AMT @ Asheville, NC

Lexington Avenue Gateway Mural
Asheville, NC

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 384
 
Lead Muralist: Molly Must
Trail Member/Sponsor: Asheville Downtown Association
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Mural Description

    Lexington Avenue Gateway Mural completed in 2007-2008, 3,000 square feet, Acrylic paint on concrete. Painted by 6 different artists: Molly Must, Daniel Beck, Joshua Spiceland, Harper Leich, Kurt Theasler, and Steve Lister of Asheville. The collaborative design depicts a stylized timeline of Western North Carolina history. One set of concrete piers is painted with six characters personifying different eras of experience. The first three represent the past; a Cherokee mother and child, an matriarchal Appalachian pioneer, and a black laborer of the Industrial Revolution. The last three represent the present and future of asheville; an artist and urban planner, a cyclist, and a gardener. The second set of concrete piers is dedicated to artists and musicians in Asheville, and is comprised of six portraits of relevant personas.

Chess Players (extension of the Lexington Avenue Gateway Mural), 1500 square feet, 2011. Designed by Molly Must, painted by Molly Must and Ian Wilkinson. Based on photographs taken in 2009 of two men who played chess in Pritchard Park on a regular basis for many years. One of the players in the mural, Charles O'Kelley, could be found at the Haywood and Patton intersection "every day the sun shines," playing on a table he brought from home. Originally reigning from New York, Charles appears in the movie Searching for Bobby Fisher as an extra playing chess.

Artist Bio: Molly Must

    Molly Must is an artist from Lobelia, West Virginia. Driven by a belief in the power of story-telling and cooperative creativity, she began making public murals and organizing community art projects in Asheville back in 2007. Between 2007 and 2015 Molly coordinated two major community murals in Asheville (the Lexington Avenue Gateway Mural and the Triangle Park Mural) in addition to five independent murals between NC and WV. In 2016 Molly decided to take a break from public art return to school to finish a long-abandoned bachelors degree at West Virginia University, and may continue to get an MFA. She is currently refining and growing her painting practice while also studying things she cares about, including precolonial and Native American history, neocolonialism, migration & human rights, solidarity economics, and collectivization. Molly is committed to participating in positive change in Appalachia.



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    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 different!

    comment by: Big Tom
This is great mural art. It 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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