AMT @ Luray, VA
  
Downtown Luray has established several historic mural art trails with a walking path that acquaints residents and visitors with the work of local artists who have painted over 30 murals. It also has pedestrian traffic that reflects a busy and active life style.

Featured: Mural Art Trails
"Hawksbill Greenway"
Luray, Page County, VA


Featured Mural: Willow Grove Mill
Featured Mural Artist: Jennifer Bradt
Member/Sponsor: Page County Economic Development
Member/Sponsor: Page Valley Arts Council
Mural Photos by: Eleanor Ames

Mural Descriptions

Featured Mural - "Willow Grove Mill"
     Jennifer Bradt's Inspiration for the Willow Grove Mill Mural was simply a love of the subject and having the right location for it. The water wheel on the side of the mill had fascinated her for years, the grounds around the mill photographed very well. The Civil War camp in the far background of the Mural is there because the historic plaque at the mill has a story about a local Civil War battle. The beagles are a guilty pleasure. A lot of people walk their dogs on the Greenway and she wanted to add life-size dogs to her Mural. When she finished several dog owners said their dogs didn't like walking past her mural and would stop and check out the nearest painted dog.
  Mural Artist: Jennifer Bradt
  Location: (Hawksbill Greenway - Red Section)

Mural Mention#1 - "Nature's Tribute to 911"
     Janet Scott - "Saw Ad in paper, GW wasn't built yet - this was the first one on the GW, submitted a sketch that was approved, was asked by the former Rec Director Pat O'Brien for something to dictate wildlife and plants indigenous to our area, scaffold was setup to climb, Town supplied paint." She started in the spring during trail construction/breaking ground, painted from ground up, took 4 years - painted seasonally, finished in 2004.
    She had family in NY and was so moved that she asked to add the flag across the mountains and drew another sketch. White duck with its wing spread covered by fence now, symbolizes her honoring that day, she wanted to pay tribute and thought the whole experience was therapeutic. The mural was named at the end.
  Mural Artist: Janet Scott
  Location: (Hawksbill Greenway - Red Section)

    Mural Mention#2 - "Lewis Ramey's Blacksmith Shop"  This mural is found in the Post Office and is one of 28 public paintings done in Virginia between 1937 & 1941 to celebrate, in art, the best of American Culture. The work was commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Section of Fine Arts in 1939.
  Mural Artist: Sheffield Kagy(1907-1989)
  Location: US Post Office - 102 S. Broad St.

Mural Mention#3 - "White House Ferry"
     Carl and Merle moved to a small house in the town of Luray which happened to be adjacent to a large hardware store providing a large cement wall which she envisioned as a large canvas. After obtaining the owner's permission she set about painting a country scene.
    This came to the attention of Pat O'Brian, a Luray town official who was working on a project to rejuvenate the town. This included clearing the Hawksbill Creek and creating the Hawksbill Greenway to include murals of historical interest. Merle chose a building on West Main Street which seemed the right setting for depiction of The White House Ferry. Her other murals can be seen in the Blue Ridge Bank building and at the Ruffner Plaza. Merle's advice to other artists is: if you have not painted a mural, try one. They have been her greatest source of pleasure.
  Mural Artist: Merle Hilscher
  Location: 102-106 W. Main Street

Mural Mention#4 - "Picnic Times at the Ruffner Plaza"
     Merle Hilscher chose a location on West Main Street which seemed the right setting for depiction of "Picnic Times" in Ruffner Plaza.
  Mural Artist: Merle Hilscher
  Location: 35 W Main St

Mural Mention#5
"Natural History of Hawkbill Creek"

     The artist Weldon Bagwell was given the opportunity to paint a mural on the abutment under the bridge over Highway 340. Sand bags placed in the creek supported him on three levels of scaffolding as he climbed up to paint much of the mural. he decided to call it "A Natural History of the Hawksbill Creek" and in it depict some of the birds, fish, and butterflies that he had observed while working along the Luray Hawksbill Greenway. A Black-crowned Night Heron watched Weldon as he painted a portrait of the bird as he sat high up in a tree and most of the butterflies were painted from life.
  Mural Artist: Weldon Bagwell
  Location: (bridge abutment under Hwy 340)

Postcard Maps Available at the
Warehouse Art Gallery & Visitor Center
 

"Nature's Tribute to 911" Mural Mention #1
Artist: Janet Scott(bio below)
 

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"Lewis Ramey's Blacksmith Shop" Mural Mention #2
Artist: Sheffield Kagy(1907-1989) (bio below)  

"White House Ferry" Mural Mention #3
Artist: Merle Hilscher(bio below)
 

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"Picnic Times at the Ruffner Plaza" Mural Mention #4
Artist: Merle Hilscher(bio below)
 

"Natural History of Hawkbill Creek"
Mural Mention #5

Artist: Weldon Bagwell(bio below)
 

Artists Bio

Jennifer Bradt in her own words:
    My recent work is smaller, painting large work can be exhausting. In the last year I painted walls in a local escape room and started a YouTube channel where I teach art lessons. My channel is called Making art with Jenny B. I plan to do a series on mural painting or large scale painting techniques. I am best reached on social media at Making art with Jenny B. I am probably one of the youngest of the original group of mural painters and still maintain an active painting and working life since I am only in my late 40's.

