Previous Events

September 29, 2022  

Traumedy: A Poetry and Comedy Performance by Roscoe Burnems

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Parental Advisory (recommended for ages 18+)

Roscoe Burnems' groundbreaking performance combines funny stories, jokes and sarcasm into prolific spoken word poems. His dynamic performance uses comedy and poetry to discuss trauma, resilience and the human experience.

Burnems — also known as Douglas Powell — is an author, spoken-word artist, educator and the first poet laureate of Richmond, Va. His performances have been seen everywhere from coffee shops to universities to theaters. In 2019, he added a TEDx Talk to his list of accomplishments, speaking at a TEDxYouth event.

Poetry Open Mic (6 – 7 pm)

Poetry open mic, DJWhat?! and light refreshments prior to performance. Open mic participants get 1/2 price tickets ($10). Call 276.632.3221 or email to sign up. Advanced registration required.


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September 9, 2022  

Savory September: The Art of Tailgating

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets available at Piedmont Arts.

Sponsored by VisitMartinsville, Alliancebee, Collinsville Printing Co., Stateline Heart and Vascular, King Kidz, SouthPrint, Ameristaff, Dr. David & Dr. Susan Morris, Olivia & Pres Garrett, Draper Flowers & Gifts, TAD Space, Rooster Walk, Bassett Furniture

Bring your crew and all your wacky tailgating traditions for a night of friendly rivalries, great food and ice cold refreshments. Food and custom cocktails by local chefs. Live music by Jake Earles. Ticket price includes food and drinks. Proceeds support Piedmont Arts programming in Martinsville-Henry County.

Chefs and Dishes

Beth Marshall and Brian Stanley Asian slaw with roasted chickpeas, balsamic pasta salad
Meritha and George Alderman Salsa, corn salsa, guacamole, cheesy chicken enchilada dip
Lucy Coleman and Shane Pinkston Deviled eggs
Chef D. Wilson TBD
Susan Critz and Will Gravely Meatballs, cucumber sandwiches, cheese straws
Pam Allen and Heidi Pinkston Pound cake, peanut clusters, Baby Ruth dessert bars
Chef Luke Pollom (King's Grant) Smoky shrimp and grits
Ouss Sahhar Chili
Frankie Smith and Aaron Rawls Lettuce Wraps
Gordan Pannill Italian, turkey club and roast beef subs
Emmanuel Deloera and Larry Luck (Manny's Restaurant) Chips and salsa, pico de gallo, taquitos, cabbage and collards

Savory September Raffle

Raffle tickets are $10 each or $50 for a book of six. Raffle tickets are available at Piedmont Arts and from Piedmont Arts Board members. Winners will be drawn during Savory September. Winners do not have to be present to win.

Raffle Prizes:

  • (4) Tickets and (1) parking pass to Virginia Tech vs. Wofford football game, September 17, 2022
  • (2) Tickets on the 50 yard line and (1) parking pass to NC State vs. Texas Tech, September 17, 2022; Includes hotel (1 night, Embassy Suites, Harrison Ave, Cary, NC, 3 miles from Carter Finley Stadium)
  • (2) Four-day general admission tickets to Rooster Walk 13, May 25 – 28, 2023
  • (1) Free rental at the TAD Space
  • (1) Lounge chair and cushion set from Bassett Furniture
  • (1) Three-section bookcase from Bassett Furniture
  • (1) Tailgating prize package from Piedmont Arts

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August 13, 2022  

Purrrfect Art Family Day

9:00AM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Sovah Health and Carter Bank & Trust

Have a bark-tastic time with Piedmont Arts and SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County at Purrrfect Art Family Day.

Adoption Event:

  • SPCA will host an adoption event for animals looking for their forever homes

Food Truck:

  • Curly’s Good ol’ Eatin’ (11 am – 1 pm)


  • Bounce house from King Kidz
  • Face Painting by Teen Arts Council
  • Children's concerts by Pirates of the Piedmont
  • Zumbini: Tiny Tot Tamers, LLC
  • Critter-themed storytelling with Gale Buck
  • "Manners Matter" by Pam Cobbler children's book kick-off and story time

Support the SPCA:

  • Bring a donation: Bleach, Dawn dish soap, paper towels, gloves (medium and XL), cat litter, pate canned cat food
  • Bring an old t-shirt to turn into a dog toy for your dog or to donate

Admission Free

August 12, 2022  

Exhibit Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Toy and Joe Cobbe, Jo and Don Grayson, Nancy and Henry Moore, Barbara and Andy Parker, Barbara and Guy Stanley, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Artist talk at 6:15 pm with walk-and-talk by Virginia Derryberry. Music by Spencer Koger. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. 

Admission Free

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July 30, 2022  

Expressions Artwork Pick Up

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Artists who have work on display in Expressions 2022 should pick up their work on Saturday, July 30 between 10 am – 2 pm. 

