ink on paper, Millie Gladu, 1966
I am in Fort Frances, the town closest to the farm where I grew up. Ned and I are here with my father for a family event. ink on paper, Millie Gladu, about 1967
Yesterday I went into the Fort Frances museum. The Ontario Craft Council exhibition is on display, which is serendipitous.
Upstairs in a back room there was an art sale. detail of above
It was disturbing for me to see that the life's work of Millie Gladu was being sold off in a yard sale type situation. Her name was well respected when I was a child. My mother studied with her. The above painting of hers is in the main area of the museum and is not for sale. It used to hang in the main area of the bank. ink on paper, Millie Gladu, mid 60's
What does it all mean? Emotions about mortalitiy, isolation, and gender make my throat ache.
I purchased four of her drawings. ink on paper, Millie Gladu mid 1960's. I spent ten dollars. Can you feel her touch?