Saturday, April 21, 2018

Happy Earth Day with New Art!

Tomorrow is Earth Day- April 22nd! A day to remind us to treat our planet with love and respect. We thought we'd share some new paintings by ttwo emerging artists.

The first is artist Barbara O'Neil. These paintings are fresh and filled with lush green fields and open skies.

Storm Approaching, 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas by Barbara O'Neil
 
We met Barbara a few years ago, when she first submitted to our annual Pre-Shrunk show and ever since has also contributed to other group shows from time to time. We love meeting new emerging artists; it's so exciting to watch them develop and grow!

Out on the Dykes, 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas by Barbara O'Neil

We also just recently meet artist Catherine Bagnell-Styles and these two paintings below are fresh off the easel today!

Wharf Colours, 18" x 24", Acrylic on Canvas by Catherine Bagnell-Styles

Summer Light, 11" x 14", Acrylic on Canvas by Catherine Bagnell-Styles

We hope to host a series of talks with a few of the other commercial galleries beginning next month. Our topic will be all about emerging artists- as they have become our specialty. :-) Watch for the announcement on this exciting line- up of art chats about art!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Two Shows Opening Tonight- Join us!

Make sure to join us for the opening receptions for Danny Abriel and Sharon Cave tonight- Friday, April 13th, 6:30-8:30pm.  If you aren't able to make it in person, you can visit anytime throughout the duration of the show, which continues until May 4th.




NOTE: Artist Sharon Cave is hosting a really interesting talk about her crow paintings and especially her muse- Mike the crow this Wednesday, April 18th, 7-8:30pm. All Welcomed!



Saturday, April 7, 2018

Crows and City Birds with Sharon Cave

Artist Sharon Cave is busy as a bird in her studio at the moment! Not only does she have her show, "Conversations with an Urban Crow" opening on Friday, April 13th from 6:30-8:30pm, and an artist talk on Wednesday, April 18th, but she's also giving a workshop on drawing urban birds with pastels on Wednesday, May 2nd!


We're exhausted just thinking about it, but not Sharon. This talented artist is excited to show and share with you! Sharon has been busy working away in her studio getting ready for her show, which features her "pet" crow, Mikey.

Mikey


Sharon works primarily in oil paint and soft pastels. Known to many at the gallery for her series of wonderful chickens, Sharon first introduced us to her love of crows a few years ago during Pre-Shrunk 2017. Here Sharon talks about Mikey in her own words.

I like to think I have come to understand Mikey and understand his moods a little over this time. I enjoy trying to capture his personality and body language; his tilts of the head and facial expressions. The more I see, the more I tend to anthropomorphize… The more I want to connect.

Mikey having a snack.

As mentioned above, in addition to her show and talk Sharon is also teaching a workshop (more info about our workshops HERE), about drawing city birds with soft pastels. Here are a few examples of Sharon's city bird soft pastel studies...

Starling
Seagull

Sharon's workshop is filling up fast, so give us a call today to register (902-425-9456)! And we'll you on Friday the 13th for the opening!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Anatomy of a Frog

Artist Kim Danio is like no other we know. Who else makes incredible creations out of shoes? Now that Spring is here the earth is slowly waking up and we can almost hear the peepers chirping!

Shoe Toad by Kim Danio

This Earth Day (April 22nd from 11am-2pm) we invite you to join Kim for her workshop where she'll teach you the tricks of her exclusive trade by teaching you how to make a frog or a toad out of a reclaimed shoe! All supplies are included for only $75. It's a great way to repurpose, learn a new skill and make something special for yourself or as a gift for someone you love. For more info on Kim's workshop, and our other workshops by clicking HERE or on the WORKSHOPS in 2018! tab above. Call us to register today!

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog by Kim Danio

Kim has generously shared some froggy process shots of creating a cute Red Eyed Tree Frog with us to share with you! This isn't your high school science class...

The beginning...

Interesting, interesting...

Oh, I see what you're doing there...

And then there was form!

A little coat of paint...

I think it needs a hug?

Almost there...

Ahhhh! Hello buddy!

Wow! There really is no other artist like Kim! Sign up for Kim's workshop today to create a cute hoppy critter, to keep unwanted shoes out of landscapes and celebrate spring and Earth Day!

Also hop into the gallery to see more of Kim's new shoe pieces, or see them by clicking HERE, like THIS UNICORN!!!!!

My childhood dreams and desires captured in one fantastic art piece!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

.....This just IN!   Because a bunch of us have celebrated our birthday's in the span of just a few days of one another (Adriana, Caitlin and Gordon MacDonald) we will be serving up delicious eclairs for anyone that drops by this Saturday, March 30th from noon until they are gone- made by our neighbours, The Old Apothecary! 



EGGspecially if you are a fellow ARIES like our cutie GREEBS like this little guy featured below (lots to choose from btw)! You simply must drop by!


Please drop by and celebrate with us, and while here pick up a locally made card or print, an Easter gift, some chocolate or choose from a variety of works of art ranging in prices for everyone. Just look at these EGGstra special bookmarks by Jodie Hansen where you get to decorate your eggs with sparkles!



Join in our EASTER EGG HUNT from noon until all the eggs are found....one will include a gift certificate for $50...but all will have chocolate, so everyone is a winner!  
See you soon from all of us chicks!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

HOP for Joy: New Works by Kim Danio have arrived!

It's almost Easter weekend for many, and look what just hopped into the gallery? These adorable bunnies by Kim Danio! All made from re-purposed shoes and gloves. Isn't it so interesting that each of these little darlings seem to have a very unique personality?  Each bunny is just $95 and looking for a new home...perhaps with you?


