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Parts2 | Ed Dolinger
Aug 3 through Oct 5, 2019



Parts2 acts as an extension of decades of artist Ed Dolinger’s self-imposed creative constraints of composing within a square format, while pursuing abstract expressions through a variety of mixed media. All of the works presented in this exhibit are also confined to a 12-inch square format, beginning as flat collages, assembled with magazine pages anchored with layers of beeswax. As with his earlier mixed media work, it is an elusive pursuit challenging a learning curve of techniques, visually and viscerally melding with poetic puzzle-making.

Dolinger has been an active member of the Virginia art community for years. He is a former recipient of a painting fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and has been shown, collected and involved in public arts projects throughout the country.

Related Events
Opening Reception
Friday, August 2, 2019 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm

FLASHPOINTS : Material : Intent : Fused
On display August 3 – October 5, 2019

Life, Love, Art: Works from the Collection of Judy and John Matthews
On display August 3 – October 5, 2019

Art at Happy Hour
Thursday, October 3, 2019 • 5 – 7 pm

ED DOLINGER, TURING TEST, BEESWAX OVER COLLAGE ON BOARD, 2018, 12”X12”


Expressions 2019
May 18 through Jul 19, 2019

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



Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, Expressions is an open-entry judged art exhibit featuring work by more than 100 local and regional artists.

Related Events
Artwork Entry: Lynwood Artists + Students Only
Thursday, May 2, 2019 • 4 – 6 pm

Artwork Entry: All Artists
Saturday, May 4, 2019 • 10 am – 2 pm

Opening Reception
Friday, May 17, 2019 • 6 – 8 pm

Art at Happy Hour
Thursday, July 18, 2018 • 5 – 7 pm

Artwork Pick Up
Saturday, July 20, 2019 • 10 am – 2 pm


Artists as Art: Photographic Portraits
Mar 9 through Apr 27, 2019



Robert Frank photographs Beat poet Allen Ginsberg hugging a tree, Imogen Cunningham poses Alfred Stieglitz standing in front of a flower painting by Georgia O’Keeffe, and Barbara Morgan captures modern dancer Martha Graham as she stretches her body into a dramatic form; these images convey more than a mere likeness of the artists portrayed. Instead they highlight the collaboration between photographer and subject when both are artists seeking to convey a unique persona.

Artists as Art: Photographic Portraits is on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Related Events
Opening Reception
Friday, March 8, 2019 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours
On display March 9 – April 27, 2019

Bettie Bowles
On display March 9 – April 27, 2019

VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century
March 21 – 23, 2019

Art at Happy Hour
Thursday, April 18, 2019 • 5 – 7 pm

ROBERT FRANK, ALLEN GINSBERG, 1959, GELATIN SILVER PRINT, VMFA (2012.4), ALDINE S. HARTMAN ENDOWMENT FUND


Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours
Mar 9 through Apr 27, 2019



This exhibition explores nocturnes–images that evoke the night. Luminous apparitions of the divine, dazzling fireworks, lamplit urban streets, and twilight’s soft glow over the natural landscape are all subjects that have intrigued and challenged printmakers across the centuries.

Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours is on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Related Events
Opening Reception
Friday, March 8, 2019 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artists as Art: Photographic Portraits
On display March 9 – April 27, 2019

Bettie Bowles
On display March 9 – April 27, 2019

VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century
March 21 – 23, 2019

Art at Happy Hour
Thursday, April 18, 2019 • 5 – 7 pm

EDWARD HOPPER, NIGHT SHADOWS, 1921, ETCHING ON PAPER, VMFA (2009.356), GIFT OF MALCOLM B. BRADLEY


Drawing the Soul: A Collection of
Portraits by Jon Murrill

Jan 12 through Feb 23, 2019



Jon Murrill provides a contemporary perspective on the human spirit of the working class through the use of expression. Working in charcoal, Murrill captures photorealistic images, allowing his audience to interact with the personality of each portrait. His work does not represent an idealistic beauty, but rather, the spirit of working class individuals and the depth of character that they each possess.

Related Events
Opening Reception
Friday, January 11, 2018 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Mood and Music: Paintings by Eric McRay
On display January 12 – February 23, 2019

Clarence Heinz
On display January 12 – February 23, 2019

The Magic of Glass
On display January 12 – February 23, 2019

Art at Happy Hour
Thursday, February 21, 2018 • 5 – 7 pm

JONATHAN MURRILL, STRONGER, CHARCOAL AND WATERCOLOR, 2016


The Art of the Quilt: Trends
Oct 27 through Dec 29, 2018

More than 40 quilt artists from across the Southeast will exhibit work in this biennial invitational exhibition, co-curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler and quilter Betty Blessin. Themed, Trends, this year's exhibition commemorates the 11th anniversary of The Art of the Quilt.

