The Yadkin Arts Council Hosts an Exhibit Talk with Music Makers Founder and Executive Director, Tim Duffy, on January 31 at 6:30pm in the Willingham Theater
(Yadkinville, NC) – On Thursday January 31 at 6:30pm, the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in collaboration with the Blue Ridge Music Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation bring life to their running multi-media exhibit by introducing Yadkinville to the man behind the camera. Come join Music Center Program Director, Richard Emmett and Tim Duffy as they explore the stories behind the artists that Duffy captured and discuss the inspiration behind starting the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Join us for this wine and hors d’oeuvres to kick off this FREE event at 5:30pm in the Welborn Gallery
Tim Duffy and Richard Emmett will also talk about the foundations ongoing efforts to support and sustain musicians, Tim’s photographic portraits of roots musicians – books & exhibits including “We are the Music Makers” and the activities celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation in 2019 including:
· The release of the Blues Music (25th Anniversary) CD featuring songs by Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Dom Flemons and many other Music Maker musicians plus.
· Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy’s Southern Photographs, published by UNC Press, available February 25th, 2019, and the accompanying exhibition organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, on view April 25th – July 28th, 2019.
· Two previously unpublished stories from American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar will see the light of day for the first time in February 2019 as part of Tales of the Music Makers, a new graphic novel from Z2 Comics that showcases the work of the Music Maker Relief Foundation
The multi-media exhibit features photographs, audio recordings, and video footage from behind the scenes. Come take a step into recent musical history with the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center as they round out their “Month of Music”.
The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. To mark their 20th year the Music Maker Relief Foundation is releasing a book, curating a photo exhibit and producing a compilation album.
When: January 31 at 5:30 for reception, and 6:30 for discussion
Where: Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in the Welborn Gallery and the Willingham Theater, both located at 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville
Additional information: YadkinArts.org
About the Welborn Gallery – The Welborn Gallery is located just outside the Willingham Theater in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. We feature a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art from local and regional artists alike. Prepare yourself to be transformed by the remarkable artwork featured here for every exhibit
About the Willingham Theater – The Willingham Theater hosted its first performance in December 2012, just two short years after the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center opened its doors to the citizens of Yadkin County. While many might dismiss the power of a small city theater, we like to prove that we can indeed bring the big city excitement and experience to our small town. Our state-of-the-art theater seats 193 patrons and showcases a variety of engaging performances ranging from music, dance, drama, comedy, and even film. In addition to ample seating, the Willingham Theater has a remarkable state-of-the-art-technology. The Willingham Theater is owned and operated by the Yadkin Arts Council.
About the Yadkin Arts Council – The Yadkin Arts Council and Cultural Arts Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County through a broad variety of arts programs that touch, inspire and involve creative spirits of all ages and all backgrounds. We believe art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination and helps people see the world from different perspectives.
The Yadkin Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Yadkin County citizens through the arts. In September, 2010, the council opened the new Yadkin Cultural Center, providing a home for the arts in Yadkin County. It encompasses the Welborn Gallery, the Willingham Theater, the Center Bistro, classrooms and meeting rooms, staff offices and working artist studios. The Yadkin Arts Council website at yadkinarts.org provides up-to-date information about existing and upcoming exhibits, events and programs and offers forms and rules for artists wishing to submit artwork for future exhibits and juried shows.
About the Blue Ridge Music Center – Operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia, celebrates the music and musicians of the mountains. The visitor center and museum are open May through October and admission is free. The site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which still thrives in the region. Concerts are also presented off-site throughout the year in partnership with other organizations. For more information about the Blue Ridge Music Center, visit BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org.
About the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation – The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the primary fundraising partner, 501(c)(3), for the Blue Ridge Parkway, providing support for initiatives along the 469-mile route, including historical and cultural preservation, environmental protection, visitor amenities, and education and outreach.
Their mission includes protecting cultural history and engaging the next generation of public land stewards. To improve the health of children and help them connect to the outdoors, the Foundation started the Kids in Parks program and opened its first TRACK Trail at the Asheville Visitor Center on the Parkway in 2009. Since 2013, the Foundation has funded music programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, which passes on the musical traditions of the region with bluegrass, old-time, Americana, and country blues performances.