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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.


Winter Fun in MHC

Saturday December 1, 2018

Enjoy tons of winter fun in Martinsville - Henry County!


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.


Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Friday November 9, 2018

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


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


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


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

 


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


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


Garden Party tickets on sale now!

Wednesday June 13, 2018

$15 GA 


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

 


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 


“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!


Holiday Pops Concert this Sunday

Tuesday December 5, 2017

7 pm at MHS Auditorium


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.


Elliot Engel Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday October 18, 2017

Plus more events! 



Jason Springs Live at Pumpkin Palooza

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Gravely-Lester Art Garden

 


New Student Work on Display at Piedmont Arts

Friday October 6, 2017

Elementary school students show work


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


Pink for the Week Yoga Class at Piedmont Arts

Thursday September 21, 2017

Museum supports local breast health initiative.



Tickets on Sale for Savory September: Hawaii

Thursday September 7, 2017

At the Art Garden

 


Art Talk Examines Modern Art: Native American Style

Friday September 1, 2017

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Speaker 



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!


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!


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! 


Piedmont Arts Honors Supporters at Clyde Hooker Awards

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Judy Matthews and Kings Grant to be honored


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


Regional Artists Invited to Enter Annual Exhibit at Piedmont Arts

Thursday April 27, 2017

Expressions 2017 Artwork Entry: Saturday, May 6





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.


10 Regional Performers Compete in SOVA’s Got Talent

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Saturday, April 8 at 6 pm


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Wednesday March 22, 2017

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


New Student Work on Display at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday March 15, 2017

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


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Wednesday March 15, 2017

Richmond Ballet II • Scholarships • SOVA's Got Talent + more!


Christmas Cards Feature of New Exhibit at Little Post Office

Wednesday March 15, 2017

40 years of Christmas cards by Wanda Prillaman on display.


Exhibit Honors Art and Life of Wanda Prillaman

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Works by local watercolor artist are showcased in Piedmont Arts exhibit


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.


New Student Work on Display at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday February 14, 2017

In museum’s Foster Gallery


Salt Marsh Family Day

Wednesday February 8, 2017

Fun at Piedmont Arts 


Richmond Ballet Tickets On Sale

Wednesday February 1, 2017

Coming this March 


Art In Bloom

Wednesday January 25, 2017

Garden Week in MHC 


Final Audition for SOVA’s Got Talent Set for Jan. 21

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Martinsville High School Auditorium



Piedmont Arts Galleries Transform into Salt Marsh in New Exhibit

Wednesday January 4, 2017

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


2016 Year in Review

Tuesday December 27, 2016

Highlights from 2016 


The Art of the Quilt Closing Dec. 31

Wednesday December 21, 2016

Quilt exhibits on display through holiday season


New Student Work on Display at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 14, 2016

In museum’s Foster Gallery


A Holiday Gift Guide from Piedmont Arts

Tuesday December 13, 2016

Check your list



Winter Solstice Yoga at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 7, 2016

Instructor Elizabeth Walsh 



Celebrate the Holidays with Piedmont Arts' Annual Holiday Pops Concert

Monday November 14, 2016
Celebrate the Holidays with Piedmont Arts' Annual Holiday Pops Concert

Broadway star Joy Lynn Jacobs returns to On Stage with Roanoke Symphony


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.


Colorful Quilts and Fiber Arts Coming to Piedmont Arts

Wednesday November 2, 2016

10th biennial quilt exhibit



Piedmont Arts Donates to Charity

Wednesday September 21, 2016

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


Gallery Talk with Joni Pienkowski at "Art @ Happy Hour"

Friday September 16, 2016

Comments and questions welcomed 


Dr. Elliot Engel returns to Piedmont Arts

Thursday September 15, 2016

With “The Inimitable Winston Churchill”


Art & Wonder in Martinsville

Monday September 12, 2016

Article by Bernadette Moore & Jennifer Doss


Pumpkin Palooza at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday September 7, 2016

Enter your team today


“Art Class Confidential" Showcases Artwork by High School Seniors

Thursday September 1, 2016

Piedmont Arts exhibit features work by 36 local students


19 Local Chefs Cook Up Indian-themed Foods for Piedmont Arts Fundraiser

Wednesday August 31, 2016

Savory September celebrates food and culture of India


“Faking It” Takes In-depth Look at History of Art Forgery

Tuesday August 16, 2016

Tickets on sale Friday for art talk


Savory September Celebrates Food and Culture of India

Tuesday August 9, 2016

Tickets on sale for Indian-themed fundraiser


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


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. 



