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Mailboxes that spruce it up

It’s time to open hostilities against the ubiquitous black wall-mounted metal boxes that sully the front of so many homes. After all, Canada Post is hitting a fever pitch delivering Christmas cards and presents. Let’s receive them in style.

Some neighbours take a stand. Their choices of oddball, homemade and hand-painted mailboxes add a refreshing flavour to the street. They’ve jazzed it up for the letter carrier. The mailbox usually occupies a high-profile piece of front siding. May as well make it glow.

Photos were taken, from the top, on North, Charles and Black streets.

Wood siding is my canvas

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HALIFAX – Some enterprising North Street residents have made their home a public bulletin board. It’s a shrewd move given the traffic that moves by the front door.

Handbills advertise some local art and theatre shows, as well as a cleaning service that specializes in “disgusting bathrooms.” A chalkboard on the sidewalk side of the house reads:

I wish I was a french
Flying on the Bun
Pineapple juice and rum
my ketchup — Dawe

It may be that letters were modified by passersby. “Bun” looks like it may have been “Sun”. Still, any readers care to decode the above verse? The house is on the south side of the 5600 block.

Candy for all the eyeballs that travel North Street.

Candy for all the eyeballs that travel North Street.

La Villa opening shows off studios, cafe

Central American food lovers mill outside Cafe Aroma Latino on Tuesday.

Central American food lovers mill outside Cafe Aroma Latino on Tuesday.

A spillover crowd chatted and ate tamales at a party for the new “La Villa on Agricola” development on North and Agricola streets on Tuesday. The grand opening marks another leap forward for the intersection.
Kids played tag among the guests who flowed out on the sidewalk in front of the building. La Villa contains art studios, a restaurant and apartments. It even has a meeting room with all sorts of AV gizmos that can be booked by non-tenants.
Hard to pigeonhole this event. It was partly an art show as painters, photographers and other artists showed off their ground floor studios.
It was also a restaurant opening and food store launch. Claudia Pinto, owner of the brightly coloured Cafe Aroma Latino, kept a tasty buffet of Guatemalan and Mexican food topped up and steaming.
Finally, it was an open house. A volunteer gave visitors a tour of the upstairs. The guide showed off views from what will be a rooftop terrace. Also featured was the last of 24 units in the complex which remains to be rented, a surprisingly quiet apartment looking down North Street toward the bridge.

Guests mingle among the art studios and galleries.

Guests mingle among the art studios and galleries.

Comedians boost local art auction

Ellen Helmke reviews donated works for Adsum's Mystery Art Sale.

Ellen Helmke reviews donated works for Adsum's Mystery Art Sale.

Artwork by comedians Rick Mercer and Phyllis Diller shared some wall space Thursday night at the Agricola Street café FRED.

The two gagsters were among dozens who donated 5×7-inch paintings and photos to a mystery auction benefitting a woman’s housing charity.

“We got a 118 pieces of art, which is great,” said Ellen Helmke, director of development at Adsum for Women and Children.

About 200 people showed up and many forked out $100 to buy a painting. The catch was they chose the artwork without first knowing the artist.

Helmke said Diller was approached for a donation because the entertainer was once briefly homeless. The 91-year-old Golden Globe-nominated comedian donated two pieces to the event.

Organizers also approached professional and emerging Nova Scotia artists. They hit their target of 100 paintings in the final week before the event.

“We were saying, ‘Keep looking for art, keep looking for art,” said Helmke.

A Peggy’s Cove art group came to the rescue.

“They produced 13 paintings, so that put us over the edge.”

Adsum provides emergency shelter and affordable living spaces for women without housing. The charity aimed to raise $15,000 with the event.

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