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