Veterans Art Center

Activities in the arts for our local veteran community.

Lakewold Gardens is committed to fostering art programs and providing a safe, comfortable, and healing space to our veteran community. Are you a veteran with an artistic hobby? Come try out our bi-monthly Veterans Painting Group with Charles Burt or jam sessions with MusicWorks4Veterns. See below for ongoing veteran-centered activities and check back here for updates.

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Veterans Painting Group

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Veteran and fine artist Charles Burt leads a group painting session for veterans every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 10:00 am -1:00 pm in the Lakewold Gardens sunroom. Artists of all levels are welcome, and all supplies are provided by Lakewold Gardens. Sessions are designed to provide veterans with the necessary tools and atmosphere to express their unique life experiences while creating connections with other veterans in the art community.

If you are interested in attending an upcoming painting session, please contact

Meet Charles Burt, Veterans Art Coordinator

Charles served more than 20 years in the Army as an Armor Crewman, retiring in 2013. After retirement, he sought out ways to express himself creatively, and in 2015 Charles began attending art courses at Pierce College. He went on to complete five years of intensive art instruction at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.


Charles was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease early in his fine art education, but painting fine art pieces while battling a tremor is a challenge that he faces head-on. Charles hopes that his art and his life story inspire other veterans to work toward their own goals even after they leave the supportive structures of the military. For more information about Charles and to see his work, go to

MusicWorks4Veterans SoundVetJam:

Lakewold Gardens | 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest, Lakewood, WA 98499

Mailing Address | Post Office Box 39780, Lakewood, WA 98496

Phone | 253-584-4106

Summer Hours | Wed-Sun 11 am - 5 pm

Winter Hours | Fri - Sun 10 am - 4 pm

This page is made possible, in part, by a City of Lakewood Lodging Tax Grant.