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Katie is the Marketing & Communications Manager for Discover Halifax. Born and raised in the Halifax area (Fall River, NS!), Katie loves farmers' markets, hiking and trying new Halifax restaurants (EnVie in Halifax will ALWAYS be #1 in her heart). Katie loves to travel with her husband and family, but the BEST part is coming home to the love of her life, her dog Duke. Follow Katie on Instagram via @katieeconklin

Top 10 facts about Maud Lewis’ art

This blog was written and submitted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, home of the largest public collection of Maud Lewis’ art and her original house.

In celebration of local favourite Maud Lewis making it to the big screen, we wanted to share 10 interesting facts about her art work progression to becoming one of Canada’s most famous folk-artists.

  1. In the early years of Maud and Everett’s marriage, Everett collected the dregs of paint from around the community, so Maud used whatever colours were available. Often the colours were very vivid, as one of Everett’s best sources was French Shore Acadian fishermen who painted their boats with bright colours.
  1. With limited resources for professional paint supplies, Maud used whatever was on hand including a Campbell’s soup tin for turpentine and sardine tins for paints. She also used various materials as her canvas, including boards, scraps of wallpaper and occasionally shells, beach rocks and household objects.
  1. Maud painted with tiny, quick strokes straight through without stopping until she was done. She used many of the same images in her paintings, but often infused them with her sense of humour and unique style, including three legged oxen, leaves on the trees in the snow.
  1. Maud was a prolific painter, sometimes painting as many as two to three pictures a day. She sold her paintings to whoever came across the house, including to Premier Robert Stanfield who visited her in 1965.
  1. Her standard price was $5 or $10 for larger works. Despite the number of pieces she sold, Maud never considered herself a fine artist.
  1. Well known within the community, Maud started to gain more regional and national attention after a series of articles and documentaries in the late 1960’s including a CBC Telescope broadcast. She was called the Grandma Moses of Canada, and two of her paintings were bought by President Richard Nixon’s administration. Their whereabouts are now unknown. President Nixon sent Everett condolences upon hearing of Maud’s death.
  1. Sometimes she signed her work, sometimes she did not. Sometimes she used an e on the end of her first name and sometimes she did not. Her signature tends to run uphill, and because she had trouble painting the letter S, it is often bigger as a result.
  1. Later in life, and as her health continued to decline, she used cut-out figures, which is why many of her oxen and other figures in later paintings are exactly the same size and outlined in pencil.
  1. In the year before her death, Everett began painting himself and mimicked Maud’s style. He sold his works alongside Maud’s.
  1. In her lifetime, Maud never earned more than $10 for a single piece of artwork. Now, Maud’s paintings are collected the world over. The current record for a Maud Lewis original is just over $22,000 earned at auction in 2017.

Facts provided by The Painted House of Maud Lewis– by Laurie Hamilton and The Illuminated Maud Lewis– Lance Woolaver and Bob Brooks.

Don’t forget, you can see Maud Lewis’ house and many pieces of art on display in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.


Top 13 facts about local folk-artist, Maud Lewis

This blog was written and submitted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, home of the largest public collection of Maud Lewis’ art and her original house.

If you are from Nova Scotia, there is a high probability you know of celebrated folk-artist Maud Lewis, but if you aren’t from the area there’s a good chance you don’t know who she was!

Here are 13 facts you may not have known about Maud Lewis:  Continue reading

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5 things you can only do in Halifax in fall

This blog was written by the team at Flight Network 

There’s only one way to beat the back-to-school blues — head to Halifax. The capital city of Nova Scotia truly comes to life in autumn with radiant fall colours, must-visit festivals, seasonal eats, and mild weather that’s ideal for adventuring outdoors.

The team at Flight Network presents these five autumn activities are ones you can only do in Halifax during the city’s most colourful season.

  1. Visit the Halifax Oyster Festival

October is for oyster eating, and there’s no better place to shuck the molluscs than at the annual Halifax Oyster Festival on Oct. 1. The festival is a day-long, all-you-can-eat oyster event with shucking competitions, music, craft beer, wine, and more. The Nova Scotia oyster is known as one of the best in the world, and you can shuck until your fingers hurt at this annual, rain-or-shine event.

  1. Leaf Peep on the Frog Pond Trail

Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail is one of the most popular leaf peeping routes in Nova Scotia, but you don’t have to take the nearly 5-hour drive to see the province’s famous fall colors. Halifax’s Frog Pond Trail offers 1.4 kilometres of trees donned with bright red, yellow, orange, and green leaves.

