Friday, October 11, 2019

Buy Some Art and Help Plant Trees! New Prints by Amber Solberg


Argyle Fine Art is pleased to offer a new series of art prints featuring Atlantic Canadian Birds by Amber Solberg.  A portion of the proceeds of each sale goes towards the tree planting initiatives of Tree Canada (

Amber is an illustrator, artist, craftsperson and instructor. Originally from Alberta, she received a Visual Arts Diploma from Red Deer College and an Interdisciplinary BFA from NSCAD University.  Amber now lives and works in Halifax.

Amber Solberg, "Peregrine Falcon", "Evening Grosbeak", "Sharp-Shinned Hawk", art print, 7 x 5 inches (each)

Tree Canada is a registered charity proudly dedicated to planting and nurturing trees. For 25 years, They’ve engaged communities, governments, corporations and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians.

Since 1992, we’ve planted more than 82 million trees, greened more than 660 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada.

Amber Solberg, "Bluejay", "Brant", "American Robin", art print, 7" x 5" (each)
These prints are part of a series to "do better".  The project started as a series of watercolour paintings of birds on sheet music back in 2010, which were produced on selectively chosen vintage music sheet.

This particular collection of prints is made from forest sustainability certified (FSC) sources, which adds a visual texture to the paper.  The "plastic" sleeve is made from polyactic acid (PLA), which is derived from fermented plant starch.

Amber Solberg, "Burrowing Owl", "Common Grackle", "Black-Bellied Plover", art print, 7" x 5" (each)

A third of the purchase from each print goes to Tree Canada, which equates to one tree being planted!!!  

This is a great opportunity to support local artists while making a contribution to the environment.  These prints are easy to frame and make great gifts.  Pick up your today!!!

"It's not easy, but it's important that we do good.  Think about how to make your actions impact beyond yourself." - Amber Solberg. 

Amber Solberg, "Horned Puffin" & "Semipamated Plover", art print, 7" x 5" (each)

Amber's work spans from the technical to the expressive, all with an underlying creativity. The classes she teaches give voice to her various interests: from monsters to atmosphere, from world marvels to making stories.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Voucher Time Alert: Pre-Shrunk 2020 is Coming!

It's Pre-Shrunk Voucher time again already!  
PRE-SHRUNK 2020 will mark the 16th year for this small but mighty show!
If you've ever wanted to own an original work of art at an affordable price, and be part of the pre - Pre-Shrunk show, this THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10th at 11am is the day to drop by in person , phone or email your request to purchase one of our limited 40 Pre-Shrunk 2020 vouchers!

Read the details below and join in the fun!


Pre-Shrunk is an annual juried show of small works that measure 4" x 5" in varying mediums by artists from all over that happens on January 24th.  Each work sells for $175 and last year we had over 300 works to choose from.  

But we pre-sell 40 vouchers at a special price of $150 in October and the number assigned to your voucher (in order of when we receive your visit, call or email) also puts you ahead of the line as well as gives you first looks and first choices the night of the show! You also get to attend our very special VIP reception before the show opens to the public to make your selections. So much fun! If you can't be here the night of, we can act as your proxy or you can send another person in your absence. These make wonderful "experience" gifts as well for anyone on your list who loves art! 


ONLY 40 vouchers will be sold this year, and need to be paid for in-full at time of purchase. The price is the same as it's been forever- $150 + tax and can not be used in combination of any other offer, sale or paid for with gift certificates etc. NO HOLDS as these vouchers are in demand! CALL 902-425-9456 OR 902-233-0784

If you don't get an answer right away, leave a voice message or email us ASAP  and we'll put your name on the list as we receive it and get right back to you for payment and contact info!
Whether you are #1 or #40..there are so many works to choose from, no one is every disappointed and you'll already be ahead of the crowd. 

*ATTENTION ARTISTS: We will be posting the Pre-Shrunk guidelines on this blog the week of October 21st! Stay Tuned!**




NOCTURNE- Saturday, October 19th, 6pm-Midnight: Our running theme within the gallery is HEROES and VILLAINS!  
New exhibits by Mindy Harris, Kim Danio, and Hannah Emmett as well as a special feature by Angela Carlsen! Outside the gallery, take your picture with our "Game of Thrones" inspired throne. We'll have some extra treats and surprises for everyone. All of our exhibits are great for the entire family.

