All Photos By Gail
Charles Schulz, creator of the classic Peanuts comic strip, may be long gone, but his beloved characters live on! Just this past weekend, a new Peanuts Movie opened nationwide, while at a gallery in Soho, artist Tom Everhart, world-renowned for his Charles Schulz-inspired paintings of the Peanuts universe, launched his latest collection, entitled I Got Ants In My Pants, And I Need To Dance.
I Got Ants in My Pants sees Charlie Brown’s imaginative pet beagle Snoopy transformed into a whirling Dervish of motion, as Everhart adds bold splatters of brightly colored paint to simple sketches of Snoopy, who is lost in his own ecstatic dance moves.
Although Snoopy is a definite focal point of Everhart’s paintings, several of the other characters make appearances as well.
Five Snoopys and One Linus
Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown
While Schulz was still living, he and Everhart enjoyed both a personal friendship and an artistic relationship greatly valued by both. The two artists painted alongside each other, developing a mutual respect so powerful that Schulz encouraged Everhart to carry forward his comic strip creations to the fine art form – with very fun results that are faithful to the spirit of Schulz’s characters.
Everhart was even brought in during the very first few days of the making of the Peanuts Movie by Blue Sky Studios in New York to share his knowledge of Schulz’s art with the full creative team.
I Got Ants In My Pants is a Family-friendly exhibit, and the art is priced to own.
I Got Ants In My Pants, And I Need To Dance Paintings By Tom Everhart will be on Exhibit through December 1st, 2015 at AFA Gallery, Located at 54 Greene Street (Corner of Broome) in Soho, NYC.
Fans and Collectors at Saturday’s Opening Reception at AFA Gallery