Appalachian Mural Trail

Featured: Historic Musical Mural Art
"Song of the Mountains"
Marion, VA

Blue Ridge MilePost: 199.4
Latitude:36.8330364, Longitude:-81.519045


MURAL Artist: Tim White
Member/Sponsor: The Town of Marion

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

    Mural Mention#1 "Giant Welcome to Marion" postcard, featuring a stylized postcard mural with local scenes.
Location: 232 East Main
Designed by: Holly Thomas

    Mural Mention#2 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

    Mural Mention#3 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

                      Mural Mention #1

Mural Mention #2                 

                           Mural Mention #3

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".

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