Saturday, January 29, 2022

PRE-SHRUNK 2022, Halifax's Biggest Small Art Exhibition!

The biggest little show of the year is now officially open!  We've got over 300 mini artworks from almost 100 artists from across Canada! Each Fall we put out a call for submissions which results in hundreds of artists entries. In January, a Jury is selected to sort through the long list of applicants, and curate the collection. The successful artists are contacted, and within a few short weeks the exhibition is shipped, documented, uploaded online and installed on-site for the opening reception!

PreShrunk 2022 Installation View 1

Many of our contributors have shared their PreShrunk art with us over many years...some are exhibiting with us for the very first time! We're always amazed by the quality and variety of artworks we receive...  

PreShrunk 2022 Installation View 2

On Friday (Jan 28th) Pre-Shrunk 2022 opened its doors to the public! With gathering restrictions still in place we still managed to provide a welcoming reception for our artists and patrons... 

PreShrunk 2022 Installation View 3

We're thrilled by the amount of support we've received so far.  Works are selling quickly, and we've been bombarded with calls and social media requests by eager art collectors looking to snatch up their favorite pieces...

PreShrunk 2022 Installation View 4

With the show now on view we'd like to invite everyone to drop by the gallery for a visit. As many of you already know it's always best to see the artwork in person! There's something special about experiencing art in a physical space.  For those of you from away, the entire collection can be viewed online HERE

Angela Carlsen, (Left) Record Player Diorama, (Right) Fridge Diorama, mixed media

All of our PreShrunk artworks, measure 4" x 5", and are not limited to paintings! In fact we're starting to see more 3D, mixed media and sculptural pieces...

(Left) Nancy Wilson, (Centre) Brigitte St-Arnaud, (Right) Yoko White

Nancy Wilson, "Tracy from Cape Breton", wool felt and roving in wood,
Brigitte St-Arnaud, "Chicken in the Enchanted Garden", 4" x 5", fabric, mixed media on board,
Yoko White, "Rainbow Cake", 4" x 5", hand embroidered cotton on canvas.

Annie Murray, "Glory Girl", 5" x 4", acrylic on canvas

Paula Fredericks, "Sailor's Delight", 5" x 4", mixed media on board

Rachel Ogden, "Docs and Vans", 4" x 5", acrylic on board


There's many ways to show your support for local artists. Our PreShrunk exhibition is an amazing way to experience the local art scene, and to discover NEW artists from across Canada. At $175 (+HST) each, these affordable artworks are easily accessible and make great gifts!

For best selection drop by the gallery or visit us online

You can also view the PreShrunk collection on our Flickr page HERE

Simply browse our Flickr album and contact us with your selections. We're working hard to keep our online info up-to-date.  "SOLD" works will be indicated as such in the image description.

Screen Shot, PreShrunk 2022 on Flickr!

Screen Shot, PreShrunk 2022 on Flickr...showing "SOLD"

THE GALLERY DIRECTLY (Not through Flickr)

(902) 425-9456 or via email 

Featured artworks are available for purchase, but are going fast!
Don't us today!

PreShrunk 2022 continues until Feb 22!

Friday, January 28, 2022






 Show continues ONLINE  HERE  NOW  and in-person until February 22nd


We’re back at it again for the 18th Annual PRE-SHRUNK SHOW at Argyle Fine Art. The exhibit officially opens on Friday, January 28th and continues until February 22nd. Over 300 works of art by artists from all over Canada will be on display for everyone to enjoy! Each piece measures 4" x 5 and sells for $175. Drop by and SEE the show in person or online at beginning Friday, January 28th at 11am and all day long in person. Official opening is between 7pm-9:30pm*  -longer this year to make time for safe viewing with Covid-19 protocols. W are also open all day long Saturday, January 29thth from 11am-5:30pm and Sunday, January 30th by special appointment. FREE FOR EVERYONE TO LOOK, AS ALWAYS!



We want to sell you art can't be sold until 7pm to the general public, however if you arrive throughout the day or view it online, and want to put a piece on hold to purchase at 7pm, you can leave payment information with us and it will be processed after the initial voucher holders make their selections from 5:30pm-7pm.


7pm-9:30pm- Entrance to the gallery will be first come first serve at the door. We can only allow 15 people at a time and all Covid-19 protocols are in place including requiring your PROOF OF VACCINE* (for Friday night only*) There will be a 15 minute time limit on each visit. If you arrive and have to wait, we can take your name and cell number and alert you when your time is open to come in. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29th-Open regular hours of 11am-5:30pm with regular COVID-19 protocols in place.  

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30th- Open for private viewings by special appointment between NOON and 2pm.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

January just got BETTER- with ART!|

 It truly is the most JANUARY January ever! But at least there is ART!  We are still running our SMALL ART SALE. Have you checked it out? If not, why don't you RIGHT HERE! 

With Valentine's Day almost around the corner, we thought we'd share these little beauties here today.

...a gorgeous Heart by Miyoshi Kondo, some summer flowers by Catherine Bagnell-Styles and a Dove delivering a rose to someone special by Sadie Perron. All of these works are now just $85.

