AMT @ Asheville, NC

Dolly Parton Cultural Mural Art
Asheville, NC

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 384
  Muralist: Gus Cutty
Trail Member/Sponsor: Beauty Parade

Mural Description

    Dolly Mural   Our Dolly Parton mural was collaborated by Owner/Beauty Operator Terra Marshall of Beauty Parade Salon and mural artist Gus Cutty. Terra has been a local business owner in West Asheville since 2003. Gus is an amazing talented and made our mural one of Asheville's most famous. He has several more murals throughout our beautiful city. Come see us and get a pic with our Dolly!

     Dolly Mural Update 04-04-21 The Dolly Parton mural on Haywood Road near Beauty Parade Hair Salon now has a new addition. There's a new face now greeting visitors in West Asheville. The face of famous drag queen and television star RuPaul has been added to the side of the building.
    Mural Location: 783 Haywood Rd

Artist Bio: Gus Cutty

Biography below is written by Gus Cutty himself:
     To earn our kindergarten graduation in the 80's we were to participate in The ABC Circus. We chose sideshows from a hat. Some were strongmen, ripping precut telephone books slightly in half, others red nosed clowns, me, I chose break dancing bear. A local Nashville boy crew came to our school and attempted to teach a team of tiny children to do moves like the worm, a simple 5 step and the robot before a short demonstration of power moves. Hypnotized by spinning adidas suits, the brain washing was effective. In the 7th grade I met a mutual friend who had heard of me but thought that I was a polish kid at our school with the same name. In classic elementary single line fashion, I began writing my first tag, Pollak.

     Tower Records and Books were located on the opposite side of Vanderbilt University from my house so, between smoking weed and eating Vivarin, we taught ourselves to rack. A classic move was removing the alarm tag and sticking it to a strangers jacket or dropping it in their purse, casually strolling out, pants full of Mobb Deep tapes and Can Control magazines, while loss prevention shook down the confused mark. Exiting the school bus, you would climb 3 or 4 levels of long concrete steps to enter Hillsboro High School. One monday morning the kids erupted in cheer as we arrived to ALARM written in red and black spray paint repeatedly across the front of each step leading towards the towering clock surrounded by even more hand styles. Inspiration was easy, Sever, Beno, Revok, Tek, Skinz, Rex 2, Race and too many to name. GQUE was my favorite.

     My roommate decided to flip his rent money with an ounce of weed which he was quickly relieved of in a parking deck stairwell by an old acquaintance. With none of our names on the lease and two days before the fifth, we recorded a song called Shady Bastard, detailing the affair. Paired with a couple more instrumentals and songs, we individually burned and printed covers for 100 copies of Rent Stik Volume 1 and headed downtown to try our hands at another hustle. We made rent.

     I awoke to what I thought was the tv playing an episode of The Wire. The gunshot was real. Luckily my roommate was ok as his friendly golden retriever had attacked the guy being fatally wounded in the process. Duffel bag full of contraband, I still blame myself. A month later we all moved to San Francisco.

     One year I canceled Xmas. With a sharpie I drew santa claus s head with a machete through it on a white tee with the words Xmas Is Cancelled on the back. Between each song our DJ Al Lover echoed the mantra through the building as I passed out copies of a zine I had drawn while injured on the couch for a week. On Xmas eve, shortly after midnight, two of our crewmates were arrested after attempting to save a female friend who was being attacked by a date. They spent the next few months in lockup. I'm more careful with my words now.

     My friend Topr pressured me to help him paint a Game of Thrones mural after 6 years without a can. Turns out, just like riding a bike. That was in 2012, I haven t had a real job since.

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    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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