Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Don't forget to Eat your Vegies

Our Summer Show, "Picnics and Potlucks" continues for another week, so it's time to come and see all the works created for the show in person before they are gone! If that's not enough to tempt you, we have air conditioning!

Today we thought we'd remind you all to eat your vegies or at least enjoy and perhaps buy one of these paintings that were created especially for the show. Both artists Alexander Koltakov and Merrilee Sett are new artists to the gallery walls and we're delighted with all these delicious greens. Almost makes you want to go home and make hodge podge.

Still Life with Vegetables and Greens, by Alexander Koltakov, 24" x 24", Oil on Canvas

Stalks and Bonds, by Merrilee Sett measures 16" x 20" and is watercolour on paper

Merrilee also shared a favourite potluck recipe with all of us, that pairs very nicely with her watercolour. Check it out below and enjoy making it tonight!  Hope to see you soon at the gallery!!!!


Asparagus Parmigiana

2 bunches of asparagus,about 2 lbs. (1Kg.)
1Tbsp. of butter
 salt and freshly ground black pepper
2-3tbsp. coarsely ground parmesan cheese

Snap off and discard the woody ends of the asparagus.  Slice each spear on the diagonal and into 3 pieces.  Melt butter in a large frying pan set over medium heat.   When bubbling,add the asparagus.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook,stirring until tender crisp, about 3-4 minutes.Turn onto platter. Sprinkle with cheese.  Serve hot or warm.

Receipt from the New Chatelaine Cookbook,
by Monda Rosenberg

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Cold Beer on a Hot Day!

Our Summer themed show continues and no picnic or potluck would be complete without some tasty beverages. Now, we know not everyone likes beer but many do too. In fact, the craft beer industry in Nova Scotia is booming!  Artists Rachel Ogden and Lynn Johnson painted up some beer for us to enjoy on this hot day. Check out their favourite recipes that they like to make for potlucks too!  Food, Beer, Art...what's not to love about this. Visit us soon for the full amazing effect of original art.

Rachel Ogden is an emerging artist who chose the popular TALL SHIP beer by Garrison Brewing, who is one of the pioneers of craft brewing in Nova Scotia. There once was a time when there was really just them and Propeller. This little painting measures 5" x 7", acrylic on canvas and will quench your thirst anytime.



Rachel's recipe for a potluck sounds great too. Check it out below and maybe make it this weekend!

 
Taboulie Salad 

half cup of cooked quinoa 
2 chopped tomatoes 
half a cucumber 
1 bunch chopped parsley 
6 chopped mint leaves 
2 green onions 
salt
3 tbsp of lemon juice
3 tbsp of olive oil

Mix together and serve cool


At the end of a summer's day it's nice to sit near the campfire and yes, sip on more beer. This beauty of a painting is painted by Lynn Johnson and is called simply "Campfire and A Cold One", measures 5" x 7" , Acrylic on board and ready to hang. These paintings are making us thirsty!


Lynn gave us a great recipe as well, to inspire us all the next time we are heading out to a picnic or potluck. It's below!  Have a great weekend everyone!


Cajun Salmon with Fresh tomato salsa 



Salsa:  

6 ripe tomatoes, peeled & chopped (nothing better than straight from the garden!!!)

1 small spanish onion, chopped 

1 tsp each -- coriander, basil & chives

1 tsp Dijon mustard

3 tsps red wine vinegar

3 tsps balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp olive oil

salt / pepper to taste 



Mix all ingredients together - even better if you do a few hours ahead & refridgerate.



Cajun Salmon:



4 fillets or salmon steaks

1/4 to 1/2 cup Cajun spice mix

1/4 cup butter

Dredge salmon in the cajun spice.  Add to oven safe fry pan.  Sear both sides using enough butter they don't stick.  Then place skillet in 400 degree oven for 5-7 minutes until fish flakes.  



The cool salsa with the spicy fish is a great combo!!!



Thursday, August 15, 2019

Anyone for Dessert? Kim Danio Never Ceases to Amaze!

GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE!  Artist Kim Danio tantalizes us with some delicious looking pastries on an exquisite decorative cake stand. Made from re-purposed shoes and other found objects. Kim meticulously alters and combines recycled materials to produce familiar objects. She finds inspiration for her pieces from her surroundings; her interests and memories are reflected in the work she creates.

