Saturday, November 19, 2022

LET'S STICK IT!

We love stickers, so we curated a selection of local artists who are just as excited about stickers as us! 

If you drop by the gallery you might not see many paintings hanging on the wall but don't worry! Argyle Fine Art is hosting it's very first STICKER SHOWCASE! With 40+ artists and over 100 original sticker designs our walls are covered in new and affordable art for your enjoyment.

Nick Brunt
Carin Katagiri

Andrea Tsang Jackson
Oliver Oldfield

Deirdre Sokolowska
Evan Purney

Ava Jones
Amanda Ingram
Emily Clark

Liz Ranger

For many of these artists it was their first time designing and printing stickers but for others, making stickers is just part of their art practice.

Special thanks to Mike and the team at Minuteman Press for all the help for our first time sticker makers! We are blown away by the response for this collection and hope to do another sticker showcase in the future.

Kassandra Lois
Amber Gillespie

This showcase will be on display until December 3rd... DON'T MISS IT!

If you can't make it to the gallery you can see the full show HERE

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Falling Back- Time Change Time!

 


Alicia Braganza, Bon Nuit, Acrylic on Board, 6"x12"
 
 Did you remember to set your clocks back, and prepare for some dark and cozy early nights?


Heidi Holloway, Good Idea, Acrylic on Board, 20"x16"

The time switch always reminds us how much the magnificent skylight impacts our lives, and how often it plays as inspiration for artists whose work you can find at Argyle Fine Art.


Mary Garoutte, Light Pollution Landscape III, Oil on Panel, 6"x6"

We have put together some pieces that capture the magic of playing with light, and the beauty of the moon, the setting sun and all that surround them. Feel free to get excited for the quiet wintry nights ahead, or reminisce on the bright summer nights we've had, or simply use this as your reminder to change the clocks. Either way, enjoy!

 

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Oh...before we forget!  We have a NIGHT TIME EDITION of a plein air workshop with Jack Ross happening this Sunday, November 13th, 4pm-6pm. Last plein air for the year! JOIN US! It's going to be fun! And we'll have hot chocolate to keep you going and staying warm! 

CALL OR EMAIL US THIS WEEK TO REGISTER! NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN PAINTING REQUIRED. ALL SUPPLIED PROVIDED.

Jack Ross, Lit Bridge on Waterfront, Acrylic on Board, 8"x12"



Mark Brennan, Evening Whitehill, Nova Scotia, Watercolour, 5"x7"


Danny Abriel, A Favorable Light, Acrylic on Canvas, 24"x36"



Amanda Ingram, Night Sky, Watercolour and Ink, 3"x3"



Briana Corr Scott, Pines at Night, Art Print, 11"x14"



Catherine Bagnell Styles, Finding Calm, Oil on Canvas, 18"x24"





Gordon MacDonald, Lantz At 6 17am , 12" x 12", Oil on Copper



Jack Ross, Afternoon Light Granville, Acrylic on Board, 14" Round



Mark Brennan, Quiet Cove Mitchell Bay, Acrylic on Paper, 5"x5"



Geordan Moore, Goodnight Goodnight, Screenprint, 19"x25"



Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Affordable Art: All Year Round!

Ahhh, another Nocturne has come and gone! Here at Argyle Fine Art we have been reflecting on the warm and fuzzy feelings we get when folks can come together and enjoy art-without worrying about the cost!


Discovering art you love is a wonderful occurrence that everyone deserves to experience, and feeling comfortable enough to take it home should be part of it too. We feel so strongly about this that we decided to highlight a few of the ways we work to make art accessible and affordable for anyone to enjoy!


Pat Shattuck, Deedee's Ice Cream, Matted Print, $10-40

Many people feel too intimidated to let themselves fully experience or even enter an art gallery. There is no need to worry, Halifax is a small fish city in the big ocean of an art world, and this means the art community here is approachable and intimate. If you are looking for somewhere to start, come on down and give us a visit.


