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

Thursday, April 22, 2021

EARTH DAY 2021, Celebrating the Natural World in Art!

For Earth Day we'd like to take a moment to share some of our favorite artworks that celebrate our amazing planet!

RJ Marchand's "Wave" Series was a big hit at this year's Pre-Shrunk exhibition. There's still time to grab some of RJ's remaining pieces like this little gem;


RJ Marchand, "The Swell", 4" x 5", acrylic on board. 

Mark Brennan has always been a big nature lover, and an advocate for preserving our provinces natural habitats. His paintings continue to capture the beauty of the Nova Scotia's unique Landscape. 


Mark Brennan, Evening Shoreline, Melopsesketch Lake, NS, Oil on birch, 2021 8" x 10"

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

Back by popular demand, James Darley's wooded bird sculptures have returned! The Gallery is proud to have these little guys on display for your viewing pleasure. With Mother's Day just around the corner, these sculptures are sure to be a winner!  

We've got an amazing selection to choose from, to see more of James' work, follow the link HERE

Danny Abriel's paintings remind us of the joys of being outdoors. From hiking trails to our never ending beaches, each landscape is portrayed with bright vibrant colors. There's an energy to Danny's work that delights the senses, and captures the imagination.        


Danny Abriel, "Wilderness Bluff Adoration", 18" x 36", acrylic on canvas

To see more of Danny's work follow the link HERE

If you're not familiar with the amazing works of Dusan Postolovic, you will be soon!  Relatively new to the gallery, Dusan's been delighting audiences with his realistic pencil drawings of local wildlife. Be on the look out for a NEW exhibition of works this summer!

Dusan Postolovic, Spanish Orange, Coloured Pencil on Watercolour Paper, 11" x 14

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

Michelle SaintOnge's watercolors really need to be seen in person. Her wildlife paintings are always rich in color, and capture the natural beauty of the animals they portray. 


Michelle SaintOnge, "Intercoastal Waterway, Florida, Blue Beauty", 20" x 24",
watercolor on paper mounted on board.

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

As you can see, there's lots of amazing artwork to discover at the gallery. Just because it may not be displayed on the walls, it doesn't mean it isn't hiding somewhere!  If something catches your eye online, and you want to see it in person, let us know...we'd love to show it to you!

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

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Road Trip Time!

 Our current exhibit GET OUTTA TOWN, continues until April 28th and we are delighted with what the artists have put together for all of us to enjoy. It's a rather nostalgic group show, remembering what it feels like to travel to places far but also near-by! Where are you planning on visiting this Summer?

In fact, quite a few of the artworks submitted were inspired by local destinations that many of us living in Atlantic Canada can at still visit (but we miss everyone else and can't wait until you can visit too!) 

A new artist to us; Alicia Braganza, approached us with these two similar compositions of driving on a country road, with warm evening sun peeking through the trees and around the bend. This is inspired by her drive with family to a cottage in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

Alicia Braganza, The Road Less Travelled #1, 19.5 diameter, acrylic on canvas

A popular highway to begin your "escape" nearby, is the Highway 103. Here's a lovely painting by Craig Baltzer that captures a mood of the road trip. Maybe heading out to the airport to begin a longer journey or perhaps just heading home from a visit to a near-by park. 


Speaking of near by parks, have you travelled to the Thomas Raddall Provincial Park lately? The journey is lovely and once you arrive you are in for a treat! Go for a day trip or if you are lucky, camp for the night. There are lots of cottages for rent along this route too. We LOVE this new painting by Heidi Holloway of the area.


If you walk along the shorelines, make sure to take the time to look into tide pools. There are many inlets and coves to discover like in this painting that almost sparkles in person with sea-life. Just look at the colours and depth in this recent painting by Erin Hollingshead.


Make sure to add some ART to your life this Summer Season and support local culture in the communities you find yourself. Safe Travels!


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Seeing Is Believing, Take A Virtual Vacation With Art...

We're taking a virtual vacation this week, as we explore some of the amazing destinations represented in our "Get Outta Town" exhibition. Each artwork from the show was inspired by real places.  Favorite vacation spots and local getaways are all on display for your viewing pleasure. You can also experience the exhibition online HERE


For that exotic getaway, we have this warm and inviting Hawaiian inspired painting by Haley Toll. "Glimmers of the Ocean, Hope Through the Trees", 24" x 36", mixed media on canvas (Left). To the right is an image of the Banyan Tree in Hawaii. 














Pat Shattuck introduces us to the Lava Fields in Iceland with this stunning watercolour tribute. Approx. 10.5" x 14.5", framed and ready to hang (Left). Situated along Iceland’s south coast, Eldhraun (Right) is the largest lava flow in the world and one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions.


You can explore the wonders of the Mediterranean with this incredible painting by Amy Ordoveza. "View of Dubrovnik" is 5" x 7" gouache on paper. Dubrovnik is a city on the Adriactic Sea in southern Croatia, and is one of the Mediterranean's top tourist destinations, as well as a popular filming location!


Now for something a little closer to home. These two sets of images depict beaches in Nova Scotia.  Craig Gunn's "After the Hike", 18" x 24", acrylic on canvas (Above, Left), depicts the Refugee Cove Trail in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. 
  
Kelly Mitchelmore's "Relinquish" features the scenic coastal wonders of Bayswater Beach. 11" x 14", acrylic on canvas (left). Bayswater Beach Provincial Park is located in Lunenburg County, along the South Shore.

