ASHEVILLE, N.C. - “Everything is a song for me” says Dolly Parton in an Intimate interview on You Tube a year ago. She believed in fairy tales and her life became one. Her father couldn’t read or write yet he was smart business wise and her mother had musical talent on her side of the family. Dolly became a mega star using the gifts given her through her mountain roots. The Appalachian Mural Trail honors mountain roots and just recently added the Dolly Parton mural to their growing trail of over 80 outstanding public art murals.
The Appalachian Mural Trail first saw the Dolly Parton mural when an Asheville visitor uploaded a ‘selfie’ in front of the mural to muralspotting.com, the trail’s web page for mural lovers.
“Muralspotting.com is a great way to keep up with cultural murals we may have missed. When we saw the Dolly Parton mural we immediately contacted Terra Marshall about adding the mural to the Appalachian Mural Trail,” says Doreyl Ammons Cain, Director of the mural trail.
“It’s hard to believe that so much detail can come from a can of spray paint,” says Terra Marshall, owner and beauty operator of the Beauty Parade in Asheville, N.C. “We had an unsightly mural on our building at 783 Haywood Road. So I gave a call to Gus Cutty, an Asheville mural artist.”
She convinced another tenant in the building, Manning McRaw of Broad River Rehab, to help a little with the financing. She then sent Gus Cutty a 60’s photo of Dolly Parton with big hair. In three full days this amazing spray can artist had a full blown Dolly Parton, complete with flowers in her hair, on the side of the Beauty Parade Building, totally covering the old mural.
“It’s amazing how so many people love Dolly,” says Terra. ”Every day people are outside the building snapping photos.”
The Appalachian Mountain region is home to many artists, both visual and those who tell their story with a song. In this mural both find a common bond. Visitors can take a ‘Selfie; in front of the Dolly Parton mural, upload it to the ‘Selfie’ page on muraltrail.com and receive a free Appalachian Mural Trail tee shirt.
Also recently added to the Appalachian Mural Trail are 15 more remarkable murals found around the Blue Ridge in Martinsville, Va., Roanoke, Va., Marion N.C. and Coeburn Va. The feature mural in Martinsville is the Circus Mural, a huge scene of a circus coming to town including elephants. Roanoke’s feature mural is a poetry mural with a magnificent mocking bird. Coeburn VA’s feature mural is a beautiful tile mural located on the Crooked Road, home of Ralph Stanley and Marion N.C. has added the Founder’s Trail with six new murals painted by community artists.
Go to muraltrail.com to see the murals, read about the artists and find directions to the murals. The Appalachian Mural Trail’s vision is to unite our mountain communities through art while drawing more visitors into the small mountain communities.
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