After a three-month exhibit in Colorado Springs Airport, regional artist John Sherman’s remaining (unsold) paintings moved to Hunter-Wolff Gallery this week. Large and larger-scale paintings in bold blocks of color adorn the walls for a big splash. John loves to paint on large canvas and we love hanging them for you to see. Fans of expressionistic/impressionistic art find John Sherman’s work intriguing, even irresistible. It is hard to put one label on the style of his work. It is highly stylized, textured with heavy paint and almost feels abstract within the subject matter. Even his medium is hard to describe because he mixes and blends so many types of ingredients and hardly a traditional style of work. He says, “I feel as though the red paint is my medium and within the layers of paint on the subject matter (which is typically red trees) you can see another art form that is abstract.” Realism mixed with abstract? Interesting how he is able to balance these two elements for his own style–a style not taught in school but one that comes from practice and passion, and is as unique as the painter.
We love styles that are outside the box, and we would love to hear about your unique style and the style you appreciate most.
- Marc Jenesel Raku
Have you ever experienced that inner glow? It comes from happiness and starts deep in the inner core. Marc Jenesel creates his raku pottery with a special glow that starts at the inner core of his vessels to reflect a warm amber glow even in the dark. It is impossible to miss.
Don’t be surprised if you become mesmerized by the inner glow, and become drawn to these unique pots even if they have never given thought to pottery as a form of art. Many fans tell us that they have never purchased pottery or considered Raku until they see these special Glow Pots by Colorado potter Marc Jenesel.
There are several basic elements interior designers recommend to create a special look and feel in your home, and we think adding a Glow Pot will put your “look” over the top.
You might also consider a Glow Pot for a gift for someone special as a way to say, “You are my inner glow.” Art can speak volumes when words are difficult and we know from experience that these special gems will get your message across.
Visit Hunter-Wolff Gallery and check our website for new arrivals. You can always request a “hold” for something you see online until you can visit in person.
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!
Grand Red Tree 55 x 70
Large-scale artwork isn’t for everybody. But when a large room with ceilings that seem to extend to the sky, the biggest mistake you can make is to hang undersized artwork.
John Sherman at Hunter-Wolff Gallery has been exhibiting work at this location in Colorado Springs for almost seven years and although collectors really love his red trees, they REALLY love his large-scale artwork. The image to the left is an original called “Grand Red Trees” and it really is grand. There is nothing like putting a bold, colorful painting with large blocks of color on a wall that needs big artwork. Don’t make the mistake of hanging a bunch of little paintings in a grouping on a really big wall. When you need a 5, 6 or 7′ painting, go for it. You will never regret it.
Too many gallery visitors tell us they made the mistake of going with a smaller painting because it was less expensive and they thought they could save a few hundred dollars. Price is always a consideration and everyone needs to watch their budget, but in the long run you will regret skimping on size because of a few dollars. Look at the size of your walls and be realistic about what it needs. Work with a decorator and tell them you want original artwork from regional artists to get the biggest bang for your buck if you don’t trust your own instincts.
Remember, one of your biggest investments in your life is your home. Don’t devalue what you invested with prints and reproductions, or undersized artwork. A big home is expensive and showcasing it will require an investment too.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery can help with your budget plan and find the most affordable, desirable art offered by regional artists in Colorado. Let us help with ideas and consider colorful, bold, unforgettable art like John Sherman’s red trees.
When you visit us in person and don’t see large-scale on the wall, ask about commissioning something special that fits your requirements and your personality.
Hill Country Blues by Janelle Cox
Many of our loyal patrons started collecting quality art for the first time after visiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery. One collector recently said he had collected sculpture and paintings before meeting us, but his choices were always based on price because he felt that was the best way to grow his collection. Today, he better understands that you get what you pay for and now he looks for quality pieces he feels a connection with. “It makes more sense to buy quality art that has meaning. I buy fewer pieces in a year but I buy only what I love. Hunter-Wolff Gallery has taught me so much more about art than I ever knew before and it has made a difference. I am so proud of my Hunter-Wolff Gallery collection.”
We’d love to hear your stories about collecting and how you got started. You can send us an email to email@example.com or leave a comment to this article.
Reflections, Mixed Medium by Grace Wever
It’s not unusual to find oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings in a gallery. But how about a painting for your wall that doesn’t have any paint on it? This is one of a series of “paintings” by Colorado Artist Grace Wever. This 29×22″ artwork is created with beautiful fabrics and encaustic wax in a collage fashion.
Grace Wever spends hundreds of hours planning and creating her amazing wall hangings. You can visit her other gallery pieces on line and visit us in person seven days a week in Colorado Springs historic district.
These unique pieces deserve a close up examination and then comes the “Wow”.
Red Roof Series by janelle Cox
Artist Janelle Cox is back! Fans are showing bigger smiles because Janelle is in full swing with her much-loved red, red, red roof series at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. In 2008, Janelle offered a series of about a dozen oils featuring mediterranean red roof hilltop villages that seemed to fly out the gallery door. Fans and friends of the gallery asked if she would ever offer another series in this style and we are happy to report, yes. On Friday, June 1 she made a special appearance to unveil her Red Roof collection along with other “tasty” gems as well.
This opening was a huge success and many of her paintings sold before officially opening. Don’t wait if you love this style work because we promise, they will not last long.
Stop in and join Janelle’s fan club. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is open 7 days a week all summer!
There is a definite buzz on the Avenue. The 2012 ArtWalk season is about to start, April 6 at 5pm – 8pm. Brochures are printed, banners are hung, new artwork has arrived. And, the weather is perfect for strolling the Avenue to explore 17 galleries and more than a dozen open artist’s studios.
For those who have yet joined us during ArtWalk, put it on your calendar today. Hunter-Wolff Gallery will have live demonstrations each month. This month, you will witness Gary Vigen in action creating delicate paintings on stained glass surfaces. These lovely gems are really landscapes created out of all glass; glass fused to glass for a new twist on wall art. Stop in and ask questions!
Ann Leago, Sharon Wolff & Marlene Kort, Gallery Representatives to Help You With All Your Art Needs
Hunter-Wolff Gallery is committed to being your first choice for art collecting. We hand-select each piece of art with a careful eye to details, ensuring top quality and collectability. We select pieces as if they were being placed in our own home.
Winning your approval takes more than quality artwork. We know you have options all over the world for buying art and jewelry. That is why we believe you deserve the extra bonus of high customer service and complete satisfaction with your buying experience. We promise to deliver with a smile and with the same enthusiasm you feel when visiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery. We strive to make you feel like family when you visit.
Sam Shows How Fine Art Makes Him Smile
What does it feel like to have the best job in the world? I can tell you. Owning a gallery for the past 7 years has brought much joy and laughter into my life, and often doesn’t feel like work at all. Nearly every day I meet people who appreciate the talents of fine artists and share their joy with me whether they are buying their very first piece or their 100th piece. It is so exciting to be part of this process.
Sam purchased his first original painting from Hunter-Wolff Gallery and on this day, he is smiling about his second purchase (a beautiful oil painting by Penny Stewart). He might be smiling too because he made a decision to layaway a third painting that he will pick up next month. Sam serves our country in the USAF and is all about US made and doing his part to support Americans.
Now doesn’t this sound like I have the best job in the world? Everyday I am surrounded by beautiful art–paintings, pottery, sculpture, blown glass and wonderful, interesting people. There is one downfall, however. I want to bring it all home with me.
Put a smile on your face today, and start collecting fine art–made here in America!