Friday, May 30, 2014



The leaves on our trees have started to fill in, the air is getting warmer, and the call of the loon is growing louder – So, we think it’s high time we start working towards our exciting summer season! We’re happy to announce that Argyle Fine Art is looking for a variety of local artists to create works with the theme, CANADIANA in mind. Your artwork might focus on regional landscape, Canadian icons, or even tourist kitch – the sky is the limit, so long as it falls within the category of Canadian culture. What do YOU associate with Canadian culture? All mediums will be considered, including (but not limited to) painting, sculpture, photography and textile. All artists are welcome to submit their work to this juried exhibition.

 Submission guidelines: 
-         Submissions must be new, and not have been previously shown.
-         Work must have the theme Canadiana as it’s primary focus.
-         Please include your name, phone number, email address, and list of materials used along with your application.  
-         Deadline for applications is July 5th
-         NOTE: For those who are able to finish their submissions before July 1st, the gallery may want to feature your piece/s in the gallery over Canada Day Weekend! 

To apply, please photograph your completed piece/ pieces and send your images in jpeg format to SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT July 5th, If your work is selected by the jury, you will be notified by phone or email the following week.

The opening reception for Canadiana will be held here at Argyle Fine Art on Thursday, July17th from 5-7. This reception will coincide with Halifax’s second “Downtown Art Walk” so we expect it to be a lively evening! The pieces selected to be in the show will be available for purchase (price set by the artist) with standard gallery commission applied. 

Please telephone the gallery, 902-425-9456 if you have any questions in regards to the requirements of this exciting group show!
From the gals of Argyle Fine Art,
Adriana Afford and Crystal Ross
1559 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 2Z7
902.425.9456 /

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Celebrate the Varied Landscapes by Vaughn Gray

ART makes all special occasions even more memorable. Vaughn Gray paintings are often the paintings of choice for gifts, as they capture Nova Scotia and it's varied landscapes beautifully.

Vaughn Gray has relocated back to Halifax recently, after living in Yarmouth for a number of years. His work there didn't allow much time for painting,but he is now ready to begin painting again! However, until he gets things underway, he has asked us to find great homes for a selection of his older works.  He loves painting Nova Scotian landscape- especially along the ocean. Many of these paintings  are from his home town of Yarmouth, but also include the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Some even look as if they have been painted along a  flood plain, and make us homesick for canoing and camping in the great outdoors.

Enjoy looking at ALL of the paintings by clicking here:at this LINK

We are offering 50% off  ALL the works  until June 7th. **Call us for prices at 902-425-9456 or simply email us at Most works are on high profile canvas, ready for hanging- but a few works are painted on masonite and may require framing. **

Please take a good look at the images and feel free to share this email with others you think will enjoy Vaughn's painting. These works range in sizes from 5" x 7", 6"x6", (normally $200- now $100)  8" x 8" (normally $375 now $187.50)  and so on...
Surrettes Island; Yarmouth,  6"x 6", Acrylic on Canvas
Original Price: $200
NOW: $100
Lowtide at Sunset, 8" x8", Acrylic on Canvas.
Original Price:$375
NOW: $187.50
Rolling to Shore, 6" x 6", Acrylic on Canvas
Original Price: $200
NOW: $100

Saturday, May 24, 2014

NOW SHOWING: New works by Luke Naylor and Dave LeRue

The shows are up, and are now being greeted with many onlookers - stop into the gallery anytime today between10-5:30 and see the sparkling new shows by Luke Naylor and emerging artist Dave LeRue for yourselves.  We're back at it again Tuesday through Saturday, from 
10- 5 :30 and we'd love to see you.

(click on the images below to see the shows online!)

Friday, May 23, 2014


Dust off your walking shoes and get ready for the second DOWNTOWN ARTWALK...which will happen in Halifax on Thursday, July 17th, 5-8pm.  Stroll from one art gallery to another, as well as take in other offerings from local businesses who are open that evening too. We'll be announcing the participants soon- get in touch with us too, if you'd like to take part as a venue!

We're already planning a special showing of Canadiana for that evening at Argyle Fine Art.

Beaver- Peter Rafuse Wood Carving
Studio 21 is planning an exciting group show too and if the weather works in our favour, you'll be able to enjoy their outdoor terrace. Zwickers is also keen and starting to scheme and plan.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Luke Naylor and David LeRue: Opening this FRIDAY at Argyle Fine Art- ALL WELCOME!