Basil Doucette, Assorted Folk Art Birds, Acrylic on Hand-Carved Wood, $15-20

We are a commercial gallery and privately owned, which means you will never have to pay to come in and look around like a museum or some other public galleries. There aren't many spaces or activities anymore that are completely free, and you can take as much time as you'd like to simply hang out and enjoy the atmosphere.


Raquel Roth, Hand Painted Cards, Acrylic on Canvas Paper, $10-20

Everything we show here at the gallery deserves to find a home. It's more important that you love it than that you are an art expert! There is no prior knowledge required to enjoy art. However, there is often an emotional attachment involved both for the artist and the customer, which comes with its own value.


Julian Covey, Functional Ceramic Giftware, $50-65

If you've never been into Argyle Fine Art (or a gallery in general), the first artwork that comes to mind is probably a large scale piece with a large scale price tag. Don't be discouraged, there is so much more out there! We have stickers, bookmarks, cards, prints, postcards, jewellery, ornaments, ceramics and more! You can do little things such as frame your print, and it will be just as impactful as a larger piece. There are many treasures to be found that cost less than it would to dine out for one meal! Plus, you get to give it a home for the long term. 


(Left) The Critter Company, Cat in Toque Sticker, $5
(Right) Amy Crosby, Lighthouse Vinyl Sticker, $6

If you fall in love with a larger piece there are options too! We do payment plans, and we can work together to figure out the best way for you to take what you love home over an allotted period of time. Payment plans are interest-free, so you don't have to worry about feeling rushed.


Jack Ross, Cape Split, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 11"x14", $475

We are always changing around what we have on show here at the gallery! If you are interested in something that you don't see on the walls, we can help you look at the collections tucked away to find what you are looking for.

Our annual Pre-Shrunk Showcase is a great chance to own a piece of art for an affordable price. Each year we show work from artists in various mediums that all measure 4"x5", and are $175. This is a wonderful way to start out if you are considering to start collecting original local art in Canada.


If you spend any time at the gallery you may meet some of the local artists whose work is shown here! They often stop by to drop off new pieces or just to visit. Developing an intimate relationship with the makers behind the art is one of our favourite parts about the environment here. Having conversations with the artists can also help to lower the intimidation factor of spending time in a gallery. Everyone is just a member of the community, whether they are making, purchasing, sharing, or simply enjoying the art.


(Left) Wendy Roy Maker, Earrings, Resin, $40
(Right) Angela Doak, Flying Squirrel Card, $6

We work with many emerging artists, which means you can help support people in the beginning of their career. Emerging works are often quite affordable, and a little goes a long way in supporting the development of their work! Not only are you supporting the artist, you are participating in the support of a local small business and contributing to the culture of the community, which we are thankful for in many ways.

At the end of the day, cost concerns shouldn't have to stop you from enjoying art you love! Sharing art is what we are here for, and if there is anything we can do to make it easier for you, we will!


Briana Corr Scott, House by the Sea, Art Print, 11"x14", $35

Thursday, October 27, 2022

**SOLD OUT! YAY! ** PRE-SHRUNK 2023 VOUCHER SALE

TIME SURE DOES FLY! It's been another "interesting year" to say the least! Thankfully there is art to soothe our souls. This year's show will mark the 19th year for this small but mighty show!

If you've ever wanted to own an original work of art at an affordable price, and be part of the pre - Pre-Shrunk show, this FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th at 11am is the day to drop by in person , phone or email your request to purchase one of our limited 40 Pre-Shrunk 2022 vouchers!

Read the details below and join in the fun!

WHAT IS PRE-SHRUNK?


Pre-Shrunk is an annual juried show of small works that measure 4" x 5" in varying mediums by artists from all over that happens on January27th, 2023. Each work sells for $175 and last year we had over 300 works to choose from.  

