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January 18, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Award,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Oils,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Teaching | Comments (0)

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Roses in TerraCotta 10x8 by Justin Clements

Roses in Terracotta 10×8 by Justin Clements

 

A wise man told me nearly 40 years ago, “Always buy quality. Quality products last long after the price is forgotten.”  It doesn’t matter what you purchase, there is no substitute for top-grade quality and that goes for artwork too. Quality artwork is made with quality materials and showcased in quality frames and platforms.

Furthermore, what you do with your fine art makes a difference too.  Making your home inviting and comfortable by adding beautiful, original art isn’t the whole story. Displaying art correctly is as important as selecting the right art. It’s often a daunting job finding the right art and resources you can trust.  That’s why Hunter-Wolff Gallery offers helpful services to help complete the job of displaying your art for the most impact. When working on a bigger project that involves assembling an entire room, bring your color swatches, wall and key furniture measurements and your personal style.

To make your home inviting and beautiful means hand-picking and displaying timeless (quality) pieces correctly so they can be fully appreciated.  For example, hanging paintings too high or too low disrupts the room balance.  Worse is hanging “bargain” filler pictures/prints because you “need something decorative to fill up space”.

Lack of originality and quality sends a reminder every day.  You will enjoy your home more and your art when it reflects your style and echoes a sense of originality and harmony. Ask for guidance and acquire quality original art over time. Sharon at Hunter-Wolff Gallery will help you present your quality art properly and ensure artwork is hung correctly. Just ask!

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Fun for Everyone! Pottery for a Day!

January 13, 2015 in Art,Art Gallery,Clifford T. Bailey,Colorado,Marlene Kort,Old Colorado City,Paintings,Pottery | Comments (0)

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The word is out! Pottery hounds are thrilled to learn that the date for Tony Heslop’s Seconds Sale is almost here!  Colorado Springs potter Tony Heslop is making room in his shop for new 2015 inventory!  And, like you, we really like Tony’s work and are excited to host another “Day of Pottery” to move his extra inventory so the new inventory has room. The sale includes inventory that is beautiful but may be limited in numbers or discontinued glazes or styles.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery planned this special  Seconds Sale on Saturday, January 24 opening two hours earlier than normal.  If you like a great deal and beautiful pottery, we suggest you come as early as you can because this event is a one day event, from 9 am to 6 pm, and we are expecting his many fans for a great turnout. If it is anything like last year, early shopping is a must.

Why would we do this when it goes against our core principles?  Quality is always important to us, and this event does not go against our core values. Hunter-Wolff Gallery would not allow items that are defective or broken in some way. And, because it is a New Year,  we wanted to something special out of the ordinary.

So mark your calendar and bring boxes for your purchases. Because this is such a great deal,  help us keep costs down by bringing cash or checks. You can expect to have tons of fun, where everyone leaves with something they consider a pottery prize. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 24 from 9 am to 6 pm.

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Make It Well; Make It Affordable

January 4, 2015 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City,Pottery,Raku | Comments (0)

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If you have visited Colorado Springs and its historic district, Old Colorado City, there is a good chance you know the name of local potter Tony Heslop.  Tony is the preeminent potter known by thousands of collectors of his clayware.

For almost 40 years he sold his work year-round in Colorado Springs. You can find Tony Heslop’s pottery year-round at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Avenue.

We love working with Tony because of his philosophy and work ethics. He wants anyone who appreciates pottery to be able to purchase his work because it is affordable.  Affordability is as important to him as the right design and glaze color.  This has been his mantra for decades.  “Make it well; make it affordable.” And, we add, “Buy Made In America!”

If you are looking for durability and functionality when preparing and serving food, think about hand-crafted pottery for these tasks. His vases and one-of-a-kind vessels can enhance a room, table top or shelf. His functional clayware pleases anyone with cooking skills, and his decorative Raku designs are unique and stunning for a mantel or on the floor.  You decide.

Come explore Tony Heslop’s pottery and check Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s website but be sure to call to see if something slipped in the door before it was posted on his webpage.  We receive new work from Tony every week and it finds its way to kitchens and homes across America quickly.

We ship Tony Heslop pottery everywhere in the US.  If you find something for a gift, call 719-520-9494 to get your order shipped in time for special event.

TIP:  Tony  Heslop Seconds Sales happens once a year.  Mark Your Calendar for January 24, 2015 and get on our mailing list.

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From Colorado’s Back Country to Your Front Door

December 30, 2014 in American Made,Art,Colorado,Old Colorado City,trees | Comments (0)

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Two-Tiered Juniper Table by Jerry Wedekind

Two-Tiered Juniper Table by Jerry Wedekind

This time of the year, are you planted in front of your TV or snuggled up with a good book in front the fire? Sounds comfortable, doesn’t it? Unlike those of us who prefer the comforts of home when the temperatures dip below freezing, Jerry Wedekind is one of those rare beings who would prefer the outdoors over the indoors anytime of the year.

