The "Where the Mountains Begin" mural celebrates the colorful landmarks and legends of Wilkes County:
Stone Mountain State Park, W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, and Doc Watson. Local artist Wes Gregory designed the mural of Doc Watson, a well known area
musician who helped begin the Watson Festival at Wilkes Community College.
Wilkes Art Gallery 2015 Summer Honors Art Program participants are: Danielle Addington, Sydney DelBridge, Mikayla Howell, Brittney Johnson,
Payton Osborne, Katherine Poteat, Erica Walker, and Trey Warren. The summer enrichment program pairs
professional artists with talented, local high school students to create works of public art for the community.
In appreciation of Kelly and Jennifer Royall for sharing their building as a canvas for public art.
Funding for the mural was provided by the Wilkes Art Gallery, the Town of Wilkesboro, and Valspar Paint.
The Wilkes Art Gallery Summer Honors Art Program is sponsored by The Kulynych Family Foundation and Katherine Ann Greene Foundation.
Wes Gregory Bio
Wes started drawing when he was very young and won his first art contest at age 8.
By ninth grade, he won first place in a national art competition for artists aged 13 to 19 for Seventeen
Magazine. Wes won for his watercolor portrait of his great-grandfather who was a violin maker from Ireland.
He later won first place in the Congressional Art Caucus 6th District in 1985 for
his watercolor of Churchill Downs with horses in the foreground and his winning artwork hung in the White
House during the Reagan administration. Wes was inspired by a photo of a hunt in the forest of
Fontainebleau, France, that he saw in National Geographic and painted a stunning oil painting of it.
Wes had also created numerous paintings, drawings and Intaglio prints that are
beautiful and he continued to create new artwork, in addition to his many designs for the interiors
and exteriors of residential and commercial projects.
His last great art work was the building-sized mural of Doc Watson for the
town of Wilkesboro, which was created and designed by both himself and his wife Gia, and executed and
by Wes, with the assistance of his wife. Always the gentleman, he didn't want his wife up on the lift truck or
any scaffolding. They both put an incredible number of hours into the mural, over three and a half months,
and he would work all day and paint much of the night too! He was an extraordinarily gifted artist
who left his imprint on the world.
comment by: Carol
Lincolnton, NC, is loaded with murals! And I love them all!
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)
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...