Friday, September 17, 2021

FIN- Atlantic International Film Festival ART STAR!

 Horray!  If you are a film lover, you'll be happy to know that  FIN is happening again this year! In fact there are only a few more days to enjoy amazing local and international film either in person or online, so make sure to check that out and continue to support local artists and culture any way you can! 

Although we aren't showing films at the gallery, we do have an art star named CRAIG GUNN that is not only a visual artist showing at our gallery, but is the poster boy of FIN this year, along with another friend of our gallery (Hi Rena!)


We love the funny advertisement too! Check it out by clicking HERE or below!

 


 Although when Craig is acting, writing or producing- his style tends to take on a dark humour slant as you can see at his demo reel here, his visual art takes us to a place of calm and retreat away from it all. 

His most recent paintings now on display, feature the beautiful Chester, Nova Scotia (shown below). Have you checked out this view in person yet? If not, make sure to take a road trip to the South Shore, while the weather is divine!

Craig Gunn, "Chester Sailboats from the Beach", 11" x 14", Oil on Board

Craig Gunn, Summer Day in Chester, 11" x 14", Oil on Board (framed)

Another favourite place for Craig to unwind and create in the South Shore is near LaHave- including the popular Rissers Beach and the picturesque village of Petite Rivere.


Craig Gunn, Rissers Beach Evening Walk 1, 18" x 24", oil on board

 
Craig Gunn, Petite River at Rissers Beach, 18" x 24", oil on canvas

Make sure to take in all the views at our gallery in Halifax too- 

and thank you for supporting local art and culture!

Craig Gunn, Halifax Harbour Ferries, Oil on Canvas,24" x 36"


Saturday, August 28, 2021

What's in a name? Finding meaning beyond the abstract with Paulette Melanson

We're thrilled to share some exciting NEW works by Gallery Artist Paulette Melanson! These energetic abstract paintings are full of colour and vitality. What draws people to abstract art? Is it an artist's palette or the infinite combinations of shapes and forms that bring an abstracted work to life?  Today we examine another feature of a painting that's also a amazing source of inspiration, the title...



"Every Little Bit Counts" is indicative of our efforts in the last 2 years, as we continue to navigate the great unknown, AND is one of five new paintings currently in our window display across the street!

Paulette Melanson, "Every Little Bit Counts", 20" x 20", acrylic on canvas

A title can provide viewers with some context for a abstracted work.  It can suggest a feeling or emotion.  It can also reference a specific place or time...   

Paulette Melanson, "All Living Creatures have a Function", 20" x 20", acrylic on canvas

A title can also provide us some insight into an artists' thought process, or painting practice, and through their art, we can see it expressed on the canvas in a tangible way... 

Paulette Melanson, "Escaping Reality", 16" x 20", acrylic on canvas


Paulette Melanson, "Lungs of the Planet", 36" x 48", acrylic on canvas

The goal of abstract art is not to find a literal interpretation. Often times, there isn't one! Everyone will find meaning in each piece that is unique to them.  A title can help guide you on this journey.  The best way to enjoy art is always to see it person, so be sure to drop by and experience these amazing new works in person! 

Paulette Melanson, "Working Together", 24" x 36", acrylic on canvas
 
You can view other great works by Paulette by following the link HERE

These incredible new paintings are available for purchase, for details, contact the gallery at
(902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

It's been a while....how's it going?

 Hey everyone!  Sorry we haven't been keeping up this blog lately! The summer is just whoooshing by, and we keep meaning to say HI over here more often!  We hope you've all been enjoying the season of sun and fun, and invite you to remember to pop by when you are in the city again, for some art therapy with us. 

NEW WEBSITE!

We've been busy beavers these days, and thanks to the generous support of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission we've been able to create an actual website.Special thanks also goes out to Nick Brunt; one of our gallery artists, that also helped get this underway. Horray! Have you checked it out yet?  HEAD ON OVER TO www.argylefineart.com and take a peek around!

NEW OUTDOOR GALLERY SPACE!

Also thanks to the Downtown Halifax Business Commission,we will be setting up an outdoor gallery space to showcase art soon.We'll be featuring affordable prints, postcards and small works perfect for anyone walking past that needs a little art break in their day.

An affordable NEW print by Briana Corr Scott


NEW MOON print is by Erin Hollingshead

NEW ART TOUR!

