Friday, December 2, 2022

Cardinal Love!

Today's blog title comes directly from a painting of cardinals by Heidi Holloway that sold some time ago, but it was so punny we couldn't resist! Certainly there is lots of cardinal love everywhere you look in the gallery right now! These birds brighten up any day if you are lucky enough to have one visit you, but we all especially think of them in the winter months. The bright colours  and songs are joyful- they can be quite the characters.

Here are just a few of the cardinals that have inspired art in the gallery at the moment!

Sabine Kearns little cardinal is waiting for you...perfect 4" x 4" painting you can tuck almost anywhere:-)  Maybe under someone's tree this holiday season.

 

These magical carved cardinals by Basil Doucette are always a special treat for the holidays!

This little one is riding on a folkart sleigh amoung the trees.🎄

Many people believe when a cardinal lands in your yard, an angel is near. Cardinals can remind you of a departed loved one and are known as the most notable spiritual messenger.This hand etched glass ornament and sun catcher by artist Jill Babcock adds sparkle to any time of year.


This acrylic painting by Raquel Roth is called "Cupid" and would make a wonderful painting for someone you love very much! We love the backgrounds that Raquel create's for her subjects. They almost have a vintage vibe or are timeless in some way.

Like the rest of us, cardinals can be goofy and silly at times, like this darling one made from a repurposed baby show by Kim Danio. Currently this guy is hanging out in our gallery Christmas tree but would happily fly to yours!

Of course we have some very classic looking drawings and paintings of cardinals at the moment too! 

This ink drawing by Leslie Fraser is just one of many new pieces that have just arrived !

This one is small and perfect for sending in the mail! It's a watercolour by Amanda Ingram!


 
 
This cardinal is calling for you! It's by artist Heidi Holloway. It's called "At Your Beak and Call"



Sticker by Heidi Holloway

 

Fly on by the gallery this holiday season and add a cardinal to your life! Thanks for supporting local artists and local business again this year!  VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR EVEN MORE SELECTION OF ART BY OUR ARTISTS : https://www.argylefineart.com/

Saturday, November 19, 2022

LET'S STICK IT!

We love stickers, so we curated a selection of local artists who are just as excited about stickers as us! 

If you drop by the gallery you might not see many paintings hanging on the wall but don't worry! Argyle Fine Art is hosting it's very first STICKER SHOWCASE! With 40+ artists and over 100 original sticker designs our walls are covered in new and affordable art for your enjoyment.

Nick Brunt
Carin Katagiri

Andrea Tsang Jackson
Oliver Oldfield

Deirdre Sokolowska
Evan Purney

Ava Jones
Amanda Ingram
Emily Clark

Liz Ranger

For many of these artists it was their first time designing and printing stickers but for others, making stickers is just part of their art practice.

Special thanks to Mike and the team at Minuteman Press for all the help for our first time sticker makers! We are blown away by the response for this collection and hope to do another sticker showcase in the future.

Kassandra Lois
Amber Gillespie

This showcase will be on display until December 3rd... DON'T MISS IT!

If you can't make it to the gallery you can see the full show HERE

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Falling Back- Time Change Time!

 


Alicia Braganza, Bon Nuit, Acrylic on Board, 6"x12"
 
 Did you remember to set your clocks back, and prepare for some dark and cozy early nights?


Heidi Holloway, Good Idea, Acrylic on Board, 20"x16"

The time switch always reminds us how much the magnificent skylight impacts our lives, and how often it plays as inspiration for artists whose work you can find at Argyle Fine Art.


Mary Garoutte, Light Pollution Landscape III, Oil on Panel, 6"x6"

We have put together some pieces that capture the magic of playing with light, and the beauty of the moon, the setting sun and all that surround them. Feel free to get excited for the quiet wintry nights ahead, or reminisce on the bright summer nights we've had, or simply use this as your reminder to change the clocks. Either way, enjoy!

 

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Oh...before we forget!  We have a NIGHT TIME EDITION of a plein air workshop with Jack Ross happening this Sunday, November 13th, 4pm-6pm. Last plein air for the year! JOIN US! It's going to be fun! And we'll have hot chocolate to keep you going and staying warm! 

CALL OR EMAIL US THIS WEEK TO REGISTER! NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN PAINTING REQUIRED. ALL SUPPLIED PROVIDED.

