Monday, November 30, 2015

TWIST AND SHOUT- The 1950s-1960s are coming to Argyle Fine Art this Saturday!

At Argyle Fine Art we believe that a big part of any holiday season is remembering the past and looking forward to the future for the coming year ahead. So each SATURDAY before Christmas, we'll be celebrating the holidays through the decades beginning with the 1950s and 1960s this Saturday, December 5th!  Drop by between 1-4 each Saturday and experience our NOSTALGIC HOLIDAYS.

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Here are some details for this Saturday and upcoming ones!

*1950s &-1960s* : Saturday, December 5th


We'll have a vintage styled record player all set up, awaiting for you to play your favourite holiday tunes upon it. We'll have some records for you to choose from or bring your own! We'll be featuring artworks and cards inspired by the 1950's & 1960's such as works by Angela Carlsen, Andy MacDonald, and even a mini Christmas tree camper vintage style (see below) , made from a shoe by Kim Danio, of course! 

*1970s & 1980's* : Saturday, December 12th OPEN UNTIL 7pm for our HOLIDAY PARTY TOO!

Relive the 1970's and the pop culture of the 1980's! We'll have a DISCO BALL, a delicious JELL-O Mold, oversized watches, and lots of colourful art for you to choose from! ALSO....we'll have a LIVE TWEET IN with the one, the only WOODY THE TALKING CHRISTMAS TREE! Talk to the tree and ask him questions or share a memory 2pm-3:30pm @woodyxmastree


*1990s-2000's*- Saturday, December 19th

Ah....the 1990s and the 2000's....seems like just yesterday! We'll have lots of shiny things, BOY BAND christmas tunes (not all day- don't worry!) We'll also have lots of internet cats, a QR CODE scavenger hunt throughout the gallery and more. Bring your cellphones for this one! Art will be all about technology and reusing/repurposing things! More info coming soon!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Come Awake, My Love: Melissa Townsend SHOW NOW ONLINE!

It's almost time...and we now have ALL THE WORKS ONLINE by simply clicking on the below link. We will be closed at 5:30pm tonight to prep for the opening and will officially open the gallery for the opening at 7pm sharp.

NO WORKS WILL BE SOLD UNTIL THE DOORS OPEN AT 7pm in person or online/phone call 902-425-9456  or 902-233-0784



Meet Benny the Bunny....and more of his friends at the Melissa Townsend show opening tonight, 7pm

 You can also meet Melissa Townsend tomorrow, Saturday, November 28th, 1:30pm-3:30pm at the gallery too!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Meet "Della"- New Textile works by Pat Winans

We just received additional works from the on-going series "Della says..." by artist Pat Winans. We are over the moon for these pieces...each of them depicting Della from her daughter's perceptive.

The works really do speak for themselves!  But first, let us introduce you to Della!

Della was born in 1912 and Pat describes her as a "goose" nanny, war plant worker, professional chauffeur, expert seamstress, artist, artisan, story teller and my mother- whose uncanny wit is the inspiration for my art."

The photo was taken in the barn yard of the farm where she grew up. In the summertime, it was her job to keep track of the geese and keep them in the yard
Della says..."love those skinny blue jeans"

Della says..."when life gets tough, disappear with camo"

Della says..."being loved is a ride in someone's little red wagon"
Della says..."bikinis aren't for sissies"

Della says..." happiness is dancing naked in the rain"

Della says....purple is the new black

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Still Blooming in November

Despite the cold and rainy day today, we've heard many of you tell us that you still have flowers blooming outside!  What a strange and wonderful world of weather we have around here!  Bringing flowers inside to be enjoyed is always a pleasure too- and the latest painting by Briana Corr-Scott captures it all so perfectly.

This  work is called "Zinnia & Hydrangea", 24" x 36" and is painted with oil on board. You can see it as much in this photograph, but there is a fair bit of texture in this work. We think it's divine and would make the best gift of all!  That being said, we want to remind you that we are offering 20% off most works of art until December 15th- with the donation of some warm mitts, hat and scarf!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Vroooooom......And we SHIP ART too....artistically of course! FREE SHIPPING within Canada for the holidays!

Just in case you didn't know, we ship artwork all around the world!  No box is too small or too large to send!  Caitlin McGuire, who has just started to work with the gallery, has taken on the tradition begun by Crystal Ross (off on maternity leave) of shipping and packing art work creatively!!  We can hardly wait to hear the reaction of this client when he receives his art- which appears to be in a box shaped as a truck or delivery van! Just take a look!

