Downtown Elkin Mural Hike
Explore our downtown murals
In 2012, the Main Street Advisory Board wanted to add public art to downtown. They created a mural grant program encouraging building owners to add murals to their buildings. Have fun exploring our downtown and feel free to photograph and spread the joy of art! We continue to add more each year... some are also on the interiors of businesses, and although most are new, some are as old as the 1930s!
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Mural artist: Murals by Michael Brown. Sponsored by: Elkin Main Street Advisory Board (MSAB), Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor, Surry Wineries, and owners of the building.
Mural artist: Murals by Michael Brown . Sponsored by: Chris Mahon, owner ACM Agency and MSAB.
Mural artist: Murals by Michael Brown.
Sponsored by: Elkin Antiques & Collectibles Mall (Ricky & Teresa) and the MSAB.
Mural artist: Murals by Michael Brown. Sponsored by: Dennis Myers (building owner) and the MSAB.
Mural artist: Murals by Michael Brown . Sponsored by: John Van Hoy (building owner) and the MSAB.
6. The Sample Store (103 E Main St) Pepsi Co and the Elkin/Jonesville Pepsi Company partnered with the Main Street Advisory Board to install two murals in the downtown. We had this ghost mural designed and installed on the wall here, and it was so well done, people who hadn't seen it painted asked us, "Was this mural always here??!" In the past century, downtown Elkin had numerous Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and a Sprite Boy mural throughout town, so we wanted to bring back the feeling of an old ad uncovered.
Mural artist: Michael Brown of Murals by Michael Brown.
Sponsor: Pepsi Co/ Elkin-Jonesville Pepsi Company
7. This new trail mural was completed in summer of 2021 and can be found on East Main Street, across the street from The Liberty building, tucked back a little from the street. This wall was an eyesore for years, and when new mural artists moved to Elkin, they inquired about doing something special on it. Explore Elkin and the Main Street Advisory Board teamed up to fund the project, and this new trail mural along the MST transformed over the next two months depicting the unique Forest Bathing Trail groomed in 2021 at Grassy Creek Vineyards, about 10 minutes north of downtown Elkin. On this trail, you disconnect with technology and re-experience nature's sights, sounds, smells, and beauty.
Mural artist: Hand in Hand Creative.
8. Elkin Antiques & Collectibles Mall at 131 S Bridge St. Full of colorful images, and best seen up close, this new Pepsi Co sponsored mural was completed in 2022. The images show old Pepsi signage we had in downtown over the last century, and is named 'Cruisin' Capital of the East' honoring the days when Elkin's cruising was known up and down the east coast as the place to go. USA Today even featured Elkin in an article in the 1980's, as depicted in the letter "L". Weekend cruisin' came to an end, but the town still has a monthly scheduled cruise at the Heritage Center on the 4th Saturday of each month, April thru October where hundreds of beautiful cars pull in for the afternoon, and folks enjoy checking out classic cars and making friends.
Mural artist: Joey Dill of Studio 73 Carolina. Sponsored by: Pepsi Co.
9. The Main Street Board has started a series of Back Alley murals along East & West Depot Alley. This is a before/after view of one on West Depot Alley, but there are about 5 others at this time. The project will continue until 7 murals are completed. If you are an artist interested in submitting a design, please let us know! email@example.com.
Mural artist: Karen McEachin Breit (local artist)
Sponsor: Creative Economic Development Consulting
Mural artist: Murals by Michael Brown . Sponsored by: The National Park Service.
Artist: Geoffrey Walker. Sponsored by: Dirty Joe's Coffee.
14-16. Look closely and you'll find a variety of little murals tucked throughout downtown, with many more to come.
Artists: Seed packets (Farmers Market Shelter, 101 E Market St) and faux window (Harry's Place, S Front St) were painted by Michael Brown. The Smile mural was painted by Elkin High School Senior, Zara Petrocy for a Senior Project.
Sometimes we even add some chalk art along our sidewalks for fun... and if you look hard enough, we have literary quotes hidden amongst the buildings in downtown too!