Friday, November 30, 2012

Our First Swoon Christmas Video!

We often get the comment that people pass by Swoon without knowing what it is and we've long wanted to make a little video sharing a bit of what we're all about!  Here is our first Swoon Christmas Video, with an emphasis on the local art and craft we display and sell! This year we also have a large display of Christmas collectibles in our sunroom!

We have work by many more fantastic artists than we could fit into this brief video: please visit our website, facebook page and other blog posts to see more!  This is just a tiny taste of what we have to offer, if you haven't paid us a visit yet we hope you will be intrigued! 

Christmas2012atSwoon from Swoon Fine Art on Vimeo.

December Shows at Swoon!

The holiday season is upon us and Swoon is happy to offer some of the best in local art and fine craft for your gift giving needs. Nothing speaks to love more than a gift made by hand, with passion. With this in mind we invite you to join us Saturday December 8th from 2 - 5pm for the opening reception of:

Christmas Presence 3 – Annual Group Pottery Show and Sale. Potters have been invited to bring in as much work as they want and to keep refreshing their inventory throughout the month.  This year we're pleased to add new pottery by Pat Woods, Andrew Langille, Laura Bishop, and porcelain jewelry by Therese Bombardier Designs to our ongoing assortment of work by local potters, which can be viewed on our website.  We've also recently received new work by Carol Smeraldo, Shauna MacLeod, Rosemary Metz, Nancy Roberts, Basia Lukwinski, France Arruda and Susan Paczek, as well as ornaments by Aimee Swikit, Carol Morrow, France Arruda and Jo-Ann Shaw.


Autumn - New Oil Paintings by Rachael Peters

Shows run until December 24th.  Works in Rachael's show will be posted on our website in the week following the reception.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"One-Of-A-Kind Christmas Ornament Party and Sale" 2012

Thanks to all who came out last Saturday (Nov 24) for our 2nd Annual "One of a Kind Christmas Ornament Party and Sale".  And a huge thank you to all the Swoon artists who brought in such fantastic pieces this year!  The turnout and artwork was excellent this year and we are so excited to watch this event grow and build over time!

Here are a few pics of this years offerings, though there are many, many more in the store!  They will remain on display until December 24th (as supplies last!).  This year you will find: folk art carvings by Jim Tracey, Raku star and shell ornaments by Carol Smeraldo, fused glass ornaments by Anke Holm, mini sweater monsters by Blythe Church, wooden parquet ornaments by Jo-Ann Shaw, Dreamcatcher birds by Joanne Colman, ceramic ornaments by Jo-Ann Shaw, Shauna MacLeod, Aimee Swikit, Andrew Quon, France Arruda, Carol Morrow, Lily Meadows and Susan Paczek, textile-filled balls by Emilee Boutilier, miniature paintings by Andrea Pottyondy, Karen Phinney and Jodi Richardson, miniature stoneware bells by Rosemary Metz, wool hearts by Kristina Sobstad, papier mache by Susan Paczek and button ornaments by Claudia Mannion.

Meanwhile the sunroom is filling with Christmas collectibles: Meindl figurines, Goebel, Doulton, pewter, vintage ornaments and much, much more! Next week we begin preparations for the 3rd annual pottery show, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

One of our 3 trees that are loaded with local ornaments! there are baskets and displays on a few tables as well!

In this shot you can make out a few ceramic "Hornyments" by Andrew Quon, other ceramic ornaments by Carol Morrow, mini flower paintings by Andrea Pottyondy, mini bird paintings by Jodi Richardson, and papier mache by Susan Paczek

ceramic Santa head and papier mache ornaments by Susan Paczek

a close up of the 2nd big tree (this one is in the red room). Flying pig and "Three French Hens" by Jim Tracey, Ceramic Horse ornaments by Jo-Ann Shaw

Skeleton by France Arruda

Tree in the Red Room

wall plaques by Carol Morrow

the Grey Room, with spooky tree

Wreath Stars by Carol Morrow

Mini bird painting by Jodi Richardson, mini flower painting by Andrea Pottyondy

The Christmas Octopus by Susan Paczek (sold)

parquet ornament by Jo-Ann Shaw
Kevin O'Leary Christmas heads by Susan Paczek (can be hung as ornaments)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New To Swoon!

It is wonderful how much amazing artwork, craft, jewellery and antiques have come into the gallery over the past few weeks!  There's still much to post to our website!  With the holidays around the corner you'll find we've got some fantastic new items that would be perfect for gift giving...

Handmade Coasters by Diane Redden

These have just arrived and are already very popular!  Each coaster is unique: vintage record centres and clever collages.  Boxed sets of 4 are $25, and we have a basket of singles for $6 each.  Coasters are treated to withstand wear and tear while they support your favourite hot or cold beverage.