****ARGYLE FINE ART IS OFFERING FREE SHIPPING within CANADA on orders $100 or more until Dec. 12th!****

 Art is a wonderful way to celebrate the season and actually many couples and families are opting to celebrate the season with original artwork. In fact, it's become a tradition for a few- each year they set aside a little bit of dollars and select a work of art together. What a grand memory that will be in years to come!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Time to write some heartfelt notes in these heartfelt cards...

It's time to get out your pen and pick-up some hand screen printed cards, like these beautiful ones by the twin sister duo, Bryanna and Alyssa Chapeskie...aka Double Dare Print Studio.  These are not only cards...but mini works of art and $5.50 each.

Each card is made lovingly and we love the vintage aesthetic each of these have- fits in quite nicely with our nostalgic holiday theme happening all season long at the gallery.  Check out these as well as other cards and prints by local artists arriving almost daily now!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Gonna Buy Me a Ford Truck (And Cruise It Up and Down the Road)

This holiday season at the gallery we're feeling a little... nostalgic. What better way to enjoy that feeling than a trip down memory lane - with art!

Today we're featuring a new work by artist Andy MacDonald, Orange Truck. This is no ordinary Andy MacDonald painting though (as if anything Andy does is ordinary) - this piece glows.

Orange Truck, Andy MacDonald

When we say it glows, we really mean it. The headlights and the background in this piece actually glow in the dark!

Ouu! Ahhh!

You have to see this piece in person to really appreciate it. Especially if you are a classic Ford truck lover.

Fear not Chevy fans, we have a classic by Andy for you too! 

A few process shots on how we set up our glow in the dark photo booth:

Add a little light...

One tall chair & one heavy coat = the sophisticated photo booth Caitlin set up to keep the light out!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sentimental Feelings: Nostalgic for the Holidays

'Tis the season when many of us will start to prepare for  holiday celebrations.One important part of this season, is to say "thank you" to people that are important to us, in our daily lives. One way to do this, is through gift giving and card writing.We've begun to receive lots of new cards by local artists- all different styles for anyone on your list. We also have the most beautiful glass pens, that almost look as if you are writing with icicles.

(Left to Right) -"French Bulldog in Scarf" by Tara Andrews postcard, "Evening Skate" collage card by Angela Carlsen and Glass Pen by Janelle Tyler (various styles)
But you can also show you care with kind gestures. We challenge all of you to do kind things for one another throughout the season and in the year ahead. In fact, we are offering 20% off most purchases over $50 (before tax- some exceptions apply) IF you donate a warm pair of new or gently used mittens or gloves this season until December 15th! Then we'll take all the wonderful warm things and drop them to a local non-profit in time for winter wearing! We plan to hang out a clothesline and thank you publicly too! Of course, if you just want to donate without a purchase, that's wonderful too!

Another thing many of us do, is think back to days past with fondness and good memories of friends, family and fun. This holiday season at Argyle Fine Art, we want to reminisce with you and showcase some works that touch on the nostalgic things associated with a Canadian holiday season- especially an Atlantic Canadian one! So sit back, and relax as we bring you little bits of memories throughout the weeks ahead- with art!  Tell us what you think of when you think of Christmas or the holidays you celebrate!  What makes you feel the "warm and cozies"? 

To start with, we are excited to feature the latest works by Kimberly Floyd in her growing series of vintage products- all of which still exist to this day, and have actually not changed their branding much at all over the years and years. All of these things have a certain memory attached to them for many Atlantic Canadians especially, but not exclusively. All of these works are at the gallery and are waiting for new homes for the holidays, perhaps with you! (and they are even more colourful and alive in person!)  Contact us directly for purchase details at 902-425-9456.

 Drop back often....we'll be featuring lots of new works that will trigger a nostalgic bone or two! Throughout the weeks, we hope to have a Record Playing shopping party and more...stay tuned!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold.

The winds of change are in the air as we step into fall in Nova Scotia. As the colours of the leaves change from green to gold, and slowly fade to brown under a grey sky, the nights get a little darker and the air a little cooler.

Fear not fair-weather friends! While it is chilly outside, it's still warm inside with new springtime inspirations from artist Briana Corr Scott.

Briana Corr Scott

Colour, warmth, form and light - Briana's studies are gentle and soft, and help create a calm transition between seasons.

Briana Corr Scott

Join us and step out of the cold and into the gallery today to let art and your imagination carry you through until warmer seasons.