Kim Danio, "Anyone for Dessert?", re-purposed shoes, mixed media, 11 x 11 x 11 inches

Kim makes a conscious effort to coax new forms out of the existing structure of each object, while carefully preserving the integrity of each shoe.  This work created for the Picnics and Potlucks show, "Anyone for Dessert?" is no exception.  Each "pastry" is carefully created to disguise the baby shoe hiding underneath.  Decorative elements such as candied fruit made from buttons, and the textile-based frosting are applied to create the illusion of dessert toppings.  Eclairs, Mille Feuilles and other tasty treats are all featured here and looking for a home of their own...maybe with you!   

Kim Danio, "Anyone for Dessert?", re-purposed shoes, mixed media, (DETAIL)

Kim's potluck offering is this great Boston Lettuce and Endives salad recipe, and is sure to be a hit!

Argyle Fine Art's "Picnics and Potlucks" Summer Group Exhibition continues to August 28th.  Don't miss it.


Boston Lettuce and Endives

Salad:

4 cups (100 g) Boston lettuce leaves (about 1 small head), shredded
2 white endives, halved and broken into leaves
2 red endives, halved and broken into leaves
1 red apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup (90 g) red grapes, halved
1/2 cup (50 g) roasted walnuts

Dressing:

1/4 cup (60 ml) mayonnaise
2 tbsp (30 ml) cider vinegar
1 tbsp (15 ml) whole-grain mustard
1 tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup 
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped Preparation Salad

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the boston lettuce, endives, apple, grapes and walnuts. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, maple syrup and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.

3. When ready to serve, drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss well.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Popsicles for Lunch? Sure! Kim Floyd's Cool Art!

We hope you are all enjoying a lovely summer. No summer would be complete without a cool treat of ice cream and popsicles, and local artist Kim Floyd brought it all to our latest summer exhibit, "Picnics and Potlucks", which we strongly encourage you visit in person but can also view online HERE. 

It's kind of fitting that Kim decided to paint this POPsicle as her brand of artwork tends to be of the pop art genre. Lots of colour and high contrast! Selecting the background colours to her paintings is just as important as the main subject and composition. 

"Lime Popsicle", 8" x 6", Acrylic on board, Kim Floyd

Drip drip drip.....quickly pick up this ice cream before it melts!  What's your favourite flavour? A favourite of Kim's is of the Chocolate Mint variety.

Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream, 12" x 6", Acrylic on Board, Kim Floyd

Although Kim was all about cool treat themes with her art for this show, she went with a classic potluck recipe- another potato salad version. We're happy to post her recipe to Warm Potato Salad below!   ENJOY and make sure to drop by the gallery soon.


Warm Potato Salad 

6 boiled new potatoes quartered
½ an orange pepper chopped
2 cups fresh baby spinach chopped
12 kalamata olives pitted and sliced
8 sundried tomatoes soaked and sliced
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Combine potatoes, orange pepper, baby spinach, olives, sundried tomato in a salad bowl. Whisk dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and olive oil together in a small bowl. Stir dressing into salad and toss. Serve warm but keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Picnics & Potlucks Feature: Paulette Melanson's Abstracts with a Side of Potato Salad

Good day to all! It's Monday and a great time to begin featuring our summer exhibit, day by day, with works from all the artists and their favourite recipes too. If you haven't seen the show in person yet, make a point to pop by this week and feel even more summery than you have been, with whimsical, vibrant and delicious looking art made with the them of "Picnics and Potlucks" in mind. The show has an overall summertime good times vibe we think everyone will enjoy! The full show is online HERE as well.

"The Picnic", acrylic on canvas, 38" x 55", Paulette Melanson, $1800
 
Today we are excited to share the two large abstract paintings by local artist Paulette Melanson. We've known Paulette for many years now. We first met her at our annual Pre-Shrunk show, which is the very best way for us to begin working with new artists!  At that time Paulette was still primarily working with acrylics and painting with a more representational art practice focus (simply defined as it just as it sounds- painting things to look as we see them in life).  But what's been so intriguing over the years is how Paulette has been experimenting with different mediums and styles and has fallen in love with a more abstract way of expressing the inspirations all around her.

"Summer Celebrations", acrylic on canvas, 55" x 38", Paulette Melanson, $1800

As a follower of her artwork, Paulette's art  it's a great example to those that may not "get abstract" to begin to understand it more, as you follow the progression from a more representational scene and abstract it...almost like when you take a photo on the macro setting of your camera or phone. Of course, there's more to it than that, but it's important to keep yourself open to new ways of seeing and styles of art and Paulette is an artist worth watching!

