Wednesday, October 15, 2014

(Creative Editions) October's feature is NICK BRUNT

October has been leaping by us at an astonishing pace, and it's difficult to believe that we're already at the mid month mark. The 15th signals that it's time to release this month's featured Creative Editions print, and we're super glad to share that it's NICK BRUNT! If you're a subscriber, make sure you swing by and fetch your copy of "The Stills." Not sure what Creative Editions is? Ask us for more details, or find out more here

On a separate note, we're just about to dive head first into prepping the gallery for this Saturday's NOCTURNE!!! Wish us luck, and make a point to visit us between 6pm and 12am on that evening. It's going to be magical.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

GOBBLE GOBBLE! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Just a quick little HELLO and GOOD-BYE  as we step foot out the door, as we Canadian's celebrate Thanksgiving weekend.

A very heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you that drop by our blog, our windows and come into the gallery too!  We love each and every one of you and want you to  know we really are thankful you love art just as much as we do.

Eat well. Rest up. Be thankful. We look forward to seeing many of you next Saturday is NOCTURNE and we have lots of beautiful surprises in store...such as the work below by artist Trevor Van den Eijnden's in his show opening during Nocturne night, called "Familiar Strangers" in our Upper Gallery.

Paper laser-cut sculpture by Trevor Van den Eijnden

Friday, October 3, 2014

City Harvest - Saturday, October 4th! (yup, that's TOMORROW!!)

Yesterday on the blog, we gave you a taste of what to expect during this Saturday's City Harvest in Downtown Halifax.. To have given you the full rundown all at once would have been overwhelming, so here's what else you can anticipate to see this Saturday!!

Of course, artist Christopher Hemsworth will be here, officially launching his new collection of  Canadian Heritage Minute prints. (click here for more details!) but he'll also have a new set of ADORABLE pumpkin cards!! Each hand painted and stamped by Christopher himself.

We'll also be featuring a collection of photographs in conjunction with PHOTOPOLIS from 
artist Jayme-Lynn Gloade titled "the 8th Movement"

"Jayme-Lynn presents a series of portraits of Mi'Kmaq people portraying Mi'kmaq legends. In particular she focuses on moral, ideological, spiritual and survival roles and value within the legends. The 8th Movement refers to the eighth historical moment in Aboriginal history, which began in 2008, and represents the Aboriginal idea of  'the future'. Each portrait is the representation of a form of 'power' as demonstrated in different legends. The world power is this case is referring to the conscious alteration of the world  through the actions of every day living things. The 8th Movement is a visual strategy to initiate meaningful dialogue between diverse cultures while focusing on the Mi'kmaq perception of the world " 

 And to cap off the festivities of the day, we'll be winding down with a yoga class with Connie McInnes! That's right. A pop-up in gallery yoga class! Class starts at 6pm and runs until 7pm.
This series is called ART in MOTION: A special POP-UP Yoga Studio Session lead by Connie McInnes of Rock in Opposition (RIO) – a unique creative movement studio opening in January 2015 in Downtown Halifax. Only $15- Class limited to 10 individuals. / Attendees will also receive 15% off Voucher for Argyle Fine Art and light refreshments. First come-first serve! If you’d like to reserve your space, you can call Argyle Fine Art at 902-425-9456 or email Connie McInnes at

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Expect to see lots of hustle and bustle throughout Downtown Halifax this Saturday, for the third annual CITY HARVEST festival. Independent shops and businesses within the downtown core will be pulling out all the stops as a way to highlight why shopping local is so wonderful. For a full list of activities, click here      

What are WE doing here at Argyle Fine Art you ask? Well, let me tell you about Artist Christopher Hemsworth -  Officially commissioned through Historica Canada, Christopher has been working on a series of Canadian Heritage Minutes prints, and we're thrilled to launch this series at the gallery. From 12:30 - 3:30, Christopher will be on hand, signing copies of this iconic collection. There are a total of 13 prints in this series! READ ON FOR MORE INFORMATION:



Halifax, NS – Do you want those baskets back? Love Heritage Minutes? Visit ARGYLE FINE ART this weekend and you will find 11 of Canada’s most iconic historical TV-vignettes (plus 2 newer Minutes) interpreted through the creative mind of Halifax-based artist Christopher Hemsworth as commemorative posters.

First released in 1991, Historica Canada’s HERITAGE MINUTES have since become one of the most recognizable and valuable cultural creations for Canada, both historically and in popular culture.

Hemsworth was commissioned to interpret 13 of the Minutes, after his illustrated interpretation of the Halifax Explosion Minute went viral via social media. The selected artwork includes the top 11 Minutes as voted on by Canadians in a nationwide survey conducted by Historica Canada, plus two newer Minutes.

"It is very rewarding to be a part of the Heritage Minutes. They are more than commercials, they are our history, and it's amazing to see that nostalgia come back through the artwork."
— Christopher Hemsworth, Artist

All 13 posters will be displayed at Argyle Fine Art on October 4th during I LOVE LOCAL Halifax – CITY HARVEST and with the option to purchase copies signed by the artist.

