Saturday, October 9, 2021

NOCTURNE IS COMING! PLAN YOUR VISIT WITH US!

 NOCTURNE IS ALMOST HERE!
For those of you that don't know what Nocturne is all about, it's a celebration of ART where there are outside projections, music, dance, art installations and new art in galleries like ours! It's FREE for everyone to take part and most exhibits run until midnight on October 16th! Last year a lot of the planned activities were either cancelled or went fully online, but this year in-person fun is on again! Just wear your favourite mask, bring your vaccination record with you, and put us on your MUST VISIT list!
Get all the details HERE and plan your route.

WHAT IS HAPPENING AT ARGYLE FINE ART FOR NOCTURNE?
*We will be open until 11pm this year*

UPPER GALLERY- Transition:RJ OGEMAH
A collection of oil paintings by emerging artist RJ Ogemah that capture moments of transition in rural Nova Scotia. This will be RJ's first solo show with us. He is an artist originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is influenced by his Anishinaabe roots and strives to share an appreciation of nature through his work.
 WINDOWS OF THE GALLERY- Faced With: Media Portraits by Anna Whalen
trigger warning- some of the portraits may be difficult for some to experience


The over-riding theme for Nocturne this year is the word "liminal" which means to be in between and this collection of portraits is like a visual constellation of the past two years; we are truly living in between the past and future. The thing about this "unprecedented time" is we've experienced the vast majority of it through our devices. Media consumption increased, for better or for worse. Faced With tries to capture a moment in time, through the social media scope.
LOWER GALLERY- Repurposed Perspectives Group Show
This show is an eclectic collection of artists using a variety of repurposed materials. During the lockdowns of the pandemic,many art making supplies were not available due to supply chains.Suddenly it made more sense than ever before to be grateful for every scrap, every usable thing and make something beautiful from it all.There's a lesson there.
OUTSIDE THE GALLERY- Help us create an art installation using bottlecaps that are currently not able to recycled in Nova Scotia. RE-PURPOSE WITH US! Thanks to TANNER'S Recycling in Halifax for our supplies!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Jack Ross explores the Halifax Night Life with NEW PAINTINGS, now on view!

 We're pleased to share some amazing new paintings by Jack Ross! These local street scenes capture the Halifax night life from the ground up. Street level festivities to quiet rooftop patios are all depicted here for your viewing pleasure. Let's take a look at what Jack's been up to in the last few weeks of summer...

Jack Ross, Late Night Crowd on Argyle St., 20" x 16", acrylic on board

You can almost feel the energy coming from the crowd on Argyle Street. The hustle and bustle of city life, as we begin to enjoy Theatre shows and musical performances again...

Jack Ross, Rooftop Patio at the Decks, 10" x 10", acrylic on board


Jack Ross, Part of Brunswick St. From The Hill, 10" x 10", acrylic on board

The quiet intimate spaces of rooftop patios remind us of relaxing evenings shared with friends...

Jack Ross, Rooftop View From Parade Square, 11" x 14", acrylic on board

Who doesn't enjoy long walks on seemingly deserted streets in Halifax at night? 

Jack Ross, South Park Street Before South Street, 10" x 10", acrylic on board

As you can see, this new series of paintings has something for everyone!  If you're from the city or living abroad, these Halifax scenes are sure to delight. Why not add something beautiful to your home or office today?  

To see more of Jack's work, follow the link HERE

Featured paintings are available for purchase, contact us for details!

(902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery @argylefa.com

Friday, September 24, 2021

The Importance of ART Galleries and the rise of Third Space thinking

This week we've been thinking a lot about the role of galleries and how they fit within our communities. Galleries are more than just a building whose walls are adorned with beautiful art.  Galleries range from public institutions (museums), to larger commercial spaces (auction houses), to small local retail businesses and even artist studios.


 


 Galleries connect artists with not only collectors but to all walks of life.Galleries also serve as a creative hub that fosters other artistic pursuits, inspires, and also educates!


