Friday, May 18, 2012

Reminder: Call for Submissions for Plein Air Group Show

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

Plein Air - French term meaning out of doors. Refers to the practice of painting an entire, finished picture out of doors; as opposed to simply making preparatory studies or sketches.

Swoon – Fine Art & Antiques is looking for artists to participate in Open Air – A Group Show of paintings completed en plein air.

This juried show will take place August 4, 2012 – September 1, 2012, with an opening reception on August 4 from 2-5pm. 

Images for consideration must be emailed ( or delivered to the gallery by July 7, 2012. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury, and artists will be notified of the results by phone or email.

 Work must have been painted within the last year and must not have been previously shown. Artists can submit up to five images and should include the size, price and medium of each piece. (Note – Presentation, framing and the archival nature of the work will be taken into consideration.)

All accepted work must be delivered to Swoon on or before July 28, 2012. 
I look forward to seeing your submissions!

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

Call for Artists - Chester Art Fair

Call for Artists


 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Summer plans for the Chester Art Fair are now in full swing.  At this time, we are inviting artists and artisans  to participate in this year’s Fair which will take place
on Saturday, August 11, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
at the Chester Art Centre, 60 Queen Street, Chester.

 We are using a similar Art Fair layout as last year and have limited space for tents, maximum size tent is 10’x10‘.  Tent requests will be allocated on a ‘FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE’ basis.  We also have a limited number of  sun/shade umbrellas for rent.
 Set up begins at 7:30 A.M. – tables must be ready by 9:00 A.M.  Props and display items, insurance and security are the responsibility of the participant. There are no refunds and no early departures.

“South Shore Vistas” -The South Shore Vistas Silent Auction is an opportunity for you to display an art scene of your choice which you can create on before the fair.  We would then display it on Saturday in our Activities Tent.  The Reserve Bid is set by the artist and, if successfully sold, the artist receives 60% of the price with 40% being donated to the Chester Art Centre.  A tax receipt will be provided for that amount.  The item will be returned to you at the end of the day if unsold.
Payment confirms your registration.  To reserve your space, go to to print the registration form. We would appreciate receiving the Registration Form by June 15 along with your payment.

We look forward to another successful Fair and hope you will join us.
If you have any questions, please contact Shirley McInnes at

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Swoon in June!

Just a reminder that our current shows by Kristina Sobstad, Dave MacFadden, Rae Smith and Steven Peters are on until June 2nd.   

Saturday, June 9th, 2pm - 5pm, please join us for the opening reception for our June featured shows!

Showing will be: 

"Counterpoint" - ceramic sculpture by Rosemary Metz and textile art by Pat Loucks

"Mouvement des vents" - acrylic paintings by June Deveau


"Glazed and Wired" - glass art by Jay Leblanc 

Visitors to Swoon will be familiar with the works by Rosemary, June and Jay.  Pat is a new addition to Swoon and we're looking forward to showing her work!

Work from the shows will be posted to our website in the week following the reception

Swoon Welcomes Fused Glass Artist, Anke Holm

This month along with Rae Smith's show, Peggys Cove to Cuba, we have on display work by the latest artist to join Swoon: Anke Holm.

Anke was born in Hamburg, Germany, studied economics and had a business career as auditor at a chartered accountant company and manager in the oil trading industry. In 1995 she made the life changing step to immigrate to the South Shore of Nova Scotia. She always loved photography and had an affection with modern art and design. Since moving to Canada she graduated from the Sheffield School of interior design. Her fascinations with glass lead her to express her creativity working with this unique seductive material. 

Here are a few pieces of Anke's, more can be seen at the gallery and on our website

"City Centre" by Anke Holm.  Fused Glass, 12" x 12", $400

"Mirror Image" by Anke Holm.  Fused Glass and Stone.  8" x  5" x 13"  $550

"Red Haze" by Anke Holm.  Fused Glass. 16" x 5" $200

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Ideas From Swoon!

Mother's Day is this Sunday!  Swoon has so many great gift ideas for your mom that we thought we'd post a few to help you in that quest for your perfect gift!  You'll find additional pieces by each artist listed below on our website, and much more still in the gallery! 

 We also carry an assortment of blank cards made by our artists, and Swoon gift certificates.  If you're looking for something fun to do with your mom, we are open Sunday 12 - 6; bring her out to see our May shows and explore the rooms of Swoon!

