AMT @ Marion, NC

Cultural Murals Art Display
"Founders' Art Walk"
Marion, NC

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 331

  MURALIST: See Artists Bio below
Trail Member/Sponsor: McDowell County Tourism

Mural Descriptions

     Featured Mural - "Downtown Marion Mural"
     Art Walk Mural #4
(Mural shown above)
   The Downtown Marion Mural is located one block east of Main Street at 41 East Court Street. This iconic scene includes Mt. Ida, the inspiration for Marion's logo, Where Main Street Meets The Mountains. The Founders' Art Walk was inspired by McDowell County's 175th anniversary. The county's cultural heritage is shared through this collaborative, outdoor art display. Each vibrant canvas was created through partnerships, including the McDowell County Tourism Authority, the City of Marion, Historic Carson House, and with the help of talented local artists and high school students. As you follow this self-guided tour, explore and enjoy historic downtown Marion, North Carolina.
  Location: 41 East Court St

     Art Walk Mural #1
   Lake James and Shortoff Mountain mural is installed at 31 West Court Street in downtown Marion, NC. The image was captured in a remote region of NC Highway 126 in Nebo, NC, just outside the town of Marion.

     Art Walk Mural #2
   Tom's Creek Falls is an area favorite. This mural is found at 84 South Main Street, Marion, NC. Tom's Creek Falls trail is an easy one mile hike, located north of downtown.

     Art Walk Mural #3
   This artwalk mural found at 169 South Main St. The Historic Carson House c. 1793, originally constructed as a log house, built by one of the county's founding family members, Colonel John Carson. The property, and family history, are integral parts of McDowell County's history. Today, it serves as a county museum and is open to the public.
   Visit Historic Carson House at 1805 US Highway 70 in Marion, between April and November, Wednesday through Sunday.

     Art Walk Mural #5
   Historic Marion Depot mural is located at 81 South Main Street in downtown Marion, NC. Built in the late 19th century, today it serves as a public event venue. Stop by the actual depot located at 45 Depot Street.

     Art Walk Mural #6
   Lake Tahoma Casino mural is located at 160 South Main Street, Marion, NC. This iconic structure is part of a private subdivision, yet clearly visible from NC. Highway 80. It is the subject of many paintings and photographs taken since its construction in 1924.

Downtown Art Walk Map  

"Lake James/Shortoff Mountain"
Art Walk Mural #1
Location: 31 West Court St
"Tom's Creek Falls" Art Walk Mural #2
Location: 84 South Main St
"Carson House" Art Walk Mural #3
Location: 169 South Main St
Click Here for Carson House Photo
"Marion Train Depot" Art Walk Mural #5
Location: 81 South Main St
"Lake Tahoma Casino" Art Walk Mural #6
Location: 160 South Main St

Artists Bios:

     Karen Dark is a retired art teacher and free-lance artist. She completed the Historic Carson House mural and contributed to the Downtown Marion, Lake Tahoma Casino, and Marion Depot murals. Marion Baker, another local artist, assisted Karen with the Downtown Marion mural.

     Christi Shaw is a county art teacher and educator. Cristi contributed to the Lake James/Short Off Mountain mural. She also worked to recruit the artists, coordinate schedules, assisted with painting materials and provided studio space.

     Korryn Shedlock is a senior at McDowell High School. Korryn's passion for the arts inspired her to assist in the drawing and painting of four of the six murals. She completed the Tom's Creek Falls mural and assisted with the Lake Tahoma Casino and Lake James/Short Off pieces.

     Holly Whitsett is a local Marion resident and artist. She is multi-talented and skilled in many art forms. She completed the Historic Marion Depot mural with the assistance of McDowell High School student, Ashley Jimison.

     McDowell County resident Mike Lucas, created the wooden structures serving as a canvas for these distinctive pieces of art. Mike and Jill Lucas created the McDowell County Quilt Trail, with over 200 outdoor installations

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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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