Thursday, November 14, 2019

Just in time for the Holiday Season...New Works by Mark Brennan!!!

Argyle Fine Art is proud to present NEW WORKS by Gallery Artist Mark Brennan.  Mark recently delivered 11 new paintings from his studio featuring Nova Scotia landscapes.  We've had an amazing response to this collection so far, and while some paintings have already found new homes, there are still other great works available to choose from!  

Here's a little taste of what's in store...

Mark Brennan, 289 West, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"

“At one time my work represented my own passion for wild places and wilderness travel, while this still holds, I now find new work attempts to capture the essence of the landscape, as well as exploring the human connection to the places we live, work and play..."

Mark Brennan, "Spring, Denis Lake Wilderness, Nova Scotia", oil on board, 11" x 14"

"...The work then is a paring down of the physical elements and my own conscious reactions to find order and meaning in my own life. The final painting, photograph or sound piece, becomes an object of expression in my continued search for some understanding of what it means to be human in contemporary times..."

Mark Brennan, September Morning, Big Island Pictou County, NS, oil on canvas, 18" x 24"

  "...Once the work leaves my studio, it takes on a life of its own, separate from even my own interpretation at the time of making."  Mark Brennan, 2019

Mark Brennan, "Snowshoe View Near Fundy National Park" acrylic on canvas, 11" x 14"

We're sure you'll agree, Mark Brennan's work truly captures the essence of what it's like to live in Nova Scotia.  The raw natural beauty of the landscape, the rugged wilderness, from the clean crisp air of winter, to the soft golden glow of Autumn.  

Collectors of Mark's work are sure to find something special and unique in this new series.  For those of you still looking for that special painting, now is as good a time as any to acquire one of your very own.  Perfect for home or office, Mark's paintings has something to offer everyone.

With the rapidly approaching Holiday Season, these reasonably priced paintings make perfect gifts!      

You can also view the collection online HERE


For availability and Purchase Inquiries contact us at
(902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com


Mark Brennan is a Canadian/British landscape artist, his work is an exploration of the human connection to the land, home and environment where he attempts to explore both the landscape and the uncanny fragments of life from the seemingly mundane. He works in three principle mediums, painting, sound and photography.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Squares of Stickiness Round Up

This past Saturday we held a show called "Squares of Stickiness" which featured 3" x 3" artworks on sticky notes. It was amazing to see the variety of mediums used and different approaches to this unusual request.The objective of the show was to have some fun but also to remind people that art is affordable and comes in all shapes and sizes.


Although many of the works sold on Saturday, we wanted to highlight a few of the works that are still available- various artists.  Each of these are just $15 each and would make a lovely gift either framed up or mounted, or simply as a pick-me-up for a friend  to hang in their office or to pop inside a card you may sending this holiday season. All are original works- ink, collage, paintings...  

ACT SOON! We will only have these paintings until the end of day Thursday for the most part, so if you want to purchase any, get in touch with us directly via email or phone today!








Friday, November 1, 2019

Beyond Needle and Thread, Mindy Harris' "Wonder Women"

Today we feature the Hand Embroidered "Thread Paintings" of Mindy Harris.  Mindy's "Wonder Women" exhibition is currently on display at Argyle Fine Art until November 6th.  

You can view the collection in its entirety online on our flickr page HERE

As an added bonus, check out Mindy's CBC Main Street interview with Diane Paquette, available online HERE 

We've selected some of our favorite pieces from the show, and wanted to feature the stories of the real-life "Wonder Women" depicted in these works...

"My current work attempts to displace the inherent voyeurism historically linked to the female form in art, and create a space where women are not just subjects, but rather the heroines of their own remarkable stories. The laborious nature of the work can't help but reference the historical constraints of femininity, and with each careful, meditative stitch, I humbly borrow from a long history of women using fiber work to speak in societies where they have struggled to be heard.”

-Mindy Harris, from the Artist's Statement, "Wonder Women", 2019

First up, we take a look at Mindy's portrayal of Josephine Baker...


