Friday, August 22, 2014

Tonight we'll host our first FOOD+ART tour- Thanks Local Tasting Tours!

We reached out to the amazing folks at Local Tasting Tours here in Halifax to arrange a special evening of art and food! It's been so successful as far as ticket sales go, as all the tickets have sold out for tonight's tour, but if you are interested in finding out more information for the next tour in November, hop on over to their website or give them a call at :

Tonight, our gallery will be teamed up with Indochine Banh Mi who we first met actually, through the Local Tasting Tours blog actually. We can hardly wait to introduce you to the owner and to also introduce you to our gallery, what's new and what's happening soon!

Since tonight will be all about food and art, we thought this would be the perfect time to share this NEW work by George Spencer with all of you.Pardon me, but I have to say this painting is truly BANANAS!

George is a self-taught artist living and working in Halifax, who gets better and better each painting he creates.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome to "CREATIVE EDITIONS" our first limited edition is now on it's way to Subscribers!

Hello everyone and welcome to mid-August. We love this time of year-the city feels alive and people are taking extra long lunch breaks to soak in all the rays of the days!

We're also excited because we just launched our first of the year-long series, CREATIVE EDITIONS (which you can learn more about by clicking HERE)  this past Friday, alongside the opening reception for well-loved artist Gordon MacDonald. Creative Editions is a fun and affordable way to start collecting art, learn about a variety of local artists and support them and local business while your at it. This project is  all about art appreciation and building new audiences, and so far it's been received with open arms and happy customers.

The first CREATIVE EDITION for the month of August is called "Study for August at Four" which is a limited edition print of a study Gordon MacDonald painted in preparation for his show, on now at the gallery. It's been wonderful to have people pick up their limited editions and then be able to see how the piece changed from it's beginning to it's final state.

Here's a quick shot of the study (of course more bright and beautiful in person) and then the final piece hanging at Argyle Fine Art. It's so interesting to see the subtle yet important decisions the artist took to create the final piece.
Study for August at Four

August at Four  Oil on Copper

There are only 50 prints of each Creative Edition printed and subscriptions are selling quickly. Each are hand signed by the artist and printed on archival paper with archival ink, and include a full artist bio. You can still begin your subscription in August. Simply give us a call to find out more about this program  and buy a subscription for yourself or as a gift. Prints are ONLY available to subscription holders.

The next CREATIVE EDITIONS will launch on September 15th! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

THIS IS IT!! Gordon MacDonald's 2014 Solo Show opens FRIDAY, AUGUST 15th 7-9pm

"Highway 358 in November" Oil on Linen 22" x 48" by Gordon MacDonald

Friday, August 8, 2014


Puppy Parents take note: Saturday, August 9th is Downtown Halifax's Dog Days of Summer, where pooches and their parents are encouraged to get out and enjoy the city! There are many events scheduled for your entertainment, and you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be having fun here at the gallery too. A Doggy photo booth will be front and center, along with a number of door prizes and dog treats! We always have treats and water bowls on hand for our doggy visitors, but this event is a great way to highlight this simple fact. YES, we DO welcome friendly dogs into the gallery!!! So grab your furry friends, and make your way down tomorrow between 10 and 5:30!   

Photo booth pictures will be posted on Twitter with #furryfamilyphoto and will be projected in the windows that evening! Door Prizes will be drawn throughout the afternoon!

Pug Brooches by Isabelle Pineau! $15 each

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A new Harrison for our Natal Day Window!!

Come and grab a glimpse of this vividly coloured painting by Jennifer Harrison! It's titled "Adams and Knickle at the Back of Montague." First prize goes to the first person who comments on where exactly this is! (* the prize is a shower of admiration for your geographical smarts!)

Take a walk past the gallery tonight before or after the fireworks, and impress your friends with your knowledge of who the artist is! Happy Natal Day, Friends!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Welcome to CREATIVE EDITIONS: A new and exciting way to collect Art from Argyle Fine Art

At Argyle Fine Art, we're  always looking for ways to educate people and develop art appreciation for our local artists in our community. We are pleased to present CREATIVE EDITIONS - a new, fun and affordable way to collect very limited and very special edition prints of works by twelve Nova Scotia artists. 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 - first limited edition piece will be launched on August 15th. 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!

CANADIANA!! Featuring Kas Stone and Sarah Jones

One of the many benefits to our group shows, is that we get to sample the exciting range of artists creating artwork within our region. It's our opportunity to make new connections, with artists outside those whom we showcase regularly. The list of artists participating in our current group show about Canadian Culture is outstanding, and Kas Stone and Sarah Jones are perfect examples of fresh faces whom we're delighted to have made connections with!!

 Kas Stone speaks about her work:

This image depicts the vastness and diversity of the Canadian landscape, united by a compelling cloud formation. The triptych’s three segments were created from a compilation of photographs taken in British Columbia (the mountains along Howe Sound and English Bay), Toronto (the city skyline from the Toronto Islands) and Nova Scotia (a view of Cape Smokey on Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail), representing archetypal western, central and eastern scenery. The magnificent unifying cloud was captured during a storm on Newfoundland’s Trout River Pond, and enhanced (only slightly) to stretch across the entire panel – like the jet stream that generates the weather patterns all Canadians love to talk about. The title adds interesting layers of extra meaning, depending upon how the viewer chooses to interpret it.

