Monday, October 23, 2017

PUMPKIN TIME: In Support of Adsum House

Hey everyone! Over the weekend we had a very talented young artist named James Janssen drop by and carve this amazing pumpkin just in time for Halloween. Wouldn't you love to own this beauty AND support Adsum House too? You'll be a Halloween Hero at the office or home when you win this artful creation by a local artist while supporting a local charity.

 ALL money is being donated TO ADSUM HOUSE! 

INBOX US WITH YOUR BID at or phone 902-425-9456 to leave your bid with us, or just drop by the gallery if near-by. 

We will be UPDATING the BID HERE as it changes throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday. Bidding closes on Wednesday at 4pm. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Giving Thanks: Workshop Wrap-Up and Upcoming!

It's long overdue, but we just had to THANK EVERYONE that made our first season of ART ON THE GO! Workshops possible this Summer. What better time to do it, than as we head into the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. In case you are wondering what we are referring to, we held a series of workshops this season that took people outside to begin creating artwork. The workshops were intended to be an introduction into various forms of art making. Mission accomplished! It was so much fun!

How did we make the art making portable? Well, we fashioned palette boxes filled with all the supplies needed to complete a workshop with the help of our neighbours. Sieverts Limited provided the wooden cigar boxes....

And then with the help of DESERRES art supplies, we fashioned them into little boxes filled with paint, pens, pastel, canvas and paper. Sometime the bottom was used to mix paint, but the box was  reusable for more art making through the year for the participants.

Here's just a few images from out in the field (literally) as well as at a farm, in the city, and at the beach. We are looking forward to continuing this series into the Winter months. Let us know what type of things you'd like to learn and share any feedback you may have if you took a workshop this year.

Craig Baltzer and his crew took to the streets of Halifax and began drawing the interesting architecture
Sharon Cave and her class learned how to use pastels and were inspired by their trip to the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm.

Caitlin McGuire's class took the Ferry to Dartmouth to explore the waterfront.. Pictured here is one of our younger participants. What was so great about this series, is that it really appealed to all ages and levels!

Gordon MacDonald held two in August and one in September. Although the first workshop at Lawrencetown Beach started out foggy, eventually the sun came out and what a marvelous day it was! 
Gord and his students at Lawrencetown Beach

Then in September, we headed to another nearby beach...Rainbow Haven. And it was heaven!
What a beautiful day that was! Ah...September in Nova Scotia is just the bestest of the best!
One time we even painted at night, with Mary Garoutte! It was magical and fun and we can't wait to do it all again soon!
We heard from many of our awesome Art on the Go-ers who certainly caught the art making bug, and continued the practice of creating art into their daily lives. All because they tried something new!  THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU THAT TOOK A CHANCE and came out for these workshops. You all truly inspired us! Oh, we must not to forget to thank Mother Nature, as we were very fortunate that all the days and nights we were creating outside, the weather cooperated.

 **Keep watching here on the blog for more information early November with workshops offered throughout the "cooler" months by Mark Brennan, Kim Floyd, Abigail Lower, Tacha Reed , Caitlin McGuire and Melissa Townsend.**

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hiraeth & Where I Live

Well gosh. Friday night we opened two shows, Hiraeth featuring new work by Megan LeForte and Caitlin McGuire; and Where I Live featuring new work by Craig Baltzer. It was a busy night at the gallery and we are so grateful to all our community members and gallery artists who came out to support these three artists.

Caitlin and Megan's show, Hiraeth, featured oil and acrylic paintings that are a nod to the past. Here they delve a bit more into the concept of "hiraeth" and their approaches to the work.

Megan LeForte and Caitlin McGuire

Pronounced hir-eath, a Welsh concept with no direct English translation, loosely defined as:
"A homesickness for a home you cannot return to, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for lost places of your past.”

Megan LeForte, Sleepover, 20"x24", Acrylic on canvas

: I was meandering through the Internet one day and stumbled on the word “hiraeth” and its definition. I read and reread it over and over. Here, in front of me, was a foreign word from a language I’ve never heard, perfectly describing the motivation behind nearly everything I paint. Cliché aside, I’m an old soul. I live in an old farm house. I work in a museum. I’m most happy in an antique shop, in the pages of a history book, or in an archive surrounded by the smell of old paper. All of this comes out in my artwork. This collection of paintings is the first installment of what will be an ongoing project. The paintings here represent memories, glimpses, and feelings from a time gone past. What is most important to me, through this body of work, is that it brings forth memories to the mind of the viewer, and I hope they’re good ones.

Caitlin McGuire, Time for Judge Judy, 12"x24", Oil on canvas

Caitlin: Megan presented the concept of “Hiraeth” to me at the perfect time. It was almost funny because it encompassed the work I was already making. Last summer my Opa passed away. We were very close and I would count him as a soulmate. We were very different people but we just understood and appreciated each other. He lived in Bayfield, Nova Scotia, in an old blue schoolhouse he fixed up in the 1990’s, which was practically my second home. This house holds so many memories for me and was such a big part of my life. It’s currently up for sale. After he passed I started making work that was centered around my Opa, as a way of grieving his loss. This body of work is an extension of that. It encompasses the nostalgia, the yearning and the grief I feel for my Opa and his home, and that many of us feel for those special places and people in our lives.

Craig Baltzer discussing his new works.

Funnily enough these two shows work really well together. While Megan and Caitlin's work looks back cultivating nostalgia, Craig's new work, Where I Live, a series using watercolour and ink on board, looks at what is currently the present but may one day be the past. In fact one of the locations featured in Craig's new work is already gone as of the show opening!