Admission Free

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Related Events
Opening Reception
Friday, October 26, 2018 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild
On display October 27 – December 29, 2018

Art @ Happy Hour
Thursday, December 13, 2018 • 5 – 7 pm

EILEEN DOUGHTY, GOLD LEAF TEA


Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region
Aug 11 through Oct 13, 2018

Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, this exhibition presents the culmination of eight years of concentrated labor producing a massive painting project by one of Southwestern Virginia's most respected artists. Eleven large-scale, colorful and densely populated paintings invite the viewer into a complex interweaving of narrative, symbol, and form.

Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region has been organized by the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia.

Admission Free

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Related Events
Members-Only Reception
Friday, August 10, 2018 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Works by Chris Frazier
On display August 11 – October 13, 2018 • Piedmont Arts

BILL RUTHERFOORD, DECEPTION (SPRING), 2008-2013, OIL ON LINEN, 70" X 74"


Expressions 2017
May 20 through Jul 21, 2017

Named Third Place Winner "Best Art Event" in Virginia Living Magazine's Best of Virginia 2017

Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, Expressions is an open-entry judged art exhibit featuring work by over 120 local and regional artists.

Related Events
Artwork Entry (Lynwood Artists + Students Only)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 • 4 pm – 6 pm • Piedmont Arts

Artwork Entry (All Artists)
Saturday, May 6, 2017 • 10 am – 2 pm • Piedmont Arts

Members-Only Reception + Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 19, 2017 • 6 – 8 pm • Piedmont Arts

Artwork Pickup
Saturday, July 22, 2017 • 10 am – 2 pm • Piedmont Arts

Healing Arts Exhibit
May 20 – August 25, 2017

Art @ Happy Hour
Friday, June 16, 2017 • 5 – 7 • Piedmont Arts


Prillaman Watercolor Invitational
Mar 11 through Apr 29, 2017

This watercolor invitational is held in memory of Wanda Prillaman, one of Martinsville-Henry County’s most celebrated watercolor artists. Featuring 34 works by Wanda and works by 21 regional watercolor artists who experienced Wanda’s influence in their lives.

Related Events
Members-Only Reception
Friday, March 10, 2017 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Sponsors Reception
Friday, March 30, 2017 • 5 pm • Piedmont Arts

Adjunct | Ben Winslow
On display March 11 – April 29, 2017

Art @ Happy Hour
Friday, April 21, 2017 • 5 – 7 pm • Piedmont Arts

Christmas in March
On display March 31 – April 29, 2017 • Little Post Office


Salt Marsh Suite
Jan 14 through Feb 25, 2017

This inter-media installation and dance performance transforms the galleries into a marsh habitat using video and sound. Based on fieldwork and close observation of the North Carolina coast, Salt Marsh Suite combines art, science and technology to convey the vulnerability of the marsh habitat.

Related Events
Members-Only Reception
Friday, January 13, 2017 • 5:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Russell Hart
On display through Feb 25, 2017 • Piedmont Arts

David Lunt
On display through Feb 25, 2017 • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Happy Hour
Friday, February 17, 2017 • 5 – 7 • Piedmont Arts


The Art of the Quilt: Let’s Celebrate
Nov 12 through Dec 31, 2016

Over 40 quilt artists from across the Southeast will exhibit work in this biennial invitational exhibition, curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler. Themed, Let’s Celebrate, this year's exhibition commemorates the 10th anniversary of The Art of the Quilt.

In celebration of The Art of the Quilt, Virginia Consortium of Quilters will host their quarterly meeting during the exhibition.

Related Events
Members-Only Reception
Friday, November 11, 2016 • 5:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Works by Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild
On display November 12 – December 31, 2016

Art @ Happy Hour
Thursday, December 15, 2016 • 5 – 7 • Piedmont Arts

VCQ Quarterly Meeting
Saturday, November 12, 2016 • New College Institute


Joni Pienkowski
Aug 13 through Oct 29, 2016

A nationally-renowned artist from Blacksburg, VA, Pienkowski will display three compilations: The Paint Saints – paying homage to some of the most famous artists in the world; Abstracts on Birch and Paper; and The Many Looks of Self-Portraits.

Related Events
Members-Only Reception
Friday, August 12 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

A World, In Pieces
On display August 13 – October 29, 2016

Art @ Happy Hour
Friday, September 30, 2016 • 5 – 7 • Piedmont Arts


Expressions 2016
May 21 through Jul 22, 2016

Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, Expressions is one of the most popular events in Piedmont Arts' exhibition schedule. Presented by Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts, this open-entry judged art exhibit features work by local and regional artists.

Related Events
Artwork Entry (Lynwood Artists + Students Only)
Thursday, May 5, 2016 • 4 pm – 6 pm • Piedmont Arts

Artwork Entry (All Artists)
Saturday, May 7, 2016 • 10 am – 1 pm • Piedmont Arts

Members-Only Reception
Friday, May 20 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Artwork Pickup
Saturday, July 23 • 10 am – 2 pm • Piedmont Arts


Expressions 2016 Gallery Guide | Expressions 2016 Awards



Fired Up! Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio
Jul 25 through Oct 2, 2015

Get fired up about the astounding glass creations from instructors and staff at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio. These cutting edge artists create contemporary designs using traditional glass blowing techniques.

