Today it is with great sadness that we say good-bye to one of the finest artists and men I had the pleasure of knowing. Gary Vigen will be sorely missed by all who knew him, his family, friends, his fellow artists and so many art enthusiasts who enjoyed his art for more than 50 years. Gary was a friend who followed his passion creating fine art and became one of Colorado’s preeminent stained glass artists.
I had the pleasure of meeting Gary 11 years ago as I started up my art gallery in Colorado Springs. By then he had already been working in his complex medium for nearly 50 years and had been long admired by his fellow artists. Gary was one of the original, core artists represented at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and became a good friend and sounding board. This incredibly talented man also had the gift to reach children with learning disabilities and taught for more than 30 years. After retirement, he continued to follow his passion to work with glass and made time to teach adults the joy of working with stained glass.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery will continue to offer Gary Vigen’s work until its limited inventory is depleted. You can read more about Gary in Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s Insider News, November 2016 , our November featured artist and on our website.
Farewell Gary. You will always be remembered for your friendship and incredible talent.
It’s human nature to want more out of life. We strive to make life more meaningful and fulfilled. Hundreds of books and articles have been written about what to eat and drink for a healthier life and what exercises build stronger bodies for a longer life. Most hope to find the secret to having a more rewarding and happier life with less stress; and if there was a magic pill to achieve these things, we would all take it. But there is no magic pill but there is Art, which adds to a more enhanced and joyful life.
How? First, consider that Art has a long history and is here to stay. Since the first cave man etched in stone some 35,000 years ago, man has used the power of art for purposes beyond creativity, self-expression, and communication. Understanding that one aspect of art is that it does not discriminate against anyone. It allows young children who have a limited vocabulary to express themselves without words and doesn’t care about ones education, successes, religion, color, sexual preferences or how much money is in your bank account.
Art today is not just for the super-wealthy but is available to anyone who is interested and desires how ones life is more joyful with art in it. Art is the magic pill for many. It is here for anyone to engage in, using ones own abilities and for anyone to enjoy. It can serve as therapy and can heal broken lives and broken hearts. Art affects us all in different ways and with a little curiosity and exploration one can determine its value.
Through art, we can learn the meaning of the joy of work too. Creating art is work, like any other profession and the idea of good work, personal fulfillment and recognition serves our society favorably. Work is one of the noblest expressions of the human spirit, and art is the visible evidence of work carried to the highest possible level. Art is the best way to learn the value of work and appreciate workmanship. It is impossible to experience art without experiencing values of home and family, work and play, the individual and community, nature and the environment, war and peace, beauty and ugliness, pain and love. Hunter-Wolff Gallery brings you art that you can experience and value in your own special way. We look forward to learning how Art affects your life and and if it is your magic pill.
Does Christmas seem to come faster with each passing year? Even though we have 365 days a year to think of great ideas for gifts, that too seems to become more difficult with each passing year. When supporting your small local stores is important to you, check in with Hunter-Wolff Gallery for gifts that matter and consider unique gifts that show you care. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we take time to help each and every client find the perfect, affordable gift whether it is for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or the holidays. We listen and understand that you are feeling a little stressed as we get closer to Christmas and you really don’t want to disappoint those who are important to you. Here are a few ideas on some items available at different price points:
Under $100 for Her or Him
- Hand-blown glass hearts by Donna Gordon, starting at $65
- Blingware for a more beautiful table by Carole Fenberg, starting at $40
- Vases, Platters, and other functional pottery by Tony Heslop, starting under $20
- Jewelry by multiple designers, starting under $50
- Decorative raku pottery by Tony Heslop, starting at $22
- Decorative/functional clayware and glass bowls, plates, and other tableware by Kerry Brooks, starting at $35
$100-$500 for Her or Him
- Wood turned vessels and bowls (he will love!), starting at $150
- Blown glass plates, vases, and more by Dottie Boscamp, starting at $140
- Oil and pastel paintings beautifully framed by multiple artists, starting at $145
- Whimsical mini-bronze sculptures by Fred Lunger, starting at $110
- Unique slate and clay sculpted wall hangings by Vicki Grant, starting at $160
- Beautiful pendants and bracelets, starting at $110
If you have a less restrictive budget, there are too many options to count and most can be found on our website.Just let us know your budget and we promise to keep you on track, save you time by gift wrapping, and keeping everyone’s blood pressure where it should be! Check our website at www.hunterwolffgallery.com or call for immediate help: 719-520-9494. Happy Holidays! Happy Shopping!
