Friday, October 25, 2019

Argyle Fine Art Welcomes HalCon Attendees!!!

Argyle Fine Art would like to welcome everyone attending HalCon this year.  We've put together an amazing collection of work that we're sure will peak your interest.  From the Weekend Hobbyist to the Pop Culture Fanatic, we have something for everyone!  Admission is always free, drop by (in-costume) and get your geek on!

We're currently exhibiting "Hero"- inspired works by 3 very talented artists.  In the Main Floor Gallery we're featuring Kim Danio's "Big Shoes to Fill", a collection of "action figures", made from re-purposed shoes and hand bags, and Mindy Harris' "Wonder Women", a series of hand embroidered images on canvas, depicting important female figures in history, both past and present. 

Kim Danio, "Batmobile with Batman", re-purposed show and mixed media, 7" x 13" x 5",
Mindy Harris, "Malala", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 14" x 11"

In the Lower Gallery, we're showing first time exhibitor Hannah Emmett, with her digital print series "The Good, The Bad, and The Funny Lookin'", a collection of iconic characters from film.  We're also pleased to present Angela Carlsen's "Dante's Inferno Room" diorama from Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice"

Hannah Emmett (Left), "The Bride", digital art print, 16" x 12",
Angela Carlsen (Right), "Dante's Inferno", mixed media, 10" x 13" x 4"


We've got GREETING CARDS for every occasion from Jodie Hansen. Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Marvel Universe are all represented here...we have an incredible selection to choose from!!!


We've got Stickers, Book Marks, Magnets and Luggage Tags...and A TON more art!  There's always something new to see at Argyle Fine Art.  Feel free to look around, explore the gallery and get inspired!  We have lots of great gift ideas and souvenirs for the Sci-Fi enthusiast.  We're sure you'll find something for yourself and that special caped crusader at home!!! 

We wish everyone a safe and happy HalCon.  Argyle Fine Art is located at 1559 Barrington Street (just down and around the corner from the Convention Centre)...We look forward to seeing you all this weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wow! Thanks for Supporting ART everyone!

Good day to you, and you and you! We wanted to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all of you that ventured into our gallery this past Saturday for Nocturne. We saw thousands and thousands of people and it made our hearts swell!  We love Nocturne because it encourages everyone to come out and experience art together- why even some of the art goers pets got into the action as shown below!
Thanks to Candace at Salty Dog Pet Sitting for this fab photo of her pup enjoying our villain inspired "Game of Thrones"  Iron Throne during Nocturne. (all made from cardboard, foam ,a few toy swords and some paint).
Please remember and remind your friends that we're always here and working hard to bring you creative, thought provoking , fun and inspirational art everyday. So take yourselves out on your own "mini-Nocturne" trips every now and then. Support the arts and local businesses downtown. It just makes our entire community a more vibrant place to live and love!.
If you weren't able to make it into Nocturne or need a closer look at the FABULOUS artworks by our artists, come by anytime of course, but we'd especially love to see you during our casual and fun evening on Wednesday, October 30th.

We can't wait to introduce you to Kim Danio, Mindy Harris, Hannah Emmett and Angela Carlsen in person for a casual fun night of art talk , CANDY and costumes! Come one! Come all! Great for everyone and free. Learn something new! (rumour has it that one of the artists is going to dress up as Maud Lewis!) . Find out all the details and follow along for updates over HERE!
(Top left to right) - Artists Kim Danio and Mindy Harris all smiles at Nocturne.  In our lower gallery, Hannah Emmett with her latest works and finally a shot of the latest diorama miniature by Angela Carlsen, inspired by Beetlejuice (it lights up too!)
Enjoy and get in touch to purchase or if you have any questions!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Buy Some Art and Help Plant Trees! New Prints by Amber Solberg


Argyle Fine Art is pleased to offer a new series of art prints featuring Atlantic Canadian Birds by Amber Solberg.  A portion of the proceeds of each sale goes towards the tree planting initiatives of Tree Canada (

Amber is an illustrator, artist, craftsperson and instructor. Originally from Alberta, she received a Visual Arts Diploma from Red Deer College and an Interdisciplinary BFA from NSCAD University.  Amber now lives and works in Halifax.

Amber Solberg, "Peregrine Falcon", "Evening Grosbeak", "Sharp-Shinned Hawk", art print, 7 x 5 inches (each)

Tree Canada is a registered charity proudly dedicated to planting and nurturing trees. For 25 years, They’ve engaged communities, governments, corporations and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians.

Since 1992, we’ve planted more than 82 million trees, greened more than 660 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada.

Amber Solberg, "Bluejay", "Brant", "American Robin", art print, 7" x 5" (each)
These prints are part of a series to "do better".  The project started as a series of watercolour paintings of birds on sheet music back in 2010, which were produced on selectively chosen vintage music sheet.

This particular collection of prints is made from forest sustainability certified (FSC) sources, which adds a visual texture to the paper.  The "plastic" sleeve is made from polyactic acid (PLA), which is derived from fermented plant starch.

Amber Solberg, "Burrowing Owl", "Common Grackle", "Black-Bellied Plover", art print, 7" x 5" (each)

A third of the purchase from each print goes to Tree Canada, which equates to one tree being planted!!!  