We are very excited to be showcasing new works by Luke Naylor (whom we haven't shown a lot of since 2006- with the odd new painting here and there)  so we can hardly wait! The wait is over, as the show opening reception is this Friday, May 23rd, 7-9pm.

"I wish I was the Moon"- Oil on Canvas- Luke Naylor
We'll also be featuring new works by an emerging artist from NSCAD, David LeRue.

Footballin'- Oil on Canvas- David LeRue
Come out Friday night and show your support to local artists and local business! It's also a great way to start the weekend off. If you can't make it in to the opening reception, drop by anytime as the shows continue until June 12th and will be online at, once the shows open.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

EVERYONE would recognise the sound of a skunk, a beaver, and a porcupine.. right?!

You can tell instantly by looking at this wee fella in the eyes, what his distinct, unmistakably porcupine-like sound would be... 

Can you hear that? Yes.. there he goes, making his porcupiney noizes..

And this little guy here - no mistaking the sound of a genuine skunk! 

 such a familiar tune he sings..

and that clearly Canadian voice that can only come from a beaver! Say it with me now! ... ... ... 

These new folk art pieces are carved by the wonderful Peter Rafuse, and they're squawking, honking, or whatever it is that they do, in our front windows for everyone to enjoy. Keep your eyes peeled for a sheep and a few chickens too!  

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hamburgers and Pizza for your Ears

We are on the eve of the looooooooooong weekend known as Victoria Day weekend. This is traditionally a weekend when people head out of the city and into the country for some rest and relaxation. It's also a time when you may be barbequing or treating yourself to a special treat. We thought we'd share these great new earrings by Dan Bray with you. They are delicious works of art  for your ears...and calorie free.

Miniature Clay earrings by Dan Bray. Mmm....hamburgers!

Two slices of pizza please!Earrings by Dan Bray
 Drop by the gallery or visit our ONLINE SHOP to order yours TODAY.  There are also avocados and pies and hotdogs!

Oh my! Think it's time for a snack!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Twila Robar-Decoste : Nova Scotian Botanical Paintings

Botanical Artists of Nova Scotia Association President, Twila Robar-Decoste has opened her latest exhibit titled "Bloom" at Argyle Fine Art. Her meticulous and exacting depictions of local flora are exquisite, and  highlight a style of artwork made popular in the 1700's. Twila's approach is both scientific and artistic, with two degrees in mycology from Acadia University (where she created carefully rendered drawings to document specimen) paired with a lifelong study in art.

Twila's exhibition can be seen alongside works created by the graduating class of the NSCAD ceramics department. The botanical paintings can also be seen here : 

Have a look at this article published in the herald, about Twila's work!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

THIS JUST IN: New work by Gordon MacDonald and Angela Penton

As we highlight Twila Robar-Decoste's new series of botanical paintings on the main level of the gallery, new pieces by gallery artists continue to trickle into our collection. Most recently, we've received four new pieces by Gordon MacDonald and a beautiful sculpture by Angela Penton. Have a look, and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

THIS SATURDAY: Opening Reception for BLOOM!

This Saturday (May the10th!) Please join us for Open City, and the opening reception for Twila Robar Decoste's exhibition "Bloom" featuring a series of  exquisite botanical paintings. Along with Twila's new works, is a collection of vessels created from graduating students from the NSCAD ceramics department, paired with Ikebana arrangements from Miyako Ballesteros of the Ikebana Shop. The gallery will be absolutely bursting with life and colour, a true sign that spring is HERE! Opening reception for BLOOM and OPEN CITY is from 1:30 to 5:30. Come in for a breath of fresh air!!

Friday, May 2, 2014

We don't want to brag BUT...WE HAVE THE BEST CARDS EVER!

It's that time of year...when many of us remember the written word and how nice it is to buy a special card for a special occasion.

Maybe it's Mother's Day..Father's Day....or maybe it's graduation, a wedding....Whatever the reason, we've got you covered with original, creative cards made by local artists that are even great to FRAME afterwards or keep for yourself.
Mother's Day card by Jodie Hansen

For any of you STAR WARS fans, you may also remember that "May the 4th be with You" Day is fast approaching, so we thought we'd share just a few of the Star Wars themed cards that are waiting for you to pick up this weekend.