Ben Long, an internationally acclaimed American painter, grew up in Statesville, North Carolina. In the 1970s the then unknown artist persuaded the priest in charge of two small, rural Episcopal churches in nearby Ashe County to allow him to put frescoes, created by painting on damp plaster, on their walls. The result is a stunning series of biblical scenes, including Mary great with child and the last supper, using local people as models. The frescoes have attracted huge numbers of visitors. Their popularity led Long to paint more frescoes in churches and other buildings throughout western North Carolina, including Charlotte, Crossnore, Montreat, Morganton, Statesville, and Wilkesboro. Those who appreciate this revived art can enjoy them all by following the Benjamin F. Long IV Fresco Trail.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- All Souls Episcopal Church
George Vanderbilt established All Souls Episcopal Church in 1896 to serve the workers on his Biltmore Estate near Asheville. The church was the centerpiece of the village he […]
Face jugs, a form of folk art, are so-called because human faces are shaped on them. Because the faces usually have exaggerated humorous or monstrous expressions, they are […]
- Young Adult Choir, Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 Mountain Heritage Award Comments
SEPT. 29, 2001
Winner: Young Adult Choir of Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church.
Accepting Award: choir director Cornell Proctor
The Young […]
- Dinner on the Ground Dinner on the Ground in the Upland South from Appalachia to the Ozarks, is an outdoor picnic held at Decoration Day events. The term originally referred to eating in a churchyard or […]
- Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church In May 1867, having been led by the spirit of God, newly freed slaves from Charleston joined with their ministers to establish the Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church in East Flat Rock, […]