Without getting too philosophical, the painting that never leaves the studio and melody that exists only in the composer’s head might offer some sense of creative release, but without that communal experience of sharing, much of art’s essence remains untapped.
That being said, I completely understand that saying art in all its forms should be experienced and finding both the courage and opportunity to make it so can be challenging.
The creative impulse is often closely tied to feelings of insecurity. Because ideas are always initially independent and drawn from individual inspiration, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of what others might think and how something so personal might be interpreted. As a writer, I suffer those same pangs of self-doubt every time I search for the perfect word or turn-of-phrase. In fact, I hope you’re still reading this column.
Creative panic not withstanding, finding the right venue for creative efforts can be challenging. There are, after all, only so many clubs and coffee houses and willing galleries in a given community. Although we are fairly fortunate in the Augusta area, there’s still a premium on places that the creative soul can share a little talent.
I bring this up because there are, in the not too distant future, a few opportunities for artists and musicians to share their talent with the world.
One of my favorites is the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s annual Wet Paint Party. The event, this year being held 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Julian Smith Casino, allows a multitude of artists – usually somewhere north of 60 – to display and perhaps even sell their work. Admission is free with membership to the Arts Council and memberships start at $30. The event includes a fashion show, music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Learn more at augustaarts.com.
SLIGHTLY LESS expected is a call that recently went out from the most unlikely of sources – the airport.
It was recently announced that the airport is looking for local musicians to perform in the terminal during Masters Week. It’s an excellent way for Augusta acts to not only get heard, but also get heard by an audience that might not otherwise get to hear them play.
Interested players can download an application at www.flyags.com/airportdownloadabledocuments#sthash.g7WBp0sN.dpuf.
So to those artists and musicians looking for a place in the local universe, my advice is this: Take these opportunities. Be brave. Get seen. Get noticed. Be part of the conversation.
We will all be better for it.