Upcoming Events

September 22, 2023  

Savory September: Buon Appetito!

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Beegins with You Foundation, Burton & Co., Collinsville Printing Co., Diversified Trust, VisitMartinsville, Martinsville Eyecare, Draper Flowers & Gifts, Ameristaff, Third Bay, Hairston Funeral Home


Celebrate all things Italy at Savory September: Buon Appetito! Sample delicious food by local chefs, try your luck in the 50/50 raffle and enjoy live music by Jake Earles. 

Local chefs/dishes:

Julia and Blake Shumate Gluten and dairy-free tortellini skewers; Pizza, tiramisu; Limoncello aperitif
Ouss Sahar and Kerry Smith Pasta salad
Beverly Lyle and Jennifer Reis Italian meatballs and caprese salad; Negronis
Spencer Koger Olive oil cake
Susan Critz and Marty Gardner Gazpacho, fig and prosciutto pizza; Bellinis
Blanche Mahoney, Barbara Stanley and Esther Schilbe Calzone pinwheels; Sweet pea pesto on baguette; Antipasto skewers; Strawberry mousse
Anna Wheeler and Monique Holland Bite-sized eclairs; Espresso martinis
Laura Frazier, Christina Slate and Liz Harris Two varieties of Bruschetta; Limoncello spritzes
Holly and Robby Burton Tiramisu; Coffee Drink
Luke Pollom and Janet Ashby of King’s Grant Butternut squash ravioli with marsala cream sauce topped with crispy pancetta and toasted pumpkin seeds; Cannoli martinis

Buy Tickets:

50/50 Raffle Tickets

@ $ 20.00 ea. - Single 50/50 Raffle Ticket
@ $100.00 ea. - Book of Six 50/50 Raffle Tickets

October 3, 2023  

Pollinator Path Work Day

at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Join Piedmont Arts on its new Pollinator Path for a community work day. Your presence and time are greatly appreciated as the community works to sow, plant and grow together.

Dates and Times

  • March 28 • 4 – 6 pm
  • April 11 • 4 – 6 pm
  • April 22 • 10 am – 1 pm
  • May 6 • 10 am – 1 pm
  • June 6 • 4 – 6 pm
  • October 3 • 4 – 6 pm

Contact Lauren at lellis@piedmontarts.org to arrange a time for you, your club or organization to pitch in, or just drop by!

October 14, 2023  

Arts Festival

11:00AM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Shop for fine art and crafts by local artisans at the museum's inaugural outdoor art show.

  • Arts and crafts
  • Live music and performing arts
  • Face painting by Teen Arts Council
  • Food trucks

Call for vendors

Application deadline: July 31

Admission Free

October 26, 2023  

Mark Nizer: 4D

6:30PM at Martinsville High School Auditorium

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust and Charity League of Martinsville & Henry County

The only 3D live show in the world!

Imagine robots juggling glowing orbs, four lasers spinning at 1,000 rpm and dancing neon balls playing music creating a unique 3D world that changes with each note. Welcome to the spectacle that is Mark Nizer: 4D.

Nizer is the first ever performer to harness 3D technology for a live show. His original mix of outrageous comedy antics, masterful juggling, music and 3D technology are fun for the whole family.

Buy Tickets:

Mark Nizer: 4D - Thursday, October 26, 2023 - 6:30 PM

@ $ 20.00 ea. - General Admission
@ $ 5.00 ea. - Student (K-12) General Admission

November 3, 2023  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Olivia and Pres Garrett, Charlie Knighton, Blanche and Tom Mahoney, Kim and Jason Spratley, Kerry Y. Tillery and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Gallery talk at 6:15 pm. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments. Music by Ann Nichols.

  • Venus Inferred
  • Watercolors by Z.L. Feng

RSVP attendance here by October 30.

Admission Free

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November 9, 2023  

Elliot Engel: The Cold Genius of Robert Frost

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by King’s Grant

"With each spoken word, Dr. Engel brings literature and history to life. He is not only an academic, he is an artist.' — Stephen Chbosky, author of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and director/co-writer of the hit movie "WONDER."

Robert Frost is one the most beloved American poets of the twentieth century — despite having a notoriously difficult personality. In this lecture, Dr. Elliot Engel reveals a wealth of fascinating details concerning Frost's extraordinary life, which shaped both his art and his relationships with his family and fellow writers. Engel analyzes many of Frost’s best poems — most of them famous, but some undeservedly obscure — lavishing particular care and close reading on 'Stopping by Woods,' which is considered by many to be Frost’s most brilliant work.

