Thursday, August 25, 2016

Back to COOL

Ah, late August. You can just feel it in the air. The weather slowly starts to shift and back-to-school preparations begin. While neither of us at the gallery are going back-to-school per-say, we are in the spirit of back to school preparations to help the awesome folks at the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank with their Back to School Supplies Program. Parker Street provides 800 backpacks with school supplies to families in need, and currently they only have 200 backpacks ready for September.

We know our gallery community is filled with people like you who like to help out, and we'd like to thank you for doing so! Right now at the gallery if you donate $20+ or bring in $20 worth of school supplies you'll receive **15% off your art purchase (**some exceptions apply). OR bring in lightly used or new backpack and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate for the gallery. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

Now back to art business. This week we've received some great new work, like these pieces from George Spencer. These two paintings from George are a great way to extend the local strawberry season indefinitely!

George Spence, Study for Strawberries and Cream, 8"x10", Oil on Board

Or for kicking back after you've dropped the kids off at school for the semester with a chilled glass of wine:

George Spencer, Bowl with Wine and Berries, 11"x14", Oil on Board

You can see more of George's work online here.

This new painting by Caitlin McGuire (yes, I am writing about myself in the third person) might be a familiar scene to those who have loved ones studying across Canada and abroad...

Caitlin McGuire, And Then I Saw Her Standing There, 12"x24", Oil on Board

Can you place it? Or how about this one for folks who commute across the harbour for work and school?

Caitlin McGuire, Ferry Now Boarding, 5"x7", Oil on Board

Caitlin (yes, me) will have more pieces arriving later in the week, but in the meantime you can see more of her (my) work online here.

We also have a special 30% off work by Stuart Melanson, including these beautiful pieces that seem to beckon Fall and Spring at the same time...

Stuart Melanson, Smooth Sailing, Acrylic on Board, 10"x5.75"

Stuart Melanson, Spring Fever, Acrylic on Board, 8"x10"

Stuart Melanson, Leaf Study, Acrylic on Board, 8"x10"

Whether you're just getting back to town or are getting ready to head out again, we'd love to see you, so pop in and say, "Hi!", soon, would ya?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Exploring the Canadian Landscape with Mark Brennan

If there's anything you can say about artist Mark Brennan's connection to the rugged Canadian landscape it's that it's is a pure one. A naturalist in the truest sense, Mark's love and respect for Canada's deep woods and waterways comes through in every one of his paintings. His work doesn't just represent the wilderness he's engaging with but also embodies his experience with nature.

Mark on a trip to Northern Ontario.

In addition to his paintings Mark also records sound when he's in the woods, creating a multi-sensory experience. And don't think that weather is a deterrent to Mark - he camps all year round, even setting up a special winter tent with a heater where he can submerge himself in nature and paint all year round.

Snow at First Light, Drysden Lake, Pictou Co, Oil on Board, 10"x12"

Here Mark talks about his painting, Snow at First Light, which is a scene from Drysden Lake here in Pictou Co, Nova Scotia:

In the late winter I mostly stay close to home to paint on location. I had gone out to work one morning at a lake about 10km from my studio. The lake seems to run as part of a rough line where the topography changes and becomes mostly Boreal forest. This was what drew me, the Black Spruce swamp, the frozen lake and of course the first light of dawn.

Painting Snow At First Light was about capturing the most fleeting moment that morning, one that lasted perhaps a few minutes and then was gone forever. When I am alone in a place like this, at dawn, about to paint, I try to give myself to the work. I try to bring everything felt, heard or seen to this one focal point, this one birch panel to express a level of truth I had felt. I want to let the landscape flow into me and then out again in the form of a painting. 

 Mark also made his way to the Georgian Bay in Northern Ontario this past year:

Out on the Georgian Bay.

In 2015 I decided on a late fall trip to Killarney Provincial Park on Georgian Bay, made famous by members of the Group Of Seven nearly a century ago. The park actually became protected because of the efforts of several of these iconic landscape painters.

