Previous Events

January 9, 2024 - February 20, 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

Cancelled due to inclement weather

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

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.

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

February 10, 2024  

African American Read-In + Family Day

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust and Sovah Health

Take part in the museum’s annual celebration of African American artists, performers and writers. Enjoy story time, themed crafts, a public read-aloud and tours of the VMFA Artmobile.

About the Artmobile:

VMFA on the Road is the museum’s 21st-century Artmobile, coming to you from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. VMFA on the Road will showcase the exhibition Love, Laughter, Tears: An Artist’s Guide to Emotions. This compilation of works from the VMFA collection examines the relationship between art and emotion across various cultures and time periods to explore human emotion as a unifying and universal factor.

Piedmont Arts' African American Read-In + Family Day is 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.

Schedule of Events:

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. VMFA Artmobile and Top Dawgs Mobile food truck will be set up outside. Crafts, snacks, and face painting inside.

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Live music by Taye the Truth

12 to 1 p.m. African American Read-In in the galleries

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 7 pm
October 12 Bryan Hancock 7 pm
February 8 Monique Holland 7 pm
May 9 Chase Young 7 pm


Admission Free

December 13, 2023 - February 7, 2024  

Preschool in the Galleries

9:30AM at Piedmont Arts

Preschool in the Galleries is a series of programs for pre-K students designed to foster a love of the performing and visual arts at a young age. Performances are free of charge to students and schools and feature performers from various arts organizations and schools in Martinsville-Henry County.

Performances take place at 9:30 am and 10:30 am on each date. Contact Christiana Jarrett at to reserve a spot for your child or class.


Thursday, November 16, 2023 Martinsville High School Jazz Band
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 Gale Buck: Storytelling Santa, Campbell Court Elementary Choir
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 Carlisle School’s Zip Zap Zop Theatre Co.
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 Martinsville High School Jazz Band
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 Carlisle School’s Zip Zap Zop Theatre Co.

Jonathan Lee, Diana
January 26, 2024  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Betty Blessin, Imogene & Isadore Draper, Ben Gravely, Mallory & Richard Joyce, Debra Poirier & George Mehaffey, Jennifer Reis & Pete Mannen, Joan & Monty Montgomery, Madie & Jim Rountree, Gail Vogler, Brenda & Joe Williams 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 Ann Gardner.

  • The Gee's Bend Experience
  • Antiquity Second Hand: Jonathan Lee
  • Life's Journey: Works by Karen Despot

RSVP attendance here or call 276.632.3221 by January 22.

Admission Free

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January 13, 2024  

From China to Appalachia

6:30PM 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.

Watercolor artist Z.L. Feng will create a painting during the performance.

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



Tickets for this event are completely sold out. Please call 276-632-3221 to be added to the waitlist.

December 3, 2023  

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

Online ticket sales end Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 pm. Tickets available at the door.

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

If you need assistance with your online transaction or have questions, please call 276.632.3221.

November 30, 2023  

Christmas Tree Lighting

4:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Chip Wyatt - State Farm, 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, 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

November 28, 2023  

Giving Day

10:00AM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Join Piedmont Arts for a Giving Day on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 10 am – 4 pm at Piedmont Arts.

How you can give:

  • Drop off a donation of canned goods and/or hygiene products for Patrick & Henry Community College's food pantry. View needed items below.
  • Make a donation to support Piedmont Arts programs.
  • Chalk the Walk — Using sidewalk chalk, leave an inspiring message on the Piedmont Arts sidewalks or around town. Chalk available for use at Piedmont Arts.

When you support Piedmont Arts on GivingTuesday—or any day—you help bring quality visual arts, performing arts and arts education programs to Martinsville-Henry County. With your support the museum can do SO. MUCH. MORE.

Give now

November 9, 2023  

Elliot Engel: The Cold Genius of Robert Frost

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by King’s Grant


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.

Optional seated dinner at 6 pm. Lecture at 7:30 pm.

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: Annie Waldrop
  • Watercolors by Z.L. Feng
  • The Journey: Portraits by Dianne L. Greene

RSVP attendance here by October 30.

Admission Free

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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, lasers spinning at 1,000 rpm and dancing neon balls playing music in a 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 comedy, juggling and music is fun for the whole family.

October 14, 2023  

Arts Festival

11:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Arts Festival will take place at Piedmont Arts from 11 am – 4 pm.

Shop for fine art and crafts by local artisans at the museum's inaugural outdoor art show. Arts and crafts vendors, face painting and food trucks on-site all day.

Overflow parking is available at Virginia Museum of Natural History and the DMV. Parking will be available at First Baptist Church after 12 pm.

Food trucks:

  • Daddy Q’s BBQ
  • Bahama Sno Shack
  • Triple Dog Dare Ya
  • Crystal Lenehan’s Funnel Cakes

Music schedule:

  • 11 am — Bill Charles
  • 12 pm — Iowa Goatsinger
  • 1 pm — Taye the Truth
  • 2 pm — Technical Foul
  • 3 pm — Harvest Blaque & The Trouble

Admission Free

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 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 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

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