Monday, February 25, 2013
My Friend Gloria
My friend Gloria Page lost her courageous battle against cancer last night. I am one among many, many people who will miss her kindness, her caring, her generosity and her friendship.
I met Gloria at the Best of Missouri hands conference in 1997. We were both fledgling artists at the time and we struck up a friendship. I had the privilege of being Gloria's friendly reader when she wrote her first book "Holy Moly Mackeroly" . You may know of Gloria from reading this book or her book "Art Stamping Workshop" or from her artwork in Somerset Studio magazine.
Gloria invited me to join a newly formed art critique group, that would meet once a month to share our art, our hopes and our dreams. We were artists of all different mediums and we met once a month from 1998 until 2010. Even though I moved away from Missouri, I was still an honorary member and each year when I came back to visit, we would meet and eat, and laugh and sometimes cry, and share our art and delight in each others company and we always took a photo.
Gloria is in white and right behind me in yellow. Although our little group doesn't meet anymore, we will always be fast friends.
Today in my studio I painted this little painting in honor Gloria.