Thursday, June 13, 2019

ARTIST PROFILE: Jan Davison "Halifax Haunts", JUNE 14 - JULY 9


Jan Davison has been been exhibiting with Argyle Fine Art for almost 20 years.  A graduate of NSCAD, Jan's fascination with the city's local architecture has dominated her recent art practice, often showcasing the local businesses that breath life into our communities.  

Jan's current exhibition "Halifax Haunts" continues this tradition with nine new paintings direct from the Artists' studio.   Her bold use of colour and high contrast renders our streetscapes as a warm and inviting experience.  The businesses featured in this exhibition will be familiar to Haligonians and Visitors alike.

You can view the exhibition online HERE

Jan Davison, "Julien's Bakery" acrylic on board, 24 x 20 inches

“In my paintings I like to gather our weathered landscapes and our region's varied architecture and sculpt them in bold colour for the viewer. I so appreciate our local community and all it has to offer and I consider myself lucky to be a part of it.”

-Jan Davison, from the Artist Statement, 2019


Jan Davison, "The Old Apothecary" acrylic on board, 20 x 24 inches


The work captures the energy that local small businesses bring to the city.  It also provides us with a glimpse of the local haunts frequented by the Artist, and the everyday places that connect us to our city.  Jan reminds us that embracing our local businesses and making them part of our everyday routines, can prove fun and rewarding.  

Jan Davison's "Halifax Haunts" continues to July 9th. 

Jan Davison, "Rousseau Chocolatier", acrylic on board, 24 x 20 inches


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Jan Davison is a painter, and a graduate of NSCAD currently living in Halifax.  Davison has worked as Artist in residence at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and as Editorial Illustrator for the Chronicle Herald.  Davison is now the Creative Arts Coordinator for the non-profit organization, Laing House.

Davison's main focus is supporting local businesses in her work.  She does this by choosing places to paint that evoke a spirit of pride in our region and whose owner and employees also embrace locally made products and goods.  Davison has shown her work in establishments and galleries in Nova Scotia as well as those in England, France, and Morocco.  Davison explains that it is through traveling and living abroad that has made her appreciate our local community and all it has to offer.


FOR PURCHASE INQUIRIES CONTACT ARGYLE FINE ART:
 (902) 425-9456, 
gallery@argylefa.com






Thursday, June 6, 2019

"It's All About Colour", HFX Talks ART, June 12th, 6 - 7:30 pm


Argyle Fine Art will be hosting the final installment of HFX Talks Art on Wednesday, June 12, 6 - 7:30 pm.



HFX Talks Art is a lecture series developed in partnership with other commercial galleries in the city to engage the public with information sessions on a wide range of topics, from restoration practices in Fine Art to defining "what a painting is".


Argyle's Theme "It's All About Colour" will explore the colour choices artists make in their work.  The Gallery has invited Artists, Danny Abriel, Catherine Bagnell Styles, Mary Garoutte, and Gordon MacDonald to speak about the colours that influences their painting practice.  

Artists are often known for their color palettes.  Colour can affect the mood, temperature, and tonal values of a painting.  Colour combinations can denote time of day, seasonal changes, and can create the illusion of depth on a flat surface.

What motivates an artists' choice of colour? How are those colours being manipulated, what is its intended purpose? Are artists making conscious decisions about its application or leaving it up to chance?    

As the viewer,how do we experience colour? Why are we drawn to certain colours and not others?  Why do colours affect the way we feel, and how we see the world around us?


What is your favourite colour?  


Join us on Wednesday, June 12th, 6pm-7:30pm as we explore our relationship with colour and it's influence on Art and painting.  See you there!


ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

GORDON MACDONALD

Gordon MacDonald was born and raised in Atlantic Canada, spending most of his childhood in New Brunswick and Newfoundland. He studied Art at the Toronto School of Art (1981), the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the Art Students’ League in New York City.  Gord works and lives in Halifax and exhibits regularly at Argyle fine art. MacDonald’s work can be found in permanent corporate and private collections across Canada, the US and internationally.