"We cannot properly know and understand our stories, our history and each other unless we can connect with each other. This is the necessary starting point for everything else."
— Anthony Wilson-Smith, President, Historica Canada.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Argyle Fine Art for the GOLD: Still time to VOTE for us online!

Dear Everyone,

We hope you are having a good day and would like to ask you to VOTE for Argyle Fine Art as BEST GALLERY in Halifax, according to The Coast's popular survey.  We have won GOLD in years past, but often the provincial gallery, AGNS, takes all the gold and we're left with SILVER- which we love too...don't get us wrong!  But well, we just really love gold so with your click of a button on our behalf, perhaps it will be possible this year! The VOTING ENDS on September 30th, so the time is NOW! 

If you are able to spend a few moments, head on over to this LINK:  and while you're there, you can VOTE for some of your other favourite Halifax locations- restaurants, musicians, barbers and more!

With great thanks and appreciation,

Adriana and Crystal
Argyle Fine Art

Friday, September 19, 2014


The shows are up, and we're ready for tonights celebrations! Please join us for these two exceptional bodies of work. If you're unable to see the works in person, we've just posted the two shows online -
 feel free to have a flip through :) 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


You're all invited to the opening reception for new works by Mary Garoutte and Caitlin McGuire this Friday, September 19th, 7-9pm! 

The show will continue until October 11th and will be online for viewing as well, once the show has opened.

Mary Garoutte has exhibited at Argyle Fine Art twice before, and has a growing number of fans of her work. Mary is particularly pleased with this body of work called "Something Red" as it continues her exploration of Halifax's historic Hydrostone District. The works are larger and painted with even looser paint application that in past years. It's so exciting to watch this talented young painter grow. Her ability to capture the city and her sense of light has had some of our clients comparing her works to that of Mark Grantham- a local established artist working in Halifax.

Caitlin McGuire is still studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) We are very excited to introduce you to this new artist and her sense of style and colour and pure joy! Caitlin's paintings also explore the city of Halifax, in her show called "Port City." Caitlin is also our featured artist for September's Creative Editions.

Previews are available at request.***

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We're spilling the beans!! Caitlin McGuire is the second print issued by Creative Editions!!

Cat's out of the bag now folks! Caitlin McGuire's painting "Main Street Hullabaloo" is the second piece of artwork chosen and printed for our art subscription program, Creative Editions! It's no coincidence that Caitlin's first show with us opens this Friday  - There,  you'll be able to see a variety of her works is all their colourful glory. Join us for her opening reception (along with Mary Garoutte's show!!!!!!) on Friday, September 19th from 7-9pm

Not sure what "Creative Editions" is? Click here for more details! 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Painting by Andy MacDonald!!

Dotted by houses strung up by their electrical lines, this new painting by Andy MacDonald is packed with pattern and colour.  His electric palette glows more than a camera could ever capture, you'd swear the entire piece pulsates after spending time with it. Measuring 36" x 36" this acrylic on board is coated in resin, and contoured with a radiant turquoise. Andy's newest piece is now on display here at the gallery -come say hi to it and others on your next trip downtown!     

"Poverty Plaid, Flag Day" Andy MacDonald 36" x 36" Acrylics and Resin on Board


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NEW SHOW coming to Argyle Fine Art on September 19th- All Welcome!

We are getting very excited to showcase two very talented artists who we love and who love painting HALIFAX. They both paint in very different styles but are equally brilliant and proud of the city they live and work in.

We'd like to invite all of you to our Opening Reception to celebrate these new works by Mary Garoutte and Caitlin McGuire on Friday, September 19th, 7-9pm.

Here's a work by Mary Garoutte from her show, which is called "Something Red". We'll be sharing sneak peeks from both artists as time grows nearer...

Do you know where this painting is from, in Halifax?

Monday, September 8, 2014

CREATIVE EDITIONS- TAKE TWO! Next Limited Edition comes out on September 15th-Sign up now!

Goodmorning everyone! By now, some of you may have heard about our new program at  Argyle Fine Art, called CREATIVE EDITIONS - a new, fun and affordable way to collect very limited and very special edition prints of works by twelve Nova Scotia artists. BUT MAYBE THIS IS THE FIRST you've heard of it, which is why we're posting about it again here. Especially since our second work from the series is about to launch on September 15th. TIME TO SUBSCRIBE IS NOW! Here's a video from this morning's GLOBAL NEWS interview about the project:

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. 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. Alternate rates can be made available for International orders on a case-by-case basis.

Each limited edition print will be printed on archival fine art paper, measuring 6" x 9" , and will be printed professionally by Eric Boutilier-Brown Photography here in Nova Scotia. Each work will be signed by the artist and will also include an artist's bio along with it.. The works selected for each print will be made by Argyle Fine Art, which will include never seen works by the artists. These works will only be available to subscription members. The limited editions will be numbered, signed by hand, and released on the 15th of each month, beginning on August 15th, 2014.
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!

