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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MAY 2018 PUBLISHER

Richard Mellert | richard.mellert@lifestylepubs.com Austin Bennett | austin.bennett@lifestylepubs.com Alana Bennett | alana.bennett@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Emily Glaser | emily.glaser@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Emily Glaser

“A WOMAN IN HARMONY WITH HER SPIRIT IS LIKE A RIVER FLOWING. She

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goes where she will without pretense, and arrives at her destination prepared to be

Evan Anderson, Smoky Mountain Photography,

herself and only herself.”

Studio Misha Photography, Reggie Tidwell

This quote from Maya Angelou reminds me of the women you’ll find in these pages. They are strong, determined leaders, both in business and the community, and are helping to make our city better everyday. I hope you are as inspired by reading their stories as I have been by telling them. As a mother of four young women, I aspire each day to instill in them strength, independence and compassion, as well as an unshakable faith. It is a privilege to do what I do and to be able to tell these stories, and I thank you for reading them.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2018

FEATURES 15 Movers + Shakers The Wonder Women of Asheville

24 Mother’s Day Brunch Sommer Collier’s Recipes for Success

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34 Asheville’s Artist Molly Courcelle Shares Her Asheville History

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Good Times

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12 DIY 30 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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Art Affair OpenDoors Asheville held its Ninth Annual Art Affair at the Events Center at Highland Brewing. With 400+ people in attendance, OpenDoors surpassed its fundraising goal with more than $200K donated in support of its mission to break the cycle of poverty with local kids through advocacy and opportunities for education and enrichment. PHOTOGRAPHY BY REGGIE TIDWELL

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AROUND TOWN Saturday marks the largest mass-start whitewater raft race in the southeast, as well as the Mountain Bike Race. Enjoy music from acts like The Travelin' McCourys and Jeff Austin Band and family fun like a juggling fire show, kid’s parade, trapeze artists and fireworks.

SECOND ANNUAL HOOK, LINE AND DRINKER FESTIVAL Jackson County—home of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail and the NC Trout Capital—will host the the Second Annual Hook, Line and Drinker Festival on Saturday, May 19 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva, N.C. The festival will Dale Chihuly, Float Boat, 2014 3 x 10 x 5' Denver Botanic Gardens, Copyright ©Chihuly Studio

feature fishing guides and fishing industry vendors,

CHIHULY AT BILTMORE

activities, craft beer vendors, and a pre-festival

food trucks, a morning farmer’s market children’s

Opening May 17, Chihuly at Biltmore will fea-

Tuck Trout Trot run/walk on Friday, May 18 at the

ture the immense glass sculptures of multimedia

Jackson County Greenway. There will also be live

artist Dale Chihuly. Scattered across the gardens

music from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. by two of the

and grounds and inside the Biltmore House

region's most popular bands: A Social Function

itself, the colorful, fantastical pieces will surprise

and Fireside Collective.

and delight visitors. For the first time Biltmore will host an evening experience in the gardens that will offer views of the sculptures after dark. Chihuly Nights at Biltmore will take place each Thursday through Sunday night during the exhibition, which runs through October 7. For more information, visit Biltmore.com/Chihuly.

Bear King, porcelain sculpture by Taylor Robenalt

INTERACTIONS Grovewood Gallery presents Interactions, a solo exhibition of figurative sculptures and teapots by contemporary ceramic artist Taylor Robenalt. Robenalt has drawn attention for her innovative Photography by Smoky Mountain Photography

THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER FESTIVAL

emotion. Her latest body of work is inspired by her daily interactions between humans, animals and

The French Broad River Festival returns to Hot

nature, artwork that reflects her internal dialogue.

Springs May 4th through 6th. The festival com-

An opening reception will be held Saturday, May

bines the region's two favorite pastimes—outdoor

5 from 2–5pm, with the artist in attendance. The

sports and live music—for an unmissable, multi-day

exhibition runs through Sunday, June 3.

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Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the gap, and place the jump ring through the holes in the pieces you are connecting. When securely through both pieces, gently twist the jump ring in the opposite direction to close the gap and secure the pieces.

