Love Across the USA

Crochet mural from Team Olek featuring Tryon's Nina Simone

A crochet mural by internationally-known artist Olek featuring Tryon's own Nina Simone was installed at Tryon Fine Arts Center in Tryon, NC through late September 2019. The mural is part of the multi-state Love Across the USA project from Team Olek.

As part of TFAC’s commitment to high-quality public art, the mural was visible from downtown Tryon and was in place during the FEI World Equestrian Games. The mural hung on the rear facade of TFAC and was illuminated at night.

Presenting sponsor St. Luke’s Hospital partnered with TFAC on the installation. Additional sponsors included Tara & Drew Brannon, Gayle & Scott Lane, Mary Ann Claud & Olin Sansbury, Elizabeth & Bailey Nager and MS Hammett Construction. Steve Hammett of Tryon-based MS Hammett Construction oversaw the mural installation and retirement, with Square Peg, Inc. hoisting the mural into place using their extensive rappelling experience.

The mural was originally installed on the façade of the Raleigh Convention Center, made possible by the Office of Raleigh Arts, City of Raleigh, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Raleigh Arts, Team Olek, and TFAC have cooperated to become the murals second home.

Click here to learn more about TFAC's Exhibits Program.

Thank you to presenting sponsor St Luke's Hospital & St Luke's Hospital Foundation.

St Luke's Hospital
St Luke's Foundation



OLEK's artist talk and the Love Across the USA Project was brought to Tryon with a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program.