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Featured: Crooked Road Mural Art
Coeburn, VA

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 294
  Muralist: Charles McConnell
Photos by: Dale & Becky Carlson
Trail Member/Sponsor: Town of Coeburn

Mural Descriptions

Featured Mural - "Crooked Road Mural"
    The downtown Coeburn mural is made of ceramic tiles that were painted with glazes then fired into the tiles and attaching the tiles to the block wall. The image of the mural is that of downtown Coeburn as it appeared over 100 years ago. The image was created from a drawing and a watercolor painting based on old photographs of the area from the same location where the mural is located. The viewer of the mural can compare how downtown Coeburn looks today to how it looked over a 100 years ago. That image was selected because the town had recently celebrated its centennial (1892 -1992) and the scene is a reminder of that milestone.

    The mural came about as part of the downtown revitalization project that was underway in the 1990s and 2000s. The project included removing blight, new store fronts, lighting, and more. From all that, a vacant lot was created where the mural was located.

    A small watercolor painting was selected to be the image of the mural. It was determined that the mural would be 24 x15 feet in size. An area billboard company enlarged the watercolor to that size. A couple (Kathleen and Jim Carlton of Kingsport Tn.) that had the ability to fire glazes into ceramic tiles were hired to paint the 1 x 1 foot tiles and attach them to the wall. The enlarged print was then cut into one foot squares, and from them the images were drawn on each tile and then painted with glazes and fired. They then brought the tiles to Coeburn and attached them to the wall creating the mural.

    The enlarged watercolor painting is also added to the Appalachian Mural Trail. It is located inside the Lay's Hardware Center for the Arts in Coeburn. Charlie McConnell, the artist for both murals, is a musician & artist and serves on the Crooked Road Board of Directors. The Lay's Building is an amazing stop on the Crooked Road.

The Crooked Road is a place of beauty a place of song. Music is woven into the rich tapestry of tradition in Southwest Virginia and now these art murals add another dimension. You can visit old-time string bands, a Capella gospel, blues, 300 year old ballads, bluegrass, and more along The Crooked Road, now combined with the richness of art.
  Location: 521 Front St.

Mural Mention#1 "Another Version"
     The enlarged watercolor painting is also added to the Appalachian Mural Trail. It is located inside the Lay's Hardware Center for the Arts in Coeburn. Charlie McConnell, the artist for both murals, is a musician & artist and serves on the Crooked Road Board of Directors. The Lay's Building is an amazing stop on the Crooked Road.
  Location: 411 Front St.

"Another Version" Mural Mention #1
 

Artist Bio: Charlie McConnell

     The enlarged watercolor painting is also added to the Appalachian Mural Trail. It is located inside the Lay's Hardware Center for the Arts in Coeburn. Charlie McConnell, the artist for both murals, is a musician & artist and serves on the Crooked Road Board of Directors. The Lay's Building is an amazing stop on the Crooked Road.



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    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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