Previous Events

October 3, 2023  

Pollinator Path Work Day

12:00AM 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 to arrange a time for you, your club or organization to pitch in, or just drop by!

September 26, 2023  

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

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

August 24, 2023  

Canceled – Bus to Broadway: Wicked


So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”

The Bus to Broadway leaves Piedmont Arts at 5 pm for a 7:30 pm at Durham Performing Arts Center. A boxed dinner is available for purchase in advance. Guests may brink snacks to enjoy on the bus.

Bus to Broadway: Wicked has been canceled.

August 23, 2023  

Growth + Restoration Campaign Donor Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Donors to Piedmont Arts' Growth + Restoration Campaign are invited to attend a special reception honoring their contribution.

  • Unveiling of Gallery of Giving
  • Music
  • Refreshments

RSVP by August 18, 2023 to 276.632.3221 or

RENI GOWER, Pivot.27, 2018, acrylic on paper mounted on canvas-wrapped panel
August 11, 2023  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Liz and Doug Goldstein, Annette and Paul Huckfeldt, Susan and David Morris, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley 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. Live music by Spencer Koger.

  • Compulsory Measures
  • Photographs by Rick Dawson

RSVP attendance here by August 7.

Admission Free

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July 29, 2023  

Expressions Artwork Pick Up

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Artists with work on display in Expressions must pick up their work on the designated date. Piedmont Arts will not assume responsibility for artwork that is left in the gallery after the designated pickup date. Any artwork (including that which has been purchased) will be resold, donated or otherwise removed from the premises if unclaimed after 30 days. All work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. For more, see the Expressions entry rules below.

Pick Up Date
Saturday, July 29, 2023
10 am – 1 pm
Piedmont Arts

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July 20, 2023  

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

July 14, 2023  

Franks + Dranks

6:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Beegins With You Foundation

Summer is heating up and it's the perfect time for a cookout. Enjoy hot dogs and fixings from Hylton’s Wood-Cooking Grill, a cash bar and live music by Jake Earles. 

Earles is a singer and guitar player from Axton, Va. He spent 20 years living in Nashville, Tn. — playing everywhere from honky tonks to the Grand Ole Opry — and has toured the country with acts like Tim McGraw. Earles brings a mix of country, Americana, folk and soul to the stage.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. No outside franks or dranks. In case of rain, Franks + Dranks will be held at Piedmont Arts.

June 23, 2023  

Double Down for the Arts

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Online ticket sales end at noon on June 23. Tickets available at the door.

Sponsored by VisitMartinsville, Service Roofing, J Peyton Moore DDS, Laurel Park Community Booster Club, Martinsville Family Medicine, American Elevator Company, Bassett Office Supply, Draper Flowers & Gifts, Martinsville Eyecare Center, Starling Ave Cards & Comics

Have a blast supporting the arts in Martinsville-Henry County at this fun "casino night" fundraiser for Piedmont Arts.

  • Try your luck at the blackjack, poker and roulette tables.
  • Play the Heads or Tails 50/50 Game for a chance to win a cash prize.
  • Dance the night away to the smooth sounds of the Bob Peckman Jazz Band.
  • Sample a full menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts.
  • Complimentary bar with beer, wine and a specialty cocktail, the Casino Royale.
  • Black tie optional.

Play Heads or Tails to win big at Double Down for the Arts!

  • Purchase a blinky light or lights (more lights = more chances to win).
  • Compete to guess whether a coin flip will result in heads (put hands on head) or tails (put hands on tail).
  • Winner splits the proceeds 50/50 with Piedmont Arts.

Blinky lights ($20 each) available during event

June 11, 2023  

Music in the Art Garden

2:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Enjoy classical music in the Art Garden with a performance by The Alma Ensemble. Bring a lawn chair of blanket for seating.