We've also just received two llamas- also made from shoes. Actually in this case, a pair of fuzzy boots. We are constantly amazed at how Kim keeps outdoing the last thing she created!


We also just met these goats! Awwwwwwwwwwwww....



And last but certainly not the least, ....the UNICORN! 

Honestly, if the art of Kim Danio doesn't bring a smile to your face, you need to really consider what's wrong with your life. :-) Such happiness art can bring!  

Let your imagination run wild- let Kim's art inspire!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Chocolate Party: Art made from Chocolate with a Techy Twist



Finally you can have your ART and eat it too! Join us for our Chocolate Party with Chocolate Hackers on Saturday, March 24th, 1:30-3:30pm and see a work of art made up of  “pixels of chocolate” and their Gaming Egg just in time for Easter. 
 
For just $8+tax you can experience for yourself the unique flavours of their chocolate made with the finest chocolate of Madagascar as well as cute chocolate bars that are naturally colored and flavored with REAL fruits & flowers. Buy tickets in advance at Argyle Fine Art or drop by the day of for the tastings. Limited tickets will be sold, so best to reserve ahead of time at 902-425-9456 or emailing us at gallery@argylefa.com  

Meet the makers Cecile and Stan Mozoluk and learn all about their products and process. They will be chatting a bit about what makes their chocolate different from others!

 The chocolate painting will be on display in our gallery windows from March 23rd-March 29th. It will also be for sale, along with some other bars and treats egg-specially for Easter.  We don't have a sneak peek at it yet...but can hardly wait!
Upon meeting the Chocolate Hackers, of course, we wondered was there a connection to computers and technology? In this era of Minecraft , we found it interesting they are using blocks of coloured chocolate much like in digital imaging, with pixels which are  minute area of illumination on a display screen, one of many from which an image is composed.

“We take our inspiration from the challenges of modern technologies. With the emergence of data and AI, a revolution is coming that will affect our jobs, our lives. When robots are threatening to think, create, write better than we do, we just want to seek for happiness & fulfilment in making. Something real, shaped with our hands. Avid chocolate & food lovers, we’ve created Chocolate Hackers to express ourselves with our favorite material chocolate, willing to reconnect innovation & nature.”



So make sure to HOP on over next Saturday to pick up some Easter treats, cards, lots of new art and more – all by local artists.

We’ll also have our annual Easter Egg art hunt, within the gallery where we hide eggs with special treats and one BIG egg with a $50 gift certificate inside.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Community Makes It Happen

Here at Argyle Fine Art we're all about community, whether it be our community of artists, our community of wonderful patrons and gallery visitors that come through the gallery every day, our local small business community, or the Halifax community at large. We are so grateful for all of you!


We were lucky to have our friends, Devon and Arielle the Barred Owl, from Hope for Wildlife in the gallery.


Arielle was here as a model for a free March Break sketching event. Not only was it a great day of drawing in the gallery, but Devon shared so much great information and many facts about Arielle and Barred Owls, it was a great learning opportunity too!








We had so many talented young artists in the gallery and are excited to feature some of their drawings in our window over the weekend! Stop by and see their beautiful work for yourself!



Coming up next week we'll be hosting Adsum Mystery Art Show & Sale! We believe tickets may already be sold out, but you'll have to call Adsum at the number below to find out...




We always have so much fun with this show and it raises money for a wonderful cause! So thank you again to our community for all your love and support, we're excited to keep working with you to provide great art and experiences!

Learn to make Ukranian Eggs with Ruby Boutilier in her workshop! Workshop link below:

Don't forget to check out our upcoming Workshops at the gallery that are put on by our gallery artists! Click on the WORKSHOPS link above, or click HERE.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Wintertide by Katharine Burns Opens today- All Welcomed!

We're excited to host a special feature of new paintings by Katharine Burns today. Please join us! We're all set! This stunning suite of seven works was painted over the last few winter months and was inspired by her trips to the sea near Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.


You can see the entire show online HERE now too!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Fire's Burning, Fire's Burning Draw Nearer, Draw Nearer

Although our HYGGE has come to an official end, you can still catch a few works from that exhibit in our lower gallery this weekend and over the March break week ahead, so get cozy with art.

Yoko White, Cozy Fireplace, 4"x5", Cotton Embroidery

Today is a pretty messy- windy- rainy- slushy -snowish type of day here in Nova Scotia, and the thought of cuddling up near a warm fire is pretty lovely. If you're like us at the gallery, we don't have a fireplace on hand so the fire themed art from HYGGE will have to do. It can certainly warm us up- just look for yourselves!

Dawn Kempster, Mind the Flankers, 15"x30", Acrylic on Canvas
Jamie Lee Lightle, Cozy Studio Still Life, 12"x12", Acrylic on Board

You can almost feel it....hear it....smell it.  Of course, our minds also wander to thoughts of campfires and beach bonfires in the Spring or Summer like the paintings below. Can hardly wait until it's that time of year again!

Mark Brennan, Last Light at Melopsesketch Lake, Liscomb NS, 11"x14", Acrylic on Canvas

Barbara O'Neill, Campfire on My Beach, 20"x24", Oil on Board

And speaking of campfires, wouldn't these patches by Amber Solberg look great on your backpack, hoodie or camp hat? SMOKIN'! They are each one-of-a-kind, hand-embroidered, easy iron-on and only $35. Who says original art has to be expensive- not us!


 Drop by for some last minute HYGGE!  Make sure to check out what other things we have happening over March Break HERE too!