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/

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's TIME to get your Pre-SHRUNK Vouchers...Only a few more Remain!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!  Get your Pre-Shrunk Voucher ASAP!  We are only selling 30 of them this year, and we already sold just over half at the time of writing this post...so call us at 902-425-9456 and get your voucher for January's highly anticipated show "PRE-SHRUNK". Vouchers are a great gift idea for anyone on your holiday gift-giving list.  Just look at one of the first submissions we have received by one of our gallery artists, George Spencer! 

Study for Basket of Strawberries, Oil on Board, George Spencer, 4" x 5"

NOT SURE WHAT PRE-SHRUNK IS? Read the Fine Print Below...

Pre-Shrunk is a highly anticipated annual group show that features hundreds of original art pieces, measuring 4" x 5." The artwork is produced by a great range of artists, some established, others up and coming (all have been selected by the jury process.) 

Each piece is priced at $175, except for voucher holders who pay a discounted rate of $150. Voucher holders are also given a place in line according to their voucher number, allowing them to have the first picks in the show before it opens to the general public – this is an exciting opportunity considering the caliber of the work on display! An internet link is emailed to voucher holders prior to the event, containing images of all the pieces included in the exhibition

Pre-Shrunk opens at Argyle Fine Art on Friday, January 23th, 2015. Voucher VIP reception starts at 6pm, and the show opens to the public at 7pm.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"In Flanders Fields...." On Remembrance Day, Remember.

At Argyle Fine Art we value the importance of stopping and remembering those men and women who served bravely for our safety and freedoms in Canada and continue to do so on a daily basis.  Lest us never forget and be thankful.

Artist Christopher Hemsworth created an entire series of prints based on the famous Heritage Minutes series, aired on Canadian televisions all across this great land. He particularly wanted to pay tribute to this Heritage Minute and made sure it was number 11 in the series.



Although we won't be open this week on Tuesday, November 11th, this work will be featured proudly in our window.

A limited amount of them have been printed. If you are interested in owning one, get in touch with us and we'll be sure to send one your way or have one here for you throughout the rest of the week.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NEW WORK BY BRIANA CORR SCOTT

New to the gallery is a fresh collection of still life paintings by artist Brianna Corr Scott. They're a bit of a departure from the architectural pieces that many of you know her by, and notably looser.  They have a freshness about them that's difficult to describe (and photograph, for that matter!) but here's a few shots of them none the less. As we start prepping for Mark Brennan's new exhibition, make a stop into the gallery to see these pieces... They're beautifully composed, with the perfect balance of rich colours and bright whites.


Friday, October 31, 2014

on sale now : PRE-SHRUNK VOUCHERS

Pre-Shrunk is a highly anticipated annual group show that features hundreds of original art pieces, measuring 4" x 5." The artwork is produced by a great range of artists, some established, others up and coming (all have been selected by the jury process.) 

Each piece is priced at $175, except for voucher holders who pay a discounted rate of $150. Voucher holders are also given a place in line according to their voucher number, allowing them to have the first picks in the show before it opens to the general public – this is an exciting opportunity considering the caliber of the work on display! An internet link is emailed to voucher holders prior to the event, containing images of all the pieces included in the exhibition

Pre-Shrunk opens at Argyle Fine Art on Friday, January 23th, 2015. Voucher VIP reception starts at 6pm, and the show opens to the public at 7pm.

For more information, please contact Argyle Fine Art 1559 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS. 902.425.9456 gallery@argylefa.com

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Artist Talk you Don't want to Miss by Mark Brennan!

We've heard artist Mark Brennan speak on a number of occasions, about his passion for art and nature and how the two things are linked for him. Last Summer we worked with Mark and  Kejimjukak National Park on a presentation about Mark's work and because it was so well received, we decided we should offer a similar opportunity for city dwelling art and nature lovers too.

 Therefore, we're very excited to invite you all to attend this talk about Mark's new body of work, that will be on display during the night of the talk on Tuesday, November 25th, 6-7:30pm

 Not only does Mark speak, paint and write beautifully about his experiences but he also records sounds in nature and makes films too. What doesn't Mark do!  Come and discover Mark Brennan's world of art. Registration is required for the talk, as seating will be limited and there is a small fee, of $10.  Call us to reserve your seat!




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nocturne: It's a Beautiful Thing!

Last Saturday night, October 18th, Halifax hosted the 7th Annual Nocturne: Art at Night ;  which is an evening where galleries and artists take to walls, streets, abandoned spaces and even park benches- all in the name of ART!  What we love about Nocturne at Argyle Fine Art is the energy in the air, which  is really hard to explain and best experienced, but if we had to use two words to describe perhaps electric or magical may suffice. This little city of ours comes to life with safe and fun exhibits for everyone to enjoy for free. We must have seen close to 4000 in our modest gallery alone and really appreciate meeting many of you for the first time.

The importance of events like Nocturne are critical in engaging the public and reminding them that art really is for everyone, and we're open year round and always accessible. We love what we do and get excited when we make an impact on someone's day with art.


We opened two great exhibits the night of Nocturne which were very well received and still continue until November 11th, so drop by again or for the first time to experience these shows.  In our main gallery, we are showcasing the work of Trevor Van den Eijnden in his show called "Familiar Strangers:" which is a combination of three-dimensional sculpture as well as mixed media paintings, that are a direct result of the shadows cast through his constructions. The sculptures are made of ...paper and unbelievable!

Photo submitted by Paula Fredericks. Thanks for dropping by!
Installation shot of one of the paper sculptures.








Then in our Lower Gallery we are featuring the works of six artists that don't normally show their works in galleries, but rather on big and small screens all over the world, working as animators. This was a chance for them to showcase their artistic skills in their show called "Paper Trail" Special thanks to Aaron LaShomb for his help on this show.
"The Town Clock on Citadel Hill" by Paton Francis

 During Nocturne, the artists also encouraged others to do that same, with a "Leave a Doodle, Take a Doodle" Post-It note interactive portion of the show. Everyone that wanted could take a drawing or leave one too. Keep in mind, this wall began with two lonely Post-It notes at 6pm. At Midnight, this is how the wall appeared. What a great collaboration!


 Make sure to keep ART on your to-do list throughout the year! For example, come out to the 3rd annual DOWNTOWN ARTWALK, happening on November 20th.

Thank you Halifax and to all of you that attended from far and wide, all artists, all volunteers....it was a great night for art.

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.