May Art Walk Brings Unique Art and Music to Uptown

First Friday Art Walk will expand its reach in Uptown Martinsville on May 4 as 20 businesses plan to participate in the spring kick-off of this monthly event.

Artist studios, galleries, retail shops, restaurants, museums and more will be open late, from 5 -­ 7 pm, to celebrate the arts and culture in Martinsville and to encourage residents and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy the Uptown area. 

"Art Walk has been an important part of Studio 107's programming since it was opened," said Bernadette Moore, Piedmont Arts director of marketing and public relations. "We are ecstatic to see that this month so many businesses will be participating in this community event."

"First Friday Art Walk started small, with only two participating businesses," said Carolyn Beale, coordinator of Studio 107 Artist Studios for Piedmont Arts. "With persistence we have steadily grown over the years and this month's Art Walk promises to be the largest yet. We hope community support continues to grow."

In addition to extended hours at local businesses, First Friday Art Walk also offers special events designed to bring arts and culture to the forefront of the community.

This months events include:

M'City Jazz Band at Studio 107
105 E. Church Street
Studio 107 will host the M'City Jazz Band from 5:45 -­ 6:45 pm. M'City is made up of local musicians who perform jazz and big band tunes. The group will perform free of charge in front of Studio 107 on Church Street. 

Ticket Giveaway at Studio 107
105 E. Church Street
Visit Studio 107 during First Friday Art Walk and enter to win two tickets to Piedmont Arts On Stage! presents Poco and Pure Prairie League on May 5 at Martinsville High School Auditorium. Drawing will take place at 7 pm. Must be present to win.

mARTinsville LOVE at The Artisan Center
54 W. Church Street
Love is in the air in Martinsville-Henry County; the love of art, that is. Officials from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development
Corporation's Tourism Division and Patrick Henry Community College's The Artisan Center have partnered to create a LOVE Artwork called "mARTinsville LOVE." The public art installment, which spells out the word LOVE, is part of a statewide marketing challenge from the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Stop by The Artisan Center from 5 ­- 7 pm to take your photo with "mARTinsville LOVE."

William Walter's Damn Fine Trio at the Rives Theatre
215 E. Church Street
Combining high-energy rock and roll with a special blend of funky twang, William Walter's Damn Fine Trio delivers live looping jams with epic guitar wizardry. A festival favorite, their music reflects a common shared experience. Listening to Walter's Trio is like hanging out with good
friends: intimate, energizing and fun. Barefoot West Trio will open. Doors open at 8 pm. Tickets are $8 at Studio 107 and Woodall¹s Music prior to the show and $10 at the Rives Theatre the night of the show. This is a Live at the Rives Theatre Series Pass Event.

Uptown businesses that will be open from 5 -­ 7 pm during First Friday Art Walk on May 4 include:

Arts + Entertainment
4. MHC Visitors Center

 Dining + Night Life
7. Hugo's

First Friday Art Walk takes place the first Friday of each month in Uptown Martinsville. Visit Uptown for a night full of art, food and fun. Travel Church Street from The Artisan Center all the way to the Rives Theatre.Galleries, restaurants and shops are open from 5 - 7 pm or later. First Friday Art Walks are free, self-guided and held rain or shine. For more information, visit


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