‘Village 104 Collective’ a community effort; L’Anse independent artists collective puts talent on display

L’ANSE COLLECTIVE–Area artists are sought for the newly opening collective to sell their unique products and projects. Welder Payne Chassen, left, and carver Keith Almli, right, are among those who have jumped in to the renovation of a storefront to serve as home for the collective.

by Barry Drue
“Building community” is the cornerstone of the Village 104 Collective on Main Street in L’Anse. And the artists’ collective has already involved a big community effort. “This is a collective of independent artists,” said Coordinator Payne Chassen, herself a multi-talented artist and welder. Her L’Anse-based metal fabrication business is called Peninsula Hotworks. “We have a lot of talented people and we’re trying to pull them out of the woodwork and give them a place to sell the beautiful things they make.” The ten or twelve vendors already on board have volunteered their time as the collective in the old Sunshine Cafe storefront has taken shape over the past three months or so. Organizers are also very appreciative of support from the Village of L’Anse and a $2,500 Downtown Development Authority facade grant to spruce up the front of the building. It is owned by Alyn Bell who is investing in properties here since discovering L’Anse through his property manager, Pennie Halpin. “This is a bay front village. We’re trying to build commerce,” Halpin added. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.