Saturday, January 18, 2020

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Buying ART has warming Effects

It's that time of year...the trees and lights are packed away for another year from the holidays. The coldness is setting in and you don't want to leave your home. We get it...we do!  But we miss you too, so we hope you'll try to get out more often this year and support local businesses this winter season.  

Put our up-coming PRE-SHRUNK2020 show on your list of things to do. It officially opens Friday, January 24th, 7pm-9pm but next Saturday would be the perfect time to visit the show too!  MAKE IT A DATE!


Argyle Fine Art turns 20 years old in 2020, so we'll be hosting special events and sales having to do with 20- such as our ongoing SALE of 20% or more on selected works until January 20th!

Here are some other works to browse through from the warmth of your home- get in touch via email (gallery@argylefa.com), phone (902-425-9456) or in person if any of these work are of interest to you and we'd gladly tell you  more about the artists as well as the pricing!

HAPPY ART LOOKING!

Gordon MacDonald

Alice MacLean
Alice MacLean


Barry Colpitts

Gordon MacDonald

Vaughn Gray
Kathy Richards

Kathy Richards

Kathy Richards

Cynthia Gass

Catherine Otto

Donald MacIntosh

Sharon Cave

Shelia Campbell

Gregg Tracey

Dave Johnson

Isobel Pineau

Gregg Tracey

Michael DeAdder



Dave LeRue

Craig Baltzer

Bryanna Chapeskie

Trevor Van den Eiynden

James Farrell


Angela Carlsen


Justin Lee

Michelle St-Onge


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Snow Day Art Day

It's hard to believe it's already the first full week of 2020, and here we all are, limping back to work trying to get back to our routines. Why not add a new activity to your 2020...looking at art!  Since we have a storm brewing according to most media outlets today, we thought you may enjoy looking at some art while home tomorrow (fingers crossed!)


We have a 20% off sale on right now in honour of 2020 on ALL WORKS in the gallery (as well as some additional savings on older works) in the gallery right now, so we thought we'd share some with you online now. Visit in person soon once the snowflakes stop falling- our sale continues until January 11th. You don't want to miss this! In no particular order, rhyme or reason, here are a few selections...

We'll start with this BIG painting by David LeRue that measures 48" x 60", oil on canvas from his stadium series. It is marked at $900 but with  20% off that makes it only $720. Now we understand that's no small amount of money, but for a work this large and filled with blasts of colour and texture, it may be just what you are looking for and  it's a steal!


We also unearthed a series of graphite on paper works by Natasha Krzyzewski that haven't been hanging up for quite sometime. We love these works so much, as they are so narrative and filled with humour. Here's one example below, however if you CLICK HERE you can see others that are available. All of these are 30% off which makes them affordable and a fun addition to any home or office as they are very engaging. The one below is called "Winding"...can you see the cat hanging out near the computer  monitor?

Was $525 but with 30% off is $367.50
 This one below is called "Quality Time" and filled with lots of bright colours and plenty of texture! 

Was $375 but with the 30% off is $262.50
 Mark Brennan just brought us some new paintings you should see soon here, but this one is from a few years ago now and just waiting for it's new home...perhaps with you! It's more beautiful than this photo can show. It's called "After the Thunderstorm, Melosesketch Lake, Liscomb, NS, Oil on Canvas, 20"x24"" and was $1200 but it's 50% off right now....YES...you read that correctly!

Was $1200 but now 50% off....$600!
Another painting that has been living with us for quite some time and needs a home with  you perhaps, is George Spencer's "Harvest". It  measures 16"x20", Oil on Board, and was $875 but is now 40% off...that makes it $525. It's also framed in a simple black frame, ready to go on the wall. This painting is making us hungry!


Briana Corr Scott is a regular artist at our gallery and has become quite an established one at that also delving into the world of book illustration and author this past year. We can't wait to see what she comes up with this year. Here's a painting from a few years ago that we can hardly believe is still available. Somehow it's even more beautiful in person that it shows here!

