Friday, August 18, 2017

Art is Everything: Repurposing with Purpose

Yesterday we had our third Thursday "Art is Everything" event. This week we had our wonderful Re-Purposers in to show how they turn something old or discarded into something new and incredible. The creativity in the gallery (and out front) was electric!

Angela Doak

First we had Angela Doak, who creates collages out of recylced paper - everything from scraps to candy wrappers, each little piece contains a bit of magic.  

Angela Doak, Stages of Collage

Angela's work focuses on animals, and started as a way for her to make art for her children. Now you can find Angela's work at the gallery, craft fairs and in her new book with Nimbus Publishing, Atlantic Animal ABC!


She was kind enough to sign some copies for us, so pick them up while they're still available!

Kim Danio

Next is the fiercely creative Kim Danio, who takes shoes and turns them into masterpieces. Kim has created animals, buildings, boats, circus scenes, fairy tale scenes - you name it, she's done it.

Kim Danio, Fairy Treehouse and Process

Her eye and ability to look at a shoe and pull out something new and creative is astounding and so joyful.
 

Kim Danio, Fairy Tree House

Kim brought two new fairy houses with her, and they're so amazing they must be seen in person to appreciate all the detail. However if you can't make it in you can see them online by clicking HERE.

Ed Beals

Then there's Ed Beals. Need a ray gun? Ed's your guy!

Ed Beals, Ray Gun in Process

How about a robot? Ed's your guy! Really anything made of metal odds and ends, Ed's your guy! With a keen building sense and an eye for detail, Ed makes all kinds of extraordinary pieces.

Ed Beals, Watch out little buddy!

There's a sense of imagination, nostalgia and fun in every piece he makes!

William Rudolph

Last, but most certainly not least, is William Rudolph aka Rudy, who makes all kinds of functional pieces out of reclaimed bike parts.

William Rudolph, Bike Parts Lamp and Works in Process

Rudy helps build and retrofit bikes by trade, his art making is just a habit he can't quit. His lamps are some of the most satisfying to switch on and off, which may be a weird thing to say, but if you come in and try one out we promise you'll understand.

William Rudolph, Glasses

Be sure to join us next Thursday, August 24th, from 12-2:30pm for our last installment, "Art is Everything: Playful Sculptures". We'll have Darren Moreash, who makes amazing hand carved marionettes; Dorothyanne Brown, who makes your favourite felted animals; and Terry Angus, who worked for Jim Henson and makes fantastic puppets. See you then!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Art is Everything: Designing Women

Yesterday we hosted our second Art is Everything event, that featured Designing Women; Jodie Hansen, Chris Bennett, and Melissa Lloyd! During the month of August on Thursdays from noon-2:30pm we're having fun events with local creatives who are sharing their ideas and processes about art with you. For more info on the Art is Everything series you can check out our Exhibits & Events tab above, or by clicking HERE.



We had a great time with Jodie, Chris and Melissa, and each of them brought a unique and insightful perspective to having your own creative outlets while balancing a career in design, where you have to tailor your creativity to meet the needs of a client.


The energy in the gallery was great, the conversations were engaging and the laughter was infectious. Each of our guests had thoughtful ideas and experiences to share.



Melissa talked about making the time for your creative outlet to reduce stress. Through her company Doodle Lovely she's developed resources to help you do just that, and maybe even unearth some hidden talents as well. You can see more from Melissa on her website, Doodle Lovely.

Melissa Lloyd - Doodle Lovely

Jodie reminded us to stay on the silly side and not take everything we make so seriously. If you've been in the gallery you may have noticed a good chunk of our cards and other stationary items are made by Jodie. We can always tell when someone's found them by the laughter in our card section. You can follow Jodie's brain as she comes up with fun new pieces on her Instagram page.

Jodie Hansen - Design Corner

Chris talked about the joy in making art for yourself and figuring out what makes you happy, and then sharing it with the world in magical ways, like she does through her My Happy Place Project, which you can find on her Instagram page or by using the #myhappyplaceproject hashtag.