Here's a delicious recipe that is a favourite of Paulette's as well! Make sure to visit these paintings in person as they are larger than you may imagine and try this recipe too. Feel free to share your pictures of your food if you make this recipe- we'd love to see what YOU create!

 
Baby-Red-Potato Salad

Ingredients:
2.5 kg baby red-skinned potatoes
1/2 cup red-wine vinegar
1/2 cup grainy Dijon mustard
2 shallots, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup finely chopped parsley (or Lighthouse freeze dried)

Instructions:

Place potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook until tender, 17 to 20 min. Drain. When cool enough to handle, cut in half and place in a very large bowl.

Whisk vinegar with Dijon, shallots and salt. Whisk in oil. Add half of this vinaigrette to warm potatoes. Stir to coat.

Cool potatoes to room temperature. Just before serving, stir in remaining vinaigrette and parsley.Enjoy!






Friday, August 2, 2019

SPOTLIGHT: Gordon MacDonald's "Closure"

"Closure" is one of 24 new paintings featured in Gordon MacDonald's "Atmosphere" exhibition, currently showing at Argyle Fine Art.  A recent social media post by the artist drew our attention to this work in particular: 


Gordon MacDonald, "Closure", oil on canvas, 22" x 26"

"I pass by this building on my way to a grocery store.  It’s in an awkward place and doesn’t seem to connect with anything around it.  It has a tattoo shop and a sketchy mattress outlet.  Fifteen years ago, I used to buy copper sheets from a door around the side.  It has a half exposed railroad track beside it and reminds me of the street car tracks that get discovered during roadwork.  

I don’t know its past and it may have been a warehouse for produce or something.  It feels like it’s an architectural “hand me down” that was only ever used for its function, without any need or effort to be noticed by the public.  

There is one tree on the side that faces a vacant lot that, although it’s fenced off, I trespass to get a view of open sky in the city..."

"..I thought what if I could venerate this to an icon?

What if, like 15th century icons, I use background to imply something else, otherworldly light, direct point of view...

What if…?

It’s just a building I pass".

Gordon MacDonald, on his painting "Closure" from The "Atmosphere" exhibition, 2019

We asked Gordon about his inspiration for this piece, and he referred us to a self-portrait he painted entitled "The 56".  

At first glance it's unclear what the immediate connection would be.  The colour palette offers some insight, the brushwork and certain compositional elements are also similar.

Subtle as it may be, Gordon tells us, it was the white of the subjects shirt collar that inspired the painting of "Closure".





Upon closer inspection, a similar white line can be seen bordering the roof of the building.  

It was something about the collar's hard edge, and the tonal values of the self-portrait that Gordon also saw in the building, and its immediate surroundings.

There's a certain "atmosphere" that exists in both paintings.    

For Gordon it evokes a sensation that he would describe as his "Ah Ha!" moment.  The perfect combination of elements, (that when you see it), takes your breath away.  

It's the thing that motivates an artist to paint and to create art.  For Gordon the "Ah Ha!" moment represents the driving force of his studio practice, re-creating that which he experiences in nature. 

Gordon's statement suggests treating the building as a sort of icon, much in the same way one might experience a portrait.  Creating something extraordinary out of the ordinary. 

"Closure" is currently available for purchase, and can be seen along with other new works in Gordon's current exhibition "Atmosphere" until August 6th.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Out and About: Jan Davison's Art in the Places that Inspired it

If you're out and about...or as we say in Nova Scotia..."out and aboot" at local Nova Scotian businesses, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for original art by Jan Davison.

Jan is a local artist that has worked with our gallery since it began, 19 years ago! She has always been interested in capturing places and people all around our region and for the last number of years, has been painting her favourite Halifax Haunts, and a few others along the Lighthouse Trail.

We thought it would be fun to showcase her art outside of the standard gallery setting, and place the paintings in the actual locations that inspired them.It's almost like an art scavenger hunt! How many will you discover?

We are adding new locations all the time, but so far we have art hanging at The Old Apothecary, Rousseau Chocolatier, and The Brown Hound and Boxing Rock Brewery in Shelburne (the artists' favourite brew of all!)

Take a look below and take a moment to support local businesses and artists any time you can.


Jan Davison's painting of The Old Apothecary! Enjoy it with your coffee now, or take it home!

