The Montminy Gallery 2016 Season continues…

Now through November 6, 2016, We are the Music Makers!

The Montminy Art Gallery at the Walters Boone County Historical Museum in Nifong Park is proud to announce the opening of the We are the Music Makers! national photography exhibit sponsored by Commerce Bank.  

The exhibit, which coincides with the 10th Annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, will educate and engage viewers in the cultural history of Southern traditional music. We are the Music Makers! features photo 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 photographs 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.

Our Living Past: Platinum Portraits of Music Makers: For 35 years, photographer Tim Duffy has immortalized Southern musical heroes and the world in which they live. The 30 x 40 images in the exhibit were made with wet-plate collodion photography and printed with the platinum/palladium process. The exhibit also includes a hand-made and hand-painted guitar, fiddle and hand-painted stage costumes.

The Music Maker Relief Foundation is the organization behind this national touring exhibit. The Foundation preserves Southern Roots music by directly supporting senior artists in need, while documenting their music and sharing their talents with the world. Its Music Makers Blues Revue is the only musical act to appear in every years Roots N Blues Festival lineup in Columbia since the festivals inception.

This temporary traveling exhibit will run through November 6, 2016 in the Montminy, Columbia’s largest civic art gallery. Admission is always free and the gallery and museum are open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am – 4:30pm and Sundays, 12pm – 4:30pm.






Opening July 8, Unseen Columbia, the photographic art of Jon Luvelli, through August 21.

The Montminy is proud to present the work of street photographer Jon Luvelli. His portraits depict a slice of Columbia we don’t often see if ever. Thus, the exhibit title, Unseen Columbia. The faces are those of rebels, misfits, mavericks, tramps, hobos and runaways. Most of them are not particularly ready nor are they seeking a portrait photograph. Luvelli captures candid moments and honest profiles in such a way that the result is both illuminating and beautiful. Perhaps not beautiful in the typical use of the that word, but beautiful in both composition and the way he captures a moment of gritty reality. Indeed, charming, mid-size Midwestern college towns are not always what they seem to be on their surface.

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