Chris Bennett - My Happy Place Project

Make sure to join us next Thursday, August 17th, from noon-2:30pm for our next Art is Everything event, Re-Purposing with Purpose. This event will feature creative folk who take odds and ends and turn them into art. It will feature Kim Danio, who makes amazing sculptural pieces out of shoes; Ed Beals, who can take a few metal bits and bobs and turn them into a ray gun, a robot, or whatever his imagination is set on; William Rudolph, who turns old bike parts into functional pieces of art, from candle holders, to belts and lamps; and Angela Doak, who creates collages out of paper scraps, like candy wrappers, and has just released a kids alphabet book about Atlantic animals with Nimbus publishing! We are so looking forward to you meeting these creative and economic artists and builders!

Melissa Lloyd, Chris Bennett and Jodie Hansen

Thank you again to Jodie, Chris and Melissa for sharing their time and insights with us. See you next Thursday!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

LAST HIGH NOON at NOON and RECAP of others still available!

Well, we're happy to say that our HIGH NOON AT NOON event this last 13 days went over quite well. Many amazing works from various artists found new homes. Today we are featuring our very last HIGH NOON AT NOON, a bit later than usual, as we also have added a few works still available featured below the current one of the day. **You can find out more info on each of these pieces in our various HIGH NOON posts on this blog. **

Today's HIGH NOON AT NOON work is a winter scene by Gordon MacDonald called "Watching Winter" and measures 11" x 14", Oil on Board. It's quite a magical painting and the more you look at it the more you see. Soft light and long shadows....Somehow Gordon always manages to make Winter look warm.

SOLD UNTIL TOMORROW at 4pm, THIS PAINTING IS PRICED at $595 and then will be priced at the regular price of $895.


 BELOW ARE IMAGES OF OTHER WORKS STILL AVAILABLE AT HIGH NOON PRICES UNTIL END OF THIS WEEK. For individual information, refer to our blog post for each one or call us/email us for details!









Happy Place Project and Rainworks Scavenger Hunt

Many of you may have just returned from a Long Weekend....


.... and we know how you may feeling. It's hard to get back into the swing of things, which is why we are happy to help you ease back to reality with a bunch of fun and FREE art happenings this THURSDAY AND SATURDAY! Also there are TWO ways to WIN $100 from us this week!

For starters, we want to HEAR from you today. Email us at gallery@argylefa.com  and tell us what or where your Happy Place is and you'll be contributing to #myhappyplaceproject and be entered to WIN $100 in gift Certificates. Attend this Thursday,August 10th anytime between Noon- 2:30pm  and be entered a second time too! Read below for all the awesome details.

Find out more about our ART IS EVERYTHING SERIES by clicking here- this Thursday featuring Jodie Hansen, Melissa Lloyd and Chris Bennett! 
Artist Chris Bennett is working on a fun, collaborative version of #myhappyplaceproject and she needs our help. Where's your happy place? It can be anywhere or anything? Quiet nights at the cottage, walks on your favourite beach, listening to your favourite music - we'd love to know!  Here's the BIG IDEA:Chris will be here this Thursday as part of our ART IS EVERYTHING series,to talk about her happy place project this Thursday, Aug. 10, from 12-2:30 pm.
Chris will write everyone's submission in the artful handmade book she has created.She will then place the book in the box and leave it in a public place on Thursday afternoon for someone to find. Fun, right? The world needs to know now, more than ever, where all the best happy places are. (see the photo above for what the actual piece will look like)
This Saturday, August 12th beginning at 2pm drop by the gallery to pick up a MAP to lead you to the secret RAINWORKS messages scattered throughout the city. Find them all, photograph them and post to social media using the hashtag #saysomethinghfx and we'll enter you to WIN a $100  gift certificate. While here meet some of the Rainworks artists, try making a stencil yourself using the special secret ingredient in Rainworks. If it's not raining on Saturday, we'll provide water making implements or bring some of your own . (SEE EVENT POSTER ABOVE) You can get the latest on this event, by joining the event page on Facebook HERE.

