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Christmas Tree Lighting Goes Virtual

Tuesday November 17, 2020

Piedmont Arts Christmas Tree Lighting Goes Virtual. Watch tree lighting online from the comfort of home

New Art Classes at Piedmont Arts

Thursday November 12, 2020

Holiday-themed barn quilts, virtual watercolor and more

Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday November 4, 2020

Christmas Tree Lighting • The Art of the Quilt • Classes + more

Christmas Tree Lighting in Art Garden

Wednesday November 4, 2020

Piedmont Arts Lights Up The Night at Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Plan a Family Fun Weekend in MHC

Monday November 2, 2020

We have your ultimate guide to a weekend full of family fun that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Virginia Museum of Natural History nominated for prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Wednesday October 28, 2020

Museum nominated for the award by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday October 28, 2020

Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

The Art of the Quilt Opening Friday, October 23rd at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday October 21, 2020

The Art of the Quilt Opening

Stargazing in MHC

Friday October 9, 2020

Look up! 

Piedmont Arts and Southwest Virginia Ballet Bring Dance Español to Area Schools

Thursday October 8, 2020

Museum presents dance/movement program virtually to all Henry County fourth-graders

New Exhibits Opening at Piedmont Arts

Thursday October 1, 2020

Quilt artists from across the Southeast exhibit work in “The Art of the Quilt”

New Date Announced for Dancing for the Arts

Wednesday September 30, 2020

Piedmont Arts reschedules fundraiser for March 27, 2021

Art at Happy Hour, October 8th

Tuesday September 15, 2020

Take Part in a Zoom Discussion of "The Garden" at Art at Happy Hour

Chalk Fest Family Day Rescheduled

Friday August 28, 2020

Chalk Fest Family Day Rescheduled for September 12th

Piedmont Arts Honors Dr. Barry Dorsey, Triangle Electric at Clyde Hooker Awards

Friday August 21, 2020

Sandy Strayer, Dr. Zeb Talley receive Arts in Education Awards

New Jigsaw Puzzles Available at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday August 18, 2020

New Jigsaw Puzzles Available at Piedmont Arts

Piedmont Arts Hosts Socially-Distanced Chalk Fest Family Day in Art Garden

Friday August 14, 2020

Piedmont Arts will host Chalk Fest Family Day on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 11 am – 1 pm in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden.

New Exhibits Opening Friday at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday August 5, 2020

Closed for installation through August 7, 2020

New Date Announced for Dancing for the Arts

Wednesday July 29, 2020

Piedmont Arts fundraiser to be held April 10, 2021

New Exhibits Opening Aug. 7 at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday July 29, 2020

New DFTA Date Announced • Clyde Hooker Awards • Classes + more

Drive-thru Dinosaur Experience POSTPONED until Thursday, July 30!

Friday July 24, 2020

Due to severe weather, the Drive-thru Dinosaur Experience has been postponed until Thursday, July 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Piedmont Arts Honors Dr. Barry Dorsey, Triangle Electric with Clyde Hooker Award

Thursday July 23, 2020

Piedmont Arts will honor Dr. Barry Dorsey and Triangle Electric at the 18th annual Clyde Hooker Awards on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the museum.

New Exhibits Opening August 7 at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday July 21, 2020

The Garden features work by eight regional and national artists

50 Things to LOVE in MHC!

Friday July 17, 2020

We composed a list of 50 great things to LOVE about MHC.

World Emoji Day Answers

Friday July 17, 2020

Answers for World Emoji Day for MHC.

Explore Blue Ridge Crafts by 16 Hands at Art at Happy Hour

Tuesday July 14, 2020

Free gallery tour at Piedmont Arts, July 23

Drive-thru Dinosaur Experience At Virginia Museum Of Natural History

Monday July 13, 2020

On Thursday, July 23 from 5 to 8 p.m., the museum is hosting the Drive-thru Dinosaur Experience

Piedmont Arts Named Best Art Gallery in Southwest Virginia

Friday July 10, 2020

Piedmont Arts has again been named the Best Art Gallery in Southwest Virginia by the readers of Virginia Living.