Featuring works by James Akers, Joan Biddle, Ali Feeney, Gayle Forman, Van Eric Harned, Hannah Kirkpatrick, Kathy Little, Laura McFie, Katheryn Murphy, Charlotte Potter, Julia Rogers, Robin Rogers, Joshua Solomon, Hilary Wang and more.

Related Events
Members-Only Reception
Friday, July 24 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Unbreakable: Glass by Robert Cappelli
July 25 – October 2, 2015 • Piedmont Arts

Local Glass
July 25 – October 2, 2015 • Piedmont Arts

Fired Up! Family Day
Saturday, August 15, 2015 • 2 – 4 pm • Piedmont Arts


View the Fired Up! Picasa Album


Expressions 2015
May 9 through Jul 10, 2015

Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, Expressions is one of the most popular events in Piedmont Arts' exhibition schedule. Presented by Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts, this open-entry judged art exhibit features work by local and regional artists.

Voting for People's Choice Award is open through Friday, July 10 at 5 pm. Visit Piedmont Arts and cast your vote in the galleries. The artist who wins this coveted award will receive a cash prize and a commemorative ribbon.

Expressions 2015 Gallery Guide (PDF)

Expressions 2015 Award Winners + Contributors (PDF)


Related Events
Expressions Artwork Entry
Thu, Apr 23 – Lynwoond Artists + Students Only
Sat, Apr 25 – All Artists

Members-Only Reception
Fri, May 8, 2015 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Lunch
Tue, May 19, 2015 • 12 – 1 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Happy Hour
Thu, June 4, 2015 • 6 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Artwork Pickup
Sat, July 11 • 10 am – 2 pm • Piedmont Arts


Creative Flow
Feb 7 through Apr 18, 2015

Celebrating the 25th year of Roanoke’s The Studio School, this exhibition features work by faculty members Judy Bates, Tracy Budd, Vera Dickerson, Michael Farrar, Jane Winders Frank, Gina Louthian-Stanley and Robin Poteet.

Related Events
Members-Only Reception
Fri, Feb 6 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Lunch
Tue, Feb 17, 2015 • 12 – 1 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Happy Hour
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 • 6 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts


Mobilizing Our Community
Dec 13, 2014 through Jan 17, 2015

Join Piedmont in Arts celebrating an exhibition of student-designed mobiles created as part of Mobilizing Our Community.

Students from all 19 schools in Martinsville-Henry County participated in Mobilizing Our Community, a mobile-making project presented by Piedmont Arts.

Over four weeks, artist Kevin Reese worked closely with local students to create large-scale, dynamic and colorful mobiles that will become a permanent part of our community.

Select mobiles on display in Mobilizing Our Community are available for purchase. Funds from mobile purchases will help support the museum's educational outreach.

Related Events
Opening Reception
Sat, Dec 13 • 10 am – 12 pm • Piedmont Arts

Photo Gallery


The Art of the Quilt
Nov 22, 2014 through Jan 24, 2015

For the ninth year, over 40 quilt artists from across the Southeast will exhibit work in this biennial invitational exhibition, curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler. Themed, Celebration of Color, this year's exhibition features quilts in vibrant, stunning hues.

Related Events
Members-Only Reception
Fri, Nov 21 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Lunch
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 • 12 – 1 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Happy Hour
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 • 6 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Photo Gallery


Pulled, Pressed & Screened: Important American Prints
Sep 13 through Nov 8, 2014

This exhibition of 50 American prints surveys the activities of artists who put designs on paper during an exciting 50-year period from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Especially significant during this period are the contributions of women printmakers, as well as the impact of African American artists on the graphic arts. Combined with artists who immigrated to the United States during these decades and the increased numbers of painters and sculptors who took up printmaking, this exhibition makes the egalitarian nature of the print abundantly clear.

Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints is drawn from the Syracuse University Art Collection holdings of more than 12,500 prints of which more than 7,500 are by American artists.

Includes prints by Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Milton Avery, Dorothy Dehner, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, and Richard Estes, among others.

Related Events
Members-Only Reception
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Lunch
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 • 12 – 1 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Happy Hour
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 • 6 – 8 pm • Piedmont Arts

Printmaking Family Day
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 • 1 – 3 pm • Piedmont Arts

Pulled, Pressed and Screened images courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Collection.


Fighting Physics and Retrospect + Revival
Jul 19 through Aug 30, 2014

This joint exhibition features work by Virginia artists Ed Dolinger and Mark Shepheard. Though a symbiotic experience in created through similarities in style and content, each artist retains their own unique perspective: Dolinger's “poetic puzzles” seek to calm chaos through the deconstruction of dense information, while Shepheard's work acts as an interpretation of a story in three dimensions—incorporating painting and drawing with his love of creative writing.

Related Events
Dancing with Color by Audrey Caywood
Jul 19 – Aug 30, 2014 • Lynwood Artists Gallery

Members-Only Reception
Friday, Jul 18, 2014 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts

3D with ED: Subtractive
Friday, Jul 24, 2014, 6 – 9 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Lunch
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 • 12 – 1 pm • Piedmont Arts

Art @ Happy Hour
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 • 6 – 8 pm • Piedmont Arts

3D with ED: Additive
Friday, Aug 29, 2014, 10 am – 3 pm • Piedmont Arts


Continuum of Being
Feb 22 through Apr 19, 2014

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Featuring new works by Floyd, VA artist Gibby Waitzkin, Continuum of Being explores the symbiotic relationship between humans and their environment—emphasizing humanity as an organic element in nature. Using objects that echo themselves throughout the natural world, like seedpods, lichen and flowering plants, these works highlight man's vulnerable place within nature, while striving to impose minimal impact.

Related Events
Art @ Lunch
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Art @ Happy Hour
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Papermaking + Bookbinding Workshop
June 19 – 20, Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio, Floyd

Exhibit Photo Gallery


Old News
Dec 14, 2013 through Feb 8, 2014

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Graphic designer Johnny Selman brings his critically acclaimed poster series BBCx365 and a collection of illustrations created for The New York Times to Piedmont Arts in the exhibit, Old News.

Selman created BBCx365 by designing one poster per day for 365 days. Each poster is based on a headline from the BBC morning news. Selman says the purpose of his project was “to open the eyes of the American public to international current events not often covered in our ‘domesticated’ news programming.” The project served as Selman’s MFA thesis project and gained national attention from BBC News, Guardian UK and GOOD Magazine among others.

Several of Selman’s original illustrations and designs for The New York Times will also be on display as part of Old News. Titled simply New York Times, these works were created for the newspaper's OP/ED, Book Review and Sunday Review sections from 2011 to 2013.

Exhibit Photo Gallery


Weight of the Ribbon + The Portrait
Oct 5 through Nov 30, 2013

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Piedmont Arts celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an exhibit by photographer Curtis Brown.

Brown created Weight of the Ribbon, as an homage to his grandmother’s struggle with breast cancer. His photographs reflect the emotional journeys of breast cancer victims in their battles against the disease; from moments of strength and triumph to moments of defense and collapse. Dancers from the Carolina Ballet used their artistic talents to translate the photographer’s concept into visual form through distinct expression and movement.

Along with Weight of the Ribbon, one of Brown’s most passionate and innovative series, The Portrait from the Vote Against Project for equality in North Carolina, will also be on display.


Truth In Animals
Jul 20 through Sep 21, 2013

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Ethereal in its oddness, Linda Mitchell’s highly textured, brilliantly colored two-dimensional work is made with painted and photographic images, fabric, wood, glass and found objects. These works coalesce into intricate and surreal scenes, reflecting life’s emotional complexity, while her three-dimensional animal figures, made of fabric and Play-Doh, add a delightful whimsy to the viewer's journey.

Exhibit Slideshow | Video


Expressions 2013
Apr 20 through Jun 28, 2013

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, Expressions is one of the most popular events in Piedmont Arts' exhibition schedule. Presented by the Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts, this open-entry judged art exhibit features work by local and regional artists.

Artwork Pick Up
Saturday, June 29
10 am – 1 pm • Piedmont Arts

Expressions 2013 Winners | Expressions 2013 Prospectus


We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Feb 2 through Mar 30, 2013

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Award-winning artist and author Kadir Nelson spent seven years creating the handsome paintings in this exhibit for his brilliantly illustrated children's book, We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Thirty-three original paintings and 13 original sketches are included in this beautiful and captivating exhibit.

Related Events:

A Game Apart: Mike Wiley as Jackie Robison
Game Day at Piedmont Arts

BBC World News: We Are The Ship | NPR: Book Chronicles Negro League Pioneers


The Art of the Quilt
Nov 10, 2012 through Jan 12, 2013

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

For the eighth year, quilt artists from across the Southeast will exhibit their work in the Piedmont Arts galleries as part of the biennial invitational quilt exhibit, The Art of the Quilt: Celebrations. Over 40 quilters will show work in this fiber arts showcase, curated by master quilter Linda M. Fiedler, which features hand and machine stitched quilts, traditional textiles, clothing, accessories and quilt art.


...from then until now
Sep 15 through Oct 27, 2012

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Los Angeles-based artist and Bassett native, Christopher Barbour, creates photographs that represent his search – for himself, for understanding, for sight. Barbour seeks balance in the hectic modern world, observing it through his lens while challenging the viewer to slow down and view it with him. Barbour's images carry the expression of life moving constantly, captured in one small frame.

Artist website | Photo Gallery | Price List


Subtle: Paintings by Jesi Pace-Berkeley
Jul 21 through Sep 1, 2012

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.


A mix of portraits, figures, landscapes, still lifes and nonobjective works, Jesi Pace-Berkeley's paintings blend a force and passion that command, dominate and hold the viewer’s gaze. Captivated by scale and intensity, she developed her powerful watercolors through self-instruction, thus they embody her own unique style.

