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at the Warehouse Art Gallery & Visitors Center
We are proud of the artistic works in Luray, Virginia. We hope you will take time to see them when you visit. We think you will agree we have some pretty talented people in our community! These 3 trails can be done together or separately.
Part I: The Artist Loop (Printable PDF Here)
Approximately 1.25 miles/30-45 minutes
From the Warehouse Art Gallery, 15 Campbell St., Luray
The Warehouse Art Gallery, formerly Luray Supply Company b. 1910, is the home of many works of art by local and regional artists. After browsing the gallery, go out the doors and turn left, cross the RR tracks and walk up to Luray Lumber Co. Tucked between the building and the house next door is “A View of the Valley from a Backyard Flower Garden” by Merle Hilscher.
Go back down the hill and cross at Luray Library, on Zerkel St. There you will see a sculpture, “Between the Pages” 2004, by Charlie Overman. You will also see the original Massanutten School House that is depicted in another mural on Main St.
Proceed back down Zerkel St., turn left on Cave St. and you will see Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center (LPCCC-VC) in the restored train depot. Members of the Valley Artists Guild (VAG), display their work in the LPCCC-VC and there is also the Railroad Museum, with an HO gauge model train display, by the Page County RR Club. Outside the VC, in the intersection, you will see the Confederate Monument by Herbert Barbee, built in 1918. There is another monument by Barbee at E. Main St. & Reservoir, by the East Luray Shopping Center.
Cross the street to the Post Office to view a WPA project. It is one of 28 public paintings done in Virginia between 1937 & 1941 to celebrate, in art, the best of American Culture. The painting is of Lewis Ramey’s Blacksmith Shop painted by Sheffield Kagy.
As you leave the Post Office turn left toward Main St. and left onto Main St. On your way to the Ruffner Plaza you will pass (or step into) the Blue Ridge Bank, where VAG members display their artwork on a rotating basis. The plaza hosts the summer series “Evenings on Main.” As you walk into the plaza, to your right you will see “Four Seasons in the Countryside” by Jennifer Bradt, and “Picnic Times at the Ruffner Plaza” by Merle Hilscher behind the stage used by performers.
You will continue south along the Hawksbill Greenway. Note the geese sculpture to your left in the grass. Continue on to the Virginia Street/Hwy 340 overpass bridge. Under this bridge is “Natural History of Hawksbill Creek” by Weldon Bagwell and a train mural.
A little further down is the view of the train trestle photographed by O. Winston Link in his “Hawksbill Creek Swimming Hole, Luray, Virginia.” A print of this scene hangs in the Town Chambers on Main St. along with a “2006 Hawksbill Creek Swimming Hole version” by Neil Mayberry.
Continue on the Greenway. You will now see the newest mural “The Old Lumbermill” done by Paul Quigg. You can now retrace your steps to the fork before the bridge, go up the incline to Virginia St., turn left, pass the pocket park with a bench, and you will find your way back by the Visitor’s Center and the Warehouse Art Gallery.
Part II: The Edible Loop ( (Printable PDF Here)
Approximately .5 miles/30-45 minutes
From the Warehouse Art Gallery, 15 Campbell St., Luray.
The Warehouse Art Gallery, formerly Luray Supply Company b. 1910, is the home of many works of art by local and regional artists. After browsing the gallery, go out the doors and turn right, turn right onto Campbell St. and walk down to “Tribute to a Champion Tree” by Chris Anderson in the E. Main St. parking lot. A few steps farther and to the right is “Norfolk and Western Train Station 1940s” by Jennifer Bradt. This depot was restored and now houses the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce, the Visitor’s Center and the Page County RR Club’s HO gauge model railroad and museum.
Walk out toward Main St. and to the left is Stephen’s Sugar Shack. Inside is a wall mural of a tropical island by Barbara Jennings, Tina Kibler and students of S&N Music & Art.
Leaving the Sugar Shack, proceed right on Main St. and as you pass Uncle Buck’s Restaurant look over your shoulder at “Singing Tower” by John Graves. Cross the street before the RR tracks, walk up Tannery Rd. and you’ll spy another mural by Jennifer Bradt on the side of Turner’s Auto Body. On the corner of E. Main St. and Tannery Rd. is Slye Pocket Park. Tucked inside this shady spot is “Virginia” by Weldon Bagwell.
