Artist painting flags on VFW posts nationwide stops in Charleston

Artist Scott LoBaido adds the final touch to an American flag painting that was to be auctioned off during the Lt. Dan Band benefit concert Sept. 14, 2013. LoBaido will be back in the Lowcountry this week.

CHARLESTON — An artist known nationwide for painting American flags is stopping in South Carolina as part of a new effort to paint a flag at a Veterans of Foreign War post in all 50 states.

Scott LoBaido (low-BEE-doh) starts painting at a VFW post in Charleston on Monday and will work through Thursday. South Carolina is the second stop on his six-month journey to paint a flag at VFW posts.

The artist estimates he has painted more than 1,000 flags as a tribute to both the flag and those who have fought for it.

Nine years ago, during another project called “50 flags Across America” he painted large flags on a rooftop in all 50 states as a thank you for those returning from war.