Art inspired by music will help others

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The Band Art Project disproves the notion that great art takes time, says founder Stephanie Forbes.

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Stephanie Forbes started The Band Art Project as a class project when she was a senior at Greenbrier High School. She’s now owner of Gaartdensity, an art gallery in downtown Augusta.

As live bands play, artists complete a painting.

“They have just one song,” Forbes said. “It’s an inspiring thing to see. You look at the art that’s being created and you’d never guess that it was painted in just six minutes.”

The free event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Bible Church, 702 North Belair Road in Evans. Three Georgia bands – The Industry, The Mood and Eleventhour – will play as one of 17 artists paints a 30-by-40-inch canvas.

All canvases created at Band Art are donated to Walton Rehabilitation Health System’s Undercover Artists Show. The 6th annual show auctions art in order to raise money for Camp To Be Independent, a week-long summer camp for children and young adults with traumatic brain injuries.

The Undercover Artists Show will be held on the grounds of Walton Rehabilitation Hospital on April 12 this year.

The Band Art Project started as a class project for Forbes, who was, at the time, a senior at Greenbrier High School. She’s now owner of Gaartdensity, an art gallery in downtown Augusta.

The first Band Art Project featured just one band and nine artists.

Last year’s event drew more than 350 people with one band and 12 artists.

This year, The Industry, an indie rock group that opened for Incubus in Atlanta last fall, will play nine songs. Alternative rock band The Mood will play five songs. The band Eleventhour, which played both previous Band Art Projects, returns to play two songs.

This year’s artists include Rob Forbes, Stephanie Forbes, Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman, Billy S, Jay Jacobs, Ruth Pearl, Miles Kilpatrick, Jordan Tejeda, Jack Lowery, Carrie Brooks, Cathy Tiller, Lane Peters, Brian Stewart, Jesse Lee Vaughn, Andy Bullard, Blaine Prescott and Austin Peters.

“It’s obviously grown a lot,” Forbes said. “The format is exactly the same, but it’s getting bigger each time.”

None of the artists have heard the song they’ll paint to before stepping on stage. Fortunately, many artists thrive in just that sort of environment, said Austin Peters, lead vocalist for The Mood.

“The creative process for art and music is very similar,” he said. “We create spontaneously. It’s awesome when we can bring the two together. It’s a jam session with paint.”

The 12 canvases auctioned last year raised $2,000 for Walton Rehabilitation. This year, Forbes says she hopes the work of 17 artists can raise even more.

“It was important to me from the very beginning that we raise money for something great,” she said. “There couldn’t be a better cause.”

For more information on the project, see www.bandartproject.com.

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