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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

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New book profiles Appalachian chefs 

John Batchelor will be presenting his latest book Chefs of the Mountains at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Waynesville Public Library.

Batchelor will be sharing how the book came to be, from idea to fruition, and some interesting chef background stories as well. The cookbook contains 10 “sidebars” about farms/artisan producers who sell directly to the public through websites or farmers markets, are open to the public for visits, and/or whose products are available at local stores. It also features recipes from popular regional restaurants such as The Biltmore House, Rezaz, Curate, The Swag, and many more. 

Refreshments will be provided, with attendees able to sample one of the featured recipes. 



Was van Gogh a theologian with a brush?

Author Charles Davidson will present his book, Bone Dead, and Rising: Vincent van Gogh and the Self Before God at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

School children know of the famous painter’s severed earlobe. Adults know that his paintings have sold for the highest prices ever paid for original art. Artists know that his expressionism bridged nineteenth century impressionism and twentieth century modernism. Readers of his letters know that his life was filled with conflict, suffering and defeat, and yet he possessed a singular and passionate commitment to his vocation as an artist. But what do we know of Vincent as a theologian with a brush? This illustrated presentation will examine lesser-known aspects of Vincent’s life and sacred dimensions of his spiritually visionary art.

Davidson, a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, was the Darrel Rollins Professor of Holistic Ministry in Pastoral Theology Care and Counseling at Virginia University of Lynchburg. 


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