Why do most galleries and museums typically paint their walls white, beige or pale gray for their display walls? Most are keeping their display background neutral to attract attention on the artwork. If the “wall talks too much”, gallery visitors might miss the artwork. A gallery may also benefit from its light colored walls which reflect more light to their display area while giving the space a fresh and open feel. But, at home, you can be as creative as you like by adding extra pizzazz with rich, intense color on your walls. Some paintings and wall art actually look better with a colorful backdrop.
Painted walls also compensate for poor architectural details. If you have beautiful moldings, trim, niches or built-ins, your walls look great in most any color. Some architectural designs are better in whites and beiges but the use of bold color to distract the eye can create something special where the builder didn’t.
If your room gets lots of sun and sometimes feels “too warm”, cool it down by painting the walls with a cool color. Likewise, if your room feels too frosty, warm it up with a warm paint color. The way we perceive a room affects the way we feel, and you can balance the extremes with the right color and the right art work.
The image here is an example of a display area at Hunter-Wolff Gallery where it chose to use a texture wall paper in tan and brown to hide wall defects and showcase Clifford T. Bailey’s classic oil paintings.
Doesn’t it feel great when heads turn when you walk into a room wearing your favorite outfit? Keep those “head turning” moments coming by adding some spectacular one-of-a-kind jewelry to your ensemble. It’s challenging to find an outfit that looks like it was made just for you and only you.
But, you can add one-of-a-kind DKC Jewelry Designs, made by Colorado Springs designer Diane Calkins, to your favorite holiday outfit for a big head-turner. You will find unique pieces and always find Diane’s designs feel in style. Check it out. You can find Diane Calkins’ affordable sterling silver wearable art at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. Come meet Diane at HWG’s annual Holiday Gala on Friday, December 2, 2016.
Do you dismiss the idea of buying original because you assume you cannot “afford” original art? Today, art can be found for everyone and I assure you there is affordable art for you, if you take time to look.
We also suggest you consider Miniatures. For collectors, small-scale can be so charming and easy to fit into almost any size home, apartment or studio. Miniatures also give you the opportunity to be creative by deciding how you will arrange on a wall or on a tabletop or both. As you add to your miniature collection, you can easily rearrange without dragging out the ladder. Miniatures are easily found in the $100 range and can go up from there.
The White House and Smithsonian both have impressive collections. Why not you? Hunter-Wolff Gallery features miniatures and small-scale art by award-winning artists, some who specialize in miniatures following all the criteria necessary for juried shows and competitions. One can always find room for a 4×4 Patrice Walker painting, a textured clay design on slate by Vicki Grant, a small bronze sculpture like Fred Lunger’s bunnies, or small fused glass painting by Gary Vigen. These award-winning artists are some of many who offer art-lovers with a small budget and limited space options to collect prized art.
Miniature painting involves tedious and delicate brushwork that captivates under close scrutiny. A visit to Hunter-Wolff Gallery might surprise visitors the number of options, sizes and mediums for which small-scale art can be found. Consider miniatures for your tabletop or display shelves. They are also affordable and easier to rearrange as new artwork comes into your home and your collection continues to grow.
Remember this tip too, most collectors follow two rules: (1) Buy the best with what you can afford; (2) Take advantage of Lay Away Plans when offered. If you collect miniatures, we’d like to know how you got started and how you display your collection.
Sculpture by Fred Lunger
Slate & Clay
As an art-enthusiast and collector, you likely know already how meaningful it is to meet the artist. If you have not met the artist who made your special piece, wouldn’t that be fun? For a collector of contemporary works, the ultimate personal connection to a work of art is meeting the artist. It can be thrilling to shake hands, tell the artist how much their work means to you and chat with these gifted individuals who enhance our lives. Having the opportunity to personally be invited into the artist’s world is an added bonus.
One collector admitted, “The value of “bragging rights” that come with owning works of an artist-friend or acquaintance cannot be overstated. No one alive today can say he dropped in on Vermeer or Leonardo, but I can speak endlessly about my relationships with the various artists whose works are in my collection.” He continued to explain that when it comes to choosing between two equally wonderful creations by different artists new to his collection, he almost always supports the artist he has met.