Georgian Bay Shoreline, Oil on Canvas, 30"x40"
 The painting, Georgian Bay Shoreline, was inspired just after arriving at the edge of Georgian Bay on my last day; I was soon to be heading East towards Muskoka. I had only ever seen glimpses of the Great Lakes before, mostly from highways or while on a train trip across Canada in the 1990’s. Georgian Bay reminded me of my insignificance, everything about this place was vast, the lake, sky, the granite shoreline. I remember climbing down over the worn rocks peering into the depths of this great lake listening to the waves breaking with a deep sigh . The light at the forest edge pulled the fall colours from the shore Maples; they shone with an intensity I was to see later in places like Algonquin and Killbear Provincial Parks. This place deserved to be painted. 

Both Georgian Bay Shoreline and Snow at First Light are up at the gallery right now along with other new work by Mark, like this stunning painting March Sunrise:

March Sunrise, Piper Lake, Pictou County, NS, Oil on Board, 16"x18"

See more of Mark's work online here and the rest of the show at the gallery until August 31st.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Into the Wild, Inside the Gallery

The rain may dampen your camping plans this weekend, but with the fire ban on in Nova Scotia we desperately need it for our gardens and forests. But if the rain leaves your plans up in the air, fear not - we have the alternative!

Twila Robar-DeCoste, St Mary's Bay Salt Marsh, 10"x20", Acrylic on Canvas
This SATURDAY - hey that's TOMORROW - we have new work opening by artists Twila Robar-DeCoste and Mark Brennan! Both Twila and Mark have a deep connection and appreciation for local landscapes and wilderness, which is evident in both of their bodies of work.

Mark Brennan, May on the Cheticamp River, 16"x18", Oil on Board

Hike down to the gallery and you won't be disappointed, both Mark and Twila will be here from 1:30-3:30pm for you to chat with about the great outdoors.

Twila Robar-DeCoste, Great Blue Heron, 12"x15", Watercolour Framed

We'll have trail mix for you to snack on, just to complete the experience.

Mark Brennan, Light on Shoreline Pines, 10"x12", Oil on Board

In addition to Mark and Twila, gallery favourite and French knot expert, Yoko White, has also created a necklace which shows off the beauty of the great outdoors.

Yoko White, Sunset Necklace, Embroidery
So hike down to the gallery this Saturday from 1:30-3:30pm to escape to the great outdoors, indoors, and to share your love of Nova Scotia's wilderness with Twila and Mark!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The flow of the ocean with Kimberley Eddy.

Serene and alluring, we're happy to bring you these new pieces by artist Kimberley Eddy from her two resin series' Ocean Flow and Water Dance.

Ocean Flow and Water Dance by Kimberley Eddy

Working between layers of resin with acrylic based paint and ink on canvas and birch board, it is near impossible to photograph the depth Eddy is able to achieve in her pieces.

Ocean Flow 24, Acrylic, Ink and Resin on Board, 8"x8"

The resin in Eddy's pieces creates an almost glass like surface.

Water Dance 2, Acrylic, Ink and Resin on Canvas, 6"x6"

For Eddy the pieces are inspired by the experience of flying over water.

Ocean Flow 25, Acrylic, Ink and Resin on Board, 6"x6"

Here Eddy talks about the work in her own words:

"The water is a constant source of inspiration for me. In these abstract pieces, fluidity and depth are shown from an aerial perspective in a watery palette. This work has a depth and detail to it that begs the onlooker to stay awhile and look deeper."

Water Dance 3, Acrylic, Ink and Resin on Canvas, 12"x4"

Here are some detail shots of the work so you can see all the wonderful colour and movement Eddy is able to achieve. 

These pieces are really beautiful in person and you really can't see all the beautiful layers in photographs. We have a feeling they won't be around for too long...

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Roadtrippin' with Andy MacDonald

The summer is in full swing now here in Nova Scotia. There's so many great things to discover in our province, so jump in your car and visit some art galleries and artistic colourful creative places all around us!