Eat some chocolate and look at art by Jan at Rousseau

Look up....over there! It's Jan Davison art at The Brown Hound! Horray!  (Ps- we hear their burgers are the best!)

...And if you need great beer and you happen to be in Shelburne, check out BOXING ROCK! They are building a new brewery with a tasting room too- can't wait! 
Happy exploring ! Let us know what you think! Of course, all of these works are available to purchase. You can see better images of these works HERE. If you'd like to see some other works by Jan Davison, you can get in touch and we'd be happy to send you some more images.Always happy to help you own original art by local artists. :-)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON LATE ADDITIONS AND ROUND UP!

Good afternoon everyone!  Well...time flys and we weren't able to get the latest HIGH NOON AT NOONS uploaded as quickly as we wanted to last week so we decided to do a BIG HIGH NOON blast here today.   We still have and are offering any works from the past HIGH NOON's at those prices still until end of this week, so take a look on here and precious entries and see what you can see! HAPPY ARTING!

What is HIGH NOON at NOON?   

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. 

Here are a few more works to tempt you and at great HIGH NOON prices!


 
This hand-embroidered beauty is by YOKO WHITE and was part of our cat and dog show a number of years ago. It's called "Dog and Cat Dream" and is 6.5" diameter.  It truly is a dream and ready to make a home with you! Purrrrrfect for any animal lover!  

Until July 31st , this work sells for $125 instead of the regular price of $225


  
This is MALCOLM the mouse by Erika Nicolson and he is made with wool and wire and even comes with a miniature cup of tea. Needlefelted with lots of love- he has almost found a home numerous times. He stands approximately 6 inches high.

Until July 31st,  this work sells for $65 instead of the regular price of $95



MEOW!  Attention cat lovers! This artwork was made for you by Beth Ardron. It's called "Cat Stampede", and is 20" x 20", and is acrylic and screenprinting on board.

Until July 31st,  this work sells for $285 instead of the regular price of $395



We miss the art of Nick Brunt. We haven't seen him in a while but we hope to have some new works soon. However we do have a number of older works including this one called "Isay we but I really mean you", measuring 8" x 10" from 2016, acrylic on board.

Until July 31st,  this work sells for $195 instead of the regular price of $395



And now for something completely different!  This painting is super...hero-y! !  It's by Stuart Melanson and we no longer show his work but this work still remains and needs to find a home with anyone that loves Spiderman.  It is painted on canvas with acrylic, measures 30" x 40".

Until July 31st,  this work sells for $225 instead of the regular price of $675


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: Mary Garoutte

Good afternoon and welcome to the second week of HIGH NOON art features! We have a great line-up for you beginning with a work by Mary Garoutte.

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd.  
Today's HIGH NOON feature is an oil painting by Mary Garoutte from a solo show of hers waaaaay back in 2014. Honestly, it's mind boggling to see that this painting is still in our inventory. This beauty is even more luminous in person. Drop by and make it yours! 


You'll probably recognize the area if familiar with Halifax, as it's a grouping of homes near the Hydrostone district. 

Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $875 instead of the regular price of $1175.

Red Stairs; Hennessy Street, Oil on Board, Mary Garoutte
 

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: Mirco Chen

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd!

 HIGH NOON AT NOON continues today with these amazing work by Mirco Chen


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $195 and it's regular price is $325



Mirco Chen, "Occupy Lucky Cat", 12 x 9 inches, acrylic on board


Make sure to check back here on our blog for our daily features.
BUY THE ART- LIFE IS SHORT! 




Sunday, July 14, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: Caitlin McGuire & Dave LeRue

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd!

 HIGH NOON AT NOON continues today with these amazing works by Caitlin McGuire and Dave LeRue


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $295 and its regular price is $475

Caitlin McGuire, "And Then I Saw Her Standing There", 10 x 24 inches, oil on board


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $175 and its regular price is $250


Dave LeRue, "Arena", 11 x 14 inches, oil on board


Make sure to check back here on our blog for our daily features. 

BUY THE ART- LIFE IS SHORT! 




Saturday, July 13, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: GEORGE SPENCER

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd!

 HIGH NOON AT NOON continues today with these amazing works by George Spencer!!!


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $450 and it's regular price is $590!!!

George Spencer, "Strawberries and Creamer", 11 x 14 inches, mixed media on board


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $275 and it's regular price is $395!!!


George Spencer, "Fries", 8 x 10 inches, oil on board
Make sure to check back here on our blog for our daily features.
BUY THE ART- LIFE IS SHORT! 




