Friday, July 21, 2017

All the Colours: Gordon MacDonald Show, Pride Celebration and a Trash Can Bouquet!

We're getting very excited about what an amazing weekend this is shaping up to be! For starters, we are showcasing the latest works by artist Gordon MacDonald, opening tonight, 7pm-9pm. All are welcomed to attend this evening and there's no need to dress up fancy! Just come as you are and bring a friend. The art is just stunning and no words can sum it up, except maybe WOW.  We'll also have special treats provided by TART AND SOUL (a new wonderful bakery and cafe that just opened on Coburg Road) and we do have air conditioning, so you can beat the heat while here too.

You can see the entire show by Gordon MacDonald now over HERE

As many of you know, Halifax is also excited to be celebrating PRIDE HALIFAX this week, with the big kick off being the parade tomorrow, Saturday, July 22nd afternoon. Our gallery is the perfect viewing location, by the way! 

Gord is also very excited about the weekend. Here's his recent  Facebook posting: 

I hope people feel welcome to attend the opening tonight or the show over the next week or two.
Prime Minister Trudeau will be walking by the gallery on Saturday along with the Pride Parade. LGBTQ men and women have supported Argyle Fine Art over the years and I wonder if I would have made a living without their support. This should be a fun weekend for everyone. Thank you!
Btw: Portuguese custards at the opening!!!!

Tomorrow at the Parade, we'll be playing QUEEN inside to compliment our window display, featuring the great Freddie Mercury! We'll even have mustaches here for you all to wear so please make sure to drop by and have your picture taken.We're having way too much fun!

We'll also be selling tickets in support of the AIDS COALITION OF NOVA SCOTIA. Tickets are just $2 each or 3 for $5. You'll have the chance to WIN this basket of MAC Cosmetics, valued at $500 while supporting a worthy cause!

 And finally, if you are an early bird on Sunday morning, you'll see us working with the Ikebana Shop to take a regular garbage can and transform it into a beautiful bouquet of flowers, which will stay intact for one entire week. The garbage can near our gallery, to be specific!  Here is Miyako Ballesteros planning out her living floral sculpture. We can't wait to show you the final product next week..stay tuned!

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Art Next Door: Andy MacDonald and Jennifer Harrison

We were delighted to get a phone call from our lovely friends over at "The Old Apothecary"  this week. They asked us if we'd like to hang some art in their amazingly colourful couched seating space.The two artists we decided to showcase first were Jennifer Harrison and Andy MacDonald. 

Have you been yet? If you haven't, you simply must grab a coffee or tea and a delicious pastry. Enjoy it all while enjoying the art now hung with care. We just took over a few pieces thus far, but hope to bring over soon and switch out the art on a regular basis. 

YAY for awesome neighbours and YAY for art! 
Make sure to support your local businesses and visit us soon!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Guiding Light

Nova Scotia is well known for it's lighthouses, and considering there are over 150 (whoa!) in the province, it makes sense. While we haven't forgotten...

Postcard by Jodie Hansen

And that...

Postcard by Jodie Hansen

And obviously that...

Postcard by Jodie Hansen is still reasonable to say that lighthouses remain a huge part of our cultural heritage in this province, and because of that they can serve as inspiration for artists working in a variety of mediums. Artist Michelle St Onge recently brought in this lovely Peggy's Cove inspired lighthouse during a storm.

Michelle St Onge, Lighthouse, 6"x6", Watercolour on Board

Artist Kim Danio, the master of re-purposing footwear, created this George's Island lighthouse out of a boot!

Kim Danio, Lighthouse, Reclaimed Boot

Damien Webb, miniature superstar, also was inspired by our lighthouses in his work. Here are two of his lighthouse pieces in Mason jars, one of which is only accessible by helicopter!

Damien Webb, Rocky Landing, Miniature in a Mason Jar
Damien Webb, The Lonely Point Lighthouse, Miniature in a Mason Jar

Artist David P Stephens takes a fun and more folk-y approach to lighthouses and maritime culture in this great piece, I Love Fish!

David P Stephens, I Love Fish!, 8"x10", Acrylic on Board

So yes, Nova Scotia is more than just lighthouses (and lobsters, and boats...) - but we're pretty lucky to have so many wonderful cultural icons around the province. On your roadtrip around Nova Scotia this summer don't forget to make a pit-stop at the gallery to see our lighthouses! Cheers!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Making things Beautiful: Rainworks & Barrington Street Bouquet bring Art to the Streets of Halifax

Throughout the year, the Downtown Halifax Business Commission accepts grant applications from local businesses proposing ideas on how to beautify the downtown. Argyle Fine Art was fortunate enough to have two of our creative ideas accepted, which was just the best news ever ! We are really excited to bring art to the streets once again this year, with a bigger and better version of our successful  RAINWORKS project of late last summer as well as a new project we're calling Barrington Street Bouquet! This year we're calling our Rainworks project "SAY Something!" and this brilliant branding has been created by Nick Brunt which you'll also see around town in conjunction with the installations!
 Last year, artist Nick Brunt was also our featured artist who created a series of stencils based on his own brand of inspirational typography and quotes. He installed all the Rainworks around town and it was amazing! This year, Nick is sharing what he has learned and teaching 5 more artists how to effectively work with the rainworks medium and help him take over the city, with a minimum of 10 new Rainworks for all of us to enjoy when it rains.

Participating artists are still being confirmed but we're excited to be hosting a workshop this Tuesday, July 11th, 6pm-8:30pm which is free for anyone to attend that may be interested in learning more about this project ; especially other downtown businesses that may want a Rainworks installation near their business. We hope to install all the Rainworks creations by the end of July, weather permitting and we'll be talking all about it via social media.

Below is a quick video that sums up how our Rainworks project came to be and shows a bit of the process and final result, which was filmed by the amazing Dave Culligan as part of his 365 day long Love Letter to Nova Scotia:  

Actually, we also want to just take a moment here and congratulate Nick Brunt on his rad cover he created for The Coast this week. YAY! still with us? We still have to tell  you about the Barrington Street Bouquet!  We got this idea from an article we read about an artist who brought beauty to trash cans around his city. You can read the article HERE  We were so inspired by this idea that we approached the Ikebana Shop to see if they would help us bring this concept to life in one of our trash cans located on Barrington Street. We're excited to say that Miyako Ballesteros agreed to take on this daunting task to beautify the city -one trash can at a time. The street bouquet will bring an unexpected beauty to the city and transform the ordinary to extraordinary! This "living sculpture" will be in place for one week beginning on July 23rd!

An example of one of the designs by Lewis Miller in New York that inspired our project her