Costume Conversations
With Artists Kim Danio, Mindy Harris and Hannah Emmett
Wednesday, October 30th, 6:30pm-8pm

Join us for a fun artist conversation between our Nocturne featured artists, where we encourageYOU to dress up as your favourite hero- whomever that may be. Any costume great or small is encouraged. We'll have some caps and wigs on hand just in case!What is your definition of a hero or villain? Learn about the artists selections and their unique art styles while nibbling on seasonal treats in a casual atmosphere. 

Drop by for HALLOWEEN fun and candies on OCTOBER 30th or OCTOBER 31st. Anyone that visits us those days in a costume will be entered to win one FREE PRE-SHRUNK 2020.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Argyle Fine Art Welcomes Margaret Atwood with New Art Works by Kim Danio & Mindy Harris!!!

Margaret Atwood will be promoting her new book "The Testaments" at Halifax Central Library, as part of a national book tour on October 3rd.

To commemorate the author's visit, we will be promoting 2 new "Margaret Atwood" inspired works by gallery artists Kim Danio and Mindy Harris for their upcoming exhibitions opening October 19th.

Harris' "Wonder Women" and Danio's "Big Shoes To Fill" exhibitions will explore the theme of "Heroes" and what it means to be a hero...

Kim Danio's definition of a hero makes little distinction between hero-icon-idol-celebrity-role model-legend. Drawing from categories of: humanitarian, pop culture, fictional (TV, books, movies), historical, Math and Science, literature, sport, local, and music. Expect the unexpected from an ordinary old purse, pair of shoes and upcyled materials. 

Kim Danio, "Margaret Atwood", mixed media, 8 x 3 x 2 inches 

Harris' s "Wonder Women" exhibition explores this theme with her hand-embroidered and watercolour portraits and quotes of heroic women from the past and present.

Mindy will introduce you to a collection of women that are her heroes. Some are well known, while others are unknown to many of us despite their great contributions and impacts on culture, science, and history. Feel the power of the hero through Mindy's art.

Mindy Harris, "Margaret Atwood", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 14" x 11"

Mindy Harris, "In the end...", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 4" x 11"

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in 35 countries, is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her many prestigious awards include the Giller Prize and Booker Prize and the Order of Canada.

The October 19th opening will coincide with NOCTURNE, Halifax's Art at Night Festival.  The gallery will be open until Midnight!

See you there!!!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Kim Danio; Re-Purposer Extraordinaire!,"Kimz*Met" exhibition continues to October 1

For as long as she can remember, Kim Danio has been a maker and a collector.

Her pieces are all made from second-hand footwear and other recycled materials. The process of using materials that have lived out their useful life sparks her creativity. She finds inspiration for her pieces in everyday objects, animals, people, and surroundings; her interests and memories are reflected in the work she creates.

As part of the gallery's "Kimz*Met" exhibition, Kim has provided us with the before and after photos of some of her most recent creations;

You can view the exhibition in its entirety online, HERE

Kim Danio, Kitchenmaid Mixer, re-purposed shoe, mixed media, 9 x 9.5 x 4 inches

“As a lover of thrift shop, antique stores, and vintage shops I come across so many pieces that speak to me. Because of my fascination with vintage electronics and my love of collecting vintage kitchen dishes and appliances this new series was close to my heart. It was a pleasure to use secondhand shoes and purses to create artistic replicas of vintage pieces; while employing my collection of vintage appliances as models for the work..."

Kim Danio, Kim Danio, Osterizer Blender, re-purposed shoe, mixed media, 11.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches

"...Not only was I able to make use of my collection of worn footwear and purses, these pieces allowed me to sort through my bins and drawers of other collected items. I find it hard to throw out a bit if twisted metal, a interesting plastic container top, corks and bottle stoppers, beaters from a broken mixer, foam from an old chair. You wouldn’t believe the things I was able to make use of in each of these works.” - From the Artist Statement by Kim Danio, 2019.

Kim Danio, Kodak Instamatic, re-purposed shoe, mixed media, 7.5 x 8 x 3.5 inches

Kim is the fourth generation on her mother’s side to live between New England and Nova Scotia. She spent every summer of her childhood on the shores of the Bay of Fundy in the Annapolis valley, and in 1986 she left western Massachusetts to go to Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She has called Nova Scotia home ever since.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Kim Floyd, Dress Stories...

