Annual Events

Annual Events

Two ghost girls holding dolls

Ghosts & Gravestones of Grove Street Cemetery

Date: October 23rd, 24th and 25th 2020     Time: 6:30pm  |  7:00pm  |  7:30pm  |  8:00pm     Tour Event Originates at: Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History

Ghosts & Gravestones of Grove Street Cemetery is an annual historical tour presented each year during the Halloween season in Danville, VA. These historical walking tours take guests on a tour of the historic Sutherlin Mansion followed by a walk through the Grove Street Cemetery. The earliest surviving marked grave dates back to 1833 and the tour features monologues presented by costumed actors portraying many of the city’s founders and important historical figures.

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History began tours in 2001 with just a few people and since that time this event has grown into a full production. In 2018 the museum began a partnership with Smokestack Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre company, to present Ghosts & Gravestones as part of their season. The tours are presented by a cast of about twenty volunteer actors from as young as 9 years old. Smokestack holds open auditions every fall and finds this event is the perfect opportunity for beginning actors to enhance their craft. The rehearsal process involves theatre classes and multiple Directors are brought in each week to work with the cast. From pre-production to final performances there are more than forty volunteers responsible for these productions each year. These historical ghost tours are presented near the end of October each year for three evenings. For more information visit

Art on the Lawn - Virtual

This year, we will be hosting virtual studio visits with regional artists for our ART ON THE LAWN EVENT. Artists will demonstrate their studio techniques and have the opportunity to show their unique and individual studio processes.

In past years, we have held this event on the grounds of the Museum during the summer with many artists demonstrating techniques in their favorite medium as well as selling their artwork. We will be offering virtual viewings of artists in their studios sharing with us their process and techniques in differing mediums.

In the Studio with Jonathan Scollo

In the Studio with Jonathan Scollo

Jonathan studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and later graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Art Education. His interest in mediums is almost as diverse as the subject matter of my works. He enjoys ceramics, photography, oil, acrylic, water color, pastel, pencil and printmaking. In some cases, Jonathan prefers to make specialty papers to add interest to particular prints. His work has been showcased in juried art exhibits as well as in local establishments. 

Jonathan was born in East Hartford, CT.  He credits his grandfather, a painter, for his love of painting and creativity. Jonathan is a member of the Danville Art League and I also teach pottery classes at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. Now living in Dry Fork with my wife and 3 daughters, he co-owns and manage the Awards & Trophy Shop in Danville, VA with his wife Beverly who is also an artist.

In the Studio with Elsabé Dixon

Elsabé Dixon demonstrates how to pin the wings of the Spotted Lanternfly as part of the “Spotted Lanternfly Zones of Syncopation” (SFZ) campus arts initiative at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

In the Studio with Linda Gourley

Linda Gourley uses a variety of printmaking techniques, including hand-colored etching, collography, and chine colle, along with collaging textiles, ink colors, and hand-made papers to create fantastic and whimsical prints. Inventing innocent and simple human and animal forms, Gourley's works represent humorous and magical situations set in rainforests, gardens filled with spirituality, and imaginary fairytale kingdoms. The contrasting qualities of such elaborate artistic technique combined with Gourley's naive and child-like characters produce a vitality of expression unique in style and content.