Piedmont Arts          

Public Art Program

Introducing art into the everyday landscape of Martinsville-Henry County

Piedmont Arts' public art program engages local and regional artists, whose work adds to the scenic beauty of Martinsville-Henry County.

Gravely-Lester Art Garden
207 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA

Funded, in part, through an Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Piedmont Arts' Gravely-Lester Art Garden features six sculptures, a walking path, a 100-year-old Remarkable Tree of Virginia and is home to the museum's Historic Little Post Office, a former working post office (c.1893) on the USPS's Star Route.

The Art Garden is free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Learn more here.

Kabuki Dancer
Barry Tinsley
Brushed Steel, 2006
Piedmont Arts, 215 Starling Ave, Martinsville, VA

Donated by the children of Paul T. Mattox in memory of their father

Kabuki Dancer was donated to Piedmont Arts in 2006 by the children of Paul T. Mattox. Paul was an avid supporter of the arts in Martinsville-Henry County and this eye-catching work, which graces the museum's front patio, is a true tribute to his memory.

MHC After 3 Mural
Ed Dolinger, MHC After 3 Students
Mural, 2007
Martinsville YMCA, 3 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA

Funded through a grant from the Harvest Foundation with support from MHC After 3, Martinsville YMCA and City of Martinsville

Artist Ed Dolinger assisted students from MHC After 3 in the design of a mural for the Martinsville YMCA. The work overlooks the YMCA playground, adding a pop of color to the landscape.

Elephants on Parade
Jessie Ward
Mural, 2009
NCI King Building, 30 Franklin Street, Martinsville, VA

Funded through a grant from the Harvest Foundation with support from Dr. and Mrs. Mervyn King, New College Institute and City of Martinsville

Elephants on Parade was inspired by an historic photograph from the collection of retired doctor and local property owner, Dr. Mervyn King. Taken around 1920, the photograph features a parade of elephants, clowns and performers advertising the arrival of a circus in Martinsville. The photograph was adapted into a vibrant and detailed mural that invites viewers to seek out more information about the area's history.

Farmers Market
Betty LaDuke, 2009
Uptown Farmers Market, 60 West Church Street, Martinsville

Funded through a grant from the Harvest Foundation, a grant from the Puffin Foundation, financial support from MHC After 3, and the support of City of Martinsville, Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association, Studio 107 and R. Reid Young III, P.C.

Artist Betty LaDuke toured Martinsville-Henry County to create sketches of local people and places. These sketches were the inspiration for Farmers Market, the large-scale mural LaDuke created especially for the Uptown Farmers' Market.

In conjunction with LaDuke's mural project, area high school students enrolled in MHC After 3/Upward Bound worked with local artist Celia Tucker to design and paint mini-murals inspired by LaDuke's design. These murals hang on the stalls at the Farmers Market.

Old Glory
Scott LoBaido
Mural, 2012
TheatreWorks, 44 Franklin Street, Martinsville, VA

Funded with support from the Wounded Warrior Project, City of Martinsville and VisitMartinsville

Renowned artist Scott LoBaido, whose stunning depictions of the American flag can be seen all across America, used his patriotic artistry to create,Old Glory, a stunning American flag mural on the outer wall of TheatreWorks in Uptown Martinsville. LoBaido created this 18 ft. x 38 ft. mural in honor of Cpl. JB Kerns, a local veteran who lost three limbs in an IED explosion during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

June German Ball
Community Project
Mural, 2014
Fayette Square, 53 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA

Planned and funded by New College Institute with support from City of Martinsville

June German Ball, celebrates the vibrant culture and heritage of Martinsville's historic Fayette Street. The mural depicts a fictional scene from one of Martinsville's famed June German Balls, which were popular within the African American community in the early part of the 20th century. These balls were held yearly, in the heat of June, and featured celebrated entertainers from the Jazz age like Jimmie Lunceford & His Dance Orchestra, who performed at the event in 1938.

June German Ball was designed and painted by Abigail Kieselbach and Briana Amos, interns participating in the New College Institute's summer internship program; local artists Charles Hill, Iris Gillispie and Lex Hairston; former New College Institute Coordinator of Experimental Learning, Katie Croft; former Piedmont Arts intern, Ally Sneed; and Piedmont Arts Director of Exhibitions and Marketing Bernadette Moore.

Mobilizing Our Community
Kevin Reese
Mobiles, 2014
28 Locations in Martinsville-Henry County

Support provided by Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, Dominion, RTI International Metals, Hooker Furniture, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, Chick-fil-A, W.W. Sale Foundation, Lucy P. Sale Foundation, Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County, The Lester Group, Kathryn Ascough Smith Art Education Fund of Piedmont Arts

Students from all 19 schools in Martinsville-Henry County participated in Mobilizing Our Community, a mobile-making project presented by Piedmont Arts. Artist Kevin Reese worked with students to create dynamic mobiles that are now a permanent part of the community.

Mobiles on view to the public can be found at the following locations:
Mobiles installed in non-public facilities are located at The Lester Group offices, Hooker Furniture's Customer Service Center, Chick-fil-A, RTI International Metals, and private residences.

More about Mobilizing Our Community

Uptown Connection Trail
Amanda Honore Donley, Aleen Wilson
Mural, 2015
Uptown Pocket Park, 41 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA

Planned and funded by City of Martinsville

Like a postcard of yesteryear, the Uptown Connection Trail mural sends well wishes to visitors taking a break in Uptown’s newest pocket park. Designed and painted by local artists Amanda Honore Donley and Aleen Wilson, this mural is a picture-perfect addition to historic Uptown.