Monday, December 22, 2014

Oranges for Christmas: George Spencer's latest work

Last year, around this time we blogged about George Spencer's paintings and how much of the subject matter related to holiday traditions.  The latest work of art that he left with us features brilliant oranges that you can almost smell and taste!

Did you ever receive an orange in your stocking on Christmas morning?

One explanation for this tradition is that December is the season of giving, and the orange segments represent the ability to share what you have with others.

George's wonderful painting, which you can now see in our window, was also the subject of December's CREATIVE EDITIONS art subscription project at Argyle Fine Art.  Find out how to be part of our Art Subscription Service in 2015 by calling us or watching this video from a few months back explaining how it works HERE.

Study in Orange and Blue- Oil on Board by George Spencer
 HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  The countdown is on now, to relaxation and thankfullness. GIVE to those who need it most- love, food, hugs...oranges. :-)   Argyle Fine Art will be delivering lots of food and toys to people that need a little extra over the holidays...we challenge you to do the same.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Halifax Cat Rescue comes to Argyle Fine Art this CATURDAY (er.... saturday)

Take a break from the bustle of the mall, and stop into the gallery on the last Saturday before Christmas.  Between  1:30 - 3:30  we'll be visited from the fine feline loving folks at the Halifax Cat Rescue Society! They'll be selling their purrrty cat calendars, and we will be accepting donations 
of cat food for their worthy mission. 
We've put a collection of our favourite cat inspired art pieces on show for the occasion, and on Caturday, we'll also tempt your bellies with cookies and cider! 
 by Kazue Leeming

(FYI- we are planning a CAT and DOG Art show again in February 2015 Stay tuned for more info!!)

While you're here, take a moment to browse around the gallery, and pick up some LAST MINUTE GIFTS for friends and family.(we've got cards, jewellery, ceramics and lots of other fun items!!) Oh, and have you seen our Art Subscription program called CREATIVE EDITIONS? It Makes an absolutely incredible gift! Click here for more info!
Here's one of our featured artists in this month's Creative Editions, Gregg Tracey!



Of course, if you're uncertain about what to give, and you still want to give the gift of art, our Gift Certificates are much loved under the Christmas tree!! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

What a Wonderful World of Art! LOCAL ARTISTS are the BESTEST!

Today we were so excited to  highlight works by as many of our local artists as we possibly could get on our walls for our holiday OPEN HOUSE. Lots of people dropped by and artists too. THANK YOU!

But don't fret if you couldn't make it down to the gallery, as we'll be open especially for the holiday, on MONDAYS  11am- 3:30pm and we'll also be open LATE this coming Friday, December 19th until 7pm!

We'll also be highlighting wonderful gift ideas over the coming days on our blog right here for those you to enjoy from afar or just those that want to do some browsing from the comfort of home or office.

There were so many laughs and happy people in the gallery today....so so lovely.  People especially loved all the new SHOE artworks by artist Kim Danio, like this little chipmunk below and a few of his other friends...also made from shoes and gloves! You have to see them to believe them! WOW.







Friday, December 12, 2014

ARTISTS! Don't forget to pick up your PRE-SHRUNK surfaces and get creating!

Just a friendly reminder that our call for submissions for our annual PRE-SHRUNK show closes on January 7th, so make sure to pick up your 4" x 5" surface at either the NSCAD Art Supply Store or Deserres or create your own (all mediums are accepted but if unsure, call us!)  We hope to receive all submissions and get back to artists by the following week, as the show opens on January 23rd!


Here are all the details:

ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS : PRE-SHRUNK CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOW OPEN