If you need some road trip inspiration, Andy MacDonald has got you covered with his most recent painting called "Impala Sunrise" and a glow in the dark painting too, called "Six Black Trucks", which he painted on a re-purposed vintage door still complete with hinges and handle.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Join us for FREE FUN with Halifax's first POKEMON GO HUNT this Saturday, July 30th!

By now you've probably heard about a popular interactive game that is free and fun to participate in called POKEMON GO! In short, it's basically like a digital scavenger hunt or GeoCaching.  But what is all this  Pokeman craze all about?

Drop by Argyle Fine Art this Saturday, July 30th for Halifax's first "Pokemon Go Hunt". Rain or shine...there's fun to be had! Bring yourself, friend, kids, grand-kids! and play with us while exploring the downtown! No previous experience required.Join a Pokemon Trainer for a quick tutorial and then head out on a guided tour to catch a few critters!

WHERE: Meet at ARGYLE FINE ART located at 1559 Barrington Street, Halifax. (at the corner of Blowers and Barrington Street.NO REGISTRATION required.

WHEN:  We recommend participants drop by at NOON to grab a free drink provided and some snacks, enter your name to WIN a $100 gift certificate, charge up your phones at our on site charging stations, look at some ART by local art, while we wait for everyone to gather.

WHAT:  At 12:30pm the Pokemon Trainer will teach you the basics and then will lead you on a walk-about downtown to CATCH EM ALL and introduce you to some cool sights around town, including the new ROBOT mural just a step away from the gallery! (The route of the walk will be not be rough terrain or too hilly- so it's accessible to everyone!)

HOW:  All you need to take part is a cell phone with the POKEMON app downloaded ( or we can help you do this when you arrive), some comfy shoes for walking and if you'd like a wire to charge up your cell phone just in case.

EXTRA INFO:  There will be special Pokemon "Lures" along your route (you'll learn all about "lures" soon, if you don't know about them already)  to encourage the critters to appear on your journey! So drop by and take this fun opportunity to learn the something new, get outside for a walk and exercise , learn about our city and see what's happening in downtown shops not to mention meet a few new people along the way.

EXTRA EXTRA INFO: Don't forget to enter your name to  WIN $100 Gift Certificate towards art eligible to all Pokemon participates that day to be drawn at the end of the tour. You must be present at the end of the tour to claim your prize. We'll also have some other surprises in store,a drawing station so folks can draw their favourite POKEMON character if they'd like, which we'll display in our gallery windows over the weekend and cold beverages after walk.  ***ALSO, we are DOG bring your furry friend along for the walk too!

WHY: TO HAVE FUN and EXPLORE YOUR CITY! Perhaps  visit other shops and discover your downtown while here- there's so many great things down here you may not even know about! After the official POKE-HUNT with us, you may also want to  check out some of the other happenings such as the BUSKERS FEST on the Halifax waterfront.  See you SATURDAY!  If you require additional info, call us at 902-425-9456.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


HAPPY PRIDE HALIFAX! As an art gallery we are so thrilled when the city starts to fill with colour in honour of Pride and the LGBTQ+ community. Today on the blog we're featuring some of the fun and colourful gifts and artwork that might tickle your fancy!

A rainbow of birds by artist Basil Doucette

Join us this Saturday while you're out enjoying the Pride Parade - we'll have outdoor colouring sheets for you to have fun and fill with your own rainbow of colour, plus some fun and creative treats (while supplies last).

Artist Gordon MacDonald colouring for what he claims to be only the second time in his life!

Our Scrabble pins and pendants are on special until the end of Saturday - $4 instead of $8 - that's half price!

These cards by Jodi Hansen are pretty fab.

As far as colour goes look no further than a painting from one of our many artists. Colourful skies? Artist Gordon MacDonald has you covered with work from his current show, From the Ground Up - on until August 6th at the gallery. See it online here!

Gordon MacDonald, As We Looked Around, 20"x20", Oil on Board

Or a piece from an artist who is no stranger to colour, literally all the colour, Caitlin McGuire.

Caitlin McGuire, Queen Street Bend, 12"x24", Oil on Canvas

Or a piece from Anna Fiander, who along with colour loves a good optical illusion?