We are also offering TAX FREE on most works, with a purchase of $50 of more! So perhaps you were eyeing up a work of art by one of our artists before the holidays, and it's waiting for you now. Here are a few works to inspire you....

Take a look at the works available on this blog but also visit our WEBSITE at

Art by Michelle StOnge

Art by Amy Ordoveza

Art by Briana Corr-Scott

Saturday, January 8, 2022

New Art for a New Year, January Art Sale!

Kickstart your NEW YEAR with NEW ART! Beat the Post Holiday Blahs, with something fresh and exciting this January.  From NOW until January 22nd, we're offering 15% off works that are $50 or more (paintings, photos, prints) ! Treat yourself to something nice and save the tax!  ***The sale excludes already discounted items and those from our holiday sale***  

We've got an amazing SALE on selected small artworks from various artists! Previously $175 each, these works have been reduced to sell! There's never been a better time to enjoy some original art by local artists.   

To view the collection online, follow the link HERE

Susan Gilson, "Darla", 4" x 5", acrylic on canvas, NOW only $85!

Lio Lo, (Left) "Forget Me Not", and (Right) "Lupin", 4" x 5",
watercolour on paper on board, $85 each! 

Yoko White, "Pandas", hand embroidered cotton on canvas, 4" x 5", now only $75!

Cathy Cusack, Water Lily, 4" x 5", acrylic on canvas, NOW only $85!

Christopher Hall, "Yellow Warbler", 4" x 5", acrylic on canvas, NOW only $85!

50% off selected Holiday Items!

Kevin MacLean's "Zeeboaten" Calendar, was $20, NOW TAX FREE!
Star Ships Start Here 2022 Calendar, was $30, NOW $15 +HST!

50% off Selected Holiday Cards and Ornaments!

50% off "Greebs" by Troy Benoit + HST

Troy Benoit's Greeb collection are screenprinted and handmade from recycled fabric. Assorted sizes are available, Small was $25, NOW $12.50!, Medium was $45, NOW $22.50!, Large was $60, NOW $30!...Wow! These delightful critters make great gifts, and can be enjoyed all year long!

We still have some amazing ornaments available by local artist JAMPY. These were a huge hit, and we look forward to seeing what Jampy comes up with next year! The perfect gift to share with friends and family, both at home and away. Was $14, NOW only $7 +HST each! 

We've got an amazing selection of handmade 3-ply masks by Elaine Johnson.  These "Holiday Prints" are also 50% off! Stay protected and look great doing it! Now only $8 each (was $16).

We'd like to wish everyone an amazing and successful 2022! Thank you for your continued support and patronage. We look forward to seeing you all again soon. Stay safe out there!

Diana Rogers, Luck, 4" x 5", graphite on paper on board, was $175, NOW $85

Featured Artworks are available for purchase...while supplies last! For details contact us at
(902) 425-9456 or via email at


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Artist Spotlight: Sabine Kearns!

Weeee're back! We hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday, and we'd like to wish everyone a very happy New Year! We're excited to see what the new year brings. We thought we'd start things off  by re-introducing you to a relatively new artist to the gallery Sabine Kearns!    

Originally from South Africa, Sabine moved to British Columbia in 1997. After 21 years in Canada, Sabine and her family now call Nova Scotia home... 

Sabine Kearns, "Hear the Quiet", 12" x 12", acrylic on canvas
"I live in the small seaside community of Hunts Point on the South Shore where I work from my home studio. Ever since I was a young child, I have always enjoyed drawing and making art. Apart from a few art workshops, I am a self-taught artist, and enjoy painting in acrylics using bold, vibrant colours and clean lines."

Sabine Kearns, "Winter Setting In", 24" x 24", acrylic on canvas

Sabine Kearns (Left) "Seaside Quilts", (Right) "White Sheets",
6" x 6",acrylic on canvas (each)
"I love nature, and one of my favourite pastimes is to find inspiration in beautiful hidden coves and white sand beaches, wildflower files and old barns or craggy cliffs and sheltered harbours."

Sabine Kearns, "February Sky", 12" x 12", acrylic on board
Sabine Kearns, "Autumn Memories", 12" x 12", acrylic on canvas

"My art is happy art and reflects my peaceful life. It’s a privilege to create something that bringing joy to others and I hope that through my art I can make someone smile and maybe help make the world a little brighter."

Sabine Kearns, (Left) "Good Things To Come" & (Right) "Always Reaching",
 24" x 24", acrylic on canvas (each).

Sabine Kearns, "The View From Here", 24" x 24", acrylic on canvas

Sabine will also be submitting NEW WORK to this years' PRE-SHRUNK 2022 exhibition
which opens January 28!!! 

Did you know Artists like Sabine become known to us through group exhibitions like Pre-Shrunk? The show is a great way to get involved with the gallery and to have your work seen!

 There's still time to apply, the deadline for submissions is midnight January 8th!

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

*** JANUARY SALE!!! ***

Don't forget to check out our January sale on selected small works, for best selection follow the link HERE

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