Thursday, February 20, 2020

Pre-Shrunk Wrap Up!

Well the Pre-Shrunk show is wrapping up and we are pleased to say that we've wrapped up and sent hundreds of new artworks into homes all across the world from this small but mighty show-even as far as Yemen and Australia!

If you missed seeing the show, there's still a bit of time to catch it, as we are re-hanging the gallery today and keeping the remaining works on the walls until the end of February because there are just too many wonderful works to still be loved and purchased! So don't delay! 

A few weeks ago we held a meet and greet at the gallery for many of the artists and the public to say hi and learn about all the varied styles and mediums represented in these small works. It was so much fun to see everyone chatting and having a great time! We also held an online vote of a pre-selected grouping of artworks from the show by staff  and awarded our very first Pre-Shrunk Award of Awesomeness. The response was overwhelming!

Our miniature trophy held in front of the winning painting for 2020 by Brigitte St-Arnaud

The winner of the award with over 100 votes for her work alone was Brigitte St-Arnaud. Here she is with her little trophy for her unique woodburned artworks- still available for purchase!

We met Brigitte because of the show which is another reason we love hosting this show so much, since we meet new talents in our community that we may not have known about otherwise. Brigitte's day job is a very creative one indeed. She works as a designer at Ikea- so the next time you walk through the Ikea showrooms, think of Brigitte arranging things just so. She even won an award at work last year where she was tasked with making a sculpture out of Ikea bags. It was a great way to remind people to use reusable bags when shopping but once they are old, to remember that you can up-cycle almost anything into art. The imagination is a wonderful thing!

Here's a little bit about Brigitte in her own words:

Over the years I have focused most of my creative expression through work. I’ve done floral design, window dressing, murals, product design, event decorating, interior design, commercial retail planning and store solutions. The past 16 years left me with little time for personal projects, but now I’m scaling back and concentrating on my own creations. My artistic approach is to think outside the box and do things differently than what is traditional and expected. Nature inspires me and I often transform my subjects in a stylized manner with organic lines.Creativity is forever evolving- right now I’m experimenting with wood burning.

Brigitte also shared a few words and pictures of the award in it's new home for the year:

"I wanted to show my award next to something relatable to show its size and proportion. My cat only wanted to see if it was made out of real gold."

"The dog didn’t seem too impressed since it wasn’t full of treats."

 "I ended up putting it in a safe place... next to the coin that the captain of the Bluenose 2 gave me last summer. I also have my fathers train collection in my display cabinet"

Remember all the artworks measure 4" x 5" and are just $175. A great price to begin your art collection with original artworks and also great for gifts later in the year, such as graduations, new homes and babies, and weddings! Art is a great way to celebrate and commemorate extraordinary occasions!  

A small oil painting by Jack Ross

A small ALL PAPER collage by Andrea Crouse

A small modern take on the still life by Anna Whalen

And even small print making by Amanda Nicholson

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Argyle Fine Art | Dog Friendly Halifax


What fun this session was!

I was asked to photograph a gorgeous Samoyed inside an art gallery in Halifax - how cool is that??
Adriana, the owner of Argyle Fine Art will be hosting an event at the gallery just for Samoyeds, so it was a perfect opportunity to create some promotional images for the gallery while also featuring another dog friendly business here on the blog! I’ve done a number of these sessions in dog friendly businesses over the last few years, so definitely check out some previous blog to find other awesome businesses to visit with your pups!

I’ve been following (and adoring) Inu for quite a while on her Instagram account, and I asked her mum if she’d be interested in modeling for me.
Inu said yes ;)
It was a VERY chilly morning, but the gallery was so nice and warm. Inu was an absolutely fabulous model, and happy to sit and smile wherever we asked her to! She’s obviously got lots of practice as an Instagram pup. We explored all corners of the gallery and I even created some images while standing outside and looking through the window at her.
Take a look at some of my favourites below - can you see why I’m so smitten with this fluffy cutie?