Virginia Museum of Natural History to reopen on a limited basis June 19

Thursday June 18, 2020

Virginia Museum of Natural History to reopen on a limited basis June 19

New Exhibits On Display At Piedmont Arts

Wednesday June 17, 2020

On display through July 25th, admission free

Piedmont Arts to Reopen Thursday, June 11

Tuesday June 9, 2020

Piedmont Arts will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Virtual Reptile Festival (June 12-13) and Drive-thru Reptile Experience (June 13)!

Monday June 8, 2020

Virtual Reptile Festival is June 12-13; Drive-thru Reptile Experience is Saturday, June 13 from noon to 3 p.m.

Garden Party Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Piedmont Arts to have Cheeseburger in Paradise Garden Party.

Calendar Events | Piedmont Arts

Wednesday May 20, 2020

Updates from P.A. 

Updates from Virginia Museum of Natural History

Thursday April 23, 2020

Tales of Ancient Life

Shop Now for Future Fun Experiences in MHC

Thursday April 9, 2020

When you are ready, we are here!

Piedmont Arts - Keeping The Community Engaged

Wednesday April 8, 2020

Piedmont Arts - Keeping the Community Engaged

Piedmont Arts Uses Social Media to Engage and Inspire During Coronavirus Closure

Thursday April 2, 2020

Piedmont Arts Uses Social Media to Engage and Inspire During Coronavirus Closure.

Go Outside and Play! 24 Hours in Martinsville - Henry County

Wednesday April 1, 2020

Explore and relax among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge when you visit Martinsville-Henry County.

Piedmont Arts @ Home

Wednesday April 1, 2020

Stay connected with the arts using Piedmont Arts @ Home

Rediscover Martinsville’s Museums: Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center and Museum

Friday March 13, 2020

*This is the fifth in a series of blog stories

Spring Break Science Camp for ages 6-11 is April 6-10!

Monday March 9, 2020

Spring Break Science Camp for ages 6-11 is April 6-10!

Speak Easy open mic is Wednesday, March 11th. FREE!

Thursday March 5, 2020

Calling poets, songwriters, wordsmiths and arts lovers!

National Day of Unplugging is March 6th-7th, 2020

Thursday March 5, 2020

The 2020 National Day of Unplugging is March 6th-7th from sundown to sundown

Sounds of the Big Bands + Beyond this Thursday

Tuesday March 3, 2020

Brass 5 • Dancing for the Arts • Virginia Opera + more

Rediscover Martinsville’s Museums: Bassett Historical Center

Friday February 28, 2020

*This is the fourth in a series of blog stories

New Sculpture Honors Martinsville’s Bill “DaffyBill” Pannill

Thursday February 27, 2020

A new sculpture was installed in Piedmont Arts’ Gravely-Lester Art Garden on Tuesday.

New Exhibits Opening at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday February 25, 2020

Appalachian crafts by 16 Hands, assemblages by Davis Choun.

Artists to Discuss Exhibits at Art at Happy Hour, Feb. 27

Friday February 21, 2020

Artists Tawny Chatmon, Halide Salam to Discuss Exhibits at Art at Happy Hour

Brass 5 Brings Sounds of the Big Bands and More to Piedmont Arts

Tuesday February 18, 2020

Brass 5 will perform Sounds of the Big Bands and Beyond, featuring music by the best artists of the big band era and more, on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Piedmont Arts.

Rediscover Martinsville’s Museums: FAHI African American Museum & Cultural Center

Thursday February 13, 2020

*This is the third in a series of blog stories

Piedmont Arts Hosts Annual African American Read-In and Family Day

Tuesday February 4, 2020

Free family fun for all ages, Feb. 22

Black History Month in MHC

Friday January 31, 2020

Black History Month Events and Exhibits in Martinsville-Henry County.