CATHERINE BAGNELL STYLES

Catherine Bagnell Styles is a Halifax-based artist who loves colour, texture, character and light in places, people and, in her paintings. Her work is colourful, optimistic and highly textured. Her influences include impressionism, fauvism.  Catherine has studied at NSCAD. Her work can be found in private collections throughout Canada and the US.




MARY GAROUTTE

Born in Mesa, Arizona, Mary has spent most of her artistic career travelling between the US and Canada. She holds her degree from NSCAD (BFA 2004) and is also an arts instructor, lecturer, mentor and active facilitator in art education though the public and private sphere. She has exhibited both in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally.

DANNY ABRIEL


Danny Abriel is a photographer and fine art painter. Originally from Musquodoboit Valley, he moved to Halifax in the 80s to study at NSCAD.  Danny has been been exhibiting at Argyle Fine Art since 2015.

Monday, June 3, 2019

ARGYLE FINE ART AT GRAND PARADE FOR HALIFAX CLEAN SWEEP, JUNE 5!!!


On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, over 100 volunteers from local businesses and organization will come together to sweep the streets of Downtown Halifax. Presented by Downtown Halifax Business Commission, the 25th Anniversary Clean Sweep will take place in Grand Parade, where volunteer teams gather before heading to their designated cleaning zones.

Argyle Fine Art and Gallery Artists Ed Beals, Susan Slade and William Rudolph will be setting up a booth in Grand Parade during the event to showcase their work, and to talk about their art practice which involves creating original artwork by re-purposing and up-cycling discarded everyday items.

The Artists will be accepting donations of used and discarded items that will be used to create new art projects. Suggested donations may include broken jewelry, metal objects from small appliances, and power tools, bike parts, old cameras, and miniature items from all sources!



Ed Beals (b.1964) spent his childhood in Middleton, Nova Scotia.  Early interests included experimenting with audio collage on magnetic tape, and stop motion animation on 8mm film. In more recent years Ed has focused on more whimsical found object assemblages depicting retro-futuristic ray guns, robots, and creatures, which have been featured in several group shows at Argyle Fine Art.


Susan Slade creates surreal and abstract dioramas from re-purposed, up-cycled materials.  Her creations are encased in shadow boxes creating imagined environments, which could be interpreted as interiors or exterior spaces, from the "rococo-inspired" walls of an 18th century French Chateau, to cities on a retro sci-fi lunar landscape.

William Rudolph is an artist and sculpture of re-purposed and up-cycled materials.  His creations range from static sculptural designs, to more functional works, such as table lamps.  Bike parts, old cameras, and other metal objects are often assembled and incorporated into unique forms, from the representational to the abstract.  The items William uses in his work are not concealed or disguised within the sculpture, but are clearly visible.  Each component to be appreciated in its entirely by the viewer.

Friday, May 31, 2019

ARTIST PROFILE: KIM FLOYD


Kim Floyd, Circus Train, acrylic on board, 6 x 24 inches

Artist and Art Educator Kim Floyd has been exhibiting at Argyle Fine Art since 2014.  Her first solo exhibition "Pantry" opened in November of 2016 and was followed by "Toys Art Us" in 2017.  

Kim Floyd's paintings often draw from her own memories, images that are both dear and familiar to us all.  Her subjects reflect everyday life, and also presents us with sentimental objects of days gone by.


Kim Floyd, "Pocket Camera" and "Chatter Telephone", 6 x 8 inches (each), acrylic on board

  The gallery has been showing some older works in the window over the last few weeks, and has been drawing people in.  You always feel an immediate connection when you see the work, whether it be from a toy we had growing up, or a food item that we associate with a particular time or place.  The paintings tell our story, a shared narrative that connects each of us.  

