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November 11, 2021  

Sold Out – Brown v. Board of Education: Over 50 Years Later

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sold Out

Sponsored by Tau Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Martinsville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

In the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregation was unconstitutional, overthrowing Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which set the “separate but equal” precedent. In this one-man play, Mike Wiley recounts the effects of the decision on the families who participated in the original court case, the impact of the ruling on school systems at the time and the challenges still being made today.

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

A Note About COVID-19: This performance involves audience participation. As a precaution, per the artist’s request, the first few rows will be reserved for vaccinated patrons. Please be sure to bring proof of vaccination if you plan to sit in this section. Only masks are required for general admission and seating.


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November 11, 2021  

Foster Gallery Reception

4:00PM at Piedmont Arts

An exhibit of artwork by local elementary school students will be on display in the Foster Gallery through December 3, 2021. The exhibit features work by students in grades K–5 who attend Carver, Meadow View and Patrick Henry elementary schools.

Charity League of Martinsville-Henry County and Piedmont Arts will host a reception for students who have work on display and their families on Thursday, November 11 from 4 – 5:30 pm at Piedmont Arts. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

For more than 25 years, Piedmont Arts’ Foster Gallery has been generously curated by Charity League. Piedmont Arts and Charity League believe that fostering an early exposure to the arts is critical for a well-rounded educational experience.

Admission Free

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October 22, 2021  

Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Jill and Jay Dickens, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley, King's Grant, Books and Crannies and Lynwood Artists

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

RSVP here by October 19, 2021. 

Admission Free

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October 7, 2021  

Latin Ballet of Virginia: Verde

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by King’s Grant. This performance is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Limited tickets. Call 276.632.3221 for availability.

Inspired by the exhibit, Leaves of the Tree, the performance will take place in the museum's galleries where the dancers and audience will be surrounded by falling leaves and a towering tree created by artists Charlie Brouwer and Jennifer L. Hand. The powerful performance brings the vivid forces of earth, water, fire, wind, flora and fauna to life and echos a plea through the universal language of dance for an end to the abuse of our planet, La Madre Tierra (Mother Earth).

Founded in 1997 in Richmond, Virginia under the direction of Ana Ines King, a native of Colombia, Latin Ballet of Virginia combines technical excellence with a soulful depth of emotion and an unwavering commitment to education, diversity and accessibility. From the passionate fury of flamenco to tango’s forbidden heat, the polished elegance of classical ballet to the earthen power of modern dance, the Latin Ballet of Virginia uses the expressive beauty of movement to weave the tales and traditions that are the heart and soul of Hispanic culture.

Reception at 6:30 pm. Performance at 7 pm. Due to the immersive nature of the performance, a limited number of tickets will be sold.


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October 1, 2021  

Blues, Brews + Stews

6:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Burton & Company, Martinsville Eyecare

Enjoy live music by T.C. Carter Band and a meal of Brunswick stew, cornbread, banana pudding and water or tea from Hylton's Wood-Cooking Grill, all included in the ticket price. Beer and wine will be available at the cash bar.

From the time he was four years old in the hills of Patrick County, rhythm, blues and a whole lot of soul have been running through T.C. Carter's veins. A guitar prodigy at a young age, Carter teamed up with friends and family to form a blues band full of grit and soul. With Antwan Glenn on drums, Brandon Penn on bass guitar and Chelsey Carter singing vocals, T.C. Carter Band’s music feeds the soul and spreads good vibes.

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 10, 2021  

Savory September: A Stroll Down Starling

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by VisitMartinsville, Lawrence Distributing, SouthPrint, Inc., Angler's Choice, Collinsville Printing Co., One Starling, Third Bay, Page and Ben Beeler, Margee and Leon Gunter, Draper Flowers & Gifts

Celebrate the museum's 60th anniversary at this progressive dinner on Martinsville's "museum mile." The event will take place at One Starling and Piedmont Arts.

Piedmont Arts and One Starling were once the private homes of brothers Michael and Nicholas Schottland, founders of Virginia Mirror Company. Today, Piedmont Arts is a world-class art museum and One Starling is a fully-renovated bed and breakfast. Each location will feature live music, food and cocktails. 