Artists must pick up their work on the designated date. Piedmont Arts will not assume responsibility for artwork that is left in the gallery after the designated pickup date. Any artwork (including that which has been purchased) will be resold, donated or otherwise removed from the premises if unclaimed after 30 days. All work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. For more, see the Expressions 2022 entry rules below.

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July 8, 2022  

Franks + Dranks

6:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Bank + Martinsville Made

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 by DJ What, yard games, complimentary food and lemonade, and a cash bar.

  • Hot dogs and sides by Hylton's Wood Cooking Grill
  • Community and newcomers mixer hosted by Martinsville Made
  • Teacher Appreciation Night: All teachers with ID receive one complimentary drink ticket

Bring 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.

June 21, 2022  

Yoga in the Galleries

4:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Enjoy a yoga session with Ally Snead in celebration of the summer solstice. Bring your own mat, block, water bottle, etc. Free to members. $10 for non-members (pay at door).

Free to Members

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June 7, 2022  

20th Annual Clyde Hooker Awards

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Piedmont Arts will honor Barbara Parker and Carter Bank & Trust at the 20th annual Clyde Hooker Awards.

The museum will also recognize Arts in Education Award recipients Clifton M. Jones and Ed Dolinger 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 attendance by Friday, June 3. 

The Clyde Hooker Award was established in 2003 by the Piedmont Arts Board of Directors to recognize businesses and individuals that are involved in and support Piedmont Arts and other arts and cultural organizations in Martinsville-Henry County. The award is named in honor of J. Clyde Hooker, Jr. for his support of the arts.


June 3, 2022  

Opening Reception

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Reception sponsored by King's Grant. Best in Show sponsored by Virginia Mirror Company.

Join King's Grant, Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts for an opening reception and awards ceremony in honor of Expressions 2022. Awards ceremony begins at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served.

RSVP here by May 31, 2022.

Admission Free

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June 2, 2022  

Bus to Broadway: Hamilton

5:00PM at Durham Performing Arts Center

Bus to Broadway: Hamilton is sold out. To be added to the wait list, email

Take the Bus to Broadway to see the blockbuster musical Hamilton at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) in Durham, North Carolina.

Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre, and a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

The Bus to Broadway provides transport to and from the venue. Guests may bring food and beverages to enjoy on the bus. Boxed dinners are also available for purchase for $10 each. Boxed dinners must be purchased in advance.

For DPAC visitor guidelines, visit the DPAC website.

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May 14, 2022  

Expressions Artwork Entry

10:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Entry is open to all artists living within a 100-mile radius of Martinsville, Virginia (check your location here). Artwork submitted for entry must have been completed within the last three years. Work previously exhibited in Expressions is not eligible. Up to two pieces of art may be submitted per artist. Unlike a juried exhibition, Expressions is open-entry, and all submitted works in compliance with the entry rules are accepted.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in seven categories, as well as purchase awards, the Lynwood Artists Award and Best In Show. 

Entry Date
Saturday, May 14, 2022
10 am – 2 pm
Piedmont Arts

To enter work, read the Expressions entry rules and complete the entry form below.

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Implicit Arches, Deborah Davis
May 5, 2022  

Art at Happy Hour

5:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Enjoy happy hour with a self-guided tour of the museum's current exhibits, along with an ekphrastic poetry open mic led by Poetry Society of Virginia. 

Piedmont Arts invites its new members and newcomers to the area to attend Art at Happy Hour for a special meet-and-greet.

Complimentary drinks and light snacks provided by the Piedmont Arts Guild.

RSVP here by May 4, 2022.

Admission Free

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May 2, 2022  

Scholarship Applications Due

Application Deadline: May 2, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Calling all art students from Martinsville-Henry County! Scholarship applications are now open for the museum's Harold Knowlton Work and Nicodemus Hufford Art Scholarships.

Nicodemus Hufford Memorial Art Scholarship

For Graduating High School Seniors

Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarship

For Rising College Sophomores, Juniors + Seniors

April 29, 2022  

Clyde Hooker Award Nominations Due

Piedmont Arts is seeking nominations for the 2022 Clyde Hooker Award.

Nominees should be businesses or individuals that are involved in and support Piedmont Arts and other arts and cultural organizations in Martinsville-Henry County. Award recipients will be honored at a special event in June.

The Clyde Hooker Award was established in 2003 and is named in honor of J. Clyde Hooker, Jr. for his generous support of the arts.

To nominate a business or individual, submit a nomination form by Friday, April 29, 2022. 

Nomination Form

April 29, 2022  

Garden Party featuring After Jack

6:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Online tickets sales end at 5 pm. Tickets available at the gate.

