Upcoming Events

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 23, 2023  

Double Down for the Arts

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by VisitMartinsville, Martinsville Family Medicine, J. Peyton Moore, DDS, American National Bank, Martinsville Eyecare Center, King Kidz, American Elevator Company, Bassett Office Supply, Starling Avenue Cards and Comics, West Window Corp., Draper Flowers & Gifts

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

  • Casino Games
  • The Bob Peckman Jazz Band
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres + bar
  • Black tie optional

Buy Tickets:

Double Down for the Arts - Friday, June 23, 2023 - 7:00 PM

@ $ 75.00 ea. - General Admission

July 14, 2023  

Franks + Dranks

6:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Summer is heating up and it's the perfect time for a cook out. Luckily, Piedmont Arts has it covered with Franks + Dranks, a cook out-themed summer party.

  • Live music by Jake Earles
  • Hylton's Wood-cooking Grill
  • Cash bar

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.

Buy Tickets:

Franks + Dranks - Friday, July 14, 2023 - 6:00 PM

@ $ 20.00 ea. - General Admission

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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Joan Elliott, Comet, 2018, oil and graphite on canvas wrapped panel
August 11, 2023  

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.

  • Compulsory Measures

RSVP attendance by August 7.

Admission Free

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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 frontdesk@piedmontarts.org.

August 24, 2023  

Bus to Broadway: Wicked


"A Broadway Classic" - The New York Times

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.

Buy Tickets:

Bus to Broadway: Wicked - Thursday, August 24, 2023 - 5:00 PM

@ $130.00 ea. - Event Ticket
@ $ 10.00 ea. - Add (1) Boxed Dinner

September 22, 2023  

Savory September: The Spirit of Adventure

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Pack your bags for a travel-themed Savory September celebrating globe-hopping, bold cuisine and the spirit of adventure. Travel the world by jetting from table-to-table sampling food and drinks from a variety of countries and cultures.

  • Live music
  • Raffle prizes


October 14, 2023  

Artist Festival

11:00AM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Find fine art, crafts, jewelry and more at this first-annual outdoor art show in Piedmont Arts' Gravely-Lester Art Garden. Enjoy food and live music from 11 am – 4 pm.    

Admission Free

October 26, 2023  

Mark Nizer: 4D

7:00PM at Martinsville High School Auditorium

Put on your 3D glasses and experience the seemingly impossible become possible.

Four lasers being juggled at 1000 rpms, as the spinning laser beams dance just above your head; neon balls playing live music, creating a unique 3D world that changes with each note; two robots juggling glowing orbs–one live and one on video — yet both in 3D. 

Mark 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 technology elevate this show into an entirely new dimension in entertainment. 

Since winning the International Juggling Championship, Nizer’s wild exploits have landed him on thousands of notable stages around the world including The Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Improv, MTV, Walt Disney World, Comic Strip Live, and HBO’s "Just for Laughs."


November 3, 2023  

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.

  • Venus Inferred
  • Z.L. Feng

RSVP attendance by October 30.

Admission Free

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November 9, 2023  

Elliot Engel: The Cold Genius of Robert Frost

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

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.

"With each spoken word, Dr. Engel brings literature and history to life. He is not only an academic, he is an artist. For those unfamiliar with his work... you will learn a lot... and you will laugh a lot. And when you go to parties, you will seem a lot smarter than you actually are."

— Stephen Chbosky, author of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," screenwriter of the 2017 live movie version of "Beauty and the Beast," and director/co-writer of the hit movie "WONDER".

November 30, 2023  

Christmas Tree Lighting

4:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

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

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

January 13, 2024  

From China To Appalachia

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

GRAMMY Award winning American Roots artists Cathy Fink & 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.

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.

  • Antiquity Second Hand

RSVP attendance by January 22.

Admission Free

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July 20, 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 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.

February 15, 2024  

Art Talk with Suellen Coehlo

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Suellen Coelho holds a degree in clothing production from her home country of Brazil, with an emphasis on fashion and costume design. Coelho was costume designer in various Brazilian music and audiovisual performances and recently graduated with her M.F.A. in costume design at LSU where she was also the costume shop teaching assistant. She joined the theatre department in fall 2021. She is our resident costume designer and visiting assistant professor, and teaches costume design, costume construction, stage makeup, as well as costume/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.

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 Drawings 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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