This is a great opportunity to support local artists while making a contribution to the environment.  These prints are easy to frame and make great gifts.  Pick up your today!!!

"It's not easy, but it's important that we do good.  Think about how to make your actions impact beyond yourself." - Amber Solberg. 

Amber Solberg, "Horned Puffin" & "Semipamated Plover", art print, 7" x 5" (each)

Amber's work spans from the technical to the expressive, all with an underlying creativity. The classes she teaches give voice to her various interests: from monsters to atmosphere, from world marvels to making stories.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Voucher Time Alert: Pre-Shrunk 2020 is Coming!

It's Pre-Shrunk Voucher time again already!  
PRE-SHRUNK 2020 will mark the 16th year for this small but mighty show!
If you've ever wanted to own an original work of art at an affordable price, and be part of the pre - Pre-Shrunk show, this THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10th at 11am is the day to drop by in person , phone or email your request to purchase one of our limited 40 Pre-Shrunk 2020 vouchers!

Read the details below and join in the fun!


Pre-Shrunk is an annual juried show of small works that measure 4" x 5" in varying mediums by artists from all over that happens on January 24th.  Each work sells for $175 and last year we had over 300 works to choose from.  

But we pre-sell 40 vouchers at a special price of $150 in October and the number assigned to your voucher (in order of when we receive your visit, call or email) also puts you ahead of the line as well as gives you first looks and first choices the night of the show! You also get to attend our very special VIP reception before the show opens to the public to make your selections. So much fun! If you can't be here the night of, we can act as your proxy or you can send another person in your absence. These make wonderful "experience" gifts as well for anyone on your list who loves art! 


ONLY 40 vouchers will be sold this year, and need to be paid for in-full at time of purchase. The price is the same as it's been forever- $150 + tax and can not be used in combination of any other offer, sale or paid for with gift certificates etc. NO HOLDS as these vouchers are in demand! CALL 902-425-9456 OR 902-233-0784

If you don't get an answer right away, leave a voice message or email us ASAP  and we'll put your name on the list as we receive it and get right back to you for payment and contact info!
Whether you are #1 or #40..there are so many works to choose from, no one is every disappointed and you'll already be ahead of the crowd. 

*ATTENTION ARTISTS: We will be posting the Pre-Shrunk guidelines on this blog the week of October 21st! Stay Tuned!**




NOCTURNE- Saturday, October 19th, 6pm-Midnight: Our running theme within the gallery is HEROES and VILLAINS!  
New exhibits by Mindy Harris, Kim Danio, and Hannah Emmett as well as a special feature by Angela Carlsen! Outside the gallery, take your picture with our "Game of Thrones" inspired throne. We'll have some extra treats and surprises for everyone. All of our exhibits are great for the entire family.

Costume Conversations
With Artists Kim Danio, Mindy Harris and Hannah Emmett
Wednesday, October 30th, 6:30pm-8pm

Join us for a fun artist conversation between our Nocturne featured artists, where we encourageYOU to dress up as your favourite hero- whomever that may be. Any costume great or small is encouraged. We'll have some caps and wigs on hand just in case!What is your definition of a hero or villain? Learn about the artists selections and their unique art styles while nibbling on seasonal treats in a casual atmosphere. 

Drop by for HALLOWEEN fun and candies on OCTOBER 30th or OCTOBER 31st. Anyone that visits us those days in a costume will be entered to win one FREE PRE-SHRUNK 2020.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Argyle Fine Art Welcomes Margaret Atwood with New Art Works by Kim Danio & Mindy Harris!!!

Margaret Atwood will be promoting her new book "The Testaments" at Halifax Central Library, as part of a national book tour on October 3rd.

To commemorate the author's visit, we will be promoting 2 new "Margaret Atwood" inspired works by gallery artists Kim Danio and Mindy Harris for their upcoming exhibitions opening October 19th.

Harris' "Wonder Women" and Danio's "Big Shoes To Fill" exhibitions will explore the theme of "Heroes" and what it means to be a hero...

Kim Danio's definition of a hero makes little distinction between hero-icon-idol-celebrity-role model-legend. Drawing from categories of: humanitarian, pop culture, fictional (TV, books, movies), historical, Math and Science, literature, sport, local, and music. Expect the unexpected from an ordinary old purse, pair of shoes and upcyled materials. 

Kim Danio, "Margaret Atwood", mixed media, 8 x 3 x 2 inches 

Harris' s "Wonder Women" exhibition explores this theme with her hand-embroidered and watercolour portraits and quotes of heroic women from the past and present.

Mindy will introduce you to a collection of women that are her heroes. Some are well known, while others are unknown to many of us despite their great contributions and impacts on culture, science, and history. Feel the power of the hero through Mindy's art.

Mindy Harris, "Margaret Atwood", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 14" x 11"

Mindy Harris, "In the end...", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 4" x 11"

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in 35 countries, is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her many prestigious awards include the Giller Prize and Booker Prize and the Order of Canada.

The October 19th opening will coincide with NOCTURNE, Halifax's Art at Night Festival.  The gallery will be open until Midnight!

See you there!!!