Two local artists, composer Vincent Nolden and abstract painter Meike Aton, will present “Art and Music--A Community Benefit,” an interactive arts performance and art auction, at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 Sherman Parkway, Saturday August 12th at 6:30pm. The program is designed to show the symbiotic relationship between music and the visual arts. Vincent Nolden will give a brief summary of his composition, before inviting the audience to close their eyes to pay attention to the visual images that form while they listen to the music. As Nolden describes the music, it's a series of solo, duet and trio pieces arranged for cello, piano and clarinet that integrate classical techniques with a freer, more modern style of arrangement. He says the music will "sound familiar" but also "surprise the listener with unorthodox ordering and musicianship." Visual artist Meike Aton will paint the music onstage while it's performed. After the first movement of the musical work Aton will take a brief survey of the possible images imagined by the audience, before revealing her painting. The audience will then watch the painting develop before their eyes--and it will be auctioned off at the end of the program, with a large portion of the proceeds to benefit two Schweitzer United Methodist Church charities, "Jobs for Life" and "Life Change." The two programs provide job skills training for the homeless and unemployed. Hors d'ouvres and wine will be served between 6:30 and 7:00pm. Tickets are $25 and available at www.eventbrite.com.