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Curators Talk Quilts at Art @ Happy Hour

Friday December 7, 2018

Linda M. Fiedler and Betty Blessin lead gallery talk on The Art of the Quilt


Holiday Happenings by Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Enjoy the Holiday Season with numerous events by Piedmont Arts.


Rooster Walk 11 Tickets Available Wednesday

Monday November 19, 2018

Save $, buy early! 


Rooster Walk announces early band lineup

Monday November 19, 2018

Shovels & Rope, Billy Strings top 


Holiday Pops, Christmas Tree Lighting, Handmade Holiday Market and More!

Thursday November 15, 2018

Piedmont Arts has a lot of exciting Holiday events coming up for you.


Piedmont Arts Presents Annual Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Concert, Dec. 9

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Broadway star Rob Gallagher to join Symphony in concert.


Winter Fun in MHC

Tuesday November 13, 2018

Just because winter is approaching doesn’t mean that the fun is slowing down in Martinsville-Henry County! Beat your winter woes while (re)discovering some of the hidden gems of our community. From exploring award-winning museums and experiencing live theatre to participating in themed footraces and sipping local concoctions at our wineries and brewery, you can find a variety of reasons to return to MHC all season long.

The colder weather of the winter months offers a wonderful opportunity to discover one (or all eight) of Martinsville-Henry County’s museums. You can uncover history and discover a new passion at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Piedmont Arts, the MHC Heritage Center & Museum, FAHI African American Museum & Cultural Center, the Bassett Historical Center, the MHC Historical Museum, Rucker’s Communication Museum and at the Philpott Lake Heritage Exhibit. Dive into the history of our natural world at the Smithsonian-affiliated Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH). VMNH offers award-winning exhibits, ground-breaking scientific research and collections and transformational educational programs for all ages as well as special events such as Reptile Day on January 19th! You could also immerse yourself in the fantastic world of fine art at Piedmont Arts. Affiliated with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, this exhibit space is an award-winning art museum that curates thought-provoking exhibitions by international, national and regional artists. They also bring a full schedule of arts events to take part in such as gallery receptions, painting classes for all ages, concerts and performances. These are just a couple of examples of the fabulous museums available to explore throughout Martinsville-Henry County.

Uptown Pinball, the area’s only arcade, is a family-friendly hotspot that is ideal to visit during the upcoming cold season. Home to 5 of the 10 top ranked pinball machines in the world (as ranked by pinside.com's top 100) and other favorites such as Skee Ball and Air Hockey, the arcade offers limitless fun. An all-day pass allows you to play however much you want, when you want. There’s also a VIP gaming lounge and laser tag. Uptown Pinball isn’t just for kids - adults love the games too!

You can also escape the hum drum winter blues by delving into captivating stories during live theatre performances. Martinsville-Henry County is home to two theatre companies presenting the talents of local and regional citizens: Theatre Works Community Players and the PHCC Patriot Players. Fulfill your desire for music, drama and suspense this winter with scheduled performances that include Scrooge Macbeth (November 23-25 and November 29 - December 1) and Don’t Drink the Water(February 21-23 and March 1-3) by TWCP and Annie presented by the Patriot Players (November 29 - December 2 and December 6-9).

Wine and craft beer connoisseurs should make plans to visit Hamlet Vineyards for a delicious wine tasting and lunch on Sundays or stop by Mountain Valley Brewing on weekend for a refreshing pint of seasonal craft beer to warm the soul and forget about the cold. Mountain Valley Brewing also hosts musical events most evenings (Thursday-Saturday) as well as other events such as paint parties, stargazing and more. There are also a wine and beer events held at local venues such as Wine Tasting Wednesdays and Beer Release Thursdays at Daily Grind Café in Martinsville Uptown.

For those looking for opportunities to stay active during the season, the Miles in Martinsville will offer multiple themed footraces to enjoy. The Light up the Night 5K on December 8th will benefit theGirls on the Run & STRIDE and is a family friendly event that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Dress in your best Christmas attire or your wackiest and tackiest sweater and head for the finish line. You can also participate in The Nail the Rail 9 Miler on February 9th, presented by VisitMartinsville, which will be held on the Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail.It’s a simple concept really. Start at the zero-mile marker of the Dick and Willie Passage and run all the way to the 4.5 marker at Mulberry Creek, then turn around and run back. The question is how fast can you Nail the Rail? If you’re not looking to run, but still want to be outdoors, you can still have a good time throughout the colder months in MHC through biking, hiking, paddling and more. Just remember to stay warm and safe!

For more information on planning a winter trip to Martinsville-Henry County, visit our website at www.VisitMartinsville.com, call toll free 888.722.3498, or simply come by and see us at our Visitor Center located at 191 Fayette Street Martinsville, VA 24112 Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.


Christmas Tree Brings Sparkle to Art Garden this Holiday Season

Tuesday November 6, 2018

Piedmont Arts hosts first Christmas tree lighting in Gravely-Lester Art Garden.


Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday October 31, 2018

Piedmont Arts presents "The Master of Mayberry" with Dr. Elliot Engel as well as other upcoming events


Spencer-Penn's Upcoming Events

Wednesday October 31, 2018

Spencer-Penn Centre is offering a wide variety of upcoming events.


Upcoming Classes at the Dalton IDEA Center FAB LAB

Tuesday October 23, 2018

Check out the great upcoming classes at the Dalton IDEA Center FAB LAB


Piedmont Arts Brings Brass 5's 'Why Music?' to Local Schools

Friday October 12, 2018

Brass 5, the Star City’s favorite brass quintet, brought their signature high-energy style to educational programs at Albert Harris and Patrick Henry elementary schools on Monday, October 8, 2018, as part of Piedmont Arts’ Educational Outreach Program.


“The Art of the Quilt” Opens at Piedmont Arts, Oct. 26

Friday October 12, 2018

More than 40 quilt artists from across Southeast exhibit work.


Art at Happy Hour - Brews, Blues & Stews and more at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday October 3, 2018

Tons of exciting events from Piedmont Arts during the month of October.


Piedmont Arts’ Blues, Brews & Stews Set for Oct. 12

Tuesday October 2, 2018

Live music, craft beer and Brunswick stew in Art Garden


Piedmont Arts Members = VMFA Members

Wednesday September 26, 2018

Support the Arts 


Artist Bill Rutherfoord to Speak at Art @ Happy Hour

Wednesday September 26, 2018

Free gallery talk at Piedmont Arts


Savory September: Start Your Engines is This Friday

Wednesday September 19, 2018

NASCAR Chic! 


