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Artists to paint to music at free show

Posted: February 19, 2012 - 1:01am
Greenbrier High School graduate Stephanie Forbes, owner of the new Gaartdensity gallery in Augusta, is holding the third annual Free Art Show Concert at Freedom Bible Church in Evans.  Photo by Emily Rose Bennett
Photo by Emily Rose Bennett
Greenbrier High School graduate Stephanie Forbes, owner of the new Gaartdensity gallery in Augusta, is holding the third annual Free Art Show Concert at Freedom Bible Church in Evans.

Music gets Stephanie “Sunshine” Forbes’ creative juices flowing.

Forbes hopes to move other painters with music at the third annual Free Art Show Concert on Saturday.

The band art project will feature 16 artists painting on stage as live music influences them.

“I love seeing the art being created,” said the 20-year-old. “It’s inspiring. It’s motivating and it’s really awesome to see what someone will come up with in less than six minutes.”

The show starts at 7 p.m. at Freedom Bible Church, 702 N. Belair Road, Evans. Each artist will paint to a song performed live by Industry, Eleventh Hour Band and The Mood.

Each artist will paint a 30-by-40-inch canvas in four to seven minutes.

Area artists participating include Billy S, Jay Jacobs, Jack Lowery, Jesse Vaughn, Andy Bullard, Miles Kilpatrick, Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman, Carrie Brooks, Blaine Prescott, Brian Stewart, Jordan Tejeda, Cathy Tiller, Lane Peters and Ruth Pearl.

Forbes will sing one song while her father, filmmaker Rob Forbes, paints.

Music is very much a muse for Forbes. She seldom paints without it.

“My brush stroke would flow with the beat of the music,” Forbes said.

Forbes earned Greenbrier High School’s Outstanding Senior Project award for the art show concert at her 2010 graduation. She’s studying fine arts at Augusta State University and runs an art gallery, Gaartdensity (pronounced “Garden City”), on Broad Street, which features abstract art.

“It’s cool because when I started it as my senior project, it was my passion,” Forbes said. “But I didn’t think it was going to grow like this. It’s been exciting.”

About 100 people attended the inaugural show, and more than 300 saw the show last year.

The event is free.

The paintings, as in previous years, will be donated to the Walton Rehabilitation Health System’s annual Undercover Artists Show auction, which raised funds for Walton’s five-day camp for young people with traumatic brain injuries.

For information, visit www.bandartproject.com.

IF YOU GO

What: Free Art Concert Show

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Freedom Bible Church, 702 N. Belair Road, Evans

Admission: Free

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