Happy 10th Anniversary Hunter-Wolff Gallery! It sounds strange to hear these words, because when I started on this journey I thought being in the art business for few years would be fun. There were so many unknowns at the time Hunter-Wolff Gallery opened its doors. With only corporate business experience, I felt like I landed in a “foreign country”. It was hard to think beyond what was important on any given day or week but I wanted to do something challenging and fun for a few years. Well, the fun kept coming and the challenges became less so.
Taking responsibility for my own business has been one of the most demanding, yet rewarding, endeavors in my life. This was a challenge that would affect so many people, an entire community. I knew from the start this is where I belonged. Ten years later, I still enjoy what I do, even on the less than perfect days.
Because Hunter-Wolff Gallery has represented as many as 40 artists in a given year, we made a lot of friends. Some artists come and some go; just like any other business. But I leave you with this reminder, do what you love, do it well, and the rewards will always be there for you.
Check out our monthly newsletters and learn about our featured artists and exhibits. Be sure to add to your calendar Friday, November 6 to meet dozens of fine artists and to help us celebrate this wonderful milestone.
The best place to start your search for fine 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. When working with a gallery, you will gain knowledge about the art you are drawn to from the gallery personnel. Even if you are accustomed to shopping online, take time to visit a gallery and give them a chance to show you what they offer and learn what they know about their artists. If you have a good experience, you know you are working with the right experts.
When you start working with an art gallery and they don’t respond to your needs, let them know you are disappointed in their service and move on to another gallery. 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 our role is to offer our knowledge. The more our customers know about art, techniques, styles and options, the more satisfying the relationship.
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 are equally important.
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 our staff to always be helpful. If you need extra help, Hunter-Wolff Gallery can send an expert to your home to help with more complex projects.
Happy Art Hunting
Different styles of art draw us in for different reasons. Colorado artist John Sherman‘s highly textured mixed medium paintings draw viewers in for a closer look at the texture and vibrant color. Having represented John for a decade, Hunter-Wolff Gallery can assure you his many paintings sold through the gallery were based on his vibrant RED colors. Since John Sherman started created his “red tree” paintings, he always blends his bold colors with warm gold background. So Rich! Although John has experimented for a number of years with other beautiful combinations from the color wheel, his fans always come back and ask about his red trees. Now John is working non-stop to deliver what his fans want …. more red trees. Stand by, there is something new with his latest collection and we are predicting an even bigger fan club after his newest collection is released over the course of this fall.
Here are several new pieces for your comment. We love the explosion of color and expressionistic style and hope you do too.
John Sherman’s original art is available for purchase at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Visit us for a closer look.
Whether you are hungry or not, it’s hard to resist a sumptuous smorgasbord. Normally, Hunter-Wolff Gallery doesn’t serve food (except during ArtWalk) 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 appealing 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 Raku? Drusy? Burl? 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 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?
Art-lovers collect art because of choice. Pieces collected can be priceless regardless of the monetary value. With every decision to select a piece from millions of options, collectors make the choice because it is special to them and represents that person. That is why caring for your collection properly is so important. It extends beyond maintaining the physical condition.
It is important to keep records and a collection history. This will be invaluable for insurance purposes in case of theft or a catastrophic event. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery we recommend documenting your collection history with individual folders or a binder with tabs for each item in your collection but the best option is to keep your data on a flash drive or some other backup device with the following details:
- color photographs of your artwork, with a full-view and close up details—front, back, framed, unframed. Photograph multiple views of three-dimensional art.
- purchase date, price, and title of work (receipt) from vendor or gallery
- artist/maker information (biography)
- detailed description of object’s subject matter or type of work
- dimensions—framed and unframed for two-dimensional works. Overall and base measurements for three-dimensional works.
- media and support data detailed description of object—include location of scratches, losses, dents, abrasions, etc., that may not be visible in photographs.
- copies of all conservation and appraisal reports, text of inscriptions, markings, and labels
- provenance – ownership history
- bibliographic information if your work is cited in any exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, exhibition history.
Most of the information you need should be available on your sales receipt or available through the vendor or gallery. Take a few minutes today to update your list.
