Brown bins can be dan­ger­ous

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

OnOc­to­ber 13th, Stanstead res­i­dent Doris Ni­chol­son re­ceived a big gash to her fore­head when she slipped as she was ma­noeu­vring her large brown com­post­ing bin. The gash was caused by the sharp plas­tic edge of the cover of the bin and re­quired sev­eral stitches to close it up. Mrs. Ni­chol­son has since heard of other peo­ple re­ceiv­ing deep cuts from the bin’s sharp edges and wanted to warn the pub­lic to be care­ful when han­dling them.

There’sno short­age of artis­tic tal­ent in the Stanstead re­gion and, for some, that tal­ent shows it­self at a very early age. Stanstead’s Gabrielle Cloutier, who only very re­cently of­fi­cially be­came a teenager, com­pleted a beau­ti­ful mu­ral of two horses on the garage of an aunt who lives in Og­den over the sum­mer. “I started draw­ing when I was about two and a half,” said Gabrielle in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal. Known to be dif­fi­cult sub­jects to draw, she has been draw­ing horses for about four or five years. The two horses are Gabrielle’s first mu­ral, but it sounds like she may do more. “It wasn’t hard to paint some­thing that big, it just took some time.”

“I had fin­ished paint­ing the sid­ing on my garage and it looked bor­ing. I knew that Gabrielle was good at paint­ing horses so I asked her to paint some,” said Denise Mueller, her aunt. Like a real pro­fes­sional (per­haps she has re­ceived a few tips from her fa­ther, Guy Cloutier, who de­signed Stanstead’s Clock Tower), Gabrielle pre­sented three draw­ings to her aunt for her to choose from. She then painted the de­sign cho­sen on the garage wall over the sum­mer. “I think it’s just ter­rific and it will be a nice sou­venir of Gabrielle as she grows up,” said the happy aunt about the fin­ished mu­ral. “I was happy, re­ally happy how it turned out,” said Gabrielle.

Gabrielle’s aunt isn’t the only rel­a­tive who gets to en­joy this bud­ding artist’s work: Gabrielle draws

Teenage artist Gabrielle Cloutier stands proudly be­side the horse mu­ral that she painted on the garage wall of her aunt’s home in Og­den.

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