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We Are the Music Makers!

– Preserving the Soul of America’s Music –

by the Music Maker Relief Foundation

*Co-presented by the Blue Ridge Music Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation*

Enjoy the opening reception at 5pm on Saturday, January 5th; as well as a talk with the Music Makers Relief Foundation on January 31st at 6:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

About the Music Maker Talk:

In conjunction with the “We Are The Music Makers” Exhibit at the Welborn Gallery in Yadkinville (January-February 2019), BRMC and Yadkin Arts will be hosting an Exhibit Talk with Music Maker Founder Tim Duffy on Thurs. Jan. 31st, 2019.This coincides not only with the current Exhibit, but with the Feb.1st release of the new Music Maker CD “Blue Muse” & the upcoming March 28th release of the book of Tim Duffy photographs, both celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Music Maker Relief Foundation.


Tim Duffy, Founder and Executive Director of Music Maker Relief Foundation will join Music Center Program Director Richard Emmett for a conversation about the “We Are The Music Makers” Exhibit currently on display (through February) in the Welborn Gallery at The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center on Thursday, January 31st at 6:30 PM.


They will talk about Tim’s inspiration for starting the Music Maker Relief Foundation, his and 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  • Two previously unpublished stories from American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar will see the light of day for the first time in February 2019 as part of Tales of the Music Makers, a new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



About the Exhibit:

We are the Music Makers! will educate and engage viewers in the cultural history of Southern traditional music. We are the Music Makers will feature photo and audio documentation of Southern Roots musicians active in the past 20 years, all photographed and recorded by Tim Duffy in his quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it. The multi-media materials will highlight questions of how poverty, geography and age have limited the exposure of these artists, causing the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform have “died out.”

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.

(On display in the Welborn Gallery through February 2019)


***This exhibit is running in conjunction with the “Sounds of the Mountains” concert series (a collaborative partnership between the Yadkin Arts Council and Blue Ridge Music Center). The concerts will take place each Saturday evening in January 2019. These concerts feature blues, bluegrass, country, folk and Americana artists Dom Flemons, Kelsey Waldon, Front Country, and Fireside Collective.***

History of the Welborn Gallery

The Welborn Gallery was named after Marion and Jewell Welborn of Boonville for the generous lead gift they made to the Center’s capital campaign.

The Welborns gifted the final funds needed to close the campaign and make it possible for the Yadkin Arts Council to open the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center.

About The Gallery

Our Welborn Gallery warmly greets every visitor to the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center as soon as you walk in the building. Our Welborn Gallery is designed to expose residents and visitors to continual and varied 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces of art. You can always find something to inspire and challenge you with every visit.

Guidelines For The Welborn Gallery

For questions about submitting artwork to exhibit in our gallery please email Visit our Welborn Gallery today for a transformative and insightful experience every time.