Upcoming Events

June 29, 2021  

Clyde Hooker Awards

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Piedmont Arts will honor Joyce Staples and Prillaman Landscape Dimensions, Inc. at the 19th annual Clyde Hooker Awards.

The museum will also recognize Arts in Education Award recipient Brian Stanley and the recipients of the Nicodemus Hufford and Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarships.

The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy a reception with light refreshments following the ceremony. In lieu of an admission cost, please consider making a donation to the Piedmont Arts Scholarship Fund here.

RSVP required by Friday, June 25, 2021. 


Admission Free

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July 9, 2021  

Franks + Dranks

6:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Autos by Nelson

Summer is heating up and it's the perfect time for a cook out. Luckily, Piedmont Arts has it covered with Franks + Dranks, a cook out-themed summer party. Enjoy music, yard games, beer and wine, and all the hot dogs and fixins you can eat. Guests will be treated to food and lemonade free of charge, but should bring cash for the bar and a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

No outside franks or dranks allowed. In case of rain, Franks + Dranks will be held at Piedmont Arts.

Buy Tickets:

Franks + Dranks - Friday, July 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM

@ $ 20.00 ea. - Adult
@ $ 5.00 ea. - Under 12

July 15, 2021  

Art at Happy Hour

5:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Enjoy happy hour with a self-guided tour of the museum's current exhibits. Complimentary drinks and light snacks provided by the Piedmont Arts Guild.

RSVP required by Wednesday, July 14, 2021.


Admission Free

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Garment for Remembering the Earth (detail), Jennifer L. Hand
July 30, 2021  

Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Lucy and Sergio Amato, Janice and Kelly Cain, Karen and David Jones, Donna and Richard Lawhon, Debbie and Ben Lewis, Ally and Joe Leizer, Nancy and Rob Spilman and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Awards ceremony at 5:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. Music by Ann Nichols.

RSVP Required by July 27, 2021. 


Admission Free

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Geoff Marsh
August 28, 2021  

60th Anniversary Family Day

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by VisitMartinsville, The Lester Group, Sovah, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Service Roofing & Sheet Metal, Martinsville Eyecare, Virginia Mirror Co., Third Bay Cafe, ValleyStar, Whitescarver Engineering, Fidelity Bank, American National Bank & Trust, Richard and Pat Galos, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, Dr. Edward Snyder, Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Blue Ridge Bank, Eliza Walmsley, Laurel Park Community Boosters, Quirk Design Build

Celebrate the museum's 60th anniversary with a fun Family Day for all ages. Enjoy crafts, face painting and caricatures, plus magic workshops and a performance by acrobat/juggler/magician Geoff Marsh. Marsh has performed his unique circus stunts and zany marionette puppet shows at schools, family festivals and Renaissance fairs all over the world. Complimentary refreshments. Food trucks available on-site.


Admission Free

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September 10, 2021  

Savory September

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Celebrate the museum's 60th anniversary at this progressive dinner on Martinsville's "museum mile." The event will take place at Piedmont Arts, the Gravely-Lester Art Garden and One Starling. Each location will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and tasty cocktails. 

History of Piedmont Arts + One Starling

Piedmont Arts and One Starling were once the private homes of brothers Michael and Nicholas Schottland, founders of Virginia Mirror Company. Today, Piedmont Arts is a world-class art museum and One Starling is a fully-renovated bed and breakfast.

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October 1, 2021  

Blues, Brews + Stews

6:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Enjoy food, drinks and live music in the Art Garden. T.C. Carter Band will perform a blend of blues, country and rock. Meal includes classic Brunswick stew or a vegetarian option, cornbread and water or tea for $5 per meal. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. No outside food or drinks. In case of rain, Blues, Brews & Stews will be held at Piedmont Arts.

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October 7, 2021  

Latin Ballet of Virginia: Verde

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Latin Ballet of Virginia's powerful performances enrich and connect audiences through Latin/Hispanic cultural dance. Verde is an immersive dance/theatre production focusing on the preservation and promotion of the sacred love and respect to planet Earth. Tailored to coordinate with the exhibit, Leaves of the Tree, the performance will take place in the museum's galleries where the dancers and audience will be surrounded by falling leaves and a towering tree created by artists Charlie Brouwer and Jennifer L. Hand.


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November 11, 2021  

Brown v. Board of Education: Over 50 Years Later

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

In 1952, the Supreme Court heard a number of school segregation cases, including Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. It ruled unanimously in 1954 that segregation was unconstitutional, overthrowing Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which set the “separate but equal” precedent. In this one-man play, Mike Wiley recounts the effects of the decision on the families who participated in the original court case, the impact of the ruling on school systems at the time and the challenges still being made today.

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December 2, 2021  

Christmas Tree Lighting

5:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Piedmont Arts will kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Art Garden Christmas Tree. 

Admission Free

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December 5, 2021  

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops

3:00PM at MHS Auditorium

The most highly anticipated holiday event of the season returns with an all-new matinee performance. There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with the music of the season delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. This year, David Stewart Wiley conducts the Holiday Pops with all the magical elements you have come to expect – high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth. Altrusa will collect non-perishable food items for Grace Network in the lobby during the symphony's performance.

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February 4, 2022  

Daddy Daughter Dance

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

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February 19, 2022  

African American Read-In + Family Day

11:00AM at Piedmont Arts

In conjunction with the National African American Read-In, Piedmont Arts invites the community to take part in a celebration of African American artists, performers and writers. Community members will read excerpts from books, stories and poems by their favorite African American authors and a selection of books by African American authors will be on display. Complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome.

Admission Free

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March 5, 2022  

Dancing for the Arts

4:00PM at MHS Auditorium

Piedmont Arts' fabulous fundraiser returns with a fresh slate of local celebrities dancing in support of the arts in Martinsville-Henry County. The contest features eight teams competing to win the most votes, the highest score from the judges and a gorgeous mirror ball trophy handcrafted by local artist Terry Mitchell.


  • Jennifer Bowles + Justin Chandler
  • Rebecca Crabtree + Gerald Kidd
  • Ginger Gardner + Hasan Davis
  • Katie Garrett + Rob King
  • Brooke Holyfield + Brian Williams
  • Marlana Lackey + Ian Hogg
  • Sandy Strayer + Wayne Moore

April 7, 2022  

Earl White String Band

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Fiddlin' Earl White has been a mainstay in the old-time, folk and dance community for more 45 years. An original and founding member of the famed Green Grass Cloggers, he is one of few Black Americans preserving and playing Appalachian old-time string band music, which was an intricate part of Black communities and formed the foundation of American music of today. Earl White is well known for his extensive repertoire of tunes, and his heartfelt, syncopated, driving style. He has played in numerous old time string bands, and he currently leads the Earl White String Band, featuring Mark Olitsky (banjo), Adrienne Davis (guitar) and Joseph Desjarnette (bass).

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