Saturday, December 31, 2011


HAPPY NEW YEAR from everyone here at Argyle Fine Art! What a year it's been too! It's hard to believe that last year on this very day, we were loading up the last of the things at our old gallery location at Historic Properties and heading to Barrington Street. That was a great feeling...but a scarey one too. In this economic climate, one never knows what to expect.
Gordon MacDonald with Antlers and Beard Circa 2011

But to our surprise, our new home has been wonderful!!  Barrington Street is blossoming again!   You have all supported us by buying art here, supporting our artists, coming out to shows and events and for voting for us in the BEST OF HALIFAX poll as second best gallery in Halifax; second only to the provincial gallery, AGNS. Wow. THANK YOU!

We are looking forward to bringing you a very exciting year of art in 2012! The year will really get going here, with PRE-SHRUNK- a HUGE group show opening on January 27th. See you then, if not before.

ALL THE BEST TO ALL OF YOU!  Remember to have lots of fun and be silly every once in a while.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 of the first Pre-Shrunk paintings to arrive by Shelley Mitchell

We know it sounds odd, but we can hardly wait until the end of January...for PRE-SHRUNK.

Some of the works are arriving from our gallery artists, including this one by well-loved artist Shelley Mitchell.

The work below is an example of the wonderful works to come. This piece is painted on thick oak board and ready to hang. More sneak peeks to come soon...

Seascape #3- Shelley Mitchell, Oil on Board, 4" x 5", $175

This is What Last Year's Pre-Shrunk Opening Looked Like!

It's hard to believe that this year's Pre-Shrunk opening at Argyle Fine Art, on Friday, January 27th will also mark the first full year of us at this wonderful new location on Barrington Street. Please join us in celebration and don't forget to purchase a pre-shrunk voucher before January 15th!

Pre-Shrunk Opening Reception, January 2011

Until January 15th, you can purchase a voucher for $150 that will entitle you to a miniature  work valued at $175 BUT more you will also get a sneak peek at the show before anyone else and have first pick the evening of the show. Doors open for voucher holders at 6:30pm and 7pm for non-voucher holders. We only sell 50 vouchers, so don't miss out.

Last year there was a line-up for ....gasp...ART. Pretty amazing!

**We are also still accepting artists for this exhibition until January 7th. The only rule is..the piece MUST measure 4" x 5" and not be framed.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Work by Jennifer Harrison just arrived!

Good afternoon everyone!  If you are looking for any last minute art gifts, we are delighted to share two new works by artist Jennifer Harrison that have just arrived this morning at the gallery. We are also excited let you know that we will be hosting a show of recent works by Jennifer in February.

Remember that we are open later this Friday..until 7:30pm, and will be open on December 24th until 2pm.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 19, 2011

THANK YOU! Food Bank Success and New Art!

We’ve been very busy here at Argyle Fine Art, receiving new works by gallery artists almost daily! There is still time to get the perfect gift...or stocking stuffer for that special someone at the gallery...we are open all week and look forward to showing you some new work. One work which will be arriving this week is a new painting by Adrienne Godbout  (she actually started to paint it at the gallery a few weeks ago)  It's called Red House at the Islands:

Red House at the Islands, 30" x 40", Oil on Canvas, Unframed Gallery Canvas, $2100

We’d  like to extend thanks to many of you for being so generous by donating food or money during our food drive, which we donated to the Parker Street Food Bank this week.  Together we raised hundreds of dollars and boxes and boxes and boxes of food! Remember, they always need help and can also receive old electronics and computers for their skills development centre, so keep that in mind should you be upgrading your computer this season...

We hope to have our brand new site ready soon too at, but we'll always be here at the blog too, so make sure to continue to pop by!

Pssstt...Remember to get your Pre-Shrunk Vouchers . We are now up to voucher #10....don't be left in the cold on opening night, January 27th. They only cost $150 and get you ahead of the crowd (the usual price for the pre-shrunk paintings is $175. They make great gifts!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

NOW is the time to order your personalized holiday art cards!

Created By Local Artists

Once again, we are proud to offer our customized art cards by a variety of talented local artists. This is a rare opportunity to commission original artwork at such a great price! 

Perhaps you have an idea of what you’d like one of our artists to draw? Just let us know, and we’ll pair your request with one of our artists. If you’re not certain what to ask for, simply fill out our form, send it back to us, and our artists will compose an image from the information you’ve given us.  Perhaps you’d like a sketch of the house you grew up in? A portrait of a loved one as a child? The possibilities are endless!! 

The cards are created on 5" x 7" card stock...suitable to use as a card...and perfect for framing! Cards are priced at $50…an incredible price to have a very personal, special gift, while supporting local artists


Participating artists this year are:

Lindsay Hicks: Has a keen gift for drawing houses, portraits and landscapes... she is very skilled at sketching in charcoal or graphite. A great choice for a traditional, and representational cards.

Nick Brunt
: Loves using punchy colours, illustrating fun characters and creates interesting text-based work as well- great for the design oriented person on your list. Nick was named the SILVER Winner for best visual artist in The BEST OF The Coast's survey!

Jono Doiron
: Sharp sense of humour and loves referencing pop culture. He is especially great at making colourful and playful images with a illustration-like approach. Jono loves doing this project..he's been helping us for years with it, and his work is always well received. Some of you may know him from the Halifax Farmer's market.

Pamela Marie Pierce
: Beautifully stylized and vintage approach to her work. Fine lines of black ink with hints of colour. Her work often reminds us of illustrations from long ago. A great classic choice for every age group.

DEADLINE FOR ORDERS: Dec. 15th...but the earlier the better!!
CALL 902-425-9456 for details.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Warm Thoughts with Nick Brunt

In Celebration of Nick Brunt's cover on this week's Coast, 
we thought we'd highlight these delightful holiday treats: