AMT @ Elkin, NC

"The Trail Town" Featured Mural
Elkin, NC

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 229
  Muralist: Michael Brown
Trail Member/Sponsor: Town of Elkin

Mural Descriptions

    Featured Mural - Trail Town - Elkin has become a trail town, where the Yadkin River Blue Trail, the Overmountain Victory Trail, and the NC Mountains to Sea Trail converge in its historic downtown. This mural depicts Elkin's numerous trails and location between 2 State Parks (Stone Mountain and Pilot Mountain) and the border showcases some of the things you'll see along our town trail, the E&A Rail Trail. This meanders through our municipal park, where we have many annual events, trout fishing, 5K races, birding, mountain biking and so much more! Michael Brown was the artist who helped create the vibrant mural telling the story of our active outdoor lifestyle and the beauty we experience here everyday.

    Mural Mention#1 Hugh Chatham Memorial Bridge/Depot mural - This mural was the first attempt to bring mural art to downtown since the mid 1900's. The owners of the building asked area residents to offer suggestions for the theme. Many had just experienced the deconstruction of the Town's beloved Hugh Chatham Memorial Bridge, and wanted them to create an image to honor it. Along with the bridge, another icon had been torn down a decade prior- the old train depot. Combining these two lost pieces of history, the mural was created in lovely sepia tones to bring the two images back to life. Many came to tell their story to Michael of their experiences with the bridge while he painted, and thanked the artist for giving them back a piece of their past. There is a story board on the mural with information about the two images. It is located on the corner of S Bridge Street and E Standard Street, one block south of Main Street. It is on the back of the building that faces Standard.

    Mural Mention#2 Yadkin Valley Wine Region (AVA) mural - Elkin is in the heart of the Yadkin Valley Wine Region and offers dozens of nearby wineries to visit. Years before, many of the farms were tobacco fields which have now been converted into very successful vineyards. This region is now a designated AVA region (American Viticultural Area). In the mural, you will see the image of a vineyard, with a reference of an old tobacco barn, Pilot Mountain (which you can see from W Main Street in Elkin) and Stone Mountain. This was a pubic-private venture with many groups contributing to its success. It is beautiful in the evening as well, with the lights highlighting our region's newest growing tourism industry. This is located on the intersection of S Bridge Street and Main Street, at 102 E Main Street, on a building that is a restaurant.

    Mural Mention#3 History Tells a Story mural - Elkin was once known for its bustling manufacturing plants and mills. The owner of the building wished to honor the businesses of long ago that were well known and got their start in Elkin, but are no longer here. You can see the Chatham Manufacturing Company (known for making WWII wool blankets for soldiers), Brendle's (headquartered in Elkin), the old Elkin Cannery (famous for canned blackberries) and the Elkin Bottling Company (building remains today with a rare Pepsi-Cola mural on it). The license plate was featured on Elkin's residents' vehicles throughout the 1900's and the saying remains true to this day! The location is at 115 W Market Street, facing westward.

Featured Artist Bio: Michael Brown

    Best known as a muralist, Michael has completed murals and public art projects in cities across North Carolina and in Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Florida, Chicago and Baltimore. As part of the Chapel Hill/UNC bicentennial celebration, he was commissioned to do a mural painting for the Franklin Street Post Office as a companion piece to an existing mural by the distinguished Depression-era artist Dean Cornwell. His large realistic historical paintings also circle the walls in the historic Orange County District Court in Hillsborough, the rotunda of the Main Branch of the Greensboro Public Library, the Veterans Museum in Tarboro, and at other sites supported by local civic groups.

    His work can be seen in various locations on the campuses of the University of North Carolina, Duke University and Caldwell County Community College and North Carolina Central University. He has contributed to or been featured in the Durham Herald, the News and Observer, Carolina Alumni Review, Our State, Chapel Hill Magazine, Oxford American, the Independent, the Village Voice, Baltimore Sun, and numerous other periodicals, television and radio appearances.

    Michael holds a BFA from UNC Chapel Hill and resided as an artist fellow for two years at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. Early in his career he taught art in private and public schools in New York City, including for the Guggenheim Museum in a program for at-risk students, and at Meredith College. He received a mural painter's conference fellowship from the National Academy of Design.

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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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