Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Add ART to your Holiday Wish List

We're starting to gear up for a busy holiday season here at the gallery with a number of exciting events happening in November and December. We encourage you to simply CLICK the UPCOMING/EVENTS tab to get all the latest details (such as our first ARGYLE ART NIGHT OUT next Wednesday, November 21st , a HAWK visiting the gallery on November 27th or our Artist Saturdays in the month of December), but we wanted to alert you to a few other special things here as well:


WEEKLY SPECIALS ON SELECTED WORKS: Each week we'll offer selected works by our gallery artists at special prices! In fact, today we're starting with the painting shown below by Gordon MacDonald.  This painting is an older painting by Gordon, painted in 2007. It's called "Woody Point", of Newfoundland- you can see the Tablelands off in the distance. It measures 48" x 24", oil on canvas.

This size of work these days would sell for $3400 but we are offering it for the price it was in 2007: $2400 -25%  which makes it $1800. A STEAL! And Breathtaking! 

* However this painting is a nightmare to photograph and is so so much more amazing in person. We can provide additional images of the work if you  live at a distance; in different lighting conditions and close-ups.


GREETING CARD SALE- From NOW until  November 21st, we have ALL of our cards at 15% off! Time to pick up the perfect card by a number of local artists! Holiday and Non-Holiday cards are included.



GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE- Until they are gone! We have 20 gift certificates set aside for special pricing at 20% off. In other words, a gift certificate valued at $100 will only cost you $80!  Gift certificates make great gifts for everyone on the list, never expire and can be used for all sorts of purchases and workshops at the gallery.



Saturday, November 10, 2018

Exploring the Ocean by Night

Have you ever been to the ocean at night? If the moon is out, you may be able to see tiny slivers of it's light reflecting off the oceans surface. On a dark, moonless night, it may be nearly impossible to see much at all. The sound of crashing waves and scent of the salty air seem amplified, when they become your only way of taking in what you struggle to see in the darkness.

Katharine Burns, Constancy, 30" x 30", oil on panel

 Katharine Burns' latest body of work, "Eventide" offers us a glimpse into the magical world of the ocean at night. Through each piece, we are transported to the ocean's edge, standing before the great untameable force of the water. In her paintings Katharine captures the nuance of each wave as if it were a living, breathing creature.

Katharine Burns, Flux, 30" x 30", oil on panel

 Katharine often begins with a photograph as inspiration for her works. However, capturing night scenes with a camera can be very challenging, so she had to improvise, creating areas of light and shadow from memory and imagination.

Katharine Burns, Moon's Pull, 30" x 30", oil on panel

The realist qualities Katharine achieves in her work are effortlessly convincing, even in works where the source of light feels mysterious. In her closer up depictions of waves, the foreground is illuminated in stark contrast to a completely darkened background, creating a sort of intimate viewpoint that almost feels as if we as viewers are shining a light out into the dark water.

Katharine Burns, Reverie, 30" x30", oil on panel

In her painting "Reverie", Katharine draws an interesting parallel to photography in the way she creates a "sharpened" focal point that draws the eye to a particular area of the composition, while the foreground fades into a soft blur that appears "out of focus". It's really interesting to see this effect in a painting!

It's evident that the works in this show were created by someone with a deep connection to the water. From the vast array of blues and greens in the chosen color palette to the incredible movement present in the works, Katharine is able to convey every aspect of the ocean like it is a dear friend. Seeing the works in person, it's not hard to conjure up the sounds and smell of the ocean, as if you were truly there.

Katharine's work is on view at the gallery now, so hurry by to see it all for yourself!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Moments in the Landscape

We've been working with artist Gordon MacDonald since the beginning of Argyle Fine Art! We've been representing Gordon for 18 years, and it's been so fascinating to see the evolution of his work over time.

If you've set foot in the gallery at any point, it's very likely you'll have seen one of Gordon's paintings -they are hard to miss! He has become known for his vibrant oil paintings that capture landscapes that feel both familiar and special. Setting eyes on one of his paintings feels like having the impossible luxury to linger in one of those fleeting moments of beauty where the colors splay across the sky just perfectly, or the clouds are illuminated in the most intriguing way. Gordon is able to capture the Maritime landscape in ways that remind us what a beautiful corner of the world we live in!

