by April Foster
A For Sale sign that recently popped up in front of the Woman of Steel Gallery has stirred up concern among local art enthusiasts.
But there’s nothing to worry about, explained Woman of Steel owner and artist Irene Deely; the welded-steel and cast-bronze art space is simply expanding.
“Over the last year or so, my studio work has increased,” said Deely. “I’ve had to pull away from trying to run the gallery and do all the events in favor of my studio work. That’s led to a large portion of my building being unused, so I’m actually looking for someone to either lease or buy the building that would be compatible with the art district goals that we have.”
If Deely manages to lease or sell the entire space, she’ll move into a brand new studio nearby. If she only leases out a chunk of the space, she’ll stay in the studio but also do some expanding.
Deely owns the 30,000-square-foot parking lot just west of the Visual Arts Collective, at the corner of 37th and Osage streets in Garden City. It’s there that she intends to build a studio that’s more suited to her needs.
“It’d be nice to have a larger studio that could handle the scale of work that I’ve been doing,” said Deely.