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This Is Everything That Happened At Sad Grandma's Art Exhibit

"I was a human being," she told BuzzFeed News. "Not some throwaway old woman."

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Only two people from the town came to the event. Lily Jourdan, one of her granddaughters, had a softball game and her sister, Jenean, was working. Jenean's uncle and parents also attended.

Grandma told BuzzFeed News she blames the bad weather for the low turnout to her reception.

"I was disappointed," she said. "I got all fancied up. I was a damn fool to dress up to go there."

The picture of Grandma with her hand pressed against her forehead in sadness touched A TON of people.

@MissAubri / Via Twitter: @Hablasian

The tweet has been retweeted over 19,600 times and the library's event page on Facebook has amassed a bunch of comments from people showing love for Grandma.

BuzzFeed News went to Grandma's art gallery on Saturday afternoon and got to spend some time with her.


About 14 people, including family or family friends, showed up. Two people traveled from out of town to see the exhibit after hearing about it on social media or BuzzFeed.

But other than that, it was pretty sparse.

The low numbers may have been a result of a scheduling snafu. The library was closed for the Early Childhood Fair on Saturday. But it opened the art gallery at the last minute from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

"Of course it's three times more than I had when I came here by myself," she said. "At least there seems to be interest."


Fish Stark, a student at Yale University, told BuzzFeed News he was on his way to see his girlfriend in Boston, who suggested he stop by the exhibit.

Stark, 20, said he was happy that he did, and called the art "beautiful." Grandma reminds him of his own grandparents and ageing father, who he would not want to feel alone or unacknowledged.

"I think it's important to show up and celebrate the accomplishments of people who have been here a while and make them feel like there's a community around them," he said.

She's a recent art gallery enthusiast who said Grandma's sad turnout on Thursday "totally broke my heart."

Polychronis has a 97-year-old great aunt who she said is always around family and friends.

"There's never a time she feels forgotten," she said. "With older generations, people don't appreciate them as much as they should."

Polychronis is now in touch with Grandma's granddaughter to find out how she can buy one of her paintings.


A Hungarian immigrant to Montreal, Canada, who survived World War II, Grandma said she loves to paint nature to offset the ugliness and violence she sees in the world.

"Mostly because art is how I communicate sometimes," she said.

She estimates she has painted about 2,000 pieces over her lifetime.

Grandma first started painting when she was 3 years old. She discovered the vibrant colors that can be created from simply scratching a brick on the ground or rubbing a radish on paper.

A teacher she had while still living in Hungary inspired her to not abide by certain form, but to express her art in whatever way she likes.


It made her feel "very joyful, very happy" like she "accomplished something today," she said.

The art exhibit is open through May 25 during the library's regular hours.

Some of Grandma's supporters have asked the library to host a closing reception for people to attend. It is unclear whether the library will host the event.

Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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