“Art Class Confidential” Showcases Artwork by High School Seniors

Wednesday September 5, 2018

Piedmont Arts exhibit features work by 36 local students


Piedmont Arts “Revs Up” for Savory September: Start Your Engines

Tuesday September 4, 2018

Local chefs whip up “NASCAR chic” appetizers


Folk Tales Family Day Celebrates Art of Storytelling at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday August 21, 2018

Jack Tale Storytellers to perform traditional music, stories of Blue Ridge Mountains

 


Savory September: Start Your Engines

Wednesday August 15, 2018

Savory September and other upcoming events at Piedmont Arts


New Exhibits Open Friday at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday August 8, 2018

and Other Events Coming to Piedmont Arts


Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region Opening August 10 at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday July 24, 2018

Exhibit features large-scale paintings by one of Southwest Virginia’s most respected artists


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Rives Theatre

Monday July 23, 2018

Saturday, August 4th


Art at Happy Hour this Thursday!

Tuesday July 17, 2018

7/19/18


Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday June 27, 2018

Events, classes and more


Event to feature live music, food trucks and more

Thursday June 21, 2018
 Piedmont Arts Hosts Garden Party with Slick Jr. & The Reactors

Event to feature live music, food trucks and more


16th Annual Clyde Hooker Awards

Tuesday June 5, 2018

Thursday, June 7 • 5:30



Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday May 16, 2018

Expressions 2018 and other events coming soon to Piedmont Arts.


Expressions 2018 Opening Friday at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday May 15, 2018

Work by more than 140 regional artists

 


The 10th Annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival

Wednesday May 2, 2018

Memorial Day weekend


2018 Summer Camp Guide in MHC

Tuesday May 1, 2018

Summer's coming...enroll now! 



Exhibits Closing April 28 at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday April 25, 2018

4 days to see exhibits


Maestro David Stewart Wiley this Friday!

Tuesday April 24, 2018

Join us! 


Artist Javier Tapia to Discuss Exhibit at Art @ Happy Hour

Wednesday April 18, 2018

Free gallery talk at Piedmont Arts, April 26


An Evening with Maestro David Stewart Wiley and Members of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Friday April 13, 2018

Trio to perform classics, jazz at Piedmont Arts concert!


Richmond Ballet Friday Night!

Wednesday April 11, 2018

Friday, April 13th 


Carlisle School’s ZipZapZop Brings Spring-themed Program to Piedmont Arts

Wednesday April 11, 2018

More than 100 preschoolers take part in Preschool in the Galleries!



Free Talk Answers Age-Old Question, “Why is that Art?”

Thursday March 22, 2018

Emily Smith to discuss history of modern art at Piedmont Arts, March 29.


Work by Javier Tapia, ART 180 and CHILL MHC participants, local artists on display

Tuesday March 13, 2018

Work by Javier Tapia, ART 180 and CHILL MHC participants, local artists on display


Vote Now for Dancing For The Arts 2018

Wednesday February 21, 2018

"Dancing with the Stars"




Piedmont Arts Receives “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Award”

Monday February 5, 2018

From Virginia Commission for the Arts


Celebrate Black History Month in MHC

Wednesday January 24, 2018

Black History Month 2018


Black History Month Events at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday January 23, 2018

Month-long celebration


New Classes Scheduled and Enrolling at Piedmont Arts

Thursday January 11, 2018

Art classes for adults and kids 


January 12th & 13th at Spencer Penn Centre

Thursday December 28, 2017

A weekend of fun 


“Psychodrama” and “Vita Brevis” Opening at Piedmont Arts

Friday December 15, 2017

Work by Scott Eagle and Gerry Bannan


Quilt and Textile Exhibit Closing December 30 at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Last chance to view Needle & Thread, Studio Group of Rockingham County!


Art @ Happy Hour Explores “Needle & Thread”

Tuesday December 5, 2017

Free gallery talk with Linda Fiedler & Page Turner 


New Student Work on Display at Piedmont Arts

Thursday November 9, 2017

Elementary school students show work in museum’s Foster Gallery.


Quilts, Textile-based Sculptures on Display in “Needle & Thread”

Friday October 20, 2017

Exhibit features work by Virginia artists Linda Fiedler and Page Turner.


Jason Springs Live at Pumpkin Palooza

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Gravely-Lester Art Garden

 


Art @ Happy Hour Explores Art of the American Indian

Wednesday October 4, 2017

Free happy hour event at Piedmont Arts, Oct. 12.


Pumpkin Palooza Brings Live Music, Craft Beer to Art Garden

Friday September 29, 2017

Pumpkin carving contest, fall festival for all ages


Art Talk Examines Modern Art: Native American Style

Friday September 1, 2017

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Speaker 


American Indian Family Day Set for Aug. 26 at Piedmont Arts

Thursday August 10, 2017

Free Family Day features crafts, snacks and performance


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Thursday August 10, 2017

  • Indigenous Opening • Thirty-One Bingo • Family Day + more!


“Indigenous: The Art of the American Indian” Opening Aug. 12 at Piedmont Arts

Monday August 7, 2017

Work by five American Indian artists, artifacts


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Wednesday July 26, 2017

Indigenous • Family Day • Thirty-One Bingo + more!


The FabLab Family Days

Tuesday July 25, 2017

PHCC brings families together with fabrication and manufacturing workshops.


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Friday July 14, 2017

Expressions • Thirty-One Bingo • Art Classes + more!


Garden Party with Jason Springs this Saturday

Wednesday July 5, 2017

At the Gravely-Lester Art Garden


Piedmont Arts Hosts Garden Party with Jason Springs

Thursday June 22, 2017

Event to feature live music by Danville-based songwriter and local craft beer.


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Wednesday June 7, 2017

Clyde Hooker Awards • Jason Springs • Art Camps • Expressions + more!


Summer Fun for Kids in MHC

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Start Planning Now! 


Mosaic Murals Installed on Art Garden Sign

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Community helps create murals at Art Garden Community Day


Help Install Mosaic Murals at Piedmont Arts’ Art Garden Community Day

Wednesday May 10, 2017

Community event set for May 20 in R.P. Gravely-A.J. Lester Art Garden.


cREate at Piedmont Arts Summer Art Camps

Thursday May 4, 2017

Art camps with recycling theme now enrolling for ages 5 – 12


Create a Lasting Work of Art at Piedmont Arts’ Art Garden Family Day

Friday April 14, 2017

Art Garden Family Day, April 22.


Enjoy Happy Hour at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Art @ Happy Hour explores “Prillaman Watercolor Invitational”


New Student Work on Display at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Elementary school students show work in museum’s Foster Gallery.


