Thursday, April 16, 2015

DOWNTOWN ARTWALK: TONIGHT! Featuring Andy MacDonald and Natasha Krzyzewski

There isn't a cloud in the sky, and the air is warm enough for a spring coat (rather than those triple down filled goose parkas we've been sporting.) It's the perfect backdrop for taking stroll through the city!! Get out and see what your local galleries have to offer - that includes art venues in both Halifax, and Dartmouth!! We'll be opening two new shows this evening (6-8pm) with Natasha Krzyzewski, and Andy MacDonald. Click on the images below for a preview of their work!

"Negative" Acrylic on Board  16" x 11" Natasha Krzyzewski
"Poverty Pattern" Acrylic on Board 36" x 36"Andy MacDonald

 

Monday, April 13, 2015

CREATIVE EDITIONS is ready to launch into APRIL with artwork by Briana Corr-Scott

Hey there reader!  Do you love art and wish you could own more original art,  but don't feel you can because you think it's just too expensive? Then look no further, because at the risk of sounding a bit like a late night television advertisement, we want to remind you about our fabulous, unique and affordable art subscription service called CREATIVE EDITIONS!  We release the new prints on APRIL 15th....so JOIN TODAY(or anytime this month) and own  a limited edition print of THIS  work by emerging artist Briana Corr-Scott. Check out the original while visiting the gallery....




CREATIVE EDITIONS allows subscribers to receive high quality works, worth much more than the subscription cost. This gives local artists exposure, and helps support the arts and artists in Nova Scotia! Join today Operating on the model of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or wine subscription service, CREATIVE EDITIONS offers amazing original works of art instead of vegetables or wine. Imagine how much fun it will be to receive a new work by a new artist each month!

 Subscribers can choose to order a 12 month or 6 month subscription and can start anytime and renew anytime too! Subscribers will receive a new work  by a different local artist each month. Subscriptions are $120/ per 12month subscription for pick-up or $195/ year including postage within Canada and the United States(+plus applicable taxes). Subscriptions are $75/ per six month subscription or $115/ 6 six month subscription including shipping.

JOIN our CREATIVE EDITION Facebook Page HERE for up-to-date images of the latest works and for  more information  on how to start your subscription or GIFT Subscription for that special someone or couple!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Studio Saturdays: A peek Inside the Studio of Brianne Williams

Hello and Welcome to Saturday!  We hope that all of you had a good week and are enjoying the day.  The sun is finally starting to peek it's head out from behind the clouds and the days are getting warmer.

That makes one think of summer days when we can walk along the boardwalks, the shorelines or  dangle a fishing line off a wharf.  That also makes us think of new works being painted by emerging artist Brianne Williams, for a solo show with us in September! 

Brianne sent us a few images from within her studio yesterday, just in time for Studio Saturdays. We thought you'd enjoy taking a look inside and see what she's working on. We are so excited to see the latest works!!




Saturday, April 4, 2015

Studio Saturdays with an Artist AND a Collector: Christine Waugh

Hello and Welcome to Studio Saturdays again! Today we decided to chat with a talented young artist, Christine Waugh, whose artworks we show from time to time in group shows. Christine is also a dedicated collector of local art and locally made items in general. Thank you Christine, for sharing your words with us.

Even though Christine is a recent graduate and just starting to go-it on her own in the big wide world, she always puts a bit of money and time aside for art:

I set money aside each month for 'culture' sometimes its going to a play or a music festival, sometimes it is an out of town trip to visit galleries, but mostly it is art. Artwork in my domestic environment is very important to me. Saving up and/or making use of the payment plan options most galleries have available allowed me to build a collection, even while working for the minimum wage. You don't need a fat wallet to collect art. There are also opportunities like Timeraiser, where you can trade time directly for artwork without the monetary step in between.


How has owning original paintings/prints changed the way you feel in your home?