The Alma Ensemble was founded by flutist Sarah Wardle Jones, clarinetist Michelle Smith Johnson and pianist Erica Sipes. It was birthed from a desire to create music that is empowering and resonant. The group places a high priority on playing music by other women composers, and is named in recognition of Alma Mahler, a composer who never received the opportunities afforded to the male composers with whom she was romantically linked. Alma also means “nourishment” or “soul” which is something the ensemble endeavors to bring to every performance.

Piedmont Arts will also host a ribbon cutting for its new Pollinator Path prior to the performance. 

Admission Free

June 2, 2023  

Exhibit Opening Reception

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Reception sponsored by King's Grant • Best in Show sponsored by Virginia Glass & Mirror

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. Awards ceremony at 6:30 pm.

RSVP attendance here by May 30.

Admission Free

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May 20, 2023  

Expressions Artwork Entry

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Entry is open to all artists living within a 100-mile radius of Martinsville, Virginia (check your location here). Artwork submitted for entry must have been completed within the last three years. Work previously exhibited in Expressions is not eligible. Up to two pieces of art may be submitted per artist. Unlike a juried exhibition, Expressions is open-entry, and all submitted works in compliance with the entry rules are accepted.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in seven categories, as well as purchase awards, the Lynwood Artists Award and Best In Show. 

Entry Date
Saturday, May 20, 2023
10 am – 1 pm
Piedmont Arts

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May 10, 2023  

21st Annual Clyde Hooker Awards

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Piedmont Arts will honor Natalie Hodge and Draper Flowers & Gifts for their support of the arts at the 21st annual Clyde Hooker Awards.

The museum will also recognize Arts in Education Award recipients Brian Lane (English, Martinsville High School) and Sarah Shelton Martin (music, Henry County Public Schools), and the recipients of the Nicodemus Hufford and Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarships.

Ceremony begins promptly at 5:30 pm with a reception to follow. In lieu of an admission cost, please consider making a donation to the Piedmont Arts Scholarship Fund here.

RSVP attendance by Monday, May 8. 


The Clyde Hooker Award was established in 2003 by the Piedmont Arts Board of Directors to recognize businesses and individuals that are involved in and support Piedmont Arts and other arts and cultural organizations in Martinsville-Henry County. The award is named in honor of J. Clyde Hooker Jr. for his support of the arts.


April 22, 2023  

Earth Day Family Day

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Sovah Health and Carter Bank & Trust

Piedmont Arts’ Earth Day celebration is moving indoors due to inclement weather. Enjoy free family fun for all ages at the museum this Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. 

  • 10:30 am: Screening of The Lorax (1972) in Hooker-Garrett Gallery

  • 12 pm: Story time with Blue Ridge Regional Library in Hooker-Garrett Gallery

  • 10 am – 1 pm:

    Truffula Tree puffy painting – Discovery Room

    Flower Suncatchers – Classroom

    Wildflower seed balls – Classroom

    Snack by Food Lion – Main lobby

    Gallery scavenger hunt – Independent activity

Admission Free

March 31, 2023  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Paige and Jay Frith, Tracie Heavner and Jim Frith, Pete Mannen and Jennifer Reis, Barbara and Guy Stanley and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served.

RSVP attendance here by March 28.

Admission Free

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March 16, 2023  

Riddick Dance

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Riddick Dance is a contemporary African American dance company featuring a broad repertory, expressive movement and a fusion of dance styles.

Riddick will perform three pieces: Limerick of Our Souls, a dance-theater assortment including love stories, poems, and speeches; ONE, a mixed media piece dealing with love, loss, forgiveness, and conflict resolution through the enlightening, meditative music of Alice Coltrane; and The King Project, improvisational dance theater laced in visual projections based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches, "I Have a Dream" and "I’ve Been to the Mountain Top," and his "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

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

March 10, 2023  

Clyde Hooker Award Nominations Due


Piedmont Arts is seeking nominations for the 2023 Clyde Hooker Award.

Nominees should be businesses or individuals that are involved in and support Piedmont Arts and other arts and cultural organizations in Martinsville-Henry County. 

The Clyde Hooker Award was established in 2003 and is named in honor of J. Clyde Hooker, Jr. for his generous support of the arts.

