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.
Location: 232 East Main
Designed by: Holly Thomas
The "Patchwork of Marion", our first mural, designed and painted
by local artist Holly Thomas, features stories of our community's history woven into
a quilt design.
Location: 107 Pendleton Street
Artist: Holly Thomas
The "Mayan Mural", on the rear wall of the Lincoln Theatre,
represents a series of Mayan themed glyphs from the unique interior design of this
restored 1929 treasure. Artist and design was Kristin Untiedt-Barnett, following
the theatre design of the original Mayan Revival scenery from Novelty Studios of New York.
Location: 117 East Main(rear alley)
Artist: Kristin Untiedt-Barnett
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".