Veterans Art Center at Lakewold Gardens
Lakewold Gardens is committed to fostering art programs and providing a safe, comfortable, and healing space to our veteran community. Are you a veteran? Come join in on monthly painting group sessions or jam sessions with MusicWorks4Veterns. If you are not a veteran you can attend an art show and show your support! See below the ongoing veterans programming and art shows and be sure to check back here for updates.
Group Painting Sessions with Charles Burt:
Every fourth Sunday of the month from 10:00-1:00 in the Lakewold Gardens sunroom there is a group painting session with artist Charles Burt. Like most creative processes, painting puts you in the moment and it can also give you a sense of accomplishment as you see your painting develop. Artists of all levels are welcome, from those who have never picked up a brush before to experienced painters who want to further their skills. Sessions are designed to provide the veteran the space to socialize and meet with fellow vets. All materials will be provided on-site, but we ask you to reach out to Charles so he can ensure you have what you need and to go over ideas or answer any questions you might have.
If you are a veteran and would like to join contact Charles Burt at email@example.com
Meet Charles Burt, Veterans Art Coordinator
Charles Burt was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Arlington, Texas. After high school, he joined the Army to serve as an Armor Crewman where he applied the Army Values and technical manuals as tools of self-expression.
After 20 years of active duty service, Charles retired from the Army and found he had a tough time adjusting to the different culture of civilian life. Seeking a way to connect with other disciplined and dedicated people, he found that many artists share his work ethic and drive to succeed. From this spark of connection Charles began taking art courses at the local community college, and then completed a four-year intensive fine art program at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. He was once again among disciplined people who were dedicated to their craft, and found a culture where he felt accepted.
About a year after retiring, Charles developed a tremor in his dominant hand and was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, yet he is able to push through the challenges of painting with a tremor and still achieve the hyper realism that gives him a sense of accomplishment in his art. Charles hopes his art and story inspires other veterans to push for their goals outside of the military the same way they did while serving, and shows civilians a different perspective on the military.