The historic St. Louis Hotel in East Village is transforming into the Market Collective of artists and artisans for three months this summer, beginning on June 7.
The first ever Market Collective Summer Takeover at St. Louis will take place every weekend between June and August.
“The beautifully restored historic St. Louis Hotel will serve as the perfect backdrop for artists, and will add to the existing energy of the East Village community,” said Angel Guerra, founder of Market Collective. “We’re super excited for this summer-long activation to be in East Village, alongside other cultural institutions such as the National Music Centre and the new Central Library.”
The initiative is a joint effort between Market Collective and Calgary Municipal Land Corp., which provides a space for artisans to showcase work to the public. CMLC said its future vision for the St Louis Hotel space is to activate the building with a long-term commercial tenant that will complement the vibrant city neighbourhood and reimagine the main floor and basement space.
“Welcoming Market Collective at St Louis is a testament to the living, breathing neighbourhood East Village has become. It weaves perfectly into the dynamic fabric of the 8th Avenue cul-de-sac and what’s emerged as one of downtown Calgary’s hot spots where the creative class comes to live, work and play,” said Clare LePan, vice-president of marketing communications at CMLC.
This summer the 13 local artisans taking part include Alora Boutique Inc., Needle & Pine, Third Wheel Ceramics and Pranic Forest artisan apothecary. Admission is free.
The full list of artisans can be found at http://www.marketcollective.ca/events/
– Mario Toneguzzi