Kim Floyd, "Homestead", 8 x 8 inches, "Branston Pickles" 6 x 8 inches, "Coachman" 10 x 10 inches, acrylic on board

"As a still-life painter, I find myself drawn to the intricacies of a surface. My paintings are very detailed, playful, colourful and joyful with a hint of fantasy. The surfaces I paint look like the objects I am depicting. The glass looks like glass, plastic looks like plastic, foil looks like foil and fabric looks like fabric. I decided at some point along my artistic journey, that I would paint things as I saw them but with a hint of playfulness. I enjoy working in the way that comes most natural to me."
From the Artist Statement, Kim Floyd, 2019



Kim Floyd is a still life painter of nostalgic childhood memories and stories people willing to share. Her interest lies in the things that make life worth celebrating.

Born in Ottawa, Kim attended The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) in Halifax in the early 1990s, where she received a Bachelor Arts in Fine Art with a minor in Art History.

Kim has lived in numerous places including Cape Breton and Aroostook County in Maine.  She now lives and paints from her studio in Bedford, NS.  Kim is also the proprietor of Flying Mackeral Studio, where she offers art classes for children and young adults, and painting workshops for all ages.


Kim is currently working on a series of dress paintings that share a story. The dresses are keepsakes, collected, given, share a person’s experience and may even be connected to an event. The paintings will be shown at Argyle Fine Art in September 2019.  Stay tuned for details!!!





Artworks by Kim Floyd are available for purchase through Argyle Fine Art!  For details contact the gallery (902) 425-9456, or via email at gallery@argylefa.com
  

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

We wear our Sunglasses at Night! Eat your hART out!

Excuse our play on words and puns, but if you lived in Canada throughout the 1980s and beyond, you've probably heard of Corey Hart who came into fame for his hit song "Sunglasses at Night".

The owner of the gallery will be attending his show next week here in Halifax, so we thought why not do up our gallery windows with some Corey Hart love and ART! Art is literally IN his name!

Drop by to see our GIANT sunglasses beginning Saturday afternoon made by our very own Andre Dumont- yay! (he actually makes props, how lucky are we).

**If you are an artist or maker of any sort and want to be featured in our windows, we are putting the official call out for any paintings, sketches, digital art and design (typography is great too) etc that celebrates this Canadian pop icon and the overall vibe of the era. Think sunglasses, 80s pop and music, neon colours, Canadiana....have fun with it!!  Listen to his music, take a read through some lyrics...get inspired!**

We need your art by end of day Saturday or at the very latest Tuesday by noon so that Corey can see it along with his adoring fans that will be in the city for the show on Tuesday, June 4th. All ages and experience levels are welcomed! All will be included! If you'd like to just leave a message in our window, you can do that too!

Cool fact: Corey Hart was just recently inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at  the 2019 Junos! Here's a link to an article about that HERE

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

It's Almost June! Here's What's Coming Up!

We have so many exciting things happening inside and outside of the gallery in June, so we thought we'd mention them all here in one handy post, so you can mark your calendars and plan to attend or participate!

There are workshops and shows and talks. Always fun, free or affordable and family friendly!  For a full list of events coming up, make sure to visit the Upcoming and Workshops section on our blog as well!




Hop by Grand Parade on Wednesday, June 5th, 11am-1pm for our
CURATED CLEAN UP. We’ll be joining the Clean Sweep
put on by the DHBC and meet artists Ed Beals,
Susan Slade and more! Bring them some items that you think would be neat to upcycle into art and the artists will gladly accept!

Ask us for what they may be looking for if looking for ideas!



Join us on Wednesday, June 12th,  6pm-7:30pm for 
our HFX ART TALK all about Colour! A selected group of artists
 will be here to speak about their favourite colour and
how it works with their painting palette.


New Shows by Danny Abriel and Jan Davision
Catherine Bagnell-Styles

Opening Receptions
Friday, June 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

Storytelling With Art- Workshop with Deb Bromley 
Tuesday, June 18th, at the Maritime Museum of Atlantic
$50- All supplies provided. No previous experience required. 