***But we pre-sell 40 vouchers at a special price of $150 in October and the number assigned to your voucher (in order of when we receive your visit, call or email) also puts you ahead of the line as well as gives you first looks and first choices the night of the show! You also get to attend our very special VIP reception before the show opens to the public to make your selections. So much fun! If you can't be here the night of, we can act as your proxy or you can send another person in your absence. These make wonderful "experience" gifts as well for anyone on your list who loves art! ****

ONLY 40 vouchers will be sold this year, and need to be paid for in-full at time of purchase. The price is the same as it's been forever- $150 + tax and can not be used in combination of any other offer, sale or paid for with gift certificates etc. NO HOLDS as these vouchers are in demand! CALL 902-425-9456 OR 902-233-0784

*****If you don't get an answer right away, leave a voice message or email us ASAP with the exact time of your messaging and we'll put your name on the list in order of how we receive it and get right back to you for payment and contact info!
Whether you are #1 or #40..there are so many works to choose from, no one is every disappointed and you'll already be ahead of the crowd. ******

Here's an installation shot from last  Pre-Shrunk 2022. This is just one part of the show...there are three other walls full of art to choose from the night of the show! SO SO FUN!  Thanks to so many talented artists from all over Canada!

 


Friday, October 21, 2022

You're Doing It All Wrong!

 

Geordan Moore, Goldfish Variant III, Monoprint, 6"x24"


You may know him from the farmer's market on the weekends as the Quarrelsome Yeti, but you've never before seen anything such as "You're Doing It All Wrong!" That's right, Geordan Moore, the maker behind Hali-famous art and clothing has a new showcase at Argyle Fine Art!


The collection consists of 35 silkscreens, original drawings, and re-worked test monoprints. Some of the pieces are the only one of their kind, and some are part of a limited edition, but what each piece has in common is that it is absolutely mesmerizing. 


Geordan Moore, Blue Bear Flowers, Monoprint, 19"x25"


When printmaking, part of Geordan's process is to pull test prints to make sure everything is working well with the press. He re-uses these test prints multiple times to save paper, and as the layers build up, whole new masterpieces are made! This is a fascinating method that brings elements of depth and juxtaposition into his works and makes them a must-see in person.


(Far left) Geordan Moore, Lobster Variant III (Moon Mist), Monoprint, 12"x24"

Geordan Moore, Lobster Variant IV, Monoprint, 12"x24"


In 2010 Geordan founded the Quarrelsome Yeti, his print studio and clothing company based in Dartmouth, NS, which began from the roots of Geordan's love for silkscreen printmaking. Since then it has truly taken off. He has expanded his characters and designs over the years, but the trademark Yeti character holds strong. 





Geordan Moore, Two Heads are Better than One Head, Screenprint, 16"x24"

(Far right) Geordan Moore, Turtles Have Short Legs, Screenprint, 18"x24"


"You're Doing It All Wrong!" features subjects based off both land and sea animals including birds, lobsters, fishes, bears, turtles, cats, and more! These animals often have fantastical elements, such as the creature in "Two Heads are Better Than One Head". The collection also includes several of the original pen and ink drawings that some of the pieces are based off of! The layers of detail and imaginative creations in Geordan's works make this a spectacular show. Catch it before it's gone until November 8th, or check it out ONLINE HERE!

(Left) Geordan Moore, Meet Me Out Behind the Macdonalds, Original Pen and Ink Drawing, 7.5"x5.5"

(Right) Geordan Moore, BFVI, Mixed Media, 8"x8"

(Below) Geordan Moore, Roostah!, Monoprint, 6"x12"

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Woodland Critters


Get ready for a walk in the woods with the new showcase by Dusan Postolovic! "Woodland Critters" is a collection of 10 amazingly detailed drawings done with coloured pencil on watercolour paper. Each of the critters in this collection are unique, and come alive with every pencil line or strand of fur.