Event Schedule

6:30 – 8 pm 7:30 – 10 pm
One Starling Piedmont Arts
1 Starling Ave 215 Starling Ave
Classical guitar by Larry Wilburn Oldies, beach music by Neal & Russell
 Appetizers and cocktails by local chefs: Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and cocktails by local chefs:
• Lucy Coleman and Donna McGarry
• Brian Stanley, Brittany Price and Sarah Short
• Julie Wells and Phil Garrett • Robby Burton and Billy Kirby
• Holly Burton and Sarah Hodges • Connie and Elliot Stone
  • Janet Ashby and Bob Tuggle
  • Ashley Cuozzi
  • Beth Johnson and Flora Diehl
  • Pam Allen

Raffle Prizes

  • Queen-size quilt by Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild
  • Dinner for four at Third Bay
  • Two paintings by Wanda Prillaman
  • Two tickets to Bus to Broadway: Hamilton
  • Rental at One Starling

Raffle tickets are $10 each or $50 for 6. Available at Piedmont Arts.

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August 28, 2021  

60th Anniversary Family Day

10:00AM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Harvest Youth Board, Carter Bank & Trust, VisitMartinsville, The Lester Group, Sovah, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Service Roofing & Sheet Metal, Martinsville Eyecare, Virginia Mirror Co., Third Bay Cafe, ValleyStar, Whitescarver Engineering, Fidelity Bank, American National Bank & Trust, Richard and Pat Galos, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, Dr. Edward Snyder, Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Blue Ridge Bank, Eliza Walmsley, Laurel Park Community Boosters, Quirk Design Build

Enjoy crafts, games, magic workshops and a performance by acrobat/juggler/magician Gypsy Geoff Marsh. Gypsy Geoff has performed his unique circus stunts and zany marionette puppet shows at schools, family festivals and Renaissance fairs all over the world. Blue Ridge Regional Library will lead a craft and story time and Hylton’s Woodcooking Grill and Lickin’ Lizard Ice Cream will provide free refreshments compliments of the Harvest Youth Board.

Timed activities:

  • 10 am – 12 pm
Craft and story time with Blue Ridge Regional Library
  • 11 am – 2 pm
Free food from Hylton’s Woodcooking Grill and Lickin’ Lizard Ice Cream
  • 11:30 am
Magic workshop with Gypsy Geoff Marsh
  • 12:45 pm
Magic workshop with Gypsy Geoff Marsh
  • 2 pm
Performance by Gypsy Geoff Marsh

All-day activities:

  • Tie-dye a Piedmont Arts t-shirt (while supplies last) or bring your own white t-shirt
  • Rock painting
  • Make a pinwheel
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Art goody-bags
  • Hoola hoops, bubbles and other games

Admission Free

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Garment for Remembering the Earth (detail), Jennifer L. Hand
July 30, 2021  

Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Lucy and Sergio Amato, Janice and Kelly Cain, Karen and David Jones, Donna and Richard Lawhon, Debbie and Ben Lewis, Ally and Joe Leizer, Nancy and Rob Spilman 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. Music by Ann Nichols.

RSVP Required by July 27, 2021. 

RSVP Here

Admission Free

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July 17, 2021  

Artwork Pick Up - Expressions 2021

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Artists who have work on display in Expressions 2021 should pick up their work on Saturday, July 17 between 10 am – 2 pm. 

All work must remain on display at Piedmont Arts until July 17 and must be picked up that day during the designated time period. Piedmont Arts will not assume responsibility for artwork that is left in the gallery after 2 pm on the designated pickup date. For more, see the Expressions 2021 entry rules below.


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July 15, 2021  

Art at Happy Hour

5:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Enjoy happy hour with a self-guided tour of the museum's current exhibits. Complimentary drinks and light snacks provided by the Piedmont Arts Guild.

RSVP required by Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

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Admission Free

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July 9, 2021  

Franks + Dranks

6:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Autos by Nelson

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. Enjoy music by DJ What, yard games, beer and wine, and hot dogs and fixins by Hylton's Wood Cooking Grill. Guests will be treated to food and lemonade free of charge, but should bring cash for the bar and a lawn chair or blanket for seating. No outside franks or dranks allowed. In case of rain, Franks + Dranks will be held at Piedmont Arts.

Tickets available online until 4 pm. Tickets available at the gate beginning at 6 pm.


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June 29, 2021  

Clyde Hooker Awards

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Piedmont Arts will honor Joyce Staples and Prillaman Landscape Dimensions, Inc. at the 19th annual Clyde Hooker Awards.

The museum will also recognize Arts in Education Award recipient Brian Stanley and the recipients of the Nicodemus Hufford and Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarships.