(Left) Mindy Harris, "Josephine Baker", Hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 14" x 11", 
(Right) Josephine Baker, (Photo Credit, Conde Nast, via online source)
 Mindy Harris, "Be Fierce", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 4" x 11"
"Josephine Baker was an American-born entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist. Her career was centered primarily in Europe. Baker was the first African-American to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film "Siren of the Tropics".
During her early career Baker was renowned as a dancer. Her performance in the revue Un vent de folie in 1927 caused a sensation in Paris. Her costume, consisting of only a girdle of artificial bananas, became an iconic image and a symbol of the Jazz Age and the 1920s. 
She was known for aiding the French Resistance movement during World War II.  After the war, she was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and was named a Chevalier of the Legion
D 'Honneur
 by General Charles de Gaulle.
Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and is noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement." (Online Source, Wikipedia).

From here we move on to noted scientist and innovator Margaret Hamilton... 


(Left) Margaret Hamilton (photo credit, unknown, online source), 
(Right) Mindy Harris, "Margaret Hamilton" hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 14" x 11"

Mindy Harris, "Be Brilliant", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 4" x 11"

"Margaret Hamilton is an American Computer Scientist, Systems Engineer and Business Owner. She was director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo Space Program. She later founded two software companies—Higher Order Software in 1976 and Hamilton Technologies in 1986.

Hamilton has published more than 130 papers, proceedings and reports about sixty projects and six major programs. She is one of the people credited with coining the term "Software Engineering".

On November 22, 2016, Hamilton received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama for her work leading to the development of on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo Moon missions." (online source, Wikipedia)

Last, but not least, we examine the life and works of Malala Yousafzai...




(Left) Mindy Harris, "Malala Yousafzai", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 14" x 11",
 (Right) Malala Yousafzai, (Photo Credit, National Geographic, online source)

"Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in Pakistan.  On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District of Pakistan, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism. The attempt on her life sparked an international outpouring of support for Yousafzai.  Her advocacy has grown into an international movement.  Based in Birmingham, she founded the Non-Profit Organization, the Malala FundThe 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Time Magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally. 

In 2017, she was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada." (online source, Wikipedia)


Mindy Harris, "Be Courageous", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 4" x 11"

This body of work also includes other important women from history, and still living today; Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall, Frida Kahlo, and Greta Thunberg are all featured in this amazing show.  Don't miss it!

Mindy Harris is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Lewis Lake, Nova Scotia.  Mindy received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax, NS.

She has publicly presented work in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting and
handcrafted filmmaking. Her work can be found in private collections across North America.


All artworks by Mindy Harris are available for purchase.  For details please contact the gallery at (902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com


Friday, October 25, 2019

Argyle Fine Art Welcomes HalCon Attendees!!!

Argyle Fine Art would like to welcome everyone attending HalCon this year.  We've put together an amazing collection of work that we're sure will peak your interest.  From the Weekend Hobbyist to the Pop Culture Fanatic, we have something for everyone!  Admission is always free, drop by (in-costume) and get your geek on!

We're currently exhibiting "Hero"- inspired works by 3 very talented artists.  In the Main Floor Gallery we're featuring Kim Danio's "Big Shoes to Fill", a collection of "action figures", made from re-purposed shoes and hand bags, and Mindy Harris' "Wonder Women", a series of hand embroidered images on canvas, depicting important female figures in history, both past and present. 



Kim Danio, "Batmobile with Batman", re-purposed show and mixed media, 7" x 13" x 5",
Mindy Harris, "Malala", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 14" x 11"

In the Lower Gallery, we're showing first time exhibitor Hannah Emmett, with her digital print series "The Good, The Bad, and The Funny Lookin'", a collection of iconic characters from film.  We're also pleased to present Angela Carlsen's "Dante's Inferno Room" diorama from Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice"

Hannah Emmett (Left), "The Bride", digital art print, 16" x 12",
Angela Carlsen (Right), "Dante's Inferno", mixed media, 10" x 13" x 4"


JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU'VE SEEN IT ALL!!!...


We've got GREETING CARDS for every occasion from Jodie Hansen. Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Marvel Universe are all represented here...we have an incredible selection to choose from!!!


















BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!!...

We've got Stickers, Book Marks, Magnets and Luggage Tags...and A TON more art!  There's always something new to see at Argyle Fine Art.  Feel free to look around, explore the gallery and get inspired!  We have lots of great gift ideas and souvenirs for the Sci-Fi enthusiast.  We're sure you'll find something for yourself and that special caped crusader at home!!! 



