Remembering local artist Gloria Hudson SanduskyWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
When her husband left her and her six kids, Gloria Hudson Sandusky began giving painting lessons from her home multiple times a week to make a living for her family. This was the early 1970s before many women worked outside of the house, daughter Janet Hudson said.
“[But] that’s how she was able to stay in the house with us kids but still make a living,” Hudson said.
Sandusky spent her days teaching painting, something she taught herself by reading as much as she could on the subject. She worked mostly with oil paintings of floral arrangements and landscapes, mostly done using a knife instead of a brush, Hudson said. Her technique is evident by the bumpiness of the painting’s surface.
Sandusky, who died in September last year, was a member of the Toledo Museum of Art and one of the founding members of Bedford Artist’s Club. Her art can be seen in businesses such as The Toledo Clinic Inc. and Toledo’s Blue Cross Blue Shield building. During her five-decade career, she was honored with awards from the Bedford Artists’ Club, Toledo Women’s Art Train and the Toledo Artist Club, according to a news release.
Some of Hudson’s earliest memories involve her mother painting, a hobby the two of them shared well into adulthood. The two would have weekly painting sessions even after Sandusky suffered a stroke, which made painting more of a challenge for her.
“She tried so hard,” she said. “She couldn’t sit in front of an easel very long.”
Sandusky died at the age of 83, three years after her stroke. In the months before her death, it broke Hudson’s heart to see her mother suffering.
“It was so hard to see; when you looked at [the number of] pills, I don’t even know how she functioned,” Hudson said. “If I took half of that, I’d be on the floor. I don’t think I’d be able to move.”
Hudson thinks Sandusky’s body was tired of fighting.
“She fought the good fight, I’ll give her that,” Hudson said.
Sandusky left behind a studio with more than 400 paintings, which will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18 and 19. Sandusky also had art supplies and art books, which will be for sale; anything that doesn’t sell will be donated to local businesses.
This sale is a way for Hudson to preserve her mother’s legacy.
“Rather than put them in storage, which didn’t make any sense at all, we thought we’d have a sale,” she said. “I just want people who want her art to have it … I want it to go somewhere it will be appreciated.”
Hudson added that even in Sandusky’s last years, she’d get excited when she’d sell a painting.
“My mom was so good at what she did but she never really was like one of those people that blew her own horn or anything,” Hudson said.
The event will be at 7865 Summerfield Road, Lambertville, Michigan. Prices for paintings will range from $40 to $500. For more information, contact Hudson at 734-856-5610, 419-277-0103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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