AMT @ Buena Vista, VA
Downtown Buena Vista: The mountains and people are what define this town for both the locals and the visitors. In essence, BV is a quiet mountain town nestled between the mountains, river and the sky.

"Reaching Ever Upwards"
A Community Mural Project
Buena Vista, VA

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 45.7
  Lead Mural Artist: Benjamin Frey
Trail Member/Sponsor: Action BV

Featured Mural Description

     "Reaching Ever Upwards"    The mural/collage captures the character of the city in twilight. Elements of the mural honor the past and look to the future, while also standing firmly grounded in the present moment. Historic documents are integrated in the piece, key landmarks nestled into the landscape, and handprints from local children frame the mountains, river, and city.

    From Frey's own words:  The mountains and people define this town, both for ourselves and for visitors. In essence, BV is a quiet town nestled between the mountains, the river, and the sky. I created quite a few sketches to capture the mountains from the view of the floodwall, which offers a perspective on the town, the mountains and forest, and the river that it follows. After considering various ways of integrating and representing the community itself, I come up with an idea that I feel expresses the togetherness and forward looking spirit envisioned for the project while integrating beautifully with my vision for the mural.
Mural Location: East-facing side of the building  133w 21st St

Artist Bio: Benjamin Frey

From Frey's own words:
     I have been a professional artist since 2003, but have been involved in art for most of my life. Born in Maine in 1979, I grew up in an artistic family and decided at the age of 10 that I wanted to become an artist. The path from dreams to reality is never direct, but I always loved drawing and painting and was fortunate to find my way into a selective arts program in High School where I found the first of my artistic mentors, the contemporary landscape painter Alan Bray. Towards the end of high school I was introduced to the idea of collage through a new mentor, Roderick Slater, but rather than...
study art formally at the university level, I jumped into a program of Philosophy and Classical Literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis, where, incidentally, I began to study the craft of binding books. Wanderlust, and a long-standing desire to learn french, inspired me to drop out of college and move to Paris where I spent the year admiring everything French, and re-affirming my focus in the visual arts. This led me to New York where I first began seriously to pursue a career as an artist, and where I apprenticed for a year with the exceptional and innovative book artist Richard Minsky. The irrepressible desire to paint, and draw, and evolve eventually led me away from bookbinding and back into two dimensional creations in mixed media and painting. My last formal studies were at the Art Students League of New York.

     My works have won awards at many juried competitions, have shown in galleries across America, and are included in numerous private collections around the world.

Mural Mention #1
    "Welcome to BV"
Location: 2077 Magnolia Ave

   Description Mural Mention #1
   Title:  "Welcome to BVs"

  Artist Bio: Melissa B. Wheeler
Melissa says:   I make art because I have to. I have to keep my hands engaged. I love making things. My mentor Doug Himes said, "Art is makes visible that which is invisible." I love that. I love thinking of a thing, imagining something or being inspired by someone or something, then wrestling with the elements to make something that didn't exist before. And if that thing I made touches someone else or means something to someone else, well, that's connection and that makes me very happy.

    I love learning. I love expanding my skills and my knowledge. I am interested in so many things. I love history and the stories of people of the past. Some of my favorite things to do are going to concerts, plays, and art museums. Friendship feeds my soul deeply. I love mountains, forests, rivers, my Blue Ridge mountain home and the deserts of Utah where I grew up.
  Location: 2077 Magnolia Ave

Mural Mention #2
    "The Coca-Cola Classic Mural"
Location: 222W and 21st. Street

   Description Mural Mention #2
    "The Coca-Cola Classic Mural"

  Location: 222W and 21st. Street
  Artist Unknown

Mural Mention #3
    "The Love Mural"
Location: 1607 Magnolia Ave

   Description Mural Mention #3
    "The Love Mural"

    This mural is part of the Loveworks Virginia program.
  Location: 1607 Magnolia Ave
  Artist Unknown

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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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