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Log cabin reborn as art boutique

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 05/7/2018 10:00 AM

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St Pierre en Boom economic development officer Angele Bernardin is seen outside of the Art On 59 Boutique, a hybrid art boutique and local information centre planning to open June 2 in the familiar log cabin along Sabourin Street.

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St Pierre en Boom economic development officer Angele Bernardin is seen outside of the Art On 59 Boutique, a hybrid art boutique and local information centre planning to open June 2 in the familiar log cabin along Sabourin Street.

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A familiar log cabin on Sabourin Street in St Pierre is getting spruced up and repurposed for a seasonal project that blends art, tourism, and recreation.

Shuttered for a little more than 10 years, the rustic 400-sq-ft. structure will reopen next month as a hybrid art boutique and local information centre, due to the efforts of Angele Bernardin, an economic development officer with St Pierre en Boom.

"I’m looking forward to meeting all these artists from the region and helping them out as much as I can," Bernardin said Monday.

Open June 2 through Labour Day, the Art On 59 Boutique will showcase the fruits of local artists and artisans, and be a hub for resources on tourism, heritage, and recreation sites along the Highway 59 corridor, Bernardin said.

Grant funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program and the Manitoba Metis Federation will provide two bilingual summer staff onsite six days a week. CDEM, the Village of St Pierre, and St Pierre en Boom are jointly funding renovation and cleaning costs.

Owned by the Village of St Pierre, the log cabin was last used as an information centre.

"It was set here as a monument to the voyageurs and the Metis population," Bernardin explained. "It’s in the perfect location. It’s right in the centre of town."

Bernardin, who stepped into her role last September, is also a member of Art On 59, a 70-member Facebook community of local artists founded three months ago.

With one foot in the arts and the other in economic development, she began envisioning the log structure as a way to connect artists with customers and residents with local businesses and the outdoors.

Thirteen artists have already jumped onboard, and Bernardin estimates the cabin can house four or five more displays. Artists pay $100 for the season and keep all proceeds from sales.

Interested parties can call Bernardin’s office at 204-433-2888 or email infocdc@stpierreenboom.ca.

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