Fun Festivals in MHC

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Music, Heritage & More


PHCC features landscape artist: Bethany Hartman

Thursday March 23, 2017

Gallery talk featuring Hartman.


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Wednesday March 22, 2017

SOVA's Got Talent • Christmas in April • Scholarships + more!


Art in Bloom: Automotive Art

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Garden Day 2017 


Call to Artists: Expressions 2017

Wednesday February 22, 2017
Call to Artists: Expressions 2017

Entry forms now available for Lynwood Artists’ and Piedmont Arts’ annual exhibit


Carlisle School’s Zip Zap Zop Performs for Preschoolers at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday February 15, 2017

Preschool in the Galleries –  Zip Zap Zop Theatre Co.


Art Reception & Gallery Talk at PHCC

Tuesday February 14, 2017

PHCC features Blacksburg artist


Art In Bloom

Wednesday January 25, 2017

Garden Week in MHC 


Piedmont Arts Galleries Transform into Salt Marsh in New Exhibit

Wednesday January 4, 2017

Art installation re-creates marsh habitat using video and sound.


The Art of the Quilt Closing Dec. 31

Wednesday December 21, 2016

Quilt exhibits on display through holiday season


Christmas Yarn Ball Coming to Rives

Tuesday December 13, 2016

Join Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn for their Christmas Yarn Ball at the Rives Theatre in Martinsville Uptown.


PHCC hosts final artist of the year on December 8

Thursday December 1, 2016

Gallery Talk and Reception 


Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2017

Tuesday November 29, 2016

Art in Bloom 



Piedmont Arts Family Day Celebrates Indian “Festival of Lights”

Thursday November 3, 2016
Piedmont Arts Family Day Celebrates Indian “Festival of Lights”

Families are invited to attend Piedmont Arts’ India Family Day on Saturday, November 12 from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the museum.

India Family Day is a free community event open to all ages that celebrates the Indian festival Diwali, also known as the festival of lights. 

One of the major festivals of Hinduism, Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows and around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night between mid-October and mid-November.
 
“We are really excited to share the Diwali festival with our community,” said Education Coordinator Becki Williams Vasquez. "It’s the largest festival celebrated throughout India and a time when people share good wishes with each other. We want to share those good wishes in our community, as well.”

During India Family Day, kids can enjoy free Indian snacks, music and themed crafts, including:
• 3D Elephant Cutouts
• 3D Architecture Cutouts
• Rangoli Coloring Sheets (artwork to bring good luck)
• Create a Paper Diya (oil lamp)

India Family Day will also feature a kids’ fashion show of traditional Indian garments and dancing starting at 11:30 am, as well as door prizes for kids and adults.
 
To learn more about Diwali and Piedmont Arts’ free India Family Day, visit PiedmontArts.org.
 
Piedmont Arts is a nonprofit art museum in Martinsville, Virginia that inspires and engages the diverse Martinsville-Henry County community and surrounding areas through visual arts, performing arts and arts education. Piedmont Arts is a statewide partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Piedmont Arts programming is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more at PiedmontArts.org.


Nonprofit groups Rooster Walk Inc., Arts at the Rives to join forces

Thursday September 22, 2016
 Nonprofit groups Rooster Walk Inc., Arts at the Rives to join forces

The two organizations recently voted to formalize their relationship by combining under the Rooster Walk umbrella.


Piedmont Arts Donates to Charity

Wednesday September 21, 2016

Piedmont Arts donates funds from Savory September: India to charity.


Art & Wonder in Martinsville

Monday September 12, 2016

Article by Bernadette Moore & Jennifer Doss


New Resident Finds Fun in Record Time with Activity Guide

Friday September 9, 2016
New Resident Finds Fun in Record Time with Activity Guide

Sheila Dye visits a variety of Martinsville-Henry County attractions


“Art Class Confidential" Showcases Artwork by High School Seniors

Thursday September 1, 2016

Piedmont Arts exhibit features work by 36 local students


Nationally Recognized Artist Joni Pienkowski Exhibits Work at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday August 3, 2016

Three collections open August 13


Expressions 2016 People’s Choice Award Winner Announced

Friday July 22, 2016
Expressions 2016 People’s Choice Award Winner Announced

David Lunt wins Expressions 2016 People’s Choice Award for artwork.


Piedmont Arts Summer Art Camps Filling Up Quickly

Wednesday July 13, 2016

STEAM-based camps


The June German Ball (Juneteenth) Mural to be Weatherized

Wednesday June 22, 2016

Preservation Will Help it Last a Long Time


Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Thursday June 9, 2016
Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Meet a young professional shaping MHC's future 


Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Wednesday June 8, 2016
Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Nine grants awarded 


Tickets Now On Sale for Jack's Guitar

Tuesday May 31, 2016

 June 9-12 & 16-19



Kid's Area- Rooster Walk

Thursday May 26, 2016

Kids' Coop 


Area Businesses Win “Best of Virginia” Awards

Monday May 23, 2016

45 local businesses featured



PHCC Student Art Show Awards

Monday May 2, 2016

22nd Annual Student Art Show



Garden Club lunch by PHCC Culinary students

Friday April 22, 2016

Garden Day 4/27/16 


Piedmont Arts Hosts Talk on History’s Greatest Art Heists

Tuesday April 19, 2016

VMFAs' Speakers on the Arts




Rooster Walk 8: ‘More than a Festival’

Thursday March 31, 2016

Music & Arts Abound 


Open Door Tour in the City of Martinsville and Across Henry County

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Smith River Artisan Trail 


Art Scholarships Available to Students from MHC

Thursday March 24, 2016

Piedmont Arts scholarships


Bassett, Pioneering the Future

Tuesday March 22, 2016

Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2016


Call to Artists: “Expressions 2016”

Tuesday March 22, 2016

Entries accepted for annual exhibit


“Collecting Prints” at Piedmont Arts

Saturday March 12, 2016

"Collecting Prints" features selections from James W. Hyams Collection and provides an in-depth look at print collecting.



Tonight: Welcome to Hoonah and Ghost Eagle

Friday March 4, 2016

At Rives Theatre 


“A Light History of the English Language”

Wednesday March 2, 2016

Professor Elliot Engel 


Patriot Players celebrate women in latest show

Tuesday February 23, 2016

Love, Loss and What I Wore


Piedmont Arts Celebrates African Culture with Free Family Day

Thursday February 18, 2016

Africa Family Day at P.A. 


TWO concerts this weekend at the Rives!

Wednesday February 17, 2016

Friday and Sunday 


Asteroid Dedication Ceremony Honors “Big Mike” Schottland

Tuesday February 16, 2016

Under the Stars at P.A. 