Gordon MacDonald, The Choice to See, 36" x 48", Oil on canvas, mounted on panel

Over the past few years, Gordon has become known to paint directly on copper sheet as an alternate painting surface. The effect is quite unique, and creates a luminosity that seems to enhance the vibrancy of his works. Gordon's paintings on copper are smaller is size, offering a bit of a more intimate glimpse of the landscape, with a refined copper edge subtly framing each scene.



Gordon MacDonald, Outer Harbour, 6"x8", Oil on Copper

Recently, however, Gordon has taken a leap in the scale of his works, and has completed a number of larger scale paintings on canvas that we are really excited about. We haven't had any works available in this size in quite some time! The expansiveness of each scene seems to transport the viewer directly on set, as if it were possible to take a step forward right into the painting.

Gorodon MacDonald, New Brunswick in the Distance, 36" x 48" Oil on canvas, mounted on panel


Gordon MacDonald, Glacial Erratic -Peggy's Cove, 36" x 48", Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel

    

Gordon MacDonald, From a Bridge Near Windsor, 30" x 40", Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel


 If you've ever had the chance to chat with Gordon in person, you'll know that he is very knowledgeable about painting materials and techniques. He's also very generous in sharing what he knows, which often helps us to understand and appreciate his work even more.


Gordon MacDonald, Gaspereau River, NS, 36" x 48", Oil on canvas mounted on panel.

 For Gordon, a painting never comes to fruition without many preparatory sketches to explore different compositions, and color palettes. Sometimes many smaller works or "studies" are created before Gordon will undertake a full-sized painting. As a way to offer us a glimpse behind the scenes into his creative process, Gordon is currently offering a quarterly "sketchbook subscription". Each subscriber will receive  four original small works on heavy-weight archival art paper, with a variety of mediums. No work will be the same, and each will be an active study for a future painting . ONLY 20 subscriptions will be made available.


If you've been following Gordon's career over time like we have, this subscription would be an amazing addition to your collection. It's also a really unique opportunity to gain insight into the process of a renowned local artist. You can read more about the subscription .HERE

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Broken / Beautiful -New Works by Michelle SaintOnge

In her latest body of work, "Broken / Beautiful" artist Michelle SaintOnge celebrates breast cancer survivors using a powerful and visually beautiful metaphor: seashells. At a quick glance, the works appear to be just that- a stunning collection of seashell paintings. Beyond the surface, however, they are much, much more than that.

Michelle SaintOnge, "Mothers and Sisters", 9" x 12",  Watercolor on Paper




Upon close inspection, the shells Michelle depicts are not perfect; some are cracked, some are broken or perforated. Nonetheless, each shell is profoundly and uniquely beautiful, and tells a story. Through these works, Michelle hopes to "highlight the beauty of change that comes from a long hard journey." She draws inspiration from the strength of survivors of breast cancer whose bodies bear traces of a battle fought, and are forever changed by treatment. 

Michelle SaintOnge , "Thirteen Rounds of Radiation", 24" x 36", Watercolor on Paper, Mounted



With titles like "Thirteen Rounds of Radiation", "Early Diagnosis", and "Tough and Ambitious", the shells are instantly laden with new meaning. One of the larger pieces, "Lost the Battle, Won the War" features a single shell, instead of a pair. The shell is covered in tiny holes all over, each crevice so vivid it feel as if you could reach your hand out to touch a perforated surface. In addition to the strikingly realistic quality of the painting, this piece is both painful and triumphant, and one that is cause for much reflection.




Michelle SaintOnge, "Lost the Battle, Won the War", 22" x  28" Watercolor on Paper, Mounted


Michelle's work is certainly not meant to be sad, but rather a celebration of the strength and beauty of those affected by breast cancer, and changes that occur to the body as a long term effect. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and most people would probably agree it's no battle to fight alone. We need to cheer each other on -before, during, and after. We need to talk more about the importance of regular examinations, and we need to practice more empathy in helping those dealing with long term effects. Each one of Michelle's paintings is a reminder of this.



Michelle SaintOnge , "May, June and July", 15" x 30", Watercolor and Gouache on Paper, Mounted
Michelle SaintOnge, "It Takes a Village", 9" x 12", Watercolor on Paper, Mounted.


