Love Across the USA

Crochet mural from Team Olek featuring Tryon's Nina Simone

In place through late November

A crochet mural by internationally-known artist Olek featuring Tryon's own Nina Simone is installed at Tryon Fine Arts Center in Tryon, NC through late November 2018. 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 is visible from downtown Tryon and will be in place during the FEI World Equestrian Games. The mural hangs on the rear facade of TFAC and is illuminated at night-check it out anytime!

Presenting sponsor St. Luke’s Hospital is partnering with TFAC on the installation. Additional sponsors include 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 is overseeing the mural installation, 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.

Throughout fall and early spring, TFAC and St. Luke’s Hospital will host a series of events including a visit and talk from artist Olek and Women2Women, a conference on women’s art and wellness issues. Look for more information coming soon.'

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

Artist Talk

Wednesday, November 14, 10:30am
Mahler Room

Learn more about Love Across the USA from the artist herself! OLEK will lead a discussion of her fascinating work. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are encouraged.


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