I was lucky enough to grow up with original artwork as the norm, my parents have a large and varied collection, wood carvings, delicate watercolour floral portraits and landscape, pastoral oil paintings, pottery and such. I've lived in places without art on the walls, but it never felt comfortable. Art is my favourite way to personalize a space.

In purchasing local artwork, you've had a direct impact on our arts community, by helping it thrive and build momentum. How does that make you feel?

It feels great! I've made acquisitions in all sorts of ways through the local community. Commercial galleries, student run shops, art/craft fairs, trade & barter directly with the artist, all have their merits and offer a different experience. The people I'm supporting are my friends, neighbours and peers, how could you go wrong?


A glimpse into a small corner of Christine Waugh's room...you'll see some of  her amazing works by her (ceramic works on dresser) but as well THE FOX by Nick Brunt and a SHEEP by Melissa Townsend- two local artists featured at Argyle Fine Art on a regular basis.
Tell us about your favourite pieces?
 
Oh that's a hard one! I'm going to have to give you a top five. (In no particular order) Deities 4, Aitch Jar of Sin, Jono Doiron, The Fox, Nick Brunt, (that 3-d mountain print I can't remember the name of ), YoRodeo, Parade, Caitlin McDonagh. Also super excited about that new Pika Blades I picked up at Pre-Shrunk this year. A commonality between these pieces is though they appear simple at first glance, there is a great deal of information and nuance within each piece. Strong graphic patterns and colour work are my main draws.



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Emerging artist Jan Davison LOVES LOCAL

Emerging artist Jan Davison is a great supporter of small local businesses. As she goes about her daily life, she makes a point of connecting with people at these varied local establishments. Jan reminds us through her paintings, that small businesses play a very important role is creating a community and provides a place to gather, support, share and grow. These exciting works are just the beginning of a series of paintings that pays homage to just a few of her local haunts. Watch for more works by Jan Davison this Fall during NOCTURNE at Argyle Fine Art.

To view the works larger as well as see details pertaining to each (Size and pricing) click the link HERE. Call us to reserve a work you love (902) 425-9456 or email us at gallery@argylefa.com


This is a painting of the LaHave Bakery, located in LaHave in the South Shore. Jan really captured the simple beauty of this local mainstay and it's serene yet lively surroundings. Also...now I'm hungry for a butter tart. Mmmmmmm...if you ever visit Nova Scotia, make this place a need-to-visit location.

The Seahorse no longer lives on Argyle Street, but it had done some for hundreds of years, being one of the oldest original pubs begun in Halifax. This scene is about as iconic Halifax as you can get! This famous summertime strip is very busy especially once patio season is upon us.

Halifax is changing so rapidly! So much construction and new buildings bringing with them, new exciting & delicious businesses, such as Rousseau Chocolatier.
 
This is a popular local business located on Argyle Street- filled with lots of temptations of local fashion and quirky items you won't find any where else!

Ah....the Hydrostone District in Halifax is one of the most beautiful parts of the city, but often overlooked by tourists. Nothing beats sitting outside the many different restaurants and bakeries, watching the world go by.

The North End of Halifax is also changing so much!  But it all started with a few young entrepreneurs taking chances, and developing great new businesses like this delicious ice cream shop and more! DEE DEES!

Food Trucks are becoming very popular in Halifax.  And donuts...need I say more! You can find this truck often parked outside of our  favourite magazine shop here in Halifax; Atlantic News.
Another popular scene in the North End...lots of delicious and unique shops along Agricola Street to explore whether you are a tourist or a local alike!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

EGGspecially for You!

We're starting to decorate our windows for Easter...which is fast approaching! We'll have our  annual cheneille chickies scattered throughout the gallery soon enough, along with eggs just in time for our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. One lucky bunny will find an egg filled with a Gift Certificate inside for $50!  But more on that later...

Today we wanted to highlight a few little paintings that we think would make wonderful Easter gifts. All of these works measure 4" x 5" and are EGGspecially perfect for gift giving! What makes these little ones even better? They are TAX FREE until EASTER. Get Cracking! 

