Art is something that happens, for the most part, in a vacuum. The process of making art - of applying paint to canvas or giving clay form - usually is a solo sport performed by the artist.
But it doesn't necessarily have to be that way.
A group of area artists has banded together to form the State of Art. The organization's goal is to bring together the many disparate elements of the art community to encourage dialogue, development and a truer sense of community and belonging.
For now, the organization is fairly quiet and contained, but its members are planning a fairly significant coming out party. Right now, artists are being gathered and details hammered out for a large-scale exhibition called Something About Soul, which will run in conjunction with the James Brown Soul of America festival May 26-28 at the old J.B. White building on Broad Street.
The guidelines for submissions are fairly simple. Organizers are looking for art, painted or performed, sculpted or constructed, that celebrates the music and career of James Brown. Organizer Shishir Chokshi said the show's theme was left intentionally open-ended to foster inclusion from artists of every ilk.
Mr. Chokshi said he hopes to attract participants not just from the Augusta area but also from Athens, Ga., Atlanta and points beyond.
Folks interested in the State of Art organization or the Something About Soul exhibition are urged to check out the group's Web site at www.myspace.com/somethingaboutsoul or call (706) 294-3871.
Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.