AMT @ Appalachia, VA

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

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 294


MURALIST: Lucile Blanch(1895-1981)
Mural Photo by: Teresa Robinette
Trail 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 Mention #1 (under construction)

Artists Bio

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

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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!

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Lincolnton, NC, is loaded with murals! And I love them all!

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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
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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.

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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.

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Roanoke murals are awesome to see... love the mural with girl floating in air... the poetry one was neat!

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This is great mural art, will be remembered a long time...

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This is very expansive mural, covers many walls inside the cradle building. Beautiful art mural, a must see!

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Beautiful mural of Maggie Valley

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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.

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Can't wait to see this beautiful mural art in person at Joey's Pancake House

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I love your little sneak-a-peek view. Need more...

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