The recent column detailing the latest good news that Ann Coleman has received DRB approval to move ahead with rebuilding her gallery had us scratching our heads. Is there really a group of business owners and her peers lobbying for her to change the design? Instead of giving her a hard time, you should be embracing her courage and spirit to want to rebuild. I don’t think we have to be reminded that Tropical Storm Irene washed away Ann’s newly renovated gallery along with its contents and 38 of her original paintings. A lifetime of Ann’s work and original images of our surrounding valley were gone in a matter of minutes.
Ann should be supported during these challenging times shared by everyone in the valley. Ann and her husband, the architects and engineers, had a blank canvas to put their creative minds together and come up with a design and concept that would be able to withstand future flooding, meet the parameters of being in the historic district and provide a vehicle for a sustainable business model. Many man hours and financial resources have been put into this endeavor. The new design is similar and in keeping with several other buildings in the historic district. And have those opposed thought to stop and think about the added attention this innovative floating structure design would bring to our downtown, with the potential of exposing new people to shop and dine at other businesses in town.
We applaud Ann and Joe for their resiliency and look forward to the new “Ann Coleman Gallery” as being another step in the renewal of downtown Wilmington.
Donna and John McDonald