Appalachian Mural Trail

US Post Office New Deal Mural
Titled:  "Appalachia"
Appalachia, VA

Blue Ridge MilePost: 294
Latitude: 36.9034079, Longitude: -82.7848703




MURALIST: Lucile Blanch(1895-1981)
Mural Photo by: Teresa Robinette
Member/Sponsor: Town of Appalachia, VA

Mural Descriptions

Featured Mural: "Appalachia"
     The historic post office in Appalachia, Virginia houses an example of New Deal artwork: a mural entitled "Appalachia". The Treasury Section of Fine Arts commissioned the work, which was created by Lucile Blanch. The mural was completed and installed in the post office lobby in 1940. Blanch was one of the few artists who actually painted WPA murals in the same town for which the work was commissioned and accepted input from local residents prior to the painting process.
Location: 534 W. Main Street
Mural Artist: Lucile Blanch

Mural Mention #1 - New Mural under Construction
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The new mural reflects a large coal/railroad scene including train cars, tunnel and a typical coal camp which depicts the town's strong heritage.
Location: 508 West Main Street
Mural Artist: Teresa Robinette

Mural Memtion #1 - Under Construction

(Photo updates coming in near future)

Artist Bios

Lucile Blanch
     Lucile Blanch was born in 1895 in Hawley, Minnesota to Charles E. and May E. Lundquist. During World War I, she studied at the Minneapolis School of Art with her future husband Arnold Blanch, and other notable artists like Harry Gottlieb and Adolf Dehn. After 1918, she won a scholarship to study under Boardman Robinson, as part of the Art Students League of New York. She also studied with artists like Kenneth Hayes Miller, Frank Vincent DuMond and Frederick R. Gruger.
     While in New York, she married her husband, Arnold Blanch, and they traveled to France to continue their art studies. They later moved to Woodstock, New York where they helped build the Woodstock Art colony. They divorced in 1935. She was friends with Eugenie Gershoy, who sculpted her at work.
     She received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1933, and from that point on her art was collected and was shown in a number of important galleries, notably the Whitney Museum. She died in 1981 in Kingston, New York.

Teresa Robinette
Education: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Bachelor of Communication Arts and Design,
      emphasis on painting and printmaking
    Masters of Painting and Printmaking

Brera Academy, Milan:
    Art restoration and conservation

Academy of Fine Arts,Vienna:
    Art theory and cultural studies

Sotheby’s Appraisal Certification Studies:
    German/Austrian abstract expressionism,
      early history and authentication

Partial List of Exhibitions:
    Knox Gallery
    Denver Gerald Peters Gallery
    Santa Fe and Dallas
    Canyon Road Contemporary Art
    Santa Fe Barbara Abel Gallery
    Santa Fe Klaudia Marr Gallery
    Santa Fe New Light Gallery
    Abingdon Perry House Gallery
    Alexandria The Arts Company
    Nashville Carol Reece Museum
    Johnson City Turchetti Art Gallery
    Palm Beach Boca Raton Museum of Art
    Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art
    Gallerie Borchardt
    Hamburg William King Museum of Art

Awards Knickerbocker Artists of America Celebrate Colorado Artists, gold medal Smithsonian funding for solo exhibit in conjunction with ETSUP

Partial list of reviews and interviews:
Palm Beach Daily, Miami Herald, Baltimore Sun, Kingsport Times, News Bristol, Herald News, The Tennessean, Johnson City Press, Tennessee Life.

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