Briana Corr-Scott, Conch and Summer Light, 12"x 16", Oil on Board, Was $595 but is 25% off now!
We have a great selection of prints at the gallery, both framed and unframed, but here are three we adore by Michelle St-Onge that would make any place brighter and better. Each are screenprints on paper, 19" x 25" , $165 framed but with the 20% off that makes each just $132. We have some of these unframed too for even less.
Couldn't you just SEE this print hanging at your local optometrist office  or eyewear seller?

Attention Cat Lovers...this retro pop-art styled feline is purrrrrfect!

This one is called "Baby Momma"...can you see the little one waiting patiently....awwww. Great for the nursery!





This Shawn Lowe photograph  is called "Taken Over", and was $995 and is now $225!  

This is probably the best priced painting in the gallery and one filled with nostalgia for the oil refinery that used to dominate the harbour on the Dartmouth side. It's got a "Gotham City" vibe and it's only $85. It measures (48" x 48")

This painting by Gordon MacDonald is so lovely in person. It measures 21" x 26", Oil on Board,  It was $2200 and is now $1500....




IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THIS, if you find a painting you love by our artists by looking at the artist links on this blog, all at least 20% off, so take a peek....Sale ends January 11th though...so don't delay! Including beauties like this last remaining work by Katharine Burns in the gallery at the moment.

Happy ART looking! Get in touch with any questions you may have...we are happy to hear from you! We'll be checking our email all day and social media posts will be happening throughout the day....weathering the storm with art. :-)




Saturday, January 4, 2020

2019 YEAR IN REVIEW!

On January 24th, Argyle Fine Art will celebrate it's 16th annual Pre-Shrunk Exhibition so we have our work cut out for us.Each year seems to get bigger and better, with participants applying from all over.The selection process is a long and difficult one, but the end result is an event that has artists and collectors coming back for more!

To commemorate this event, we thought it would be fun to look back on the past year, and highlight some of 2019's most memorable moments!


Pre-Shrunk has always been held in January and features hundreds of miniature works by artists from all across Canada..its also a great way to jump start a new year!

2019's Pre-Shrunk Exhibition opens on January 25th.

February's "Re-Purposers" exhibition brought together an amazing group of artists who delivered a wide assortment of artwork made from recycled, up-cycled and re-purposed materials.  The exhibition is an example of the gallery's continued effort to promote sustainable and environmentally conscious art making practices.


"The Repurposers" Group Exhibition, featured here are; Ed Beals, Kim Danio, and Kevin MacLean

In March we saw a brand new body of work from Gallery Artist Briana Corr Scott.  "The Invisible World" exhibition showcased a series of still life paintings, which brought a quiet beauty to the gallery which is both peaceful and serene.

Briana Corr Scott, "The Invisible World" Exhibition

The winter months also offered up a new series of paintings by Mark Brennan. "The Woods Across the Water" which opened on March 23rd celebrated Mark's life-long love affair with the land and sea; inspired by Nova Scotia and his childhood home in the UK.


Mark Brennan, "The Woods Across The Water" Exhibition

Who could forget April's Flash Bob Mob, an event inspired by the famous landscape painter and television celebrity Bob Ross!  Participants gathered at the gallery to dress and paint like the iconic artist.  The Bob Mob also caught the attention of the Chronicle Herald, and the article can be read in its' entirety HERE.  

Shown here; Bob Ross (Left), Bob Ross Figurines by Kim Danio, and event collaborator Sherry Lynn Jollymore (right)

We were also very proud to introduce two new artists to the gallery this year, Isobel Hamilton and Amy Ordoveza!  These talented artists both had solo exhibitions in April which received a very positive review from our audiences. 

(Left) Isobel Hamilton, "The Warmth of Light" exhibition with Amy Ordoveza "Recollected in Tranquility" (Right)

May saw a flurry of activity with new solo exhibitions by Sharon Cave, Deb Bromley, and recent NSCAD grad Natasha Grenke.  The gallery also hosted a book launch for Briana Corr Scott's "She Dreams of Sable Island" (26th) and Gordon MacDonald's "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There" Talk for Momondays Halifax (27th)

Featured Here; Sharon Cave, Deb Bromley, and introducing Natasha Grenke

Sharon Cave, Deb Bromley, and Natasha Grenke, Opening Reception


Book Launch, "She Dreams Of Sable Island" by Briana Corr Scott, May 26th

MOMONDAYS with Gordon MacDonald, May 27th

The summer months also kept us pretty busy this year, with 3 exhibitions in June.  Gallery Artists Jan Davison, Catherine Bagnell Styles, and Danny Abriel were all represented here with delightful new works, full of energy and color.  In July, the gallery was thrilled to present the much anticipated Gordon MacDonald solo exhibition "Atmosphere", along with Michelle SaintOnge's new watercolor series "Aquarium".  The summer months saw a lot of tourist and cruise ship traffic, and exposed our artists work to a whole new audience.