 LIFE DRAWING with Carol Dill
 Wednesday, June 19th, 6:30-8:30pm
Suggested donation of $10

Painting with Light- Workshop with Mary Garoutte
Wednesday, June 26th, 6:30-8:30pm
$50- All supplies provided. No previous experience required


Saturday, May 25, 2019

MOMONDAYS with Gord MacDonald, MAY 27, at The Carleton, 6-9 pm

Gord MacDonald will be a guest speaker at MOMONDAYS Halifax this coming Monday (May 27th), at The Carleton on Argyle Street from 6-9 pm.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online HERE .


What is MOMONDAYS?!?

MOMONDAYS is a sort of casual talk show/lecture series whereby invited guests are asked to speak about their personal experiences, by sharing insights and observations about life, the world, and everything.  The talks are often thought-provoking and designed to inspire and motivate their audiences.



"MOMONDAYS is for all kinds of people like you with a great story and life lessons to share, from people who have never set foot on stage, to professional speakers and everyone in-between!"

The shows encourages people to socialize in a fun and positive environment by sharing their personal stories with others and stimulating conversations on a variety of topics.  Gord will be speaking about the benefit of "DOING NOTHING", as he reveals the secret of his success as an artist living and working in Halifax. 




As Gord says "Don't just do something...stand there!"


TEASER IMAGE For Gord's Upcoming Exhibition, details coming soon!!!


IN OTHER NEWS:



UPCOMING EXHIBITION (JULY 19 - AUG 6)
Gord has been busy painting in the studio, preparing for his upcoming exhibition at Argyle Fine Art. This new body of work will be on display from July 19th - August 6th with fellow gallery artist Michelle SaintOnge. 



WORKSHOP UPDATE!!!

There are still spaces available for Gord's "Spot of Color" workshop which will be held on Sunday July 28 at Rainbow Haven beach (1:30 - 3:30 pm). For details, contact the gallery at (902) 425-9456. $65.



ABOUT THE ARTIST:


Gordon MacDonald was born and raised in Atlantic Canada, spending most of his childhood in New Brunswick and Newfoundland. He studied Art at the Toronto School of Art (1981), the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the Art Students’ League in New York City. 

Gord returned to the Maritimes in 1999, and has developed his artistic practice ever since. He works and lives in Halifax and exhibits regularly at Argyle fine art. MacDonald’s work can be found in permanent corporate and private collections across Canada, the US and internationally.



For artwork availability and purchase inquiries contact Argyle Fine Art; (902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Raccoon Goes to the Beach & Other Stories from the Art Studios

Drop by on WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm to meet artists Sharon Cave, Deb Bromley and Natasha Grenke as each artist will speak a bit about their new exhibitions and also about their process and deeper meanings behind it all!

The first part of the evening will be a presentation and formal Q&A set up followed by light refreshments and art buying, with any luck. :-) 


See you here? Great! It's a date!







Little Scavengers highlights the importance of critters that work hard to keep our environment tidy... 

“My aim is to encourage people to think differently about the animals we label “scavengers”. These animals are frequently maligned and persecuted for their negative effects on the environment and on us humans, but research has shown that they play an important role in our ecosystem, bringing many benefits to the landscapes that we both share including disease mitigation, agricultural production and waste-disposal services.  We are all anchored to this world and as such our fates are entwined."


-Sharon Cave, 2019

Born in England, Sharon has spent her adult life in Canada. Here she studied graphic design and was engaged commercially for several years before turning to painting as a means to express herself.  Sharon has been featured artist on several occasions and presented her first solo show in 2013.  Her paintings have sold internationally, finding their way to collectors spanning North America and parts of Europe.




 "Beach Stories" and is a whimsical and fun conversation about narrative paintings and people watching... 

