists, their work, or anything else that is of interest to you. Good customer care begins with these basic courtesies. You will feel comfortable and we hope you bring your friends and family back for the next visit. If you don’t, please let us know what did not please you.  We make it our business to make your visit positive and help make your art collecting experience a pleasure with superior customer care.

I am interested to hear about your gallery visits, wherever you went, and if you have ideas or tips to help us improve the services we provide, let us know.

 

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Start With The Experts

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Donna Gordon Blown Glass

Finding art that appeals to your taste and fits your style takes time. It is like finding a good wine. Not all are equal. Not all will fit your tastes but the best place to find a good wine could be a winery or specialist. The best place to start your search for good art is at a reputable gallery. Galleries are specialists and have relationships with many artists working in many different styles. They know about trends and are eager to help. Building  relationships with clients and helping clients are always to their advantage. You should find the kind of help you expect at a gallery and should expect ideas and recommendations as your communication unfolds.

It you start working with an art gallery and they don’t respond to your needs, it is time to move onto another gallery for help.  Galleries don’t just sell art, they are there to share their expertise, to educate, to enlighten, to inspire, and to offer ideas and suggestions.  At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we believe the most important service we can offer is our knowledge.  The more our customers know about art, techniques, styles and options, the deeper our relationships become.

We always suggest that when buying art–especially if you are unsure, ask if you can take a piece home before you commit.  Take a day or two to live with your new piece and make sure it makes you feel good.  Sometimes you need to see it in your own space and test it in your own lighting.  Natural light and artificial light will make your piece look different and checking the effects of day and night light is important.

It also might help if you try different kinds of art for greater interest.  If you need a wall piece, find a painting or wall hanging that you just can’t live without.  Then try a three dimensional piece that picks up colors or the theme you are developing for a table or shelf.  The pieces of art shown here are complimentary, tasteful, and appealing to the eye.  The vase picks up some of the colors in the oil painting and together they make a statement.

Mystic Seaport by K. A. McMahon

If you have some pieces of art in your home, you will want to find other pieces that work well together but bring interest and texture into your space.  Pottery, glass, fiber art, wood turned bowls, metal work, etc., take the eye from one piece to another and give the room harmony.

Tip:  Be sure to write down measurements of your space or of pieces you want for the wall, shelves, tables, and niches.  Your favorite gallery will be better able to help you when you have specific sizes and details about your space.

At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, you can expect someone to help with all your questions and if needed, to send someone to your home to help with more complex projects.

Happy Art Hunting!

 

 

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