Today we feature the Stories behind Kim Floyd's new "Dress Series" paintings as part of Argyle Fine Art's ongoing "Kimz*Met" exhibition, now showing until October 1st!!! 

Grandma's Collection of Hand-Me-Down Dresses

"Every year we travel to Ottawa to visit my family. My mother collects all the outfits my nieces have grown out of and keeps them for my daughter, Brigid. Often there are cute little dresses in a shopping bag. Mom may have purchased them or they were handed down from friends or family. This is a typical grandmotherly thing my mother does for my daughter. 

I decided to paint a few of them because quite honestly as cute as they are, they never fit my daughter for long. These are the dresses I decided to begin the series with. I was drawn to the variety of fabrics and the textures and colours. I decided I wanted to paint them as though they were floating because I wanted them to have an air of mystery and whimsy." 

Kim Floyd, "Grandma's Collection of Hand-Me-Down Dresses" Series, acrylic on board, 16" x 12" (each)

From Both Sides Now

"I kept my wedding gown...I had the idea to paint the dress front and back because my panel was square and I thought it might be and interesting choice compositionally. This led me to think of it more as a symbolic choice as well. I see marriage differently than I did in my twenties. I see its value but from a less innocent perspective. You grow together, through ups and downs, in some cases raise children, and get to know each other in different parts of your lives. I now see it from front to back and over time I may have and even more deepened understanding of what it means to be married. I have been married to my husband, Duncan for 22 years as of August 2019.

I loved painting the silk of this dress. The warmth of the ivory colour with the rum pink beaded band was what I found lovely when I bought the dress. It was simple yet elegant. I found it in the basement sale rack at Winchester’s here in Halifax in 1997. Including the gown in my collection of dress paintings, is meaningful to me."

Kim Floyd, "Both Sides Now" acrylic on board, 24" x 24"

Sarah Gartshore “Battle Gown” and “Verdi’s Requiem”

"Sarah Gartshore is an opera singer currently living in Illinois. Originally from Sault Saint Marie, Sarah attended the same high school in Ottawa as me where she could study music for voice. We became friends very easily and I was in awe of her beautiful talent and the sound of her singing could move me to tears. 

Through social media, we have been keeping in touch for quite a few years now. I will occasionally hear her sing on YouTube while I work in the studio. 

A few year’s ago, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a mother of two young children, and I was heart broken for her.

Sarah shared her news with everyone publicly and decided to fight her battle head on. I think everyone who knows Sarah was supportive and knew she would fight it. 

I asked Sarah if I could paint the gown she wore her first evening back at the opera and she agreed. She offered me two dresses, one for that first night back on the concert stage which I have titled “Battle Gown” (Shown above). “Battle Gown” is a metallic coloured dress and though it is coincidental I like to think of it as a suit of armour symbolizing her strength and its delicate lacework as a symbol of her beauty, grace and talent. The other gown is entitled “Verdi’s Requiem” (Shown Right). This lovely gown was worn during a performance of “Verdi’s Requiem” after her fight was over. “Verdi’s Requiem” was also the last opera she performed before her diagnosis." 

Robin Thompson - Gingham Keepsake

"Robin Thompson’s mom saved a little dress for her. It wasn’t her dress at first, it was her older sister’s aged one and a half, who wore it to the hospital when Robin was born. Robin saved it for her two daughters. Both her daughters Allie and Ella wore the same yellow gingham dress at age one and a half."

Kim Floyd "Gingham Keepsake", acrylic on board, 8" x 6"

For purchase inquiries contact the gallery at (902) 425-9456 or via email at

You can also view the complete "Kimz*Met" exhibition online HERE

Monday, September 23, 2019

FALL in Love with Art by Kimberley Eddy

 "Ingramport Wave Window"

It may be the first official day of Fall today, but that doesn't mean our beach days are over. In fact, September and October are perfect months to visit the varied shorelines of Nova Scotia. Artist Kimberley Eddy makes her home in Nova Scotia and can't imagine a life without being near the ocean. Kim is also in love with her home from her past, in Bermuda. She tries to visit there often and is constantly inspired by it's beauty.

