Friday, February 24, 2023

Turn Blahs Into Ahhhhhhs!

 Are you feeling the Mid-Winter "blahs"? You are not the only one! It seems each day is a different weather situation, and it is difficult to see what is next on the horizon...Thankfully, we have the magic of local art to keep us warm and put a smile on our faces!

Megan Leforte, By Candlelight 1, Acrylic on Board, 4"x5", $175

There is always something going on here at Argyle Fine Art, but we have two current exciting events to get you through this patch of blahs! Take your time, enjoy perusing these picks, and get ready to breathe a sigh of relief...Ahhhhhh!

-The Pre-Shrunk 2023 show will conclude after Saturday, February 25th! However, once the show is over several of the artworks will still be available, so if something catches your eye, just ask us! There are some absolutely wonderful artworks still to be discovered! Take a peruse of a few of the beautiful little 4"x5"s below!

-We have a STICKER SALE!!! Buy 3 Get 1 Free! Come one, come all! Stickers are great for a Reading Week study break for you students out there! However, everyone loves stickers, so be sure to take advantage of this fun sale while you can! Many to see below!

Jodie Hansen, Darth Vader "Come to the Dark Side", Glow-in-the-Dark Sticker, $6

Miyoshi Kondo, TV, Gouache on Paper, 4"x5", $175

Party Mountain Paper, Life's So Fun, Sticker, $6

Darren Moreash, Hello Dali, Salvador Dali Marionette, Pine Wood Carving, 4"x5"x11", $175

Donica Larade, Red Mushroom, Sticker, $6

Allison Davis, Abundance, Acrylic on Canvas, 4"x5", $175

Amy Crosby, Lighthouse, Sticker, $6

Amy Ordoveza, Window with Winter Branches, Oil on Board, 4"x5", $175

Xinke Zhuang, Ramen Noodles, Sticker, $6

Melinda Robertson, Buffalo - Respect, Fused Glass on Board, 4"x5", $175

Jessica Macdonald, Cats with Juice, Sticker, $6

Jeanne Germani, Trio, Mixed Media on Board, 4"x5", $175

Bryanna Chapeskie, Joe's Convenience, Sticker, $6

Devon Vankoughnett, Teal Carnation, Fused Glass on Board, 4"x5", $175

Andrea Tsang Jackson, Fabric is My Love Language, Sticker, $6

Ursula Ryle-Gulliver, Coming Home, Textile, 4"x5", $175

Nick Brunt, Crystal Ball, Sticker, $6

Ed Beals, Wee Bird, Found Parts on Board, 4"x5"x5", $175

The Critter Company, Smiling Dog, Sticker, $6

Jessica Gay, Gone Window Shopping, Embroidery on Cotton, 4"x5", $175

Claire Douglas, Koala, Sticker, $6

Janna Wilton, Diner Boy, Gouache on Board, 4"x5", $175

Evan Purney, Clothes Line, Sticker, $6

Barbara O'Neil, Submerged, Oil on Board, 4"x5", $175

Small Noggin Studios, Bread Bag, Sticker, $6

Jack Ross, Rooftops Downtown, Acrylic on Board, 4"x5", $175

Julie Maclean, Enjoy Bird, Sticker, $6

Jennifer Sinclair, Are You Seriously Not Sharing That? Acrylic on Board, 4"x5", $175

And on that note, thanks for sharing a love of local art with us! We will get through the season of blahs together! See you next time! - Argyle Fine Art

Friday, February 17, 2023

VOTING TIME! PRE-SHRUNK 2023 Award of Awesomeness!




Good news! We are e x t e n d i n g the PRE-SHRUNK 2023 show until February 25th, so if you haven't had a chance to see the show in person yet now is the time! There is just so much to see!!

Also...we are bringing back the 4th Annual PRE-SHRUNK AWARD OF AWESOMENESS! Just simply vote for your favourite from the STAFF SELECTIONS below before February 25th!  Thanks for enjoying art folks and supporting local artists!

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Random Acts of Kindness!

 February 12th-18th, 2023 is Random Acts of Kindness Week! 

Lillian Crump, Little Red and Big Bad Wolf Card, $7

What does this mean exactly?

The Downtown Halifax Business Commission began this campaign to spread kindness and love to members of the community and downtown Halifax businesses. They were inspired by Insight Optometry's goal in 2021 to spread kindness for their 40th anniversary! Likewise, Insight Optometry was inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation's "Make Kindness the Norm" campaign! As you can see, once you begin to pass on simple acts of kindness, it truly does spread!

How can you participate?