This performance is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kick back in the Art Garden at Piedmont Arts' annual Garden Party. After Jack will perform hot folk from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

After Jack is a musical celebration or togetherness. Named 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the trio couples a modern sensibility with distinctly old-time energy to seamlessly blend bluegrass, gospel and folk elements. Combine your most beloved musical memories with a foot stomping string band and top it off with harmonies that spring straight from the soul of the mountains, and you’ve got After Jack.

Food by Subway and snacks by Food Lion on Greensboro Road are included with ticket purchase. Cash bar. No outside food or drinks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. In case of rain, the Garden Party will be held at Piedmont Arts. 

In recognition of Child Abuse and Neglect awareness month, all social workers and counselors with a local or state ID will receive a complimentary drink ticket.

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April 23, 2022  

Earth Day Family Day

10:00AM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust. This performance is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Celebrate Earth Day at this fun Family Day for all ages. Make your own recycled puppet, enjoy face painting, games and crafts with the Teen Arts Council. Additional booths and crafts from Virginia Museum of Natural History, Dan River Basin Association and Martinsville Bee City Committee. Complimentary snacks. Food truck available on site to purchase lunch.

10 am – 2 pm Crafts, face painting, games, booths, snacks
10:30 am + 11:30 am Barefoot Puppet Theatre performances
12:15 pm Story time with Blue Ridge Regional Library

Admission Free

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April 7, 2022  

Earl White String Band

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

For more than 45 years, Fiddlin’ Earl White has been a mainstay in the old-time, folk, and dance community. Based in Floyd, Virginia, White is one of few Black Americans preserving and playing the Appalachian old-time string band music that was once an essential part of Black culture and communities across the U.S.

An original and founding member of the famed Greengrass Cloggers, White’s energetic, rhythmic, driving playing style is attributed to many years of dancing with the group. He has played with many of the finest old-time musicians and his bands have shared traditional music with audiences across the country.

Reception at 6:30 pm. Performance at 7 pm.

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March 26, 2022  

VMFA Artmobile Family Day

11:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

Enjoy crafts, snacks and tours of VMFA on the Road, traveling art museum from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, that brings art to remote corners of Virginia by way of the museum's Statewide Partners program.

Tour Revealing and Obscuring Identity: Portraits from the Permanent Collection, an exhibition examining the complex role of portraiture across cultures and time periods. Beginning with the Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro, and concluding with American artist Gordon Stettinius, we consider how artists have used portraiture as a means to both reveal and obscure their sitter’s identity. 

Complimentary crafts and snacks. All ages are welcome.

Admission Free

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March 25, 2022  

Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Ann Cardwell, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Suzan and Bill Kirby, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and Bill Moore, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. Music by Juhee Lee.

RSVP here by March 22, 2022. 

Admission Free

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Ironing Board Sam, Tim Duffy, wet-plate collodion photography printed with the platinum/palladium process
March 10, 2022  

Art at Happy Hour

5:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Enjoy a casual tour of the museum's exhibits and a zoom talk with photographer Timothy Duffy. Sips and snacks provided by the Piedmont Arts Guild.

RSVP here by March 9, 2022.

Admission Free

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March 5, 2022  

Dancing for the Arts

4:00PM at MHS Auditorium

Online ticket sales end Friday, March 4 at 5 pm. Tickets will be available at the MHS box office the day of the event.

Sponsored by Campbell Family Group, King's Grant, American National Bank, Burr Fox Specialized Woodworking, Inc., Diversified Trust, Martinsville Family YMCA, Martinsville Smiles, Sovah, The Boutique Uptown & Men's Room Uptown, Triangle Electric, Blue Ridge Bank, Draper Flower & Gifts, Homes by Amy, LLC Long & Foster, MHC Chamber of Commerce, State Farm - Chip Wyatt, Stateline Heart and Vascular Health, Inc., VisitMartinsville

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 set of gorgeous mirror ball trophies handcrafted by local artist Terry Mitchell.

Teams  Coaches
Jennifer Bowles + Justin Chandler  Stacey Davis
Rebecca Crabtree + Gerald Kidd  Jane Leizer
Kathy Deacon + Jim Wilson  Stacey Davis
Brooke Holyfield-Quirk + Brian Williams  Catherine Rodenbough
Marlana Lackey + Ian Hogg  Stacey Davis
Demi Chapman + Hasan Davis  Catherine Rodenbough
Joyce Staples + Josh Bires-Grodensky  Shannon Hornsby
Sandy Strayer + Taylor Shank  Jane Leizer


How to Vote

Your votes ($1 = 1 vote) benefit your favorite teams and raise money to support Piedmont Arts programming in Martinsville-Henry County. Each team's final score is made up of a combination of your votes and the judges’ scores. The team with the highest final score wins the grand prize.

