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
Pat, Sparky & Dave
Itâ€™s easy to find things wrong in our world and there is no shortage of complaints. Maybe that is why so many people turn to art where they can be assured of comfort and joy.Â It can whisk us away in a matter of moments to another place or time away from distress and worries.Â Â The second someone steps into the gallery, I can see their expression change andÂ lifeâ€™s burdens magically melt away.Â And when I handÂ a piece of art to its new owner, their expression is priceless. I know without hearing their words that the artwork has found a new caretaker who will treasure it forever.Â Here is Pat and Dave with Sparky, new owners of two of Sparky LeBoldâ€™s oil paintings.Â They couldnâ€™t be happier.Â
Ron Found A McMahon Treasure
Ron too displays a big smile after purchasing a wonderful oil painting by Kathryn McMahon and placed another companion piece on â€œholdâ€.Â
Buying artwork at todayâ€™s prices couldnâ€™t be a better value â€¦ or be a better antidote for all the things wrong in our world. Fine art can make you too smile.Â Try it!
Our Newest Staff Member, Ann Leago, Event Planner
Offering art work that exceeds expectation isnâ€™t the only thing on my mind 24 hours a day
When someone walks through my door or speaks with us via the telephone or email, Iâ€™m thinking about how I can make this a memorable experience for that person. Â My staff and I take great pride in delivering high quality work but creating a pleasant and professional environment for a delightful buying experience is just as important.
What does that mean? It simply means following good business practices and following through with excellent customer care.Â Offering a great environment that is comfortable and managed by a staff who understands the importance of excellent customer care is high on my list. Â When customers meet my staff, they feel the same way I do about these top-notch professionals the instant they are greeted with, â€œhello, welcome to Hunter-Wolff GalleryÂ . . .â€ We serve clients with sincere interest, good listening skills, and a desire to fill requestsâ€”even when we donâ€™t have what is desired.Â Just ask the mom who came in with her tearful 8 year old son whose dog just ate his stuffed, toy buffalo. Of course, I donâ€™t sell stuffed animals or childrenâ€™s toys but that didnâ€™t stop me from finding out who did. I immediately called another store nearby who I knew carried little, stuffed animals and hopefully a buffalo.Â Guess who was my happiest customer that day?Â Yes, little 8 year old Colin.
Every day we are presented with opportunities to exceed expectations. And every day we are ready at Hunter-Wolff Gallery with experts who are eager to discuss, explain, educate, and find ways to meet your art (or stuffed animal) needs. We hope you will stop in soon to meet Marlene Kort, an accomplished pastel artists and superb customer care-giver on most Tuesdays.Â Then come back on Wednesday and meet our new Event Planner and gallery representative,Â Ann Leago, who will serve and welcome you with an eagerness and warm smile that is hard to match.
Marlene Kort working on another great pastel painting
Nocturnal Invitation, 18x24 pastel by Marlene Kort
WHAT IS ITÂ ABOUT SOME SUNSETS?Â Some of the most beautiful sunsets seem to leave an impression that never fade.Â I’m sure you remember at least one or two you wish you could have captured on film or painted.Â Here’s one I wish I had seen myself.Â 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 Springsâ€™ 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 beautifulâ€”surprisingly lush and greenâ€”and the sunsets were breathtaking.Â Â Above is one of the first paintings inspired by her trip.Â Can they get any better than this?
View Across the Sangres, 18x24
Laura Reilly knows how to pull you closer for a deeper, longer look with her beautiful vistas, mountain top views, peaceful watering holes, and all the lovely scenery Mother Nature works soÂ effortlessly to deliver.Â This new, delightful gem arrived in the gallery as a companion piece to larger 20×30 Springtime in the Sangres. It’s easy to fantasize about being at the very spot Laura stood when she painted these lovely works of art.
Both paintings are available for your enjoyment and comment.Â We love to hear what you like (and maybe don’t like) about our collections and the work that Laura exhibits at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.Â Look at this close up of her delicious brush strokes and vibrant color. Wow!
Close-Up Brush Work by Laura Reilly
And, while exploring these wonderful paintings, be sure to check-out her new vibrant Poppy paintings.Â They will make you smile and think about how wonderful springtime is in the Rockies!
On behalf of our 30 artists, I want to thankÂ all our fans and patrons who keep us inspired and dedicated to bring you the best art available to Colorado Springs.Â Â We feel honored to receive this recognition, your votes and continued support.Â Being awarded the Best of the Springs 2010 means we will work even harder to bring you only the very best.Â Â Thanks for your Vote!
Chat?Â What’s that you ask?Â It’s better than blogging, better than texting, better than yakking on the cell.Â Actually our chat is a gallery talk and it involves an expert and the entire audience.Â 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.Â Marlene Kort. Sheâ€™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 weekâ€”Saturday, April 24.Â 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, â€œSavoring Coloradoâ€ to exhibit during her Gallery Talk session.Â We know you will be glad you joined us when you hear what she has to say â€¦.Â Â Â
There is limited seating, so if you need to sit call ahead and reserve your place. 719-520-9494.Â See you Saturday.Â By the way, it’s all free and is from 2-4 pm, Saturday, April 24.Â
Hereâ€™s another sneak peek at two more of her paintings in â€œSavoring Coloradoâ€.
Best of Colorado, 18x24 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.Â 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.Â
Come learn with us and be part of the circle of friends at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and learn what others only pretend to know.Â 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. Â Elements of design and composition are like a roadmap unfolding the narrative of a good piece of art. Â 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.Â Limited seating; call 719-520-9494 to reserve a seat.Â It’s fun learning about art and it’s free.