Craig Baltzer, Clear Sky Over the MacDonald Bridge, 6"x24", Watercolour and Ink on Board

Thank you again to everyone who came out to support these three artists, we couldn't do what we do at the gallery without all of you!

You can see both shows at the gallery until the end of September, and online by clicking on the links below:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Keeping it Simple

Our apologies for a lack of blog entries so far this month- there have been vacations and long weekends to blame for it. But we're back at it and excited to share a few images from our most recent workshop lead by artist Gordon MacDonald this past Sunday, held at Rainbow Haven Beach.

Gordon is one of the five artists that hosted workshops this Summer as part of our ART ON THE GO! series; where we take art making outside of the studio and on location to interesting and beautiful locations!

Gordon's main message with this past workshop was "keep it simple". A message we all need reminding of, in any part of our daily lives for sure, but especially important when creating and painting. He helped students look at approaching painting differently, reducing a selected image to shapes and using only two colours of acrylic paint: Titanium White and Paynes Grey. The images posted below by the participants are proof that painting with a limited palette can really pay off, help you figure out values and the result can be pretty magical.


Keep in mind that these little paintings are works in progress for the most part, and painted within just over an hour, but we really are so impressed by the quality of these works!

We had a pretty amazing day to work outside too. Clouds and skies for miles and miles and miles! And lots of Smiles!

We hope to host a few more of these fun and innovative workshops in the coming months, so if you are interested keep an eye on our blog or send us an email to be put on our newsletter list. Challenge yourself and learn something new! 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Back to School with Art!

It's that time of year again... WELCOME BACK STUDENTS! While we're sure you're settling into your dorms and getting acquainted or reacquainted with the city (a lot can change over a summer, huh?), we'd like to help your new space feel more like home with art!

Bye bye summer, hello fall!

Until the end of September we're offering 20% OFF to students with a valid student! Of course some exceptions apply, but the discount is applicable to everything from jewellery to folk art, cards and stickers, to prints and paintings! We've got some really fun pieces in right now, like these great prints...

A few of the assorted prints we have!

We've got so many wonderful things in the gallery for you to check out! Everything we carry is made by local artists and crafters, so not only do you get fantastic art but you're supporting a local business and creators! Wins all around!

Greebs! Come meet them in person!

Here at Argyle Fine Art we try to make ourselves accessible and we believe art is for everyone! We have new shows every three weeks or so and new work coming in almost daily. We also have a few open call show through the year so be sure to check in.

A card for every occasion...

I'll leave you with the best part of back to school prep... new stickers for your notebooks! Pop in soon to take advantage of this sweet 20% off deal before it's done!

Sticker sheets by Angela Doak

Sticker packs by Jodie Hansen

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"The Bare Elements" Landscapes: New work by Mark Brennan

Who doesn't love a spontaneous show? How about one that's two years in the making? Well we're happy to oblige with "The Bare Elements", a new body of work by artist Mark Brennan.

Mark Brennan's new 36"x48" works.

Brennan has been busy working away on this new body of work, which features several large works, including this stunning piece below:

Mark Brennan, The Channel, Stove Pipe Run, 36"x48", Oil on Board

Brennan has developed this new body of work as an opportunity to work larger scale and to find new ways to play and experiment in his work. The results are spectacular.

Mark Brennan, Bog Edge, 20"x24", Oil on Canvas

You'll get to see work from Brennan in this show you may not expect, like this figurative piece below:

Mark Brennan, Lake Crossing, Dayspring Lake, 36"x36", Oil on Canvas

Be sure to stop in and see these beauties, "The Bare Elements" runs until Sept 9th, but we have a feeling a lot of these pieces will be taking off before then. You can see the whole show online by clicking HERE.

Okay one more peek...

Two of Mark Brennan's new works. Come see!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Art is Everything: Playful Sculptures

Yesterday we had our final August installment of our Art is Everything series at the gallery, Playful Sculptures. We had gallery favourite Dorothyanne Brown, who creates the most magical felted soft sculpture animals. Marionnette master Darren “Geppetto” Moreash was here with his friends on strings. Lastly puppet maker and entertainer Terry Angus was here with Fraggles and Muppets alike. Talking to Fozzie Bear was pure joy for all in attendance.

Fozzie extolling from his throne to some kids at heart.

Dorothyanne brought many of her fabulous creations with her, in addition the fantastic beasts we have of hers in the gallery. She brought in some of the tools of the felting trade so you could try your hand at getting stabby. Dorothyanne’s creations bring so much joy to everyone who encounters them, so much so that when purchased they become a part of the family.

Dorothyanne Brown showing some fans her pieces.

Some of Dorothyanne's fabulous soft sculptures.
A new felter working on Dorothyanne's demo.
Dorothyanne Brown, Felted Cod

Darren has been making marionettes for the better part of 20 years and is truly the master of puppets. His marionettes have lead him to meet many of his musical idols and his pieces have been gifts to metal icons the world over. Each marionette is carved, clothed and painted by hand.

Darren Moreash showing off his stringed pals.
Darren Moreash, Marionettes
Marionettes in process.

Terry is a local treasure, was hired by Jim Henson as a teen after auditioning as a puppeteer, to work on on Fraggle Rock as well as other Muppet specials. Terry also builds puppets after working at Jim Henson Productions in Toronto. He’s made many a Muppet, Fraggle and has even developed his own characters, including Butch G Cat.

Terry Angus and Fozzie Bear
Some younger fans came out to meet Fozzie.

Thank you everyone who was able to make it out to an Art is Everything event this August. We had a blast hosting so many creative people and getting to be part of so many great conversations. We hope you’ll join us again in the future to meet the creative people in our community! Keep checking in on our Events/Exhibitions tab above to keep up with the fun things we’re doing around the gallery!