“Tired Souls: King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott” at Piedmont Arts, February 20th

Wednesday January 29, 2020

Play introduces audience to figures instrumental in Civil Rights movement

Rediscover Martinsville’s Museums: Piedmont Arts

Tuesday January 14, 2020

*This is the second in a series of blog stories

Black History Month Events at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday January 14, 2020

Exhibits, programs celebrate contributions of African American artists to arts and culture

New Art Classes at Piedmont Arts

Friday January 10, 2020

Spring barn quilt painting, Hope + Healing, family classes and more

Ice Age Festival and 'Wild About Cats' exhibit opening is Saturday, January 25!

Thursday January 9, 2020

Another Ice Age is being ushered in at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville on Saturday, January 25th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

Rediscover Martinsville’s Museums: Virginia Museum of Natural History

Friday December 20, 2019

*This is the first in a series of blog stories.

Winter Break Science Camp at Virginia Museum of Natural History for ages 6-11!

Thursday December 19, 2019

Come beat the cold and join the Virginia Museum of Natural History on your winter break! 

New Exhibits Opening at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 18, 2019

New exhibits featuring portraits by Tawny Chatmon and large-scale abstract paintings by Halide Salam will be on display January 18 – March 7, 2020 at Piedmont Arts.

Happy Holidays from Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 18, 2019

Happy Holidays from Piedmont Arts

Frog superpowers and the science that explains them

Wednesday December 11, 2019

Thursday, December 12 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Art at Happy Hour, December 19th

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Art at Happy Hour Offers Last Chance to View Exhibits

Fun Ahead in 2020

Monday December 9, 2019

Plan Ahead 

Christmas & Holiday Happenings in MHC

Wednesday November 27, 2019

There's plenty of holiday happenings in Martinsville-Henry County.

Plenty of Family Fun for Everyone

Friday November 15, 2019

Cold temperatures giving you and the family cabin fever?

Piedmont Arts Hosts Second Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Art Garden

Friday November 15, 2019

"Light Art" tree by Ian Hogg to illuminate Art Garden during holidays.

Next 2nd Thursday Science Talk is this Thursday!

Wednesday November 13, 2019

Lost Variety: Anatomical Innovations in the Reptile Fossil Record.

Tickets On Sale Now For RSO Holiday Pops Spectacular

Wednesday November 13, 2019

Enjoy a new matinee performance of RSO's Holiday Pops Spectacular on Dec. 8.

Veteran’s Day Weekend In MHC

Friday November 8, 2019

Spend you Veteran's Day weekend in Martinsville-Henry County.

Get tickets for Elliot Engel's "The Wizardry of Oz"

Wednesday October 30, 2019

Elliot Engel: The Wizardry of Oz on Thursday, November 7th.

Science Sundays at Virginia Museum of Natural History

Friday October 25, 2019

"Science Sundays" set for November 3 and December 8 at VMNH!

New Art Classes at Piedmont Arts

Friday October 18, 2019

Holiday-themed Artspirations, barn quilt painting and more.

Dragon Festival is this Saturday!

Thursday October 17, 2019

Science, history and myth collide during the Dragon Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.! 

Elliot Engel Brings "The Wizardry of Oz" to Piedmont Arts

Thursday October 17, 2019

Dr. Engel to discuss enduring and endearing fame of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

New Exhibits Opening October 18 at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday October 9, 2019

New works by Jill Jensen, Barbara Kobylinska and more!

Fall Into Fun in MHC

Friday September 27, 2019

A Season of Fun 

Don't miss Savory September this Friday!

Wednesday September 25, 2019

Don't miss this groovy party for the arts!

New Exhibits Opening at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday September 24, 2019

Quilted works by Jill Jensen, sculptures by Barbara Kobylinska.

Art at Happy Hour Offers Last Chance to View “FLASHPOINTS”

Wednesday September 18, 2019

Free gallery talk at Piedmont Arts, Oct. 3.

Matthews Gallery Dedication at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Piedmont Arts will hold dedication ceremony for the Matthews September 12th.

New Art Classes at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Drink & Drizzle, barn quilt painting, kids’ classes and more.