Broken / Beautiful will be on display until November 10th. Swing by the gallery to see the pieces in person, as there are some subtle details like the sparkly sheen of iridescent paint that Michelle has used on some pieces that cannot be properly captured with a camera! A portion of sales from the pieces in this show will be donated to the Look Good Feel Better Foundation. 

You can view the entire show online HERE.




Michelle SaintOnge , "Ladies Take a Stand", 16" x 20", Watercolor on Paper, Mounted








Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Finding Light in the Dark

 As we move deeper into autumn, we lose a couple minutes of daylight each day. There seems, often, to be feelings of dread associated with "shorter days" and the impending daylight savings which will soon see us heading home from work in the dark. But what if instead of seeing Autumn as a season marked by a loss of daylight, we changed our perspective to see it as a time of gaining darkness? What if instead of turning all the lights on, we turned them all off, and lit a tiny candle, or made a fire in the fireplace, and actually tried to embrace the darkness instead of fighting it?

Isobel Hamilton, "Light in the Dark", 11" x 14", Acrylic on Panel
 
 In an old newspaper article titled "Why I adore the Night" from back in 2009, Jeanette Winterson writes,  
"We now live in a fast-moving, fully lit world where night still happens, but is optional to experience. Our 24/7 culture has phased out the night. In fact we treat the night like failed daylight. Yet slowness and silence – the different rhythm of the night – are a necessary correction to the day."

Isobel Hamilton, "Autumn Glow", 12" x 9", Acrylic on Panel

Immersing ourselves in darker spaces shifts the way we think and feel. The intimacy allowed through darkness can make it easier to slip into a a place of introspection, of dreaming, or slowing down to reconnect with our loves ones.


Isobel Hamilton, "Night Light" , 11" x 14", Acrylic on Panel

We currently have a new body of work at the gallery by artist Isobel Hamilton that truly seems to glow from within. Isobel is a self-taught contemporary realist painter, originally from Scotland. She emigrated to Nova Scotia in 2013, and currently lives and works in Centreville, NS. Her current body of work is inspired by inspired by 'chiaroscuro' - the contrast between light and dark.

Isobel's exploration of chiaroscuro is captivating, and almost warming to look at. Her work reminds us of the beauty that can be found in darkness, and that intimacy can be created by illuminating tiny corners of dark spaces.


Isobel Hamilton, "Chinese Lanterns", 12" x 9" Acrylic on Panel
 

Heading into a darker, colder season can be really difficult for some people. Instead of resisting it and bracing ourselves against it,  let's move more slowly, and look for the little moments that are special and unique to this season. Notice the changes in light, and the thin streams of golden sunbeams that mark the nearing of night.

Winterson suggests in her article,
"Prepare dinner ahead, and plan a walk so that you will be heading for home in that lovely liminal time where light and dark are hinged against each other. City or country, that sundown hour is strange and exhilarating, as ordinary spatial relations are altered: trees rear up in their own shadows, buildings bulk out, pavements stretch forward, the red wrapper of brake lights turns a road into a lava flow. 
Inside, the lights are going on. Outside, it's getting dark. You, as a dark shape in a darkening world, want to hold that intimacy, just for one night. Go home. Leave the lights off."

Isobel Hamilton, Oil Lamp, 8"x8", Acrylic on Board


Leave the lights off, but maybe light a single candle so you won't lose your way ;)

Stop by to see these beautiful works in person; they will surely add a bit of light to your day.

*You can read Jeanette Winterson's full article, "Why I Adore the Night" here

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Magical Night of Art!

Well, another Nocturne is in the books, and what a success it was! This past Saturday we kept our doors open until midnight while people of all ages passed through the gallery in a constant stream. Although by the end we were tired, we couldn't have asked for a better night, and this definitely couldn't have been possible by ourselves. Adriana and I were so fortunate to have had the help of a number or kind hearted and enthusiastic individuals who volunteered their time to help ensure everything went smoothly. Their tireless efforts are so appreciated and mean a lot to us!

