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! :)