Have you heard about our ART IS ALL AROUND US  WALKING TOUR? We'd love to show you around the city of Halifax on a fun art-centric tour of murals and public art in the downtown core! Find out more information HERE and BOOK YOUR TOUR WITH US TODAY either through the link or if you'd prefer, call us directly! Tourism Nova Scotia has been helping us a lot along the way- special thanks to Melanie Lowe! Currently tours run on Tuesdays and Saturdays!


On top of that, we have lots of NEW SHOWS UPCOMING and have added a few new artists to our roster too!  We can't wait to see you all again- our gallery is a safe space and we take Covid-19 protocol seriously so everyone can get back to having more fun on a more regular basis while keeping others safe! SEE YOU SOON!  

PS-  The below poster is part of our NEWISH POSTER POLE GALLERY! Check out all the posters along Barrington Street or HERE! ENJOY!



Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Dusan Postolovic Serves up the "The Day's Catch"

We're excited to introduce you to an exciting new body of work by gallery newcomer Dusan Postolovic!  "The Day's Catch" will be Dusan's first solo exhibition at Argyle Fine Art. Originally from Vancouver BC, Dusan has been a Halifax resident for 3 years.  You may be familiar with Dusan's intricate coloured pencil drawings as he has regularly contributed to past group shows in recent years.

"The Day's Catch" represents 14 new original artworks which opens officially on July 30th!

Dusan Postolovic, "Maine Jewel" (Detail)

Dusan Postolovic, "Maine Jewel", 11" x 13", coloured pencil and graphite on watercolour paper.

Despite dabbling in all different forms of visual arts, Dusan has always gravitated toward drawing and colored pencil work. He has found inspiration for his early works in cartoons, nature books, television shows and the world around him. 

Dusan Postolovic "Claw Study", 5" x 7", coloured pencil and graphite on watercolor paper

This current body of work is a collection of some of Dusan's favorite sea life that he has always wanted to capture in colored pencil drawings. The Cotton Candy Lobster (for example) is one of the worlds' rarest varieties (about 1 in a million!). Here's a sneak peak from the upcoming show;

Dusan's "Cotton Candy" (Detail)


Cotton Candy Lobster in Real Life! (Photo Credit: Internet Source)

We hope you get a chance and drop by to see the show and meet the artist this Friday, July 30th, 4:30-6:30pm. You're really going to want to see these amazing artworks in person!



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Inspiration for Intricate Art from Simple Things

We opened up our email this week to the below message from embroidery artist Yoko White. All of these pieces are created using a technique called french knots. 

Very time consuming and requiring a great amount of patience! All we can say, is WOW. 


I started making these on February 14, 2021

I think it was recorded as one of the coldest days.
 
My bedroom window has a small crack but it made for  really pretty frost patterns on the pane of glass.  
 
I know I should fix or replace it.
Maybe someday. 
 
-YOKO WHITE 





You have to see these in person to truly appreciate them! We are so very very lucky to have so many talented artists living amoung us, even that of Jack Frost in wintertime. Thanks to all that appreciate and support visual arts and cultural talents of all sorts!



In addition to these works, Yoko also made three Nova Scotia themed works that look as if they are Wax Seals. Which one is your favourite? We can't decide but they are all filled with Nova Scotia pride!  We hope to make some postcards from them too! Art and the beautiful places to visit all around, we believe to be  Nova Scotia's most valuable assets.
 

Yoko White, Bluenose Sailing, 6" x 6", hand embroidered cotton on canvas 

Yoko White, Uniacke Estate Museum Park, 6" x 6", hand embroidered cotton on canvas 

Yoko White, Royal Arms of Scotland, 7" x 6", hand embroidered cotton on canvas     


 

SEE MORE ARTWORK BY YOKO WHITE HERE AND AT THE GALLERY! NEW WORKS ARRIVE OFTEN THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS! 

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Beat The Heat, and Enjoy Some "Cool" New Art!

It's been a busy week at the gallery, and we hope you're all enjoying the summer heat!  We've had some amazing new artworks pass through our doors, and we wanted to share some of them with you! 

First up, we have some incredible new paintings by Alexander Koltakov. You can almost hear the waves crashing in this "Seascape" beach painting. If you need a break from the sun, you can also enjoy this shady retreat on a lovely street in Bedford.