Anna Fiander, Explore, 32"x40", Acrylic on Canvas

Or colour... and food? Look no further than artist Kim Floyd!

Kim Floyd, Storm Chips, 9"x12", Acrylic on Board

You know we could keep going with this since we have so many colourful works in the gallery, but you'll just have to come in and see them for yourself. You can always check out more work online from our artists online on our Flickr page here.

Love is love is love is love.

We hope everyone has a FANTASTIC Pride Week and we'll see you at the Parade!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

"From the Ground Up" - New work by Gordon MacDonald

If you're familiar with the gallery you probably know that Gordon MacDonald is a favourite here, but can you believe this is his 13th solo show at Argyle Fine Art? As expected it does not disappoint - From the Ground Up, features a wide variety of landscapes, cityscapes, colours, and big open skies Gordon is known for.
"From the Ground Up" currently on display.

Many of the works are on copper, which is Gordon's favourite surface to work into, but he's also produced a few works on gold leaf this year.

"From the Ground Up"

Here's a little bit from Gordon himself on his experience of being an artist in the city:

"So, 15 years ago today, I started selling my work to the public on my own. I had just arrived in Halifax on July 4th, 2001. Seven days later I was selling on the fence thanks to Tom MacKay. I spent the first few months outside and then to the Old Farmers Market. Halifax has given me opportunity to make a living solely from a paintbrush. Although I did much of it on my own at first, I also took help from others as it was given. In 2005, I gave everything to Adriana Afford (Argyle Fine Art)  and she has given me what will be my 13th solo show this Friday... and sold over 700 of my paintings. Thank you. I didn't have to go back to Toronto, be a cab driver again and produce nothing."

Gordon starting his art career in Halifax on the fence.

Gordon's work is always out of this world and this body of work just propels his skills into a whole new stratosphere. We'll let you enjoy a few of the pieces below...

Silent Orchard, Oil on Copper, 11"x12"
No Wind, Oil on Copper, 8"x10"

Falmouth, NS, Oil on Copper, 8"x12"

Closing Day Orange, Oil on Copper, 8"x10"

Light Breaks, Oil on Copper, 4"x10"

This is such a small sample of the work that you really need to come in and see it in person to see how it glows.  You can also now enjoy the show ONLINE HERE.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

HIGH NOON AT NOON #13: Andy MacDonald and Gordon MacDonald

We've finally come to the 13th day of HIGH NOON at NOON- our last of the July season!   HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected 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. This year we are featuring  works each day  until July 13th, at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 
Today's HIGH NOON includes TWO paintings. One by Andy MacDonald and one by Gordon MacDonald. 

The first work pictured below is by Andy MacDonald is a very old work by him- perhaps one of the first works we ever received. It was the beginning of his house series. This work is a must see in person, as it's very difficult to photograph due to the high gloss resin he uses. The work is called "2635 Fuller Terrace in Red", painted with Acrylic and Resin on Board and measuring 32" x 24". Although it was a starting point, Andy's gone in different directions then, but it's so interesting to see where it all started. 

 Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $275 and the regular price is $575

The second work featured below is by Gordon MacDonald- who we are getting ready to host his 13th solo exhibit with!  WOW. Time flys! This work is called " Built to Last", Oil on Board and measures 30" x 30" . If you grew up in Annapolis Valley, chances are you know exactly where this old abandoned garage is. 
Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $1900 and the regular price is $2900  ( THIS IS A STEAL!  IF YOU LOVE THIS WORK, NOW IS THE TIME!)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

HIGH NOON AT NOON #12: Jan Davison

Welcome to the 12th day of HIGH NOON at NOON!   HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected 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. This year we are featuring  works each day  until July 13th, at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 
Today's HIGH NOON feature is a the perfect example of a street of Halifax and popular watering hole- "Bearly's", Acrylic on Board, 20" x 24" by Jan Davison. It's a  work from a series of Halifax scenes that Jan has been working on for some time now. Jan loves to celebrate local business through her art and encourages everyone to make exploring the city or any city you live in, a way of life.

 Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $560 and the regular price is $750