Thursday, February 23, 2017

The newest members of our flock!

Painting a portrait that not only portrays a likeness, but captures the personality of the subject itself, is no easy feat. It's even trickier when the subject is not human. Artist Sharon Cave manages to do both in her bird series' paintings.

Here we'd like to introduce you to some of our new fine feathered friends from her Rooster Series...

Oh Roland, always a little skeptical...

Sharon Cave, Roland, 5"x5", Oil on Board

Peabody has excellent focus which makes him a great listener, unless you're wearing shiny buttons...

Sharon Cave, Peabody, 5"x5", Oil on Board

Cooper is more of the silent type, but is a big softie once you get to know him.

Sharon Cave, Cooper, 5"x5", Oil on Board

You can see the full roost here in person or online HERE.

If you came to our Pre-Shrunk Show you might be familiar with another of Sharon's collections, the crows!

Sharon Cave, Crow 12, 4"x5", Oil on Board

While most have left the nest there are still a few of these inquisitive birds flying around the gallery. Come down and meet them today!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Have you heard about our Art Subscription Service? StART today!

DID YOU KNOW?

Argyle Fine Art started a unique art subscription service which we lovingly call "Creative Editions" that features limited edition prints, signed and numbered by our gallery artists?!

We wanted to remind you all of this great opportunity to begin collecting art for yourself, your office, your family, special occasion gifts and more!  It's the gift that just keeps giving for as long as you like. Try something new while investing in Nova Scotia artists.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Find out all the details on the service HERE or call us!

***UNTIL END OF MARCH we are offering a 6 month subscription for just $75. ****

Here is  this month's selected art print, based on the original painting by Danny Abriel called "Susie's Lake Unity, 18"x24", Acrylic on Canvas. (the original painting is still available too)

Pick up an Art Subscription today, beginning with this beauty!


 If you end up loving it, you can extend the subscription to a full year at a special rate too. By the way, the regular price for a 6 month subscription is $135 or $175 with shipping.

So why not add a little art to your life!  Your eyes will thank you.



Friday, February 17, 2017

It's a Ticky Tacky World

Continuing our theme of tiny works over the winter months, we are so excited for the opening of Ticky Tacky, featuring miniatures by artist Damien Webb

Join us tomorrow, Saturday February 18th, from 1:30-3:30pm, to see Damien's work and to meet the artist himself! Of course, there will be snacks.

Damien Webb, Up!, Mixed Media


In the meantime we'd like to invite you to have a peak into Damien's magical little world...

Want to tuck away somewhere cozy during these chilly winter days? Welcome to the Chalet...

Damien Webb, Chalet, Mixed Media

Or perhaps you're in a need of a hot cup of coffee to warm you? Step into Joe's Cafe...

Damien Webb, Joe's Cafe, Mixed Media
Or maybe you just need a little retro retreat? Step down into The Basement...

Damien Webb, The Basement, Mixed Media


Stop in tomorrow to meet Damien, see these pieces and many more! See the work online HERE.

 


Friday, February 10, 2017

A Purrfect Valentine's Day

Do you ever wonder why they put Valentine's Day in the middle of the coldest, greyest, dreariest month of the year? While we're sure there's historical and religious roots for the reason, we like to think it's because by the time February rolls around we could all use a little extra love and kindness.

We're radiating with love down here at the gallery!


To help us celebrate this year we'll have our pals from the Halifax Cat Rescue Society here on Saturday, Feburary 11th from 1-4PM! Pick up a Valentine's Day gift for your favourite furry pal! There will also be games, cookies, draws and prizes, so don't miss out! It'll be fun for the whole family! For more information check out the event page HERE.

Mindy Harris, Frida Calico, 21"x25", Oil and Beach Sand on Canvas

In addition to gifts for your furry friends, what about a giving a furry friend as a gift? Dorothyanne Brown has brought in a new crew of her amazing felted animals. Here's a few furry couples celebrating the season.