Originally from BC, Deb studied design and art history at Mount Royal College in Calgary, before moving to Nova Scotia in the early 1980s.

A lover of the ocean and of observing people, both figure prominently in her work. Painting in a whimsical style with a nod to the Impressionists she loves, she works to capture a glimpse into the special moments of everyday life.  Using acrylics, pallet knives and brushes, she weaves her characters into bold colourful narrative stories.

Deb has been represented by Argyle Fine Art since 2017, and has exhibited in “Sky Ocean Sand”, “Hygge”, and “Pre Shrunk”.  Her recent show “Beach Stories“ explored the relationship that people have with the ocean, and the themes of modern leisure and relaxation.

Her work has been collected across Canada, the US and internationally.
Deb Bromley creates her colourful paintings from her home studio in Cow Bay, NS. 



"No Artificial Flavours or Colours" showcases a new series of watercolours from NSCAD grad Natasha Grenke. The Exhibition explores the artists' obsession with juice boxes - and encourages a conversation about recycling and considering our choices as consumers...

"...By adding vibrant colours and themes of nostalgia, I want to delight my viewers by offering playfulness and humour to reflect on their own experiences, focusing on the small moments of everyday life that are often overlooked. I started the year drawing my used juice boxes that I had been saving for months.
It started off as a simple study of observing colours and light, but soon turned into an obsession.  Drawing each juice box shows me how our society has such a selective vision and fails to recognize how our habits contribute to so much waste and pollution. 

Society is addicted to products that claim to be healthy but are harmful to our bodies and our planet. Through a colourful and fun portrayal of repetition and time based work, No Artificial Flavours or Colours encourages the viewer to have a more conscious lifestyle.” 
-Natasha Grenke, 2019

Natasha Grenke was raised in Edmonton Alberta and currently lives in Nova Scotia. She studied at MacEwan University and received a diploma in Fine Arts.  She recently graduated from NSCAD completing her BFA.



Sharon Cave, Deb Bromley & Natasha Grenke, Artist Talk and Reception, May 22, 2019

WORKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!  For details contact Argyle Fine Art at
(902) 425-9456, gallery@argylefa.com

Friday, May 17, 2019

YOU'RE INVITED! SUNDAY MAY 26, 1:30-3:30 pm, BOOK LAUNCH with Briana Corr Scott

Argyle Fine Art is proud to host the launch of Briana Corr Scott's new book "She Dreams Of Sable Island". In Partnership with Nimbus Publishing and Woozles, we invite you to share this event with us on Sunday, May 26, 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

This lyrical book includes a charming paper doll and accessories. Refreshments, activities and books for sale and Briana will be available for signing.


"She Dreams Of Sable Island", written and illustrated by Briana Corr Scott

Regarding her inspiration for the book, Briana wrote the following for the Sable Island Institute, in May 2018:

"I originally planned to visit Sable Island on July 1, 2017 with Picture Perfect Tours. After almost a year of research about the island, I had a lot of hope in this trip. The hope was for a chance to make the art I dreamed about.

The trip was cancelled due to weather. There were torrential rains that washed out the beach runway on Sable. Although we had a 4-day travel window, we did not leave Halifax. I was extremely disappointed. I had put so much on this visit, that I could not shake it. I tried to move on to other art making endeavours, to continue to make the work I was working on, and just keep moving. But I had to go to Sable, it was in my heart and I had to go. I felt myself wallowing in disappointment. I decided to write my disappointment down and get it out so I could move on.

I ended up writing about all the things I dreamed of seeing on Sable. I wrote about what I hoped I would see and what I imagined what it would be like. The writing turned into a poem called “I Dream of Sable Island”.





"She Dreams of Sable Island", Written and Illustrated by Briana Corr Scott & Nimbus Publishing, Halifax


I did go to Sable in October 2017 – and it was amazing to have written down all my hopes so clearly in that poem. I was seeing the words come to life on the journey, and that was magical. I ended up changing so much about the poem after my trip to Sable, because now I had seen the real thing and I could tweak the details.