Monday, August 7, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Andy MacDonald

Welcome to Monday's HIGH NOON at NOON feature! What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours; a new offer each day until August 8th! 

Today's HIGH NOON is a painting by Andy MacDonald. It's called "South Street", Acrylic and Resin on board (hence why you are seeing some reflections in this photo) It measures 11" x 14" really glows with florescent colours and Andy's charm. We especially love the light beam streaming down into the night in this one. Andy is having a solo with us in November, so keep your eyes peeled for that too. 
 
Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $225 and it's regular price is $425




Sunday, August 6, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Caitlin McGuire

Hi! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day! It's HIGH NOON at NOON time! What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours; a new offer each day until August 8th! 

Today's HIGH NOON is a very interesting painting by Caitlin McGuire. Because I work with Caitlin at the gallery each day, she humours me when I refer to  this painting the "Alien Abduction". Of course, it's not what it's called. But I love the mystery and vibrancy of this painting. The painting is actually called "Wish You Well", measures 20" x 30", Oil on Canvas. It's a view from the end of Robie Street here in Halifax at night, waiting at the bus stop. No aliens in view. :-)
 
 Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $385 and it's regular price is $685


Saturday, August 5, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Katharine Burns

It's HIGH NOON at NOON time! It's also 4pm ish....we're on Long Weekend Time today!  

What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours; a new offer each day until August 8th! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is one of the first paintings we showed of Katharine Burns. We met Katharine on a whim, because she submitted some works to us for BIKE WEEK about 4 years ago, and look at her now! Two sold out shows back to back years.

"Road Racer", 10" x 14" and is Oil on Canvas. Ready for hanging as is, as it's painted on a wide canvas. This is the last one available from the grouping. This work is supposed to look as if the bike is whoooshing by....at fast speeds. Spectacular!
 
  Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $295 and it's regular price is $450




Friday, August 4, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Stuart Melanson


It's HIGH NOON at NOON until August 8th. What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON is one of the last works we have by self-taught artist Stuart Melanson and although we are not wishing for Autumn yet this painting brings back fond memories of Nova Scotia in the Fall- the best time to visit our province. 


This painting is called "Fall Leaf", it is framed and ready for the wall.  It measures 13.5" x 16" (framed) Acrylic on board.

SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for just $195 but it's regular price is $425
 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Citadel Hill

It's HIGH NOON at NOON until August 8th. What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON featured work is by an artist from many many years ago..like 14 years ago? We didn't even think we had this work, but it's by Eryn O'Neill. It's a cool perspective from Citadel Hill. The artist used to live not far from there and travel up and down the hill almost daily.

The acrylic painting on canvas measures 36" x 12"
 
SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for just $95.....what a steal!  







Wednesday, August 2, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Briana Corr-Scott

It's HIGH NOON at NOON until August 8th. What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature are a few works by Briana Corr-Scott that were painted a number of years ago now. Each work measures 12" x 12", oil on canvas board.  The titles of each are under each image below. Ready for hanging! These works also have touches of gold paint in them, so if you want to add a bit of shimmer they are for you. They would be perfect in any home or cottage. 

Beachy...airy.....fresh....ah, summer!
 
Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, each of these works sell for $325 and their regular price is $500.
If you are interested in purchasing all three, a further 10 % courtesy discount can be applied. 

 
Study with Nasturtiums


Spiny Oyster

Teal Study #5

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Mirco Chen

It's HIGH NOON at NOON time again! We're going through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up each day at around noon, until August 8th.

What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is this delightful cat by Mirco Chen called "Who am I Kidding" It's oil on board and ready to hang, measures 9" x 12" and is just the greatest kitty painting ever! Just look at that neck ruffle...all ready to take on Tuesday like a boss! 
 
Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $185 and it's regular price is $285