Marlinton Mural Project Moves Forward
Marlinton, WV – Visitors to Marlinton may soon be greeted by scenes of Pocahontas County’s history as they cross the bridge from U.S. Route 219 and over the Greenbrier River into town.
Molly Must, a 2004 graduate of Pocahontas County High School, has been painting large, outdoor murals in Asheville, North Carolina. She’s now putting together the plans and funding to paint a 350-square-foot mural on the side The House of Style that faces the Route 39 bridge. On Wednesday afternoon, Must gave an update on the project at the Create Pocahontas meeting in Marlinton.
Must says much of the actual painting will take place in a one-room schoolhouse near Lobelia that she is using as a studio. Then, much like wallpaper or a billboard, the pieces of the mural will be glued into place on the side of the building. If all the pieces fall into place, Must says the mural will go up this summer. In the meantime, Must says she is spending a lot of time reading from the local heritage collection at the McClintic Library in Marlinton.
“I am really interested in the transition periods of this community. And being the first mural, I really want it to have a lot of historical significance.”
Must described her vision of the mural starting with the virgin forest and transitioning to trains, lumbermen, the felling of the massive old forest and ending with scenes of renewal and celebration. Those at the meeting applauded Must on the design. The young artist says she welcomes the opportunity to come home to do what she loves.