Wednesday, June 16, 2021

OPEN UP AND SAY HELLO: OPEN CITY HALIFAX

It's finally time to celebrate all of our collective hard work on keeping our distance and keeping safe. Nova Scotia is slowly starting to open up again!  HORRAY!  What a perfect time to celebrate safely, than on this Saturday, June 19th for OPEN CITY HALIFAX!

We are excited to be part of this great event, along with other local businesses that are participating too. Find out all the details right HERE and plan your route-be sure to include us! We can't wait to see you!
 

We'll have two NEW art exhibits to enjoy including"Familiar Light: Jack Ross" and an exhibit of ceramic works, in a show called "Dwellings: Jessica MacDonald".  Both artists will be on-site 1:30-3:30pm to meet and chat about their art.

 

New Painting by Jack Ross

New ceramic works by Jessica MacDonald

While exploring downtown Halifax, make sure to check out the latest instalment of the POSTER POLE GALLERY. Local works of art are posted all along Barrington Street's utility poles and even the larger pole by the old Halifax library. To check out what it's all about simply click HERE. We are always looking for artists too!

 Here's a great new submission you'll find in our POSTER POLE GALLERY by Michael Browne. 


We are very excited to see humans again enjoying art at our gallery, and as a thank you we will also have a GIVEAWAY on Saturday! Enter to WIN a series of special artful treats from our local makers, including a 3-layer, breathable, beautiful facemask made by Elaine Johnson shown below. No purchase necessary- all you have to do is come by and say HELLO!



STAY SAFE!  SEE YOU SATURDAY!  RAIN OR SHINE

We'll be ready to greet you with lots and lots of smiles behind our masks!


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

SEND MORE SNAIL MAIL!

 We've spent the last few days uploading piles of cards online for your viewing pleasure! We still have a bit of work to do, but we thought we'd post the links here for you to begin peeking at cards that would be lovely to send in the mail to a friend or family member! We now offer MAIL-A-CARD too..where for just $2 we'll write out whatever you'd like the card to say from you and pop it in the mail! Easy Peasy! 

So take a look around at some of our Greeting Cards HERE for cards like these, by local and Canadian artists! All cards are $4-$6 each


Paper Collage Card by Angela Doak

A fun interactive card where you set up camp by Assembly of Text

Card by Deb Bromley! Bottoms Up!


Another interactive card- this one has a paper-doll deer to put together by Briana Corr Scott

Beautiful Floral Cards by Raquel Roth

Of course we always have new pop culture and humorous cards and prints by Jodie Hansen that are just $6 each! There are many more not uploaded yet, but check back soon HERE. 

 





 We also carry a neat selection of PANDEMIC POSTCARDS!  Check out all the available designs HERE! Postcards are just $3 each ...or less!



Friday, May 21, 2021

Long Weekend Vibes

Well, the word came down from the almighty province that we all need to stay close to home in Nova Scotia again, for just a little bit longer. Which means no trips away from the house this long weekend. Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Fingers crossed we can see each other in June! This is getting a bit tricky for us small businesses downtown.

Maybe consider adding some original artwork to your surroundings soon, or buy a GIFT CERTIFICATE ONLINE here for your future purchases. There is always something at our gallery to satisfy all styles of art cravings and budgets.

We have put together a few little works that lift our spirits every time we glance upon them and hope they do for you too. Without further adieu....

This painting by Mark Brennan is even more gorgeous in person. If you can't get away for a paddle at your favourite waterway or park, this is the next best thing! If paintings had sound effects, this one would come with frogs peeping. Actually if you click here, you can enjoy some peeper sounds too!

 

Mark Brennan, Late Summer Lilies, Oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches, $3250

Do you have fishing fever? Best wear a mask!  If you intend to do some fishing while your out on a lake, you might as well do it in style! These hand embroidered masks by Yoko White are so whimsical! Perfect with Father's Day on the horizon too. Each one is a work of art, and could also be enjoyed simply for the work of art they are but are very functional as well. There are only three of them, in the world- all original and $85 each.



Head out for a quiet float in your boat...this painting by Nick Brunt is the perfect blend of weird and whimsy for these strange days! AHOY!
 
Nick Brunt, The Stills, 8"x10", Acrylic on Board, $325


Boardgames are there for you in good times and in bad, and this painting by Adrien Smith was inspired by one of his favourite retro boardgames....can you guess which one? We don't want to give out too many "clues"!

Adrien Smith, I am often following you...", 15" x 30", acrylic on canvas


If the weather holds, why not have a BBQ or order take-out from the many awesome restaurants offering extra special long weekend promotions to tickle your tastebuds! We love this delicious looking burger and cold frosty beverage by Leah Mark. Calorie-free and affordable at just $95.

Leah Mark, Burger!, 7.5" x 9", fabric collage, $95

Or maybe you're more of a donair type of person...hey, we understand. Sometimes you need to treat yourself to a delicious mess. The painting below by Anna Whalen looks almost as if it's an abstract painting but the more you look, the more you see the tinfoil, meat, sauce, tomatoes, onions...mmmmmm...