To nominate a business or individual, submit a nomination form by Friday, March 10, 2023. 

Nomination Form

February 25, 2023  

African American Read-In + Family Day

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Sovah Health and 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.

Admission Free

TIMOTHY DUFFY, Freeman Vines, Hanging Tree Guitars #2, Freeman and his guitars in the tobacco field outside his home, 2015
January 27, 2023  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Delta Omega Chapter Sorority, Sharon and Bob Bushnell, Ashley and Ronnie Fultz, Olivia and Pres Garrett, Harold Jones, Karyna Jones, Susan and John Kellett-Forsyth, Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Gallery talk with Music Maker founders Denise and Timothy Duffy at 6:15, followed by the unveiling of a never-before-seen work by Rupe Dalton. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments. Music by Ann Nichols.

  • Freeman Vines | Hanging Tree Guitars
  • Rupe Dalton Retrospective
  • Photographs by Rocky Wall
  • The World Beside the Rails | Robert Wright Forsyth IV

RSVP attendance here by January 24.

Admission Free

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December 4, 2022  

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Spectacular

3:00PM at Martinsville High School Auditorium

This performance is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

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 and guest soprano Janinah Burnett. 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

Online ticket sales will end Dec. 2 at 5 pm. Tickets will be available at Piedmont Arts and at the box office prior to the performance.

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December 1, 2022  

Christmas Tree Lighting

4:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by State Farm - Chip Wyatt, Press Glass

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, hot chocolate 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

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November 17, 2022  

A Beautifully Broken Virginia: Art Talk with John Plashal

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by King's Grant

Experience a unique photographic journey through the beautifully decaying rural places within our state. Photographer John Plashal has commemorated these abandoned gems by capturing their beauty and delivering them in a presentation full of powerful imagery and emotional stories. Experience the unseen side of Virginia through photographs of houses, churches, schools, asylums, diners and secret societies that have been frozen in time.

Reception at 6:30 pm. Talk at 7 pm. $20 suggested donation.

A Beautifully Broken Virginia is part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Statewide Programs.

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Carol Monti, Sundance
November 4, 2022  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Bunco Babes, Nancy Baker, Susan Critz, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Sandra Ford, Olivia and Pres Garrett, Libby Kormos, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, John and Deborah Schupp, Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits.

  • The Art of the Quilt
  • Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild
  • A Stitch in Time: Cross Stitch by Marilyn Vaughn

Gallery talk with The Art of the Quilt co-curators Linda M. Fiedler and Betty Blessin at 6:15 pm. Music by Ann Nichols. Complimentary wine and light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

RSVP here by November 1, 2022.


Admission Free

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Margaret Hancock
October 19, 2022  

VCA Meet and Greet

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

You are invited to a meet and greet event with the Virginia Commission for the Arts! Please join us as the VCA’s Executive Director Margaret Hancock and VCA grantees from within the region gather for networking and conversation.

Admission Free

October 14, 2022  

Blues, Brews & Stews

6:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Burton & Company, Diversified Trust

Celebrate all things fall at Blues, Brews & Stews. Stay toasty by the fire pit while enjoying Brunswick stew, a cash bar with craft beer and wine and live music by Griffin Haley Band. Meal of Brunkswich stew included in ticket price.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. No outside food or drinks. In case of rain, Blues, Brews & Stews will be held at Piedmont Arts.

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September 29, 2022  

Traumedy: A Poetry and Comedy Performance by Roscoe Burnems

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Parental Advisory (recommended for ages 18+)

Roscoe Burnems' groundbreaking performance combines funny stories, jokes and sarcasm into prolific spoken word poems. His dynamic performance uses comedy and poetry to discuss trauma, resilience and the human experience.

Burnems — also known as Douglas Powell — is an author, spoken-word artist, educator and the first poet laureate of Richmond, Va. His performances have been seen everywhere from coffee shops to universities to theaters. In 2019, he added a TEDx Talk to his list of accomplishments, speaking at a TEDxYouth event.

