a HUGE day indeed !
BRCCC Foundation along with numerous others are excited to announce that the 50′ foot Bridge Pier Murals are now being installed on the two I64 bridge piers in Glen Morgan WV along Beaver Creek.
The installation phase of the project will kicked-off with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the bridge piers location along RT 19 in Glen Morgan. Watch the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony here https://fb.watch/m1jIPbzSV1/
Artists, Melissa Doty and Nicole Westfall have designed a colorful, modern configuration of scenes and icons that will span three sides of each pier. This way, there are six distinct sides that provide a burst of color and representative activities no matter which direction you are coming from. The artists have captured the activities available in our area: mountain biking, fishing, hiking, climbing, and kayaking. They’ve also included animals that are native to WV: the cardinal, a black bear, a great horned owl, the brown trout and a monarch butterfly. Local flora include rhododendron, dogwood leaves and flowers, and jewelweed.
The BRCCC Foundation has created the Piney Creek Gorge Bridge Mural as a captivating representation of Beckley-Raleigh County’s newest outdoor recreation destination, Piney Creek, and its inaugural blueway connection to the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. This vibrant design captures the wonders of the Piney Creek Gorge, one of the NRG National Park’s most significant tributaries, incorporating an array of scenes and symbols that celebrate the local history, outdoor recreation, flora, and fauna. The mural showcases the natural beauty of native plants like rhododendron, dogwood, and jewelweed while also featuring iconic creatures such as the cardinal, black bear, great horned owl, brown trout, and monarch butterfly. Furthermore, the artwork highlights various exciting outdoor activities that locals and world travelers enjoy in the Piney Creek Gorge, including mountain biking, hiking, climbing, whitewater kayaking, fishing and more.”
About The Artists
Nichole Westfall is a muralist based in Charleston, WV. Originally interested in printmaking, her style of painting utilizes large defined blocks of color. Her subject matter tends to be small plants, animals, and objects. She plays with taking small things and making them gigantic. Her work is created from an appreciation of beauty and humor.
Melissa Doty is a self-taught artist in Charleston, West Virginia. She works primarily with watercolors and acryla gouache and is known for her vibrant colors. Melissa aims to infuse her work – both large-scale murals and smaller originals – with joy and wonder, and considers it the greatest compliment when a collector says, “Looking at this just makes me happy.”
We extend a very gracious thank you to our Corporate, Foundation and Public Donors:
A-1 Services LLC
Beaver Land Company
Beckley Area Foundation
Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce
Buckner Woodford Clay III Memorial Fund
Carter Family Foundation
City of Beckley
Grandview Country Store
Raleigh County Commission
Richard & Beth Jarrell Family Fund
The Resort at Glade Springs
Trinity Tree Service
WVU Institute of Technology
And Individual Donors:
Ken and Marcia Dunlap
Donnie and Linda Holcomb
Dr. Tom Jarrett
Roy Shrewsbury II
Carolyn Susie Stanley
One of the main goals of the BRCCC Foundation is to work on the continual upgrading and improvement of our “product” which is our community. With the designation of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, the foundation has made it a priority to address the appearance of our community.
One way to improve the appearance of the community is to add public art. A proliferation of arts projects in a community demonstrates an appreciation of creativity and diversity which can create the kind of quality of place that attracts others.
Learn all about the Glen Morgan Bridge Pier Project, the artists creating the murals and how you can get involved in improving the appearance of our community here