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February 19, 2009








Exhibit of Japanese Kites comes to Martinsville


Martinsville, VA: Japanese kites will fly high over the Piedmont Arts galleries during the upcoming exhibit, Theatre of the Sky .  This exhibit features 22 full–size (22” X 34”) Tokyo kites created by contemporary Japanese kite master, Mikio Toki.  


Kabuki kite from Theatre of the Sky

This collection of kites depicts the faces of famous Kabuki actors from a 19th century woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshiharu entitled, Kiteflying Competition in the Blue Sky. Renowned kite and print collector Scott Skinner commissioned Toki to recreate images from this classic print on a collection of traditional Tokyo kites.  Theatre of the Sky also features three ukiyo–e reproductions of Kiteflying Competition in the Blue Sky.


Theatre of the Sky will be on display at Piedmont Arts March 6 – April 18, 2009.  An opening reception and gallery talk will be held on March 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Piedmont Arts galleries.  This is a free event.  Guests should RSVP attendance by March 2 to 276.632.3221.


This exhibit is organized by The Drachen Foundation, a private, educational nonprofit study center devoted to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about kites worldwide.  Drachen is the German word for kite and dragon.


About Mikio Toki

Toki is one of the finest contemporary kite makers in 21st century Japan.  A trained graphic artist, Toki has combined his painting skill with a passion for traditional craft and makes kites that rival the finest in the world.





Also on display at Piedmont Arts March 6 – April 18, 2009:


The Neugents: Close to Home

This exhibit of black and white photographs chronicles the lives of photographer David Spear's tobacco-farming neighbors, the Neugents, in Madison, North Carolina.


A 1992 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Spear’s photographs are in the permanent collections of museums across the nation, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston.


This exhibit is organized by the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University and is funded in part by Miller Brewing Company.


Opening Reception & Gallery Talk:  March 6 • 5:30 PM • Piedmont Arts




A Brazilian Artist in Medieval Europe

Cristina Guerreiro is a young artist with a varied international exposure. Her work evokes the colors, forms, sounds and mystique of the people, culture and country in which she was born, Brazil.


Bairro Alto, in the center of the colorful city of Lisbon, Portugal was Guerreiro’s inspiration for this collection of works.  Through large scale, and a graphic use of line and color, Guerreiro communicates her vision of and enthusiasm for this beautiful medieval European city.


Opening Reception & Gallery Talk:  March 6 • 5:30 PM • Piedmont Arts



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About Piedmont Arts

Piedmont Arts is nonprofit art museum and educational outreach center in Martinsville, Virginia. 



We believe that art enhances the quality of life. Therefore, the mission of Piedmont Arts is to provide experiences in the visual and performing arts to enrich and enlighten the lives of the people of Martinsville, Henry County and neighboring areas. Piedmont Arts strives to cultivate an appreciation for the arts both in our physical facility and in the community through exhibits, live performances, and educational programs for children and adults. Additionally, Piedmont Arts invites participation in the arts with display, marketing and performance opportunities available for artists and craftsmen. Through all of our activities, we strive to bring the arts close to home.


Hours:   Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 3 pm


Piedmont Arts remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!