Jack Ross, Lit Bridge on Waterfront, Acrylic on Board, 8"x12"



Mark Brennan, Evening Whitehill, Nova Scotia, Watercolour, 5"x7"


Danny Abriel, A Favorable Light, Acrylic on Canvas, 24"x36"



Amanda Ingram, Night Sky, Watercolour and Ink, 3"x3"



Briana Corr Scott, Pines at Night, Art Print, 11"x14"



Catherine Bagnell Styles, Finding Calm, Oil on Canvas, 18"x24"





Gordon MacDonald, Lantz At 6 17am , 12" x 12", Oil on Copper



Jack Ross, Afternoon Light Granville, Acrylic on Board, 14" Round



Mark Brennan, Quiet Cove Mitchell Bay, Acrylic on Paper, 5"x5"



Geordan Moore, Goodnight Goodnight, Screenprint, 19"x25"



Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Affordable Art: All Year Round!

Ahhh, another Nocturne has come and gone! Here at Argyle Fine Art we have been reflecting on the warm and fuzzy feelings we get when folks can come together and enjoy art-without worrying about the cost!


Discovering art you love is a wonderful occurrence that everyone deserves to experience, and feeling comfortable enough to take it home should be part of it too. We feel so strongly about this that we decided to highlight a few of the ways we work to make art accessible and affordable for anyone to enjoy!


Pat Shattuck, Deedee's Ice Cream, Matted Print, $10-40

Many people feel too intimidated to let themselves fully experience or even enter an art gallery. There is no need to worry, Halifax is a small fish city in the big ocean of an art world, and this means the art community here is approachable and intimate. If you are looking for somewhere to start, come on down and give us a visit.


Basil Doucette, Assorted Folk Art Birds, Acrylic on Hand-Carved Wood, $15-20

We are a commercial gallery and privately owned, which means you will never have to pay to come in and look around like a museum or some other public galleries. There aren't many spaces or activities anymore that are completely free, and you can take as much time as you'd like to simply hang out and enjoy the atmosphere.


Raquel Roth, Hand Painted Cards, Acrylic on Canvas Paper, $10-20

Everything we show here at the gallery deserves to find a home. It's more important that you love it than that you are an art expert! There is no prior knowledge required to enjoy art. However, there is often an emotional attachment involved both for the artist and the customer, which comes with its own value.


Julian Covey, Functional Ceramic Giftware, $50-65

If you've never been into Argyle Fine Art (or a gallery in general), the first artwork that comes to mind is probably a large scale piece with a large scale price tag. Don't be discouraged, there is so much more out there! We have stickers, bookmarks, cards, prints, postcards, jewellery, ornaments, ceramics and more! You can do little things such as frame your print, and it will be just as impactful as a larger piece. There are many treasures to be found that cost less than it would to dine out for one meal! Plus, you get to give it a home for the long term. 


(Left) The Critter Company, Cat in Toque Sticker, $5
(Right) Amy Crosby, Lighthouse Vinyl Sticker, $6

If you fall in love with a larger piece there are options too! We do payment plans, and we can work together to figure out the best way for you to take what you love home over an allotted period of time. Payment plans are interest-free, so you don't have to worry about feeling rushed.


Jack Ross, Cape Split, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 11"x14", $475

We are always changing around what we have on show here at the gallery! If you are interested in something that you don't see on the walls, we can help you look at the collections tucked away to find what you are looking for.

Our annual Pre-Shrunk Showcase is a great chance to own a piece of art for an affordable price. Each year we show work from artists in various mediums that all measure 4"x5", and are $175. This is a wonderful way to start out if you are considering to start collecting original local art in Canada.


If you spend any time at the gallery you may meet some of the local artists whose work is shown here! They often stop by to drop off new pieces or just to visit. Developing an intimate relationship with the makers behind the art is one of our favourite parts about the environment here. Having conversations with the artists can also help to lower the intimidation factor of spending time in a gallery. Everyone is just a member of the community, whether they are making, purchasing, sharing, or simply enjoying the art.


(Left) Wendy Roy Maker, Earrings, Resin, $40
(Right) Angela Doak, Flying Squirrel Card, $6

We work with many emerging artists, which means you can help support people in the beginning of their career. Emerging works are often quite affordable, and a little goes a long way in supporting the development of their work! Not only are you supporting the artist, you are participating in the support of a local small business and contributing to the culture of the community, which we are thankful for in many ways.

At the end of the day, cost concerns shouldn't have to stop you from enjoying art you love! Sharing art is what we are here for, and if there is anything we can do to make it easier for you, we will!