 

What's the age old saying....something about salt water can heal anything? It's worth a try, so why not take a stroll on a beach and breathe deeply in and out. Everything is going to be fine.....Catherine Bagnell Styles' painting captures the vibe perfectly.

Catherine Bagnell Styles, Wet Sand Pink Sky,  24" x24" , Oil on Board, $995

Another way to spend some quality time with yourself and your bubble, is going for a scenic drive around your neck of the woods, so why not jump into the truck, or heck...why not take 6 trucks to keep everyone safe and enjoy the ride! This amazing painting is by Andy MacDonald and is actually painted on a repurposed cupboard door with the handle and all. How cool is that!

Andrew MacDonald, Six Black Trucks, 42.5"x21.75", Acrylic and Glow in the Dark Paint on Reclaimed Cabinet Door, $1100

 If all else fails, just watch a show and zone out.....sometimes you just need to relax inside with you feet up! Why not watch an "old-timey" show about the X-files. Many of the themes of the show dovetail nicely with the recent pandemic. Ha! This painting by Anna Whalen is just the bees knees...(inside X-file joke there!)

Anna Whalen, The Truth is Out There but so are the Lies, Oil on Board, 12" x 18", $525

Stay safe folks! Have fun however you can and we'll hope to see you SOON IN JUNE!   CHEERS!

Great affordable glasses- only $15 each. Celebrate getting vaccinated!  

Visit us online anytime at www.argylefineart.com

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Affordable Art for Everybody!

You can enjoy art at any budget! Add something special to your home or office with these affordably priced works, garanteed to brighten your day.  These selected works are all available for less than $250! 

New from Kerry Hodgson, we have this original hand drawn portrait of Greta Thunberg;

Kerry Hodgson, Greta Thunberg, 5" x 4", ballpoint pen on paper, $85

We also have an amazing collection of new textile works by Leah Mark.  These wall hanging artworks typically range from $95 to $200 each.  

Leah Mark, Lawrencetown 2, 11.5" x 12", fabric collage

Stay up-to-date with other New Arrivals HERE

Raquel Roth has been painting up a storm! Participating in both our "Get Outta Town" exhibition, and now in her own solo show (Now Showing). These popular floral paintings have been going fast, but there's still time to own one of your very own!

Be sure to check out Raquel's first ever solo exhibition "Petals" online HERE

Raquel Roth, Polka Dot Fun, 5" x 5", acrylic on canvas

We still have some amazing artworks available from our PreShrunk 2021 Exhibition. These 4" x 5" pieces are all $175 each, and make great gifts.  If you're starting a mini art collection or adding something special to an existing one, these small works would make a fine addition! 

You can view the 2021 PreShrunk Collection online HERE

Ursula Ryle-Gulliver, Light House No. 3, 5" x 4", rug hooking, $175


George Spencer, Study of 3 Clementines, 4" x 5", oil on canvas on board, $175

Maybe you're looking for something a little different? Consider a mixed media sculptural work by gallery artist Kevin Maclean. Each piece is made from recycled materials, and is sure to strike up a conversation with friends and co-workers alike!      

Kevin MacLean, The Taunter, 5" x 4.5" x 1.5", assembled found objects

You can also enjoy our "Art for the End of World" collection featuring selected artworks for only $85 each! You can view the complete series online HERE;


Rachel Ogden, Snake Plants and String, 4" x 5", acrylic on board, $85

Diane Rogers, Edible, 5" x 4", acrylic on board, $85

Fine art prints are another great introduction to art collecting! We have some amazing pieces like these original 3D screenprints by Yo Rodeo. We also have a fun selection of art prints and posters available for the budget conscious;

Check out other works on paper HERE 

Yo Rodeo, Hiding Islands, Wet Seas, 26" x 20", screenprint

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


Monday, May 10, 2021

How Much is that Painting in the Window? New Show by Raquel Roth on NOW

This past weekend, we showcased the first solo show by emerging artist Raquel Roth. It's STUNNING! This exhibit called PETALS seems to have been just what the doctors ordered...in addition to staying home and staying 6 feet apart of course! 

The paintings are uplifting and filled with hope,beautiful colours and textures. Many have found homes but there are many more still waiting for you! They are professionally presented, affordable and would  make wonderful gifts for an upcoming special event.

 

 Pretty in Pink Peonies, 12" x 12", acrylic on canvas

 Springtime Tapestry, 20" x 20", acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Due to Covid-19 we had to adjust our plans to celebrate these paintings with everyone in the traditional manner which was certainly disappointing but necessary to keep everyone safe in our community.

 

So we didn't cancel the show and instead hung the entire show in the gallery and invited Raquel to come in on Friday and do a walk-through the show, as if you were all here asking her questions about her paintings.  

Below is the video of Raquel taking you on tour of the show. If you have trouble clicking the image below CLICK HERE to go to the video instead. ENJOY! 