Call or email us ASAP to confirm your subscription and be part of the beginning of CREATIVE EDITIONS . Phone 902-425-9456 or  We can receive payment via PAYPAL, or over the phone/in-person with Visa, Mastercard or Debit.

Questions and Answers  Section  (if you have additional questions, feel free to contact us directly)

Q: What do the prints measure?

A: All works  are 6" x 9" , prints on paper, and are limited edition prints, signed by the artist featured.

Q: Do all subscribers receive the same thing?

A: Each month everyone will receive the same limited edition per month regardless of when you begin your subscription. Additional prints may be available at the end of the year, to anyone that only began the subscription part of the way through the year or to a subscriber who may want to collect more than one edition of the same piece.

Q: Can I pick a particular artist?

A: No, you can’t pick an artist. We'll be highlighting an artist to feature each month- which will remain a secret until all subscribers have been notified. All artists selected for this project will be artists shown at Argyle Fine Art.

Q: How many months do I have to subscribe?

A: You must subscribe to either the 6 month or 12 month subscription term.

Q: What if I live far away from Halifax, Nova Scotia?

A: No problem. Select the shipping subscription which includes the cost of postage within Canada.

Q: Where do I pick up my CREATIVE EDITIONS (without the shipping option)?

A: Pick up your CREATIVE EDITIONS on the 15th of each month at Argyle Fine Art located at 1559 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS during normal business hours (Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5:30pm).

Q: Can I give CREATIVE EDITIONS as a gift?

A:Yes! CREATIVE EDITIONS makes a wonderful gift for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, housewarming gifts, etc. 

Q: Can I start my subscription at any time?

A: Yes, you may begin your subscription at anytime. Each monthly edition will be made ready on the 15th of each month.

Q:Can I get a Refund on my Subscription?

A: The subscription is final sale, however should you decide that you no longer want to receive the art to finish out your subscription, we suggest that you re-direct your subscription to someone you know that may enjoy it.

Q: Do I have to pay tax?

A: Yes- however if we are shipping the works out of the province of Nova Scotia or out of Canada, different tax rates apply.

Q: This sounds like a great deal. Are there any more incentives?

A: We will include one EXTRA print  to all of our 12 month subscribers at the end of the year, as a special thank you for your support! This will bring the total limited edition prints for yearly subscribers to 13. You will also all have the chance to view and purchase the ORIGINAL painting or drawing that the limited edition was made from, at the time of picking up your prints at Argyle Fine Art. We hope to have an evening when you can also meet the artists- still to be determined.

Q: How do I find out when my CREATIVE EDITIONS print is available? Or about special events for subscribers?

A: We'll send you a monthly email newsletter that gives you the exclusive scoop, featured artist exhibits, and such. Of course, you can always opt out if you do not want to receive the newsletter.

Q: What if I don’t like my piece?

A: Art is subjective and although we believe that all the artwork we send out is great, you may enjoy some pieces more than others - this is part of the fun, when learning to appreciate the broad range of local artistic styles!  Even if you do not like something, the amount of money spent on CREATIVE EDITIONS is so minimal, your subscription will be well worth your money spent. You are not able to exchange this print for another or postpone for an extension for another month. If you don't like the work given on a particular month, you might consider giving it to someone as a gift!

Q: I really like this idea and your artists. How can I keep abreast of what is going on with your artists?

A: Join our email list for updates on shows, special events or specific artist's works.Just tell us you'd like to be added to our list and we'll make it so!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

It's TIME to speak UP about ART: Save The Khyber!

Tonight I'm going to a city meeting and adding my signature to the growing lists, in an effort to save The Khyber from being declared as surplus or sold to developers.  The public meeting is held at the Halifax North Branch Library beginning at 7pm. Drop by and leave your signature- stand up for ART! You can also sign the ONLINE petition HERE if you can't attend in person.

Halifax is facing many economic challenges, not the least being with it's art spaces and art institutions at all levels. As a gallery owner, I face my own woes and know first hand that the arts and culture sector is one of the most vibrant  and greatest assets in Halifax, but also one of the  most under appreciated and  misunderstood sectors by many city officials and business persons.

The Khyber Art Centre is facing the possibility of having to move permanently from it's downtown building.  As with all issues, there many sides to the story, but in my opinion,  I feel it's very important for the community at large to stand behind this building continuing as The Khyber and support the arts!

No question- the place needs lots of work; years of neglect largely being the responsibility of the City of Halifax, has certainly created some financial dilemmas, but it's important to consider the future and The Khyber needs to in that future, as it's a very important and historic part of our downtown art community.

The chance to make this a positive, happy ending is in the hands of the public.Lend The Khyber your signature, your voices, your letters...COME ON HALIFAX! Do the right thing!
If you'd like to read more about The Khyber, go HERE where you can read a series of reports on the continuing saga of this beloved building.

The Khyber by Shelley Mitchell