There is performance, and there is performance art. Spend an evening with South Boundary and enjoy both.

In a collaborative movement with some of Aiken’s talented artists, the audience will be treated to the distinctive sound of the local men’s a cappella chorus while an artist stands at an easel ready to bring the song to life on canvas.

Each painting will be a black-on-white interpretation of the song and will be completed while the men sing. In some cases, the artist will have less than four minutes to finish the piece. Works will be created by a diverse group including teachers, art students and business people.

Some are experienced artists while others, like Michael Norris, come with a fresh perspective. A junior at USC Aiken, Norris switched his major to graphic design last fall and is excited about the opportunity to participate in “A Song in Our Art.”

“Art has always been my passion, but I haven’t gotten much public exposure yet,” Norris said when asked about the event. “This will be a new experience for me, and I’m very excited for it.”

Following the performance, the audience is invited to meet the musicians and the artists and bid on the original art. South Boundary will select several pieces for consideration for the cover of their third CD, scheduled for an early fall release. Artists are also invited to offer some pieces from their personal portfolios.

Proceeds from the South Boundary performances are used to support music programs in the community through four boys choirs as well as vocal music scholarships at USCA.

“A Song in Our Art” will be presented March 1 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Performance time is 7 p.m. and tickets are $5 for students, $10 for seniors 60 or older and $12 for adults. Tickets will be available at the door, from South Boundary members or by calling 644-8855.

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