VMFA Educator to Speak at Art at Happy Hour

Thursday February 11, 2016

Talk by VMFA's Karen Getty


The Magic of Glass

Monday February 8, 2016

Exploring the World of Glass Art

Article by: Aleen Wilson | Photography by: Aleen Wilson & Jennifer Doss


Piedmont Arts Yo Pros Hosts Masquerade Party

Friday February 5, 2016

For Young Professionals


Students from Italy Say “Ciao” to MHC

Thursday February 4, 2016

Italian exchange students and local students tour Martinsville-Henry County.


Patriot Players Dedicate Season Four to Dan Spaugh

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Spaugh's passion carries on


Area Tour Discovers Martinsville Arts

Thursday January 14, 2016

16 residents and visitors discovered Martinsville art locales as part of familiarization tour


Friday's Concert: Erin & The Wildfire on MHC Chamber Night

Wednesday January 13, 2016

2016 Season Passes Accepted


ACV Celebrates Inauguration of the Smith River Artisan Trail

Monday January 11, 2016

The "Smith River Artisan Trail" Welcomes You! 


Lettuce and Sam Bush to headline Rooster Walk 8

Thursday January 7, 2016

May 26-29, 2016 


VMFA Exhibit to Open at Piedmont Arts

Thursday January 7, 2016

Blockbuster Exhibition of African Art from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Display at Piedmont Arts


16 in '16

Thursday December 31, 2015

16 great reasons to visit MHC in 2016 


Piedmont Arts Announces DFTA Teams and Coaches

Monday December 21, 2015

Piedmont Arts recently announce the team and coaches participating in the 2016 "Dancing for the Arts" fundraiser


School Children’s Choir Brings Holiday Cheer to Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 16, 2015

As part of the Preschools in the Galleries program


Gearing up for Garden Week: Bassett Post Office

Monday November 30, 2015

Blog Story by Susan Morten


Andes Manta & The Last Ice Merchant Relocated to Piedmont Arts

Tuesday November 17, 2015

Thursday, November 19th 6-8 pm at Piedmont Arts 


Piedmont Arts On Stage presents Annual Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Concert

Tuesday November 17, 2015

Museum celebrates 10 years of Holiday Pops in Martinsville 


"Fast Food" with Steve Post

Thursday October 29, 2015

A bucket list of MHC area dining establishments not to miss!


Danville Residents Tour Through Time in MHC

Wednesday October 28, 2015

19 visitors with the “History United” program toured Martinsville Uptown


Piedmont Arts Hosts Día de los Muertos-themed Family Day

Friday October 23, 2015

Free family day features costumed dancers from Latin Ballet of Virginia


Piedmont Arts Recognized for Excellence in Arts Education

Tuesday October 20, 2015

Museum receives Virginians for the Arts 2015 Dominion ArtStars Award 


Area Attractions Receive Tourism Marketing Grant

Friday October 16, 2015

Piedmont Arts and Patriot Players Launch New Marketing Tools with Grant


Latin Ballet of Virginia Brings “Dia de los Muertos” to On Stage

Wednesday October 14, 2015

Piedmont Arts Celebrates Latin American Arts and Culture


Piedmont Arts Exhibits Celebrate Latin American Arts and Culture

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Cuban artist makes U.S. debut in Martinsville


Green Living Market FAQ

Thursday October 8, 2015

Green Living Market October 9-11, 2015 


Get the Picture

Wednesday October 7, 2015

A Photo Walk Through the Martinsville Uptown Historic District


Martinsville Uptown Hosts Oktoberfest

Friday September 18, 2015

Martinsville Uptown hosts the 36th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 3rd from 11:00am until 4:00pm.


Brewster Walk to be held Oct. 10 in Uptown Martinsville

Monday September 14, 2015

Get ready for Brewster Walk


20 things you Need to do this September in MHC

Wednesday September 9, 2015

September will be full of fun


The Annual Bassett Heritage Festival

Tuesday September 8, 2015

Saturday, September 12th in downtown Bassett


Professor of Fine Arts at PHCC Showcased

Wednesday September 2, 2015
Professor of Fine Arts at PHCC Showcased

Gerry Bannan, professor of fine arts at Patrick Henry Community College, showcased his work in two national exhibitions over the summer. 


Patriot Player's Open Season With Doyle and Debbie Show

Saturday August 29, 2015
Patriot Player's Season Opener

Join the Patriot Player's as they kick off their season with, The Doyle and Debbie Show!


Piedmont Arts Establishes Fund in Memory of Alison Parker

Saturday August 29, 2015

Arts fund to benefit Richmond Ballet



Brewster Walk to be held Oct. 10 in Uptown Martinsville

Monday August 24, 2015

Don't miss the inaugural Brewster Walk


Major and the Monbacks will play the farm this Saturday!

Wednesday August 5, 2015

The Morgan Wade Band will open at 7:30 p.m.


Victor Wainwright & Wildroots

Tuesday July 21, 2015

Raucous piano-driven blues at The Rives on Thursday!


Arts-based Community Development Investment for Martinsville, VA

Wednesday July 15, 2015

Piedmont Arts/City of Martinsville is one of 69 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide


Discover the Great Outdoors at Smith River Fest

Thursday July 9, 2015

SRF Saturday, August 8, 2015


Bonerama plays this Saturday

Tuesday July 7, 2015

New Orleans rock/funk band with tri of trombones 


Hundreds of Quilters to Visit Region this Week

Monday July 6, 2015

Quilt Shop Rally to Highlight Virginia Attractions

 


Area to be Showcased on WSLS 10’s “Daytime Blue Ridge

Friday June 19, 2015

Host Natalie Faunce Explores Day Trip Opportunities in MHC


Patriot Players Set Auditions for Music from the Movies

Wednesday June 10, 2015

Patriot Players are having auditions for Music from the Movies


Summer Events Not to Miss

Thursday June 4, 2015

Start making your MHC summer plans


Third Friday Art Walks Begin June 19

Monday June 1, 2015

Two fun Uptown events combine


Summer 2015 Kids Camps

Wednesday May 20, 2015

A list of local Martinsville-Henry County area 2015 Kids Summer Camps


Mother's Day From MHC

Wednesday May 6, 2015

For mom, with love



Scenic Virginia Kicks Off Virginia Vistas Photo Contest

Monday April 20, 2015

Organization seeks images of “our Commonwealth’s incomparable scenic beauty”


FAB Lab Fun: Week 6

Thursday April 16, 2015

Fascinating Fun!