I am happy to say the poem will be published as a children’s book “She Dreams of Sable Island”, available in spring 2019 (Nimbus Publishing, Halifax). I am busy working on the illustrations right now. The poem has changed since I first wrote it down. It has evolved to be a lyrical poem about the beauty of the island. I think it sounds wonderful read aloud, and I cannot wait until it is released.


In addition to the story, there will be a paper doll in the back of the book as well as a section about the natural history of the place. The natural history section is important to me. The poem is a bit fantastical – the main character flies to sable on a bank of fog. I wanted young readers to also know some facts about Sable and its wildlife. And since I have had the pleasure of sketching at the Sable Island Institute, I have access and means to make the natural history accurate. I think it is so fun to “play” with knowledge. I love that I am able to combine fantasy with natural history."



Portrait of the Artist, Briana Corr Scott posing in her Dartmouth studio. 


Briana Corr Scott was born in Salem, MA and grew up in New Hampshire. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2005 with a BFA in Painting and Museum Education. Briana moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in 2006.


Original Artwork by Briana Corr Scott available for purchase through Argyle Fine Art.

Recent works can be viewed online HERE

For purchasing details, contact the Gallery at (902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Introducing Natasha Grenke! "No Artificial Colours or Flavours continues to June 4th

Argyle Fine Art is proud to introduce recent NSCAD grad Natasha Grenke.  "No Artificial Colours or Flavours" will be Natasha's first exhibition with the gallery, which opened on Saturday, May 11.

You can view the exhibition online HERE

Installation view of "No Artificial Colours Or Flavours" by Natasha Grenke, Argyle Fine Art, May 11 - June 4

The exhibition consists of 72 watercolour studies arranged in a grid format that feature juice boxes as its subject matter.  

"By adding vibrant colours and themes of nostalgia, I want to delight my viewers by offering playfulness and humour to reflect on their own experiences, focusing on the small moments of everyday life that are often overlooked. I started the year drawing my used juice boxes that I had been saving for months. This became my juice box series, No artificial Flavours or Colours.

It started off as a simple study of observing colours and light, but soon turned into an obsession. As I continued to draw, I noticed how much waste was accumulating and how unhealthy my little habit was becoming. Drawing each juice box shows me how our society has such a selective vision and fails to recognize how our habits contribute to so much waste and pollution."  



 Portrait of the Artist, Natasha Grenke, 2019


"Society is addicted to products that claim to be healthy but are harmful to our bodies and our planet. Through a colourful and fun portrayal of repetition and time based work, No Artificial Flavours or Colours encourages the viewer to have a more conscious lifestyle.”
-Natasha Grenke, 2019

 Natasha Grenke, Box No. 25, watercolor on paper mounted on board, 5 x 3.5 inches (approx.)

Natasha Grenke was raised in Edmonton Alberta and currently lives in Nova Scotia. She studied at MacEwan University and received a diploma in Fine Arts. She is currently attending NSCAD University where she will receive her BFA. Natasha is primarily a painter/drawer and works with oil paints, acrylics and watercolour to show the beauty of the mundane life in her practice.

She has been in several group shows in Alberta and Nova Scotia and had her first solo exhibition “Bokeh of Colours” at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in 2019.


For purchase inquiries contact Argyle Fine Art
(902) 425-9456, or via email at gallery@argylefa.com

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Deb Bromley "Beach Stories" Now Showing to June 4th

Deb Bromley has been represented by Argyle Fine Art since 2017. She has also participated in the Gallery's “Sky Ocean Sand”, “Hygge”, and “Pre Shrunk” exhibitions.  

“Beach Stories“ explores the relationships people have with the ocean, and the themes of modern leisure and relaxation.

