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Meet Gladys

April 17, 2015

Gladys the grasshopper came to live at the CMA more than 15 years ago. For all that time, she was one feature among many on a lovely piece of decorative art. Because she is very small and low to the ground, she was sometimes overlooked by grown-ups. But the children could always find her, because children know what it’s like to be small. Gladys was so happy to be found by so many children that she decided to help them find other exciting things in the art at the Museum.

Gladys is always looking for more ways to learn about the Museum and the artwork she lives with. Lucky for her she possesses infinite curiosity, a sense of adventure and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Having just recently come to life, she is ready to explore the Museum with her new friends – you! She urges children and adults to take in their surroundings and take notice of the details – through the powers of observation and exploration, fueled by curiosity.      

Get to know Gladys!        

CMA Director of Education Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby sat down to talk with Gladys.

Kerry: Gladys, where are you from?

Gladys: Well, I was born in France in the early 1900s, but I have lived in all kinds of houses since then. I came to the CMA in 1997, and have been here ever since!

Kerry: Is it true that you were inspired by a piece in the collection?

Gladys: Sure thing! A furniture designer Louis Majorelle made me. He was a master of marquetry, which is almost like a big wooden puzzle.

Kerry: That's fascinating! Can you tell us anything else about the piece you come from?

Gladys: Absolutely. It's made in the Art Nouveau, or New Art style, which is when artists use organic things like flowers and animals in their pieces. If you look closely, you can find other animals in the piece with me.

Kerry: That's really cool; but if you're made out of wood, how'd you get so colorful?

Gladys: I was so excited when I was asked to be the mascot that I burst into all these vibrant colors!

Kerry: Can you tell me what your favorite thing about being the mascot is?

Gladys: That's a tough one, because there are so many things I enjoy. If I had to choose just one, I'd say it's learning about art with families and children at the CMA.

Kerry: Gladys, this has been so fun! Anything else you'd like to share?

Gladys: Yeah, come visit me at the CMA, where there are tons of fun things for families and children to do. Thanks for letting me share my story, and see you soon!