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Mural unveiling in Asheville

art cainA 6x12-foot interpretive art mural showcasing the cultural heritage of the “Shindig on the Green” at Pack Square Park will be added to the Western North Carolina Mountain Heritage Mural Trail with an unveiling ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Pack’s Tavern adjacent to the park in downtown Asheville.

Young musicians Carley Arrowood, Jonah and Grayson Riddle, Lillian Chase, as well as Rhiannon Ramsey and the Relics, who were part of the inspiration for the mural, will “step out of the mural” to perform. The project has been funded in part by a grant from the Asheville Arts Council and Asheville Art in the Park.  

Created by Jackson County mural artist Doreyl Ammons Cain of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc., the project included interviews and research into the traditional music culture of Western North Carolina, ensuring local musicians’ stories were designed into the mural. 

The mural will be installed on an outside wall of Packs Tavern, where it will be within yards of Shindig’s Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. 

The “Golden Threads” Shindig on the Green mural will be the first historical mountain music mural in Western North Carolina. There are mountain music murals in Johnson City, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; Marion, Virginia; and Maryville, Tennessee. The one in Maryville depicts the Grand Ole Opry and the others depict various aspects of mountain music heritage.