We wish everyone a safe and happy HalCon.  Argyle Fine Art is located at 1559 Barrington Street (just down and around the corner from the Convention Centre)...We look forward to seeing you all this weekend!!!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wow! Thanks for Supporting ART everyone!

Good day to you, and you and you! We wanted to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all of you that ventured into our gallery this past Saturday for Nocturne. We saw thousands and thousands of people and it made our hearts swell!  We love Nocturne because it encourages everyone to come out and experience art together- why even some of the art goers pets got into the action as shown below!
Thanks to Candace at Salty Dog Pet Sitting for this fab photo of her pup enjoying our villain inspired "Game of Thrones"  Iron Throne during Nocturne. (all made from cardboard, foam ,a few toy swords and some paint).
Please remember and remind your friends that we're always here and working hard to bring you creative, thought provoking , fun and inspirational art everyday. So take yourselves out on your own "mini-Nocturne" trips every now and then. Support the arts and local businesses downtown. It just makes our entire community a more vibrant place to live and love!.
If you weren't able to make it into Nocturne or need a closer look at the FABULOUS artworks by our artists, come by anytime of course, but we'd especially love to see you during our casual and fun evening on Wednesday, October 30th.

We can't wait to introduce you to Kim Danio, Mindy Harris, Hannah Emmett and Angela Carlsen in person for a casual fun night of art talk , CANDY and costumes! Come one! Come all! Great for everyone and free. Learn something new! (rumour has it that one of the artists is going to dress up as Maud Lewis!) . Find out all the details and follow along for updates over HERE!
(Top left to right) - Artists Kim Danio and Mindy Harris all smiles at Nocturne.  In our lower gallery, Hannah Emmett with her latest works and finally a shot of the latest diorama miniature by Angela Carlsen, inspired by Beetlejuice (it lights up too!)
SEE ALL THE LATEST WORKS FROM OUR NOCTURNE SHOWS ONLINE HERE NOW!
Enjoy and get in touch to purchase or if you have any questions!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Buy Some Art and Help Plant Trees! New Prints by Amber Solberg

NEW ARRIVALS!!!

Argyle Fine Art is pleased to offer a new series of art prints featuring Atlantic Canadian Birds by Amber Solberg.  A portion of the proceeds of each sale goes towards the tree planting initiatives of Tree Canada (www.treecanada.ca).

Amber is an illustrator, artist, craftsperson and instructor. Originally from Alberta, she received a Visual Arts Diploma from Red Deer College and an Interdisciplinary BFA from NSCAD University.  Amber now lives and works in Halifax.

Amber Solberg, "Peregrine Falcon", "Evening Grosbeak", "Sharp-Shinned Hawk", art print, 7 x 5 inches (each)



Tree Canada is a registered charity proudly dedicated to planting and nurturing trees. For 25 years, They’ve engaged communities, governments, corporations and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians.

Since 1992, we’ve planted more than 82 million trees, greened more than 660 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada.





Amber Solberg, "Bluejay", "Brant", "American Robin", art print, 7" x 5" (each)
These prints are part of a series to "do better".  The project started as a series of watercolour paintings of birds on sheet music back in 2010, which were produced on selectively chosen vintage music sheet.

This particular collection of prints is made from forest sustainability certified (FSC) sources, which adds a visual texture to the paper.  The "plastic" sleeve is made from polyactic acid (PLA), which is derived from fermented plant starch.

Amber Solberg, "Burrowing Owl", "Common Grackle", "Black-Bellied Plover", art print, 7" x 5" (each)



A third of the purchase from each print goes to Tree Canada, which equates to one tree being planted!!!  

This is a great opportunity to support local artists while making a contribution to the environment.  These prints are easy to frame and make great gifts.  Pick up your today!!!

"It's not easy, but it's important that we do good.  Think about how to make your actions impact beyond yourself." - Amber Solberg. 


Amber Solberg, "Horned Puffin" & "Semipamated Plover", art print, 7" x 5" (each)

Amber's work spans from the technical to the expressive, all with an underlying creativity. The classes she teaches give voice to her various interests: from monsters to atmosphere, from world marvels to making stories.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Voucher Time Alert: Pre-Shrunk 2020 is Coming!

It's Pre-Shrunk Voucher time again already!  
PRE-SHRUNK 2020 will mark the 16th 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 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10th at 11am is the day to drop by in person , phone or email your request to purchase one of our limited 40 Pre-Shrunk 2020 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 January 24th.  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  and we'll put your name on the list as 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. 