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.




Piedmont Arts Hosts Talk on History’s Greatest Art Heists

Tuesday April 19, 2016

VMFAs' Speakers on the Arts



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


“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.



“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. 


Students from Italy Say “Ciao” to MHC

Thursday February 4, 2016

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


Area Tour Discovers Martinsville Arts

Thursday January 14, 2016

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


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


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


Piedmont Arts Welcomes New Staff Members

Tuesday November 24, 2015

Piedmont Arts welcomes Brian Stanley and Lea Henderson to its staff.


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 


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.


"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


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


Piedmont Arts Exhibits Celebrate Latin American Arts and Culture

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Cuban artist makes U.S. debut in Martinsville


Savory September Celebrates Foods of Latin America

Tuesday September 22, 2015

Local Chefs Create Latin American-themed Dishes for Arts Fundraiser


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


Martinsville Culture Crawl Rescheduled

Wednesday September 9, 2015

New Date set for September 18th 


Piedmont Arts Establishes Fund in Memory of Alison Parker

Saturday August 29, 2015

Arts fund to benefit Richmond Ballet


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


Piedmont Arts Hosts Big Hats and Bow Ties Garden Party

Friday June 5, 2015

Garden Party Raises Funds for the Arts


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


Swingtime! Starring The Jive Aces with The Tinseltown Jitterbugs

Sunday March 8, 2015

Piedmont Arts On Stage Brings UK's No. 1 Jive and Swing Band to Martinsville


Closures & Cancellations

Thursday March 5, 2015

Closures & Cancellations for March 5, 2015


Military Discounts

Monday January 26, 2015

Military Discounts


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


Dar He Brings Story of Emmett Till to Stage

Wednesday January 14, 2015
Dar He Brings Story of Emmett Till to Stage

Piedmont Arts presents one-man play featuring actor and playwright Mike Wiley


Holiday Hot Tickets

Friday November 21, 2014

Check off your holiday shopping list with great event tickets at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center


Virginia Tourism and Local Leaders Participate in FAM Tour

Friday October 31, 2014

Twenty-one people toured Martinsville-Henry County on FAM Tour. 


"Seniors on the Move" Tour Martinsville

Friday October 3, 2014

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


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


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  


Piedmont Arts Announces 2014–2015 Performing Arts Season

Monday August 4, 2014

Piedmont Arts Announces 2014–2015 Performing Arts Season


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


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.


Virginia Symphony and "Wandering Minstrel Show" Coming to Martinsville

Thursday April 3, 2014

Piedmont Arts Brings Virginia Symphony and "Wandering Minstrel Show" to Martinsville


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


Move to the Music in MHC

Thursday March 6, 2014

Enjoy the music


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


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


"Old News" Is Good News At Piedmont Arts

Thursday January 16, 2014

Enjoy the critically acclaimed work of Johnny Selman at Piedmont Arts


Piedmont Arts Presents Henry "Box" Brown

Tuesday January 14, 2014

Mike Wiley as Henry "Box" Brown


Tapestry at Piedmont Arts

Monday January 13, 2014

A common love of the arts


Be Part of the Art in mARTinsville!

