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Holiday Happenings by Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Enjoy the Holiday Season with numerous events by Piedmont Arts.


Winter Fun in MHC

Saturday December 1, 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

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


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

7/19/18


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

At VMNH 


“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.


Piedmont Arts On Stage Kicks Off 24th Season with Concert by Nashville's Annie Moses Band

Tuesday September 30, 2014
Piedmont Arts On Stage Kicks Off 24th Season with Concert by Nashville's Annie Moses Band

Virtuosic family band brings Julliard-honed Skill to Nashville-styled music making


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.