Piedmont Arts now open

Visitors can once again return to Piedmont Arts.
Visitor guidelines:

  • No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted in the establishment.
  • Face coverings are required at all times.
  • Guests must maintain six feet of physical distance between people who do not reside in the same household.
  • Occupancy cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 50 patrons.
  • Learn more at Piedmontarts.org.


16 Hands: Two Generations, Working Together; on display through July 25 • Admission is free; Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Virginia, there is an enclave of craftsmen who, over the past 25 years, have solidified deep friendships as well as a network of creative, technical and professional support. Drawn to the area by its beauty and tranquility, with much determination, they established working studios, vital careers and a way of life. Two Generations, Working Together features work by 16 Hands members Ellen Shankin, Brad Warstler, Silvie Granatelli, Benjie Osborne, Josh Manning, Donna Polseno, Hona Knudsen, Wendy Werstlein, Sarah McCarthy, Seth Guzovsky, Andrea Denniston and Josh Copus. Dreaming Geometry: An Artistic Exploration of Mathematics will be on display in the Lynwood Artists Gallery.

The Garden
On display August 8 – October 10 • Free admission; Across the globe and from King to commoner, the garden has provided sustenance and pleasure throughout time in both corporeal and spiritual ways. As in Milton’s Paradise Lost or Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights to Monet’s Giverny or Thoreau’s Walden Pond, artists have often portrayed the garden as an ever-evolving and fertile metaphor for life colored by contrasts. Humble or grandiose; cultivated or wild; lush or arid; ornamental or medicinal; secret or shared; the garden protects and provides as much as it provokes and stimulates. No matter its form during this time of anxiety and uncertainty, The Garden offers a much-needed refuge and heartening reprieve. The Garden features work by Jorge Benitez, Ruth Bolduan, Sally Bowring, Cat Crotchett, Reni Gower, Chris Gregson, Melissa Potter and Javier Tapia. Co-curated by Jorge Benitez and Reni Gower. Works by Charlie Knighton will be on display in the Lynwood Artists Gallery.

Opening Reception: The Garden

Friday, Aug. 7 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Admission is free

Clyde Hooker Awards
Thursday, August 20• 5:30 p.m., admission is free. Dr. Barry Dorsey and Triangle Electric will be honored at the Clyde Hooker Awards. The museum will also recognize Arts in Education Award recipients Sandy Strayer, superintendent of Henry County Public Schools, and Dr. Zebedee Talley, Jr., superintendent of Martinsville City Public Schools; as well as the recipients of the Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarship Breanna Ferguson and Caitlyn Kidd. Limited capacity. Please RSVP attendance at Piedmontarts.org.

Chalk Fest Family Day

Saturday, August 29 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Gravely-Lester Art Garden; Admission is free.


Summer Art Camp: Grades 3 – 5

June 23 – 26, 2020 • 9:30 am – noon daily • $65 Members • $75 Non-members; Campers will create fun arts and crafts, while drawing inspiration from the galleries, famous artists and creative activities. Explore a variety of artistic techniques, styles and materials. An art show will take place at the end of camp, showcasing campers’ work for their families to enjoy. Register at PiedmontArts.org or call 276-632-3221. Advance registration required.

Kids’ Barn Quilts
Thursday, July 16, 2020 • 1 – 3 p.m. • $35 Members • $40 Non-members; Paint a 12 in. x 12 in. barn quilt square with instructor Lisa Martin. Participants choose from six design options prior to class. All supplies provided. Register at PiedmontArts.org or call 276.632.3221. Advance registration required.

Studio with Karen Despot
Thursday, July 23 and Thursday, August 20 • 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.; $30 Members • $35 Non-members

Need a little guidance on your artwork? Spend studio time working in acrylic, oil or colored pencil with artist Karen Despot and fellow students. Bring your own supplies. Register at PiedmontArts.org or call 276-632-3221. Advance registration required.


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