Friday, September 30, 2011


Never has so much theatre come from such a tiny box.

Thursday October 6th and Friday October 7th, 8PM
Argyle Fine Art Gallery, 1559 Barrington Street
$20 ($15 artists and unwaged)
This fall we are touring living rooms around the province with our new show ‘Epic in a Box’. We are also very happy to be teaming up with our friends at Argyle Fine Art for two performances at their cool new space in the heart of down town Halifax.

Join us around our table we weave the largest most epic theatrical production you have ever seen right at your fingertips. Comedy, adventure, romance, heroism and villainy are all played out in a delightfully innovative style surrounded by the work of some of Nova Scotia’s most talented visual artists.
We guarantee that that you will laugh very hard and remember this night for a long time.

Only 25 seats per show. By reservation only.

Seating at the table is limited. To make sure that everybody who wants to can attend, we ask that you RSVP directly with the gallery.

(902) 425-9456

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


He may look friendly enough, but turn your back from this 
little guy for more than five minutes and you're t.o.a.s.t. 
We're not kidding people, this guy means business. 
I mean, look at his angry arms!!! 

Heed this warning from Destructo himself: 
"beeeep beep wioo woonc beeep"  

*Destructo's Creator is the ever so talented Ed Beals. 
Stay tuned for more Found Object Assemblages from him in the near future, 
including a series of RAY GUNS!!   

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Kids Are Alright.

It's dark and pouring outside, and our gallery patrons are looking a little sad and soggy this afternoon. If there's a bright side, it's that the kids are alright... infact, you could even say that they're wonderful.

We were surprised this afternoon by a lovely crew of young people who set out delivering pretty flowers to some of the local business downtown. Why? Just because. Who purchased/collected the flowers? They did. Did they want anything in return? Nope. Are we smiling now? Yup.

 Our new little potted plant came with strict instructions: Don't Forget to be Awesome!

So if you see any of these faces below around town, give them a pat on the back. They certainly brightened our day here at the gallery, and we hope we can thank them again sometime soon!

Janel O'Connor - Bookshelf Series

This skillful young artist is the latest emerging talent to join our family here at Argyle Fine Art. Janel O'Connor has drawn a very catching series of pears, who's bodies are defined through the rendering of different objects (books and life drawings.)

These works are all original, hand drawn illustrations that use marker or graphite on archival paper. Each piece is framed beautifully in a black or white contemporary frame.  

For more information on this artist or others, please contact at the gallery. 
We're always happy to help! 
902.425.9456 email:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Isn't She a Hoot?

 It seems as though she's trying real hard to maintain her 
patience as the wind ruffles her feathery tufts. 
Keep calm Sophia, we think you look great. 

Painted by Melissa Townsend, 20" x 24", Oil on Board.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Susan Malmstrom: Pictures within Pictures

Susan Malmstrom has once again, provoked our senses using her evocative style of photography. In her latest series, she guides us through complex layers of imagery that are both haunting and beautiful. Make sure you take a moment to read her artist statement below:     

Artist’s Statement

Since the late 1980s, my work has consisted of still-life photographs, originally using antique processes, such as Vandyke and salted paper printing, invented during the earliest days of photography.  In 2004, my method shifted dramatically, and now employs digital technology.  Although contemporary media present different challenges than those of the 19th century, my work remains faithful to transforming real objects existing in time and space into allegorical imagery exploring personal vs. collective memory.  Moving beyond the idea of literal documentation or objective truth, I attempt to subvert photography’s ability to record the minutia of the everyday world in order to find the realities that exist beneath the surface.

For Pictures Within Pictures, new settings are created for vintage found photographs, using every day objects, frames, and vegetation from my Nova Scotia garden, in order to explore how vintage images can be altered when they are removed from any original context and manipulated into a completely different framework.  What does a photographic image from the 1890s, or the 1940s, say to us now?  Our collective memory  disallows looking at an image without bringing some sense of history (personal or collective) to its narrative.  No matter how elaborate or dense the newly created context may be, the photograph within it still retains a layer of elusiveness, as it cannot escape entirely from its own time encapsulaton.