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Meet the Talented Artists Behind the Beautiful "Love Notes from the North End"

The North End Business Association has once again teamed up with four talented local artists to produce our "Love Notes From The North End"- A series of postcards representing the love for our community, that you can pick up for free at local North End Halifax cafes, shops, & boutiques, and send to someone you love! Keep reading below to learn a little bit about the amazing artists behind this years Love Notes artwork.


“I (Heart) North End Businesses!” by Hope Tohme


Love Notes from the North End of Halifax Artwork

Imagine all your favourite North End Halifax businesses on one street! From Gottingen to the Hydrostone, Agricola to Maynard, the North End is filled to the brim with incredible entrepreneurs. This artwork showcases multiple beloved North End businesses. The buildings overlap with 3 smokestacks poking out from behind the left side. The smoke from the smokestacks creates a large cloud across the top of the image with the words "I [heart] NORTH END" inside the cloud.


Artist Bio: Hope is a Halifax born digital artist with a passion for creating fun and innovative visual materials. As a designer she is motivated to produce eye-catching creations using unique branding and colour palettes. Hope's belief in humanity and the ties that connect us guide her design process.


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"Weekend" by Hector Diolola


Love Notes from the North End of Halifax Artwork

It’s finally the weekend. You can now do your laundry, stock up on groceries, visit your favourite café, spend time with your loved ones (friends, family, or fur baby), reconnect with your community, or simply enjoy yourself.


Artist Bio: Hector Diolola is a Filipino graphic designer and illustrator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Currently working as a graphic designer at Communications Nova Scotia. Enjoys creating colourful illustrations that draw inspiration from childhood dreams and obsessions.


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"Meet me For a Coffee" by Rhonda Barrett


Love Notes from the North End of Halifax Artwork

Artist Bio: Rhonda Barrett is an artist from Newfoundland, currently living in Nova Scotia, whose study of paper and Japanese arts finds her working in either a chigiri-e style with newsprint or a very loose and playful way with collected ephemera. She works out of her collage and assemblage gallery, Cuts and Paste Gallery, in Halifax, NS.

Rhonda has a background in architecture and design; but left that career in 2014 to pursue her artistic calling. She also created the Canadian Collage Collective in 2020 to support, find and document the work of collage artists in Canada. Her work has been seen in solo exhibitions and group exhibitions in numerous galleries in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Vancouver, BC and Montreal, QC. She has been featured in local Halifax newspapers and on Global Halifax News Morning. Her work has been published with Kolaj Magazine, Murze Magazine and by Urban Ivy in their Mother’s in Time series.


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"Gottingen Street" by Mark Maestro

Love Notes from the North End of Halifax Artwork

Artist Bio: Mark Maestro was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada in 1983. He received his BFA from NSCAD University in 1993. He also received a project and travel artist grant from the Canada Council for the arts. He operated Red Earth Ceramics Studio on Agricola Street from 1998 until 2004. He has lived in the North End community for over 30 years and continues to work at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library, and is still active in his community. Maestro’s work has been shown in solo and group shows across the U.S, Canada, Japan, Philippines and Australia. He also served as a jury for Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa.


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