Jesi Pace-Berkeley website | Learn more about the artist's work | Exhibit Photo Gallery


Expressions 2012
May 19 through Jul 7, 2012

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, Expressions is one of the most popular events in Piedmont Arts' exhibition schedule. Presented by the Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts, this open-entry juried art exhibit features work by local and regional artists.

Exhibit Photo Gallery


Norman Rockwell's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
Mar 10 through Apr 28, 2012

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

In 1935, George Macy, the publisher of the Heritage Press and Limited Editions Club books, invited Norman Rockwell to illustrate Mark Twain'sThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Rockwell visited Hannibal, Missouri, Twain's boyhood town, to find authentic details to include in his work. Twain's vivid descriptions of character, setting and mood were an inspiration to the illustrator, who considered each of the writer's scenes to be "complete and perfect to the last detail."

Sixteen signed limited edition prints from Rockwell's own collection, on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum, comprise this exhibition featuring the artist's timeless images for these American classics.

During this exhibit, see experts from a documentary on Mark Twain in the Piedmont Arts Media Room.

In conjunction with this exhibit, Piedmont Arts presents the special event, Mark Twain at Large on Friday, March 30, 2012.

Image: Tom Sawyer Whitewashing the Fence (detail), lithograph, 1936.
Reproduced with permission of Easton Press.


Norman Rockwell Museum | Exhibit Photo Gallery


Dianne Smith: Surface and Soul
Jan 14 through Feb 25, 2012

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

Surface and Soul is a special installation exhibit by Dianne Smith. In addition to paintings and sculptures from her previous collections, Smith's exhibit will include a custom sculpture created on-site to fit the unique characteristics of the Piedmont Arts galleries and an interactive homage to the Civil Rights Movement constructed by Smith using images and historical documents on loan from the collection of Reverend Thurman Echols.

Often compared to that of Richard Mayhew and Norman Lewis, Smith's work has the ability to incite emotions with lush palettes and expressive brush strokes. "I am called upon to create my art in response to the events, circumstances and times of the world around me," says Smith. "Whether it is the plight of women and children around the world or the tragedy of a natural disaster or a conversation with a friend. I am able to create from the now. I use my work as a way to share information by connecting it to socioeconomic and political issues."

Dianne Smith website | Exhibit Photo Gallery


Festival of Trees
Nov 29 through Dec 2, 2011

Smart Beginnings Martinsville & Henry County and Piedmont Arts are proudly sponsoring the special holiday exhibit, Festival of Trees. This free exhibit will feature beautifully decorated holiday trees, wreaths and gift baskets donated by local organizations. Festival of Trees will be on display in the Piedmont Arts galleries November 29 - December 2, 2011.

Festival of Trees Auction
Thursday, December 2, 2011 ¢ $10


Civil War Redux: Pinhole Photographs of Reenactments
Oct 15 through Dec 31, 2011

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Piedmont Arts presents selections from Civil War Redux: Pinhole Photographs of Reenactments, a twelve year project, by Willie Anne Wright on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Wright, an artist, living and working in Richmond, uses pinhole photography to create one of her most interesting series. Her pinhole photographs, which feature the characteristics of her chosen medium and an occasional anachronistic detail, present a provocative view, as portrayed by dedicated reenactors. Wright's approach is evenhanded. The images include those of men and women-Caucasian and African-American, Federal and Confederate, famous players and the lesser known.

In conjunction with this exhibit, Piedmont Arts presents the Special Event, Scarlett Fever: The Greatness of Gone with the Wind, Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

Image:Willie Anne Wright, Chancellorsville: George Armstrong Custer, USA, April 30, 1988



Exhibit Photo Gallery


Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Jul 23 through Oct 1, 2011

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

Curated to honor the 75th anniversary of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibit showcases some of the finest works from more than 30 artistic masters worldwide, such as Post-Impressionistic icon Vincent Van Gogh, American impressionist James Abbot McNeil Whistler, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, contemporary artist and Virginia-native Sally Mann and much more.

This momentous exhibit also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Piedmont Arts, which was founded in 1961 as an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Today, Piedmont Arts is a Statewide Partner of the VMFA and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Join us in celebrating our rich history of arts and arts education in Martinsville and Henry County with this masterful exhibit from the VMFA!

In conjunction with this exhibit, guests are invited to attend a Gallery Talk with Robin Nicholson, deputy director of exhibitions at the VMFA, on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011.

Image: Vincent Van Gogh, The Wheat Field behind St. Paul's Hospital, St. Rémy, 1889 (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon)



Exhibit Photo Gallery


Expressions 2011
May 21 through Jul 8, 2011

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, Expressions is one of the most popular events in Piedmont Arts™ exhibition schedule. Presented by the Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts, this open-entry juried art exhibit features work by local and regional artists.




Expressions 2011 Photos | Expressions 2011 Winners | Expressions 2011 Sponsors


Novelties
Ann Glover

Mar 12 through Apr 30, 2011

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

Ann Glover is a realist painter and illustrator whose work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and several annuals of the NY Society of Illustrators. Her paintings are included in the corporate collections of J.P. Morgan Chase, H.J. Heinz, Inc., and private collections throughout the U.S.