Make sure to find Argyle Fine Art and Inu the Samoyed on social media so you can keep up with them both! What is your favourite dog friendly business in Halifax??

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Give ART this Valentine's Day: Art Lasts Forever

Well it's almost that time of year again...Valentine's Day! In case you are still looking for some gift ideas, we've got you covered.Show a special someone or friend how much you care with lots of love, and maybe some art this year! This adorable felted mouse is ready to give someone a hug!

We always have a variety of cards, jewellery, prints and more that are affordable, unique and by local artists too! Check out this neat, upcycled way of giving the gift of flowers we've put together that is unique, earth friendly and just in time for VALENTINE'S DAY....take a read!

Once upon a time there was a fence. It was a very good fence doing fencey-like things, but one day it was time for the fence to retire.

What would become of the fence?!? "Wood" it become firewood or be left to decay....noooooo!

Or would it become ART! Yes! It became these ZERO WASTE beautiful floral vase wall holders made by Rachel Reeve shown below. Each one is handmade and different from the next, fashioned with an up-cycled test-tube vase and ready to hang on any wall with cut flowers, herb sprigs...whatever you like!

For just $50 you can pick up one of these beauties from us beginning Thursday, February 13th! We have a limited supply so if you'd like to secure one call us asap to put one aside for you! It includes packing and an enclosure card. We are filling each of these little vases with flowers and greenery from our neighbours down the street, The Flower Shop. 

Then after Valentine's day, use the the wall hanging all year long! It would be lovely to include in your outside garden or patio to display freshly cut garden flowers, at the office or  later in the year too at Christmas time, with sprigs of holly and red berries. 

Art gifts just keep giving and giving all year long! 
RJ Marchand, Acrylic on board, 4" x 5"
With our Pre-Shrunk show still in full swing, we have also put together a few great gift options below but to see more simply click HERE. Each of the works shown measure 4" x 5" and are $175  by a variety of artists. 

For your Queen or King of Hearts...these ceramic works are by Trevor Novak

For the real love birds out there, why not pick up PICKLE by Rachel Ogden. Such a pretty birdy!
Or this blue beauty by Heidi Holloway
Of course, with all these birds we couldn't not include a bee, like this beeee-autiful bee by Marian Mazerall
Perhaps you are planning a special meal out...this painting by Jan Daivson is of a date-night favourite in Halifax
You will never have to water these flowers by Raquel Roth...such beautiful colours and texture on this one! Flowers are always a great choice, like the Poppies by Kelly Mitchemoore or the delicate blooms by Debbie Lamey- MacDonald  and Zan Ahoy (below)

Drop by soon and discover all of these and more! Happy art looking! 

Vanessa Cornell "Love Letters", 4" x 5". mixed media

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Treat Yourself to our Second Self Care Saturday

Keep the February "blahs" away with help from us!  We are hosting our second Self Care Saturday at the gallery this Saturday, February 8th from 1:30-3pm. All are invited to pop in throughout that time for some pampering and art therapy!

Last year was the first time we hosted this event, which began as a way to say thank you to our Pre-Shrunk artists for participating in the current show, but also to have an opportunity for the artist to meet one another and for YOU to meet them too.It proved so successful and fun so we are excited to do it again- with some new special guests too!

 If you have ever attended the opening reception for this annual Pre-Shrunk show, you would know it's just too packed with people to have too many real conversations and it's not always comfortable for anyone that dislikes crowds, so Saturday is laid back and casual!  You can always see the entire show online HERE

Drop by and learn about all the different processes the artists used to created these small 4" x 5" masterpieces while nibbling on some sweet treats from The Old Apothecary and try out the amazing natural skin products by Duckish- an amazing local company doing amazing things!  They will have samples on hand, but you can purchase products too. DeSerres will also be on hand giving out artful goodies as a thanks to our artists.

**In case you missed some of the media spots we were thankful have, we posted one of the segments here from GLOBAL NEWS! **

 Why not join our Facebook Page HERE or the EVENT PAGE FOR SATURDAY HERE  to follow along with the latest happenings!