*ATTENTION ARTISTS: We will be posting the Pre-Shrunk guidelines on this blog the week of October 21st! Stay Tuned!**
 

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OCTOBER

UPCOMING EXHIBITS & EVENTS

 
NOCTURNE- Saturday, October 19th, 6pm-Midnight: Our running theme within the gallery is HEROES and VILLAINS!  
New exhibits by Mindy Harris, Kim Danio, and Hannah Emmett as well as a special feature by Angela Carlsen! Outside the gallery, take your picture with our "Game of Thrones" inspired throne. We'll have some extra treats and surprises for everyone. All of our exhibits are great for the entire family.


Costume Conversations
With Artists Kim Danio, Mindy Harris and Hannah Emmett
Wednesday, October 30th, 6:30pm-8pm

Join us for a fun artist conversation between our Nocturne featured artists, where we encourageYOU to dress up as your favourite hero- whomever that may be. Any costume great or small is encouraged. We'll have some caps and wigs on hand just in case!What is your definition of a hero or villain? Learn about the artists selections and their unique art styles while nibbling on seasonal treats in a casual atmosphere. 


Drop by for HALLOWEEN fun and candies on OCTOBER 30th or OCTOBER 31st. Anyone that visits us those days in a costume will be entered to win one FREE PRE-SHRUNK 2020.
 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Argyle Fine Art Welcomes Margaret Atwood with New Art Works by Kim Danio & Mindy Harris!!!

Margaret Atwood will be promoting her new book "The Testaments" at Halifax Central Library, as part of a national book tour on October 3rd.

To commemorate the author's visit, we will be promoting 2 new "Margaret Atwood" inspired works by gallery artists Kim Danio and Mindy Harris for their upcoming exhibitions opening October 19th.

Harris' "Wonder Women" and Danio's "Big Shoes To Fill" exhibitions will explore the theme of "Heroes" and what it means to be a hero...


Kim Danio's definition of a hero makes little distinction between hero-icon-idol-celebrity-role model-legend. Drawing from categories of: humanitarian, pop culture, fictional (TV, books, movies), historical, Math and Science, literature, sport, local, and music. Expect the unexpected from an ordinary old purse, pair of shoes and upcyled materials. 

Kim Danio, "Margaret Atwood", mixed media, 8 x 3 x 2 inches 

Harris' s "Wonder Women" exhibition explores this theme with her hand-embroidered and watercolour portraits and quotes of heroic women from the past and present.

Mindy will introduce you to a collection of women that are her heroes. Some are well known, while others are unknown to many of us despite their great contributions and impacts on culture, science, and history. Feel the power of the hero through Mindy's art.


Mindy Harris, "Margaret Atwood", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 14" x 11"

Mindy Harris, "In the end...", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 4" x 11"

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in 35 countries, is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her many prestigious awards include the Giller Prize and Booker Prize and the Order of Canada.

The October 19th opening will coincide with NOCTURNE, Halifax's Art at Night Festival.  The gallery will be open until Midnight!

See you there!!!


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Kim Danio; Re-Purposer Extraordinaire!,"Kimz*Met" exhibition continues to October 1

For as long as she can remember, Kim Danio has been a maker and a collector.

Her pieces are all made from second-hand footwear and other recycled materials. The process of using materials that have lived out their useful life sparks her creativity. She finds inspiration for her pieces in everyday objects, animals, people, and surroundings; her interests and memories are reflected in the work she creates.

As part of the gallery's "Kimz*Met" exhibition, Kim has provided us with the before and after photos of some of her most recent creations;

You can view the exhibition in its entirety online, HERE

Kim Danio, Kitchenmaid Mixer, re-purposed shoe, mixed media, 9 x 9.5 x 4 inches

“As a lover of thrift shop, antique stores, and vintage shops I come across so many pieces that speak to me. Because of my fascination with vintage electronics and my love of collecting vintage kitchen dishes and appliances this new series was close to my heart. It was a pleasure to use secondhand shoes and purses to create artistic replicas of vintage pieces; while employing my collection of vintage appliances as models for the work..."

