An annual tradition now, Charlie and the Girls is a fun exhibit featuring the work of Charlie Casper and a roster of longtime female artists of the Lakewood Arts Coop Gallery. This year included Barb Tobiska, Lynnette Kupferer, Sanarie Boyet, Gail Firmin and Shirley Coen. Unlike years past when artists were given a challenge to come up with artworks demonstrating certain themes, this show was open to any medium and subject. Barb got wild with some groovy abstracts,
Sanarie painted acrylics in glowing purples and oranges, Lynnette included her colored pencil pieces and mosaics and Shirley had fun with various topics including a look up into a tree canopy. Gail's work included a watercolor batik, a poured painting and traditional watercolor,
while Charlie's digital photos included an intriguing row of skulls.
Food was plentiful with the artists and reception committee providing savory and sweet snacks,
and Jan Casper brought a fun cake with the artists' likenesses -- that an art in itself!
Music was provided by the Front Porch sisters -- we all had fun singing along with well-known tunes.
And Sydney Eitel demonstrated her acrylic techniques.
Outside the gallery there was an Elvis sighting (The Gallery of Everything was also musically inclined this evening!) And a new addition were the brightly colored benches with the 40West logo, adorned with some colorful Lakewood Arts members.
The show runs through September 25 so stop by the gallery -- there's always something new!