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.
|Sept. 1 – 29, 2023
|Sept. 26 • 4 – 6 pm
|Oct. 3 – 21, 2023
|Oct. 10, 2023 • 4 – 6 pm
|Nov. 7 – 30, 2023
|Nov. 28, 2023 • 4 – 6 pm
|Dec. 5, 2023 – Jan. 31, 2024
(exhibits closed Jan. 16 – 26)
Cancelled due to inclement weather
|Feb. 1 – 28, 2024
Feb. 20, 2024 • 4 – 6 pm
|March 1 – 16, 2024
March 12, 2024 • 4 – 6 pm
|April 2 – May 10, 2024
April 16, 2024 • 4 – 6 pm
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.
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
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:
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
RSVP attendance here or call 276.632.3221 by January 22.Admission Free
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.
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.
|Lobby and Box Office open
If you need assistance with your online transaction or have questions, please call 276.632.3221.
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
How you can give:
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
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.
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.
RSVP attendance here by October 30.Admission Free
Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust and Charity League of Martinsville & Henry County
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.
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.
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
Contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time for you, your club or organization to pitch in, or just drop by!
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.
|Julia and Blake Shumate
|Gluten and dairy-free tortellini skewers; Pizza, tiramisu; Limoncello aperitif
|Ouss Sahar and Kerry Smith
|Beverly Lyle and Jennifer Reis
|Italian meatballs and caprese salad; Negronis
|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
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.
Donors to Piedmont Arts' Growth + Restoration Campaign are invited to attend a special reception honoring their contribution.
RSVP by August 18, 2023 to 276.632.3221 or email@example.com.
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.
RSVP attendance here by August 7.Admission Free
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
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.
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.
Play Heads or Tails to win big at Double Down for the Arts!
Blinky lights ($20 each) available during event
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
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
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.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
10 am – 1 pm
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.
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
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
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.
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