Tuesday January 7, 2014

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


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


Martinsville Native Johnny Selman To Show At Piedmont Arts

Tuesday November 26, 2013

Martinsville Native Johnny Selman Brings Critically Acclaimed Poster Series To Piedmont Arts


Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Monday November 25, 2013

Variety Of Exciting Events During The Holiday Season In Martinsville-Henry County


Broadway Star Joins Piedmont Arts Holiday Pops Concert

Friday November 15, 2013

Broadway Star Joins Ensemble For Piedmont Arts On Stage Holiday Pops Concert


Piedmont Arts Explores Fahrenheit 451 With Performance And Programs

Friday October 25, 2013

Piedmont Arts Explores Fahrenheit 451 With Performance And Programs


Fall Exhibits in Martinsville-Henry County Museums

Monday October 14, 2013

Summary Of Exhibits And Galleries In Martinsville-Henry County Museums


A Visit to Skip's

Tuesday September 24, 2013

Good Food and Southern Hospitality


Piedmont Arts Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday September 13, 2013

Piedmont Arts Celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Special Programs


Prof. Elliot Engel at Piedmont Arts with Brilliant and Bizarre Brontes

Friday August 23, 2013

Professor Elliot Engel Giving Lecture on Bronte Sisters at Piedmont Arts


TheaterWorks Auditions Scheduled

Friday July 26, 2013

Auditions coming up August 3rd for a play at TheaterWorks


Piedmont Arts Presents Mad Men Martini Mixer

Tuesday June 4, 2013

Mad Men Martini Mixer at Piedmont Arts


Piedmont Arts to Give Away Two Free Family Memberships

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Visit Piedmont Arts Saturday for your chance to win


Portraits by Martinsville High School Students Travel to Rwanda

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Local Art Travels to Rwanda


Piedmont Arts Presents 2013 Clyde Hooker Awards

Tuesday May 14, 2013

2013 Clyde Hooker Awards


Area Businesses Win “Best Of Virginia” Awards

Friday May 3, 2013

More than thirty local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine


Summer Art Camps at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday April 24, 2013

Enroll your 5-8 year olds now


Expressions to Open at Piedmont Arts

Thursday April 11, 2013

Local and Regional Art on Display


Rockapella Brings Motown & More to Piedmont Arts On Stage

Wednesday April 3, 2013

Let the sounds take you back in time


Piedmont Arts' Bus to Broadway Heads to DPAC

Thursday March 28, 2013

Tickets are now on sale


Sing-a-Long A Sound of Music this Friday at the Rives Theatre

Wednesday March 20, 2013

Piedmont Arts presents Sing-a-Long A Sound of Music


Spring Break in MHC

Tuesday March 12, 2013

Don't let spring break leave you looking for ways to entertain your children!


Sing-Along to the Sound of Music

Tuesday March 12, 2013

Piedmont Arts Brings Sing-Along Version of The Sound of Music to Rives Theatre


Expressions 2013 Call for Artists

Monday March 11, 2013

Annual Open Entry Art Exhibit to Open at Piedmont Arts


Richmond Ballet II to Perform

Monday February 18, 2013

Richmond Ballet II Brings Classic and Contemporary Ballet to Piedmont Arts On Stage


Piedmont Arts Plans Events for Young Adults

Tuesday February 5, 2013

Museum's Weekend Plans Include Events for Young Professionals and Teens


Celebrate Black History Month

Tuesday January 29, 2013

A month full of exbibits, special events and resources


Long Weekend Getaway Ideas

Tuesday January 15, 2013

Some inspiration on how to spend you next holiday weekend.


Roanoke Symphony Orchestra to Perform

Friday December 7, 2012

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Brings "It's a Wonderful Life" to Piedmont Arts On Stage


Meet Kara Carter-Hundley

Tuesday December 4, 2012

Program Coordinator, The Artisan Center


Meet Matthew Wade

Monday November 19, 2012

Welder, H C Wade Sheet Metal Works


The Art of the Quilt

Thursday November 1, 2012

Biennial Quilt Exhibit a Patchwork of Styles at Piedmont Arts


Meet Rhonda Hodges

Tuesday October 9, 2012

Dean, Workforce Development and Continuing Education


Family Concert at Rives

Saturday October 6, 2012

Trout Fishing in America Brings Family Music with a Sense of Humor to Rives Theatre Concert


Literary Humorist to Speak

Friday October 5, 2012

Engel to speak on Life and Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald


Meet John Matthews

Tuesday September 25, 2012

Artist


Kristen-Paige Madonia to Visit MHC

Friday September 7, 2012

Author with Local Ties Visits Piedmont Arts for Book Signing


Meet Darrin Doss

Tuesday August 28, 2012

President, Smith River Chapter of Trout Unlimited 


Upcoming Arts & Culture Events

Thursday July 26, 2012

An overview of great exhibits, performances and events to mark on your calendar


Piedmont Arts Uses Technology to Heighten Gallery Experience

Friday July 20, 2012

Exhibit encourages use of smartphones


Piedmont Arts Opens Retail Gallery for Studio 107 Artists

Thursday July 12, 2012

A retail gallery for the sell of work by Studio 107 artists has been installed at Piedmont Arts, offering patrons a new way to experience local arts.


Bold Paintings by Pace-Berkeley

Saturday July 7, 2012

Bold Paintings by Blacksburg Artist Jesi Pace-Berkeley on Display at Piedmont Arts


mARTinsville LOVE

Friday June 8, 2012

A look back at the photos taken at this work of public art. 


Meet Brenda Feeny

Tuesday June 5, 2012

President, The Sewing Studio


Meet Bernadette Moore

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Piedmont Arts


Tourism Appreciation Night

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Please join us for a fun evening in celebration of Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia!


2012 Summer Camp Guide

Monday May 21, 2012

Summer fun for all ages in Martinsville-Henry County


Martinsville Insiders' Tips Revisited

Tuesday May 15, 2012

The best of past tips from real MHC residents


Area Businesses Win "Best Of Virginia" Awards

Thursday May 10, 2012

More than forty local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine


Local Organizations Share the LOVE of Art

Friday April 20, 2012

Public Art Installed at the MHC Visitor Center and Artisan Center to Celebrate the Arts


NASCAR Teams Bowl to Benefit Area Veteran

Thursday April 19, 2012

Event Raised More Than $1,300 to Help Build Cpl. J.B. Kerns' "Smart Home"


Gary Sinise to Open Rooster Walk

Monday April 16, 2012

Gary Sinise and His Lt. Dan Band to open the Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival


Poco & Pure Prairie League

Sunday April 8, 2012

Country-Rock Legends Play Concert in Martinsville


Events Focus on Mark Twain Classics

Saturday April 7, 2012

Senior Citizen Day/Family Day Celebrate Mark Twain Classics


Artist Scott LoBaido to Paint American Flag in Martinsville

Monday March 26, 2012

Artist to paint flag mural in efforts to salute Cpl. J.B Kerns


Meet Tonya Bredamus

Tuesday March 20, 2012

Blogger and Stay at Home Mom


Studio 107 Launches New Brochure

Friday March 9, 2012

Studio takes advantage of tourism marketing grant offered by the EDC


Spend a Stormy Evening with Mark Twain

Friday March 9, 2012

Piedmont Arts Presents "Mark Twain at Large"


Meet Laura Bowles

Tuesday February 7, 2012

Executive Director, Martinsville Uptown


Wilde Production Comes to Martinsville

Wednesday January 18, 2012

Clever High Jinks and Romantic Comedy Rule in "Earnest" 


"Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives"

Tuesday January 17, 2012

Piedmont Arts Program on Theater and Culture 


Meet Jim Woods

Tuesday January 10, 2012

Martinsville Library Branch Manager, Blue Ridge Regional Library


Dianne Smith: Surface & Soul

Monday January 9, 2012

Exhibit Features Work By New York Artist; Images, Documents from Civil Rights Movement 


Meet Roland Guidry

Tuesday December 27, 2011

Artist, Studio 107


Meet Kris Landrum

Tuesday December 6, 2011

Public Relations Director, Patrick Henry Community College


Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops

Friday December 2, 2011

Roanoke Symphony brings holiday concert to Martinsville.


Meet Roger Adams

Tuesday November 29, 2011

Director, Henry County Parks & Recreation


Piedmont Arts Launches New Marketing Tools

Thursday November 17, 2011

Art gallery launches new resources for visitors