Piedmont Arts Brings Dance Español to Local Schools

Tuesday September 3, 2019

Henry County fourth graders take part in two-week dance residency.

Savory September Celebrates “50 Years of LOVE”

Tuesday August 27, 2019

Piedmont Arts annual fundraiser a blast from the past with 1969 theme.

Free VMFA Art Talk this Thursday

Wednesday August 21, 2019

Art Talk along with Sally Mann's Photographs, Exhibits, Classes and more.


Piedmont Arts Dedicates Gallery to Judy and John Matthews

Tuesday August 20, 2019

Museum celebrates couple's contributions at special ceremony.

Free Family Day Explores Encaustic Art at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday August 6, 2019

Join Piedmont Arts for a free Family Day exploring encaustic art on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 11 am – 1 pm at the museum.

Fossil Fever is August 2-11!

Wednesday July 31, 2019

VMNH to have "Fossil Fever" August 2-11.

Dino Festival is this Friday and Saturday!

Tuesday July 23, 2019

Dino Festival is Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.

Franks + Dranks Brings Hot Dogs, Music to Art Garden

Wednesday July 3, 2019

Piedmont Arts hosts cook out-themed event, July 19.

Dino Festival Is Friday, July 26 And Saturday, July 27!

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Come to the Virginia Museum of Natural History July 26th and 27th for Dino Festival 2019.

Art at Happy Hour Offers Last Chance to View “Expressions 2019”

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Free gallery talk at Piedmont Arts, July 18.

50 Years of Love in Martinsville – Henry County, VA

Tuesday June 11, 2019

VisitMartinsville is celebrating 50 Years of Love in Martinsville-Henry County with the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Bug Festival is Saturday, June 15!

Thursday May 23, 2019

Bug Festival returns to the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Piedmont Arts Summer Art Camps Filling Up Fast

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Art Camp still enrolling for ages 5 – 7.

Orquesta Tropikiimba Brings Afro-Caribbean Rhythms to Garden Party

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Expressions 2019, Garden Party, Summer Art Camp plus more.

Local Businesses Win “Best of Virginia” 2019 Awards

Saturday May 18, 2019

 Over 80 local businesses were awarded "Best of Virginia" honors.

Orquesta Tropikiimba Brings Afro-Caribbean Music to Piedmont Arts Garden Party

Friday May 17, 2019

Event to feature live music, craft beer, food truck.

Summer Art Camps Now Enrolling

Wednesday May 8, 2019

Galleries Closed for Installation, Summer Art Camps, Classes and more at Piedmont Arts.

Expressions 2019 Opens May 17 at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday April 30, 2019

Annual exhibit to feature work by more than 100 regional artists.

Don't miss Lights, Glamour, Auction! this Friday

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Piedmont Arts will host their annual Light, Glamour, Auction! Friday, April 26th!

Get your tickets for Lights, Glamour, Auction!

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Piedmont Arts cordially invites you to Lights, Glamour, Auction!

VMFA Exhibits Highlighted at 'Art at Happy Hour'

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Free exhibit tour, refreshments at Piedmont Arts, April 18.

Stoneleigh Estate Rolls Out Red Carpet for Piedmont Arts’ Lights, Glamour, Auction!

Tuesday April 2, 2019

Golden Age of Hollywood-themed fundraiser to benefit Piedmont Arts.

An Evening with Maestro David Stewart Wiley

Wednesday March 27, 2019

Enjoy an intimate concert with Maestro David Stewart Wiley this Thursday.

VMFA Artmobile Visits Piedmont Arts March 21 – 23

Thursday March 21, 2019

Museum Receives Highest National Recognition.

Free VMFA Art Talk this Thursday

Wednesday March 13, 2019

A Beautifully Broken Virginia with John Plashal.

"An Evening with Maestro David Stewart Wiley" in the Piedmont Arts Galleries

Wednesday March 13, 2019

Maestro of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra to perform classics by Gershwin, Rachmaninoff.