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Movers + Shakers

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MOVERS + SHAKERS

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t h e g i v e r Tina M. Owen DIRECTOR OF FUND DEVELOPMENT, WINE TO WATER Tina Owen has always been a giver. She’s a long-time veteran of the non-profit sector, impacting communities both locally and abroad (she began her career in Africa). Today, she combines both through her work as Director of Fund Development for Wine To Water, non-profit based in WNC that’s provided clean drinking water to 600,000 people around the world. Though her work may be international, it’s our mountains that Owen calls home, and she’s fully vested in the region: she hikes, bikes, paddles or skis nearly every weekend. It’s also here that she raises her kids, intentionally cultivating in them the art of giving back. Owen’s life is influenced by delicate balances, and it’s to this perspective she gravitates when asked for advice: “Be intentional and recognize the seasons of life. There is a time to grow, stretch and reach; but there is also a time to dig deep and stay planted.” 16

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Liz Button OWNER/CEO HEIRLOOM HOSPITALITY GROUP When Liz Button decided to pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she didn’t realize the magnitude of her decision: soon her daughter, then-husband, and future son-in-law were co-owners and operators, too. “It was a magical turn of events that I refer to as ‘the stars aligned and Cúrate was born,’” Button says. No stranger to challenge, Button's recently taken to conquering her fear of heights with feats like bungee jumping and sky-diving. “I believe all these feats are directly related to my not working in the restaurant,” she explains (Button now works in the Group’s administrative office, developing staff and growing the company’s community involvement). “‘Adrenalin junkie’ is a trait most restaurant managers have in common, so I've replaced my need for excitement with a personal challenge.” Button gives back as Chair of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, uniting and bettering local restaurants through collaboration and educational sessions.

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Laura Webb OWNER, CFP AND SENIOR ADVISOR, WEBB INVESTMENT SERVICES Laura Webb continues to carry on the legacy of her great-grandfather, who helped form the Great Smoky Mountain Park. Like her ancestor, she gives back to our community, supporting nonprofits like the YMCA Camp Watia and Friends of the Smokies, and conserving 600 acres in Jackson County with her family. It is perhaps women who are most impacted by Webb's generosity. As a key initiator of the WomanUp Women in Business initiative, she’s built a community of strong women. “It has been a great success giving professional women and female entrepreneurs a place to be inspired, find connection and be supported,” she says. Even in her daily work, Webb helps women succeed. “Whether by choice or not, a large percentage of women end up managing their money,” she explains. “Nothing is better than watching their confidence growth when they are given the right tools, knowledge and support to be successful.” 

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Amy Hanks PRESIDENT, BEVERLY-HANKS MORTGAGE SERVICES As an Asheville native, Amy Hanks loves our community—so it’s no surprise that her job is to help other people move here and fall in love, too. When asked what her favorite part of her job is, Hanks smiles and says, “Working with people who love our communities, and helping to introduce WNC to new people moving here!” As the President of Beverly-Hanks Mortgage, she helps hundreds of people finance homes locally every year. To her children (second generation Ashevillians), she offers her guidance and mentorship, including a zeal for her career and involvement on several local non-profit boards. And to other aspiring women, her advice is simple: “Never underestimate the impact you can make just by being open to things you never saw as part of your future.”

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Victoria Dunkle COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, PARK RIDGE HEALTH Victoria Dunkle is a storyteller. “From my time as a news anchor to my current role as the Communication Director at Park Ridge Health, my favorite part of my job has always been connecting with people of Western North Carolina,” she says. "Each of us has a story, a reason we are where we are in that moment. I enjoy learning those stories, building a trust and then being able to share those stories.” A successful career, a happy family, and a dedicated involvement in her church define her, but Dunkle still takes time to give back to the community. “Our community has given so much to me and my family, it is a joy for me to give back,” she says, noting her commitment to local nonprofits like WomanUp and Safelight: Hope & Healing for Families, and sharing her faith as a Bible Study writer and teacher.  20

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ASPICYPERSPECTIVE.COM CREATOR SOMMER COLLIER SHARES HER MAMA DAY RECIPES

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THE POUR

ROSÉ SANGRIA INGREDIENTS: ›› 750 ml bottle French Rosé Wine ›› 1 cup pink grapefruit juice ›› 3/4 cup bourbon ›› 1/2 cup honey ›› 1/4 cup chambord (raspberry liqueur) ›› 2 cups watermelon balls ›› 1 1/2 cups fresh sliced strawberries ›› 6 ounces fresh raspberries

DIRECTIONS: 1. Use a melon baller to scoop 2 cups of watermelon balls out of a large slice of fresh watermelon. Slice the strawberries. 2. Pour the Rosé Wine, grapefruit juice, bourbon, honey and chambord in a large pitcher. Stir until the honey dissolves into the mixture. (If your honey is especially thick, warm it first to thin it out before adding.)  Then add the watermelon balls and strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 3. After at least two hours, stir and taste for sweetness. If you like your sangria on the sweeter side, stir in a little more honey. If the sangria is too strong,  plan to pour it over ice. When ready to serve, stir in the fresh raspberries and pour into glasses.

