Artists united

Youngstown artist Al Bright and Howland pianist Joe Augustine will team up for an evening of art and jazz to benefit the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership.

Bright will do a live painting performance with the jazz pianist with the music influencing what happens on the canvas and vice versa.

Bright, a professor emeritus at Youngstown State University, has had more than 50 one-man exhibitions, including shows at the Butler Institute of American Art, Stanford University, Kent State University, the Canton Art Institute and the Akron Art Museum.

He has been doing these painting performances for more than 40 years, collaborating with such jazz artists as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (which at the time included Wynton Marsalis on trumpet).

Augustine is an appropriate collaborator with Bright. One of his albums, “Jazzscapes,” features songs inspired by the paintings from the Butler Institute of American Art. Augustine, who became a Steinway artist in 1995, has performed everywhere from jazz clubs to symphony halls. He currently teaches at the University of Akron as an artist-in-residence.

Those attending the event will have the opportunity to purchase a signed print of the art completed that night.

The painting-performance starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Items by local vendors will be displayed starting at 4 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Tickets are $30 and are available at the Stambaugh box office and by calling 330-259-0555.

Proceeds from the event benefit districts served by Eastern Ohio Education Partnership. It is a network of community leaders from the education, business, faith-based, social service, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors committed to providing every child in Eastern Ohio with a quality education.