Recent experimental works include making oversized wood constructions that read as childhood artifacts.

Exhibit Photo Gallery | Video: Ann Glover's comments at opening reception


Finishing History
Furniture and Other Works by A.T. Williams and Thomas A. Johnson

Jan 15 through Feb 26, 2011

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

In honor of Black History Month Piedmont Arts, in partnership with the Southern Virginia Artisan Center, presents Finishing History, an exhibit featuring fine and art furniture by two African American woodworkers with ties to our area.

Also featuring, Carving a Place in History, an educational exhibit about furniture craftsman and entrepreneur, Thomas Day. Day was a free person of color working in Milton, North Carolina. Before the Civil War, he owned the most successful furniture business in North Carolina. Today, he is one of the South™s most celebrated furniture makers.

A.T. Williams website | Thomas A. Johnson website | Thomas Day Education Project


Festival of Trees
Nov 16 through Nov 24, 2010



Piedmont Arts presents a special holiday exhibit featuring trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. Trees will be on display in the Piedmont Arts galleries November 16 “ 24, 2010.

In conjunction with Piedmont Arts' special holiday exhibit, Festival of Trees, Smart Beginnings/The Starting Place will host a reception and tree auction on November 20, beginning at 1:00 PM. Trees decorated by a local businesses and organizations will be for sale. All proceeds from the sale of trees will benefit Smart Beginnings/The Starting Place. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

Auction Tickets $10


Seventh Biennial Invitational Quilt Exhibit: The Art of the Quilt
Nov 13 through Dec 30, 2010

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

Quilt artists from all over the Southeast have been invited to display their work in this biennial showcase, curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler. All aspects of quilting are depicted in this colorful show, themed Blue Ridge, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Exhibit Slideshow


Women of Poe
Sep 11 through Oct 30, 2010

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

Women of Poe features portraits of the women who were part of Edgar Allan Poe's life and who inspired his work. The original acrylic paintings in this exhibit were created by internationally exhibited artist and Poe Museum Curator Chris Semtner. Among the pieces in the show are portraits of Poe™s wife/cousin Virginia Clemm Poe; Jane Stanard, his first purely ideal love who went insane when Poe was a child; Elmira Royster Shelton, the woman to whom Poe was twice engaged; and Mary Rogers, the cigar girl whose murder inspired Poe™s story The Mystery of Marie Roget. This exhibit is on loan from the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA.

Exhibit Slideshow | Poe Museum website


Binh Danh: In the Eclipse of Angkor
Jul 10 through Aug 28, 2010

This exhibit remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

Artist Binh Danh was born in Vietnam in 1977, two years after the fall of Saigon. In 1979 he and his family left their country and eventually reached the United States. The experience of fleeing his homeland and his subsequent journey to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia inspired him to create artwork exploring time and memory. This series ... continues my exploration of the photographic process. Photography has allowed me to meditate on death and its influence on the living. The themes of mortality, memory, history, landscape justice, evidence and spirituality encompass this [work], states the artist.

This exhibition was organized by the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University. The exhibition and the accompanying publication were made possible by the Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence Fund, Hollins University. Image courtesy of the artist and the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University. ©2010 Binh Danh.

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | News Article: Khmer Rouge Chief Jailed over 16,000 Deaths


Expressions 2010
May 14 through Jun 25, 2010

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Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, Expressions is one of the most popular events in Piedmont Arts™ exhibition schedule. Presented by the Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts, this open-entry juried art exhibit features work by local and regional artists. This year, over 100 artists participated and 33 awards were given.

Expressions Winners | Expressions 2010 Sponsors


Art Jam
Mar 6 through Apr 24, 2010

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Art Jam features work by six regional female artists, curated to showcase a varied array of media, including sculpture, fiber arts, multimedia, painting and jewelry. This exhibit offers the unique perspective of artists who collaborate and exchange creative processes. Art Jam is presented in conjunction with MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts.



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Classic Crafts
Nov 6 through Dec 22, 2009

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Classic Crafts, guest curated by John and Judy Matthews, is an exhibition of the very best crafts in the country. Works vary in media and include ceramics, glass, sculpture, wall hangings, wooden bowls, jewelry and baskets.



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¡Carnaval!
Sep 3 through Oct 17, 2009

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This exhibition recreates the dazzling sights, sounds and the pageantry of Carnival celebrations around the world today. The exhibit transports viewers to eight rural and urban locations in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America, where Carnival is among the most important occasions of the year.


Inscribed Spaces
Jul 10 through Aug 22, 2009

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Kim Beckmann™s work seeks to identify pertinent environmental qualities for place. Provoked by place“telling, “mapping and “making, Beckmann investigates the interconnectedness of physical, mental, and ephemeral artifacts of place. Her work has been published in Graphis and has been cited in numerous texts including Writing with Images: A Semiotics of the Web.