Once we completed capturing the video and installation shots, we quickly took the art off the walls and moved the entire show into our gallery windows to be enjoyed and purchased safely from outside the gallery walls. 


We have been encouraging everyone living near-by, to take a walk or drive-by and do some literal window shopping. We have also put the show online with pricing information  HERE. 

We are happy to arrange FREE LOCAL DELIVERY, curbside pick-up Wednesday- Friday 11am-5:30pm, and can ship artworks affordably and safely all over the world.

Please take a moment to visit the show online, in person from a safe distance outside our gallery windows or on our social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Thanks for supporting local business and artists during these uncertain times. STAY SAFE and KEEP IN TOUCH!

Congrats to Raquel for all your hard work!
 Thank you for sharing your art with all of us:-)


Thursday, April 29, 2021

HERE WE ARE AGAIN....Update on Gallery Hours & Stuff

 Well well well.....here we are again! But at least we are better prepared this time and know how to handle this whole lockdown thing a little better. Of course, we are filled with anxiety and worry like everyone else, and are hoping that these restrictions will be lifted soon, our number of cases go down and we can all get back to doing business as usual. But until then...we wish for you all to stay safe, keep in touch and support local if you are financially able to do so.  

Here is a bit of info of our updated hours of operation and protocols and how you can continue to enjoy art from afar and purchase it too! Thanks for supporting local artists and our local business.

Obviously purchasing art online isn't as great as doing it in person. But we can offer virtual tours of the works in the gallery upon request. One-on-one appointments are possible by appointment only, but not for any lengthy browsing -please do that online on our blog here, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. So grab your device and start art looking! Do some art "take-out".

Above Artwork by Caitlin McGuire

 We are offering FREE HRM delivery on purchases $20 or over, curbside pick-up and shipping worldwide.We have lots of affordable options online right now, like our ARTMAIL FOR SHUT-INS ONLINE SHOW where everything is just $20  and our PANDEMIC POSTCARD SALE and we will be setting up mini shows in our gallery windows, so do a walk or drive-by if in our community to peruse that way and use the QR codes to find out more about each piece highlighted there.

You can also purchase a GIFT CERTIFICATE online or for curbside pick-up anytime for future shopping.They make great gifts for things like Mother's Day fast approaching...wink wink!



Our upcoming shows will go on!  Even if there is lockdown, we can all still enjoy art and in fact really need it more than ever. So we will continue to pivot and adjust to bring you art however we can do that safely now and into the future. 

Our next opening is happening on May 8th with Raquel Roth...just in time for Mother's Day. Beautiful paintings like this one will be featured- this one is actually called "Have a Sunshiney Day"! 


REDUCED GALLERY HOURS

 

OPEN WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

*TUESDAYS BY SPECIAL REQUEST OR BY CHANCE* 

CURBSIDE PICKUP AND LOCAL DELIVERY


CLOSED SATURDAY, SUNDAY and MONDAY



REMEMBER: WE ARE OPEN ONLINE ANYTIME HERE or over on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
We can process sales via email or phone call. 
We can arrange mailing, delivery within HRM, and pick-up options.
 



Saturday, April 24, 2021

Enjoy Art "Behind Glass" with New Window Displays! Affordably Priced Art for Everyone...

Lockdown got you...down? If you're looking for something to do outside, we've got a great display of affordably priced artwork in our windows to put that pep back in your step!

First up, check these ever popular Art Prints by Christopher Hemsworth from the Heritage Minutes Series. $35 each, supplies are limited!

You can see the full collection HERE




Our ARTMAIL for SHUT-INS Series is sure to turn that frown upside down! These original art pieces, feature the creative talents of our local artists.  At $20 each, most will fit inside a regular sized greeting card. Share the love with friends and family who are also stuck at home! Makes a great gift idea for Mother's day!

You can also view the ARTMAIL for SHUT-INS collection online HERE

Sadie Perron, "Bird", 5" x 7", gouache and ink on paper

Mary Wiesner, Untitled (Jelly Fish), mixed media on paper

Amber Gillespie, Stylized Portrait, 4.5" x 6", acrylic and gouache on paper

You can spice up your lockdown with these newly added glassware by Jill Babcock. Each glass is engraved by the artist. Only $50 each! 

“A little bit about glass engraving! I draw on the glass with marker to place my design. A diamond bit or arkansas stone to place the outline, then onto deep engraving.  Once that is done, the glass is smoothed with other stones and shaded with rubber burrs. The shading brings back the grey scale, the rougher the glass the whiter it looks, the untouched cut glass is the whitest. In the end I place brighter white highlights. So…very much like painting! Only with diamonds!” -Jill Quinn Babcock.




Bored at home and want to learn something new? Spaces are still available in our upcoming online workshops! Get creative and develop some amazing new skills. Follow the link HERE for details, or contact us directly!




If we don't get to see you in person, be sure to drop by and enjoy our window display. We've got a great selection of artwork available online for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to follow us on social media and stay up-to-date as we continue to navigate the great unknown that is Covid.

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