Martinsville Mini Maker Faire is back

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Don't miss the second Martinsville Mini Maker Faire


Fab Lab Fun: Week 4

Thursday April 2, 2015

The fun continues


The Arts at The Artisan Center

Thursday March 26, 2015

Creativity in full bloom


Closures & Cancellations

Thursday March 5, 2015

Closures & Cancellations for March 5, 2015


National Day of Unplugging

Wednesday February 25, 2015

What will you do when you unplug?


Discover the Arts Through The Artisan Center

Wednesday February 18, 2015

The Artisan Center Offers Something for Everyone


Spencer-Penn Centre Hosts 11th Photography Exhibit and Competition

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Spencer-Penn Centre Hosts 11th Photography Exhibit and Competition


PHCC Welcomes New Art Exhibition

Friday January 30, 2015

New exhibition features paintings titled “Nature Nurture” by Nancy Stroud


Starting Soon at The Artisan Center

Thursday January 29, 2015

Starting Soon: Calligraphy, Herbs, Jewelry and more!


Piedmont Arts Exhibit Celebrates The Studio School

Tuesday January 20, 2015

Work by seven Roanoke artists on display at museum


A New Year of Experiences

Thursday January 15, 2015

Experience Something New in 2015


Winter Fun: Spencer Penn Centre

Tuesday December 30, 2014

The Spencer-Penn Centre has plenty of ways to keep your family entertained


PHCC & Reynolds Homestead to Partner on Programming

Monday December 22, 2014

Patrick Henry Community College will partner with Reynolds Homestead, a Commonwealth Campus Center of Virginia Tech, to expand offerings of non-credit courses in pottery and weaving at the site in Critz starting in January 2015.

Lisa Martin, senior program manager at Reynolds Homestead, said Patrick County already has a very strong market for these courses.

“We decided that some of the Artisan Center programs might be good ones to bring up to our area because we have a very strong artisan population,” she said. “Traveling all the way to Martinsville to take classes might be difficult for some students, especially if they live in the Meadows of Dan or Ararat area. It could easily be an hour-and-a-half commute one-way.”

The Artisan Center at PHCC will handle registration and processing for courses while Reynolds Homestead will deal directly with hiring instructors and setting the class schedule. PHCC also will provide equipment including looms and potters wheels.

“This is a nice partnership because each of us is providing things that the other can’t – we’re offering a space to bring more people into the program who can’t get to Martinsville, and PHCC is providing equipment that we don’t have so we can expand our offerings,” Martin said.

Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC president, said she’s excited at this new opportunity to bolster course offerings throughout the college’s service region.

“We’re pleased to expand our partnerships into Patrick County to allow us to offer career credit arts programming,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to reach more people and enable them to learn the skills necessary to become artisan entrepreneurs.”

The curriculum will stick to the same guidelines as the artisan certification at the Artisan Center, according to Kim Buck, coordinator of community development at PHCC.

“Students still will be able to receive a certificate of study in artisan entrepreneurship, and they can do so with a concentration in pottery or weaving,” Buck said. “From there, they can expand into other areas and work their way up to take more advanced courses.”

Although the partnership will begin with two programs, Martin said there is a possibility to expand in the future if there’s enough interest.

“We’ll start with courses we know people are interested in right away,” she said. “There’s some interest in woodworking, which may be a challenge because of the equipment involved. But we’re more than willing to expand if the need is there for artists who want to develop and hone their skills, and learn more about the business side involved in being an artisan entrepreneur.”

Martin added, “We’re part of Virginia’s Crooked Road music trail and the Artisan Trail Network, and we’re very committed to the economic development of our area artisans. This program is part of our mission to help our professional and recreational artists.”

Class dates and times will be announced in early January 2015. Students may register in person at The Artisan Center at 54 West Church Street in Martinsville, or over the phone by calling (276) 656-5461. A registration form can be emailed or mailed to potential students upon request.

 


Season of Giving in MHC

Thursday December 18, 2014

Give to great Martinsville-Henry County institutions this holiday season


Rooster Walk 7 & Rives Theatre Pre-Season Ticket Sale

Tuesday December 9, 2014

Area Concerts to be featured at MHC Visitor Center’s Holiday Hot Ticket event


Small Town Life, Big City Fun

Monday November 24, 2014

The arts are alive in Southern Virginia


PHCC Professor Opens Exhibition at Taubman

Friday October 31, 2014

An art professor from Patrick Henry Community College is showing an exhibition representing three years of work in a new show at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.

Gerry Bannan’s “Vanitas” is described as a collection of still life arrangements connected to the art tradition vanitas, which comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible from a passage that states: “Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.”

“The point behind this is the idea that the word vanity is referring to futility,” Bannan said. “When someone says, ‘all my efforts were in vain,’ it’s more about the futile than being egotistical. The purpose, spiritually, is to remember and be humble in the face of your own mortality. The vanity refers to the efforts and achievements that one makes in life, but one should always remember in the end that your earthly life is finite.”

Bannan used BIC brand crystal ballpoint pens to create nine pen and ink drawings on Mylar, a form of polyester material.

“A lot of people found that fascinating because these pens are such a common, every day, mundane writing tool,” he said. “But I have found them to be wonderfully versatile at art making in that they have a great range of tonal quality… People are familiar with them. When they look at my drawings and think about their experiences with BIC pens, I think it connects them to the work in a way that you don’t get connected to a bronze sculpture because it’s not something people do every day.”

Bannan’s drawings in the exhibit range in size from 12-by-16 inches to more than six feet long. The largest is 20 inches high by 72 inches long.

“People often ask how long they take to create, and they can take a very long time to make,” he said. “It takes months for some of the larger ones. Art making takes a lot of time, and sometimes people don’t realize the actual time that an artist needs to put into the creation of their work. People may think if a person is talented then the work just happens, but there’s always an element of actual time that needs to be put into developing the work.”

Bannan said his drawings also include a great deal of memento mori imagery, which is Latin for “remember death.” He said this is depicted by symbols including skulls, fading flowers, ribbons and scissors.

In addition to his drawings, he’s also displaying two still life tableaus from the setups he used in creating the artwork.

“Building up these collections of objects is part of the drawing process,” he said. “The curator visited my studio and said she would like to have one or two of them included in the exhibition. It’s really great because it makes me think of them differently as maybe artworks in themselves, whereas before, I always thought they were in service of the drawing.”

Bannan received his bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pa. and his master of fine arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He’s participated in solo and group exhibitions in several states including Virginia, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Bannan also owns BanG Studios in downtown Roanoke, a fine arts gallery and studio he operates with his wife Betsy Bannan.

“Vanitas” will be on display until March 21, 2015. Bannan will give workshops and gallery talks in connection with the show, some of which are planned for early next year. Check www.taubmanmuseum.org for details.

