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Canton Museum Postage Stamp Mural
"Postage Mural Series"
Canton, NC

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 443

Canton Museum Mural

 
Mural Artist: Doreyl Ammons Cain
Trail Member/Sponsor: Canton Area Historical Museum

Canton Mural Story

     A Postage Stamp Mural painted by Doreyl Ammons Cain has been mounted on the exterior of the Canton Area Historical Museum.

     The scene shows Champion Paper & Fibre Company's woodyard when trains delivered logs rather than chips to be processed into paper. Stacks of hewn trees were a familiar sight as were train cars laden with cut trees.

     The engine in the center was inspired by a photo of a brand-new Champion diesel-electric switch engine on its first day on the job in 1947. "Champion was the first industry in western North Carolina to have such...
a modern locomotive, even predating the first Southern Railway diesels that would be permanently assigned to Asheville and the Murphy Branch," according to Gerald Ledford of Etowah, Canton native and co-author with Ron Sullivan of a series of books on logging railroads. Champion was justifiably proud of being the first in WNC to own one and had an official presentation and press release to showcase the engine, he said.

     Built by American Locomotive Company for Champion in January 1947, the 660 - horsepower locomotive was painted gray with lettering and numbers in white. The Champion knight and shield were in color.

     A second engine delivers cars filled with cut logs.

     Surrounding mountains and a rural landscape are depicted in the background. Flowing shades of blue and green suggest the Pigeon River.

     Native flowers and foliage along the mural base reflect a larger mural within the museum that was commissioned by the late Reuben B. Robertson and his wife Hope to decorate walls of the building constructed initially as Canton's Public Library.

     "Shining a light on our rich Appalachian heritage through an outdoor historical mural trail near the Blue Ridge Parkway is the vision for the Appalachian Mural Trail Group," said Doreyl Ammons Cain, Muralist & Project Director. "Murals created by artists living in the towns and communities interpret mountain 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 www.doreylart.com to see more works of fine art which illustrate the beauty of "little bits of Appalachia!"



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Comments


    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)

Doreyl,
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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