Featured Mural - "Angel Wall"
After the night club disaster in Florida a friend shared a photo of angel wings that
an artist had painted on a wall to represent the victims. She mentioned that I should
do that in West Jefferson. I love angels. Who doesn't? I also love the interaction of
people with the mural and the photos that people take are so interesting and varied...
and touching sometimes too.
I had a wall in mind but the owner made a reference to "Victoria's Angels" and I knew
that was not the right wall for this project. I spoke with another realtor but they had
a hesitancy because of its symbology and then I rode by the Hotel Tavern and saw the
perfect spot, and they heartily agreed. Customers enjoy taking turns photographing
each other during dinner or just hanging out with friends having a drink.
It became a "Memorial" after someone called and asked if I would paint a block in
honor or their mother, who had recently passed. I did not think twice and even offered
the option up to others and that is how the wall was funded. We still get requests but
ran out of room. Visitors can post their "Angel" shots on facebook...and scroll through
to see all the other angels.
Location: 5 West Main Street Mural Artist: Raney Rogers
Mural Mention#1 - "Poppy Mural"
This was a mural that had circulated the web and I fell in love with it and was going
to paint it on my gallery fence. However, as I was very busy I had not gotten the
chance when I received a call from a real estate agency asking me to paint it on
their business wall, which was quite large...65' (or so) by 19' and the largest
that I had ever painted. I love the colors and the flowers just scream "We love
being Poppies"! People tell me that it cheers them up when they drive by, especially
on a gray, rainy day.
Location: 204 E. Main Street Mural Artist: Raney Rogers
Mural Mention #1 - "Poppy Mural"
"Poppy Mural" - CloseUp
Artist Bio: Raney Rogers
Raney Rogers has been a professional artist since 1981 after
moving to Ashe County from Chapel Hill, NC. After teaching art for five years in the
Ashe County Schools she branched off to pursue her painting career and her work now
hangs in corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Raney
pioneered West Jeffersons first fine art gallery featuring her own art
- the Acorn Gallery - in 1992 directly across from the old burley tobacco
Raney leads art sessions throughout the southeast and is currently
an artist in residence in Kinston as well, where she has opened a new gallery
and is creating a new body of work bringing her back to the nature scenes and
wildlife she originally portrayed. She is also filming her televized show
"Painting with Raney" where she exhibits her love of art and pulling others in
to the creative experience with her unique method of guiding those who have never
painted through their very first painting. Her first mural was the b
ackdrop for her high school senior prom and she has since painted over many
walls, indoor and out, to feed her love of large spaces and vivid colors. Raney believes that we are all artists, we just need to discover what that form of expression is.
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...