Danville Museum

of Fine Arts and History

Danville Museum

of Fine Arts and History

Upcoming Events and Programs

Annual Attic SALE!

Come join us at the Danville Museum for our annual Attic Sale in August where you can find unique treasures and vintage items! Danville looks forward to this very popular event featuring a huge number of items including home decor, furniture, albums, kitchenware, books, paintings, frames, one-of-a-kind items and so much more.

The Annual Attic Sale fundraiser will be open to the public, beginning Saturday, August 3rd at 9 a.m. 

A special, members-only “Preview & Sale Reception,” will be held Friday, August 2nd from 5-7 p.m. at the museum.

We will continue to accept donated items May-July during Museum hours (Tuesdays-Fridays, 10-5, Saturdays 12-5, Sundays, 2-5). No clothing or electronics please.

 

Fourth Fridays on the VERANDA

Join the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History as we host Fourth Fridays on the Veranda this summer for drinks, food, art, music, and community vibes. The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, located within Danville’s Old West End, is a hub for art, history, and culture. Every fourth Friday starting in June, the museum’s veranda will transform into a hub of creativity and connection, with specially curated drinks and delicious bites.

Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a history enthusiast, or just looking for a place to connect with others and have a good time, Fourth Fridays on the Veranda is perfect for all. Cash Bar and Food available.

Open to the Public, Tickets not Required.

Upcoming Fourth Fridays on the Veranda include:

June 28, 2024, 5:30- 8:00 p.m.

July 26, 2024, 5:30- 8:00 p.m.

August 23, 2024, 5:30- 8:00 p.m.

Finding Your Cultural Roots (Part 1) Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Celebration

Join Virginia Folklife in Danville for a special day exploring storytelling and the African roots of musical traditions!

For the past year, the artists featured at this event have worked together in Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship teams to learn and teach the cultural traditions of community storytelling, gourd instrument building, and Puerto Rican plena and requinto hand drumming.

Danville’s own Fred Motley and Karen Williamson of Caswell County will share stories they have collected—both on screen in a short film and to the sounds of local musicians. Dena Jennings of Nasons will offer two workshops about the history and techniques behind the making of gourd instruments—the precedent to today’s banjo, which is often separated from its African origin story. Maurice Sanabria of Richmond will also be offering workshops on hand drumming traditions of Puerto Rican plena music.

Drop in or stay for the whole event. This group of local and visiting artists will help you discover the roots of modern Virginia traditions. Click Here to register. 

On Saturday, September 21 (11am-2pm), return to the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History for Part 2: “Finding Your Ancestral Roots,” a community genealogy workshop and presentation hosted by Danville-based public historian and genealogist Karice Luck-Brimmer, Virginia Humanities Community Initiatives program associate. (See below- More details will be announced soon!)

This event is free and open to the public; registration is recommended. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, see Virginia Humanities. 

DMFAH's 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit and Members-Only Reception

More Information to Come!

 

Art on the Lawn 2024 and DMFAH's 50th Anniversary Event

Join us at 975 Main Street, Danville, VA on September 14th for Art on the Lawn- a day filled with art, history, and fun. This year is also the Danville Museum of Fine Art and History’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the museum’s anniversary, we will have a special exhibit that looks back at the museum’s 50 years of history and looks forward to the next 50 years. 

Art on the Lawn is rated as one of the best-loved and long-standing outdoor festivals in Danville. This in- person event is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the local art scene, purchase some great art, and commemorate a special milestone with us through music and food. Food trucks and beer and wine will be available. Musical guest Mama Bri Bri and the Stranger.

We hope to make this year’s Art on the Lawn/50th Anniversary Event the best, so mark your calendars. This event is free and open to the public. Artists interested in having a booth at Art on the Lawn please call 434-793-5644 or click the Artist Entry Form button below. 

DAR/Pittsylvania Historical Society Patrick Henry Speech

Finding Our Roots with Virginia Humanities

 More information to come!

Historical Thinking Skills Teacher Workshop

Join educators from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Virginia Humanities, and the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History to engage with historical thinking skills through the project-based learning program Virginia History Day and the education resources of all three institutions.

This free, in-person workshop will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 975 Main St, Danville, VA 24541.

Resources for grades 4-12 will be the focus of this event, but educators from all grade levels are encouraged to attend. All Virginia social studies educators, including from homeschools and private schools, are encouraged to attend.

Space is limited to the first 20 registrants, so register today! Participation in the workshop includes:
– Coffee and light breakfast
– $75 stipend
– Certificate of participation for CEU points

This workshop is sponsored in part by National Endowment for the Humanities and Virginia Humanities. 

Sign up Here

 

Opera on the James

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will host Opera on the James for the third year on October 18th.

Opera on the James, celebrating its 19th Season, is an OPERA AMERICA Level Four Professional Company in Lynchburg, Virginia. The company was created by a group of city leaders and opera lovers to share the power and beauty of live opera with diverse audiences in Central Virginia and beyond. The Board of Directors of Opera on the James and dedicated volunteers are very active in the work of the company.

More information to come. 

Register at Eventbrite.

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More information to come!

Past Events and Programs

DMFAH Hosts the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

DMFAH will host Business After Hours with the Danville, Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce on June 20th. Business After Hours are designed to provide a networking opportunity for chamber members to make new business contacts in a relaxed social setting. There is no cost for Chamber members – It’s included in your membership.  

In partnership with the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will be hosting Business After Hours on June 20th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the museum, located at 975 Main Street, Danville. Refreshments provided by Crema and Vine and Culture. 