Chuckles and Tangerine the Lovebirds

Vera and Stan the Pigs

We also have a lot of great Pre-Shrunks left for you to ogle. What snack would you prefer this Valentine's Day? Cherries or a Cherry Blossom?

George Spencer, Cherries on Cloth, Oil on Board, 4"x5"

Kim Floyd, Cherry Blossom, Acrylic on Board, 4"x5"

Don't forget to pick up a card. We have a great range of quirky cards that are blank inside for you to fill with your deepest sentiments or you silly love poems!

Beard Fetish Card by Allison Taylor



Darth Vader Card by Jodie Hansen

Love T-Rex Button Card by Assembly of Text

However you celebrate, or don't celebrate, Valentine's Day this year we're sending you all our love and good vibes for a positive year ahead!



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

As Time Goes By:Shelley Mitchell at the Halifax Central Library

We're very excited to let everyone know that our gallery artist, Shelley Mitchell is the first artist to showcase original works of art at the new SUNROOM location on the 5th floor of the Halifax Central Library. Everyone is invited to attend the opening reception on Wednesday, February 8th, 6pm-8pm.  The works will remain at the library for approximately 2 months, but are available for sale through our gallery should you be interested.



Shelley speaks about these latest works in her own words:

The paintings in this exhibition are my way of capturing the integration of the historic
and contemporary elements of this city through which we move. The buildings we
inhabit and pass by affect who we are and inform what we plan to become. I have
explored certain iconic Halifax structures that have historic and personal value without
too much concern for their accurate placement in time or space. I believe this library is
already becoming a new Halifax archetype and is contributing to the happiness, well
being and community spirit of our city in company with the significant structures
surrounding it.


We're also very excited to share two sneak peeks at work that will be in the show. Enjoy!  We'll have all the images available upon request, once the show officially opens this week. 
"Tree of Knowledge", Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48", Shelley Mitchell
"Building Bridges", Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48", Shelley Mitchell

Monday, January 30, 2017

Valentine's Day is Coming: Give the Gift of ART

With our Pre-Shrunk 2017  show in full swing with over 300 works of art to choose from..it's easy to find the perfect art for all occasions. Art lasts forever!  Make sure to drop in and see the show in person if you can, as seeing art in person is the best way to experience it.

We've highlighted a few works that are currently available, that we feel would make wonderful Valentine's gifts. Remember each work is just $175 and measures 4" x 5".

This year give the gift of flowers that have staying power, like this beautiful PINK TULIP by Brigid McWhirther

Perhaps you adore carnations too! This dramatic almost vintage styled painting by Briana Corr-Scott is stunning!
A shimmer of gold and silver make these Thistles by Denise Mahoney a real treasure to give or receive
Of course, no romantic occasion would be complete without some beautiful skies. Red skies delight with Gordon MacDonald
SING IT OUT LOUD!  Tell someone you care for them with this happy work by Danny Bilsborough, with the hope for Spring and Happiness!
So remember to visit soon as each day new little works of art find homes! We can hardly wait to share this show with you!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pre-Shrunk is NOW ONLINE! See all the Art!!

See all the art  for PRE-SHRUNK 2017   

You'll be able to visit our website at www.argylefineart.com this evening and find all the images there as well!  Please share this show with friends and visit in person if you are able! It's such a wonderful show and such a different experience in person.  

ALL works are 4" x 5" and $175.  The show continues until February 11th, and of course we're happy to hear from you via phone at 902-425-9456 or email us with your selections or questions at gallery@argylefa.com 

 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pre-Shrunk Sneak Peek: Prince, David, Alan, Carrie and Gene!

WOW! Ok...so we're taking a break from hanging 304 paintings to share a few more Pre-Shrunk works with all of you!  Tomorrow night  PRE-SHRUNK opens with doors opening at 7pm! Hope you can swing by then or Saturday to experience the show fully! It's so amazing!!!!

