Inspiration for the Mural News Blog:
Inspired by the honey bee hive , this mural news blog is about working together for the well being
of the whole through the creation of public mural art. You'll read stories about how
community members come together to create mural art that tell the story of their town. How
some of the murals hold the brush strokes of dedicated townsfolk, both young and old.
Stories about the challenges of the mural artists who render the sketches and how they
bring the communities together to help paint these huge works of art. What has
been realized is that the communities involved have a rise in local pride, the town
upgraded itself more throughout and the economic impact was felt by everyone.
Stories about other public art murals where individual artists were commissioned by a concerned town
or townsfolk to beautify and show respect for their community are told on this blog. Some
of these amazing murals are blocks long or hidden in bathrooms. Please join us on a
fascinating journey into the deep valleys & the triumphs of the creation of huge works
of public mural art.
Enjoy your journey into the Mural Art News Blog!
Doreyl Ammons Cain
Mural Trail Director
(Discover the Appalachian Mural Trail)
Snowbird Community Spirit
Community spirit filled the air in Robbinsville, North Carolina these first days of
Snowbird Cherokee artists gathered to help sketch the mural design and begin painting
this award winning mural concept.
The Pandemic had put the mural on hold for a year and most disturbing was the death of
one of the lead artists, TJ Holland, the cultural resources manager for the Eastern
Band of Cherokee Indians and director of the Junaluska Memorial Museum in
Robbinsville. Tj Holland had been the link between the Snowbird Community and
the other lead artist, Doreyl Ammons Cain as well as ZSmith Reynolds who had
bestowed a $50,000 grant award to the project through the efforts of the GREAT
Group in Robbinsville.
A community effort from the beginning, Tj Holland introduced Doreyl Ammons Cain to
the history of Snowbird through community meetings where stories of the lives of
special women were told. Through listening to the stories Cain created a master
sketch of the mural. Once the sketch was complete, Cain conducted mural painting
workshops with 7 local Cherokee artists where they learned through watching Cain
paint a mural panel. Each artist took a large art panel home to begin painting
one of the special Snowbird women. Each artist is related to the women they painted.
Everyone took notice when the mural panels were placed on the outside of the old
VFW building in historical downtown Robbinsville the first day of May. Even UNC
PBS TV came to film the mural's beginning. The show of community spirit lives on
in Robbinsville as 7 Snowbird artists are still busy painting the Snowbird women's story.
" TJ is smiling up there." says Nikki Nations, Cherokee artist.
The Snowbird Women's mural is already placed on the Appalachian Mural Trail,
where you can view the mural once finished. Meanwhile the mural trail will be
updating the mural's progress. To check out the Appalachian Mural Trail go to
muraltrail.com where you'll find over 120 magnificent murals with maps and
directions to find the murals in the mountains and piedmonts of North Carolina,
Virginia and Tennessee.