Friday, August 10, 2018

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

Adieu, adieu, to you, and you, and you!

Hi everyone, Caitlin here; as many of you know my time at the gallery is wrapping up. This September I'll be starting my MFA at Concordia University in Montreal. I'm truly going to miss this place and all of you so much, so I thought I'd get a little sentimental for a second about what the gallery and it's community have meant to me.

Caitlin with several of her pieces.

I remember the first time I came into the gallery. It was before I started at NSCAD and when I was first getting to know the city. After graduating from StFX I was sort of wandering, unsure of my next steps, and had just moved to Halifax after living in Ottawa for several months. I remember walking in to Argyle and being comfortable right away. The women behind the counter, who I would later come to know as Adriana and Crystal, were warm and welcoming. I didn't feel uncomfortable like I had at a few other galleries I'd popped into. Argyle wasn't sterile; it had life! It was also a really inspiring place and was a contributing factor that spurred me to go back to school and pursue a career in the arts, that until that point felt like more of a dream than a possibility. I'd also had the great fortune of meeting artists Gordon MacDonald and George Spencer at a restaurant I served at and they both became two of my favourite customers. They were both warm and kind and made me feel welcome in the Halifax art community.


Caitlin McGuire, "Halifax Central", 4'x5', Oil on Canvas

I had my first piece accepted at Argyle in January 2014 when they took one of my submissions as part of their Pre-Shrunk show. I'd submitted the year before and wasn't accepted, and they took one of my five submissions in 2014 - so if you've submitted and weren't accepted, don't give up! If you really want something, keep pursuing it. Adriana then brought me in to the gallery for an event to draw the Pre-Shrunk show, as interiors and tiny details are some of my favourite things to draw and she picked up on that. Adriana is really gifted at figuring out what it is that makes an artist tick. That was my true introduction to the Argyle community. I've been so fortunate to get to know so many wonderful people who have helped support my career because of Argyle. When I refer to the Argyle community I truly mean it, it's a real community here of people who support and care about one another. It's special.


Caitlin McGuire, "Three Men Reading on the Bus", 4"x5", Oil on Canvas - PreShrunk 2014

Drawing PreShrunk

A few months later Adriana asked if they could use one of my paintings for a new print subscription service, Creative Editions, they were starting. Not too long after Adriana asked if I'd be interested in having a show alongside one of my favourite artists, Mary Garoutte. I was getting ready to start my last year at NSCAD and jumped at the chance to exhibit my work. I spent the whole summer painting, and my first show at the gallery, "Port City" was born.

"Port City" opening 2014

The following year after I graduated I got to become part of the gallery in a different capacity. Crystal was going on maternity leave and I came on board to fill in for a year. Well, we all know how that turned out, as this is my third year behind the counter...I've always said I'm a terrible sales person, because I don't like to push people into buying things, but Argyle has always been different. Instead of selling I get to have conversations and connect with people. I have never felt like I'm trying to sell something, because I'm not. Instead I'm connecting with people through art - and I think that's another piece of what makes Argyle so special, this shared connection.

Crystal and Caitlin

Getting to see the gallery from both sides, as an artist and the assistant gallerist, has been an invaluable experience. I've gotten to take part in countless group shows and several exhibits of my own collections, including "Hiraeth" this year with Megan LeForte. From Nocturne to PreShrunk, getting to be part of so many amazing events and shows has been such a joy. Getting to know all of you has been the most fulfilling part. Having these conversations about art, materials and artists daily has kept me in the world I want to work in.


Megan LeForte and Caitlin McGuire at the Hiraeth opening.

To everyone who has come to one of my shows, who has purchased my work, shared kind words about my work, encouraged me, or just come in to chat - thank you. I wouldn't be here without your support, and I wouldn't be moving forward without it either. Thank you for giving me a place to grow and learn.

Normal gallery shenanigans.

To Adriana, thank you for everything. I can't put it into words what you've done for me or how working here has changed me and helped me develop as an artist, and a person. I'm moving forward with everything you've given and taught me. I am lucky to know you, to work with you, and to have you in my life.

Adriana and Caitlin

So Halifax, this isn't really goodbye, but just, see ya later... and thank you! You can see my body of work at the gallery HERE. My last day will be August 17th, so pop by! Until the next time, Halipeeps!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Summer Special Gift Certificate just for you!

Hello there folks! Just a reminder that until August 15th if you spend $300 before tax we'll give you a $50 gift certificate to use towards future purchases! See below for the "fine print"*.

We thought we'd entice you with a few pieces around the $300 mark that you might want to scoop up before the 15th...

Deb Bromley, Sand, 12"x12", Acrylic on Canvas

 Extend your fun in the sun with a piece by Deb Bromley! This sweet piece is $325 and measures 12"x12".

Michelle St Onge, Micro Loft: Ideal Location, 6"x8", Watercolour on Paper Mounted 

Pick up an elegant piece by Michelle St Onge, like this watercolour that measures 6"x8" and is priced at $350.