Janet Scott in her own words:
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1950, the middle of 3 children, in an Italian-American working-class household. As a child and into my teens, I became fascinated with art. I graduated from high school in 1968, a time when pop and modern art were at its most popular. I studied at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut.
    In 1973, during a visit with my sister, who was living in Northern Virginia at the time, I met my now husband, Ron. We were married in 1975 and decided to relocate to the beautiful town of Luray. We wanted to raise our family in the storied Shenandoah Valley, away from the hustle of city life. From 1990-2000, I taught high school art at Mt. Carmel Christian Academy in Luray. Throughout the years, I've freelanced working with portraiture and calligraphy. I retired in 2001, and enjoy sewing, crafting and making my annual Christmas card. I continue to reside in beautiful Luray with my wonderful husband of 44 years.

    Sheffield Harold Kagy (1907-1989) was an American printmaker and muralist who also worked with Everett Warner to design US Navy camouflage during World War II.
    Kagy was one of only two Cleveland artists to make...
prints for the Public Works of Art Project in 1934. He made several linoleum cuts and at least one lithograph for the Cleveland graphic arts project of the Works Progress Administration in 1936. Kagy was a vice president of the Cleveland Print Makers and showed his work in many local exhibitions including several May Shows (1931-41). He participated in annual print exhibitions in Chicago, Cleveland, and Dayton, and his work also appeared in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Venice, Italy. Kagy moved to Washington in 1936 and taught fine arts and printmaking at the Abbott Art School. He worked for the U.S. Treasury Department, 1937-40, and painted murals for post offices in Walterboro, South Carolina, and Luray, Virginia.

    Merle Hilscher  grew up in Pensacola, Florida, always with art as a main interest. Married in 1952 to Carl Hilscher, a Navy pilot and travelling and living in such places as Hawaii, Italy, India, and Britain, to be followed by sailing around the coast of Spain several years, retired in Luray. While in Spain the couple visited many wineries, and developed an interest in the industry. So they bought a farm on the outskirts of Luray and planted a vineyard, became involved in the development of a grape growers cooperative and the building of a cooperative winery.
    During all this time, whenever and wherever possible she took art classes, studying a technique, known in the art world as "Black Oil" under Robert White of Winchester, and water coloring under Ann Markowitz Ryder of Luray. She says her inspiration is hard to explain, but simply put, when she saw something interesting she painted it. After selling the vineyard the couple moved to a small house in the town of Luray which happened to be adjacent to a large hardware store providing a large cement wall which she envisioned as a large canvas. After obtaining the owner's permission she set about painting a country scene. This came to the attention of Pat O'Brian, a Luray town official who was working on a project to rejuvenate the town. This included clearing the Hawksbill Creek and creating the Hawksbill Greenway to include murals of historical interest. Merle chose a building on West Main Street which seemed the right setting for depiction of The White House Ferry.
    Her other murals can be seen in the Blue Ridge Bank building and at the Ruffner Plaza. Merle's advice to other artists is: if you have not painted a mural, try one. They have been her greatest source of pleasure.

Weldon Bagwell in his own words:
    I lived for many years just off Tanners Ridge Road in the woods going up into the Park. I've spent many hours hiking all around this area and from pictures that I have taken and from life have painted many landscapes through the seasons of nature, the sky and animals that I have observed. Fall trees in all their splendor reflected in water have been a favorite subject to paint in oils.
    While working for the town of...
Luray in the Parks and Recreation Dept., I was given the opportunity to paint a mural on the abutment under the bridge over Highway 340. Sand bags placed in the creek supported me on three level of scaffolding as i climbed up to paint much of the mural. I decided to call it "A Natural History of the Hawksbill Creek" and in it depict some of the birds, fish, and butterflies that i had observed while working along the Luray Hawksbill Greenway. A Black-crowned Night Heron watched me as I painted a portrait of him as he sat high up in a tree and most of the butterflies were painted from life.



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    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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