Isobel Hamilton, Autumn Glow, 12" x 9"
Acrylic on Panel

Nocturne is such a great opportunity to get out to explore the city, connect with other people, and be exposed to many different forms of art. For us here at the gallery, it was a rewarding experience to see such a vast range of people pass through and actually engage with the art. At one point, a young girl, likely no older than thirteen came up to me at the desk and being so genuinely taken with the work she saw in the gallery, she said, "Wow! Do you know the artist who made these paintings? They're so awesome! Can you tell her how much I love them? They're just so good!". I also witnessed similarly enthusiastic reactions from individuals who were decades older than that little girl; the excitement throughout the night was fairly universal.

Works by Mary Garoutte and Isobel Hamilton
Works by Katharine Burns

It was great to see people take a break from their routine Saturday night activities to take in and appreciate art. There was also a fantastic response to the live model shadow drawing activity we had set up outside of the gallery. For three hours there was a constant gathering of people young and old who took the time to try their hand at sketching the various shadow scenes posed by model Carol Dill with assistance from her friend and her young son. It was a great collaborative effort that turned out to be a huge hit.



People gathered to do some sketching during Nocturne
Shadow poses for sketching during Nocturne

More people doing some sketches!

Playing with shadows!


It seemed as if inhibitions were left at home as many people stepped outside of their comfort zone to try something new. By the end of the night, there were stacks of paper filled with doodles!

Some of the many sketches made during Nocturne

We were so excited to feature the work of three incredibly talented women artists during Nocturne: Mary Garoutte, Isobel Hamilton, and Katharine Burns. Each artist creates work from a place of ambition, curiosity, and fearlessness to push beyond their own limits. The result is three impressive bodies of work that offer so much light and inspiration.


Isobel Hamilton, Light in the Dark, 11" x 14", Acrylic on Panel

Katharine Burns, Reverie, 30" x 30", Oil on Panel.
Mary Garoutte, Glass House, 22" x 36" , Oil on Birch Panel


Throughout the evening we also had a special video projection by Chris Devanney presented in conjunction with Katharine Burn's wave paintings. The video was only up for Nocturne, but you can view it online here.

Video Projection by Chris Devanney. The video can be viewed here.


If you weren't able to stop by during Nocturne, the show will be up for a few more weeks! Thanks again to everyone who came out to enjoy all the Nocturne festivities, and to all those who worked hard to make it a successful event.

We invite you to offer your feedback on this year's Nocturne by filling out the  2018 Nocturne Audience Survey








Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Attention Artists- Get ready! Get Set! for Pre-Shrunk 2019


PRE-SHRUNK 2019

 
WOW! Time flies- it’s already time to start thinking about being part of our biggest “small” show of the year! Our much loved annual group show asks artists to create small works on 4”x5” surfaces.We encourage submissions from both established and emerging artists in their preferred mediums and all ages of artists,so take a look at the guidelines below and start making some art! 

Here are 3 examples of  Pre-Shrunk paintings by Craig Baltzer. The only really big rule with these little ones is that the surface needs to measure NO MORE THAN 4" x 5". We especially love these deeper/wider edged surfaces shown here.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


  • Works must be on a 4x5” surface. Pieces that do not measure 4x5” will not be considered.
  • If you are sculpting the base of your sculpture must be 4x5”, but there is no height limit.
  • Artists may submit a maximum of 5 pieces.
  • We ask that you do NOT attach hanging devices (ie wire, hooks, d-rings, etc). The gallery will take care of this for continuity.
  • If you are working on paper it must be archival and mounted on a sturdy 4x5” surface that can be hung on the wall. (you can ask us about this 
  • Works done with materials such as charcoal and pastels must be fixed (ie sprayed) to protect the work.
  • You can work in any medium you chose (ie watercolour, oil, graphite, etc.)
  • We discourage the use of thin canvas or masonite boards as they are not easily wall mountable.
  • Submissions must be new and not previously shown.
  • To submit by email to gallery@argylefa.com:
    • Your name
    • Phone number and email address
    • Titles of pieces and materials used to create the work
    • Images in a jpeg format, titled as indicated below.
  • Please title your image files as follows
    • Last name, first initial, title of piece, number of submission
    • Ex: McGuireC_GreenRoom01.jpg, McGuireC_BlueRoom02.jpg, McGuireC_PinkRoom03.jpg, McGuireC_OrangeRoom04.jpg, McGuireC_RedRoom05.jpg

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FRIDAY JANUARY 4th at MIDNIGHT
If your work is selected by the jury you will be notified by phone or email the following week. You will then be required to bring the work in person or by mail.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Pieces that are selected for this year’s exhibition will be priced at $175 each, with standard 50% commission. Please keep this price in mind when creating your pieces.
  • DeSerres (1546 Barrington St, Halifax) and the NSCAD Art Supply Store (1874 Hollis St, Halifax) have kindly ordered pre-made 4x5” canvas and boards to supply artists wanting to participate in this show. Supplies are limited. You can also make your own surfaces to paint on. Again we discourage the use of canvas board.