He is a real outdoorsman with a special gift.  He loves the wilderness and scours Colorado back country for his greatest love – “the finest aged wood” to create breathtaking hollow turned burl vessels and artistically twisted juniper for tables and benches.  Real sculptural pieces of art!

It only takes about 15 seconds of listening to Jerry to learn how serious he is about his craft. Not many artists go to the extremes Jerry does to produce handcrafted art made from aspen, juniper and other beautiful Colorado wood. He often takes flight in a small aircraft, searching like an eagle in the sky, to locate rare and unusual burls—which from the sky look like a black target against the white aspen bark and snow covered ground. Using his GPS, he records the location of each potential piece to collect after the snow melts.

Aspen Burl Vessel by Jerry Wedekind

Aspen Burl Vessel by Jerry Wedekind

When he’s not turning objects in his shop, Jerry is hiking or mountain biking to collect potential wood he can’t visually identify from the sky. He says, “When I’m on a trail, I have one eye on the trail and the other fixed upon the surrounding landscape in a constant quest for the raw materials I need for my turnings and tables.”  Maybe it only takes one good eye for Jerry, but I think he just has a sixth sense about these things since he has been doing it for years.  Stop in and see (with both your eyes) these beautiful burl vessels and juniper tables.

You are a click away from more work by Jerry. More details about Jerry in a previously published article, February 2013, titled “Hardship Builds Character”.

 

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Glowing Art Accents

December 26, 2014 in Art,Artists,Colorado,Custom Art,Fiber art,Fine Art,Glow Pots,mixed medium,Pottery,Raku,textured | Comments (0)

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It is rare that a visitor walks through Hunter-Wolff Gallery without stopping to take a second look, touch the textured surface or feel the intricately woven art  by Karen Pierce and Marc Jenesel. These two talented artists, husband and wife, create some of the most discussed work at the gallery. Their work consists of beautifully glazed raku pottery and fiber, embellished with natural materials like gem stones, special coins, copper wire and hand-made copper charms that move and sway with the slightest breeze. The inside of the pottery, which serves as a base for the woven structures, is lined with copper leaf for an eye-catching glow.

It’s amazing what four hands, 20 fingers, and an imagination that pushes the envelope can do together. Residents of Colorado Springs and just minutes from the gallery, allows Hunter-Wolff Gallery to receive Karen and Marc’s best work without difficulty. Collectors love it too.

Consider adding unique accents like a Glow Pot or fiber art to your own collection. The glow pots are a must-have and will add a little beam of light to any dark corner. They glow with the lights on or off because of the copper leaf application on the interior of the Raku. Who needs candles to create a romantic mood or brighten up a poorly lit area?

Let us know what you think of our Raku vessels topped off with woven fiber such as seagrass, willow or date palm inflorescence and gem stones. We love hearing your comments.

Find more wonderful examples at Raku Fiber Art

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Meaningful Gift-Giving

November 15, 2014 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry,Pendants | Comments (0)

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DKC439_tn DKC424_tn DKC 465_tn SailorBang_tnHntr Wlff Oct 16, 13 004_tnGiving locally designed and hand-fabricated jewelry is one of the most thoughtful gifts for the holiday season. Women especially cherish jewelry that can be enjoyed for years made by fine jewelry artisans. Jewelry, like no other gift, is symbolic and shows how much the Giver cares.

Gallery designs are unique and one-of-a-kind crafted to meet designers’ high standards. Consider collections that include pieces to match her personality or style fitting any occasion, dressy or casual, classic, bold, sophisticated, trendy, or elegant. When looking for a wonderful surprise to tie-up in pretty ribbons, consider shopping for her based on her favorite gem stone or color.

If you know she loves earrings or favors sterling pendants, you can zero in on a variety of styles that are one of a kind just like her and designed and fabricated by award-winning designers. She will never see “herself” coming and going.

Forget running to department stores for bargain deals; you get exactly what you pay. Make this the year you will remember her adoring smile when she unwraps your special gift, by giving a gemstone necklace and matching earrings.

It’s the gift that lasts because it is made with quality natural materials and someday she will have the pleasure of passing it down to her daughter or granddaughter.

Select one of a kind, just like the woman in your life and consider selecting quality fine jewelry made by Colorado-designers. You will have as much fun giving as she will have receiving. You can’t make a mistake by giving quality–and we are here to show you the difference.

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Stills, Far From Dead

November 2, 2014 in Art,Art Gallery,Clifford T. Bailey,Colorado,Janelle Cox,Oils | Comments (1)

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16×12 Still Life by Greg Custer

He’s busy. He’s teaching. He’s working on new work for Hunter-Wolff Gallery! There’s little downtime in the life of an artist.His name is Greg Custer and like many artists, Greg is happy to let someone else name his paintings.  His newest painting (left) is beautiful and deserves a beautiful name. Greg asked that we name his painting so it doesn’t have to hang on the wall called “Still Life”. We are happy to accept ideas from our readers, too.