Why did the Chicken Cross the Road?
To get to Argyle Fine Art and buy Easter Gifts of course!


These Gals agree!  Art makes a lasting memory for a special occasion, like EASTER!  These little works of hens are by Shelley Mitchell

Eggs by George Spencer


Stunning hand-embroidered work by Catherine Otto really says so much about this season

Easter time wouldn't be complete without a pair of little sheep, don't you think? These are "carved" into the little wood piece- relief work at it's best by Cara and Max


Someday....soon....there will be flowers again in the Public Gardens, but until then console yourself with this painting by Paulette Melanson
Come see other small works at the gallery that we've hand selected just for you as well as Easter Cards and jewllery!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

STUDIO SATURDAYS: Art makes Home and Community Better

It's Saturday already and soon the end of March too- wow!  Tis the season to begin some Spring cleaning and freshening up around the home. You know what really makes a home a special place? ART!One of our favourite friends and customers knows this from personal experience. She describes what art means to her below:


"I’m creating the ambience necessary for the 4 R’s:  resting, relaxing, resiliency, and recharging.
I’ve always felt that the best way to support local artists in earning a living (so they can remain artists) and the art scene generally is to dig in your pocket.  Attending show openings and swinging by the gallery regularly keeps you in the loop about new works by familiar artists as well as emerging talent. "

Mary Garoutte and Caitlin McGuire's Halifax Scenes bring this corner to life with colour!
 
"Art is not “highbrow,” (i.e. just for the rich and snobby.It truly is for everyone, and people should seize on and buy art enthusiastically the same way they would buy a newly published book or freshly discovered clothing outfit. 


Artwork gives “added value” to the lives of buyer and artist alike, by enriching the buyer’s aesthetic sense and helping the artist to earn a living.  If we’re talking “investment” here, it is investing in artists and the arts—a couple of my artists are barely 21—just starting out."




A Michelle Saint-Onge Screenprinted limited edition brings a vintage flair to this bedroom

"My taste in art is steadily stretching beyond my comfort zone into the more whimsical and abstract.  I bought a couple of artworks in the last half-year precisely because they made me uncomfortable—in fact, irritated me.Our lives would be pretty grim, colourless, sterile, and utilitarian without art."






Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HOP to it! Easter time is coming soon!

It's really hard to believe that Easter time will soon be here for  many of us- with it bringing the hope for new life of trees and flowers and plants and animals!  Birds will be chirping and Bunnies will be a-hopping!  We're getting in the mood  with creative and unique cards by Jodie Hansen to celebrate the day.

 
We also have lots of new folk art bunnies and birds by Basil Doucette and jewellery by local artists, such as Jane Rovers that have just that perfect feel of Spring!



And if you are feeling as if you'd like to actually SOW SOME SEEDS, you can now do that by just dropping by our gallery, BUY a pot by Bethany Butterworth for $20 (small)  or $35( medium) and we'll provide the seeds and soil. We have peanut plants, and cat grass, microgreens and more!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Studio Saturdays: Studio MAKEOVER

Studio Saturdays time is here again already! Amazing how quickly a week can zip past, isn't it? Today we wanted to introduce you to an artist whom we'll be featuring at the gallery in May. His name is Gary Staple and he is a young incredibly talented artist whose medium is wood. Today, we thought we'd show you his studio....BEFORE- DURING and AFTER. Take a look!

Before Gary could really begin to get to work on his art, he needed to create a studio space for himself, beginning with a shed. This is what the "studio" looked like in the beginning.

STUDIO BEFORE
As daunting as this task must have seemed, Gary carried on and before too long, it was starting to take shape....

STUDIO DURING
And after much time and love and commitment.....a new studio space was born and the art making could begin. Just look at this gorgeous space to work in!  If this doesn't inspire you, I don't know what will!