The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy a reception with light refreshments following the ceremony. In lieu of an admission cost, please consider making a donation to the Piedmont Arts Scholarship Fund here.

RSVP required by Friday, June 25, 2021. 

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Admission Free

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June 22, 2021  

60th Anniversary Luncheon

12:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Limited tickets. Call 276.632.3221 for availability.

Sponsored by VisitMartinsville, The Lester Group, Sovah, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Service Roofing & Sheet Metal, Martinsville Eyecare, Virginia Mirror Co., Third Bay Cafe, ValleyStar, Whitescarver Engineering, Fidelity Bank, American National Bank & Trust, Richard and Pat Galos, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, Dr. Edward Snyder, Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Blue Ridge Bank, Eliza Walmsley, Laurel Park Community Boosters, Quirk Design Build

Celebrate the museum's 60th anniversary at this catered luncheon. The event will feature speakers on the history and progress of Piedmont Arts, including former Executive Director Toy Cobbe and Julie Ascough Work, granddaughter of "Big Mike" and Purnell Schottland, whose heirs donated their former home to Piedmont Arts.

 


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June 11, 2021  

60th Anniversary Jubilee

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by VisitMartinsville, The Lester Group, Sovah, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Service Roofing & Sheet Metal, Martinsville Eyecare, Virginia Mirror Co., Third Bay Cafe, ValleyStar, Whitescarver Engineering, Fidelity Bank, American National Bank & Trust, Richard and Pat Galos, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, Dr. Edward Snyder, Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Blue Ridge Bank, Eliza Walmsley, Laurel Park Community Boosters, Quirk Design Build

Join Piedmont Arts for a semi-formal gala celebrating the museum's 60th anniversary.

Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar with beer, wine and the event's signature cocktail, the White Diamond. The evening will be accented with live music, including piano and violin in the galleries, and the blues/rock of Slick Jr. and the Reactors on the patio.

Semi-formal attire suggested. 

 

 


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May 21, 2021  

Opening Reception + Awards Ceremony

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by King's Grant

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

Social distancing and masks required. Limited Capacity. RSVP Required by May 18, 2021. 

This event has reached capacity. To be added to the waiting list, call 276.632.3221. 

Admission Free

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May 8, 2021  

Artwork Entry for Expressions 2021

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Presented by Lynwood Artists + Piedmont Arts • Opening Reception Sponsored by King's Grant • Best in Show Sponsored by Virginia Glass & Mirror

Expressions entries will be accepted on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 10 am – 2 pm 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. This year’s exhibition will be judged by Amanda Honore Donley, owner of Rose Window Studio in Woolwine, Virginia.

Entry Date

Saturday, May 8, 2021
10 am – 2 pm
Piedmont Arts

To enter work, read the Expressions entry rules and complete and entry form below.


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Former Education Coordinator Becki Williams Vasquez with 2019 scholarship recipients Caitlyn Kidd, Anna Hatchett and Breanna Ferguson.
May 3, 2021  

Scholarship Applications Due

Piedmont Arts is accepting applications for the Nicodemus Hufford Memorial Arts Scholarship and the Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Scholarship, which provide funds for students from Martinsville or Henry County to pursue an degree in the visual or performing arts at an accredited four-year institution.

The Hufford Scholarship — named in honor of famed portrait artist Nick Hufford — is available to graduating high school seniors from Martinsville or Henry County who plan to pursue a degree in the visual or performing arts. Hufford scholarships of up to $1,000 are available. 

The Work Scholarship is available to rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors who graduated from a high school in Martinsville or Henry County and are currently pursuing a degree in the visual or performing arts at an accredited four-year institution. Work scholarships of up to $2,500 are available. 

Applicants for both scholarships are required to attend a personal interview and audition with the Piedmont Arts Scholarship Committee. Applications are due at Piedmont Arts by Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5 pm.

Applications are available at the museum and online here.

For questions, contact Education Coordinator Sarah Short at sshort@piedmontarts.org.


April 29, 2021  

Art at Happy Hour

5:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Enjoy happy hour with a self-guided tour of the museum's current exhibits. Complimentary drinks and light snacks provided by the Piedmont Arts Guild.

Social distancing and masks required. Limited capacity. RSVP required by Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

RSVP Here

Admission Free

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April 29, 2021  

Canceled – Virginia Opera

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

The performance by Virginia Opera, scheduled for Thursday, April 29, has been canceled.