Earthenware "Dreambirds" by Shauna MacLeod, $12 each

Assorted Hand-woven items by Nancy Boyne; dishtowels, mug mats, place mats and more.

Celtic Triangle Earrings - wearable art in fine silver (.999) by Susan Borgersen $45

"Laundry Mugs" by Lily Meadows - Rustic Revolution Pottery $35 each.  Tiles, cups and bowls also available!

They're here! Helen Opie's popular weekly planning calendar is ready for 2013, so handy for creatives, gardeners and similarly busy people, flip through it to see why!  featuring images of Helen's paintings.  $20

Untitled Stained Glass, 5" x 5.5", $50 by Jay Leblanc.

"Big Love" 22/24; by Bob Morouney Copper Plate Etching With Watercolour. 3" x 5.5" (image size). Framed.  Just one example of 'love' themed prints that Bob brought in recently.

Rivoli Pendant by Helen Kydd; $50.  14mm Swarovski rivoli captured in tiny pink, coral, red, and bronze delica 11/o beads and size 15/o beads
Raku Vase by Carol Smeraldo.  $75.  6.5" tall

Observations (L1020308) unframed photograph by Mariette Roodenburg, 8" x 5.5". $65. 13/25.  More photos by Mariette.

Spalted Maple Salad Bowl by John Fitzpatrick (13.5" diameter, $350). 

  In addition to the jewelry shown below, we carry Angela Grace Jewelry, and "Glass with Class" - dichroic glass pendants, earrings and bracelets by Gail Heinze-Milne.  You may also spot something for mom in the fashion room, or among our antiques and collectibles:

Vintage Momma and Baby Bear Salt and Pepper Shakers: $30

Pics From our May Opening Reception

Here are a few pics from our May 5th Opening Reception, featuring shows by Steven Peters, Rae Smith, and a collaboration by Kristina Sobstad and Dave MacFadden. 

 Along with these shows we now also have fused glass art by Anke Holm, as well as new prints by Bob Morouney of Hidden House Press.

 Images and information for all of the work in the shows, and the artists, can now be found on our website.

Sculptor Steven Peters posing beside "Dragon's Breath"

Primordial Coincidence: Recent Wall Pieces by Steven Peters

Primordial Coincidence: Recent Wall Pieces by Steven Peters

Pastel Artist, Rae Smith PSC
Rae's Show: "Peggys Cove to Cuba" along with fused glass by Anke Holm

"Strategically Spontaneous" - oil paintings by Kristina Sobstad, stone sculpture by Dave MacFadden

"Strategically Spontaneous" - oil paintings by Kristina Sobstad, stone sculpture by Dave MacFadden

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Opening Reception Saturday May 5th

We are very excited about the three shows opening this weekend! Please join us Saturday, May 5th from 2 - 5pm for the Opening Reception of our three May shows:
Strategically Spontaneous - abstract oil paintings by Kristina Sobstad and stone sculptures by David MacFadden
Peggys Cove to Cuba - works in pastel by Rae Smith, inspired largely by his love of sailing and the scenery he enjoys on his trips
Primordial Coincidence: Recent Wall Pieces - ceramic wall sculpture by Steven Peters

Kristina, David and Rae have been featured regularly at Swoon  and their work is well-loved.  Steven Peters is a brand new addition to the gallery, with bright, unique bold pieces.  Saturday promises to be a great mix of work in very different styles and media!  As always there will be many other new pieces of art and antiques to see throughout the rooms of Swoon.

Shows run until June 2nd, images of works in the shows will be posted to our website in the week following the opening reception.  

Please note that we are now open Sundays 12 - 6.
See you Swoon!


Swoon Welcomes Potter Andrew Langille

We're excited to welcome potter Andrew Langille to Swoon; visitors to the gallery lately have already been delighted by the new show of colour.  Andrew is a potter who lives in Kentville and works in earthenware.  His pieces are decorated with his own bright, handmade slips.  He dropped off a great assortment of his work, including mugs, goblets, teapots, bowls and plates, which can now all be seen here on our website.

Here are a few of examples of Andrew's lovely work:

Covered Dish: 7" x 3.5", $45
Pedestal Bowl: 7" x 5.5" $65
Pitcher Blue/Yellow: 6" x 4" x 5.5", $40