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Find Unique Holiday Gifts at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday December 1, 2020

#ShopLocal Gift Shop features handmade work by local and regional artists

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.

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

Blues, Brews and Stews this Friday

Wednesday October 14, 2020

$20 General Admission

Blues, Brews and Stews this Friday

Wednesday October 14, 2020

$20 General Admission

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

Free Art at Happy Hour Thursday

Wednesday October 7, 2020

Join us from 5-7

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

Third Annual Blues, Brews & Stews Set for Oct. 16

Wednesday September 23, 2020

Enjoy live music and Brunswick stew

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

Southern Virginia Girls Trip

Friday August 14, 2020

Girls, grab your BFFs and hit the road! 

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

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

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.

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

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. 

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.

Piedmont Arts @ Home

Wednesday April 1, 2020

Stay connected with the arts using Piedmont Arts @ Home

Spring Break Fun in MHC

Monday March 9, 2020

Low-Costs, BIG Fun 

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

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.

Piedmont Arts Scholarship Applications Due May 1

Thursday February 13, 2020

Area high school, college students eligible to apply for museum’s art scholarships

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

Tuesday February 4, 2020

Free family fun for all ages, Feb. 22

#LOVE is in Bloom in MHC this Valentine’s Day

Tuesday February 4, 2020

Valentine’s Day is here and, for many ladies, so is the moment they have been waiting for! The VisitMartinsville team is here to help you from your proposal, to your wedding day. Valentine’s Day is a fun and loving day for many people and we want to take the work out of it for you. From the jeweler to the “I Do” venue, let us help you start those plans!

It all starts with a ring! Martinsville – Henry County is home to two locally-owned and operated jewelry stores that can help you pick the perfect engagement ring for your soulmate. Whether you prefer a modern style, a ring with a vintage flare, or you want to design your own, our local jewelers are ready to help. You can also shop for wedding bands and gifts for your wedding party.

The Jeweler’s Edge offers more than 30 years of experience in jewelry sales and repairs. They are also a member of the Diamond Council of America and are certified in Diamonds and Gemstones. Stop by the store to browse their extensive collection, including estate pieces, or to have them create a one-of-a-kind piece for your future bride. You will also find an assortment of jewelry that will make perfect gifts for your groomsmen and bridal party.

Mark’s Jewelers, located in Uptown Martinsville, is owned and operated by local goldsmith Mark Gillipsie who has 32 years bench experience. Drop in and say hello and see what treasures are available. 

You bought the ring, she said yes, now it’s time to pick the perfect venue for your perfect day! What’s your wedding style? Elegant and chic? Charming and rustic? Outdoors and fun? Martinsville – Henry County is home to numerous venues that offer the perfect setting for your perfect day. Consider these venues:

The Bassett Train Station Event Center is located in the renovated historic train station in Bassett, Virginia. The Event Center has a historic appeal with added modern amenities.

The Heritage Conference & Event Center is located on the grounds of the former Bassett Country Club, which opened in 1926. The Lester Group has since modernized the former clubhouse and renamed it.

The Historic Little Post Office is located on a spacious wooded lot in the heart of Martinsville’s Arts & Cultural District. The building and grounds are full of historic charm. The small, gable-front building is lushly detailed in the Queen Anne Style, with beautiful ironwork and an original stained glass door, providing a beautiful backdrop for exhibits and events.

Mountain Valley Artisan Barn offers 7500 square feet of barn space and endless mountain views for the perfect country setting for your perfect day.

Stoneleigh Estate is a 1926 Tudor mansion nestled in the Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking 56 acres of manicured lawns, forest, and recently refurbished formal gardens. It is crafted out of stone from the nearby Smith River. The interior décor is European chic with modern conveniences. Stoneleigh is listed on the National Historic Registry and once the home of former Virginia Governor Thomas B. Stanley. (Featured in the Weddings edition of Virginia Living Magazine in 2018) 

Then comes the perfect reception venue! If you are looking for a venue for your reception, away from your wedding venue, consider these:
The Baldwin Building
Forest Park Country Club
Grand Fiesta Event Venue

Historic John D. Bassett Special Events Center
Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center& Museum
Mountain Valley Brewing
Piedmont Arts

Spencer Penn Centre
The Uptown Ministry Center
Virginia Museum of Natural History

Need lodging options for your out-of-town guests? Local options include a historic estate, elegant b & b’s, hotels and camping. Find information on the venues below, and others, at VisitMartinsville.com/stay.
Baymont Inn
Comfort Inn
The Fishel Cottage
Hampton Inn 
The Ketchie House
One Starling
Quality-Dutch Inn
The Simmons House

Contact the VisitMartinsville team for more information on local wedding venues and to find out how we can make your planning a little easier. Be sure to ask about obtaining welcome bags for your out-of-town guests by calling (276) 632-8006 or visit us online at www.VisitMartinsville.com/event-planning


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

Daddy Daughter Dance February 8th at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday January 21, 2020

Second Annual Daddy Daughter Dance at Piedmont Arts

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

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

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.

STEAM Symposium Saturday at NCI

Tuesday November 19, 2019

Join NCI and Piedmont Arts for STEAM Symposium on Nov. 23 from 9 am – 2 pm

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.

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.

Voting Now Open for Dancing for the Arts

Thursday October 31, 2019

Eight teams will compete in Piedmont Arts fundraiser on April 4, 2020

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

Wednesday October 30, 2019

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

Blues, Brews + Stews this Friday

Wednesday October 23, 2019

Enjoy live music, craft beer + Brunswick stew in the Art Garden.

New Art Classes at Piedmont Arts

Friday October 18, 2019

Holiday-themed Artspirations, barn quilt painting and more.

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!

Second Annual Blues, Brews & Stews Set for Oct. 25

Tuesday October 1, 2019

Live music, craft beer and Brunswick stew in Gravely-Lester Art Garden.

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.

New Art Classes at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday July 31, 2019

Get inspired! 

New Exhibits Opening at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday July 17, 2019


Franks + Dranks Brings Hot Dogs, Music to Art Garden

Wednesday July 3, 2019

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

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

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Free gallery talk at Piedmont Arts, July 18.

Coming Up at Piedmont Arts

Thursday June 27, 2019

Save the dates 

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.

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.

Nostalgic Nuptials

Wednesday May 1, 2019

Find the perfect historic location for your wedding day in Martinsville-Henry County!

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.

Call to Artists: Enter Work in Expressions 2019

Tuesday April 9, 2019

Regional artists invited to enter annual exhibit at Piedmont Arts

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.

VMFA Artmobile Visits Piedmont Arts March 21 – 23

Thursday March 21, 2019

Museum Receives Highest National Recognition.

VisitMartinsville Receives $10,000 Grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation “50 Years of Love” Program Marketing Fund

Friday March 15, 2019

Grant fund established to help celebrate 50th anniversary of the “Virginia is for Lovers” tourism slogan.

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.

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

Thursday February 14, 2019

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

9th Annual Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K Coming Soon

Wednesday February 6, 2019

The Martinsville running scene flourishes as competitors hit the pavement for the 9th annual Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K.

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.

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. 

Mood and Music, Yoga in the Galleries, VMFA Art Talk and more!

Wednesday January 2, 2019

Piedmont Arts has some exciting upcoming events to kick off 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. 

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

Sunday December 2, 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


“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


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


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