The museum will be sharing information about plans for September in honor of its 50th Anniversary, including a special photography exhibit to be held on September 6th, and Art on the Lawn and a Celebration Party to be held on September 14th. The museum will also be discussing refinements to the organization’s vision for the future, which reflects its commitment to all local audiences and visitors, and how the museum plans to expand its role to be the cultural heart of Danville. 

Museum Meets Margaritaville

Join the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History at the Danville Community Market on Saturday, June 8, 2024, for an island-themed fundraiser to support the museum’s ongoing programs and events. Indulge in tasty island-themed food, delicious margaritas, and special rum drinks, while you immerse yourself in a tropical paradise right in the heart of Danville. Music by DJ Larry Stamps and food provided by Culture. Don’t miss out on this exciting event that brings together the best of both worlds – museums and Margaritaville! 

Tickets are $45 per person and $50 at the door. Museum members get 5% off.

You’ll have a chance to bid on a 3-night stay in a waterfront condo in Key West, an exclusive Holiday Dinner in the museum’s cupola, or one of many extravagant gift baskets. 

Celebrate the Arts! Danville Public Schools Student Art Exhibit

Join DMFAH on May 24th from 5 – 7 p.m.  as we showcase amazing artwork from Danville Public School students, music by the DPS orchestra, and dance and theater performances. From paintings to sculptures, there will be a wide variety of art on display. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the artistic skills of our community. 

The exhibit opening and reception will be held May 24, 2024, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will continue until June 5th

Guides: Women from the Danville - Pittsylvania County Area History. Exhibit Has Been Extended Until May 12th.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is having a special exhibition on women from the Danville⎼Pittsylvania County area whose accomplishments, dedication, dignity, and talent deeply enriched, and helped grow the region. Some of the women highlighted in the exhibit are well known, but others, and their contributions, are not. DMFAH will also be hosting two evening presentations on women featured in the exhibit. It is anticipated that the exhibit will expand into an annual display to highlight other women, and their contributions, each March. 

Presentation about Lady Astor and Museum Mingle May 5th, 3-5 p.m.

DMFAH will be hosting a presentation on Lady Astor who is one of the women featured in the Guides: Women from Danville – Pittsylvania County Area Exhibit to celebrate Women’s History Month. Joyce Wilburn will give a presentation on Nancy Langhorne “Lady: Astor who was born in Danville, VA. She was the first woman to sit on the British Parliament. This presentation will be held again on Sunday, May 5th, Lady Astor Day, from 3-4:30 p.m.

Lady Astor Presentation and Museum Mingle
Sunday, May 5, 2024
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

To recognize her international achievements, an informative and entertaining 20-minute presentation by Joyce Wilburn will tell how Nancy Langhorne Astor, born in Danville, became a Member of the British Parliament (MP). The 3:00 p.m. program is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended.  Register at Eventbrite.

To recognize her international achievements, an informative and entertaining 20-minute presentation by Joyce Wilburn will tell how Nancy Langhorne Astor, born in Danville, became a Member of the British Parliament (MP). The 3:00 p.m. program is free and open to the public.

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History will also have a Museum Mingle with cash-bar refreshments after the presentation until 5 p.m. Lady Astor martinis as well as beer and wine will be available. Visitors can attend either or both events. 

An exhibit on women from the Danville-Pittsylvania County area whose accomplishments enriched and helped shape the region is currently on display at the DMFAH, 975 Main Street, until Sunday, May 12. For more info, visit www.danvillemuseum.org or call 434.793.5644.

Sharswood History Discussion by Karen Dixon-Rexroth

Sharswood Plantation, also known as Sharswood Manor Estate, is a historic plantation house in Gretna, Virginia. Prior to the American Civil War, Sharswood operated as a 2,000-acre tobacco plantation under the ownership of Charles Edwin Miller and Nathaniel Crenshaw Miller. The Carpenter Gothic mansion was designed by New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis.

In 2020, the estate was purchased by Frederick Miller. Frederick Miller is the great-great-grandson of Violet and David Miller, who were both enslaved at Sharswood. Sarah Miller, was born at Sharswood and was recorded as a member of the household in the Slave Birth Index. Miller was unaware of his ancestral connection to Sharswood at the time of his purchase. Miller founded the Sharswood Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the upkeep and historical preservation of the plantation. In June 2022, the plantation hosted a large Juneteenth celebration with over 1,000 people in attendance. A second Juneteenth celebration was held on June 18, 2023.

The Movement Documentary

Join the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History for a screening of The Movement, a documentary about the true story of local Black leaders who took to the streets in the summer of 1963 and risked their lives in a coordinated effort to end segregation in Danville. The documentary traces the Civil Rights struggle that led to Bloody Monday—when armed police officers, firefighters and deputized garbage collectors turned high-powered hoses and batons on protestors, which resulted in many injuries and sent shockwaves through the nation, leading Martin Luther King Jr. to visit Danville four times and declare the Danville Police Department as one of the most brutal forces in the south.

A panel discussion with Danville Civil Rights leaders who participated in and witnessed the events, moderated by Karice Luck-Brimmer, Community Initiatives Program Associate at Virginia Humanities, will occur after the documentary. 

Presentation about Rachel Jackson by Rick Dixon and Bettie Thompson by Rita Smith and Sonja Ingram

DMFAH will also be hosting two evening presentations on women featured in the exhibit. This presentation will focus on Rachel Donelson Jackson who was the wife of President Andrew Jackson and Bettie Thompson who was a member of the James Street Holiness Church. 

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