Amy G. Moorefield, deputy director of exhibitions at Taubman, curated this exhibit. To find out more about Bannan’s work, visit www.gerrybannan.com.


Explore MARTinsville

Thursday October 30, 2014

School is back in session but you can still get away for a little weekend adventure. Load up the family for a fun day trip to Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia in search of public art. You’ll be amazed at the variety of exhibits on display throughout the community.

A drive through the historic Uptown District of Martinsville will take you past four significant outdoor murals. The “Circus Mural”, by John Stiles, is located at the corner of Franklin and Main Streets in Martinsville. It is a cheerful look back in time to 1920 when the circus came to town. The work depicts a parade of elephants wearing colorful banners as they plodded through the streets to herald the upcoming performance. You can even see an actual photo of this day in time by visiting the nearby Martinsville-Henry County Historical Museum on Church Street.

Old Glory”, located on Franklin Street in Martinsville at the Theatre Works Black Box is a 38’ by 18’ American Flag painted by world renowned artist Scott Lobaido. Just looking at the incredible detail of this mural you can almost see the flag rippling in the wind. The most remarkable thing about it is that the creation was completed in just one day! Lobaido, known for his speed painting techniques, created the patriotic work in honor of local veteran, Cpl. JB Kerns who lost three limbs while serving in Afghanistan.

The “Uptown Farmers’ Market Mural”, by Betty LaDuke, depicts the role of agriculture in society and showcases the people that help bring food to our tables. After the mural was mounted to the wall at the Market on Church Street in Martinsville, a group of high school students under the direction of local artist Celia Tucker created their own interpretations of LaDuke’s work. The student’s wooden painted cutouts of produce and farmers can be seen throughout the Market.

The newest mural in Uptown Martinsville is “June German Ball.” Located on Martinsville's historic Fayette Street, the mural depicts a fictional scene from one of Martinsville's famed June German Balls, which were popular within the African American community in the early part of the 20th century. These balls were held yearly, in the heat of June, and featured celebrated entertainers from the Jazz age like Jimmie Lunceford & His Dance Orchestra, who performed at the event in 1938. The mural was designed and painted by Abigail Kieselbach and Briana Amos, interns participating in the New College Institute's summer internship program; local artists Charles Hill, Iris Gillispie and Lex Hairston; Piedmont Arts intern, Ally Sneed; New College Institute's Coordinator of Experimental Learning, Katie Croft; and Piedmont Arts' Director of Marketing, Communications and Design, Bernadette Moore.

Just a short walk from Uptown, you can see a variety of sculptures. The brushed steel sculpture, “Kabuki Dancer” by Barry Tinsley can be seen on the grounds of Piedmont Arts on Starling Avenue. Artist Ed Dolinger created a variety of sculptures, inspired by nature, that are found along the Uptown Connection Trail and Silverbell Trail in Martinsville. They include large-scale leaves, Silverbell blooms and small bronze sculptures of native Virginia wildlife. Young children will especially love searching for Dolinger’s bronze animals that are “hidden” along the corridor of the Silverbell Trail. There are eight animals to be found, including a rabbit, frog, turtle and trout.

Just a short drive from Martinsville, in the Village of Fieldale, you’ll find an iconic structure now repurposed as a piece of trail art. The 1931 Fieldale Iron Bridge was a beloved part of the community as many tales revolved around events that occurred on, above and under the bridge. The iron truss bridge spanning the Smith River was slated to be destroyed in 2009 to make way for a more modern concrete bridge until the community rallied together to preserve a piece of it. Located in Fieldale along South River Road, the structure now bears the names of nearly one-hundred past and present residents that cared to see the bridge saved by contributing financially to the preservation effort.

For a more lighthearted category of art, drive around the community to see how many painted brontosaurus sculptures your family can find. Part of the exhibition “Dinosaurs on Parade” you can find the long-necked dinos in a variety of places throughout the community. See if you can locate the cowboy, the student, the mirror-ball dino and even the friendly fellow named “Bud Ice-cream-a-saurus.”

Two of the area’s indoor murals are available for viewing on weekdays. Inside the SunTrust Bank on Church Street, a 73-foot long mural by Richmond artist H. Warren Billings hangs just behind the teller’s counter. The mural, which took a year to complete, highlights Virginia and local history. It features eight detailed scenes from 1705-1832, including: The Capital in Williamsburg; Richmond; The Henry County Courthouse; The Colonel Joseph Martin House; The Major John Redd House; Stratford Hall; Redd House; and Lover's Leap in Patrick County.

One of the most historic works of art in the community is the 1939 fresco, “Manufacture of Furniture” by Walter Carnelli. The mural is located in the historic Bassett Post Office on Fairystone Park Highway in Bassett and it depicts scenes of furniture makers at work. This is one of a series of murals across Virginia that was commissioned by the WPA under the Treasury Department. The fresco technique involved painting onto wet lime plaster. As the plaster dried, the pigments were embedded and became part of the building’s walls.

From industry and architecture to history, nature and culture, the topics of area works of public art are very diverse. Have fun discovering each of these area treasures with your family and who knows - you might inspire a future generation of artists!

If you need help locating any of these public art sites, visit the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville) for maps and helpful information. While there, pick up a copy of the Family Fun Passport that will enable you to earn a free t-shirt, just for visiting some of these sites.


New Art Exhibition at PHCC

Wednesday October 29, 2014

New Art Exhibition at PHCC


"Seniors on the Move" Tour Martinsville

Friday October 3, 2014

Twenty-six guests from Danville tour Martinsville-Henry County.


Exploring MARTinsville

Wednesday October 1, 2014

School is back in session but you can still get away for a little weekend adventure. Load up the family for a fun day trip to Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia in search of public art. You’ll be amazed at the variety of exhibits on display throughout the community.

A drive through the historic Uptown District of Martinsville will take you past four significant outdoor murals. The “Circus Mural”, by John Stiles, is located at the corner of Franklin and Main Streets in Martinsville. It is a cheerful look back in time to 1920 when the circus came to town. The work depicts a parade of elephants wearing colorful banners as they plodded through the streets to herald the upcoming performance. You can even see an actual photo of this day in time by visiting the nearby Martinsville-Henry County Historical Museum on Church Street.

“Old Glory”, located on Franklin Street in Martinsville at the Theatre Works Black Box is a 38’ by 18’ American Flag painted by world renowned artist Scott Lobaido. Just looking at the incredible detail of this mural you can almost see the flag rippling in the wind. The most remarkable thing about it is that the creation was completed in just one day! Lobaido, known for his speed painting techniques, created the patriotic work in honor of local veteran, Cpl. JB Kerns who lost three limbs while serving in Afghanistan.