SHOW OPENS TO THE PUBLIC FRIDAY JANUARY 25th from 7-9PM
Please phone, email or drop in to the gallery if you have any questions regarding the show – 902.425.9456. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

From your pals at Argyle Fine Art,
Adriana Afford and Claire MacDonald
1559 Barrington St, Halifax , NS
902.425.9456   gallery@argylefa.ca/  argylefineart.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Art Now, Sleep Later!

Today is a day we've been greatly anticipating: Nocturne 2018! Every year we look forward to Nocturne for many reasons, but particularly because it provides an opportunity to learn, see, imagine, and explore. It's always exciting to see what a great crowd this city-wide event draws, and how it encourages people to experience and engage with art in all forms, sometimes in ways like never before.

This year for Nocturne, we're really excited to be showing new works by three very talented local artists: Mary Garoutte, Isobel Hamilton, and Katharine Burns. While each of these artists explore different themes and imagery in their work, there is definitely a quiet underlying feeling that seems to tie the works together.


Mary Garoutte, Portal, 24" x 24", Oil on Birch Panel








 Mary's new body of work, "In Dreams" can be viewed on HERE.

 
Isobel Hamilton, Night Light, 11" x 14", Acrylic on Panel


 Isobel's new work can be viewed online HERE.

 
Katharine Burns, Flux, 30" x 30", Oil on Birch Panel
Katharine's new body of work, "Eventide", can be viewed online HERE.


There will also be a special video projection presented in conjunction with Katharine's work for a truly immersive ocean experience!

 In addition to the new works we have on display, there will be an interactive activity just outside of the gallery: shadow sketching! Live models will be posing to cast fun shadowy scenes, and we'll have some paper and pencils on hand so you can try your hand at live model model drawing.

We hope you'll include a stop to Argyle Fine Art in your Nocturne adventures this evening! 
See you soon! :)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

#thankful #grateful

The weeks between Labour Day weekend and Thanksgiving weekend seem to have slipped away so quickly! The months of September and October in Nova Scotia are usually filled with some of the nicest weather of the year, and time always flies by amidst the new routines that come along with the changing of seasons. The air has definitely begun to cool off, but it's not an excuse to stay inside during this beauteous time of year!

Gordon MacDonald, Under Evening, 30"x40", Oil on Canvas

Thanksgiving weekend is a perfect time for little road trips around the province. This painting, "Under Evening" by Gordon MacDonald is likely going to prompt an itch to hit the road, even for an afternoon. Tis the season of leisurely drives to take in the changing colors of the leaves, and the "golden hour" of autumn sunsets.

Gordon MacDonald, Rural Red Thing, 8"x10", Oil on Copper

As this weekend marks Thanksgiving, without being too cliche, it's hard not to be so thankful for the abundant harvest of delicious fruits and vegetables that are grown in our very own province. The apples, squash, beets, and more -yum! It's the tastiest time of year for local produce, so gather some friends and family, and enjoy the bounty!


George Spencer, "Harvest", 16"x20", Oil on Board.

The days are filled with less and less light as we move deeper into autumn, which means it's time to bring the light indoors. Isobel Hamiton's paintings of illuminated dark spaces remind us what a cozy time of year this can be. Light a candle and curl up with your favorite tea and treat, and you'll almost forget the sun went down before 7pm and that the temperatures have dropped significantly!


Isobel Hamilton, Oil Lamp, 8"x8", Acrylic on Board

Isobel Hamilton, Tea with Lemon, 8"x8", Acrylic on Board

Isobel Hamilton, Cherry Pie, 6"x6", Acrylic on Board

Next weekend as part of Nocturne, we will be showing a lovely new selection of works by Isobel, so stay tuned for more cozy delights! :)

In the meantime, have a wonderful long weekend, and get outside to breathe in some of that crisp Autumn air!


