Appalachian Mural Trail

See Robbinsville New Mural Creation
"Beloved Women"

Shindig on the Green Mural
"Golden Threads"
Asheville, NC

Blue Ridge MilePost: 384
Latitude:35.5951, Longitude:-82.5496


Muralist: Doreyl Ammons Cain
Trail Member/Sponsor: Pack's Tavern

Shindig Music Concert Story

    Muralist, Doreyl Ammons Cain, interviewed Appalachian musicians throughout the Asheville, NC area and beyond, to find how their stories and music interconnected. She found that the majority of established musicians main goal was to pass on to the next generation of players what they had learned. So the idea for this musical mural flowed from there, titled "Golden Threads" the artwork starts with history, current musicians, then young talent, which all flows into Shindig on the Green, a gathering of musicians playing for thousands of people in Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC.

#1 Mural Panel(Partially shown) - "About Sundown" Pictured- 1) Top left- The Smathers Family 2) Top middle- Betty Smith 3) Top right-Glen Bannerman and the Stony Creek Boys 4) Bottom left- Bascom Lamar Lunsford 5) Bottom right- Folk Heritage Committee Smooth Dancers 6) Bottom center- a young Bryan Sutton.

#2 Mural Panel(Mostly shown) - "Future Stars" Pictured- 1) Top left- Grace Morris and Brady Powell 2) Top middle- Carley Arrowood 3) Top right-Lillian Chase 4) Bottom left- Jonah and Grayson Riddle 5) Bottom right- Rhiannon Ramsey

#3 Mural Panel(Go See the mural for this one) - "Shindig on the Green" The Audience: People from all over the world come, families & couples bringing their lawn chairs and blankets to picnic & enjoy the music. The stage- beginning left- 1)Two young dancers from Jeff Atkins’ Cole Mountain Cloggers, Harold "Slim" Garrison, David Holt, Richard Hurley, Uncle Ted White, Jeanette Queen, Kim Ross & the JCreek Cloggers including the Ross Brothers.

Traditional mountain musicians take the stage annually, July through the end of August, at the free event, Shindig on the Green in Pack Square Park, Asheville North Carolina. Volunteers from the Folk Heritage Committee organize this wonderful cultural heritage event. There is a need for Shindig on the Green to be officially recognized year round and for visitors to our Blue Ridge Mountains to see its musical heritage honored, preserved and stimulate more visitors. Popular as free family entertainment, thousands of fans come and enjoy picnicking on the grass, dancing in designated areas in front of the stage, watching musicians gather and jam around the back side of the stage while selected performers play main stage. This is a perfect venue for interpretive public art, so that people can appreciate, find out more about this valuable musical heritage and tell all their friends. Here is the Artist s rough draft:

The "Golden Threads" Shindig on the Green mural is the first historical mountain music mural in Western North Carolina. There are mountain music murals in Johnson City, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; Marion, Virginia; and Maryville, Tennessee. The one in Maryville depicts the Grand Ole Opry and the others depict various aspects of mountain music heritage.

Artist Bio: Doreyl Ammons Cain

    Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Doreyl grew up drawing birds in the sand on the dirt roads around her home. She achieved a Masters of Art through California State University and has won numerous art awards including the Art in the Park Award. She has exhibited at the Smithsonian and created art for the film industry in California. Doreyl is now creating public art murals and art for book publication. She also has co-founded a non-profit organization called Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.

    Doreyl’s art is a celebration of life and her love of nature. Using vivid colors she explores shapes, design and expression. Coming from a career in biological art, she enjoys exploring the endless forms of natural life. Painting in pastels, acrylics and mixed media on various surfaces, she creates commissioned art for books, exhibits, collectors and hand signed and numbered fine art prints for festivals. Public Art is her greatest passion, for she believes that art should be shared in communities to uplift the spirit and raise awareness of life’s beauty. Go to to see more works of fine art which illustrate the beauty of "little bits of Appalachia!"

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