Piedmont Arts Receives Highest National Recognition

Friday March 8, 2019

Awarded Re-Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.

VMFA Exhibits Opening Friday

Wednesday March 6, 2019

Galleries at Piedmont Arts are closed through March 8 for exhibit installation.

Piedmont Arts’ Educational Outreach Brings Art to Area Schools

Thursday February 28, 2019

Museum reaches more than 350 students, community members with art programs this month.

"A Beautifully Broken Virginia” Highlights Beauty in Abandoned Places Across Commonwealth

Wednesday February 27, 2019

VMFA Speaker on the Arts John Plashal to give talk at Piedmont Arts.

VMFA Exhibits, Art Talk, Artmobile, Classes and more!

Tuesday February 26, 2019

Piedmont Arts will be having a new exhibit coming soon, as well as some exciting new events.

Every Piece of Furniture Tells a Story

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

"The Firebird" Brings Story of Magic and Love to Stage

Thursday February 14, 2019

Piedmont Arts presents performance by Southwest Virginia Ballet, April 4th.

Daddy Daughter Dance this Friday

Wednesday February 6, 2019

Partnering with Chic-fil-a of Martinsville, Piedmont Arts will be hosting their Daddy Daughter Dance this Friday, February 8th.

Black History Month Events at Piedmont Arts

Friday February 1, 2019

Exhibits, programs celebrate contributions of African American artists to arts and culture.

Daddy Daughter Dance at Piedmont Arts

Thursday January 17, 2019

Create Lasting Memories at Piedmont Arts’ Daddy Daughter Dance.

SAVE THE DATE: Lights, Glamour, Auction!

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Join Piedmont Arts for a special event you won't soon forget.

Polls are open! Vote Now!

Friday January 11, 2019

Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia 2019 Readers’ Survey.

Spring Save the Date

Wednesday January 9, 2019

Be sure to mark these Save the Dates on your calendar for an amazing Spring in 2019. 

Art @ Happy Hour, The Art of the Quilt, Classes and more!

Wednesday December 12, 2018

Piedmont Arts is offering some exciting upcoming events this December. 

Holiday Happenings by Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Enjoy the Holiday Season with numerous events by Piedmont Arts.

Winter Fun in MHC

Sunday December 2, 2018

Enjoy tons of winter fun in Martinsville - Henry County!

VMNH Winter Science Camp is Saturday, December 8!

Monday November 26, 2018

VMNH is offering a science and fun filled camp for children ages 6-12.

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.

Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Friday November 9, 2018

Discover some of the many exciting holiday events happening in Martinsville-Henry County!

Dragon Festival is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at VMNH!

Friday October 19, 2018

A Renaissance Fair atmosphere

Dragon Festival is Saturday, October 20

Monday October 15, 2018

Dragon Festival is Saturday, October 20 at VMNH from 10 am - 6 pm

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


“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

Savory September: Start Your Engines | Tickets On Sale Now!

Wednesday August 22, 2018

$35 General Admission 

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


Art at Happy Hour this Thursday!

Tuesday July 17, 2018


Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday June 27, 2018

Events, classes and more

Maestro David Stewart Wiley this Friday!

Tuesday April 24, 2018

Join us! 

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

Black History Month Events at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday January 23, 2018

Month-long celebration

Virginia Museum of Natural History set to usher in another Ice Age on Saturday, January 20

Wednesday January 10, 2018

Stegodon to headline VMNH's Ice Age Festival

Youth Curator Camp is Saturday, December 9 at VMNH!

Friday December 1, 2017

Register today. Limited space available. 

Jason Springs Live at Pumpkin Palooza

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Gravely-Lester Art Garden


Pumpkin Palooza Brings Live Music, Craft Beer to Art Garden

Friday September 29, 2017

Pumpkin carving contest, fall festival for all ages

Fall Fun in Martinsville-Henry County

Saturday August 19, 2017

From beer and wine tastings to a Reptile Day Festival and theatre shows, there is a fall event for everyone to enjoy in MHC!

