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)
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,
Teresa Robinette's art form is currently based on her love of Southwestern Virginia. She has been
involved in the creation and restoration of over 77 murals throughout the US.
Education: Virginia Commonwealth University
● Bachelor of Communication Arts and Design, emphasis on painting and
● 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
Knickerbocker Artists of America
Celebrate Colorado Artists, gold medal
Smithsonian funding for solo exhibit in conjunction with ETSU