To create more opportunities for local artists to showcase their work, Piedmont Arts has set its inaugural Arts Festival for Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden. This event is free and open to the public and will feature work by painters, craftspeople, and performing artists of all kinds. Food trucks will be set up in the Alliance Bee parking lot. In addition to artists and performers, the Teen Arts Council will be set up for face painting.
“Events like this are so exciting because they really bring everyone together,” says Lauren Ellis, Piedmont Arts’ program coordinator. “It’s a celebration of the creators of our area. Creating an opportunity for them to showcase their work in a beautiful environment has been so much fun and is already so rewarding.” Ellis is hoping to make this a part of the regular rotation of Piedmont Arts events. “The first step is to just make it happen,” she said. “Then you can build from there. Now what we need is for folks to come out and experience it!” She is grateful for the enthusiasm from the artists and performers, and hopes it will inspire the community to come out, participate, and enjoy a beautiful Fall day in Martinsville.
Arts and crafts vendors
Face painting by Teen Arts Council
11 am — Bill Charles
12 pm — Iowa Goatsinger
1 pm — Taye the Truth
2 pm — Technical Foul
3 pm — Harvest Blaque