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

Monday August 7, 2017

Work by five American Indian artists, artifacts

Two-day dinosaur extravaganza is this Friday and Saturday!

Wednesday July 19, 2017

VMNH- Martinsville, VA 

Summer Fun for Kids in MHC

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Start Planning Now! 

Final "2nd Thursday Science Talk" is this evening!

Thursday May 11, 2017

Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Moore

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

A Holiday Gift Guide from Piedmont Arts

Tuesday December 13, 2016

Check your list

VMNH Youth Curator Camp Coming Soon

Wednesday November 9, 2016
VMNH Youth Curator Camp Coming Soon

Youth Curator Camp for ages 6-12 is Saturday, December 10!

Next 2nd Thursday Science Talk is October 13

Tuesday October 11, 2016
Next 2nd Thursday Science Talk is October 13

“Not just skin and bones: Lessons learned from collections of birds and mammals”

Piedmont Arts Donates to Charity

Wednesday September 21, 2016

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

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

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 Hosts Evening of Jazz

Tuesday July 5, 2016

Reginald Cyntje Group perform

Piedmont Arts Welcomes New Education Coordinator

Thursday June 16, 2016
Piedmont Arts Welcomes New Education Coordinator

Becki Williams Vasquez joins museum staff as the new Education Coordinator. 

Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Wednesday June 8, 2016
Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Nine grants awarded 

Area Businesses Win “Best of Virginia” Awards

Monday May 23, 2016

45 local businesses featured

Hometown Author Celebrates Release of Second Novel

Friday May 6, 2016

Kristen-Paige Madonia, published author, returns to hometown to celebrate the release of second novel, Invisible Fault Lines.

Earth Day Festival

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Earth Day Festival is Saturday, April 23 at J. Frank Wilson Park

Piedmont Arts Hosts Talk on History’s Greatest Art Heists

Tuesday April 19, 2016

VMFAs' Speakers on the Arts

Next 'Science Talk' is Thursday, April 14th

Wednesday April 13, 2016

6 pm at VMNH 

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

Call to Artists: “Expressions 2016”

Tuesday March 22, 2016

Entries accepted for annual exhibit

Next 'Science Talk' is Thursday

Wednesday March 9, 2016


“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. 

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

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.

Next 'Science Talk' is Tonight at 6 p.m.

Thursday January 14, 2016

Biodiversity and your place in it

Ready for a Roaring Good Time?

Monday January 11, 2016

Dino Day returns Saturday, January 30, 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 

School Children’s Choir Brings Holiday Cheer to Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 16, 2015

As part of the Preschools in the Galleries program

Next 'Science Talk' is Thursday, December 10 at 6 p.m.

Monday December 7, 2015

"Dinosaurs and Life Thereafter"

Santa & Ms. Claus to Visit Historic Courthouse

Wednesday December 2, 2015

The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society Announces Holiday Event 

Getting to Know MHC

Wednesday December 2, 2015

Tour Focuses on the History & Culture of Bassett, Virginia.

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 

Virginia Museum of Natural History’s “2nd Thursday Science Talks”

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Virginia Museum of Natural History’s “2nd Thursday Science Talks" is the second Thursday of every month. 

Piedmont Arts presents The Last Ice Merchant and Andes Manta at Rives Theatre

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Piedmont Arts presents The Last Ice Merchant and Andes Manta at Rives Theatre on November 19, 2015.

Danville Residents Tour Through Time in MHC

Wednesday October 28, 2015

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

Reptile Day 2015

Friday October 23, 2015

Reptile Day 2015 is this Saturday, October 24

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

Halloween Happenings in MHC

Wednesday October 21, 2015

"Halloween Happenings" for the entire family to enjoy!

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

Get the Picture

Wednesday October 7, 2015

A Photo Walk Through the Martinsville Uptown Historic District

Smith River Sports Complex hosts inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival September 19

Tuesday September 15, 2015

Wine by the River Wine Festival on September 19, 2015.

