On Sunday, friends and family members gathered in a Glendale office building to pay tribute to a La Cañada resident, artist and teacher whose work helped shape 20th century Western Art. Larry Gluck, who’d turned 80 the day before, was feted with a birthday celebration and a special showing of his life’s works.
Many paintings on display were watercolors reflecting the 10 years the he and wife Sheila lived in St. Thomas in the 1960s. Other canvases showed the faint outline of ethereal nudes barely visible through a solid block of color, a style Gluck termed “mirage d’esprit,” while still others showed the artist’s penchant for portraiture.
“He was discovered to have the gift, the talent,” his wife said with admiration. “He is truly, truly a consummate artist.”
As good as they are, the paintings don’t tell his real life’s story, Gluck will tell you. The real story is written on the faces of instructors and students who are, themselves, a testament to a method of art instruction meant to liberate and inspire anyone who dreams of being an artist.