Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Valle Crucis Ghost Story, and Books from The Blue Ridge Discovery Center!

 Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


backyardbushcopyrightButterfly Bushes  Original 20″x24″ Acrylic Painting     $960

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART


sunsetnrtrestlecopyrightSunset on The New River   Original 7″x9″ Oil painting    $136

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Valle Crucis Ghost Story

Another frightening story from Valle Crucis in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina!


The name of the town comes from two streams that meet at right angles in the middle of the valley.

Two men were driving by an old stone church on highway 194  when a huge dog with gleaming eyes jumped out in front of them. The dog was a big as a man and had bristling fur and massive yellow teeth. The driver sped away only to see the dog in the rear view mirror following and actually keeping up with the car that was going 80 miles an hour!

The men really believed this dog was from Hell so the driver hit the accelerator one more time and sped over the bridge that goes across the two streams.

The dog stopped following them and the men wondered what it was about the water that stopped this supernatural dog!

The writer of the story claims he knew the driver of the car and considered him to be an honest man.  The writer is very cautious about traveling near the graveyard of the old stone church and counts the seconds before he gets to the bridge!

I found this great ghost story on Stories from the Mountains online publication


Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

On The Blue Ridge Discovery Center that Clyde is an Adviser for there is a great list of books for people interested in this beautiful mountain region!

For the Blue Ridge:

  • Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders – An Appalachian Mountain Ecology, George Constantz 
  • A Fly Fisherman’s Blue Ridge, Christopher Camuto

Other must reads:

  • A Songbird Journeys – Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds, Miyoko Chu
  • The Trees in My Forest, Bernd Heinrich
  • Winter World, Bernd Heinrich
  • The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner 
  • Home Ground – Language for an American Landscape, Barry Lopez, Debra Gwartney
  • A Natural Sense of Wonder, Rick Van Noy

I hope you enjoyed my paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway


We need the Rain but I am Glad to see the sun today!

waterwingscopyrightWater Wings   Original 16″x12″  Oil Painting      $384

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Got to get to the lake and swim!  Can’t do that in the rain.