Trail Art

Trail Art

Trail Art

“Trail Art” is an award-winning initiative by the Town of Rolesville Parks and Recreation Department that combines the arts with the natural beauty of our greenways and trails. We’ll be placing two art pieces a day somewhere along our greenways, for the entire month of June. These small works of art could be anything from pottery sculptures and glasswork to ceramics or gourds. Those who find the treasures get to keep them! 

This program won the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association's Arts & Humanities Award in 2022.  The award recognizes innovative and effective arts and humanities programs throughout the state.

2023 Design Competition


Specifications for Submission of Artwork

We’re looking for artists to submit a sample of original artwork in a suitable medium that can be placed outside (either on a tree limb or on the ground) and is small enough to be carried by hand. The artist selected must be able to produce 80-100 pieces of the artwork before May 26, 2023. Artists should provide the costs for pieces on the application and submit a sample of each theme or pattern.

Each piece should be individually unique but may reflect one to three different themes.

You may incorporate any, all, or none of the following into your design:

  • The Town of Rolesville logo, or elements of or reference to, the logo
  • Other Town symbols like the Main Street Gazebo
  • Trees, leaves, birds, walkways, or other symbols represent nature

Entries should be delivered by hand to:
Rolesville Town Hall
502 Southtown Cir.
Rolesville, NC 27571

OR mailed to:
PO Box 250
Rolesville, NC 27571
Attn: Special Events Coordinator - Trail Art

Please print the confirmation email and include it with your sample artwork.


All entries (application and sample artwork) must be received by March 17, 2023. An artist may submit up to three different samples. Designs will be judged by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has seven members appointed by the Town Board of Commissioners. Advisory Board members are residents of the Town or extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), as well as one student member. The Advisory Board prefers for is for each piece to have the current year and reference to Rolesville.

The winning artist will be notified by April 3, 2023.


The winning artwork/design will be used as the “Trail Art” artwork and will be placed along the Main Street Park and Mill Bridge Nature Park greenway systems during the entire month of June 2023.

The winning artwork/design becomes the property of the Town of Rolesville, which reserves the right to make modifications as necessary; use the image on additional products, such as ornaments, and in various and all promotional material; and make use of the image in perpetuity for promotional purposes.

The winning artist will receive:

  • recognition on the Town of Rolesville website
  • a story in the RolesvilleREC guide
  • media recognition via a press release
  • compensation for up to 100 pieces of artwork

The artist agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Town of Rolesville from and against any damages or losses sustained as a result of any design that is not original. The Town of Rolesville reserves the right to decline the selection of all entries.

Important Dates


January 1, 2023 - March 17, 2023

The winner will be announced

April 3, 2023

80-100 pieces of Art delivered before

May 26, 2023

Art will be placed on Greenways in Rolesville

June 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023



Questions should be directed to Kristen Stafford, Special Events Coordinator, or call 919-554-6582.


Previous Winning Artists:

2022-Scott Partridge

art 2

2021-Senora Lynch

Trail Art turtles from 2021 in the mulch