Hickory – Celebrate traditional Southern gospel and blues muschorus1_cmykic during the closing weekend of Hickory Museum of Art’s (HMA) multimedia exhibition We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music with two performances at HMA on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, funded in part by City of Hickory Community Relations Council.

Enjoy an evening of gospel music presented by Morning Star First Baptist Church Music Ministry on Saturday, July 23 in HMA’s Coe Gallery. Hear five choirs perform “Reflection of the Evolution of Gospel Music in This Century.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m.

From 5:30 until 6 p.m., Theresa Gloster, whose artwork is part of the Music Makers exhibition, will demonstrate folk art painting. Hear from the self-taught artist about the importance of church in her life and art.

View the exhibit We Are the Music Makers in HMA’s Shuford Gallery during a reception with light refreshments at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. HMA’s Galleria Museum Shop wichorus2_cmykll also be open that evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, July 24, The Fried Melon Blues Band will perform traditional and contemporary blues from 2-3:30 p.m. in HMA’s Shuford Gallery. The Maiden, NC blues band features David Frye on drums and vocals, Brett Miller on guitar and vocals, Tim Rhyne on guitar, harmonica and vocals, and Stony Walker on bass and vocals. Singer, songwriter and musician Thomas Aaron Garlow will also perform with the band that afternoon. Admission is free and open to the public.

The weekend’s cultural events continue when Hickory International Council presents Folkmoot dancers from the Western North Carolina Folkmoot Festival in Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Performers from at least three different countries will demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HickoryInternationalCouncil.com.

About We Are the Music Makers

We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music is a multimedia exhibition of photographs, audio recordings and video from Tim Duffy, founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation. We Are the Music Makers features Southern Roots musicians active during 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.

The exhibition highlights questions of how poverty, geography and age have limited the exposure of these artists, leading to the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform have died out. We Are the Music Makers at HMA also features Southern contemporary folk art and regional art from the HMA’s collection. The exhibit closes after Sunday, July 24.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

Photos:  Middle & bottom chorus photos: Morning Star First Baptist Church Music Ministry presents a gospel music performance with five choirs at Hickory Museum of Art on Saturday, July 23, to celebrate the closing of the exhibition We Are the Music Makers! Preserving the Soul of America’s Music.

Top photo: Fried Melon Blues Band: Fried Melon Blues Band will play traditional and contemporary blues at Hickory Museum of Art on Sunday, July 24 to celebrate the closing of the exhibition We Are the Music Makers! Preserving the Soul of America’s Music.