R.P. Gravely-A.J. Lester Art Garden
Experience the arts in the heart of Martinsville's Arts & Cultural District|
207 Starling Ave, Martinsville
Open Daily: Dawn – Dusk
In 2016, Piedmont Arts and City of Martinsville received a $25,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the commission of artwork for the museum's R.P. Gravely-A.J. Lester Art Garden.
The Art Garden currently features three free-standing sculptures by Virginia artists and is home to a 100-year-old Remarkable Tree of Virginia and Piedmont Arts' Historic Little Post Office, which provides space for small art exhibitions and private events.
Visiting the Art Garden
- The Art Garden is free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.
- Parking is located at Piedmont Arts, with handicap parking available adjacent to the Art Garden.
- Pets are welcome in the Art Garden. Please clean up after your pet.
Funded, in part, through an Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Historic Little Post Office
Founded in 1893, Piedmont Arts’ Historic Little Post Office played a critical role in the expansion of the United States postal service’s Star Route, when it was operated as a contract post office (1893 – 1917) by John B. Anglin.
Tuesday – Friday: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
or by appointment
Located in the heart of Martinsville’s Arts & Cultural District, the small, gable-front building is lushly detailed in the Queen Anne Style, with beautiful ironwork and an original stained glass door. The LPO is full of historic charm and provides a beautiful setting for art exhibitions and private events.
- Virginia Historic Landmark
- National Register of Historic Places
Rent the Little Post Office | Exhibitions at Little Post Office
Sponsored by Julie Ascough Work in memory of Purnell Schottland Ascough, Kay Ascough Smith and Harrison Smith
Mild Steel, 2017
This 12 foot-tall tree sculpture has four uniquely designed sides, each representing one of the four seasons in vibrant, vivid colors, handpainted by the artist. It also incorporates a built-in chair, where visitors can sit and enjoy the Art Garden.
Day In a Life
Day In a Life is a collection of icons that represent the contributions to our world from the people of Martinsville-Henry County. It is a monument to recollections of the city’s heyday and to a community that peacefully shares diversity and brotherhood and thrives upon intelligent minds and sweat. Many of the pieces can be touched, moved and rotated, connecting the viewer to the work.
Wood, Found Objects, 2017
Sponsored by George W. Lester II in honor of his wife Lee Allen Lester
Welded Horseshoes, 2017
LOVEwork "O" is a sphere made of horseshoes hand-forged into the shape of hearts. It will eventually become the second letter in the museum’s own LOVEwork, a free-standing sculpture that spells out the word love. LOVEworks can be seen in many towns and cities in Virginia, and are an initiative of the Virginia Tourism Corporation to encourage tourism and celebrate the Commonwealth’s motto, “Virginia is for Lovers."