The “Uptown Farmers’ Market Mural”, by Betty LaDuke, depicts the role of agriculture in society and showcases the people that help bring food to our tables. After the mural was mounted to the wall at the Market on Church Street in Martinsville, a group of high school students under the direction of local artist Celia Tucker created their own interpretations of LaDuke’s work. The student’s wooden painted cutouts of produce and farmers can be seen throughout the Market.

The newest mural in Uptown Martinsville is “June German Ball.” Located on Martinsville's historic Fayette Street, the mural depicts a fictional scene from one of Martinsville's famed June German Balls, which were popular within the African American community in the early part of the 20th century. These balls were held yearly, in the heat of June, and featured celebrated entertainers from the Jazz age like Jimmie Lunceford & His Dance Orchestra, who performed at the event in 1938. The mural was designed and painted by Abigail Kieselbach and Briana Amos, interns participating in the New College Institute's summer internship program; local artists Charles Hill, Iris Gillispie and Lex Hairston; Piedmont Arts intern, Ally Sneed; New College Institute's Coordinator of Experimental Learning, Katie Croft; and Piedmont Arts' Director of Marketing, Communications and Design, Bernadette Moore.

Just a short walk from Uptown, you can see a variety of sculptures. The brushed steel sculpture, “Kabuki Dancer” by Barry Tinsley can be seen on the grounds of Piedmont Arts on Starling Avenue. Artist Ed Dolinger created a variety of sculptures, inspired by nature, that are found along the Uptown Connection Trail and Silverbell Trail in Martinsville. They include large-scale leaves, Silverbell blooms and small bronze sculptures of native Virginia wildlife. Young children will especially love searching for Dolinger’s bronze animals that are “hidden” along the corridor of the Silverbell Trail. There are eight animals to be found, including a rabbit, frog, turtle and trout.

Just a short drive from Martinsville, in the Village of Fieldale, you’ll find an iconic structure now repurposed as a piece of trail art. The 1931 Fieldale Iron Bridge was a beloved part of the community as many tales revolved around events that occurred on, above and under the bridge. The iron truss bridge spanning the Smith River was slated to be destroyed in 2009 to make way for a more modern concrete bridge until the community rallied together to preserve a piece of it. Located in Fieldale along South River Road, the structure now bears the names of nearly one-hundred past and present residents that cared to see the bridge saved by contributing financially to the preservation effort.

For a more lighthearted category of art, drive around the community to see how many painted brontosaurus sculptures your family can find. Part of the exhibition “Dinosaurs on Parade” you can find the long-necked dinos in a variety of places throughout the community. See if you can locate the cowboy, the student, the mirror-ball dino and even the friendly fellow named “Bud Ice-cream-a-saurus.”

Two of the area’s indoor murals are available for viewing on weekdays. Inside the SunTrust Bank on Church Street, a 73-foot long mural by Richmond artist H. Warren Billings hangs just behind the teller’s counter. The mural, which took a year to complete, highlights Virginia and local history. It features eight detailed scenes from 1705-1832, including: The Capital in Williamsburg; Richmond; The Henry County Courthouse; The Colonel Joseph Martin House; The Major John Redd House; Stratford Hall; Redd House; and Lover's Leap in Patrick County.

One of the most historic works of art in the community is the 1939 fresco, “Manufacture of Furniture” by Walter Carnelli. The mural is located in the historic Bassett Post Office on Fairystone Park Highway in Bassett and it depicts scenes of furniture makers at work. This is one of a series of murals across Virginia that was commissioned by the WPA under the Treasury Department. The fresco technique involved painting onto wet lime plaster. As the plaster dried, the pigments were embedded and became part of the building’s walls.

From industry and architecture to history, nature and culture, the topics of area works of public art are very diverse. Have fun discovering each of these area treasures with your family and who knows - you might inspire a future generation of artists!

If you need help locating any of these public art sites, visit the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville) for maps and helpful information. While there, pick up a copy of the Family Fun Passport that will enable you to earn a free t-shirt, just for visiting some of these sites.


Cowan to Bring Star-Studded Cast to Thursday's Concert

Tuesday September 23, 2014

John Cowan, John McFee & Friends at the Rives this Thursday 


Virginia Joins 40 States to Celebrate American Craft Week’s Fifth Anniversary

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Official Celebration Dates: Oct. 3-12, 2014


Martinsville Culture Crawl This Weekend

Thursday September 4, 2014

Martinsville Culture Crawl is this Saturday in Uptown Martinsville


Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints Opens at Piedmont Arts

Friday August 29, 2014

Featuring Works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and More  



See Art and History Come Alive This Weekend

Thursday August 21, 2014

Art Demos and Guided Tours Offered at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center


Students Explore Studio 107

Wednesday August 20, 2014

A Visit to Studio 107 Through the Eyes of Our Volunteers


Lizzy Ross, Major and the Monbacks Perform Saturday

Monday August 18, 2014

ART to host its annual outdoor summer show


“See-It Saturdays” and “Sample Sundays” Coming Soon

Thursday July 31, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center Hosting Local Business Presentations


Virginia Artists Ed Dolinger and Mark Shepheard Exhibit Work at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday July 8, 2014

Virginia Artists Ed Dolinger and Mark Shepheard Exhibit Work at Piedmont Arts


Piedmont Arts Looking to “Mobilize” the Community

Monday June 30, 2014

Piedmont Arts Looking to “Mobilize” the Community


MHC Artisan Trail Special Events

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Martinsville/Henry County Artisan Trail Hosting Special Events This Week


A Three-Day Escape

Monday May 5, 2014

Enjoy a long weekend in Martinsville-Henry County


PHCC Celebrates 20 Years Of Visiting Artists

Tuesday April 29, 2014

PHCC Celebrates 20 Years Of Visiting Artists


First Friday Art Walk Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday April 29, 2014

First Friday Art Walk Celebrates Cinco de Mayo in Martinsville Uptown


Upcoming Events Presented By Piedmont Arts

Friday April 25, 2014

Don't miss these exciting upcoming events presented by Piedmont Arts!


Tour-ific Southern Virginia Museums

Monday April 14, 2014

Visiting a museum can be fun for all ages.


Tour-ific Southern Virginia Museums

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Does spring fever have your family itching to get out of the house? Cure that case of the winter blues by visiting a museum. Several options are available right here in Southern Virginia to inform, educate and entertain your restless crew for hours. Here are five suggested museums to check out the next time your kids cry, "We're bored!"

