Monday, June 5, 2017

Summertime just got better with ART ON THE GO and Craig Baltzer

It's time to start making plans for some new experiences in our warmer months ahead with Argyle Fine Art! This year, we want to challenge you to learn something new....try art making with one of our gallery artists in the great outdoors! What you find out about yourself may be surprising, and even if you don't think your talented  you are sure to have fun along the way.You don't need to bring anything except yourself and an open mind...we'll take care of the rest! 


We'd like to introduce you to the first ART ON THE GO instructor, artist Craig Baltzer. Many people have come to know him for his mad crosshatching drawing skills combined with his love of painting and architecture. You may have even met him working on his art at our gallery during special afternoons at the gallery. He loves to share his process and to engage all people in celebrating the city we live in, through his art.

Craig's background as an artist began mostly as a photographer, but drawing and painting have been part of his life since he can remember. When Craig draws and paints buildings, it's almost as though he is painting their portraits. The buildings have a story to tell. How our city is changing is of great interest to Craig as well. Such as our new Central Library, which has become a positive story of development; winning architecture awards and more importantly becoming a great community space for people to gather, to learn, experience and relax.
Central Library, 8" x 10", Ink and Watercolour
If you haven't noticed, Halifax is under heavy construction at the moment, and the architectural landscape is changing almost before our very eyes. Craig reminds us to be mindful of what we are creating and not to forget what makes Halifax a great place to live and grow. Great spaces for people to gather are important, as any progressive urban planner would agree. Craig documents the changes of past, present and future, through his artwork.

With Craig's workshop on June 14th, you'll take a short walking tour around downtown Halifax, learn a bit of history about the city and do some sketching with a focus on the old and new architecture that will surround you on your journey. No previous experience is needed. It's also on a Wednesday evening after work, so start your evening off right. Snacks will be provided! Also METRO PARK vouchers will be provided to all that require one for parking nearby.

We're very proud of Craig's most recent art endeavor this past Saturday, as he was asked to be the feature artist  of Africvilles's 50th Anniversary of the Final service of the original Seaview Baptist Church. Here are just a few snaps from the afternoon.