Friday, July 12, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: Isabelle Pineau

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd!

 HIGH NOON AT NOON continues today with this little gem by Isabelle Pineau:


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $250 and it's regular price is $375!!!


Isabelle Pineau, "Esmerelda (The Bearded Lady)", 10 x 8 inches, mixed media on board

Make sure to check back here on our blog for our daily features. BUY THE ART- LIFE IS SHORT! 



Thursday, July 11, 2019

HIGH NOON at NOON Begins again! First up Gordon MacDonald

We almost forgot about our HIGH NOON AT NOON sales, but better late than never! HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd.  

Make sure to check back here on our blog for our daily features. BUY THE ART- LIFE IS SHORT!

Today's HIGH NOON features are THREE older works by Gordon MacDonald. Gordon is prepping for his new show opening next Friday, but it's always great to find homes for older works. Check these out!




SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $485 and it's regular price is $650

THIS WORK IS CALLED "Speed  Trap", 8" x 10", Oil on Copper, 2017


 SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $485 and it's regular price was $650
THIS WORK IS CALLED "Cloud Ramble", 8" x 10", Oil on Copper 2017


 Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $575 and it's regular price was $800

THIS WORK IS CALLED "HARD RAIN", 10" x 12", Oil on Panel, 2016


Friday, July 5, 2019

Pre-Shrunk Sale Round-Up!

We're all familiar with the Pre-Shrunk exhibition held at Argyle Fine Art every January.  

Some of our gallery artists were first introduced to us through this annual group show.  Many of whom went on to have solo exhibitions at Argyle in later years!

Pre-Shrunk offers a wide variety of works from artists of all walks of life.  Every year the gallery is bombarded with hundreds of small works.  Artists submissions are carefully curated in preparation of this highly anticipated event.





This year we had almost 500 small works hanging on the gallery walls!

You may be asking yourselves, what happens to all the unsold works after the show ends?  

While some pieces are returned to artists, others remain in our inventory, and may be featured as independent offerings or in small groupings throughout the year.  


From year to year the steady influx of small works start to accumulate, and the older pieces end up in storage.  As time (and wall space) permits, we often find ourselves looking for opportunities to display these lost (but not forgotten) gems.


The Pre-Shrunk Sale is a great way to pick up some inexpensive works for your home or office.  It's also a fun way to add a few new pieces to an existing collection.  Small works are easy to find a place for.  Many of which can stand up on a shelf, or be hung on a wall, on its own or in small grouping.  Small works can add an accent to your existing decor.  

There's lots to choose from, drop in today!   


The Pre-Shrunk sale has been extended!!!, works range from $65 to $95.  Contact the gallery for details!











   

   

           


Back to 1985: Stranger Wonderful Times


Argyle Fine Art celebrates all things "1985" to commemorate the release of Stranger Things Season 3- a pop culture favourite here at the gallery.  Our current window display pays tribute to the franchise with an inspired message from the Upside Down! !Be sure to drop by the gallery to check it out!


You'll also find a selection of Damien Webb miniature paper sculptures including a pretzel stand, bumper cars and a ticket booth- as the latest season is quite playful and partially at a fair and inside a mall!


For your supernatural fix, we may not have a demagorgon, but we do have Greebs byTroy Benoit of all shapes and sizes!
Happy binge watching and while you're at it, why not binge-buy some local art too!  
See you soon! 

"Test Pattern", Acrylic on Board, Megan LeForte











Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Gordon MacDonald Speaks about Nothing


It may sound a little like a Seinfeld stand-up routine- where Jerry Seinfeld always talks about "nothing" but Gordon MacDonald's topic of discussion was "doing nothing"  when he was recently a guest of the popular MoMondays Halifax series in May which is now online for all of us to enjoy. He of course, made people laugh but spoke honestly and openly about how he got to where he is right now.   Please take a look and share widely!

(BTW- Gordon's solo show is coming up on July 19th and a workshop on July 28th that you can sign up for today! Find out more by phoning or visiting our blog section called WORKSHOPS!) 



We can't speak highly enough about this wonderful series that more people really should attend- it's inspiring, funny, and a breath of fresh air to hear everyday people share their stories in a wide array of topis. We encourage you to follow the MoMondays website where you can link to their social media pages including the most active one,  Halifax Facebook Page for updates on monthly speakers and topics. Maybe you'll even want to participate!