Saturday, February 28, 2015

Studio Saturdays: Interview with a Person

NOTE: The SCAVENGER ART HUNT winner from our ongoing contest was Krista Wadman!  Congrats and thanks to all that played!  Come and claim your Creative Editions  art for one entire YEAR!  Now...on to STUDIO SATURDAYS blog post:

To clarify, this is an interview with a really AMAZING person named Jamie, who has had a lifetime love of the arts, which began early on in his life. Jamie explains: "My grandmother says "I just don't know where you get it from" (in regards to collecting). In retrospect, my family is to blame. Those items which were treasured most at home were items which were hand-crafted. Made by family or friends, beautiful to use or behold, they enriched our home. It only makes sense that I would hold true to those values. So owning original art is a significant part of my definition of 'home"


We asked Jamie if he had a favourite work of art, and we were quite pleased with his answer...even though picking a favourite is never an easy task or necessary. But he mentioned that if  " the house was on fire & I could only rescue one painting, it would be a landscape by Gordon MacDonald (a special birthday gift). The blue sky filled with rolling white clouds over a distant green landscape captures the most perfect of summer days. I never tire of trying to look around the clouds or letting my eye drift above the fields."

Jamie's love of art has had an effect on his other family members too such as his brother: "When I visited my brother overseas, I gave him a small painting by Mark Brennan as a thank you. That gift became the incentive for him to view other work by Brennan. And that led him to buy several more paintings by Brennan. The enthusiasm and passion of enjoying artwork is certainly contagious, and collecting art grows naturally from there."

We also asked if he had any art advice to anyone interested in art or collecting. His answer was golden:
 "The best piece of advice I was given, as a collector, was to "visit galleries and look at everything". So I do! I look forward to a new show of favourite artist(s) with the same level of excitement as I do to Christmas morning. Visiting galleries (not just for the free wine at openings ...) over the years has allowed me to be confident and informed about my choices. Learning about new artists and being exposed to new work has influenced my collecting, and has made my collection more dynamic and interesting. The purchase of artwork should be the start of a love affair, with that piece, which will last a lifetime. "

Friday, February 27, 2015

...and the FINAL CLUE is.....

 Thanks to all of you that have been playing our online Scavenger ART Hunt for the past week! Today is the last CLUE...clue #8...then tomorrow-Saturday, February 28th all the winners of the past days of clues will go into a hat and ONE lucky winner will win a CREATIVE EDITIONS art subscription from us, for the year!

IF YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCAVENGER ART HUNT READ THIS: Each DAY at NOON, come to this blog and find your SCAVENGER ART HUNT clue on the main HOME page. If you solve the answer, email us your answer to gallery@argylefa.com. Find the answers to the  CLUES on our blog, website (www.argylefineart.com) , and social media channels (Facebook or TWITTER) for the answers. 


HERE IS CLUE #8:

When is the next DOWNTOWN ARTWALK in Halifax happening?  (and make sure to put that date on your calendar, and take a journey to galleries downtown Halifax and Dartmouth then, ok?)
 


The correct answer for yesterday's clue was August and the 15th of each month.*

Thursday, February 26, 2015

CLUE #7- Scavenger ART Hunt continues!

Today and tomorrow are the last days to enter your name for our Scavenger ART Hunt! We've had lots of great responses to our Scavenger Hunt for the last week and Saturday, February 28th all the winners of the past days of clues will go into a hat and ONE lucky winner will win a CREATIVE EDITIONS art subscription from us, for the year!

So we thought today would be a great time to quiz you about the program Creative Editions!  We'd love for some of you to join up for either a year or 6 months. It's such a fun way to learn about new artists and begin an awesome collection that is affordable too!

IF YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCAVENGER ART HUNT READ THIS: Each DAY at NOON, come to this blog and find your SCAVENGER ART HUNT clue on the main HOME page. If you solve the answer, email us your answer to gallery@argylefa.com. Find the answers to the  CLUES on our blog, website (www.argylefineart.com) , and social media channels (Facebook or TWITTER) for the answers. 




HERE IS YOUR 7th CLUE:

In what MONTH did Argyle Fine Art  introduce the very first  Creative Edition print and program? AND....what day of each month can subscribers pick-up their prints each month?
 

