Mural Art News Blog

From Doreyl's Backwoods
Mural Art News Desk

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 May, 2021. 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 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.

Mural Art News

U.S. Mural News

Art Peaked 30,000 Years Ago
     Or so some believe. The more you look at images from the walls of Lascaux and Chauvet, the more you realise art really has invented nothing since those days at the end of the ice age. It is hard to take in how comprehensively these ancient artists anticipated the future. It takes time to fully...  read more

"Public Murals make good Business Sense"
     Big business is joining in the mural movement! Jiffy Libe in Indiana is getting mural artist involved in painting public murals on all of their 50 sites. They now see how the murals have increased business and profits!  read more

Archaeologists Find 3,200-Year-Old Mural in Peru, Shedding New Light on Pre-Columbian Culture
     Researchers have uncovered a 3,200-year-old mural in the Peruvian province of Viru that could shed light on the pre-Columbian Cupisnique culture. Archaeologist Regulo Franco Jordan told La Republica of the mural, "We are in front of a temple that thousands of years ago would have been a ceremonial center. It is precisely a stylized zoomorphic being that could be a spider, a very sacred animal, found on the south wall." The painting features a variety of colors, including...  read more

Artist who created controversial Detroit
Institute of Arts 'pro-cop' painting says she regrets it
     The Detroit Institute of Arts drew backlash over the weekend after it posted photos of a new public work of art it created for the Sterling Heights Police Department that critics say showed poor taste and timing considering the growing movements for Black lives and police reform. The painting, titled "To Serve and Protect," depicts police officers holding hands in prayer against the backdrop of an American Flag. Macdonald says the backlash against the painting especially hurts because she, as a white woman who grew up in the majority Black city of Detroit, has dedicated much of her...  read more

The Exploding Market For NFT Art
     Most people still do not really understand it, but with the influx of cryptocapital into the NFT art market, all eyes are now glued to the possibilities of NFT art. "This whole mainstream sweep happened sooner than we anticipated," says Jonathan Perkins, the co-founder of SuperRare, which launched in 2018. In its first year, it averaged about $8,000 a month in sales. By the second year, $100,000 a month. Last month "around the time it announced a series-A investment from the likes of Samsung, Ashton Kutcher, Mark Cuban, and Marc Benioff " $30 million a month.  read more

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