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pre-Shrunk 2019 Voucher Sale begins at NOON & October at a Glance

Remember how every year you say to yourself, " I should have bought a Pre-Shrunk Voucher?" Well TODAY, Thursday, October 4th is the first day they go on sale for the Pre-Shrunk 2019 show;  which opens on Friday, January 25th.

Read the details below and join in the fun!

WHAT IS PRE- SHRUNK?
PRE-SHRUNK is an annual juried show of small works that measure 4" x 5" in varying mediums by artists from all over! Each work sells for $175 and last year we had close to 450 works to choose from.But we sell 40 vouchers at a special price of $150 and the number assigned to your voucher (in order of when we receive your call or email) also puts you ahead of the line as well as gives you first looks and first choices! You also get to attend our very special VIP reception before the show opens to the public to make your selections. So much fun! If you can't be here the night of, we can act as your proxy or you can send another person in your absence.
ONLY 40 vouchers will be sold and need to be paid for in-full at time of purchase. The price is the same as it's been forever- $150 + tax and can not be used in combination of any other offer. NO HOLDS as these vouchers are in demand!
CALL 902-425-9456 OR 902-233-0784


If you don't get an answer right away, leave a voice message or email us ASAP  and we'll put your name on the list as we receive it and get right back to you for payment and contact info!
Whether you are #1 or #40..there are so many works to choose from, no one is every disappointed and you'll already be ahead of the crowd. 



*ATTENTION ARTISTS: We will be posting the Pre-Shrunk guidelines on this blog the week of October 15th*
 

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Gosh, October is sooooo busy, so we thought we'd do up this is just handy dandy list of things coming up! Mark your calendars!
 

OCTOBER

UPCOMING EXHIBITS & EVENTS

  
Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:30-8pm, FREE
HALIFAX TALKS ART -What to do with your art once you have it? 
Taking place at Secord Gallery, 6301 Quinpool Road

Saturday, October 13th, 6pm-MIDNIGHT, FREE
NOCTURNE: New exhibits by Mary Garoutte, Katharine Burns, Isobel Hamilton. Interactive display of Shadow Sketching with Carol Dill and Company

Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30-8:30pm, $50
Painting with Pastels- Make Fall Colours POP: Pastel workshop with Sharon Cave, All supplies included and no previous experience is necessary. Great for all ages. Call or email the gallery to register.

Saturday, October 20th, 10am-5:30pm
CITY HARVEST- Special events throught the Downtown!
 All Welcomed –Fun for the entire Family!

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30-8pm, FREE
Meet artist Mary Garoutte and Katharine Burns Hear them speak about their latest works from “In Dreams”, Mini-reception to follow in celebration.

Thursday, October 25th, 6:30-8:30pm, $30
Join artist Allison Irish and learn to draw and doodle under the black lights! It’s a haunted doodle night with instruction for anyone that thinks they can’t draw. All supplies will be provided. Light snacks served.  It’s going to be BOOtiful! Call or email the gallery to register!


Saturday, October 27th, Broken Beautiful, 1pm-3pm, FREE
Join us in celebrating a new series of watercolours by Michelle Saint-Onge. This work will be of shells. A portion of the proceeds will be donated in support of Breast Cancer care and prevention in our community.

Drop by for HALLOWEEN fun and candies on October 26th and 27th. Anyone that visits us those days in a costume will be entered to win one FREE PRE-SHRUNK 2019 painting!
 

Friday, September 28, 2018

One Day in this Town: Your Guide to the Best Day Ever!

Fall is one of the best seasons in Nova Scotia to explore the city. It's no longer unbearably humid, and the icy, bone-chilling winds of winter have not yet arrived. There are a lot of tourists around the city these days, and it's got us thinking about what it must be like to experience Halifax as a visitor. Many of our favorite local  businesses and hangout spots are depicted by our gallery artist in a wide range of mediums, so we thought we'd put together a little visual tour guide. Imagine you have one free day to spend in town; what would you do, and where would you go? The following is a little guide to a day in the city. Enjoy!

8am: Your alarm clock goes off; it's time to get up. The morning air has a bit of a chill to it, so you boil the kettle to make a big cup of tea.

 Isobel Hamilton, Tea with Lemon, 8"x8", Acrylic on Board

You add a heaping spoonful of NS honey to your tea, and take a seat by the window to ease into the day.

