Exhibits, programs celebrate contributions of African American artists to arts and culture
This February, Piedmont Arts has lined up a variety of exhibits and programs that recognize and celebrate Black History Month. From its annual African American Read-In with noted storyteller Fred
Slated for February 23, Piedmont Arts’ African American Read-In will take place from 11 am – 1 pm at the museum, and will feature Danville-based storyteller Fred Motley. A modern-day griot, Motley has traveled to festivals and other venues to teach African-American history, music
Two exhibits of work by African American artists on display at Piedmont Arts through February 23, 2019 shed light on the contemporary African American experience.
Mood and Music: Paintings by Eric McRay features vibrant and colorful paintings that blend the verve, images
Clarence Heinz is a self-taught artist who paints what he experienced growing up in Charleston, South Carolina during Jim Crow, as a Vietnam-era veteran, and during his 32 years in prison – where he taught himself to paint. Heinz lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
To close out the exhibits, Piedmont Arts will host Art at Happy Hour on February 21 from 5 – 7 pm. Eric McRay will lead a gallery walk and talk through Mood and Music, discuss his influences and techniques and answer questions. The Piedmont Arts Guild will provide complimentary refreshments. Admission is free.
Piedmont Arts is a nonprofit art museum in Martinsville, Virginia that inspires and engages the diverse Martinsville-Henry County community and surrounding areas through visual arts, performing arts and arts education. Piedmont Arts is a statewide partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Piedmont Arts programming is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Piedmont Arts is located at 215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am– 3 pm. Admission is free. Learn more at www.PiedmontArts.org.