(Left) Dusan Postolovic, Pre-Heist Snooze, Coloured Pencil on Watercolour Paper, 11"x14"

While the critters of this collection can be found in the woods, some of them can also be found very close to home! Dusan's hope with this collection is to inspire a sense of fun, warmth, and wonder. A few of the subjects of these drawings are very small and sometimes even considered pesky, but through Dusan's eye and hand they are transformed into the magical and beautiful beings they truly are.                                                                                                                                       
 (Right) Dusan Postolovic, Mitsy, Coloured Pencil on Watercolour Paper, 8"x10"
(Far Right) Dusan Postolovic, Mikey, Coloured Pencil on Watercolour Paper, 8"x10"


Part of Dusan's driving motivation behind the collection was to create and share works that can be experienced by any and everyone, despite their background or experience in relation to art. He wanted all viewers to get the chance to meet the critters face to face, and feel their softness emanate off the page without any prior knowledge required. Dusan chose to use an Autumn-influenced colour palette with his coloured pencils, and the watercolour paper he used is a warm off-white that lets each critter take centre stage. He wanted to highlight the complex and fantastical beauty of these creatures.                      
(Left) Dusan Postolovic, Bob, Coloured Pencil on Watercolour Paper, 11"x14"

Dusan has been a resident of Halifax, N.S. for many years, and he is from Vancouver, B.C. He works in many forms of art, but has been coming back to drawing and coloured pencils for a long time. It is clear to see in the soft detailing of the critters how comfortable Dusan is with this medium, and how he can weave wonders within it.                                                                                                                                                 (Right) Dusan Postolovic, Winslow the Owl, Coloured Pencil on Watercolour Paper, 16"x20"
Dusan's inspiration comes from many sources! This includes cartoons, nature books, television shows, and the great big world around him. Since 2011, Dusan began showing his work in local galleries and group shows in Lower Mainland, B.C. He has been a part of group shows including the Pre-Shrunk show here at Argyle Fine Art, and this is his second solo showcase! "Woodland Critters" is a stunning collection that will take the viewer out of their thoughts and into the pure joy of the woods and all of its inhabitants. Make sure to see it for yourself before November 8th! If you can't make it in person, take a look ONLINE HERE!!! 
(Far Left) Dusan Postolovic, Patches the Hare, Coloured Pencil on Watercolour Paper, 11"x14" 
(Left) Dusan Postolovic, Steve the Squirrel, Coloured Pencil on Watercolour Paper, 11"x14"



Thursday, September 29, 2022

Intertidal- Erin Hollingshead

 Intertidal zones take place where the ocean meets the land, in the world that changes each time the tide shifts from high to low and back. This concentration of life reveals many interesting forms of nature. In the new art showcase "Intertidal", Erin Hollingshead has created a collection of 10 paintings inspired by the ocean and her time around the water. 

Erin Hollingshead - Ripple, Oil on Board, 10"x10"

Erin has developed a close relationship to this unique nature through her practices of surfing, snorkelling, and coastal hiking. She takes her own reference photos during her time around the water, and it is clear to see how this connection to the land and sea has impacted Erin's work!

Erin Hollingshead - Crystal, Oil on Canvas, 12"x12"

"Intertidal" is Erin's first solo showcase at Argyle Fine Art, and we are so excited to have her collection here until October 8th. Erin comes from a background in portraiture, and works in oil, acrylic, and relief printmaking. You can find some of Erin's beautiful lino cut prints at the gallery.

Erin Hollingshead - Naudibranches, Lino-Cut Print, 6"x12"


Erin Hollingshead - Under the Stars, Lino-Cut Print, 8.5"x11"

Erin graduated from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, and from NSCAD University in Halifax in 2016. She is currently based in Halifax and is involved in many art events with her community. Her work is available privately and through several galleries in Halifax and Dartmouth.

Erin's work truly transports you to the magical world where land and sea meet. Luckily we get a little sneak peak into the process of making some of her pieces below. The Cove was inspired by frozen washed up kelp that had eye-catching blue looking leaves. 


The Cove Process


Erin Hollingshead - The Cove, Oil on Board, 5" Round

Holdfast Process (left)

Erin Hollingshead - Holdfast, Oil on Canvas, 12"x12" (right)

Erin's collection has brought an amazing glimpse of an intertidal world into the gallery. Come on down to check out the show in person before October 8th! If you can't make it to the gallery, don't forget to take a look at the show ONLINE HERE

Erin Hollingshead - SunKissed, Oil on Canvas, 8"x10"