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.
Â How do you keep up with what’s going on in the art community?
ArtWalk in Old Colorado City is the best way! Every first Friday of every month, starting April 2, you can stroll through a dozen or so art galleries and check out new trends and talk directly to artists and gallery owners to get the scoop. Be sure to make Hunter-Wolff Gallery your first stop!Â Itâ€™s one of the top galleries in Colorado Springs and you will get the chance to meet some of their award-winning artists. Whether you are a casual or hard-core collector, ArtWalk is great way to meet other art-loversÂ and pick up tips about collecting.
More than 400 individual artistâ€™s exhibit work in Old Colorado Cityâ€™s art galleriesâ€”the largest concentration of artists and galleries in Colorado Springs within three city blocks. Put it on your calendar now â€“ 5-8 pm in Old Colorado City.Â Parking is free, admission is free and the fun is free!Â Make sure you wear your comfy walking shoes too!
When’s the last time you met a career artist?Â Tell us about your experience so we can share with other Art Lovers.
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(L-R) Original Paintings Just Arrived at Hunter-Wolff Gallery: Sirens by Laura Reilly; Yellow Jersey by K.A.McMahon; ; Yellow Roses by Jean Houghton; Cuchara Evening by Jeannie Breeding
We’ve been told over and over that we are the best of the Springs but we want that little purple and white sticker on our front door too. Colorado Springs local paper, The Gazette is accepting nominations for Best of the Springs 2010. It’s that time of year to vote for your favorites.
We get thousands of visitors each year and have as many patrons who tell us we are the BEST in Colorado Springs. It is not uncommon for us to hear we carry the best artists.Â We think so too and it means so much for our artists to receive your vote.
The voting process is not difficult and takes about 5 minutes.Â Â Click the link here and selectÂ your favorite businesses (GALLERY) but also encourage your friends to vote. You can only vote online. Deadline is midnight March 14.
Go toÂ Arts & Entertainment, City Life, Dining, Family, Shopping Sports & Recreation . You can vote as many times as you have different email addresses.Â Vote Now to make a lot of hard working artists very happy.
Jeannie Breeding at Work
Representing Colorado artist Jeannie Breeding is an honor and owning her work is a privilege. I explore the work of hundreds of artists year after year but few move me the way Jeannie Breedingâ€™s work does. Â Aside from her continued success as an artist and growing collectors, she brings more than a unique style and skill to her paintings.Â Her work is all about emotion and awakening the senses.Â This is what makes art great.
When art enthusiasts come across her work in my gallery, they stop dead in their tracks and there is silence â€¦ then an explosion of praise. Always the comments are about how her work makes the viewer feel. For those who appreciate her level of her expertise, making a decision to add a Jeannie Breeding painting to their home becomes necessary.
Chamisa in Bloom
She transports onlookers to far-away lands and places them on the spot where she once stood, in the warm morning light or at location that feels so real it reaches into ones soul.Â You can â€œfeelâ€ the moist air on your skin or the cool fog whisking across your face. Her work makes me feel alive and in awe of the beauty our planet offers.
You can see some of Jeannieâ€™s work on our website, but you will experience something moving and delightful when you stand in front of her work. She just completed several 9×12 plein air paintings of Colorado landscape when the chamiza is in full bloom and the morning light is perfect.Â We hope youÂ stop in to experience what her collectors already know.Â Itâ€™s an experience you wonâ€™t forget.