 Kim has created six original acrylic and ink paintings inspired from her home here in Nova Scotia as well as Bermuda.  Each work measures 8.5" 5.5"inches and is ready to frame, only $85.
Can you spot your favourite Nova Scotia or Bermuda beach?
Lawrencetown Wave Wash
"Summerville Beach Walk"

Here are the Bermuda beaches.....ahhhhhhhhhh!  (from top to bottom):
Cooper's Island Wave, Hidden Beach Surf and Flatts Inlet Sun Dapples -

 You can view the entire exhibit, which also includes some resin paintings and shells as well as an original sketchbook filled with art you can enjoy in it's hand-bound book or frame.  
"I hope for the viewer to be able to see the connections amongst the work, andhow approaching the ocean from many angles informs my usage of a variety of media" - Kimberley Eddy

Open your senses and allow a carefree coastal experience to unfold. Smell the fresh air. Hear the waves as they roll onto the shore. Immerse yourself in the adventure and anticipation of your own seaside arrival.  
Visit the gallery soon!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Downton Abbey=Downtown Argyle

in Honour of Downton Abbey and Tea!

We've just decided to host a tea drinking art looking party in honour of the long awaited Downton Abbey movie opening this weekend.

 BYTC- Bring your favourite tea cup- we'll provide the tea for FREE! We'll have a few other cups for use too. Drop by to sip on some hot English Breakfast Tea provided by the World Tea House this Saturday, September 21st from 2pm-3:30pm.

 Wear tweed or a fancy hat and we'll enter you to win a special gift from the Regional Assembly of Text.

To get you in the mood, here's an oil painting that is part of our sale right now by George Spencer. It's called "Strawberries and Creamer", 11" x 14", Regular Price of $575, NOW $430
...and here's what we will imagine is an old English garden filled with flowers by Catherine Bagnell Styles. It's called " My Happy Place", 20" x 20", acrylic on canvas, $895
miss you and stuff and contrary to popular belief, there is parking downtown on Saturdays! Online visits always welcomed too at

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

ART FANS WANTED! Rewards Offered



Although many of you tell your friends and colleagues about our gallery already through social media sharing (which is very important and appreciated) , sometimes the old ways of doing things are still the most effective. Word of mouth is just the best way to share information so we want to REWARD you for helping us get the word out about our gallery.

HOW IT WORKS: Drop in to pick up a few especially designed referral cards or ask us to mail them to you if you live at a distance. Put your info on the back of the card and hand out to anyone you think would enjoy our gallery.

Then,when they visit us in person they simply tell us how they found out about the gallery or give us the card you left with them. We'll give them a gift but put your name and info into a bi-monthly draw for a $100 credit!

Our first Draw for a $100 credit is happening on October 31st so getting sharing and get your name included in for the WIN!
*This is not based on whether a sale happens or not from your referral. We just want to THANK YOU for sharing our business with others and get more feet on the street...and into the gallery!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

INTRODUCING: Rachel Reeves' "Gyotaku" Series Paintings

Argyle Fine Art is excited to introduce the work of artist Rachel Reeve! 

Rachel has participated in past Pre-Shrunk exhibitions, but this is the first time the Gallery is exhibiting her larger format paintings.  We currently have 10 new works, fresh from the artists' studio!    

Based in the Annapolis Valley, Rachel is an interdisciplinary artist and educator.  Her work often includes printmaking, painting, and other mixed media techniques.  Rachel draws her inspiration from nature, and often explores the relationships humans have with their environment.

“I am attracted to the respect and affection for nature that exists in Japan...I strive toward innovation and resourcefulness in my practice, being receptive to the new. Whether it consists of ideas or methods, an open mindset is a key ingredient in the creative process...I think this way of working echoes the diversity in nature.” Rachel Reeve, from the Artist Statement.

Rachel Reeve, The Big Catch (Diptych), gyotaku, mixed media on canvas, 11" x 28"

A major component of Rachel's work is the use of a Japanese printmaking technique called "Gyotaku". Gyotaku originated in the mid 1800s as a means of recording and commemorating a fisherman's catch.

The process involves applying a water-based ink directly to the fish, and placing a thin sheet of Japanese paper over it.  By rubbing the surface of the paper gently, the impression (or print) of the fish can be lifted from its flesh. 

The fish print is then mounted onto canvas where it is collaged with other textured papers, and painted to create the finished work.

Because the ink is non-toxic, the fish can be properly cleaned, prepared and eaten.  

