Charlotte, came for lunch just after the opening in 2015. After several visits we started talking about the idea to create an over-sized drawing, something she had never done before... 

What is your most memorable moment at FRIEDA?

  • Musing about a roll-down room divider with an image of eyes or smiling lips on it.
  • My delirious decision to take up this “challenge” and to present an unsolicited sketch of an eye.
  • Collaborating on the actual subject and layout of what was turning out to be an enormous drawing.
  • Drawing in the public space of the café with support and helpful criticism, hearing dubious but generous encouragement, and meeting many people who would become friends.
  • The lovely opening party for the project on January 20, 2017.
Charlotte making some final edits to "her eyes". 

How did you find/hear about FRIEDA?

The future FRIEDA was on one of my regular walking routes, so I “discovered” it before it opened. I was tantalized by the promising announcements on the paper that covered the windows during construction: Café - Atelier - Store.

What did you think when you walked in for the first time?

On first walking into the newly opened space, I was struck by the clean, crisp design and by the friendly welcome I was given.

In what ways are you active
at FRIEDA?

Now, I stop for lunch or tea (alone or with friends), attend activities and special events, and impatiently anticipate the community dinners.

How would you describe
FRIEDA to a friend?

I often tell friends that it’s a wonderful place, bordering on miraculous. It has become an essential element in my life.

What does FRIEDA mean to you?

A space to find friendship, support, encouragement, and stimulating programs - as well as excellent food.

FRIEDA in one word:

Extraordinary.
A closer look - Meet the artist: Charlotte Ferree Humenuk (January 20, 2017).
For more information about Charlotte check her website