I read Cara Jepsen's article ["Woman Made's Fixer-Upper," January 31] about Woman Made Gallery's experience at their new location in the Acme Artists' Community, 2418 W. Bloomingdale. It focused on common problems that arise with most new construction projects. The Acme community will soon house 20 artists and five commercial enterprises, two of which are leased by Woman Made Gallery. Laura Weathered, the Acme Artists' Community director, has worked extremely hard for several years trying to get the city of Chicago to realize the importance of establishing fair housing for artists. She has succeeded, and we should applaud her tireless efforts, never-ending dedication, and perseverance it took to get this project off the ground. Most of the minor concerns the article focused on have already been rectified or are being addressed.
I attended Woman Made Gallery's first art opening last month. It was fantastic! The artwork was strong, the staff was knowledgeable, helpful, and polite. As a future resident of this community, I plan on attending many of their art openings as the gallery settles into its new space.
We at Acme are pleased that Woman Made Gallery will be part of our artists' community and we welcome them into our family. We look forward to nurturing a supportive and creative relationship with them. Welcome Woman Made! And welcome Cara Jepsen to our future art happenings: we trust you will find time to focus on the art and the positive, creative energy in the Acme building.
Mary Anne Cataldi, MED, artist
Acme Artists' Community member and future resident