Visit AmyCEvans.com to read about the Art & Pie blog and her Saltville portraits,
inspired by recipes and stories from the Saltville Centennial Cookbook.
Words from Ronni Lundy, food writer and editor, about the Saltville Centennial Cookbook:
"Many of us who relish community cookbooks read them not just for their recipes, but for the hidden clues to what a town, a church, a Junior League, or an individual contributor was really like. Ingredients, methods, and the simple choice of what recipes to include are like broken flints and pot shards found on an archaeological dig — seemingly small items which can perhaps be assembled to give a larger, richer, possible story. With that in mind, coming across the Saltville Centennial Cookbook was for me much like finding the ruins of ancient Pompeii, remarkably preserved in ash. More thrilling even than the recipes, are the rich stories of each cook gathered in this singular book. Reading them, I learned not only her recipe for Chess Pie, but also that “Sallie Taylor cooked delicious meals on her wood and coal cook stove. Yes, she also had an electric stove in her kitchen…” Or that Minnie Barrett Henderson “would follow the ‘signs,’ for example, don’t cook candy or icing when the weather was rainy.” As I was reading some of the descriptions, I found myself thinking about the work of my dear friend and fantastic artist, Amy Cameron Evans, the results of which are now hanging on the walls at Buxton Hall. A little bit haiku, a little bit documentary, and all art, Amy’s portraits bring eleven women of Saltville to vivid life. "
Photo and Art Credits:
Art and Pie collage by Amy C. Evans, Tara Jensen photo by Leah Beilhart, Amy Evans photo by Denny Culbert,
Ashley Capps photo by Shara Crosby, Jessica Rosenkoetter photo by Sarajane Case