There are endless ways! It is never a bad time to spread kindness. Looking for a place to start? Here are a few ideas!

-Come by the gallery on Saturday, February 18th to conclude Random Acts of Kindness Week! From 1:30pm-3pm we will be having an ARTIST MEET & GREET! Various artists participating in this year's Pre-Shrunk show will be by to chat and share a love of art! This is a great chance to spread kindness and appreciation! There will be cupcakes!

-Use the hashtag #RAKDTHFX when sharing ideas online!

-Stop by the gallery window to pick up a post-it message! Once you are done, you can pass it on to another person!

-Give a little gift to someone for no reason at all! You have no idea how much the little things can change someone's day. 

Amber Solberg, Good Luck Duck Magnets, $9

Party Mountain Paper, Thank You Sticker, $6

Kassandra Lois, Bottle-cap Pins, $10

Jodie Hansen, Matchbox Surprise Card, $18

-Give a visit to all your favourite local businesses and tell them how much you appreciate them! We love seeing community members, it always brightens the day.

-Take a look at the Downtown Halifax Business Commission's kindness campaign here!

-Be kind to strangers! At the end of the day, you never know what is going on in someone else's life, and a little kindness can go a very long way.

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week! - Argyle Fine Art

Monday, February 13, 2023

Happy Valentine's Day!

 Valentine's Day is quickly approaching...Tomorrow to be exact! How did that happen so fast?

Raquel Roth, Polka Dot Happy, Acrylic on Canvas, 5"x5", $95


If you are scrambling to find a last minute gift for that special someone, look no further! We are here to help. Of course, local art makes a great gift for those you love all year round! However, we decided to gather some Valentine's Day goodies together to smooth the gift searching process, so you can have more time to spend with your loved ones. Enjoy!


From the sweet to the silly, we have something for everyone! There are so many different ways to tell people you love can find a few below!

Nadine Robichaud, Assorted Cards with Removable Print on Front, $10

Desk of Sandra, Weiner Dog Valentine's Day Card, $6

Meryl Cook, Unconditional Love Chakra Card, $6

Smitten Kitten, Valentine's Day Card, $6

Jodie Hansen, Assorted Valentine's Day Cards, $6

Party Mountain Paper, Valentine's Day Card, $6

Geordan Moore, Valentine's Day Card, $6

Fine Art

We always say there doesn't need to be a special occasion to share art with those you love! Below you can find some suggestions on artworks that would make lovely Valentine's Day gifts, but this is just the tip of the iceberg! Take a peak!

Raquel Roth, Spring Smile, Acrylic on Canvas, 6"x6", $135

Miyoshi Kondo, Heart in a Jar, Bandaid, Gouache on Paper, 4"x6", $425

Paulette Melanson, At the Heart of Things, Acrylic on Canvas, 36"x48", $1800

Amy Ordoveza, Paper Roses, Charcoal/Pastel on Paper, 8" Diameter, $350

Catherine Bagnell Styles, Time to Connect, Acrylic on Board, 12"x12", $635

Gordon Macdonald, Pink Saltmarsh, Oil on Copper, 18"x20", $2000

Deb Bromley, The Coffee Date, Acrylic on Board, 6"x6", $195


Wearable art is a great way to have a little reminder of your special someone everywhere you go! Here are some sweet and sparkly wearable items to peruse for this Valentine's Day.

The Shape of Love, "You Are My Person", Handmade Necklace, $25

Isobel Pineau, Eager Beaver Earrings, $15

Yoko White, Lovebirds, Embroidered Pendant, $95

Chelsea Legge, Glass Beaded Heart Pin 5, $30

Susan Mattinson, Granny Square Earrings, Gutermann Sewing Thread, $40

Odds and Ends

Sometimes the most fun gifts are just the little treasures that show someone was thinking of you! We are concluding this Valentine's Day round up with those very treasures!

Troy Benoit, Valentine Greeb, Recycled Hand-sewn Fabric, 6-7" tall, $25

Basil Doucette, Mini Birds and Heart Magnets, Hand Carved Wood, $15-20 (Birds), $8 (Hearts)

Kassandra Lois, Bottlecap Pins, $10

Jodie Hansen, Matchbox Surprise Card with Avocado Magnet, $20

The Regional Assembly of Text, Valentine's Day Magnets, $10

Amy Crosby, Kiss the Chef, Mini Print, $12

Amy Crosby, Luv Statue, Mini Print, $12

Heidi Holloway, Cardinal Love Sticker, $6

Raquel Roth, Moonlit Pink Sticker, $6

As you can see, there are so many ways to show your love! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours from us here at Argyle Fine Art!