Featured Mural - "Maurice's Mockingbird Mural"
is a tribute to area poet, writer, and mentor Maurice Ferguson, by a group of writer-admirers. The
stanza is from Ferguson's poem "Sailing for the East Indies." It is believed to be Roanoke's first poetry
mural. Artist Toobz (Scott Noel) and the group was assisted by RAMP - Roanoke Art Mural Project in
procuring the wall (on a convenience store in an area that is up-and-coming) and in the installation.
Located a short block from the Wasena Tap Room and a climbing gym, and the Roanoke Greenway,
this a must-stop if you are near Roanoke, Virginia.
Mural Artist: Toobz (Scott Noel)
Location: 1115 Main St SW
Mural Mention#1 - "Untitled"
Mural-savvy owner of The Lofts at West Station, Bill Campbell, hired American-born, Berlin-based street
artist James Bullough to install this mural on the West side of the building. The mural doesn't have a
title. The artist declines to explain what his paintings mean. Just one more example of our vibrant,
progressive small city, Roanoke.
Mural Artist: James Bullough
Location: 357 Salem Avenue SW
GPS: Latitude:37.272766, Longitude:-79.9480
Mural Mention#2 - "Humanufacturing"
Fine woodworker Tom Dorathy and Cory Dorathy commissioned artist Toobz to paint the exterior of the
Greenway Storage building where Tom creates magnificent furniture. "Humanufacturing" and a stately
heron grace two sides of the metal building, which sits adjacent to a redeveloped Ice Storage facility
that now houses apartments, the Wasena Taproom, and a rock climbing gym. Artist Toobz (Scott Noel)
designed and installed this massive piece without assistance. Located just steps from the
Roanoke Greenway, the art and activities make this a must-stop if you are near Roanoke, Virginia.
It is just a short block from Toobz's "Maurice's Mockingbird Mural."
Mural Artist: Toobz
Location: 1306 8th St SW
GPS: Latitude:37.262666, Longitude:-79.957216
Toobz (Scott Noel) is a self-taught Roanoke, Virginia fine artist who has been creating murals
for many years. Toobz was raised in Lynchburg, Virginia and was part of the skateboard scene for many
years, traveling around the country before settling in Roanoke. His paintings and illustrations have
been in several exhibitions and reside in private collections as well as the Taubman Museum of Art.
James Bullough is an American born artist living
and working in Berlin, Germany. His studio paintings,
and huge monumentally scaled site-specific murals combine delicately handled realistic portraiture
with harsh graphic distortion and abstraction. Inspired by the gritty urban graffiti he saw as a
youth growing up in Washington, DC, Bullough harnessed it’s energy and edge while teaching himself
more traditional realistic oil painting techniques by studying the Old Masters. Combining the
momentum of the one and the technical precision of the other, his work is about staging compelling
contrasts and juxtapositions. Wether working with spray paint on massive facades or oils in
his studio, Bullough’s work strikes a delicate balance between realistic portraiture and
stylized distortions, straddling the space between traditional and contemporary.
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 - NC Dept of Comm)
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 different!
comment by: Big Tom
This is great mural art. It 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...