We Are The Music Makers!
Now Open

We Are the Music Makers will educate and engage guests in the cultural history of traditional Southern music. For 35 years, photographer Tim Duffy has forged a unique vision immortalizing Southern musical heroes and the world in which they live through portrait photography. This compelling collection of images was made with the wet-plate collodion process, and platinum/palladium printing. 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 Duffy in his quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it. This multi-media exhibit 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 was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians, ensuring their voices will not be silenced. Music Maker assists artists directly with emergency aid and career support while giving future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of America’s musical traditions.


Docent Tours
Saturdays | 2–4pm | beginning July 20
Street Photography Workshop with Cara Taylor
Tuesday, August 6 | 4–7pm
“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.” Henri Cartier-Bresson on “The Decisive Moment”

Photography, namely street photography rests on what the famed 20th century photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson described as “the decisive moment;” when all things converge exactly right to create a photograph both rich in composition, and content. In this evening workshop participants will dive into the world of street photography, beginning with an overview of cameras for any beginning photographers, and a short discussion of the history of street photography. For the majority of the workshop however, participants will take to the streets of Charleston and practice making photographs with the help and critique of the instructor.

Students are required to bring their own digital camera, DSLR camera preferred, but point and shoot cameras would also work. Some experience taking photographs is recommended, but not required.

Music Maker Lecture and Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 3 | 5:30–7:30pm in the Caperton Planetarium & Theater
Led by curator Jessica O’Hearn, Music Maker Foundation founder Tim Duffy will be joined by local non profit leaders to discuss the correlation between the arts and homelessness nationally and in Charleston; providing information regarding how the Music Makers Foundation has assisted many musicians to forge a path to success. This event is free and open to the public, pre-registration is not required.

Performance Series

Saturday, August 3 – International Blues Day
Live music throughout the Center from 11 am–4pm
Sunday, September 22 – Sister Lena Mae Perry
Live music & storytelling, free with museum admission – 2 pm
Sister Lena Mae Perry naturally shares stories as introductions to her songs.
A more expanded storytelling should be reserved for a smaller group with an approach that is more interactive. If the performance is branded a storytelling and music performance with opportunities for crowd participation, I think that would be great. Just want to make sure people know what they are getting. She is totally up for whichever way you choose to present this program and happy to work together to make it great.

Thank you to Huntington Banks, the Elliott Family Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the Charles and Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation for their support of this exhibition.

Open Saturday, August 3

We are excited to welcome local artist Christybomb to showcase her exhibition, Haneul in the Juliet Art Museum! In this exhibit, Christybomb will transform the gallery into a fantasy, dream-like wonderland inspired by her late father, “Flying Tiger,” her biggest champion in life. This heavenly sanctuary —full of joy and sparkles — is reminiscent of the way Christybomb always felt in the safety of her father’s arms. The sparkles in her artwork represent his smile, but more importantly the magical twinkle felt between father and daughter.

This experiential and interactive exhibition invites the viewer into a whimsical, heavenly and seemingly floating space to evoke deep, ethereal and often fleeting emotions such as holding a child for the first time, Christmas morning, or a first kiss. Throughout Haneul, guests are invited to join Christybomb for a series of interactive workshops and to contribute to the exhibition.


Origami Workshop | Saturday, August 3 | 12–2pm
Participants will learn origami that can be taken home or contributed to the exhibit already on display. This event is free and open to the public with museum admission.
Opening Reception | Thursday, August 15 | 7:30–9:30pm
Meet the artist and learn more about Haneul at the opening reception during August’s Art After Dark! This event is free and open to the public.
Origami Mobile Workshop | Saturday, September 7 | 12– 2pm
Students will be guided in the creation of their own origami mobile, mimicking Christy’s work on display in Haneul. This event requires pre-registration and participants will incur a fee.
Gallery Talk with Christybomb |Thursday, September 26 | 6pm
Join Christybomb in the Juliet Art Museum as she discusses her work in Haneul, describing her process from idea to exhibition. This event is free and open to the public.