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Create a permanent part of Piedmont Arts’ new R.P. Gravely-A.J. Lester Art Garden at Art Garden Family Day on Saturday, April 22 by participating in the free Family Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help artist Beryl Solla install mosaic tile murals on the gateway sign that welcomes guests into the Art Garden. Small groups will work with Solla throughout the event to complete four tile murals that represent the four seasons.

“Each mural will have a different theme that relates not only to the seasons, but to Virginia and Martinsville-Henry County,” said Bernadette Moore, director of Marketing, Communications and Design. “There will be a dogwood, a butterfly, a pumpkin and a cardinal,” she said of the themes that are easily recognizable and resonate with the community.

Solla is chairman of the Art Department at Piedmont Virginia Community College. She received a BA from Florida International University and an MFA from the University of Miami – Florida. She has completed many public art projects in Virginia and has worked with students in Martinsville-Henry County on several in-school murals, as part of Piedmont Arts’ Educational Outreach Program.

Art Garden Family Day is held in conjunction with Virginia Museum of Natural History’s Earth Day Festival in J. Frank Wilson Park, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. That event will include free games, crafts and activities.

Learn more at www.PiedmontArts.org .