Special flower conveys Old Home Week message

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Chuck Charpiat created a 3-D picture specifically for Old Home Week. The sunflower, coined the Greencastle Fun Flower, will adorn the window of Gallery 7. Area artists will have pieces on display at 107 E. Baltimore St. and the public is invited to stop in to visit them and view their work.

In the spirit of fun and light-heartedness, a bright sunflower will welcome Old Home Week visitors to Gallery 7. The showcase for the Greencastle Area Arts Council will feature a variety of media, with rotating artists present to chat with people who stop in.

Member Chuck Charpiat created a 3-D piece and named it the “Greencastle Fun Flower”. He also took the liberty to call it a prize winning hybrid.

A multitude of unique materials went into the piece, with the background painted on canvas. The petals are the most defining feature.

“They are my old socks,” Charpiat said. “They had holes in the heel and I didn’t want to throw them out.”

He used party toothpicks for the florets, styrofoam for the face, straw for the winking eyelid, fabric for the leaves, and rope and a belt for the stem. It came out 3-feet by 4-feet.

Approximately 10 artists will share their work at Gallery 7. They do wood sculptures, pottery, sketches, photography and paintings. The site at 107 E. Baltimore St. will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, then from noon to 4 p.m. through the next Friday. A reception will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Last year Charpiat created a collage called “Stop” on the dangers and results of distracted driving. It has been on display at the Meritus Medical Center emergency room ever since.