Pre-Shrunk Sneak Peek #7-#11 :  Mindy Harris showed love and appreciation for just a few of the wonderful artists that we lost in 2016. I think they'd all love to know that they are part of the show and are loved by so many. All of these works are acrylic on canvas.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pre-Shrunk Sneak Peek: #5 and #6- Bats and Bugs

The countdown is on now! With just a few days now until PRE-SHRUNK opens on Friday, January 20th! We're uploading a few photos per day as sneak peeks into just some of the works you can expect to see. There will be just over 300 works included in the show.

Pre-Shrunk SNEAK PEEK #5:  Don't look now, but is that a BAT!!??  Oh, why yes it is! We met Abigail Lower at last year's Pre-Shrunk- just another reason why we love this exhibition so much. Meeting new creatives!  Since then we've gone on to host a solo show of her charcoal works during NOCTURNE and this season she and Melissa Townsend will be working on a two-person show.



Pre-Shrunk SNEAK PEEK #6:  BUGS! Beautiful bugs of all shapes and colours is the subject for new-to-us artist Kevin Loftus paintings.  His series of works almost look as if they are 3-d or textile based. These bugs are all dressed up for the party already, in shimmering colours. We can't wait for everyone to explore some of these new artists to the show first hand. See you soon! Just two more sleeps now!





Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PRE-SHRUNK 2017- Sneak Peek #3 & #4- Kelly Mitchelmoore and Kim Floyd

Our annual PRE-SHRUNK 2017 show is almost upon us! The show opens on Friday, January 20th, with doors opening at 7pm. We'll also be uploading a few photos per day as sneak peeks into just some of the works you can expect to see. There will be just over 300 works included in the show.

Pre-Shrunk SNEAK PEEK #3:  Kelly Mitchelmoore has done it again! She has created a series of bold works such as these poppies , that she paints with small brushes and utensils to create fine lines and layers. It's rare for many of the artists in the Pre-Shrunk show to paint this small scaled works, especially Kelly who usually works on a much larger scale.


Pre-Shrunk SNEAK PEEK #4: And now for something completely different....TIC TACS by Kim Floyd! Kim's most recent show PANTRY launched in November and was greeted with popular appeal! Kim has continued with her pop-art inspired paintings with a focus on candy in candy-toned colours too! Make sure to watch for 5 of her brilliant little works that almost glow with pigment.




Monday, January 16, 2017

PRE-SHRUNK 2017 Sneak Peek #1 & #2: Sarah Christie and Katharine Burns

It's that time of the year again already!  Our annual PRE-SHRUNK 2017 show is almost upon us! The show opens on Friday, January 20th, with doors opening at 7pm. Until then we'll be working hard to present this wonderful show to all of you. We'll also be uploading a few photos per day as sneak peeks into just some of the works you can expect to see. There will be just over 300 works included in the show.

SNEAK PEEK #1:  Here's our first sneak peek....it's a original watercolour by Sarah Christie who has shown with us from time to time. Sarah is best known to many for her beautiful illustrations using ink and watercolours to create works that are bright, cheerful and filled with life. This fox is almost leaping off the page!


SNEAK PEEK #2: Katharine Burns is a very popular artist in our city at the moment. She has been a crowd favourite at recent ART BATTLE events and we hosted her first solo show in Spring 2016 which was practically sold out. Katharine has continued to explore her love of the ocean and waves with her recent works submitted for Pre-Shrunk 2017!  This work is painted with oil on oil paper, mounted on board.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: David LeRue

Welcome to our HIGH NOON AT NOON special of the day. HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery and artist that created them feel is some of their best works...but haven't found a home yet. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. We feature ONE  piece of art at HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 
 

Today's HIGH NOON featured work is by artist David LeRue. This work is called "Sky Dome",Oil on Canvas, 16" x 20"  David is living in Montreal at the moment, working on his MFA. We look forward to what he creates next. This work if from a series of stadium paintings that David continues to explore.

Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $285 and it's regular price is $425