Briana Corr Scott, House by the Sea, Art Print, 11"x14", $35

Thursday, October 27, 2022

**SOLD OUT! YAY! ** PRE-SHRUNK 2023 VOUCHER SALE

TIME SURE DOES FLY! It's been another "interesting year" to say the least! Thankfully there is art to soothe our souls. This year's show will mark the 19th year for this small but mighty show!

If you've ever wanted to own an original work of art at an affordable price, and be part of the pre - Pre-Shrunk show, this FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th at 11am is the day to drop by in person , phone or email your request to purchase one of our limited 40 Pre-Shrunk 2022 vouchers!

Read the details below and join in the fun!

WHAT IS PRE-SHRUNK?


Pre-Shrunk is an annual juried show of small works that measure 4" x 5" in varying mediums by artists from all over that happens on January27th, 2023. Each work sells for $175 and last year we had over 300 works to choose from.  

***But we pre-sell 40 vouchers at a special price of $150 in October and the number assigned to your voucher (in order of when we receive your visit, call or email) also puts you ahead of the line as well as gives you first looks and first choices the night of the show! You also get to attend our very special VIP reception before the show opens to the public to make your selections. So much fun! If you can't be here the night of, we can act as your proxy or you can send another person in your absence. These make wonderful "experience" gifts as well for anyone on your list who loves art! ****

ONLY 40 vouchers will be sold this year, and need to be paid for in-full at time of purchase. The price is the same as it's been forever- $150 + tax and can not be used in combination of any other offer, sale or paid for with gift certificates etc. NO HOLDS as these vouchers are in demand! CALL 902-425-9456 OR 902-233-0784

*****If you don't get an answer right away, leave a voice message or email us ASAP with the exact time of your messaging and we'll put your name on the list in order of how we receive it and get right back to you for payment and contact info!
Whether you are #1 or #40..there are so many works to choose from, no one is every disappointed and you'll already be ahead of the crowd. ******

Here's an installation shot from last  Pre-Shrunk 2022. This is just one part of the show...there are three other walls full of art to choose from the night of the show! SO SO FUN!  Thanks to so many talented artists from all over Canada!

 


Friday, October 21, 2022

You're Doing It All Wrong!

 

Geordan Moore, Goldfish Variant III, Monoprint, 6"x24"


You may know him from the farmer's market on the weekends as the Quarrelsome Yeti, but you've never before seen anything such as "You're Doing It All Wrong!" That's right, Geordan Moore, the maker behind Hali-famous art and clothing has a new showcase at Argyle Fine Art!


The collection consists of 35 silkscreens, original drawings, and re-worked test monoprints. Some of the pieces are the only one of their kind, and some are part of a limited edition, but what each piece has in common is that it is absolutely mesmerizing. 


Geordan Moore, Blue Bear Flowers, Monoprint, 19"x25"


When printmaking, part of Geordan's process is to pull test prints to make sure everything is working well with the press. He re-uses these test prints multiple times to save paper, and as the layers build up, whole new masterpieces are made! This is a fascinating method that brings elements of depth and juxtaposition into his works and makes them a must-see in person.


(Far left) Geordan Moore, Lobster Variant III (Moon Mist), Monoprint, 12"x24"

Geordan Moore, Lobster Variant IV, Monoprint, 12"x24"


In 2010 Geordan founded the Quarrelsome Yeti, his print studio and clothing company based in Dartmouth, NS, which began from the roots of Geordan's love for silkscreen printmaking. Since then it has truly taken off. He has expanded his characters and designs over the years, but the trademark Yeti character holds strong. 





Geordan Moore, Two Heads are Better than One Head, Screenprint, 16"x24"

(Far right) Geordan Moore, Turtles Have Short Legs, Screenprint, 18"x24"


"You're Doing It All Wrong!" features subjects based off both land and sea animals including birds, lobsters, fishes, bears, turtles, cats, and more! These animals often have fantastical elements, such as the creature in "Two Heads are Better Than One Head". The collection also includes several of the original pen and ink drawings that some of the pieces are based off of! The layers of detail and imaginative creations in Geordan's works make this a spectacular show. Catch it before it's gone until November 8th, or check it out ONLINE HERE!

(Left) Geordan Moore, Meet Me Out Behind the Macdonalds, Original Pen and Ink Drawing, 7.5"x5.5"

(Right) Geordan Moore, BFVI, Mixed Media, 8"x8"

(Below) Geordan Moore, Roostah!, Monoprint, 6"x12"