From the History of Baseball to the 'Bus to Broadway,' Piedmont Arts Announces 2012-13 Season

On the heels of the organization's 50th anniversary, Piedmont Arts announces a new season full of visual arts, performances and special events, ranging from a look at the history of Negro League baseball to bus trips taking passengers to Broadway shows.

"This season is the most exciting we have had in a long time," said Barbara Parker, Piedmont Arts director of programs. "We are offering a wider variety of events that will bring people into the galleries and local venues like the Rives Theatre and Martinsville High School Auditorium. We'll also be traveling to venues like the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Durham Performing Arts Center for some amazing shows."

Piedmont Arts' 2012-13 season includes:

We Are The Ship

Jul 21 – Sep 1, 2012 · Piedmont Arts
Jesi Pace-Berkeley's paintings range from portraits to nonobjective works. They blend a force and passion that dominate and hold the viewer's gaze. Also on view, Small Narrow Pieces of a Big Wide World, featuring works by Greg Arens in the Lynwood Artists Gallery. Members-Only Reception: Jul 20, 2012

Retrospective 01...From Then Until Now

Sep 15 – Oct 27, 2012 · Piedmont Arts
Christopher Barbour's photographs represent his search – for himself, for understanding, for sight. His images carry the expression of life moving constantly, captured in one small frame. Also on view, Works by Carol Bryant in the Lynwood Artists Gallery. Members-Only Reception: Sep 15, 2012

The Art of the Quilt
Nov 10, 2012 – Jan 12, 2013 · Piedmont Arts
Quilt artists from across the Southeast display work in this biennial showcase, curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler. Also on view, Works by the Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild in the Lynwood Artists Gallery. Members-Only Reception: Nov 9, 2012

We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Feb 2 – Mar 30, 2013 · Piedmont Arts
Award-winning artist and author Kadir Nelson spent seven years creating the handsome paintings in this exhibit for his brilliantly illustrated book, We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Also on view, Works by Rupe Dalton in the Lynwood Artists Gallery. Members-Only Reception: Feb 1, 2013

Expressions 2013
Apr 20 – Jun 29, 2013 · Piedmont Arts
Offering a mix of styles and media this open-entry art exhibit features work by local and regional artists. Opening Reception: Apr 19, 2013 


The Rise & Fall of the Great 
F. Scott Fitzgerald  
Oct 11, 2012 · Dinner 6 PM ·  Lecture 7 PM · Piedmont Arts
Dr. Elliot Engel reveals how Fitzgerald's turbulent life and brilliant novels perfectly captured the sensation and sadness of the Jazz Age.

Trout Fishing in America

Oct 18, 2012 · 7:30 PM · Rives Theatre
This Grammy-nominated acoustical duo engages audiences of all ages with wit and a zany mix of folk, pop and family music.

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Spectacular (On Stage! Series)
Dec 8, 2012
 · 7 PM · Martinsville HS Auditorium

The RSO returns to Martinsville with the 7th annual Holiday Pops concert. This cheerful event is the perfect beginning to the holiday season.

A Game Apart: Mike Wiley as Jackie Robinson

Feb 11, 2013 · 7 PM · Piedmont Arts
Mike Wiley provides a powerful lesson in courage as he recounts the struggles faced by Jackie Robinson and other African-American athletes during the era of segregation.

Richmond Ballet II (On Stage! Series)
Mar 9, 2013 
· 7 PM · Martinsville HS Auditorium

This new troupe from Richmond Ballet performs a mix of classic and contemporary dances.

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

Mar 22, 2013 · 7 PM · Rives Theatre
Sing-a-long to the most successful movie musical of all time. Character dress contest and pre-show at 6:30 PM.

Rockapella (On Stage! Series)
Apr 25, 2013 · 7 PM · Martinsville HS Auditorium
It seems impossible for five guys with microphones to create an astonishing full-band sound, but a single concert by these vocal giants features everything from Motown harmonies to smooth jazz beats – all produced with the human voice. USA Today said, “the best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella you know it’s the truth.”

Special Events

Book Signing with Kristen-Paige Madonia
Sep 21, 2012 · 6 PM · Piedmont Arts
Join Kristen-Paige Madonia for a reception and book signing of her debut novel, Fingerprints of You, a Simon & Schuster book for young adults. 

Savory September: Gin & Jazz
Sep 28, 2012 · 7:30 PM · Piedmont Arts
We’re gonna party like it’s 1929! Shine your spats and don your finest flapper flare for this Roaring Twenties-themed party, complete with bathtub gin and bawdy jazz. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and hooch are on the house. Gin & Jazz is sure to be the party of the century, the last century that is! Twenties-style dress encouraged.

Bus Trip: Chihuly at the VMFA

Oct 25, 2012 · 8 AM · Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a dramatic setting for this exhibit of work by glass artist Dale Chihuly, which takes advantage of the museum’s soaring atrium. Also tour Fine Art & Flowers, featuring floral designs by Virginia Garden Clubs based on pieces from VMFA’s collection. Let Piedmont Arts be your guide to this fabulous exhibit. This day-long trip includes bus ride to and from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and optional lunch at the museum's Amuse Restaurant.

Bus to Broadway: Jersey Boys
Nov 15, 2012 · 5 PM · Durham Performing Arts Center
Take the Bus to Broadway for the Grammy Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys – the story of how The Four Seasons became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Trip includes show admission and bus trip to and from Durham Performing Arts Center, plus an optional box dinner. Guests may bring the beverage of their choice along for the ride.

More information and tickets to upcoming events can be found at


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