Description of Murals
Featured Mural - Song of the Mountains
Marion's Musical Heritage Mural,
featuring tunesmiths and landmarks from the home of
"The Official Television Series of Virginia, Song of the Mountains",
a monthly televised bluegrass and Americana music live from the historic
Lincoln Theatre in downtown Marion.
Location: 101 N. Main St
Artist: Tim White
"Giant Welcome to Marion" postcard, featuring a stylized postcard mural
with local scenes. The post card mural was designed by Suzanne Sukle based on ideas
presented by the owner of the building and the enlarged pattern printed out by her.
Holly Thomas primed and painted the mural onto the panels from Suzanne's pattern.
Location: 232 East Main
Designed by: Suzanne Sukle
Artist: Holly Thomas
The "Patchwork of Marion", our first mural and features stories of our community's
history woven into a quilt design. The quilt mural was designed by Holly but primed and
painted by a community of volunteers that she organized. Many people worked on it and Holly would
be the first to tell you that.
Jim Thomas, her husband, with help from Mike Orr,
devised a unique system to put the panels on the side of the building without
damaging the brick. It was determined that if primed and painted directly on the
brick, the mural would cause sweating on the inside and damaging the inside brick.
The panels had to be put on the exterior wall leaving an airspace between the brick
wall and the murals to allow the building to breathe. A photo was taken of the
Herb House brick wall and enlarged to actual size. A pattern of the brick and mortar
was made and each panel in the mural treated to look like brick. Each panel was then
sealed and the mural painted overtop. This also allowed a safe environment for the
painting volunteers as the work could be done on a flat surface and no one had to
get up on the scaffolding, a real
safety measure. A similar technique was used on the post card mural but without the
texture. The position of filled in doors and windows on the side of the concrete block wall
covered by the mural did not allow for painting directly on the wall without
distorting the picture. This mural was also painted on a flat surface at the
Herb House and installed by Jim Thomas on the wall. A lot of research, study, and
engineering went into the Herb House mural and the lessons learned there applied to
the postcard mural. This was a groundbreaking technique not done elsewhere.
Location: 107 Pendleton Street
Designed by: Holly Thomas
Artists: Community of Volunteers
Artist Bio - Tim White
Tim was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia to parents Robert and Jackie White.
He left Roanoke, Virginia in 1974 and settled in east Tennessee, where he pursued
his careers of artist, sign painter and banjo picker. Though the artist was there from
the start and the sign painter was a logical career outgrowth, the banjo picker was
learned later in life. As he said one time, "It's amazing what one can learn when
they don't watch TV." Artist Tim White is also host of "Song of the Mountains",
and was the artist for the Bristol Sessions mural in nearby Bristol Tennessee.
Tim's interest in the musical heritage of the region, a region which stretched from
Roanoke to Knoxville and cut a broad swath into neighboring states, led to his
painting a mural on State Street in Bristol in 1986. This mural depicts the
principal characters of the historic Bristol Sessions, which took place in Bristol,
TN-VA in the summer of 1927.
As a public figure, artist, musician and radio announcer, Tim White has unselfishly
contributed time, effort and energy to support and promote the music and the
musicians of the region. Tim has been in radio since 1990. He has a syndicated radio
program featuring bluegrass music, old time music and comedy which airs in the U.S.
and streams on the internet via many of his affiliates. He has one of the most
popular Bluegrass radio programs in the Birthplace of Country Music Region
"The Bluegrass Show" on WAXM (FM 93.5). He is on every Saturday from 9 am 'till 12 pm.
He has a full slate of sponsors who support his program. To quote Tim,
he says, "I'm truly a blessed man".