Expressions 2009
May 8 through Jun 26, 2009

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Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, Expressions is one of the most popular events in Piedmont Arts™ exhibition schedule. Presented by the Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts, this open-entry juried art exhibit features work by local and regional artists. This year, over 120 artists are participating and 35 awards were given. This year™s judge, Amy Moorefield, is the Director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University.

Expressions 2009 Sponsors | Expressions 2009 Winners


Crowns
Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats

Jan 9 through Feb 21, 2009

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Spurred from the book Crowns by photographer Michael Cunningham and journalist Craig Marberry, this exhibit examines the African“American custom of church hats.

Cunningham's photographs beautifully capture the self“expressions, through attire, of women of all ages. Using stories, Marberry provides an intimate look at the women and their lives. Together they've captured a captivating custom, this wearing of church hats, a peculiar convergence of faith and fashion that keeps the Sabbath both holy and glamorous.

Crowns Feature in Time Magazine


Sixth Biennial Invitational Quilt Show: The Art of the Quilt
Nov 7 through Dec 27, 2008

FREE!

Quilt artists from all over the Southeast have been invited to display their work in this biennial showcase. All aspects of quilting are depicted in this colorful, awe-inspiring show. Enjoy the creative side of quilting with Piedmont Arts and discover how quilts are not only practical textiles...they're art!

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, November 7, 2008 ¢ 5:30 PM


Dreaming of the Stone Country
Sep 5 through Oct 25, 2008

FREE!

Dreaming of the Stone Country features 8 paintings by Kunwinjku artists from Oenpelli in the Northern Territory of Australia, on loan from the Kluge“Ruhe Collection. The paintings depict ancestral stories from Western Arnhem Land.

Commissioned by John Kluge in 1991, the paintings were made using natural ochres and pigments on archival paper. This style of painting resembles rock art that was produced in the region and dates back thousands of years.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, September 5, 2008 ¢ 5:30 PM


Nature's Survey
Contemporary Paintings and Installations

Jul 11 through Aug 23, 2008

FREE!

Throughout history, artists have been drawn to the natural world for inspiration, attracted as much to its beauty, as to its awesome power. Artists have also sought to capture the complexity of nature, attempting to render objects in perfectly detailed forms. Contemporary artists still draw upon the natural world for materials, and many reflect interests similar to those of their predecessors. In turn, the artists here focus on elements - from bones to animals, seeds to leaves -found in nature and, like many, they convey a sense of beauty and wonder.


Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, July 11, 2008 ¢ 5:30 PM


Expressions 2008
May 16 through Jun 27, 2008

FREE!

Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts present this annual, open-entry exhibition, featuring works by 137 local and regional artists.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, May 16, 2008 ¢ 6:30 PM


Michael McCurdy: Words Into Images
Mar 7 through Apr 26, 2008

FREE!

This exhibiton presents a selection of 31 original wood engravings created by Michael McCurdy for 2 books: My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir and The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono. Each of these books, written by different authors from different countries, is centered around man's relationship with the natural world.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, March 7, 2008 ¢ 5:30 PM


Diamonds in the Rough
Jan 11 through Feb 23, 2008

FREE!

Diamonds in the Rough presents the works of six painters connected through Virginia Commonwealth University and the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia who are key contributors to the dynamic Richmond art scene. The artists Andras Bality, Bill Fisher, Diego Sanchez, Louis Poole, Stephen Clark and Tommy White, along with Peter Calvert, were members of an active Richmond critique group. Calvert, Piedmont Arts' Executive Director, brought this exhibition together to enable our local community to experience important contemporary painting and to encourage a healthy cultural exchange between urban and rural regions.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, January 11, 2008 ¢ 5:30 PM


Lori Nix: Photographs
Nov 2 through Dec 28, 2007

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Lori Nix is an artist who bends the line between truth and illusion in her photographs. She accomplishes this by photographing miniatures and models which illuminate her interest in the disaster movies of the 1970s and her memories of growing up in Kansas”a place that seems to attract disasters like no other. In her series titled Accidentally Kansas Nix creates scenes of floods, tornadoes, snow storms, lightning strikes, and insect infestations, all epic and defining events recalled from her formative years in rural Kansas. The state of Kansas is located in the middle of the United States geographically, and also represents the moral middle of the road as a state of mind where conventional family values and good citizenship go hand in hand. By linking disasters with moral imperatives Nix allows herself to question conventional codes of society at the same time as she explores the unsettling memories of her youth.

In her most recent work, Nix has left Kansas behind as a subject, and, although depictions of disaster are still prominent in this new work, she has begun to explore situations that are as eerie and ominous as her former work was clear and present. This new work is charged with anxiety and uncertainty as witnesses to her previous disasters have become bystanders waiting for something to happen. Nix finished work on the series Accidentally Kansas well before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and also began work on a new series titled Some Other Place before the attacks, so a shift from natural disasters to psychological trauma began in her work before world events had a chance to influence her.


Eric McGehearty: Access Denied
Sep 7 through Oct 21, 2007

Sculptor Eric McGehearty will display his work at Piedmont Arts from September 7 “ October 21, 2007. McGehearty™s show, entitled Access Denied�, features sculptures that are in direct reference to his struggles with the learning disability dyslexia and, on a larger scale, relate to feelings of stress and confusion that all people can relate to.