Sarah Jones speaks about her work:
Sarah Jones, No. 53 Mixed Media on Canvas 36" x 60"

"I studied the idea of Canadiana and Canadian identity while in university, particularly the role of the Group of Seven in contributing to the idea of wilderness and the Great White North. My work (humbly) is a response to the Group of Seven and wilderness mythology from someone who lives in a gritty, urban, port city. Amid the abundance of nature imagery, I hope my work clamours to make the point: Canadians live in cities too!"

Make sure you check out the rest of the show here:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HIGH NOON at NOON: One last piece and a ROUND-UP!

Well, the HIGH NOON at NOON was a bit inconsistent this July, ,but nevertheless great art found great new homes, so mission accomplished! We have one last HIGH NOON at NOON painting on offer today, which features the very textural, sculptural paintings of Jennifer Harrison. 

Today's HIGH NOON at NOON is called "Four Brick Houses" and measures 18" x 24", oil on canvas by Jennifer Harrison. Jennifer moved to Nova Scotia a few years ago from Ontario after falling in love with the province on a brief trip to Lunenburg! We're delighted she did, as we enjoy her artwork so much in our gallery.  This work was painted in 2008 and has been a favourite for many people throughout it's years. 

 Until end of day tomorrow ,  this work is priced at $895. After that time, it will go back to it's original price of $1200


Because we were late posting many of our HIGH NOON at NOON features, as well as plagued by various storm systems and power outages for many of clients...we are offering the below remaining HIGH NOON at NOON pieces at the HIGH NOON price until end of day tomorrow as well. Take a look through and find a special piece at a special PRICE.

Peacock by Gregg Tracey HIGH NOON PRICE: $575 (original price $850)
Fuller Terrace by Andy MacDonald HIGH NOON Price: $350 (original $500)
Blue Jay Landing by Kat Serediuk HIGH NOON Price $195 (original price $385)

Barefoot Ballet by Bryanna Chapeskie HIGH NOON Price: $175 (original price $300) 
Bloody Mary by Colleen MacIsaac HIGH NOON Price: $150 (original price $300)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

HIGH NOON at NOON #11- Colleen MacIsaac

"Dear Anita..."

(That's a little inside joke going out to a great supporter of our gallery who has noticed we've fallen behind on our HIGH NOON at NOON features...but also understands why! :-)  Thank goodness!)

It's been a busy few days at the gallery, preparing for the DOWNTOWN ARTWALK, which happened last night despite the rain we saw about 100 people or more out enjoying over 25 art galleries and shops. We also opened up a new show, CANADIANA -come and see it!

Anyway...without further adieu ...our HIGH NOON at NOON..but actually far far later....

WELCOME TO OUR  continuing  bi-yearly event, HIGH NOON at NOON where we feature ONE piece of art at HIGH NOON that is priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! The works selected for these days, are works that the gallery and artist that created them feel is some of their best works...but haven't found a home yet. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you.

Our HIGH NOON feature is an original ink and watercolour piece by Colleen MacIssac. This work was from a group show called Urban Legends that  we hosted a few years ago now, waaaay back in 2009. This piece is called "Bloody Mary" and measures 15" x 11.5" and is simply framed in a black frame.  It makes everyone smile...while illustrating this popular urban myth.

 Until HIGH NOON on Sunday, July 20th, this work is priced at $150.  After that time, it will go back to it's original price of $300.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THURSDAY, JULY 17TH: DOWNTOWN ARTWALK 5-8pm (+opening reception for CANADIANA!)

TOMORROW'S THE BIG NIGHT! With dozens of participating galleries and businesses, it'll be a great show of Fine Art and community within HRM. This self guided tour highlights all the wonderful galleries and independent business within the Halifax/Dartmouth area, and they each have something special to offer. Here's a map of participants!! Of course, we'll be hosting the opening reception for our exciting new group show, CANADIANA, and each and every one of you are invited to join us!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HIGH NOON at NOON- 10- Kat Serediuk

WELCOME TO OUR  continuing  bi-yearly event, HIGH NOON at NOON where we feature ONE piece of art at HIGH NOON that is priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! The works selected for these days, are works that the gallery and artist that created them feel is some of their best works...but haven't found a home yet. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you.

NOTE of Apology to our faithful blog readers: So much for getting these pieces posted at NOON, as we had hoped!  We might as well call this promotion "Sometime each day Sometime" promo. We'll try to do better tomorrow!'s HIGH NOON feature is this wonderful little painting by artist Kat Serediuk called "Blue Jay Landing". The work measures 10" x 10" and is painted with acrylics on board.  Sure to brighten up anyone's day!

 Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON ( 8pm) , this work is priced at $195.  After that time, it will go back to it's original price of $385

Monday, July 14, 2014

HIGH NOON at NOON- #9- Andy MacDonald

WELCOME TO OUR  continuing  bi-yearly event, HIGH NOON at NOON where we feature ONE piece of art at HIGH NOON that is priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! The works selected for these days, are works that the gallery and artist that created them feel is some of their best works...but haven't found a home yet. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you.

We are very sorry we were not able to offer a SUNDAY HIGH NOON, and today's  feature is a tad late, but without further adieu....our featured HIGH NOON for today is by Andy MacDoanld. This work is one of the first we ever received by the emerging artist a few years back now. His works are painted with acrylic and resin on board, so as you can imagine...very hard to photograph. Hence, we've done our best! But we should tell you this is a stunning piece in person..vibrant and full of colour and texture!  It's called "2635 Fuller Terrace and measures 11.5" x 36".  
Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON ( 8pm) , this work is priced at $350.  After that time, it will go back to it's original price of $500