Hint: The first Creative Editions print featured Gordon MacDonald....whose work is also on sale until March 14th at 25% off. See lots of his work HERE.

The correct answer for yesterday's clue was Don Cherry and Bob Ross.**

BLUE SKY anyone? 25% New and Old works by Gordon MacDonald

We know of one sure way to beat the WINTER BLUES....with an original work of art by Gordon MacDonald , of course!  His skies are so dreamy and beautiful-you'll soon forget about the snow and ice outside your windows.

MacDonald's works remind us of warmer days and blue skies filled with just a touch of cloud. Console yourself with art by Gordon. You'll be glad you did. And from now until March 14th, all works by Gordon MacDonald (exception to that rule is new piece for the Cat Person. Dog Person Show)  will be 25% off. So it's a great time to buy that work of art you have had your eye on...before it's gone!

Here's just a sampling of what pieces are in store for you....




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Beat the Wednesday Blahs with our SCAVENGER HUNT- Clue #6

Hello and welcome to day six of our ONLINE Scavenger ART Hunt!  You don't need to leave your home or office...just have fun surfing our blog and website for the answers. It's never too late to take part, as each day there is a clue released at NOON and each correct answer per day, earns you another name in the draw for a FULL ONE YEAR ART SUBSCRIPTION from us called "CREATIVE EDITIONS"

IF YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCAVENGER ART HUNT READ THIS: Each DAY at NOON, come to this blog and find your SCAVENGER ART HUNT clue on the main HOME page. If you solve the answer, email us your answer to gallery@argylefa.com. Find the answers to the  CLUES on our blog, website (www.argylefineart.com) , and social media channels (Facebook or TWITTER) for the answers.

HERE IS YOUR SIXTH CLUE:

Who are the TWO famous people depicted in the most recent miniature marionettes by Darren and Julie Moreash?
 

Hint: Argyle Fine Art has a FACEBOOK page...Search that for your answer today. Somewhere in February we posted these little guys pictures over there. You don't have to be on Facebook to access our Argyle Fine Art PAGE....but if you are...why not JOIN our page for lots of fun things posted each day. Daily doses of art is good for you!


The answer to yesterday's clue was WINNIE...as in Winnie the Pooh, depicted on Christopher Hemsworth Heritage Minute Prints...still lots available for just $20 each! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Scavenger ART Hunt continues with Clue # 5

Brrrr.....it sure is cold today. A perfect day to find CLUE #5  of our on-going Scavenger ART Hunt today!  People are really enjoying the ONLINE Scavenger ART Hunt and having fun surfing our blog and website for answers. It's never too late to take part, as each day there is a clue released at NOON and each correct answer per day, earns you another name in the draw for a FULL ONE YEAR ART SUBSCRIPTION from us called "CREATIVE EDITIONS"

IF YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCAVENGER ART HUNT READ THIS: Each DAY at NOON, come to this blog and find your SCAVENGER ART HUNT clue on the main HOME page. If you solve the answer, email us your answer to gallery@argylefa.com. Find the answers to the  CLUES on our blog, website (www.argylefineart.com) , and social media channels (Facebook or TWITTER) for the answers.

HERE IS YOUR FIFTH CLUE:

What is the HERITAGE MOMENT depicted in number five of the Heritage Minute print series by a local artist?
 

Hint: Argyle Fine Art has an ONLINE SHOP. You'll find the TAB for it on our blog.Go explore it...and find a clue too.  PS- The Heritage Minute Series makes a great gift...buy one for $20 or the enter set of 13 for $200. They are signed and numbered by the artist at our gallery.

For each correct answer you provide, your name will go into a draw for a ONE YEAR ART SUBSCRIPTION from our CREATIVE EDITIONS program (Valued at $195) Draw date is Saturday, February 28th at 5pm. Only one answer per entry, per day. We'll reveal the answer the last clue when we release the next one, and so on and so forth.

 The answer to yesterday's clue, of What is the name of the game we'll be playing at Argyle Fine Art, over MARCH BREAK this year at the gallery? (all of you are invited of course!)   is a game created by Ed Beals called MATCHBOTS.  Make sure to bring yourself or your entire family by to try it out. Games are just $20. Supporting local artists will make you feel good too!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Join our ONLINE Scavenger ART Hunt- Fun with art from the comfort of your home or office!

