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Local 'sad grandma' art show picture goes viral

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'Sad Grandma' dressed up for her art show 'Sad Grandma' dressed up for her art show
THOMPSON, CT (WFSB) -

A local grandmother is going viral after her granddaughter posted a picture of no one attending her art show. 

'Sad Grandma' is 89-year-old Magdalene Jourdan of Thompson. 

On Thursday night, she dressed up for her art show at the Thompson Public Library, but no one attended.

"I felt very disappointed, but I attributed it to bad weather conditions because getting over to the library, I was cold like you wouldn't believe," Magdalene. 

Jourdan's granddaughters posted pictures of their grandma and her art on their social media accounts about their grandmother being upset that no one attended the show. 

"I felt really bad," said Jenean Jourdan, Magdalene's granddaughter. "It broke my heart into a million pieces." 

One of her granddaughters, Lily, posted on Twitter, "Came home from an away game and my grandma went to her art showing and no one went. She called herself foolish." 

"I felt really bad. I told her I would have gone if my game wasn't so far away," said Lily Jourdan, Magdalene's other granddaughter. 

Magdalene said she was disappointed when only three people showed up to see her artwork, but the small gesture by her granddaughters will ensure thousands will see her work.

"I started painting when I was two and a half years old in kindergarten," Magdalene said. 

Thousands of comments are pouring in online and the libraries Facebook page is exploding, as well as the event page for the art gallery. 

Model, Hailey Baldwin, even reached out to one of the granddaughters on Twitter saying, "tell Grandma I love her art!!!"

Buzz Feed also picked up the story and thousands of people around the world are now looking to buy Jourdan's artwork. 

"I didn't realize these people from Ireland, Ohio and Mexico were going to be seeing this and sending all of this love," Jenean said. 

For over 80 years, Magdalene has used color and her gift of painting to express her view of the world. 

"They're mostly scenic, mountains, churches, trees, ponds and lakes," Jenean said. 

Her granddaughters couldn't let their grandmother down, so they that's why they turned to social media.

"I tweeted it and everyone in town and all of my friends, they liked it and they're like, 'oh my gosh, I would have gone if I knew about it,'" Lily said.

"We just wanted the people in our area to go and see the paintings," Jenean said. 

'Sad Grandma' couldn't help but smile now.

"I am overwhelmed. I can't believe it. i still think it's some kind of April 1st belated," Magdalene said. 

Many people are relating this story to the 'sad grandpa' who cooked dinner for his six grandchildren and only one showed up. 

The art show ends on May 25, 43 of her pieces are on display at the library.

"I'm proud of you, Grandma," Lily said.  

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