PRE-SHRUNK 2015

Well this is it! It’s officially time to announce our annual open call for submissions! Pre-Shrunk is a much loved annual group show that asks artists to create work on a surface measuring 4” x 5”. We encourage submissions from artists both established and emerging, created in the medium of their choosing.
Submission Guidelines:
- Works must be created on a surface that measures 4” x 5”.  Pieces that   
  do not measure 4” x 5”  will not be accepted.
- Artists can submit no more than five pieces. 
- If works are on canvas, we ask that you do NOT attach a hanging 
  device (i.e.: wire or hooks – the gallery will take care of this for continuity)
- If you plan on working on paper, please mount your works
   onto a sturdy 4” x 5”  surface that can be hung on the wall.
- Submissions must be new, and not previously shown.
- Please include your name, phone number, email address, and list of   
   materials used along with your submission.
To apply for this year’s show, please photograph your completed piece/ pieces and send your images in jpeg format to gallery@argylefa.com. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT, JANUARY 7th If your work is selected by the jury, you will be notified by phone or email the following week.
Please Note:
*Pieces that are selected for this year’s exhibition will be priced at $175 each, with standard 50% commission. Please bare this price in mind while creating your artwork.
*DeSerres and the NSCAD bookstore have kindly ordered pre-made 4” x 5” canvas and board to supply artists wanting to participate in this exhibition. Supplies are limited.
SHOW OPENS FRIDAY JANUARY 23rdth
Please telephone the gallery, 902-425-9456 if you have any questions in regards to the requirements of this popular group show.
From the gals of Argyle Fine Art,
Adriana Afford and Crystal Ross
1559 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 2Z7
902.425.9456 gallery@argylefa.com  
www.argylefineart.blogspot.com

Monday, December 8, 2014

Please COME to our OPEN HOUSE this Saturday where you can meet an artist, Make a Card and WIN $100!

HO HO HO!  It's time to get ready for the Holidays!  We've decked out our tree, our walls, our windows....pretty much every nook and cranny is filled with local art and craft for you to enjoy and take home for the holidays! All holiday cards and artworks are 15% off until December 15th so get shopping!

We're hosting a  HOLIDAY PARTY  and OPEN HOUSE at Argyle Fine Art this Saturday afternoon, December 13th, beginning at noon and running until 4pm.  Unwind with some cookies and some cider, meet local artists who will be dropping by throughout the day and see new works by them as well as enter for some artful prizes .Mark it on your calendars! Great for the entire family! 

Bring a donation of an unwrapped gift for a child or food donation for those who need our help this time of year and you'll  be entered to win a $100 Gift Certificate as our thanks to you!

We're especially excited to be receiving a new body of work by Kim Danio inspired by the phrase " Not a Creature  was Stirring", with her latest little  SHOE creations!  Just look at these cute little mice that await your visit...and they have friends too! Beavers and foxes, and birds and so much more...





MAKE A CARD:
We'll  have holiday card writing and creation stations throughout the gallery. Try your hand at using a GLASS PEN by artist Janelle Tyler, or plunck away on a vintage typewriter or stamp out a personal card of your very own! 

We will also be revealing the next series of CREATIVE EDITION prints for December on December 13th...just a few days earlier than usual, so make sure to drop by and pick up yours on Saturday or buy your art subsription for the New Year. Life is better with ART!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Every Saturday in December is Special! This Saturday at Argyle Fine Art....

Saturdays at Argyle Fine Art are always happening and fun, especially in the month of December.

This Saturday, December 6th, between 1-3pm, MEET a real life LEGO MAN...in person, have your picture taken with him and please bring a new, unwrapped TOY or art supplies for a child of any age. (you can drop this off anytime this week*)  Then LEGO MAN (otherwise known as EMMET from the LEGO movie) will take the gifts over to the CTV Christmas Daddies Telethon to help families who are in need and make sure they have a gift under the tree.


ALSO THAT AFTERNOON: Meet LEGO Artists who are children themselves, Emma and Liam, who will be working away on new creations- rings, bracelets, earrings and more all out of LEGO!



 You'll also be able to make a CHRISTMAS CARD of your very own using LEGO blocks!


 And Last but certainly not least,we'll also be celebrating new works by Katharine Burns with her latest body of works that embraces bicycles. You don't want to miss this show! Katharine's works sell almost as quickly as she can paint them!

 NEXT SATURDAY is our OPEN HOUSE HOLIDAY EVENT! Drop by anytime between Noon and 4pm on Saturday, December 13th for cookies, warm cider, good cheer and great art! Many artists will be here throughout the afternoon and new works are arriving daily!  Don't forget, we are offering 15% off until December 15th too. You'll also be able to take a moment and write out a Christmas card with a GLASS PEN or try your hand at using a typewriter!  Writing and Creating Stations will be throughout the gallery. Fun for the entire family!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TAKE NOTE! It's almost BLACK(CAT) FRIDAY and SATURDAY at Argyle Fine Art!