For the artist, it is equally rewarding to meet admirers and collectors. It is these reasons we host regularly scheduled events to bring artist and collector together. By making appearances at openings and participating in events where the artist’s work is exhibited, the artist has the opportunity to engage with his admirers. It’s a win-win and sometimes it even tilts the balance toward a collector’s buying decision over another work.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery is one of a many galleries in Old Colorado City who participates in First Friday ArtWalk between April and December. Visitors and collectors are greeted by artists; some artists are demonstrating techniques, like Gary Vigen or other featured artists and jewelry designers. Mark your calendar for every first Friday of the month in Old Colorado City, Colorado, and take advantage of this great opportunity to discuss possible custom pieces one-on-one with the potential creator, too. Drop in and visit with your favorite artist. I bet that you will look at the artist’s artwork in a different light after you meet.
Can you put a name to the faces below? They are all represented at Hunter-Wolff Gallery and eager to meet you. Remember, support living artists, the dead ones don’t need the money and we want our artists to continue to produce.
How often do you find truly comfortable, one-of-a-kind jewelry that you absolutely love? When we found Diane Calkins of D.K.C. Designs, we were excited to have found someone who understands what you want in design while making her pieces affordable.
It’s exciting for the staff at Hunter-Wolff Gallery to get first look at D.K.C Designs and model the new collections before displaying them. Every piece that is delivered is a work of art, designed and built one at a time. We often hear requests for lightweight earrings that are playful and easy on the wallet.
For most women who wear earrings, they are looking for something that brightens their face or compliments their skin tone, attire, and feels comfortable. Our designer always appreciates feedback and knows a heavy earring doesn’t work for most. She makes sure her designs are always comfortable and meant to be worn for work or play, day or night.
D.K.C. Designs is conscience of what women want and designs beautiful “airy” earrings with colorful stones, pearls or glass and mixed metals to give color and interest without weighing on delicate earlobes. As an alternative, D.K.C Designs also offers a big look with all silver wire wrap without any stones that can’t be beat for a contemporary look. You will hardly know you are wearing these earrings and may find yourself checking to make sure they are on your ears. Check out these beautiful options that go with everything and see for yourself how elegant and comfortable you feel in D.K.C Designs.
Meet one of Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s fine artists Clifford Bailey who is a professional artist for nearly 45 years. He composes his landscape paintings from recollections and from a collection of photographs he has taken. He doesn’t copy the photographs, but instead uses them to supply information about a certain tree, a cloud formation, or an object reflected in water. His primary concern in creating a painting is the feeling or emotion it invokes, the light and the atmosphere.
He also paints small still lifes that are reminiscent of the Old Masters in their technique with contrasting dark and light tones and subject matter such as perfectly rendered fruits. These are often rendered with subtle reflections on a black tabletop and droplets of water. Each is a careful study not only of the objects painted, but also of the technique and art of applying oil paint to canvas.
Bailey has been painting since high school and is, essentially, a self taught artist. He says, “It’s in your hand, your eye, the only way to learn to paint is to paint. What makes a painter an artist isn’t necessarily skill or talent, it’s something else. A lot of people have a considerable ability to draw or paint but aren’t interested in approaching their subject in a sensitive or thoughtful way. It’s far more important to me to learn to see what is essential and paint from the heart. If the viewer is also sensitive they will respond to the emotion you put into it.” Visit www.hunterwolffgallery.com and take a moment to enjoy Clifford T. Bailey’s collection. We are happy to ship his work to your home or office.
By The Garden Shed by Janelle Cox
Here comes Autumn and all the changes it brings along with it. This is the time of year you are likely changing your wardrobe and rotating what’s in your closets for warmer clothing.
Many art collectors have shared that this is the time of year they too change what is displayed on their walls. For many, when the seasons change, fall housecleaning and rearranging seems natural, like moving the open-toed shoes to the back of the closet. If you store favorite art pieces because of limited wall space, isn’t it time to rotate your artwork? With holidays approaching, freshening up the house includes your walls with either new art or pieces from storage, or both.
There is no need to stop collecting because you have run out of wall space! Store some pieces for the winter months and bring in a few new “must have” works of art. Rotating artwork is fun and it allows you to upgrade with new favorites for a fresh new look. It is a great time to add a punch of color in the fall, as the days get shorter and gardens start to loose their blooms.
Experiment by adding something new to something old to create a new theme for the new season. Sometimes an old, nearly forgotten favorite feels new again especially when paired with something new. If what you loved decades ago seems to have lost a little appeal, just pass it on to someone else to enjoy, and replace it with something new you recently discovered. It can be fun making changes to your wardrobe and art collection. We can certainly help with the artwork … and since we are all fashionistas at the gallery, we can offer opinions on that too!