STUDIO AFTER

Friday, March 20, 2015

Plants VS Robots: Gallery Take-Over!

Well, we've seen our fair share of SNOW here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. But thankfully, our streets and sidewalks near our gallery are clear and free of the white stuff  and it's easy to get around! So take a walk on the wild side, and COME OUTSIDE! There will be lots of fun to be had here at the gallery for the whole family plus a new body of work is now on display by artist Sarah Jones called PORT, which is a must see too!

PLANTS

Drop by any time Saturday and buy a little ceramic vessel created especially for this occasion by local artist Bethany Butterworth. We'll provide the seeds and soil throughout the afternoon . 

Then leave your newly planted seeds  with us in their pots for a few weeks and check- in on them in our windows as they grow and grow and grow! Whenever you'd like, you can take your new plant home with it's new ceramic pot too!

We even have PEANUT seeds....so excited to see things GROW! Your plants will literally become WORKS of ART.  

 ROBOTS

 Artist ED BEALS and WILLIAM RUDOLPH will be at Argyle Fine Art on  Saturday, March 21st, between 1-3pm.  Ed will be bringing an army of new Robots, in his latest creation MATCHBOTS game for you to buy and play, in addition to his popular FOLD-eds and William will be on-hand creating a work of art from old bike parts.

THE GAME MATCHBOTS is a super fun game created by Ed Beals,  that anyone can play- fun for ALL ages! The game packs only cost $20 each and will be for sale at the gallery that day. We'll have tables set up so you can try out the game before you buy!  Bring your friends and family! Let the tournaments begin!

FREE POSTERS for the first 20 purchasers of the game. 

  
Bicycle Lamp by William Rudolph

Monday, March 16, 2015

Studio Saturdays: Art Reflects Daily Life

Here's a STUDIO SATURDAY, but on a Monday.  Sorry a bout the delay- we blame the snow!

As we continue our STUDIO SATURDAY Series, we are delighted to say many of you are tuning in and reading about what art means to people.  Enjoy reading below and looking!

We'd like to introduce you to Maureen. Maureen loves living near the water, as many of us Atlantic Canadians do!  She is often drawn to works that remind her of a special place that  she has been or experiences she wants to share with others through the art. Therefore, the art Maureen purchases is a direct reflection of what she likes to have around her in her daily life.

She's enjoyed meeting some of the artists who have created the works that hang in her home too, because indeed they also share in her love of nature. It's really about connecting with a work of art- but ultimately you are connecting with the artist. You never really know when the next work of art may find you either. It's all about looking, but sometimes works just speak to you right away, as was the case with a work of art by Mark Brennan called " Saguenay River" which she bought as soon as she saw it in the window of Argyle Fine Art.
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Looking at art has changed the way Maureen sees.  Art is really everywhere and she explains:
" When I see a certain skyline, I think of Gordon MacDonald, when I see a wooded forest, I think of Mark Brennan, when I see a maritime scene or a dory at rest, I think of Shelley Mitchell, when I see a running brook I think of Sarah Jane Conklin.  These artists have made me enjoy color, texture and light in new ways."

Special THANKS to Maureen for her words and taking the time to answer our questions about her love of art. Also thanks to  her and the many others out there, for your continued support of local artists and our gallery. We sincerely appreciate the art appreciators!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

THIS SATURDAY! PORT: NEW WORK BY SARAH JONES

We've heard your calls for more work by Sarah, and we're responding in kind with a full solo show! Opening THIS SATURDAY FROM 2:30 - 4:30 is PORT by Sarah Jones, featuring 21 brand new paintings by this incredible emerging talent. PORT draws attention to the beauty of our local harbour scenes and ship laden waterfronts with her particular brand of abstract painting. 
 Sarah has already caught the attention of many art lovers through the small sampling of work she's exhibited here at the gallery, and it's our hope that you'll feel equally as excited when you see these pieces for yourselves! Stop in on Saturday and say hi to the artist, and browse through the new collection!!