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Popular Dallas sculptor Gladys Gostin, 89, died in her sleep Sunday night, April 25, 2004

Gladys Gostin welding at CAC

Gladys Gostin welding at the Creative Arts
Center last autumn. Photo ©2003 by J R Compton

The very popular and prolific Dallas sculptor, described by friend and fellow artist Sherry Owens as "a wonderful spirit — one of a kind," had been reading a book, fell asleep and died quietly after hosting one of her frequent multi-course dinner parties.

I saw her Saturday night, intently watching a workshop on fasteners by David Hickman at a Texas Sculpture Association potluck supper meeting. Gladys looked a little rickety but was in her usual, great spirits.

Art Shirer, who was especially close, said, "she just had a real good week," full, as usual, of making pieces in her long-time bird series, which she seemed to sell almost as quickly as she made them.

Gladys' Peacock at her Memorial Service'

Gladys' Peacock at her Memorial Service
April 30 at the Unitarian Church on Preston
©2004 by JR Compton

According to her TSA web page, "At first, Gladys was a painter. But for the last 50 years, she has worked only as a sculptor and has completed more than 700 pieces. She loves to work for the pure joy of creating and tries to keep the price of her pieces low so that the people of the world can love and cherish the pieces she creates."

Art said, "Gladys made the best carrot cake ever, and her favorite song was Mack The Knife from the Three-Penny Opera. When I played it, she always danced."

Everyone who talked about Gladys said she "worked every day but Sunday" and "she helped everybody." She had, as Art said, "a huge impact on a lot of people."

She will be missed.

Thanks for additional information
from Linda Hickman .

CAC cover with Gladys Bird

One of Gladys' birds graced
the cover of the latest
Creative Arts Center catalog
that came in the mail
the day after she died.


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