The idea of a "Third Space" is relatively new one, but has always existed in some capacity.  It is defined as a familiar location often frequented by users outside of Home and Work.  Traditionally, these are often identified as bars, gyms and cafes.  These are often safe spaces that help us find ourselves.  Locales that add value to our everyday lives, and ones that fulfill a need we struggle to find in other places.  Third Spaces much like Galleries connect us with others that share similar passions and interests.



 One of the amazing things about our gallery is the role we play in our community. We provide a welcoming space for people to pop in and enjoy the work of our artists. While we rely on the financial support of our patrons (for which we are ever grateful), the only thing we ask is that people show up and engage with the Art whether in person (or online).

 

We've been fortunate to offer a variety of events beyond the traditional exhibition programming you may associate with us.  From Artist led workshops, to musical performances, we even have a book launch this weekend! 

Take a listen to the live performance from last Saturday outside the gallery....so beautiful and such a juxtapostiion to the city streetscape. 

We also enjoy collaborating with other groups and organizations like Nocturne (October 13-16), which we look forward to every year.  We love the way Nocturne brings people together, and what it means for our artists.  What started as a grassroots project has turned into a major art event for the city, drawing thousands of people, some of whom have never visited a gallery before!




Covid has had a huge impact on galleries and the way we do business.  Each week we're faced with new challenges on how to best serve the needs our our community.  Sometimes a third space comes in the form of social media.  We're grateful to our many followers who continue to support and engage with us online on our various social media platforms of FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM, as well as our weekly newsletter filled with the latest works and upcoming show info!


Our gallery is about building relationships, creating memorable experiences, and promoting a positive environment for our visitors.  We just launched an ART TOUR, that is a great way to learn about local art while hiking around the city with others that love art too...and our tour ends with chocolate. You should come along soon- our last tour will be on October 19th! Ticket info is HERE. 

We're passionate about supporting our artists and inspiring future ones.  We'd like to think of our gallery as a welcoming Third Space for you..something familiar that will have you coming back for more!


 

 


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Unconventional Daughters and Uncommon Sons at an Unconventional Gallery on a Lovely Saturday Afternoon

We are delighted to be hosting events again...carefully starting to creep back to new normal. Although there are still restrictions in place we are able to have fun and encourage you to do the same in our safe gallery space next Saturday, September 25th in the afternoon between 2pm-4pm. We will be hosting a book signing and reading with author Bruce Bishop.

His two Nova Scotia-themed novels of historical fiction are a delight and will fit in nicely with our surroundings of  local business with a focus on architecture and community in our small city.  


 

We asked Bruce to write a few words about his books. Enjoy below!

Unconventional Daughters and Uncommon Sons are novels about adults who live in Nova Scotia within the first four decades of the twentieth century. They’re unusual people, and defy the societal mores of the day, but that’s what makes them unique and appealing, especially to today’s Canadian readers  looking for an escape into the past.

Unconventional Daughters, primarily set in Yarmouth and southern Sweden from 1900 to 1935, could best be described as a family saga centered around four unorthodox women, their partners, and their children. It was inspired by a true incident that occurred in 1927: a young woman of the privileged class married her stepfather with her controlling mother’s consent. You can imagine how well this would have been received in a small Maritime town following World War I. Major drama ensues, shall we say!

Uncommon Sons picks up in some ways where the ‘Daughters’ leaves off. The main character, Eva, returns in this interlinked novel, but a minor character from the first book, Marc, becomes the lead character in the second. Once again, the theme of being ostracized by ‘polite’ society comes into focus. It’s set in Halifax in 1935. Marc is a first generation Canadian of Lebanese descent who happens to be gay in an era when the term ‘homosexual’ was barely uttered. When two suspicious deaths happen where he works, his married love interest is implicated. Marc’s closeted world is threatened to be exposed leading to banishment from his family and possible prison time.

 I hope to see you at Argyle Fine Art from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. I will be selling signed paperback copies of the novels at $25 each (tax included) – cash, cheque or Interac bank transfer.:-)



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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