AMT @ Asheville, NC

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

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 384
  Muralist: Doreyl Ammons Cain
Trail Member/Sponsor: Pack's Tavern

Mural Description

    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!"

Copyright © Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc non-profit 2016-2099

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    comment by: Gloria
Love, love, love ❤ all the art we saw and experienced while in Asheville!!Laura

    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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