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 email@example.com to sign up. Advanced registration required.
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|
|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.
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.
Support the SPCA:
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.RSVP Here
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
Bus to Broadway: Hamilton is sold out. To be added to the wait list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
10 am – 2 pm
To enter work, read the Expressions entry rules and complete the entry form below.
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
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.
For Graduating High School Seniors
For Rising College Sophomores, Juniors + Seniors
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
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.
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|
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.
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
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
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.
|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|
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
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.
|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|
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.Free to Members
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
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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
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