At the Virginia Museum of Natural History, located in Martinsville, guests can experience the natural diversity of Virginia through a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits. Current exhibits such as "Dinosaurs," "How Nature Works" and "Uncovering Virginia" provide lots of hands-on opportunities to explore the topics ranging from demonstrations and puzzles to multimedia experiences. The building is not just a museum but also a working research facility. I personally enjoy watching the staff scientists at work in their labs. An expansive wall of observation windows allows guests to peek in and see scientific discoveries being made. Scientists might be examining a 65 million year old triceratops skull or sifting through buckets of debris for shards of Native American pottery. You never know what you might see them working on. My preschooler loves spending time at the museum's Discovery Reef play area, an indoor ship, complete with a reading nook and climbing wall that offers kids a safe place to play. Moms enjoy this space too because of the comfy couches for lounging and free Wi-Fi. (vmnh.net)

Danville Science Center, located at the historic crossing of the Dan in Danville, is a fun place for families to explore. The museum offers a variety of traveling exhibits such as "From Here to There" and "Bloodsuckers" which are both on display through May. Young scientists, ages 3-7 can explore Spoutsville, a play area designed with activities just for them. Across from the main building, museum patrons can visit the 1899 Southern Railway Passenger Station for additional exhibits featuring both live and preserved animals. The architecture of this historic station is magnificent and my son, who is a fan of trains, enjoys getting to go inside the museum's red caboose on display behind the train station. (dsc.smv.org)

If your family enjoys art then be sure to visit Piedmont Arts, located in Martinsville. Four galleries at the facility each offer a different exhibit ranging from nationally renowned artists to local talent. Every two to three months the exhibits change, so there is always something new and exciting to see. I enjoy taking my son to play in Pallete the Discovery Dog's Art Room. This kid-friendly play space offers opportunities to make music, put on puppet shows, paint, make collages and more. If you stop by the information desk, you can pick up a scavenger hunt and search the galleries for clues left behind by Pallete. Free Wi-fi and an art library are also available. Admission is free. (piedmontarts.org)

If you've ever driven through the Uptown Historic District of Martinsville then chances are you've seen the stately structure of the Historic Henry County Courthouse. While no longer used for legal proceedings, this building dating back to 1824 is now home to the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum. In the restored courtroom on the second floor, you can sit in the jury box and at the judge's bench to hold a mock trial or explore historical exhibits on display in the witness rooms. Do keep an eye out for spirits that roam the building. According to the museum's Executive Director, Debbie Hall, "We do have a ghost here. Sometimes when I am here alone and the doors are all locked, I will hear footsteps coming up the stairway to the second floor and will get up to see who it is before I remember that I am alone, well, except for our ghost. Others have heard our ghost and have also witnessed doors being opened and items being moved, then returned to their original position and then moved again." Downstairs in the clerk's office and vaults, a variety of historical exhibits are on display and are changed throughout the year. One current exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants," details the founding furniture, textile and tobacco industries of the region. Admission is free. (mhchistoricalsociety.com)

Are you old enough to remember party lines? I'm not, so our recent visit to Rucker's Communication Museum in Martinsville was just as informative to me as it was my young son. Located on the mezzanine level of Rucker's Antiques Emporium and Auction House, this museum packs a great deal of information into a small space showing the evolution of telephone communication dating back to a replica prototype of Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone all the way up to modern day cell phones. Seeing telephone switchboards and learning how the operators managed them was fascinating. My son enjoyed seeing the many interesting tools that linemen use when working on telephone poles. For a healthy dose of nostalgia, it's well worth a visit. Be sure to also check out the Wild West Gambling Exhibit located on the first floor to see a replica 1900s game room and some interesting stories both tragic and humorous. Admission to both the museum and exhibit is free. (ruckersantiques.com)

Tips for Visiting Museums with Kids

Does the thought of taking a young child into a museum make you nervous? Did your last trip to a museum result in chasing the kids while hollering, "Wait! Don't you want to see this?" Get creative and plan ahead before your next outing. With the right kind of preparation, kids (and parents) can go into the experience with both enthusiasm and respect.

Here are a few suggestions to try:
• Set the scene and read themed books before you go. Books can provide a point of reference through story preparing children for what they might see and build excitement about the upcoming journey. Christy Deatherage, Museum Education Coordinator, suggests Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton as a great read prior to visiting the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

• Time it right. Plan your visit for a time when the children are well-fed and rested to avoid grumpiness. If they become hungry or thirsty during your visit, take a break to address those basic needs.

• Plan ahead and know what's inside so your child can look for things. Some museums offer activities for kids on their websites or at their information desks. Piedmont Arts offers a fun scavenger hunt featuring Pallete the Discovery Dog. Families can explore the galleries while searching for clues left behind by Pallete. If none of these resources are available at the museum you visit, plan your own scavenger hunt. ("Find an animal with a tail in this exhibit.")

• Get maps for everyone at the information desk or give the kids sketch books to draw what they see - occupied hands are less tempted to wander onto works of art.

• The best way for children to enjoy a museum is to get them involved. Ask thought provoking questions; you might be surprised by some of their answers.
o If you were inside this painting, what would you hear? Smell? Feel?
o What would it be like if you lived when the dinosaurs were alive?
o What shapes do you see? What colors?
o What does this remind you of?


Local Celebs Dance for the Arts

Thursday March 20, 2014

Piedmont Arts Presents Dancing for the Arts


Exhibit Opens Tomorrow At Piedmont Arts

Friday February 21, 2014

Continuum of Being, Imagining Art Opening Saturday at Piedmont Arts


Artisan Trail Network Extends to Martinsville-Henry County

Wednesday February 12, 2014

Artisan Trail Network Extends to Martinsville-Henry County


Call For Artists

Tuesday February 11, 2014

Piedmont Arts and Lynwood Artists Announce Expressions 2014 Entry Dates


Not-So-Quiet Revolution Brewing

Tuesday February 4, 2014

Guest blogger Lisa Lynn Snedeker on the music scene in Martinsville


Celebrate Black History Month At Piedmont Arts

Tuesday January 28, 2014

Summary Of Black History Month Events At Piedmont Arts


"Old News" Is Good News At Piedmont Arts

Thursday January 16, 2014

Enjoy the critically acclaimed work of Johnny Selman at Piedmont Arts


Tapestry at Piedmont Arts

Monday January 13, 2014

A common love of the arts


Spring Artisan Center Classes

Wednesday January 8, 2014

It's not to late to register for upcoming spring craft classes at The Artisan Center!


Be Part of the Art in mARTinsville!

Tuesday January 7, 2014

Patrons to Piedmont Arts can contribute to a work of public art.