Martinsville, Virginia


Earth Day Family Day

By: Lauren Brooke Ellis | Programs and Public Relations Coordinator

April 11, 2024

Art, Entertainment, Family Fun

There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than getting outside and nowhere more beautiful than uptown Martinsville. Piedmont Arts will be hosting their annual Earth Day Family Day in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden on Saturday, April 20 starting at 10 a.m. Arts and crafts, face painting, snacks, flower planting, and activities will be happening all day. This event is in partnership with Bee City’s Bee Flight Festival and is being sponsored by Carter Bank and Trust. In case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors to Piedmont Arts.

The garden will be abuzz with activities including:

  • The Lynwood Artists and Bull Mountain Arts will set up plein air painting in the garden. They will have kits available for anyone interested in trying their hand at nature illustration.
  • The Blue Ridge Regional Library will be present with pollinator-themed puzzles and activities.
  • Snacks and juice boxes will be provided by Food Lion.
  • Join C.D. Prillaman planting pollinator-friendly flowers on the Pollinator Path from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Teen Arts Council will provide arts and crafts for kids as well as painting faces.
  • Local art vendors and crafters will have tables set up displaying and selling their wares.

This event is held in partnership with the Bee Flight Festival and Bee City will lead a logo designing contest in the Art Garden. Bring your best ideas for a bee-centric logo, spend some time illustrating it at the table, and enter it for a chance to win prizes and possibly have your design used by future Bee Flight Festivals.

Piedmont Arts will also be participating in the Starling Scavenger Hunt. Grab your clue card from any participating organization (the YMCA, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, or Piedmont Arts) and explore Starling Avenue to collect all nine stamps. Once you have collected all nine stamps, drop off your card in the lobby of Piedmont Arts for a chance to win fun prizes.