The artist in your family

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Pullman ArtsIt seems that every family tree boasts an artist — whether near or far historically. Many of us have hidden talents that we’ve never explored, but some of us have offspring whose talents have flourished.

When our children take part in an art exhibit at school and then carry on with that interest into their adult education we swell with pride. If those children of ours become successful commercial artists — whether they are actors, sculptors, musicians, singers, songwriters or performers – our joy knows no bounds.

As we see our relatives persevere and endure through the hardships that are often a part of such a career choice, we find ourselves wishing we could assist them. Good old Pullman may just have come up with a way to help you help them.

Through the efforts of Artspace, a national leader in the field of developing affordable space that meets the needs of artists through the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and new construction, Pullman has created PullmanArts.

PullmanArts is an organization under the umbrella of the Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has awarded funding to CNI to oversee an open design competition for the planning and design of a creative space in Pullman for artists to live, work, gather and share ideas.

This is the best opportunity for anyone you know of who has the desire to further their artistic career in the company of like minded artists. This is the best opportunity for those you know who want to be a part of their family history by adding their talents to their ancestors’ list of positive accomplishments. This is the best opportunity for those you know who feel best expressing their artistic selves in a supportive, comforting, strengthening and encouraging environment. So spread the word!

The Pullman National Park may already be an actuality by the time you’re reading this column. Back in February the word was that the National Park designation was expected to take place before the end of the month. Hopefully, this information will prove to be more than a rumor, in which case, you will already have heard and read about the designation. This designation will breathe new life into Pullman and make it a place of national historical significance.

Note & Notizie

Best wishes on continued success to Carlo Lorenzetti’s in Chicago Heights. All of those Roselandites who attend Spaghetti-Os or dine at the restaurant have been able to put aside their fear and dread as the restaurant reopened in February. There was major concern that they were closing their doorsm but rest assured that Carla and Buddy have done a fine job in remodeling and reopening to the cheers of their many admirers who grew up and grew older alongside their father Carlo not to mention their new fans.

In Memoriam

Vincent P. Zoppetti age 85, a lifelong resident of Kensington, lived at 117th and Calumet for many years. He was an railroad hobbyist and had an HO train layout in his basement. Until late into his life, Vince could always be found in attendance St. Anthony of Padua’s 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Vince is missed by his many friends, fellow parishioners and neighbors.

About C.J. Martello

CJ Martello has returned to his roots as the author of “Petals from Roseland.” After five years of writing his column as a resident of Chicago's North Side, CJ put his money where his heart is and moved to Pullman, near the Roseland area in which he grew up. Having joined the Spaghetti-Os, Veneti nel Mondo and St. Anthony of Padua Parish and being one of the founders of the Roseland Roundtable Facebook page, CJ has become reacquainted with countless friends and acquaintances from his youth. CJ is looking forward to retirement and completing the books he has put on hold, including one that will encompass as much of Roseland's rich, beloved history as possible.

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