Kim Danio, Kim Danio, Osterizer Blender, re-purposed shoe, mixed media, 11.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches

"...Not only was I able to make use of my collection of worn footwear and purses, these pieces allowed me to sort through my bins and drawers of other collected items. I find it hard to throw out a bit if twisted metal, a interesting plastic container top, corks and bottle stoppers, beaters from a broken mixer, foam from an old chair. You wouldn’t believe the things I was able to make use of in each of these works.” - From the Artist Statement by Kim Danio, 2019.


Kim Danio, Kodak Instamatic, re-purposed shoe, mixed media, 7.5 x 8 x 3.5 inches


Kim is the fourth generation on her mother’s side to live between New England and Nova Scotia. She spent every summer of her childhood on the shores of the Bay of Fundy in the Annapolis valley, and in 1986 she left western Massachusetts to go to Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She has called Nova Scotia home ever since.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Kim Floyd, Dress Stories...


Today we feature the Stories behind Kim Floyd's new "Dress Series" paintings as part of Argyle Fine Art's ongoing "Kimz*Met" exhibition, now showing until October 1st!!! 

Grandma's Collection of Hand-Me-Down Dresses

"Every year we travel to Ottawa to visit my family. My mother collects all the outfits my nieces have grown out of and keeps them for my daughter, Brigid. Often there are cute little dresses in a shopping bag. Mom may have purchased them or they were handed down from friends or family. This is a typical grandmotherly thing my mother does for my daughter. 

I decided to paint a few of them because quite honestly as cute as they are, they never fit my daughter for long. These are the dresses I decided to begin the series with. I was drawn to the variety of fabrics and the textures and colours. I decided I wanted to paint them as though they were floating because I wanted them to have an air of mystery and whimsy." 


Kim Floyd, "Grandma's Collection of Hand-Me-Down Dresses" Series, acrylic on board, 16" x 12" (each)


From Both Sides Now


"I kept my wedding gown...I had the idea to paint the dress front and back because my panel was square and I thought it might be and interesting choice compositionally. This led me to think of it more as a symbolic choice as well. I see marriage differently than I did in my twenties. I see its value but from a less innocent perspective. You grow together, through ups and downs, in some cases raise children, and get to know each other in different parts of your lives. I now see it from front to back and over time I may have and even more deepened understanding of what it means to be married. I have been married to my husband, Duncan for 22 years as of August 2019.

I loved painting the silk of this dress. The warmth of the ivory colour with the rum pink beaded band was what I found lovely when I bought the dress. It was simple yet elegant. I found it in the basement sale rack at Winchester’s here in Halifax in 1997. Including the gown in my collection of dress paintings, is meaningful to me."

Kim Floyd, "Both Sides Now" acrylic on board, 24" x 24"


Sarah Gartshore “Battle Gown” and “Verdi’s Requiem”

"Sarah Gartshore is an opera singer currently living in Illinois. Originally from Sault Saint Marie, Sarah attended the same high school in Ottawa as me where she could study music for voice. We became friends very easily and I was in awe of her beautiful talent and the sound of her singing could move me to tears. 

Through social media, we have been keeping in touch for quite a few years now. I will occasionally hear her sing on YouTube while I work in the studio. 

A few year’s ago, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a mother of two young children, and I was heart broken for her.

Sarah shared her news with everyone publicly and decided to fight her battle head on. I think everyone who knows Sarah was supportive and knew she would fight it. 

I asked Sarah if I could paint the gown she wore her first evening back at the opera and she agreed. She offered me two dresses, one for that first night back on the concert stage which I have titled “Battle Gown” (Shown above). “Battle Gown” is a metallic coloured dress and though it is coincidental I like to think of it as a suit of armour symbolizing her strength and its delicate lacework as a symbol of her beauty, grace and talent. The other gown is entitled “Verdi’s Requiem” (Shown Right). This lovely gown was worn during a performance of “Verdi’s Requiem” after her fight was over. “Verdi’s Requiem” was also the last opera she performed before her diagnosis." 


Robin Thompson - Gingham Keepsake

"Robin Thompson’s mom saved a little dress for her. It wasn’t her dress at first, it was her older sister’s aged one and a half, who wore it to the hospital when Robin was born. Robin saved it for her two daughters. Both her daughters Allie and Ella wore the same yellow gingham dress at age one and a half."

Kim Floyd "Gingham Keepsake", acrylic on board, 8" x 6"


For purchase inquiries contact the gallery at (902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com


You can also view the complete "Kimz*Met" exhibition online HERE