Seasonal Special Happenings

Armored Charmers Attack Lakewood

When: Sat., Feb. 12 2011

Forget the piercings, the ink, and the black T-shirts: The three talents behind Armored Charmers just want to paint you a pretty picture. That's what they'll do tonight at the Pop Shop's (art)ificial gallery, as they collaboratively create three pieces to be raffled off at evening's end. Illustrator Steve Knerem, abstract artist Bob Peck, and "bio-organic" abstractionist Sorin Gabor make up the self-styled Charmers. They already have six collaborative works beneath their studded leather belts: bold, colorful pieces that blend flowing lines, figural representation, and a touch of science fiction for what Knerem calls "pretty but gritty" artwork. The colleagues say the process has been a gas. "It's been a great way to see how the other guys think," says Gabor, who is branching out into tattoo artistry. "The local art scene can be tough. In this show, we're trying to get away from competition and emphasize collaboration." Tonight's togetherness begins at 6 p.m. at 17020 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. The exhibition, which also contains each artist's solo works, continues through February 28. For more information, call 216-227-8440 or visit — Elaine T. Cicora

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