Poetry Open Mic (6 – 7 pm)

Poetry open mic, DJWhat?! and light refreshments prior to performance. Open mic participants get 1/2 price tickets ($10). Call 276.632.3221 or email to sign up. Advanced registration required.


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September 9, 2022  

Savory September: The Art of Tailgating

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets available at Piedmont Arts.

Sponsored by VisitMartinsville, Alliancebee, Collinsville Printing Co., Stateline Heart and Vascular, King Kidz, SouthPrint, Ameristaff, Dr. David & Dr. Susan Morris, Olivia & Pres Garrett, Draper Flowers & Gifts, TAD Space, Rooster Walk, Bassett Furniture

Bring your crew and all your wacky tailgating traditions for a night of friendly rivalries, great food and ice cold refreshments. Food and custom cocktails by local chefs. Live music by Jake Earles. Ticket price includes food and drinks. Proceeds support Piedmont Arts programming in Martinsville-Henry County.

Chefs and Dishes

Beth Marshall and Brian Stanley Asian slaw with roasted chickpeas, balsamic pasta salad
Meritha and George Alderman Salsa, corn salsa, guacamole, cheesy chicken enchilada dip
Lucy Coleman and Shane Pinkston Deviled eggs
Chef D. Wilson TBD
Susan Critz and Will Gravely Meatballs, cucumber sandwiches, cheese straws
Pam Allen and Heidi Pinkston Pound cake, peanut clusters, Baby Ruth dessert bars
Chef Luke Pollom (King's Grant) Smoky shrimp and grits
Ouss Sahhar Chili
Frankie Smith and Aaron Rawls Lettuce Wraps
Gordan Pannill Italian, turkey club and roast beef subs
Emmanuel Deloera and Larry Luck (Manny's Restaurant) Chips and salsa, pico de gallo, taquitos, cabbage and collards

Savory September Raffle

Raffle tickets are $10 each or $50 for a book of six. Raffle tickets are available at Piedmont Arts and from Piedmont Arts Board members. Winners will be drawn during Savory September. Winners do not have to be present to win.

Raffle Prizes:

  • (4) Tickets and (1) parking pass to Virginia Tech vs. Wofford football game, September 17, 2022
  • (2) Tickets on the 50 yard line and (1) parking pass to NC State vs. Texas Tech, September 17, 2022; Includes hotel (1 night, Embassy Suites, Harrison Ave, Cary, NC, 3 miles from Carter Finley Stadium)
  • (2) Four-day general admission tickets to Rooster Walk 13, May 25 – 28, 2023
  • (1) Free rental at the TAD Space
  • (1) Lounge chair and cushion set from Bassett Furniture
  • (1) Three-section bookcase from Bassett Furniture
  • (1) Tailgating prize package from Piedmont Arts

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August 13, 2022  

Purrrfect Art Family Day

9:00AM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Sovah Health and Carter Bank & Trust

Have a bark-tastic time with Piedmont Arts and SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County at Purrrfect Art Family Day.

Adoption Event:

  • SPCA will host an adoption event for animals looking for their forever homes

Food Truck:

  • Curly’s Good ol’ Eatin’ (11 am – 1 pm)


  • Bounce house from King Kidz
  • Face Painting by Teen Arts Council
  • Children's concerts by Pirates of the Piedmont
  • Zumbini: Tiny Tot Tamers, LLC
  • Critter-themed storytelling with Gale Buck
  • "Manners Matter" by Pam Cobbler children's book kick-off and story time

Support the SPCA:

  • Bring a donation: Bleach, Dawn dish soap, paper towels, gloves (medium and XL), cat litter, pate canned cat food
  • Bring an old t-shirt to turn into a dog toy for your dog or to donate

Admission Free

August 12, 2022  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Toy and Joe Cobbe, Jo and Don Grayson, Nancy and Henry Moore, Barbara and Andy Parker, Barbara and Guy Stanley, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Artist talk at 6:15 pm with walk-and-talk by Virginia Derryberry. Music by Spencer Koger. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. 

Admission Free

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