 Kim Floyd, Honey, 9"x12", Acrylic on Board

Yoko White, Cozy Reading Room, 4 1/4" x 4 1/2", Cotton Embroidery

9am: It's time to get outside to enjoy the day! You put on a light jacket, and set out for a walk through the neighborhood.

Andrea Crouse, Bloomfield,  6"x8", Collage Mounted and Framed


9:15am: What a great surprise! You stumble across the Ol' School Donuts truck parked right in your neighborhood. This will make a perfect morning treat!

"Ol' School Donuts" by Jan Davison 24" x 30" Acrylic on Board

10am: You take your time wandering around the Hydrostone Market, popping in and out of all the little shops.
Michelle St Onge, The Hydrostone, 12"x16", Archival Print Mount

10:30am: The sun is starting to come out, and it's turning into such a beautiful day! You decide it would be nice to go spend some time at Point Pleasant Park, so you hop on a bus, and start heading to the park.

Halifax Transit Bus, Kim Danio, reclaimed shoe.

10:45am: You make a quick stop at the Halifax Central Library to pick up a book to read while you're at the park.

Craig Baltzer, Central Library, 8"x10", Watercolour and Ink on Board
 

11am: You arrive at the park, and set out onto the trails. The leaves on the trees have not yet started to turn color yet, and everything is looking so lush.

Danny Abriel, Point Pleasant Park Celebration, 18"x36", Acrylic on Canvas


11:30am: You start to feel a little bit hungry. Luckily, you remember that you packed an apple in your bag, so you find a nice spot near the water to enjoy a quick snack and to read your book.


 George Spencer, Apple on Checkered Cloth, 8"x10", Oil on Board

12:30pm: The apple is not satisfying your hunger, so you leave the park and decide to head to the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market to pick up some lunch. The walk to the market takes you through the South End of Halifax where there are many big, beautiful homes.

Michelle St Onge, Tower Road South End Halifax, 20"x20", Archival Print Mounted
You also take notice of the old Elmwood Hotel- such a beautiful old building that has weathered over many years.

Jennifer Harrison, "Elmwood Hotel", Oil on Canvas, 36" x 60"


1pm: You arrive at the Market. There are so many wonderful smells, and the autumn produce is at its peak.

Jan Davison, Seaport Market, 20"x24", Acrylic on Board

1:30pm: After picking up a few groceries and a lobster roll, you head out onto the boardwalk to enjoy your lunch. Unfortunately there are a lot of seagulls heckling you for a taste of your lunch.


 David Stephens, Tempest in a Teacup, 8"x10", Acrylic on Board

2pm: You're feeling adventurous, so you walk along the boardwalk until you reach the Ferry Terminal. What a perfect day to head across the harbour to explore downtown Dartmouth!



Halifax Transit Ferry, Kim Danio, reclaimed shoe


2:15pm: You arrive in Dartmouth, and walk up Portland Street to check out some of the lovely new shops. You can't go to Dartmouth without having one of those brick-of-butter croissants from Two if by Sea, so you make sure to stop by the cafe.

Kim Danio, Two If By Sea, Reclaimed Shoe

3:30pm: The view of Halifax from Dartmouth is just so lovely! We live in such a great city!

 Craig Baltzer, The Night is Young, 6"x24", Watercolour and Ink on Board


5pm: You take the ferry back across the harbour to Halifax. The sun is starting to lower in the sky; the colors are mesmerizing.

Gordon MacDonald, Big Round Cloud, 12"x12", Oil on Board


5:30pm: There's some live music this evening at the Old Triangle, so you head there to catch the show.

Old Triangle, Carlos Carrillo, 9”x12”, Watercolour on Paper

Watching live music always reminds you of the banjos you have at home that you should really pull out and re-learn to play. Listening to and playing music is so much fun!

Caitlin McGuire, Eight Four Six, 4" x 5",  Oil on Board


8pm: You run into some friends at the bar, and you enjoy a beer together.

Olands, Jana Wicha, acrylic on carved MDF



10pm: It's been a long and eventful day! You head home tired but happy with a full belly and a full heart!

 Craig Baltzer, After Hours, Watercolour and Ink on Board, 5"x7"

 Goodnight! :)