To double your votes ($1 = 2 votes) and make those dollars really count, you can apply your total donation toward a Piedmont Arts membership. A $40 minimum is required for this option.

Online voting will end on Saturday, March 5 at 3 pm. Votes may be cast at the event.

Vote Now

February 19, 2022  

African American Read-In + Family Day

11:00AM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

Take part in the museum’s annual celebration of African American artists, performers and writers. The event will feature a drumming workshop, story time, crafts, a performance by Kuumba Dance Ensemble, Inc. and a public read-aloud. The Martinsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will also host a book drive at the event. Guests may bring new or gently used books to donate to local preschools.

Held in conjunction with the National African American Read-In established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

Event Schedule  
11 am – 12 pm West African-inspired beaded jewelry craft, coloring pages and more
12 – 1 pm Kuumba Dance Ensemble, Inc. performance and drumming workshops
1 – 2 pm Public read-aloud

Admission Free

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February 4, 2022  

Magical Mask-erade

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Make magical memories at this enchanted night of music and dancing for little princesses and their trusted adults. DJ What will spin kid-friendly tunes, and guests can create fun crafts and enjoy light snacks. Free photo booth by Rick Dawson Photography.

Members RSVP here.

Free to Members

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January 21, 2022  

Opening Reception / Growth + Restoration Campaign Kick-off

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Gael and Smith Chaney, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Marty Gardner, Jennifer Reis and Pete Mannen, Barbara and Guy Stanley, The Martinsville Graduate Kappa Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits and the kick-off of its Growth + Restoration Campaign. Gallery talk at 6:15 pm with kick-off to follow. Music by Lauren Luther. Complimentary wine and light refreshments. Free and open to the public. 

RSVP here by January 18, 2022. 

Admission Free

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Omens, 2017, Georgia Deal, screen print on handmade paper
January 6, 2022  

Art at Happy Hour

5:00PM at Piedmont Arts

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

RSVP here by January 5, 2022.

Admission Free

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December 5, 2021  

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Spectacular

3:00PM at MHS Auditorium

This performance is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

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.

A Note About COVID-19: We expect this special gathering to take place in person, and will advise guests of any recommended or required health and safety protocols just before the event. If conditions related to COVID-19 change as the event nears, we will be in touch with updates. Thank you for your support and understanding. In adherence with Virginia Department of Health and Martinsville City Public Schools guidelines, masks are required at this performance.

Online ticket sales will end Friday, December 3 at 4 pm. Tickets will be available at the Martinsville High School Auditorium box office prior to the performance on Sunday, December 5.

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December 2, 2021  

Christmas Tree Lighting

4:00PM at Gravely-Lester Art Garden

Sponsored by State Farm - Chip Wyatt

Piedmont Arts will kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Art Garden Christmas tree. Enjoy holiday music by the First Baptist Church and Chatham Heights Baptist Church choirs, Christmas cookies and hot cocoa, and a visit from Santa. 

Just like the sculptures in the Art Garden, the Christmas tree will be a work of art. Created by Ian Hogg using more than 3,000 lights, the tree will be lit at sunset on December 2 and brighten the Art Garden through New Year’s Day.

Event Schedule  
4–6 pm Socially-distanced Visits/Take Your Own Pictures with Santa
4–5 pm Christmas Wreath Ornament Craft
5 pm Story Time with “Elsa”
Sunset Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Admission Free

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November 11, 2021  

Sold Out – Brown v. Board of Education: Over 50 Years Later

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sold Out

Sponsored by Tau Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Martinsville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

In the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled 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.

Reception at 6:30 pm. Performance at 7 pm.

A Note About COVID-19: This performance involves audience participation. As a precaution, per the artist’s request, the first few rows will be reserved for vaccinated patrons. Please be sure to bring proof of vaccination if you plan to sit in this section. Only masks are required for general admission and seating.

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November 11, 2021  

Foster Gallery Reception

4:00PM at Piedmont Arts

An exhibit of artwork by local elementary school students will be on display in the Foster Gallery through December 3, 2021. The exhibit features work by students in grades K–5 who attend Carver, Meadow View and Patrick Henry elementary schools.

Charity League of Martinsville-Henry County and Piedmont Arts will host a reception for students who have work on display and their families on Thursday, November 11 from 4 – 5:30 pm at Piedmont Arts. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

For more than 25 years, Piedmont Arts’ Foster Gallery has been generously curated by Charity League. Piedmont Arts and Charity League believe that fostering an early exposure to the arts is critical for a well-rounded educational experience.

Admission Free

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October 22, 2021  

Opening Reception

5:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by Jill and Jay Dickens, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley, King's Grant, Books and Crannies and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Gallery talk at 6:15 pm. Music by Amy Stuart and Ann Nichols. Complimentary wine and light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

RSVP here by October 19, 2021. 

Admission Free

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