April 24, 2021  

Recycled Art Family Day

11:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

Celebrate Earth Day at this free Family Day for all ages. Create bird feeders using recycled materials and enjoy story time with Blue Ridge Regional Library. Extend the fun with a self-guided tour of the galleries. Kids can follow along with a Discovery Guide and find take-home crafts on the Discovery Board. Complimentary refreshments provided.

It's also International Sculpture Day — the perfect day to spend time in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden, surrounded by sculptures created by local and regional artists.

Admission Free

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April 21, 2021  

Art + Flowers: Historic Garden Week Tour

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Hosted by the Martinsville Garden Club and the Garden Study Club

This April, visitors can tour inspired private landscapes, public gardens and historic sites across Virginia, enjoying our beautiful state at the peak of spring. Over 1,000 world-class floral arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members will enhance tour properties.

Martinsville's tour showcases the city's mulberry-lined streets—from one of its oldest properties to newer spaces—reflecting the growth and evolution of the community. The area’s earliest history was rooted in tobacco and lumber. Now, art and culture play an integral part in the revitalization of this former mill town. All of the showcased destinations branch off of Mulberry Road.

The Piedmont Arts galleries will showcase flower arrangements that complement works on display in American Watercolor Society 153rd Annual ExhibitionJane Iten Memorial Exhibition and Water Ladies. Arrangements will remain on display through Friday, April 23.

Admission to Piedmont Arts is free of charge. Other Historic Garden Week locations require a ticket for entry.

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April 2, 2021  

Clyde Hooker Award Nominations Due

Piedmont Arts is seeking nominations for the 2021 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. Award recipients will be honored at a special event in June.

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, April 2, 2021. 

Nomination Form

March 18, 2021  

Canceled – Alma Ensemble

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

The performance by Alma Ensemble, scheduled for Thursday, March 18, has been canceled. 


John Salminen, AWS, D.F., Yellow Awning. Winner of AWS Silver Medal of Honor.
March 12, 2021  

Opening Reception: American Watercolor Society

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Cece Johnson and Bob Davis, Sarah and Richard Franks, Marty Gardner, Paulina Joyce, Ruth and Dan Leeper, Stephanie and Caleb Moore, Susan and David Morris, Holly and Walt Rhea, Bunco Babes, Water Ladies 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.

Social distancing and masks required. Limited Capacity. RSVP Required by March 9, 2021.

RSVP Here

Admission Free

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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, 1935, printed January 1979, Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Gift of Andrea Gray Stillman. Photograph By Ansel Adams © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
February 26, 2021  

Closing Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Susan and Charles Aaron, Dr. Barry Dorsey, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Jo and Don Grayson, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

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

Social distancing and masks required. Limited Capacity. RSVP Required by February 23, 2021. 

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Admission Free

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February 20, 2021  

Virtual African American Read-In + Family Day

11:00AM at Online

Celebrating Black History Month

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

Led by Education Coordinator Sarah Short, this online-only event will highlight contributions by African American artists to American music. Hear the children's book, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, and take part in a musical craft using everyday items you can find around the house. Community members will also read excerpts from books, stories and poems by their favorite African American authors. 

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February 18, 2021  

Canceled – Riddick Dance

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Celebrating Black History Month

The performance by Riddick Dance, scheduled for Thursday, February 18, has been canceled.


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January 23, 2021  

Virtual Family Day

11:00AM at Facebook Live

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

Led by Education Coordinator Sarah Short, this online-only event will feature story time, drawing and an easy craft with items you can find around your house (paper, drawing utensils, scissors, toilet paper rolls), and a performance of the musical, The Little Red Hen, by Virginia Repertory Theatre. Virtual Family Day is appropriate for pre-K to third grade.

How to Watch The Little Red Hen

Virtual Family Day will also kick off the museum's Ansel Adams Photo Contest sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust. Students in grades 6 – 12 may enter their original black and white photos for a chance to win cash prizes and to have their work printed, framed and displayed in the museum's Foster Gallery.

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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, 1935, printed January 1979, Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Gift of Andrea Gray Stillman. Photograph By Ansel Adams © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
January 22, 2021  

Canceled – Opening Reception

The Opening Reception scheduled for Friday, January 22, has been canceled. Instead, the museum will host a Closing Reception on Friday, February 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.


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January 7, 2021  

Canceled – Art at Happy Hour

5:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Art at Happy Hour, scheduled for Thursday, January 7, has been canceled.


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