Art at Happy Hour offers last chance to view “FLASHPOINTS”

Free gallery talk at Piedmont Arts, Oct. 3

Enjoy a free self-guided tour of Piedmont Arts’ current exhibits during Art at Happy Hour on Thursday, October 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum.

“Art at Happy Hour is a fun way to experience Piedmont Arts exhibits,” said Director of Exhibitions and Marketing Bernadette Moore. “The event is low-key and casual, encouraging guests to view the artwork up close, ask questions and learn more about the exhibits.”

FLASHPOINTS: Material : Intent : Fused features the work of Kristy Deetz, Reni Gower, Jane Nodine and Daniella Woolf. With a shared focus on encaustic (pigmented hot wax), FLASHPOINTS beautifully underscores where material and intent converse and fuse. The viewer is invited to explore an immersive sensory-filled experience that is defined by more than just wax. FLASHPOINTS is curated by artist and retired Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Reni Gower.

Parts2 acts as an extension of artist Ed Dolinger’s decades-long self-imposed creative constraint of composing within a square format. All of the works presented in this exhibit are confined to a 12-inch square, beginning as flat collages, assembled with magazine pages anchored with layers of beeswax. 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.
Life, Love, Art: Works from the Collection of Judy and John Matthews features works from the Matthews family’s collection of contemporary art, as well as original works by John Matthews.

Art at Happy Hour is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments provided by the Piedmont Arts Guild. Guests may RSVP attendance by calling (276) 632-3221 or online at

Piedmont Arts is located at 215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Learn more at


FLASHPOINTS, Parts2 and Life, Love, Art will be on display through October 5, 2019. Exhibit admission is always free.


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