Well....so far, so good it seems! People are really enjoying the ONLINE Scavenger ART Hunt and having fun surfing our blog and website for answers. It's never too late to take part, as each day there is a clue released at NOON and each correct answer per day, earns you another name in the draw for a FULL ONE YEAR ART SUBSCRIPTION from us called "CREATIVE EDITIONS"

IF YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCAVENGER ART HUNT READ THIS: Each DAY at NOON, come to this blog and find your SCAVENGER ART HUNT clue on the main HOME page. If you solve the answer, email us your answer to gallery@argylefa.com. Find the answers to the  CLUES on our blog, website (www.argylefineart.com) , and social media channels (Facebook or TWITTER) for the answers.

HERE IS YOUR FOURTH CLUE:
 
What is the name of the game we'll be playing at Argyle Fine Art, over MARCH BREAK this year at the gallery? (all of you are invited of course!) 

Hint: The game is an original game invented by local artist Ed Beals. 

For each correct answer you provide, your name will go into a draw for a ONE YEAR ART SUBSCRIPTION from our CREATIVE EDITIONS program (Valued at $195) Draw date is Saturday, February 28th at 5pm. Only one answer per entry, per day. We'll reveal the answer the last clue when we release the next one, and so on and so forth.


 The answer to yesterday's clue, of HOW OLD IS ARGYLE FINE ART was 15 years old!   That's how old we'll be this July, to be specific!  Time sure does fly!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

SCAVENGER ART HUNT- CLUE #3

IF YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCAVENGER ART HUNT READ THIS: Each DAY at NOON, come to this blog and find your SCAVENGER ART HUNT clue on the main HOME page. If you solve the answer, email us your answer to gallery@argylefa.com.

For each correct answer you provide, your name will go into a draw for a ONE YEAR ART SUBSCRIPTION from our CREATIVE EDITIONS program (Valued at $195) Draw date is Saturday, February 28th at 5pm. Only one answer per entry, per day. We'll reveal the answer the last clue when we release the next one, and so on and so forth.

HERE IS YOUR THIRD CLUE:

  How old is Argyle Fine Art?

Hint: No hint for this one! It's just too darned easy!

Find the answers to the  CLUES on our blog, website (www.argylefineart.com) , and social media channels (Facebook or TWITTER) for the answers.

**The correct answer from yesterday's clue was:  Tuesday, February 5, 2013, and Nibbling on plants

Saturday, February 21, 2015

STUDIO SATURDAYS: Starring into Artist's Studios with Special Guest, Cookie Monster


Hello and welcome to the fourth installment of our STUDIO SATURDAYS series. Last Saturday, we spoke with an art collector who loves art and shared her personal views on why art is important to her. This Saturday we thought we'd take a silly and light-hearted approach to art, and we asked our good friend COOKIE MONSTER what he thought of art. Seems that when Cookie Monster looks at art, even he finds himself inspired and it sparks his own creativity.




BUT IN ALL SERIOUSNESS....we also wanted to share a few more sneak peeks into our gallery artist's studios. We thought we'd start with showing you the inside of assemblage artist Ed Beals studio  ( who just so happens to be an artist we'll be featuring during our MARCH BREAK activities at the gallery soon-make sure to click on our MARCH BREAK tab or link to find out more!).

Ed Beals loves to collect things, but the bonus is....he makes things out of bits and bops that the rest of us would dismiss as garbage.  You've probably seen his work at our gallery in the form of Ray Guns or Robots or the most recent edition...a UFO. But he also likes to make things from paper, such as his ever popular FOLD-eds.
The Studio of artist Ed Beals
Another artist that we adore and who will be having a show at Argyle Fine Art in mid-April, is Nastasha Krzyzewski. It's so interesting to see artist spaces and note how even though many are very different, many are very similar in some ways as well. Many of our artists like to surround themselves with "things" to inspire creativity or just to make the space more comfy. Indeed for many artists, their studio IS their home.

The Studio of artist Nastasha Krzyzewski
Make sure to check back each Saturday afternoon, for a new blog posting in our STUDIO SATURDAYS series! Next week, we'll be hearing from a collector of art who has been collecting art for close to his entire lifetime!

