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

Veteran and 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 empower veterans by providing art instruction in a peaceful garden setting while creating connections with other veterans in the art community.

For more information, 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 Sound Vet Jam


Sound Vet Jam is an all-inclusive music jam event for our veteran community. Created primarily for veterans and service members transitioning to civilian life, our jams are also open to their families and our community that supports them. These events are hosted at Lakewold Gardens on the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Bring your own instrument or, if you are in need of an instrument for the jam, use one of ours! We have acoustic and bass guitars, keyboard and a variety of percussion instruments.

For more information, please contact or visit

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

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

Phone | 253-584-4106

Spring/Summer/Fall Hours | 10 am to 5 pm Wed - Sun

Winter Hours (Nov - Mar) | 10 am to 4 pm Fri - Sun

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