Handbound journals by Marc Meadows of Drunken Sailor Leatherworks

These are fine journals for the creative type on your list, below is just one example.  More journals and their details can be seen here on our website.

Buckwheat Hull Pillows, Nova Scotia Made by the Cumberland Perfect Sleep Company in Joggins, Nova Scotia.

We now have both standard size, and lumbar/travel buckwheat hull pillows, in both bamboo and cotton ticking, as well as bamboo slip covers.

Buckwheat Hull Pillows can be hard to find, but have many therapeutic properties.  Visit the Cumberland Perfect Sleep Company website to learn more!  They're also attractively packaged for gift giving, and well priced!  Travel/lumbar pillows are $20each,  Cotton ticked Standard pillows are $49 each, Bamboo ticked Standard Pillows are $54 each.  Free travel/lumbar pillow with purchase of 2 standard pillows.  Standard Bamboo slipcovers available for $17 each.

We've also had two new jewellers join Swoon! Emily Seaboyer  of Locusart Jewellery Designs and Emilie Butler of Ophelia Jewellery.  We'll be doing a post about the new jewellery as we get more photos, but for now here are 2 images of Locusart Jewellery by Emily Seaboyer:

Treasure Island Bracelet

Into The Fire Rainbow

This is just a smattering of some wonderful things that are new to Swoon; there's more to come, and we haven't even touched on the antiques and collectibles that are arriving all the time!

Please check our other blog posts or website for upcoming events or email the gallery to be added to our mailing list.

See you Swoon!

Our 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Ornament Party and Sale!

This year we are thrilled to present our 2nd annual "Christmas Tree Ornament Party and Sale" on Saturday November 24th, 10 - 6pm.  Swoon artists are once again busy working on wonderful, one of a kind decorations to hang on your tree.  Come early for the best selection!  This year you'll find we have an even larger variety of fantastic locally made gift ideas, as well as lots more vintage Christmas decor to help get you in the Christmas spirit.  

We'll be hosting our 3rd annual Christmas Pottery show and sale in December as well, so be sure to include a stop at Swoon in your holiday shopping rounds.

Just one of our Christmas Trees from last year, loaded with creations by local artisans!

Our November Featured Artists

Please join us Saturday, November 10th from 2-5pm for the Opening Reception for our November featured artists!

Showing will be:

New Work - paintings by Dorothy Mosher

Russia and Nova Scotia - New paintings by Carol Morrison


Halcyon Harvest - New paintings by Lynn Johnson.

Shows continue until December 1st, works in the shows will be posted to our website in the week following the reception.  Please note we will be closed Sunday November 11th for Remembrance Day.

See you Swoon!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Call For Submissions: "Winterscape"

Swoon – Fine Art & Antiques Presents:
Winterscape - A Group Show

The Canadian winter has long been a great inspiration to artists. Swoon – Fine Art & Antiques is looking for artists and fine craftspeople to participate in Winterscape, our next juried group show.

This juried show will take place Feb.9, 2013 – March 3, 2013, with an opening reception on Saturday, Feb.9th from 2-5pm. 

Images for consideration, not the actual work, must be emailed to the gallery by Jan. 24th, 2013. ( Submissions will be reviewed by a jury, and artists will be notified of the results by phone or email.

 Work must have been created within the last year and must not have been previously shown. Artists can submit up to five works and should include the size, price and medium of each piece. Artists in all mediums are encouraged to participate.

(Note – Presentation of the work will be taken into consideration. If framing is required- works on paper should contain a single white matt and a simple black frame; works on canvas that are unframed must have finished edges and works on canvas that require frames should be in a simple black frame)

All accepted work must be delivered to Swoon on, or before, Feb. 5th, 2013. 

I look forward to seeing your submissions!

Brandt Eisner, Owner/Director
Swoon – Fine Art & Antiques
1410 Hammonds Plains Road

Best of Halifax 2012: Thanks Voters!!!

The results are in and a huge thank you for all who voted in The Coast's Best of Halifax 2012 Readers' Choice Awards!  For the second year in a row Swoon is the Bronze Winner in the Best Art Gallery category!  We're very pleased with this honor, especially given that Oct 22, 2012 marks Swoon's 2 year anniversary of being in business!  

Congratulations as well to Blythe Church, the Gold winner for Best Crafter in Halifax.   Blythe's Sweater Monsters and Soft Sculptures are popular at Swoon, and we look forward to her upcoming show in April 2013 as one of April's featured artists.

Thanks again to our artists, suppliers and clients who have made us such a great success, and hope to See you Swoon!