On this side of the street you will get another view of “Singing Tower” by John Graves.
The next stop is Gathering Grounds Patisserie & Café. Inside you will find “Town of Luray Landscape” by Jennifer Bradt.
Leaving Gathering Grounds continue to the right on E. Main St., walking toward the traffic signal at Broad St. Turn right at this corner onto N. Broad St. and you will see the mural “Ford” by Jennifer Bradt. This was the Ford Motor Co. building and is now occupied by Aramark. Across the street is “Skyline Drive” by Steven Jesse.
Return to Main Street and cross to the Artisans Grill. “Blue Canoe on the Shenandoah” by Wes & Eileen Porter is located inside. Next door is Arts & Artisans Fine Art Gallery, owned by Wes Porter, and open Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm.
When you leave the Arts & Artisans Fine Art Gallery, turn right onto E. Main St. and continue back to Stephen’s Sugar Shack. The sign will direct you back to the Warehouse Art Gallery.
OR, to continue on to Part III you can either walk by turning left onto E. Main St when you leave the Arts & Artisans Fine Art Gallery, cross Broad St., pass Ruffner Plaza and arrive at Main St. and Hawksbill St., or you can return to the Warehouse Art Gallery and drive west on Main St, turn right onto Hawksbill St. and park in the public parking lot adjacent to N. Hawksbill St.
Part III: The Greenway Loop (Printable PDF Here)
This section is divided into A & B
Section A is approimately .75 miles/30-45 minutes.
Section B is an additional .5 miles/30 minutes.
Begin at Shenandoah Moon, 58 West Main St. at the corner of N. Hawksbill St.
Shenandoah Moon has 3 exterior “Crescent Moons” painted by artists Nancy Brady, Joann Fargo and Barbara Mason along with Decorative Shutters designed and painted by Nancy Brady and Susan Rocke. In the future there will be a mural inside the shop and displays by VAG members.
From Shenandoah Moon proceed west on W. Main St. (to the right). On the Lionberger Building (102-106 W. Main St.) is “The Whitehouse Ferry” by Merle Hilscher.
The next mural is on the McNeely building (216 W. Main St.) and is titled “Story Hour at the Old One Room Massanutten School” by Jennifer Bradt. This school building is located next to the Luray Library on Zerkel St.
Cross the street to McKim & Huffman Pharmacy, est. 1868 and the oldest continuing business in Luray,( Now Closed) (219 W. Main St.). Inside is an untitled mural by Judy Riggs.Leave the building and turn right, east on W. Main St., proceed down the hill. You’ll pass the Main Frame and Bank Street Books-home of a future mural.
At S. Hawksbill St. turn right and then left into Ruffner Plaza. Turn north on the Greenway, to the Main St. overpass bridge. To your left you will see “Four Seasons in the Countryside” by Jennifer Bradt and behind the stage you will see “Picnic Times at the Ruffner Plaza” by Merle Hilscher.
Continue on Phase I of the Greenway, under the bridge, pass the parking lot, and you will see the building that houses Darkwood Manor in October and has the mural “Nature’s Tribute to 911” by Janet Scott. A few steps farther and there is the mural of Willow Grove Mill by Jennifer Bradt.
Continue up to Mechanic St. and stop in at the Farmer’s Market, May through October, Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Several local artists have booths at the market and musicians play at two different times while the market is open. At this point you can continue to part III B, or return to your starting point by retracing your steps or turning left onto Mechanic Street, left at the next corner, N. Hawksbill St., then follow N. Hawksbill to W. Main St.
B) Cross Mechanic St. and continue north on the Greenway. After you have crossed the wooden bridge you will see the first ‘cistern’ with a deer painted on it. The next ‘cistern’ was painted by Girl Scout Troop 40612. Under the Highway 211 bridge is “Hawksbill Critters Root for the Bulldogs” by Luray High School art class.
Additional Section B Option: You can continue on the Hawksbill Greenway and there are 3 more painted ‘cisterns’: “We Can Help”, “Anime”, and “Bees & Butterflies”. This will add about a mile to your walk.
We Hope You Enjoy the Art Trail!
Page Valley Arts Council and Luray Downtown Initiative
Developed and Written by Nancy Brady with S & N Music
View some of our local murals here.
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