Woman of Steel is Expanding 

And In Retrospect relocates

Irene Deely says Woman of Steel isn't closing.

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Irene Deely says Woman of Steel isn't closing.

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 Irene Deely, Woman of Steel artist/owner. 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 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.

In other expansion/re-location news, In Retrospect vintage clothing store, formerly at 1615 W. State St., has moved up a few blocks. The new spot at 1940 W. State St., a big yellow house just across from the Westside Drive-In, is bigger and better suited for the store's old-fashioned aesthetic.

"We own this property. Before, we were just leasing," said store owner Nancy Zurcher. "It's bigger and it just goes really well with the vintage clothing we sell--the house was built in 1940."

Zurcher said that she just finished moving all of the unique, old-fashioned clothing that she peddles into the new location.

To celebrate the move and introduce customers to the new location, In Retrospect will hold an open house Friday, April 13-Saturday, April 14, Sunday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature a variety of sales, giveaways and treats.

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