Friends! Now's the time to pitch your tents outside the gallery, in great frenzied anticipation of our most favourite sale of the year - A sale to honour our boundless love of black cats!!! That's right folks, STARTING TOMORROW (Thursday, November 27th) AND CONTINUING THOUGH Saturday (November 29th) we're thanking all of our wonderful supporters, near and far, by offering 15% OFF EVERYTHING IN GALLERY (except art subscriptions/commissions) and 25% OFF OUR ONLINE SHOP with promo code BLACKCATFRIDAY!! Oh, and as an extra treat, we're also including FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING here at the gallery!! Meee-oow!! 

So, here's a recap:  
THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY IS BLACK(CAT) FRIDAY!
 IN STORE - 15% off EVERYTHING + FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING!!

There's no better time to take a gander at what our local artists have been producing, from Mark Brennan's most recent exhibition, to Briana Corr Scott's newest collection of stunning still lives. There's an endless list of artists to choose from (take a peek at the left hand side of the page!) and there's no better gift to give this Christmas than meaningful, locally crafted, original artwork. 

If you're able to stop in the gallery, you'll notice a wall of miniature artworks previously priced at $175,  now priced at $95!! We also have a fantastic selection of holiday greeting cards, ready for the picking.


Aren't you glad we love black cats?!


*special thanks to Blanche, my cat, for being so darn CUTE.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reminder: Don't miss MARK BRENNAN's TALK Tuesday, November 25th- 6 til 7:30pm

Good morning Everyone! We wanted to remind everyone to attend artist Mark Brennan's talk tomorrow evening at Argyle Fine Art from 6-7:30pm.

Arrive at 6pm, with start time 6:15pm. We may run overtime a bit, as there will be time for questions after the talk. Light Refreshments will be served!

To RESERVE YOUR SEAT, email us today or tomorrow(or call)  at gallery@argylefa.com / 902-425-9456
 $10 or $5 Seniors or Students

We HIGHLY recommend you attend this talk if you are a lover of nature and art, a student of art and interested in plein air painting or generally want to learn something new and enjoy the stories that Mark will share, not only using his paintings as direct illustrations, but sounds and other sights as well.

Here is a wonderful example of Mark's abilities as an artist, a filmmaker, sound-scape artist and an all-round wonderful person. 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

HOMES for the Holidays:Get your Home, Cottage or Business painted by Caitlin McGuire in time for gift Giving!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Go Art HIKING at Argyle Fine Art tomorrow night and next Tuesday too:MARK BRENNAN!!

ART HIKING....two words that may not always go together, but they seemed like the perfect way to tell you about the 3rd DOWNTOWN ARTWALK evening happening tomorrow night, THURSDAY, Nov. 20th, 6-8pm at Downtown Art Galleries and Shops in Halifax and Dartmouth.  Here is the poster below with partcipants:

 

And speaking of hiking and art.... Join Mark Brennan at Argyle Fine Art on Tuesday, November 25th for an exciting artist talk about his show, “Seeking The Great Silence: Landscapes of Vancouver Island”. Mark went on a pilgrimage and documented the entire voyage in paint, film and sound. The results, we think you’ll agree, are some of Mark’s strongest works to date.

REGISTER for the ARTIST PRESENTATION on November 25th, 6-7:30pm: Mark Brennan will be presenting a multi-media lecture about his travels to these sacred spaces and about his process as an artist.

**Pre- Register your seat with payment of $10, as limited seats will be available. If you love and value nature and art, or are a student of art, we highly recommend attending this lecture; Mark Brennan is one of the best public presenters we’ve experienced.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New work by Sarah Jones

Hot off the presses, is a collection of tanker paintings sent to us by Sarah Jones. Sarah's use of impasto is rich and expressive. She's fearless in her use of heaps of paint, and pushes it around roughly with a palette knife -the result is both provocative and exciting! These particular little paintings below measure 4" x 4" (and have an extra wide profile) ($125) You'll find others here at the gallery that measure 5" x 10" and 6" x 24". Come see! 



 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Opening Reception - MARK BRENNAN, TONIGHT, Friday, November 14th 7-9pm

EVERYONE is welcome to join us for this evening's opening reception! Mark Brennan's new body of work is titled "Seeking the Great Silence - Vancouver Landscapes" and it's a captivating collection of 29 paintings, many painted en plein air. Our reception is from 7-9pm, and for those from far away places, you'll be happy to know that the show is now online! HAVE A LOOK! (click the image below to see the exhibition)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62710153@N03/sets/72157646834141003/