What do you do?
Marlene Kort

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am an artist and part-time gallery representative at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, located in Old Colorado City.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I have the best job in the world! At “work” I am surrounded by fabulous pieces of art, listen to beautiful music and get to talk with customers about bringing original art into their lives.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       Painting in pastels has been my full-time passion since the late ‘90s, and I have been represented and working in art on the Westside for the last decade.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       Are you kidding... at quitting time I have to leave my lovely sanctuary and face the realities of the grocery store, phone messages and housework.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       All art is a creative expression of a personal inspiration, which makes it very subjective, but that’s also what provides its originality and character. I have a hard time biting my tongue if I hear comments about art being “good” or “bad” as there are so many more facets than that.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       Ha! I have a BA in recreation therapy and a master’s in public health, so I guess one of the biggest adjustments was that I shouldn’t wear sweatpants to work.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       It seems like we are really able to develop relationships with our clients. We are small enough and friendly enough that we can still go the extra mile for our customers and make the retail experience itself pleasurable.

“What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesn’t live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.