Gilda Snowden, the art doyenne of Detroit—painter, teacher, blogger, curator, mentor, friend, political activist, and enormous Facebook presence—has died at the age of 60. Using the floor as her easel, she made large, expressive and chromatically ebullient paintings, many in encaustic, a medium she had used for over two decades. The encaustic connection, coupled with her enormous achievements, led her to our ProWax group. “She just connected with people in a great way; she was an amazing powerhouse of a woman with wonderful warmth. It’s a huge loss,” says ProWax member Leslie Sobel.
Even those of us who knew her just through cyberspace are reeling. Twice we almost had her for the Encaustic Conference as a Saturday Morning Panelist. Family obligations intervened for Conference 7. Bad knees kept her from Conference 8. “Third time’s the charm,” she said in a phone conversation recently. If only.
You can read obituaries from the Detroit News and Metro Times, or visit her Facebook page, which is filled with loving tributes and memorials.
Metro Times Obit link: http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/archives/2014/09/09/detroit-artist-gilda-snowden-dead-at-59
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gilda.snowden?fref=ts