Radford City Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Clyde Kessler Ghost Poem published in Rose Red!


My Artwork

 

pinkwavecopyrightPink Wave   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting            $2425.00

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I thought it would be a good idea to put up a Spring painting.  Pink Wave was inspired by the beautiful Cherry blossom trees at the Radford Public Library.

 

bridgewildwoodcopyrightView from Bridge at Wildwood Park   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting   $2425.00

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Wildwood Park is becoming more beautiful each Spring Day!

 

 

Radford City Ghost Story

 

I had no idea there were so many ghost stories in Southwest Virginia!  Here is another one!

A Former employee of Macados on main street in Radford wrote about a ghost story in 2005.  The restaurant is modern and beautifully decorated on the outside but there is an old basement section with two pantries.  In one section there is a window with glass that is not visible from the outside.  The restaurant was once  The Radford Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Supposedly there is a woman dressed in grey in the downstairs section and employees are told not to talk about her.  Articles fly off the shelf at times and one cook says he did actually see her.  They were face to face and then she faded away!

 

I got this ghost story from ghostvillage.com

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband is really tearing up the publishing turf these days!  He just published two poems in the online magazine Rose Red!  This is the third issue of this publication that he has had work in!  Yea Word Man!

It is an interesting coincidence that one of the poems he published is about ghosts since I have been having a great time researching local ghost stories!

A Mount Juliet Ghost
Clyde Kessler

An old lady drowned in Nashville.
She was almost ghost of the year, blind.
Somebody heard a twanging in the oaks
and said she’s home by the soul’s voice
dreaming a tree that walks through stars.

None of a moonrise’s gold could fetch
her mind in a séance. A photographer
leased her apartment above a salon,
threw his best camera at a cop car,
it struck and killed a deputy by no luck.

You see vengeance spelled with a flood
is still the soul prying itself from hate.
You can build a new house in Mount Juliet.
You can throw parties that marry you off
imprisoned. The old lady walks you home.

More Bisset Park Beauty near The Blue RIdge Parkway and How it used to be on The New River


My Artwork

origbissetcopyrightBisset Park Original    Original Pastel Painting not Available for Sale

Prints on Paper or Canvas available at      KENDALL KESSLER ART

I especially like the many New River scenes I have done.  My favorite ones were done from different parts of Bisset Park in Radford, VA.  When the weather is nice there are a lot of motor boats, canoes, and rafts gliding along the river.

Bisset Park Original is not available, because as luck would have it, it drowned in a gallery in North Carolina years ago.   There was a tremendous amount of rain that year and the gallery flooded.  The water rose over a foot and this pastel drawing was low enough for the lower half to be immersed in water!   The gallery was insured and I was compensated for the painting but it no longer exists.

Afterwards, I decided to do an oil painting of the same spot.  I wanted to get a very different look reflecting a different time of day and season.  One of my favorite artists, Claude Monet, often did the same scene at different times of days and seasons and each one is a unique, beautiful creation.  I love the way colors change throughout the day as the light shifts.

bissetcopyrightBisset Park    30″ x 40″ Original Oil Painting        $2425.00

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New River History

I love history and thought it would be nice to put in a little information on how different the river was years ago.

The river used to have many batteaux carrying cargo downstream as far as Bateau Mountain before the coming of the railroad.  Bateau Mountain ,which is near Grandview, is now called Batoff.

The batteaux were propelled along the shallow rivers by crews pushing long poles along the side of the boats and steering with long sweeping rudders at each end.

The boats carried lumber, agricultural produce, and mercantile products.

A lot of the workers were African-American crews and captains.  Because of the unique skills and abilities the job required, batteau crews could find an equality in their work that was not easily available for African Americans seeking employment in American society at the time.  For most of the workers it was a vagabond life on the river.

I found this information on batteaux in the online publication New River Gorge

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Again, be sure to join Clyde and Nancy Kent this Saturday in Wildwood Park for a great nature walk.  Photographer Nancy Kent will teach young and old on how to get good photographs of flowers in insects!

The Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally is coming up.  The Rally is Friday May 9    5:00 – 9:30pm at The Konnarock Community Center!  Check out the Blue Ridge Discovery Center for more information!

 

Bisset Park Near The Blue Ridge Parkway and A Charging Rhino…


My Art Work

fallnewrivercopyrightFall on The New River at Bisset Park   Original Pastel Painting has been sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

I have done many paintings of the beautiful New River which is actually one of the oldest rivers in the world.  Many of the paintings come from Bisset Park in Radford, Virginia.  Radford Virginia is about 30 miles from the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Bisset is Radford’s largest city park and is located on 57 acres of riverfront land in the central part of the city. The park offers walking trails, athletic fields, picnic shelters, children’s playground, a sand volleyball area and other opportunities for outdoor recreation. The three picnic are available for group functions.

I especially enjoy walking by the New River and have painted it many times.

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 New River Trestle    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting      $2425.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

 

The New River has been linked with numerous different names during our brief history in juxtaposition, with itself. It has been called the Wood, Wood’s, Woods, Kanawha, The Great Kahnaway River, and the Cohnaway rivers by various different maps and legends.

One legend has it that various Native American tribes nicknamed it the “River of Death” and the “River of Evil Spirits.” How did one of the oldest rivers, possibly on Earth, get the oxymoron of a name such as it has?

It has been documented that Colonel Abraham Wood, a noted English Fur trader, sent two men, Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam into what was then the unexplored outreaches of territorial Virginia. Discovering a river that they had never seen before, Batts and Fallam wrote “new river” on the map that they had drawn, and, without editing the map, turned it to the map maker, and thereafter the New River forever kept its name.

There are a number of explanations for the name of one of the world’s oldest rivers.  This account is the most accepted origin of the name.  I got this information from New River Gorge, an online publication.

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again mention Clyde’ Nature Walk with Nancy Kent which is this Saturday!

My naturalist husband is at it again!  This week-end he will be leading a Spring Discovery Walk  with Nancy Kent at Wildwood Park in Radford, Virginia.  Nancy Kent is a great photographer and retired elementary school teacher.

The two of them are teaming up to help parents and their children learn how to  photograph various insects and flowers!  What a great way to start off the Spring season and enjoy nature in a beautiful setting!  Come with your children for a wonderful and educational outing!

 

A Charging Rhino

Two weeks ago my husband and son had a nasty virus with congestion and ear infections.  A week went by and I didn’t develop any symptoms.  I bragged that I didn’t get it.  I finally got sick last Saturday.  I shouldn’t have bragged!

I have to be at death’s door to slow down.  I am a workaholic and keep busy all day long.  My husband thought I should rest.

I told him that asking me to rest is like asking a charging rhino to move over!  Not going to happen.