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MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

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THE DISH

CINNAMON PANCAKES & PEACH SYRUP

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INGREDIENTS CINNAMON PANCAKES: ›› 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour ›› 1/4 cup granulated sugar ›› 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder ›› 1/2 tsp. baking soda ›› 1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon ›› 3/4 tsp. salt ›› 3/4 cup 2% milk ›› 1/2 cup heavy cream ›› 1 large egg PEACH SYRUP: ›› 2 lbs. peaches (5-6) ›› 2 Tb. butter ›› 1/2 tsp. cinnamon ›› 1/4 tsp. nutmeg ›› 1/4 tsp. salt ›› 3/4 cup pure maple syrup DIRECTIONS: 1. Peach syrup recipe: Cut the peaches in half, remove the pit, cut each half into six wedges. Place 3.8 quart saute pan over medium heat. Add butter, followed by peaches, spices and salt. Saute and gently stir peaches for 5 minutes, then pour in the maple syrup. Once the syrup comes to a simmer, stir and turn off heat. 2. Mix dry ingredients for the cinnamon pancakes in a large bowl. Whisk in the milk, cream and egg until smooth. 3. Heat a 12.5-inch non-stick fry pan over medium-low. Once hot, use a 1/4 cup scoop to ladle the pancake batter onto the skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes, until the edges bubble and look a little dry, then flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove and repeat with remaining batter. (Makes 10-12 pancakes.)

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MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

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“MOTHER’S DAY USUALLY INVOLVES SLEEPING IN, BRUNCH AT A FAVORITE RESTAURANT, A ROUND OF SHORT PRICKLY BACK RUBS FROM MY WELL-MEANING CHILDREN, AND A HIKE SOMEWHERE OFF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. IT’S A PERFECT DAY!”

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place where so many people are passionate about farming, culinary

the blog A Spicy Perspective. What began as a resource for a

arts, and eating!”). Her kitchen is her happy place, where she’s able

Sommer Collier’s local cooking class back in 2010 has since

to combine fresh, local ingredients with her global experience for

morphed into a blog so big it functions as a family business.

new, tantalizing recipes. “I love recipe testing days,” she says. "The

ASpicyPerspective.com is now a nationwide recipe and travel

thrill of that last test round, when a recipe is absolute perfection,

hub; Collier gets to work with local and national brands and trav-

gives me such a sense of accomplishment.”

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To other women considering an independent and creative career, Collier’s advice is simple: “Set your mind on success, make a distinct plan, and start grinding away at it every single day.”


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PARTING THOUGHTS

ASHEVILLE THROUGH THE EYES O F PA I N T E R M O L LY C O U R C E L L E

Quiet Time, 36x48 STUDIO MISHA PHOTOGRAPHY

THE WINNER OF OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST FOR BEST LOCAL ARTIST TALKS ASHEVILLE LOCAL PAINTER MOLLY COURCELLE FOUND ART THROUGH THE

collectors right away.” Though she intended to slow down, the frenetic

GUIDANCE OF HER MOTHER, ARTIST BEE SIEBURG. Courcelle

pace of RAD’s art world—which draws more and more collectors every

honed both her appreciation of art and her own talents as a child with

year—wouldn’t allow her to do so, and she now paints in plenitude.

weekend trips to D.C. galleries and birthday parties splattered with art supplies. It’s no surprise that Courcelle pursued a degree in painting. Courcelle, who spent her college summers teaching art at nearby

You’ll find signs of Courcelle’s path in her paintings: florals inspired by flower shops, the blurred colors of Gaugain from childhood trips to the museum, and Asheville’s rolling hills dabbed into her landscapes.

Camp Graystone, introduced her parents to our mountain town, and followed them to Asheville shortly after their own move to run The

In 1998, people would ask, “Do you mean Nashville?” These days I

Gardener’s Cottage with her mother (which they sold in 2004). It was

hear, “Asheville? I love Asheville!” In 1998 there were great places

the landscape, and the people, but also Asheville itself, that inspired

we would frequent and would often run into friends. These days

her. “Asheville seemed to encourage people to really live life to the

there are so many exciting new places opening—it makes me feel

fullest,” she remembers.

as if I am on vacation in my own town!

Asheville in 1998 was a different place: Courcelle recalls music shows at Be Here Now and the avant-garde cuisine of Salsa’s spawning block-long lines. And yet, “The things that attracted me to the city then remain the same,” she continues. “Asheville continues to encourage us all to truly experience a full life!” Courcelle and her art have changed too. She began painting again after her two children were born and before adopting her third. “I worked while my little one's would go to mother's-morning-out a few days a week at The Wedge Studios. The River Arts District was beginning to really become a place of interest, and I was exposed to galleries and 34

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