PRINTMAKING CLASSES Every Wednesday Evening @ Hainstock Gallery and The Printmaker Studio in Centreville

Hainstock Gallery
The Printmaker Studio
1688 Brow of Mountain Road
Centreville, Nova Scotia, B0P1J0
Telephone: 902-599-3450


SATURDAY SEPT 26 ~ In Search of Meaning: New Paintings by Paulette Melanson @Argyle Fine Art


In Search of Meaning: New Paintings by Paulette Melanson

Argyle Fine Art

Artist Paulette Melanson has been busy painting throughout the pandemic and has created a captivating year’s worth of work that we are delighted to showcase both in person at the gallery and online for those of you not able to attend in person. We are hosting an OPENING RECEPTION where you can see all 25 works created for the show and meet artist Paulette Melanson herself at Argyle Fine Art on Saturday, September 26th, 2pm-4pm. All welcomed!


It seems that every abstract painting I make, in some way or another, is a search for meaning. I never really understood that until I began this body of work when I realized that I have been searching for meaning most of my life.

I begin a painting with no particular subject, theme or outcome in mind unless of course I want to do a representational painting. The best way to describe what I do is to say that I create with a blank mind – if that makes any sense. I begin layering the paint, making marks with all sorts of tools without thinking about what I want to create. The best term I have found that describes my process is automatism (definition from the Tate ‘automatism refers to creating art without conscious thought, accessing material from the unconscious mind as part of the creative process’). Only when the piece is almost finished do I see some significance or personal association. If I like it, I keep it. If it feels negative, I continue working on the painting until I resolve it. Some pieces have many layers. I continue working until I find something meaningful that has a pleasing visual outcome. This may take hours, days, weeks or months of daily work.
This is a year’s worth of work. The titles reflect the meaning for me – a sort of gathering of life events and influences that have formed who I am and have given meaning to my life. The paintings reflect hope, peace and happy feelings. Everyone will see something different in the scenarios presented. I encourage that. I hope you will have positive experiences and feelings as you view each piece. Something we all need right now!

Argyle Fine Art
1559 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 1Z7

THE ART BARN open Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm September – December



September 2020 – December 2020

The Art Barn hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday to and including, Sunday

paintings, large and small

wet felted wall hangings

lessons with acrylic, encaustic, felting, by arrangement:


Friday at St. Mark’s Place

Shirley Jackson and Jef Wirchenko (her son) are performing this Friday evening at St. Mark’s Place (see attached poster).  This is our last performance for the summer cabaret season.  Here’s a little history or Shirley and Jeff:

Shirley Jackson’s songs are laced with life experience and honesty that cannot be overlooked. The inspiration comes from a life force that has chosen to lend her the words to write the songs and arrange the music not only for a solo performance, joined with her son Jeff Wirchenko on Acoustic bass, but also for the horn-powered jump, blues, swing band from Halifax; Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddys. Growing up in a small Alberta town, Shirley has been blazing trails for women in music for 35 years as a singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist and an award- winning saxophone player. Toronto Maple Blues recipient for ‘Horn Player’ (2018 & 2003), Toronto Maple Blues Award nominations in 2013 & 2017. Since moving to the Maritimes in 1988 she has been leading the Good Rockin’ Daddys with four ECMA nominated CD’s across the nation performing in theatres, venues and headlining festival stages.

Jef Wirchenko – Shirley’s son; a ‘home- grown’ bass player has been an important part in developing the songs and the sound for the past 25 years. Graduated from Saint FX University in music, has been involved in a wide variety of musical projects in the Halifax music Scene.

Join singer/ songwriter- Shirley Jackson and Jef Wirchenko on Upright bass for an intimate evening of song.

Patricia Watson, Music Director

St. Mark’s Place

902-766-4511 (home)

902-527-4688 (cell)


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Facebook Event:  Brushstrokes of Nova Scotia 6th Online Art Show and Sale SEPT.24-27

Please join us for our 6th Online Art Show and Sale on Facebook from Thursday, Sept 24 to Sunday, Sept 27 to see a selection of artwork by Adriane Jacquard Art Chocolate Lake Studio, Green Monster BrushstrokesOn The Flip Side Artworks and Furnishings by Liz ColeRRoth Art along with our guest artist Debra Judge Art

Please RSVP to the Facebook Event:  Brushstrokes of Nova Scotia 6th Online Art Show and Sale at


Passes & Tickets

In these uncertain times, Lunenburg Doc Fest is offering flexible pricing to ensure our festival is accessible to film lovers everywhere. Passes and tickets for virtual screenings are available online at the following suggested prices:

$25 for an all-access pass
for single tickets

FALL Painting Classes with Twila Robar-DeCoste

Please call or email to secure your place as they are now quite limited.

COVID protocols in place.

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902 847 9847

I look forward to working with you!