The popular hiking trail takes roughly 30 minutes to complete, and you’ll want to bring your camera to capture the colours, rare birds, pristine pond waters, and other picture-perfect sights. The family-friendly trail can be found 2.2 kilometres after the intersection of Purcell’s Cove Road and Herring Cove Road at the Sir Sanford Fleming Park.

  1. Shop the Seaport Farmers’ Market

You don’t have to set a Saturday aside for visiting the Seaport Farmers’ Market, because it’s open seven days a week. Known as the best place to purchase fresh local fish and fall produce, the famous farmers’ market is also home to local vendors serving prepared food from around the world, including Turkish, Lebanese, Asian, Italian, and more.

Don’t hesitate to start your holiday shopping at the countless craft vendors at “North America’s Oldest Farmers’ Market”, including Gypsy Road Glass, Silver and Stone, Kudos Signs and Gifts, Osha Mae Soap, Naturally Wood, and dozens of others.

  1. Hike the Haunted Hollow of Hammond Plains

Visit Halifax during the month of October, and you’ll enjoy an especially spooky treat. The hair-raising Haunted Hollow trail winds through an eerie stretch of woods, loaded with scary noises, strange creatures, and wild animals to get you in the Halloween spirit. Ghosts, ghouls, and demons hide behind trees and gravestones, providing suspense and scares that haunt visitors long after they leave. The hike through the woods costs $12 per person and fall is the only time to take part in the fun.

  1. Get on the Water While It’s Warm

September and October are known as some of the most pleasant months in Halifax. Temperatures linger around 10- to 16-degrees Celsius, making outdoor activities more comfortable than in the heat of summer and chill of winter. Kayak Halifax and East Coast Outfitters are two local companies that are eager to help you experience the beauty of Halifax from a different angle — the Atlantic Ocean.

Cruise along the sea with a professional guide, learning about the history of the area, admiring the vibrant colors of fall, and visiting islands and other natural wonders that those who don’t venture off the coast never get a chance to see.

Photo 1: Len Wagg Photography (Kayak)
Photo 3: Scott Munn (Oysters)

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Visiting Halifax on business? You can still create memories!

Blog written by Laura MacDougall with Nova Scotia Business Inc 

One of the best parts about living and working in Halifax is the unbeatable quality of life. How many cities offer an ocean view from your office, or let you walk along the waterfront during your lunch break? As the business hub of the Maritimes, we’re proud to show Halifax off to our clients, customers and business partners from near and far around the world.

Whether you’re here for a conference, meeting, or are new to our booming local business community, squeeze in some time after the work day has finished and see what our small but jam-packed city has to offer.

While summer is arguably the best time to check out any city, this rings especially true for Halifax. From the bustling waterfront and sparkling blue harbour, to the public gardens and beer gardens, there’s an endless amount of fun things to do. Even if you’ve only got a few hours after a conference or before a meeting to take it all in, you won’t be disappointed. The go-to spot for locals and visitors alike? The Halifax waterfront.

It can feel like the options are endless when it comes to food in Halifax, even just on the waterfront alone. You can head down Duke Street and stop at Cow’s for an ice cream, head inside the Historic Properties Privateers Wharf and grab an Americano and a legendary croissant at Two If By Sea, or have fresh Atlantic fish and chips at The Battered Fish.

If you’d rather have a seat while you eat, the new favorite local spot is the Stubborn Goat Waterfront Beer Garden. In addition to their craft brews, they’ve got great options for food and an unobstructed harbour view. On a breezy day, try Murphy’s on the Water for their covered patio, or sit inside at Salty’s or Gahan House while still taking in the ocean views.

Continue strolling south-bound along the boardwalk and you’ll eventually hit the Halifax Seaport, which is home to Halifax’s biggest farmer’s market. Its most popular days are Saturday and Sundays, but it’s open throughout the week. In addition to food, there are plenty of unique vendors selling everything under the sun – artwork and paintings, handmade wood products, jewelry, fine local wines, and plenty of Nova Scotia takeaways. Across the street you’ll find the ever-popular East Coast Lifestyle clothing shop, and traditional craft brewery, Garrison Brewing Co.

Much like to the highland dancers and bagpipes you’re more than likely to come across on your harbour stroll, most of what you’ll find is born and bred in the Maritimes. These local businesses are filled with charm and make our waterfront, and your visit to Halifax, extra special.

Start planning your next trip to Halifax here!