Briana Corr Scott, Jar and Pot in Soft Light, 8"x8", Oil on Board

This beautifully lit piece by Briana Corr Scott captures the warm glow she is known for in her work perfectly. It measures 8"x8" and comes in at $325.

Catherine Brown, It Tastes Better in a China Cup, 12"x9", Oil on Canvas

"It Tastes Better in a China Cup" by Catherine Brown is right on the money at $300, and measures 12"x9".

If you've been eyeing a piece for a while now is the time to go for it! See you soon!

* Summer Special Gift Certificates cannot be used on already reduced items, to purchase other gift certificates, shipping costs or payment plans.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Dog Days of Summer

 Last Saturday, the gallery was particularly abuzz with a flurry of activity. For an afternoon, we opened our doors to welcome some new friends into our space (four-legged friends, that is!) for GREYHOUND DAY at Argyle Fine Art!

Throughout the afternoon, over twenty greyhounds and their owners came to visit the gallery for a lively meet and greet, to enjoy some treats, and of course, to check out some art!




  Graphic Designer Jodie Hansen created some wonderful greyhound-themed cards, stickers, and bookmarks, that were a really huge hit with all the greyhound owners and dog-lovers alike. We also had artist Dave Johnston (Chalkmaster Dave) with us at the gallery for the afternoon to draw greyhound portraits. He put so much care into capturing the likeness and personality of each greyhound he drew!




We were also really fortunate to have Rhonda Martins and Sandra Walsh from GPAC (Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada) spend the afternoon with us to answer any questions about greyhound adoption, and about the breed in general. They're both so knowledgeable about greyhounds, and contributed greatly to our fun afternoon!


The greyhounds seemed to really enjoy themselves. We made sure each dog was thoroughly spoiled with a delectable selection of treats, comfortable resting places, and a wide array of costumes for playing dress-up....okay, that part was maybe more for our enjoyment! ;)








It was great to have the gallery filled with so many sweet dogs. We're always happy to have you visit the gallery with your pets, as long as they promise to be on their best behavior!

Happy Long Weekend everyone!


Friday, July 27, 2018

We're at the Cottage!

It's been a muggy few days in a row here in Nova Scotia so we've been happily hiding out in the gallery with the air conditioning keeping things cool. But we can't complain too much, as the summer months here are short and sweet. Many folks head out to the cottage to enjoy the season and ocean breezes. Mixed media artist Kris Webster was inspired by these vacation escape locations and just dropped off a delightful grouping of miniature cottages that begin as simple little blocks of wood.


Kris then adds her magic to transform them into mini sculptural masterpieces with paint and found objects. The little buoys on the fishing shack below are the tips of toothpicks. We love the artist mind!



Do you have a favourite cottage or home you'd like to recreate? Why not sign up for the upcoming workshop with Kris in August. DETAILS HERE!  It would make the best memento of your trip here and a great gift for someone too- not to mention it's going to be fun!

 The artist took pictures of some of the Maritime cottages while being on vacation herself, and the results are reflected in the latest groupings. Take a peek at a few of them below or visit in person. Each little house is $35-wharfs sold separately. :-)





  See you at the gallery soon- take a vacation with art!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Without Words - New work by Gordon MacDonald

Today is the day, folks. For some, it's more exciting than Christmas, New Years and their birthday all rolled together. That's right, it's time for Gordon MacDonald's annual show! "Without Words" opens tonight, July 20th, from 6:30-8:30PM, all are welcome to attend.  
 
See the entire show online NOW here.

Gordon MacDonald, Near and Far, 24"x29", Oil on Canvas

Always a treat, Gordon's work showcases big skies, winding roads and dreamy landscapes.

Gordon MacDonald, Red Cloud, 6"x6.5", Oil on Copper

Many of his works are on copper, his favourite surface to paint on, which gives them an extra luminosity.

Gordon MacDonald, The Blue Side, 6.5"x9", Oil on Copper

Gordon will also be giving an artist talk on Tuesday, July 24th from 6:30-8:30PM - "Depiction VS Expression". (Free with a suggested donation of $10.)

Gordon MacDonald, North Rustico Dusk, 8"x8.75", Oil on Copper


Thursday, July 19, 2018

HIGH NOON with Kimberley Eddy

Well folks, it's the last HIGH NOON for a while... As you know July is when we dig through our inventory for works that are looking for a fabulous new home. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a piece by Kimberley Eddy.

This piece, "Water Dance 11", is one of Kim's earlier pieces of mixed media work at the gallery, and a favourite of ours. A mix of blues and greens, this work has beautiful, tranquil movement.



Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $185 and it's regular price is $250

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

HIGH NOON with Bryanna Chapeskie

Hello hello again! It's that time of day, it's time for HIGH NOON! July is when we dig through our inventory for works that are looking for a fabulous new home. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a piece by Bryanna Chapeskie.

This piece, "Hot Air Balloons", measures 13"x10" and is framed. It's a collaged piece using watercolour and paper. Bryanna is an illustrator, printer, and painter here in Halifax, and along with her sister Alyssa, owns and runs Double Dare Print Studio.



Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $95 and it's regular price is $250

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

HIGH NOON with Aaron LaShomb

It's the best time of day, that's right, it's time for HIGH NOON! July is when we dig through our inventory for works that are looking for a fabulous new home. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a piece by Aaron LaShomb

This piece, "Lovely", by Aaron measures 7.75"x16" and is acrylic on board.



Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $225 and it's regular price is $325

Monday, July 16, 2018

HIGH NOON with Twila Robar-DeCoste

It's the best time of day, that's right, it's time for HIGH NOON! July is when we dig through our inventory for works that are looking for a fabulous new home. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a piece by Twila Robar-DeCoste.

This piece, "David Austin Rose", is a watercolour piece from 2006. Twila is the current President of the Botanical Artists of Nova Scotia Association, and it's not hard to see why. A master of her craft, Twila is one of the provinces most accomplished botantical watercolourists.


 

Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $295 and it's regular price is $450

Sunday, July 15, 2018

HIGH NOON with Kim Floyd

It's the best time of day, that's right, it's time for HIGH NOON! July is when we dig through our inventory for works that are looking for a fabulous new home. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a piece by Kim Floyd.

This piece, "Cesar Dog Dressing", is a sweet, humorous piece by Kim, who is known for her colourful, nostalgic works of food and childhood toys. Perfect for your kitchen or your friend who loves a well-executed pun.



Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $275 and it's regular price is $385

Saturday, July 14, 2018

HIGH NOON with Kim Danio and Jennifer Harrison

Wow! Where has the time gone and how is it JULY already! Boggles the mind! But good news...that means it's HIGH NOON AT NOON time. That's when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up for our summer HIGH NOON event. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring  works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON features are by Kim Danio and Jennifer Harrison.

This cute little (not so little) piggy measures 12.5"h x 8.5"5w x 12.5"l by Danio is made out of a reclaimed shoe! Danio is a master of transformation and reclaiming materials, particularly shoes! Her pieces have a sense of whimsy and fun, and are instant smile inducing.



Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $185, and it's regular price is $285!


And next is this sweet little piece, "Red Garages" by Jennifer. It measures 5"x7", is oil on canvas, and is what textural dreams are made of!

Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $125, and it's regular price is $285!

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

HIGH NOON with Mark Brennan

Wow! Where has the time gone and how is it JULY already! Boggles the mind! But good news...that means it's HIGH NOON AT NOON time. That's when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up for our summer HIGH NOON event. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring  works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a work by Mark Brennan.

The piece is called "Canoe at Whitesand Lake", is 20"x24", and is oil on canvas. Not only is Brennan a fantastic artist, but he's a true naturalist who travels to remote areas of the Canadian wilderness to capture sound, video and the views of places most Canadians never see. Brennan's love of the wilderness is authentic and comes through in his work.



Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $900, and it's regular price is $1200!


Thursday, July 12, 2018

HIGH NOON with Briana Corr Scott

Wow! Where has the time gone and how is it JULY already! Boggles the mind! But good news...that means it's HIGH NOON AT NOON time. That's when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up for our summer HIGH NOON event. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring  works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a work by Briana Corr Scott.

The piece is called "Zinnia Study", a 12" x 12" oil painting on board. Briana has a really special way of depicting light in her work, creating intimate, moody studies of nature and quiet still life scenes.



Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $375, and it's regular price is $500!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

HIGH NOON with Vaughn Gray

Wow! Where has the time gone and how is it JULY already! Boggles the mind! But good news...that means it's HIGH NOON AT NOON time. That's when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up for our summer HIGH NOON event. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring  works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is work by Vaughn Gray

 We're featuring two of Gray's pieces today! The first is called "Richmond Rd. Pond", and the second piece is called "Forest Glen Stream". Both are 6"x 6" acrylic paintings on canvas. Gray is known for his realistic paintings of local landscapes.



BOTH SOLD  Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, each work is $95 , and they're regularly priced at $200 each!




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

HIGH NOON with Caitlin McGuire

Wow! Where has the time gone and how is it JULY already! Boggles the mind! But good news...that means it's HIGH NOON AT NOON time. That's when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up for our summer HIGH NOON event. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring  works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a work by Caitlin McGuire

The piece is called "SAM-BA NO-VA (Switch)", a 12" x 16" oil painting on board. Caitlin is known for her dynamic and bold use of color.



Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $335, and it's regular price is $425!


Monday, July 9, 2018

HIGH NOON with George Spencer

Wow! Where has the time gone and how is it JULY already! Boggles the mind! But good news...that means it's HIGH NOON AT NOON time. That's when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up for our summer HIGH NOON event. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 19th.

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. This year we are featuring  works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is by George Spencer.

 
The work is called "Peeled Lemon #3", measures 8"x10" and is oil on board. Spencer is known for his incredibly realistic still lives. His citrus is particularly irresistible. This piece is from 2015.



SOLD  Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $250 and it's regular price is $395