Rachel Reeve, Pickerel Invasion, gyotaku, mixed media on canvas, 30" x 40"

Rachel's work is inspired by nature and often explores themes of environmental sustainability.  The artist is also interested in the relationships humans have with the food they eat, where it comes from, and its environmental impact;

 "Each Gyotaku is a reflection on our human connection with nature. They are a reminder that we share the planet with all living species and that as humans we have a responsibility in recognizing the value of the natural world... It is my intention that these works honour that life and its habitat." Rachel Reeve, from the artist's statement.

Rachel Reeve, "Gaspereau Stripped Bass" gyotaku, mixed media on canvas, 36" x 48"

Argyle Fine Art is currently showing Rachel's work, and encourages anyone who hasn't been in, to drop by the gallery and see it in person.  You'll be glad you did!

Additional artworks from Rachel's Gyotaku series may also be viewed online HERE.

Artwork by Rachel Reeve are available for purchase through Argyle Fine Art.  For details and inquiries contact us at (902) 425-9456, or via email at

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Enjoying the Great Outdoors with Jack Ross and Becca Rowland...

Our "Picnics and Potlucks" Summer Group Exhbition is winding down this week.  Today we feature new works by Jack Ross and Becca Rowland.  

This is Jack's first group exhibition with Argyle Fine Art. Jack is an Artist, Educator and Graduate of NSCAD. He has shown work at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, the Seeds Gallery, the Craig Gallery, at Dine by Design East, and with Swoon Fine Art.  Keep an eye out for other works from Jack in the coming months!

Becca Rowland, is a former world traveller who has lived on four continents but now resides in Nova Scotia.  Becca has been a contributor to Argyle's Pre-Shrunk Exhibition in the past.  She works predominately in ink and watercolour.

Jack Ross, Stream, 16" x 20", acrylic on board

Jack's "Stream" painting depicts two figures relaxing outdoors.  We felt The work added a leisurely element to our Picnics and Potlucks show.  What could be better than spending a summer day outside with friends?

Becca Roland, The Ants Go Marching, 5" x 7", watercolour and ink

Becca's "The Ants Go Marching", is a reminder of what happens when we leave food out. Picnics and Ants go hand in hand! We celebrate the efforts of these highly efficient and hard working insects... 

As part of "The Picnics and Potlucks" exhibition, we've asked our artists to submit their favorite potluck recipes...

Wild Mushroom Risotto with Goat Cheese 

1 cup arborio rice
1 container (or 4 cups) chicken stock / or vegetable stock
1/2 cup white wine
1 medium shallot (about 1/2 cup or 1/2 small onion, chopped)
6 – 7 Fresh cremini mushrooms, half finely chopped, the other half sliced
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup goat cheese 
fresh thyme
salt (to taste)

1. Gather the ingredients.

2. Heat the stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan, then lower the heat so that the stock just stays hot. 

3. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped shallot or onion. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly translucent. Add in the finely chopped mushrooms and garlic. 

4. Add the rice to the pot and stir it briskly with a wooden spoon so that the grains are coated with the oil. Sauté for another minute or so, until the rice becomes translucent and there is a slightly nutty aroma. Don't overheat and let the rice turn brown, we’re just toasting the rice to start. 

5. Add the wine and cook while stirring, until the liquid is fully absorbed. 

6. Add a ladle of hot chicken stock to the rice and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. When the rice appears almost dry, add another ladle of stock and repeat the process. 

7. Continue adding stock, a ladle at a time, for 20 to 30 minutes or until the grains are tender but still firm to the bite, without being crunchy. Add in the remaining (sliced) half of the mushrooms while the rice is still cooking. 

8. Stir in the goat cheese and season to taste with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. 

Becca Rowland 
Greek Pasta Salad 


16 oz short pasta (rotini, bow ties, penne)
3/4 long english cucumber , diced 
1 pint grape tomatoes , halved
1 bell pepper (red or orange), diced
1/2 cup sliced pitted olives
1 cup feta cheese , cubed
1/3 cup red onion , diced 


1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
salt & pepper to taste 


Whisk together dressing ingredients.
Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Rinse under cold water.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Argyle Fine Art's "Picnics and Potlucks" exhibition continues to August 28th.

You can view the exhibition online HERE

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 
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 


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


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


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


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.