This past January, I found Vicki Grant’s wonderful work in another gallery when I was vacationing in Florida. Remember her name because you will be seeing and hearing a lot about her and her work. Although we would love to have you meet her soon, it will likely be the fall when she can travel to Colorado. Keep checking our posts and website for information about her visit.
Where does she get such creative ideas? First, her background includes having studied Architecture at the University of Maryland School of Architecture. With more than 25 years experience as an architect and artist, she naturally creates a visual experience that engages the viewer both intellectually and emotionally. When you see her work in person, you will understand what this means. She says, she “always felt that the most amazing forms, structure, color and textures are found within nature and that exposure to these elements have been her inspiration and teacher”.
When she sits down to start a new work of art and her idea is in place, she transforms clay with her hands and tools to reflect the original conceptual thought. After firing the clay, oil pigments are hand applied, layer after layer, until the final patina of rich hues is achieved. She then embellishes her shapes with porcupine quills, fossils, stones, feathers, wood and shells. The results are always unique and truly engaging.
When you want something incredibly stimulating to add to your art collection, consider Vicki Grant’s colorful shapes on slate. Hunter-Wolff Gallery currently carries two sizes, 12×12 and 6×6. They are filled with surprises and textures inviting your touch.
How do you change status quo to get the most out of life? Do you look for new challenges? New adventures? Push the envelope a little?
In a recent conversation with a local Artist, he reminded me that he knows he isn’t improving or growing as an artist unless he brings new ideas to the forefront by challenging himself. He feels he isn’t doing his best work unless he sees improvement and the status quo never works for him. Ever.
In 1991, Ronald Regan said, “Status quo, you know, that is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.” If you don’t really like the “mess” you’re in, change it. Don’t settle for status quo.
I believe we all have the power to make change, to challenge ourselves, to improve our current state of affairs. I like to believe that collecting art is part of that process. It enriches our lives. It makes us see the world with different eyes and feel a closer connection to world we live in. Art transfers positive energy to our personal lives.
Case in point: After returning from being away for a period, I experienced with fresh eyes what visitors see when they walk through Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s door. It was reassuring to feel a much needed escape from the status quo and so much positive charge among our collections. I couldn’t have been more pleased to see new artwork that arrived while I as gone by Greg Custer, Janelle Cox, Fred Lunger and other dedicated artists.
It was a wonderful reminder that HWG continues to offer what is important and needed in our lives to stay uplifted and positive about the future. Stop in soon and see the new work now hanging by these fine artists–work that is always charged with energy, aesthetically appealing with a fresh contemporary flair and the perfect antidote for the status quo.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow ~ Albert Einstein
Recently one of my kids asked my opinion about tiny homes on wheels, where the entire house is several hundred square feet (or less). I started laughing because I can’t seem to find enough room in my current home, which is substantially larger, for all my art. I am an art lover afterall and need space to enjoy it.
The small house movement (also known as the “tiny house movement”) is a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. I love the idea but am not sure it works for me personally at this point in my life. For most art collectors this type of living could pose a problem, especially if you are an active collector and adding new works of art to your collection–to your living space.
One solution for the tiny home dweller is to continue to collect but go for those collectibles that are miniatures or smaller than the norm. For example Fred Lunger, a bronze sculptor at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, sculpts miniature bronzes that are typically between 2 inches and 5 inches in height or width. With miniatures, you often have a “miniature” price tag too! Hunter-Wolff Gallery has many options for ideal “small” art for those with limited space and want to continue collecting. Call 719-520-9494 or visit www.hunterwolffgallery.com for help with original art for your space.
My adult children often quote their Dad who wisely pointed out, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” — one of his favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson. He would urge our children and friends to enjoy life’s journey regardless of outcome even when they experienced a disappointment.
Collecting art is a journey too. Sometimes we are afraid of what we don’t know and don’t trust our instincts. As an art collector and gallery owner, I have often seen the look in someone’s eyes, even tears, when a special work of art triggers an emotion. But too often they walk away empty handed because of their lack of experience or understanding of a particular art form. They fail to experience the wonderful gift of art as part of their personal journey.