Ray Caspio

Performance & Teaching Artist

ArtCares 2011 and The Golden Girls

When I was presented with the opportunity to donate an illustration to the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland's ArtCares 2011 benefit, the first original illustration idea that popped into my head was The Golden Girls. I've been meaning to do a TGG piece for a long time, and what better opportunity to salute the show, which was, I believe, one of the first shows on television to devote an episode to the AIDS crisis (72 Hours).

I wanted to capture the fun of these four women: Blanche Deveraux (Rue McClanahan), Rose Nylund (Betty White), Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), and Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), as well as present something iconic and memorable. This scene from Henny Penny – Straight, No Chaser was that image.

This illustration, as presented here, was created exclusively for ArtCares and will not be available as a print. 

Thank you to my good friend Clint Stanley for being the motivation behind this illustration. 

background photos by Frank J. Lanza Photography, courtesy of Theater Ninjas
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Ray Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.