SCAVENGER ART HUNT: Clue #2

Last night, we began our first ever ONLINE  SCAVENGER ART HUNT , where you can enjoy looking at art from the comfort of your own "comfort zone" with absolutely no shoveling required...although you will have to do some DIGGING. Thanks to everyone that has already played and sent in their correct answers from last night. TODAY we release the second clue!

 IF YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCAVENGER ART HUNT READ THIS: Each DAY at NOON, come to this blog and find your SCAVENGER ART HUNT clue on the main HOME page. If you solve the answer, email us your answer to gallery@argylefa.com. For each correct answer you provide, your name will go into a draw for a ONE YEAR ART SUBSCRIPTION from our CREATIVE EDITIONS program (Valued at $195) Draw date is Saturday, February 28th at 5pm. Only one answer per entry, per day. We'll reveal the answer the last clue when we release the next one, and so on and so forth. Find the answers to the  CLUES on our blog, website (www.argylefineart.com) , and social media channels (Facebook or TWITTER) for the answers.

HERE IS YOUR SECOND CLUE:

We do lots of crazy fun things on our blog. We even interviewed a POTATO!  What was the date of this blog entry AND  what was was POTATO's guilty pleasure ?

HINT: Visit our blog site  (double hint: you are already there) and search the blog for interviews with a Potato. There, within the interview you will find your answers.  Also, while you are there, take a moment and read through other funny interviews that were posted around that time...when we were prepping for our very first CAT PERSON show.  OH..BTW...our most recent CAT PERSON DOG PERSON show opens next Saturday, Feb. 28th 1:30-3:30pm. All welcomed!


**The correct answer to last night's question was Damien Webb. He is the artist that created works for our PRE-SHRUNK 2015 Show, using his pet rock collection. **

Friday, February 20, 2015

SCAVENGER ART HUNT begins TONIGHT! Win a 1 year ART SUBSCRIPTION!

OK.  We get it. You're just not going to come outside. And we understand...really we do. It's hard to find the  motivation to do much of anything -especially getting out of the driveway or attempting to walk/skate over wintery sidewalks. But, we miss you!!! We really really do...so we thought- let's create a bit of fun ONLINE.

Starting TONIGHT (Friday, February 20th)  until next Friday(February 27th-inclusive) we'll be running our first ever ONLINE  SCAVENGER ART HUNT , where you can enjoy looking at art instead of Netflix, from the comfort of your own "comfort zone" with absolutely no shoveling required...although you will have to do some DIGGING.

Digging for CLUES on our blog, website (www.argylefineart.com) , and social media channels (Facebook or TWITTER) for the answers. The answers you are looking for will be online!

Each DAY at NOON, come to this blog and find your SCAVENGER ART HUNT clue on the main HOME page. If you solve the answer, email us your answer to gallery@argylefa.com. For each correct answer you provide, your name will go into a draw for a ONE YEAR ART SUBSCRIPTION from our CREATIVE EDITIONS program (Valued at $195) Draw date is Saturday, February 28th at 5pm. Only one answer per entry, per day. We'll reveal the answer the last clue when we release the next one, and so on and so forth.

HERE IS YOUR FIRST CLUE:

This artist was featured in our PRE-SHRUNK 2015 show...His work stands out from the others because it's solid like a rock. What is the artist's full name?

HINT: Visit our Pre-Shrunk Show online,over  at our website for your answer.   Happy ART Surfing! While online, make sure to check out all the other little works of art from PRE-SHRUNK 2015 that are still available for just $175 each.







Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LIGHT TO BRIGHTEN THE NIGHT: New Works by Janelle Tyler this Saturday!

We're delighted to offer up our windows that overlook the dark and snowy streets of Halifax, for a little bit of LIGHT to brighten the darkness that February can bring. This Saturday, February 21st, 1:30-3:30pm we invite you to drop by the gallery and meet Janelle Tyler- the mastermind behind these works of art that are equal part art and equal part math/computer science!

 Here's just a snap shot of one of the beauties all lit up...imagine a window FULL of them and all the shadows and dancing of lights. We can hardly wait! Of course, all the works are for sale and would make a wonderfully unique way to light your home or office or lobby....They are almost magical!