Seated dinner begins at 6 pm. Talk begins at 7 pm.

Buy Tickets:

Elliot Engel: The Cold Genius of Robert Frost - Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 6:00 PM

@ $ 25.00 ea. - Dinner
@ $ 20.00 ea. - Lecture

November 30, 2023  

Christmas Tree Lighting

4:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Chip Wyatt - State Farm

Piedmont Arts will kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Art Garden Christmas tree. Enjoy holiday music by the Martinsville High School Jazz Band and the First Baptist Church Choir, Gale Buck: Storytelling Santa, snacks and crafts.

Just like the sculptures in the Art Garden, the Christmas tree will be a work of art. Created by Ian Hogg using more than 3,000 lights, the tree will be lit at sunset and brighten the Art Garden through New Year’s Day.

Admission Free

December 3, 2023  

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Spectacular

3:00PM at Martinsville High School Auditorium

The most highly anticipated holiday event of the season returns with an all-new matinee performance. There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with the music of the season delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. This year, David Stewart Wiley conducts the Holiday Pops with all the magical elements you have come to expect — high energy, familiar carols and lots of holiday warmth.

Altrusa will collect non-perishable food items for Grace Network in the lobby during the symphony's performance.

Event Schedule

1:30 pm Lobby and Box Office open
2 pm Auditorium opens
3 pm Concert begins

Buy Tickets:

Holiday Pops Spectacular - Sunday, December 3, 2023 - 3:00 PM

@ $ 30.00 ea. - Reserved Seating
@ $ 20.00 ea. - General Admission
@ $ 5.00 ea. - Student (K-12) General Admission

January 13, 2024  

From China to Appalachia

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

GRAMMY Award-winning American roots artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer join with Chinese classical hammered dulcimer player Chao Tian in a show that combines music from China to Appalachia and beyond. Instrumentation includes yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), gourd banjo, five-string banjo, ukulele, guitars, dumbek, cello-banjo and mandolin.

The group’s repertoire includes traditional Chinese and Appalachian music as well as contemporary and traditional music from around the world. Unusual combinations explore new arrangements to old music, such as “Dark Eyes.” Ukulele, yangqin and guitar create a new pallet for this Russian folk song turned jazz manouche tune. Cathy and Marcy join Chao in singing a Chinese lullaby, “Nani Wan” and Chao easily adds her love of American old-time music to fiddle tunes and songs.

Buy Tickets:

From China to Appalachia - Saturday, January 13, 2024 - 6:30 PM

@ $ 20.00 ea. - General Admission
@ $ 10.00 ea. - Student (K-12)

Jonathan Lee, Diana
January 26, 2024  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Gallery talk at 6:15 pm. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments. Live music.

  • Gee's Bend Quilters
  • Antiquity Second Hand: Jonathan Lee

RSVP attendance by January 22.

Admission Free

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October 12, 2023 - February 8, 2024  

Make Some Noise: After-hours Open Mic Series

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Grab the mic and express yourself through music, poetry, comedy or spoken word. Performers should sign up for a five-minute (max) spot upon arrival. Free to performers and audience. Cash bar.

Open mic emcees:

July 20 Natalie Hodge
October 12 Bryan Hancock
February 8 Monique Holland
May 9 Chase Young


Admission Free

February 10, 2024  

African American Read-In + Family Day

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

Take part in the museum’s annual celebration of African American artists, performers and writers with story time, crafts and a public read-aloud. Amy Stuart will lead a sing/play along with traditional instruments and history songs/games.

Held in conjunction with the National African American Read-In established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

February 15, 2024  

Art Talk with Suellen Coelho

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Suellen Coelho will discuss fashion and costume design. Coelho studied costume design in her home country of Brazil and holds an MFA in costume design from Louisiana State University, where she was also a teaching assistant. She joined the Hollins University theatre department in fall 2021 as an assistant professor teaching costume design and construction, stage makeup and props-related special topics courses in the theatre department.

Free with suggested donation of $20.



March 9, 2024  

Dancing for the Arts

4:00PM at Martinsville High School Auditorium

Piedmont Arts' fabulous fundraiser returns with a fresh slate of local celebrities dancing in support of the arts in Martinsville-Henry County. The contest features eight teams competing to win the most votes, the highest score from the judges and a set of gorgeous mirror ball trophies handcrafted by local artist Terry Mitchell.