Alexander Koltakov, When the Sky Looks at the Ocean, 22" x 28" acrylic on canvas
 

Alexander Koltakov, Shady St., Bedford, NS, 14" x 14", acrylic on canvas

To see more of Alexander Koltakov's work follow the link HERE 

Craig Gunn has been painting up a storm this summer, but you wouldn't know it by the peaceful feeling these incredible landscapes evoke.  Featured here are the Sailboats that decorate the Chester basin, as well as the gorgeous Nova Scotia wilderness near Polly's Cove.

Craig Gunn, Chester Sailboats From The Beach, oil on board, 11" x 14"

Craig Gunn, Near Polly's Cove, oil on board, 9" x 12"

To see more paintings by Craig Gunn, follow the link HERE

Basil Doucette is a local folk artist, and a regular contributor to the gallery. You may remember Basil's colorful hand carved birds peaking out of every nook and cranny of the gallery, lesser known are these delightful butterfly magnets!

Basil Doucette, Folk Art Butterflies (Sold Separately)

To see more of Basil's Folk Art Sculptures, click HERE

Our Inae Kim exhibition which opened just over a week ago was a resounding success!  Many of the paintings have already found "new homes", but we still have a few amazing works available.  Anyone from Halifax is sure to recognize these iconic images of the Falkland St. area;

Inae Kim, The Corner of Cogswell and Maynard St. 30" x 24", acrylic on canvas

Inae Kim, Falkland St., 30" x 24", acrylic on canvas

To see more of Inae's paintings, follow the link HERE

This panoramic view of the Dartmouth waterfront by Jack Ross is the perfect addition to any home or office.  At 12" x 48", it's Ideal for that narrow space that needs a bit of extra length.    

Jack Ross, View of Downtown Dartmouth From Halifax, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 48"

You can also view more of Jack's work HERE

If you haven't been in to see Jessica MacDonald's "Dwellings" series, there's still time to check it out! These mini ceramic works make great gifts, and need to be experienced in person.  Each piece is unique and produced with an incredible attention to detail.    

Jessica MacDonald, #"s 14 (Left), 19 (Center), 15 (Right)

See the complete collection online HERE

As you can see, there's always something new to discover. Be sure to include a gallery visit as part of your downtown experience this summer!    


Featured artworks are available for purchase, for details contact the gallery at
(902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com

Friday, July 9, 2021

OUTDOOR ARTWORK you can BRING INSIDE!

Howdy everyone and happy rainy Friday! We thought we'd take a moment to remind you all to check out our POSTER POLE GALLERY that is on-going right now until mid-August. Have you heard of it?

Since the beginning of June, we've been bringing art to the utility poles all along Barrington Street! Utility poles that were once filled to the brim with posters advertising upcoming events that have been left empty lately, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

 SEE ALL THE POSTERS ONLINE HERE AND FIND OUT HOW TO WIN ART PRIZES

Poster by Jodie Hansen

 We've received some amazing art so far, and are still looking for submissions inspired by the art of the gig poster to bring an open-air art gallery for all to enjoy and brighten up downtown. We've really enjoyed watching people discover them and all the smiles! YAY! Art has the power!

Poster by Nick Brunt

Various amazing posters out in the wild!

 

Some of the posters were so popular that there was public outcry to have them printed as posters available for purchase. So we decided to print the one below by artist Michael Browne of the Super Mario inspired Halifax vs Dartmouth.

We still have a few of these available- they measure 11" x 17" and are $25 each. They look great framed too....we picked up some inexpensive frames at Michael's the other day to show you how lovely it is.


 


 

New to the poles this week is this amazing poster designed by Dusan Postolovic of the popular noon gun BOOM of Halifax and we loved the neon vibes so much that we printed a limited supply of these now available! This is also 11" x 17", $25 each. COME AND GET IT! These are easy to ship and look ohhhhhh so slick in the black frame! A great contemporary souvenir of your trip to Halifax  for locals and those abroad!



Actually Dusan designed two other posters throughout the duration of this project and we are taking orders to reproduce these two shown below as well. Get in touch if you are interested in owning all three. Each poster will be the same size (11x17 inches), high quality paper, $25 each. 




Artist Kerry Hodgson created not only a poster for the POSTER POLE GALLERY but a line drawing too! We printed a few of these too, that you can buy for just $8 and colour up as you like. Get creative!  Such a lovely message on this one too...HAPPY ART DISCOVERING!