James Brown Music Festival kicks off with Visual Soul art exhibit

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There is just under a week left until the first ever James Brown Music Festival kicks off.

But one part of the festival is already going on.

Aside from all the music, artwork is a big part of the festival.

News 12 toured the Laney Museum, home of the brand new Visual Soul art exhibit.

Nearly 100 pieces are on display there from all over the world--Africa, France, India, and Mexico.

All are individual interpretations of the Godfather of Soul.

"Most of the time when people think about James Brown, they think about dancing, but he is an artist visually as well as singing and dancing, so we decided to put this together," says Christine Miller Betts.

The exhibit runs through the end of June...and all of the art is for sale. The average painting runs about $3000 to $4000.