Jan Davison, Catherine Bagnell Styles, and Danny Abriel


Gordon MacDonald, "Atmosphere" Exhibition

Michelle SaintOnge, "Aquarium" Exhibition

August's Summer Group Exhibition "Picnics and Potlucks" was a fun and exciting way to bring the local artist community together for a unique viewing experience.  Paintings were hung alongside the Artists' favorite potluck recipes which added an interactive element to the show, and brought people together through both food and art.






Picnics and Potlucks, Various Artists

The fall is typically our busiest season, and this year was no exception!  Featuring 4 exhibitions in September alone, the gallery saw new bodies of work by Kim Danio, Kim Floyd and Kimberley Eddy.  "KIMZ*MET" as these exhibitions are collectively known brought a diverse group of talent to the gallery, and a variety of new artworks for our viewing pleasure.  We were also proud to introduce the work of Rachel Reeve, who continues to delight the senses with her "Gyotaku" inspired mixed media paintings.  

"Kimz*met, featuring Kim Floyd (Top), Kimberley Eddy (Left) and Kim Danio (Right)"


Introducing Rachel Reeve, New Works

If you thought September was hectic, October was out of control!!!  3 additional exhibitions were added to coincide with Halifax's late night art festival Nocturne.  First time exhibitor Mindy Harris' "Wonder Women" featured hand embroidered works on canvas and were a tribute to real-life female heroes.  The unstoppable Kim Danio also delivered her second full exhibition of works this year with "Big Shoes to Fill", a continuation on the gallery's theme of "what makes a hero?". 

We featured a work by Angela Carlsen too...a diorama of Beetlejuice that fit nicely with the work of newcomer artist Hannah Emmett, with an exhibition of her series of digital drawings entitled "The Good, The Bad, and The Funny Lookin'". Some heroes...some villains. Nocturne brought thousands of people into the gallery, and was a huge success!  Due to the popularity of these works, these shows were extended into November.

Mindy Harris, "Wonder Women" Exhibition, "Josephine Baker", Hand Embroidered Cotton on Canvas

Kim Danio, "Big Shoes to Fill"

Nocturne, Oct 20, (Left) Argyle Fine Art's "Game of Thrones" display was a huge success, thousands of people passed through the gallery during the evening.  Seen here are gallery artists Kim Danio, Mindy Harris and Hannah Emmett


Hannah Emmett, "The Good, The Bad, and The Funny Lookin'" Exhibition, Digital Prints on Archival Paper

With the Holiday season quickly approaching, we were able to squeeze in our first ever "Squares of Stickiness" exhibition. Inspired by a popular show like it in Vancouver, it featured one of a kind art on 3" x 3" sticky notes from local artists. All ages were encouraged to participate, both artists and non-artists alike. The one day event was a lot of fun and the turnout and local support was incredible!         


"Squares Of Stickiness" group exhibition, various artists

November 23rd also marked the beginning of our Holiday Exhibition which continued until December 24th. The gallery offered an amazing selection of gifts and holiday cheer, with mini receptions on Saturdays, with gallery artists in attendance. We also saw new works by Paulette Melanson and Catherine Bagnell Styles.

We had an incredible year with many ups (and downs) along the way. Running a commercial gallery is always a challenge in a small city like ours, and we couldn't have done it without the talent of our amazing artists, and the generous support of our patrons here at home and from away. 

We would like to thank everyone again for their continued support throughout the year, and in the years to come... 

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2020, and (if we haven't mentioned it already) at our PRE-SHRUNK Exhibition, which opens on January 24th!!! 

We would like to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Thank you for making Argyle Fine Art the best Art Gallery in Halifax!