New mural at Union County Elementary School

June 18, 2008 - Undersea mural decorates wall at UCES in Blairsville, Georgia

A colorful new mural is in the works at Union County Elementary School. Under the direction of Cherokee Trail Decorative Painters, approximately 70 students from the 3rd, 4 th , and 5th grade 21st Century Program are busy creating a whimsical undersea mural for the school's Annex Building . The students are painting tropical fish of many different shapes while learning about color, composition, shading, and perspective. The mural includes seahorses, shrimp, crabs, lobster, starfish, sea urchins, squid, octopus, dolphin, jellyfish, stingray, an eel, a diver, coral, and ocean plants. Once completed, it will be a welcome addition to the building.

The Cherokee Trail Decorative Painters picked an appropriate project for these children to do during the summer break by bringing a little bit of the ocean to Blairsville , Georgia . The undersea mural will add an artistic touch to the building for years to come. Thanks to this group of dedicated professionals for giving their time (and expertise) to the children at UCES. The mission of the Cherokee Trail Decorative Painters is to educate young citizens to keep "art" alive.

Steve Merritt and Erin DeHart
Tie for Best in Show - Steve Merritt from Otto, North Carolina ,
and Erin DeHart from Bryson City , North Carolina both win 1 st place ribbons

October 27, 2007 - Cherokee Trail Decorative Painters host 12th Anniversary Show and Competition

The Cherokee Trail Decorative Painters recently held a Show and Competition at All Saints Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Union County. Awards and blue ribbons were given in many categories. Steve Merritt from Otto, North Carolina , and Erin DeHart from Bryson City , North Carolina tied for Best in Show and both artists went home with a blue ribbon.

The event also marked the 12th Anniversary of the local organization. Members and guests celebrated with cake and lots of good food. Many beautiful items were on sale at the event which contributed to the success of the day.

Cherokee Trails Decorative Painters are an affiliated chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters (a worldwide organization with over 300 chapters in six countries). With 64 members, the local chapter is quickly becoming one of the largest groups of artists in our area. Many members of the Cherokee Trail Decorative Painters are professional teachers and offer exciting classes at various locations in the area including Tri-County Community College and Art Works. Regular meetings are fun and informative with interesting guest teachers, fun projects, and friendly fellowship.