With sculptures that are intense and purposeful, McGehearty takes his viewers through a maze of literature firmly encased in cement blocks; textbooks locked tight inside sturdy metal structures; and malformed panels of blurred, unreadable words. Viewing his work, one cannot help but feel the frustration of his struggle with written language. Yet, those who have never experienced the struggles of a learning disability can appreciate McGehearty™s work for the general sense of emotion it conveys.

McGehearty is a graduate of North Texas University with an MFA in sculpture. His work has been shown in seven solo exhibitions and countless group and museum shows, including shows at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC and the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University.

Eric McGehearty's will also host an in-depth preview of his work on September 6, 2007 at the New College Institute, located at 29 Jones Street, Courthouse Square, Martinsville, Virginia. The talk will begin at 6:00 PM and is FREE and oepn to the public. For more information, please call 276.403.5600 (NCI) or 276.632.3211.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, September 7, 2007 ¢ 5:30 PM ¢ Piemont Arts


Expressions
May 8 through Jun 29, 2007

Expressions is Piedmont Arts™ annual open entry exhibition of works by regional artists. Work ranges from paintings and drawings to sculpture and fiber works to photography. Last year, 133 artists participated and 61 prizes were awarded. This event is anticipated by the community and its all-inclusive approach is accessible to all kinds of art lovers.

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Hush Lush- Contemporary Craft
Mar 9 through Apr 20, 2007

Craft is a theme understood by many. It is medium specific - fiber, ceramics, glass, and woodwork - and it often reflects a specific function. In recent years, contemporary artists have turned to craft for inspiration, using traditional craft media for contemporary practices. Co-curated with Virginia Commonwealth University professor Sonya Clark, this exhibition surveys the works of 13 contemporary artists who work with traditional and familiar craft media to produce unexpected results.


Virginia Painters: Philip Geiger and Robert Stuart
Jan 12 through Feb 25, 2007

This exhibition showcases the works of two nationally known Virginia painters. Together they represent divergent trends in contemporary painting. Stuart focuses on abstract forms and colors, while Geiger paints figurative scenes of everyday life. However, a sense of tension resonates through each artist's work. In Stuart's paintings, juxtaposed bands of color vibrate and hum, depicting a visual tautness. Geiger's narrative scenes suggest a sense of anxiety that exists just below the surface.


Fifth Biennial Invitational Quilt Exhibition: The Art of the Quilt
Nov 10 through Dec 29, 2006

Quilt artists from all over the Southeast have been invited to display their work in this biennial showcase. All aspects of quilting are depicted in this colorful, awe-inspiring show. Enjoy the creative side of quilting with Piedmont Arts and discover how quilts are not only practical textiles...they're art!


What's THAT? Thinking in 3D
Sep 8 through Oct 27, 2006

The principle event each year for Tri State Sculptors is the annual fall conference and concurrent exhibition. Presentations, panel discussions, and workshops cover a wide range of topics such as: casting techniques, public art, studio hazards, and gallery relations. A well-known sculptor or other person in the sculpture field is selected to give a keynote address. A time is set for members to show slides of their work to each other. The whole event is full of opportunities to meet sculptors and talk about sculpture.




Maxwell MacKenzie: Traces
Jul 7 through Aug 18, 2006

Maxwell MacKenzie's photographic eye is drawn towards images of abandonment. Tobacco barns in the South and schoolhouses in the Midwest are two frequent subjects. MacKenzie is particularly interested in buildings, often in states of disrepair, that are suggestive of the past and are the last traces of people who have migrated elsewhere. His images of rural settings are symbolic of the passing of time. His most recent works are aerial photographs that turn the physical imprints of people on the landscape, such as tiremarks in a field or crops, into abstract patterns.

Also on Exhibiton:
Visions: Works by Inara Dodson
Afterschool Artists from Martinsville Middle School


My Fair Lily
Jun 21 through Jun 22, 2006

The Garden Club of Virginia presents the 64th Annual Lily Show. The Annual Lily Show showcases beautiful horticultural specimens and artistic arrangements by exhibitors from all over the Commonwealth. The Lily Show will be open to the public on Wednesday, June 21 from 2:30 - 6:00 and on Thursday, June 22 from 10:00 to 2:00.


The Levee: Where the Blues Began
Jan 13 through Feb 19, 2006

The Levee: Where the Blues Began is an exhibition of works on paper by an international groups of artists representing countries from around the world like the US, South Africa and Korea. Curated by artist Peter Calvert, the idea for The Levee came from Alan Lomax's book "The Land Where the Blues Began." Lomax views the levee as an icon of the delta landscapes and believes that the birth of the blues in the New Orleans region, coincided with the building of the levee system. Participating artists were asked to respond to this notion and the resulting works reflect a variety of interpretations. Some are representational, some abstract. Some reflect the landscape, some the music. Although the original works were created in the mid-90s, given the crisis in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, the timeliness of this exhibition is relevant.