The exhibition includes 9 new paintings from the artists' studio.  The bright cool colours of the sky and ocean, are combined with the warmer tones of sandy beaches, to evoke memories of a beloved summer pastime.

You can view the exhibition online HERE

Portrait of the artist, Deb Bromley (2019)


A lover of the ocean and of observing people, both figure prominently in her work. Painting in a whimsical style with a nod to the Impressionists she loves, she works to capture a glimpse into the special moments of everyday life.

Deb Bromley, "Beach Walks", 36" x 24" , acrylic on canvas

Using acrylics, pallet knives and brushes, she weaves her characters into bold colourful narrative stories.

Originally from BC, Deb studied design and art history at Mount Royal College in Calgary, before moving to Nova Scotia in the early 1980s.

Her work has been collected across Canada, the US and internationally.

Deb Bromley creates her colourful paintings from her home studio in Cow Bay, NS.


Deb Bromley, "Shoreline", 16" x 40", acrylic on canva

For purchase inquiries, contact Argyle Fine Art
(902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com 

IN OTHER NEWS...

As part of their exciting ART ON THE GO series of workshops, Argyle Fine Art is excited to announce their first workshop led by Deb Bromley. Deb loves people watching and in the summer months she draws her inspiration from frequent visits to the beach. So, we thought we'd take you on all on a journey of learning about her practice of narrative art with a drawing and painting workshop-where we'll watch people and learn how to tell YOUR story.

The workshop will take place in the Museum’s courtyard or if the weather is not cooperating, in the second-floor meeting room. The workshop is also presented in partnership with Sievert’s, who provide the cigar boxes used as mobile palettes so you can have your art on the go!

The cost of the workshop is $50.00 and you can book your space by calling Adriana or Andre at the Argyle Fine Art Gallery, 902-425-9456 or by dropping in to 1559 Barrington Street.



Thursday, May 9, 2019

Opening Saturday, May 11: Sharon Cave's "Little Scavengers" to June 4

Sharon has been a featured artist at Argyle Fine Art on several occasions and had her first solo show in 2013.  She has participated in several recent juried exhibitions including Canadiana (2014), Preshrunk (2015), as well as being part of the Artist in Residence program in Annapolis Royal (2014).

"Little Scavengers" features 15 new paintings from Sharon's studio.  These Animal Portraits include popular critters from our Urban Ecosystem, ever present and often overlooked in our busy every day lives.  

You can view the exhibition online HERE


Sharon Cave, in her Halifax studio 

“With this body of work, my aim is to encourage people to think differently about the animals we label “scavengers”. These animals are frequently maligned and persecuted for their negative effects on the environment and on us humans, but research has shown that they play an important role in our ecosystem, bringing many benefits to the landscapes that we both share including disease mitigation, agricultural production and waste-disposal services. We need to learn to not only tolerate these animals, but recognize that they are the balance to our ever-expanding human footprint. We are all anchored to this world and as such our fates are entwined."

-Sharon Cave, From the Artist Statement "Little Scavengers", 2019

"A Clever Thief" 12 x 12 inches, oil and metal leaf on panel


The circles used in many of these paintings represent the notion of totality, wholeness and the infinite. The life cycle - nature’s way of taking and giving back life to earth - and the cyclical patterns of the food chain, (how the primary sources are consumed by the secondary for energy, the secondary by the tertiary and so on).

"Lazy Afternoon", 11 x 14 inches, oil and metal leaf on wood panel

Born in England, Sharon has spent her adult life in Canada. Here she studied graphic design and was engaged commercially for several years before turning to painting as a means to express herself.  Continuous self-study gives Sharon the freedom to express herself in her work.
While Sharon lives in Halifax, working out of her home studio, her paintings have sold internationally, finding their way to collectors spanning North America and parts of Europe.

For Purchase Inquiries, contact Argyle Fine Art: (902)425-9456, or via email gallery@argylefa.com

"Little Scavengers" continues to June 4.