Did you know that a still life painting is the study of inanimate objects (referred to a nature morte which is a French term meaning dead nature)? Often, the objects are ordinary, everyday objects that anyone might recognize. Still lifes are often groupings that include floral arrangements, fruit, vegetables, kitchenware, and more. But, perhaps even more importantly, a key feature of still life art work is the degree of control that the artist can exercise over the work. The elements that make up a still life are grouped or positioned by the artist. Lighting is also an important element in a still to create a mood. Still life painting can be seen to be a relatively pure, even abstract, form of art.

While still life painting can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, it was only with the Dutch painters of the 17th century that it came into its own as a painting genre. Still life artists of the 19th century such as Cezanne, Renoir, Fantin-Latour and, in the United States, Raphaelle Peale took still life painting in new directions.

Stills remain a popular genre and often found in art collections to some degree. Highly popular Hunter-Wolff Gallery artists who specialize in this genre include Greg Custer, Clifford T. Bailey, Janelle Cox, Justin Clements, and more.

We look forward to learning if you are a collector or fan of still life paintings. Send us your comments.

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No Ordinary Bird

October 28, 2014 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists | Comments (1)

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Male Cardinal by Larry Szabelski

Did you know that the Cardinal is the only red bird in Eastern North America?  On average it lives 3-9 years but has been reported to live as long as 15 years. You can read some interesting facts on a number of web sites including http://on.natgeo.com/TcyAB1.  What does this have to do with Hunter-Wolff Gallery?

Many artists are inspired by nature and there are few birds more colorful than the Cardinal to be inspired by. Wood-carver Larry Szabelski has carved blue birds, sharp-shinned hawks, sparrows, chickadees, warblers, and more but none take the spotlight like the cardinal.

Larry uses a hardwood called jelutong, which is a species of tree in the oleander subfamily.  This tree grows over 200′ tall and sometimes measures 5-6′ in diameter and is found in low-elevation tropical evergreen forests like southern Thailand. He also uses acrylic paints for color and glass eyes and other natural elements to keep his sculpture as realistic as possible.  This particular carving was further embellished with a wood-carved  morning glory flower  that took over 18 hours to carve.

To see more of Larry Szabelski’s life-like birds, stop in at Hunter-Wolff Gallery in Old Colorado City, just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, or visit Larry’s  webpage at http://bit.ly/WPDB8Q

 

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Party With A Flare

October 19, 2014 in Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Events,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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WineRoses2_tn IMG_0661_tnTable_tnLooking for a party space that is beautiful and not going to cost you an arm and a leg? Your business or corporation can reserve Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s space for an intimate evening in a beautiful setting.  If you have a group of friends or want to do something extraordinary for that special someone, Hunter-Wolff Gallery has the perfect setting for an evening.  We can make recommendations for local caterers and entertainment. Surrounded by fine artwork, you will get your message across that says, “I appreciate you (or your business) and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.” Hunter-Wolff Gallery can get as creative as you like to help make your evening memorable and meaningful. We have lots of suggestions for dining, wine, flowers, and entertainers like Randy Rodriquez. We can even have an artist on site to do a live demonstration or create a portrait of your honoree.  Call 719-520-9494 and let us help you started planning a special evening.

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Affordable. Durable. Practical.

October 4, 2014 in American Made,Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Pottery | Comments (0)

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TH1259traycup_tn TH-Red_tn TH1395_tn TH_oil cruets_tnComfort food–the ultimate hug for the soul this time of year! Even though Hunter-Wolff Gallery doesn’t sell comfort food, you can find Colorado-made pottery for serving your favorite meals for that ultimate hug. Tony Heslop, a fine potter in Colorado Springs, creates an array of colorful, practical tableware for everyday living. Everyday doesn’t mean not special!

Tony’s “pots” are a feast for the eyes and when you add your own home-cooked recipes, it is a combo your family and guests will come back for more. There is nothing like filling the kitchen with the smell of home baked bread and pastries and a bubbling treat on the stove or crock-pot and serving it up on beautiful clayware.

Fans have been collecting Tony’s work for nearly 40 years and several generations of cooks keep adding pieces to their own collections and for gifts. Each year he adds new designs, colors and shapes and his work continues to evolve to keep the kitchen kings and queens happy. His glazes are food safe and kitchen-friendly because they work in the microwave, dishwasher and oven. If you like adding a bottle wine to the table, check out his wine chiller. Place it in the freezer for a few hours and then on the table and your white wine and champagne will stay chilled throughout the meal, and they are so affordable, you might add several to the table.

When you are looking for a wedding, anniversary, or shower gifts, and have a modest budget, consider finding something special from the Tony Heslop pottery collection. We know the gift will be welcomed and cherished for years to come.

Buy local. Buy American. Buy treasures for a lifetime.

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