AMT @ West Jefferson, NC
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Selfie Mural Wall
"Angel Wings"
West Jefferson, NC

"The Mural Town"
Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 261
  Muralist: Raney Rogers
Trail Member/Sponsor: Ashe County Chamber of Commerce

Mural Descriptions

    Featured Mural - "Angel Wall" After the night club disaster in Florida a friend shared a photo of angel wings that an artist had painted on a wall to represent the victims. She mentioned that I should do that in West Jefferson. I love angels. Who doesn't? I also love the interaction of people with the mural and the photos that people take are so interesting and varied... and touching sometimes too.

    I had a wall in mind but the owner made a reference to "Victoria's Angels" and I knew that was not the right wall for this project. I spoke with another realtor but they had a hesitancy because of its symbology and then I rode by the Hotel Tavern and saw the perfect spot, and they heartily agreed. Customers enjoy taking turns photographing each other during dinner or just hanging out with friends having a drink.

    It became a "Memorial" after someone called and asked if I would paint a block in honor or their mother, who had recently passed. I did not think twice and even offered the option up to others and that is how the wall was funded. We still get requests but ran out of room. Visitors can post their "Angel" shots on facebook...and scroll through to see all the other angels.
Location: 5 West Main Street
    Mural Artist: Raney Rogers

    Mural Mention#1 - "Poppy Mural" This was a mural that had circulated the web and I fell in love with it and was going to paint it on my gallery fence. However, as I was very busy I had not gotten the chance when I received a call from a real estate agency asking me to paint it on their business wall, which was quite large...65' (or so) by 19' and the largest that I had ever painted. I love the colors and the flowers just scream "We love being Poppies"! People tell me that it cheers them up when they drive by, especially on a gray, rainy day.
Location: 204 E. Main Street
    Mural Artist: Raney Rogers

Mural Mention #1 - "Poppy Mural"  


Artist Bio: Raney Rogers

    Raney Rogers  Raney Rogers has been a professional artist since 1981 after moving to Ashe County from Chapel Hill, NC. After teaching art for five years in the Ashe County Schools she branched off to pursue her painting career and her work now hangs in corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Raney pioneered West Jeffersons first fine art gallery featuring her own art - the Acorn Gallery - in 1992 directly across from the old burley tobacco warehouse.

    Raney leads art sessions throughout the southeast and is currently an artist in residence in Kinston as well, where she has opened a new gallery and is creating a new body of work bringing her back to the nature scenes and wildlife she originally portrayed. She is also filming her televized show "Painting with Raney" where she exhibits her love of art and pulling others in to the creative experience with her unique method of guiding those who have never painted through their very first painting. Her first mural was the b ackdrop for her high school senior prom and she has since painted over many walls, indoor and out, to feed her love of large spaces and vivid colors. Raney believes that we are all artists, we just need to discover what that form of expression is.

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    comment by: Gloria
Love, love, love ❤ all the art we saw and experienced while in Asheville!!Laura

    comment by: Lois
Brilliant way to allow visitors to enjoy the sites and sounds that Asheville has to offer.

    comment by: Rebecca&Susan
We just loved all of the murals in Asheville! Asheville is a fun vibrant interesting town!

    comment by: Catherine Wilson
    (Asheville, NC)

As a member of Carolina Street Mural group, I learned about The Appalachian Mural Trail! After reviewing your web page. I planned my road trips to locate the trail murals, reflect on them and photograph memories of my trip!

    comment by: Tammy Compton
    (Fort Myers, Florida)

Love it! We went looking to take selfies with 3 and found over 20 murals!

    comment by: Angie Trapp
    (Concord, NC)

Beautiful mural in Sparta, one of my favorite places! 😊❤️

    comment by: Debra
    (Falls Church City, VA)

Thanks for letting me know! What a great project!
It added cool stops to my visit and I love seeing art and the artist was around that day to meet.

    comment by: Cristy (Mountain City, TN)
We have been getting much more traffic around our murals, and a lot of it is due to the publicity from your organization!
Thank you!
We will unveil our newest (and largest) mural on September 4th.

    comment by: Cindy Hedrick Day
It's beautiful! Thank you!!!!
Awesome! You made my day! Love love love it!.
I saw the email re the Mural Trail special in process of being made. Can't wait to see it. We are working to finish our projects, exhibit changes, etc. Who knew it would take so long! But, it's soon finished!!!
Looking forward to seeing this!
Thank you again!!!

    comment by: Marcie Toomey
This is our second visit to Holy Trinity.. we always leave blessed and humbled ❤️

    comment by: Chelsea
Thank you so much for the quick response! I received my shirt and thoroughly enjoyed the trail! Thank you for all of the hard work put into this project!

    comment by: Debbie Dillion
Just came across your website and it is great! I plan to look for these murals in my travels. A phone app would be awesome.

    comment by: Carol
Lincolnton, NC, is loaded with murals! And I love them all!

    comment by: Barry & Cindy Beaulieu
we got to see the Fresco in W. Jefferson NC and is amazing ... we were on our two wheeler the Voyager... nature declares there is a God... everywhere you look... thanking ya'll so very very much...

    comment by: Vickie Sealock
    (Welcome Center Manager)

I love what you folks are doing. Several years ago we went to Exeter California to see their Mural trail. We spent hours in this little town looking at the murals and trying to find the hidden objects in each. We talked with the towns people, had lunch, shopped in the shops. I love the mural trails, and yours is going to be one of the best. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    comment by: Liz
Art is everywhere in Asheville! This gorgeous mural of Dolly Parton by Gus Cutty is the newest mural you'll see in town. Gus created the mural with spray paint in 3 days. See it for yourself at Beauty Parade on Haywood Rd in West Asheville.

    comment by: Karen
Roanoke murals are awesome to see... love the mural with girl floating in air... the poetry one was neat!

    comment by: Big Tom
This is great mural art, will be remembered a long time...

    comment by: Bob
This is very expansive mural, covers many walls inside the cradle building. Beautiful art mural, a must see!

    comment by: Dolly
Love the big murals!!!

    comment by: Lisa Patten
I love the mural trail. It's like seeing a gift at Christmas!

    comment by: Ann Barbare
Beautiful mural of Maggie Valley

    comment by: Jennifer
Love your mural artwork! The local references, the depiction of marvelous, beautiful, and colorful nature - landscapes, birds, animals, butterflies, and glorious flowers - invites close study and is very engaging!

    comment by: Carol
Looks like progress being made! Can't wait to see the mural at Joeys.

    comment by: anonymous
Can't wait to see this beautiful mural art in person at Joey's Pancake House

    comment by: Amy
I love your little sneak-a-peek view. Need more...

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