20 things you Need to do this September in MHC

Wednesday September 9, 2015

September will be full of fun

Science Talks at VMNH

Wednesday September 9, 2015

"2nd Thursday Science Talks" series resumes Thursday at 6 p.m.

Bugs, Beer & BBQ

Wednesday August 5, 2015

Inaugural museum cookout is next Friday!

Barbecue, Beer and...Bugs?

Monday July 27, 2015

Inaugural VMNH Cookout is to be held Friday, August 14.

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

Summer 2015 Kids Camps

Wednesday May 20, 2015

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

Area Businesses Win “Best Of Virginia” Awards

Friday May 8, 2015

58 local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine

Mother's Day From MHC

Wednesday May 6, 2015

For mom, with love

2nd Thursday Science Talk: "The Gravely House"

Tuesday April 7, 2015

The Gravely House: A Case Study in 20th Century Archaeology and Material Culture

Tickets Still Available for Grapes & Grains at VMNH

Thursday April 2, 2015

Get your tickets while you still can!

Top Ten Events To Attend In April In MHC

Sunday March 15, 2015

Top ten events to attend in April in Martinsville-Henry County

National Day of Unplugging

Wednesday February 25, 2015

What will you do when you unplug?

Military Discounts

Monday January 26, 2015

Military Discounts

Season of Giving in MHC

Thursday December 18, 2014

Give to great Martinsville-Henry County institutions this holiday season

Wildlife of Manhattan finds new home at VMNH

Friday December 12, 2014
Wildlife of Manhattan finds new home at VMNH

Over 230 wildlife mounts donated to VMNH to be used in future exhibits

Come enjoy "2nd Thursday Science Talks" at VMNH

Tuesday December 9, 2014

December's "2nd Thursday Science Talk" is “Stream Temperatures as a Guide to Restoring Habitat for Virginia’s State Fish”

"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.

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Area Residents Participate in FAM Tour

Saturday September 13, 2014

Familiarization tour introduced Martinsville-Henry County residents to area attractions

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  

Take Back Your Vacation

Thursday August 21, 2014

Escape to Philpott Lake

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

Volunteers Visit Virginia Museum of Natural History

Friday August 8, 2014

VisitMartinsville Volunteers Explored VMNH During "Living On Water" Festival

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

Discover the Great Outdoors

Tuesday June 17, 2014

"Not all who wonder are lost."- J.R.R. Tolkien 

From Genetics To Genealogy

Friday May 16, 2014

Daphne Wayson's Story of Finding Her Roots at the Bassett Historical Center

A Three-Day Escape

Monday May 5, 2014

Enjoy a long weekend in Martinsville-Henry County

Bug Daze Festival Is This Saturday

Friday May 2, 2014

Catch the Bearded Bee Man and a myriad of insects this Saturday

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?

VMNH Presents Jefferson Awards

Friday March 21, 2014

8 Recipients Honored at 27th Annual Thomas Jefferson Awards

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

Visit FAHI African American Heritage Museum

Monday February 10, 2014

Preserving history at FAHI

Celebrate Black History Month

Friday January 31, 2014

Black History Month in Martinsville-Henry County

Celebrate Black History Month At Piedmont Arts

Tuesday January 28, 2014

Summary Of Black History Month Events At Piedmont Arts

Rediscover the Past at the MHC Historical Museum

Monday January 13, 2014

MHC Historical Museum; more than a visit, an Experience

Family Research

Thursday January 9, 2014

Peter Ramsey of Franklin County Shares on Family Research

"750-Legged Beast" Topic of Tomorrow's 'Science Talk'

Wednesday January 8, 2014

"750-Legged Beast" Topic of Tomorrow's 'Science Talk' at VMNH

A New Year of Experiences

Tuesday December 31, 2013

An Overview of January Events in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia

Enjoy Art & Wine at Piedmont Arts' First Fridays Painting and Pinot

Monday December 30, 2013

A new monthly outing for you and your friends

December Discoveries: MHC Heritage Center & Museum

Monday December 16, 2013

Honoring the ingenuity, resilience and fortitude of area manufacturers.