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3/18/2020 2:13:00 PM
The Healing Power Of Art
Clinchfield RR 800 by mural artist Andrew Williams.
(Photo Courtesy of Kathy Stewart of St. Paul Tomorrow, Inc.)

Clinchfield RR 800
by mural artist Andrew Williams.

(Photo Courtesy of Kathy Stewart of St. Paul Tomorrow, Inc.)


Appalachian Mural Trail
Press Release


During turbulent, unsettling times, viewing art can uplift and help settle your mind. The Appalachian Mural Trail showcases large cultural art murals that can be driven by auto to view. The mural trail is a crowd free experience and a great alternative to cabin fever.

The talent in Southwestern Virginia is flourishing. The Appalachian Mural Trail recently added another of this area’s public art murals to the trail’s spotlight showcase. Called "Clinchfield RR 800," this huge creative mural is located in St Paul Virginia, where the Clinch River runs through the town.

The mural is located on a retaining wall next to the railroad trestle on Fourth Ave. The mural includes the Clinch River, surrounded by lush trees, native plants, and deer. An important part of the Clinch River is the biodiversity and mussels are pictured on rocks next to the river. A bald eagle is flying over (there is an actual nest close by). The Clinchfield RR 800 is pictured with a Christmas wreath on the front, representing the Santa Train, which has run through St. Paul for 76 years.

The mural artist for the St Paul mural is Andrew Williams, a talented artist based in the Southwest Virginia area who strives to provide beauty through art for all his patrons. Williams is a self-taught artist, who created his first mural for the Draper Mercantile in Draper in 2016. Since then, he has been commissioned to paint additional murals in the surrounding area. Williams became passionate about art and nature while living in Southwest Virginia and began to create watercolor paintings and landscapes and has now graduated to magnificent murals.

The St. Paul mural completes a line of murals on the mural trail which starts to the south of St. Paul in Marion Virginia, where The Song of the Mountains mural tells the story of local mountain music, then to the north of St. Paul is the town of Coeburn, which features the Crooked Road musical murals. North of Coeburn is the town of Wise with a master work of art in the historical Wise Inn, while above Wise is The Town of Appalachia, which has a beautifully painted New Deal Post Office mural.

This trail showcase of cultural art tells a precious story of Southwestern Virginia, well worth a driving trip into this beautiful, scenic area of the Appalachian Mountains. Take mile marker 294 off the Blue Ridge Parkway north to Boone (where you can stop and view the New Deal Mural, "Daniel Boone") and up to Bristol to begin this journey through scenic and artistic beauty.

The Appalachian Mural Trail showcases public cultural art murals that tell the stories and shares the beauty of the Appalachian region. Go to muraltrail.com to read about over 100 murals located along the trail and find directions to travel the trail. Make sure you add the St. Paul mural to your trip, where the Clinch River runs through it.


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