Our "Get Outta Town" exhibition has something to offer everyone. Be sure to drop by the gallery and check it out!   


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

Saturday, April 3, 2021

OPENING TODAY! GET OUTTA TOWN OPENS TODAY: SEE THE ENTIRE ONLINE NOW!

Get your Passports ready....you're about to go on an art journey with our latest show opening TODAY, April 3rd, 1:30-3:30pm if you want to venture down in-person to see the exhibit.  

 If you live out of town or would prefer to enjoy the show from home, we have the entire show online now. CLICK HERE TO FLY AWAY TO PLACES UNKNOWN AND KNOWN :-) 

Craig Gunn, After the Hike, 18" x 24", acrylic on canvas

 


Already a piece has sold from the show, so get in touch for more details on any works you see. We can also send more photos or take you on a virtual tour of the show if you`d prefer to see the works as they would be seen if you were here. Just ask us to help! It`s always best to see art in person but sometimes video can help too as it`s hard to grasp the size of works online sometimes. Shipping is easy to arrange and we also offer curbside pick-up and local delivery to some locations.

This painting by Gordon MacDonald is from 40,000 Feet above Manitoba.


The show will online and available in person until April 28th, so don`t delay!

Evgenia Makogon, Hit the Beach, 6" x 24", oil on board

Bailee Higgins, Franey Trail, 16" x 20", acrylic on board



Tuesday, March 30, 2021

GET OUTTA TOWN & Virtual EASTER EGG HUNT!

 GET OUTTA TOWN

HAPPENING THIS SATURDAY

 APRIL 3rd, 1:30-3:30pm

Exhibit continues until April 28th and will be online once the show opens

 &

Virtual Easter Egg Hunt DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

All Weekend Long!

  ALL ABOARD to the GET OUTTA TOWN SHOW AT ARGYLE FINE ART! Although our upcoming new art show is called GET OUTTA TOWN, you don’t have to go too far to enjoy the artworks by 30 artists in our show all about favourite places to travel and unwind! On Saturday, April 3rd between 1:30-3:30pm you can meet many of the artists that are in the show in person or drop by online to see the show here on our blog after the show has officially opened! 

 Check our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE throughout the day, to meet a few of the artists there too. We hope this show brings you joy, inspires you to travel around our beautiful Atlantic Canada and when the time is safe to do so, travel further as well, to all these gorgeous places the artists have depicted in their artworks. We will be travelling as far away as to Hawaii, Tokyo, Iceland and to nearby secret destinations.

 

" Akiruno-shi, Tokyo".  5 x 6 , Yoko White

"This is where I grew up in Akiruno-shi, Tokyo.  This road was my route to elementary school, and favourite place to go walk when I visit my families. 
There are lots of good memories."


WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ROAD TUNES too….as we are putting together a  music play list  to accompany the show, so please email us your favourite tunes. We’ll have some treats on hand for you all to enjoy while taking a trip around the gallery!

 


IN OTHER FUN NEWS!

 Downtown Halifax Business Commission has teamed up with Argyle Fine Art on an EGGcellent virtual Easter egg hunt in Downtown Halifax for the Easter weekend. We are asking businesses to colour and hang paper Easter eggs in their windows for people to find between April 2-5. If they post a photo to social using the tag #EggHuntDTHFX, they could win a $75 Spring Gift Basket from Freak Lunchbox and a $100 gift card from Argyle Fine Art. The goal is to get people out to the Downtown area and visiting local businesses during the long weekend. More information and egg design template PDF downloads can be found here. Or, you can do your own design! If you are unable to print the templates, just email communications@downtownhalifax.ca or gallery@argylefa.com, and we can deliver some to you.

 


 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Spring Fling with Art: Upcoming Shows, EGGcellent Virtual Egg Hunt and more!

Hey there!  The gallery is starting to fill up with new works by our gallery artists and a few new guest artists too, in our upcoming show GET OUTTA TOWN, opening on Easter Weekend, Saturday, April 3rd, 1:30pm-3:30pm. 

If you are in the city, put us on your TO-DO list and come see some amazing art by artists inspired by their memories of travel. Through their art they will share some of their favourite places and spaces! Like this gorgeous painting by Haley Toll of a very special place in Hawaii. 

Looking at this painting in person is a lovely experience as there are many layers and textures. You can almost hear the warm breeze through the trees.....

Did you want to be part of our EGGcellent array of art? Why not get involved with our Virtual Egg Hunt! We are looking for artists of all ages!  CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE AND GET STARTED!


Of course, we always have beautiful cards, jewellery and small paintings that can uplift and inspire too. Small works have just as much power and meaning to people than the larger more expensive works in our opinion. 

An example of a new card by Briana Corr Scott

For example, our on-going ARTMAIL for SHUT-INS has been very popular. Each of the works submitted is sold for $20 and people really enjoy sending these works to friends in the mail for the cost of a stamp or two. Here's an example of a beautiful Spring inspired one but you can see more HERE

Small watercolour painting by Deb Bromley

We always have small works in our inventory too...like the ones below that are sold for $85 each. See more available paintings HERE.





And don't forget to check out our NEW ARRIVALS section each week on our blog HERE!  These adorable little birds just arrived by James Darley!   HAPPY FIRST WEEK OF SPRING!