How to Vote

Your votes ($1 = 1 vote) benefit your favorite teams and raise money to support Piedmont Arts programming in Martinsville-Henry County. Each team's final score is made up of a combination of your votes and the judges’ scores. The team with the highest final score wins the grand prize.

To double your votes ($1 = 2 votes) and make those dollars really count, you can apply your total donation toward a Piedmont Arts membership. A $40 minimum is required for this option.

Buy Tickets:

Dancing for the Arts - Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 4:00 PM

@ $ 30.00 ea. - Reserved Seating
@ $ 20.00 ea. - General Admission
@ $ 5.00 ea. - Student (K-12) General Admission

September 26, 2023 - April 16, 2024  

Foster Gallery Reception

4:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Piedmont Arts and Charity League Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County will host a reception for students with work on display in the Foster Gallery. Students, their families and friends are invited to attend. Light snacks provided. 

Exhibit Schedule:

On view Schools Reception
Sept. 1 – 29, 2023
  • Teachers
 Sept. 26 • 4 – 6 pm
Oct. 3 – 21, 2023
  • Albert Harris Elementary
  • Patrick Henry Elementary
Oct. 10, 2023 • 4 – 6 pm
Nov. 7 – 30, 2023
  • Meadow View Elementary
  • Mount Olivet Elementary
Nov. 28, 2023 • 4 – 6 pm
Dec. 5, 2023 – Jan. 31, 2024
(exhibits closed Jan. 16 – 26)
  • Bassett High School
  • Martinsville High School
  • Magna Vista High School

Jan. 9, 2024 • 4 – 6 pm

Feb. 1 – 28, 2024
  • Drewry Mason Elementary
  • GW Carver Elementary
  • Rich Acres Elementary
  • Carlisle Lower School

Feb. 20, 2024 • 4 – 6 pm

March 1 – 16, 2024
  • Laurel Park Middle School
  • FC Middle School
  • Martinsville Middle School
  • Carlisle Middle School

March 12, 2024 • 4 – 6 pm

April 2 – May 10, 2024
  • Sanville Elementary
  • Stanleytown Elementary
  • Axton Elementary
  • Campbell Court Elementary

April 16, 2024 • 4 – 6 pm

Admission Free

Ken Smith, Manco La Fortuna
March 29, 2024  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Gallery talk at 6:15 pm. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments. Live music.

  • Salvador Dali Etchings on loan from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Citizens and Soldiers: The Mostly World War II Paintings of Ken Smith

RSVP attendance by March 25.

Admission Free

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Lucian Simmons, vice chairman and worldwide head of Sotheby’s Restitution Department and senior specialist, Impressionist and Modern Art Department, Sotheby’s New York
April 11, 2024  

An Evening with Lucian Simmons

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Lucian Simmons is vice chairman and worldwide head of Sotheby’s Restitution Department and senior specialist, Impressionist and Modern Art Department, Sotheby’s New York.

Simmons works extensively with art collectors and their advisors throughout North America and Europe and has been involved in the sale of some of the most significant artworks to come to auction in recent years including Onement VI by Barnett Newman (sold for $43.8m in May 2013) and Bildnis Gertha Felsöványi by Gustav Klimt (sold for £24.8m in June 2015). Simmons has worked on restitution and provenance issues since 1997 and has been involved in the resolution of claims to art works worth in excess of $850 million.

Simmons has spoken widely on art market issues and in particular on the displacement of art during WWII. He has been interviewed on the subject on television and radio and has appeared in a number of film documentaries. He gives regular seminars at universities and law schools across North America and has given evidence to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport of the House of Commons, London, to the European Parliament, Brussels, and to the Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets.

Reception at 6:30 pm. Talk at 7 pm.

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April 20, 2024  

Earth Day Family Day

10:00AM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

Celebrate Earth Day at this fun Family Day for all ages. 

Admission Free

May 9, 2024  

Virginia Stage Company: Every Brilliant Thing

6:30PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

"[A] heart-wrenching, hilarious play…One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression—and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop." – THE GUARDIAN (2014 Edinburgh festival)

This powerful story is told from the perspective of a single performer. An immersive storytelling experience performed in the round that blends comedy, improv, and audience interaction to tell the story of someone growing up in the shadow of their mother's struggle with suicidal depression while learning to grapple with their own journey. Every Brilliant Thing provides a life-affirming jolt of humanism, reminding us that hope comes from the miracles of life’s minutiae. Seating will be “in the round” so that every seat is a great seat.

Buy Tickets:

Virginia Stage Company: Every Brilliant Thing - Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 6:30 PM

@ $ 20.00 ea. - General Admission

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