Located in the heart of the Elizabeth neighborhood of Uptown Charlotte, at the corner of 7th Street and Pecan Avenue, lies The Stanley, the area’s up and coming farm to table inspired restaurant. With over 20 years’ experience, James Beard-nominated Chef Paul Verica is passionate about the locally sourced art of cooking.

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Jane Gaston The Carolinas Equestrian 01 Whether it is art or horses, Jane Gaston loves turning the blank canvas into something extraordinary and beautiful.

Gaston, a Sanford, NC native, believes art has always been a part of her, as much as the horse is. “Horses are a passion of mine, as much as art has been a passion of mine,” she said. “I am very lucky to have to things to be passionate about, and that it’s always been a 50/50 thing.”

Passion is the right word for the creatures Gaston captures on canvas. The horses and dogs exude personality and charm; the rich colors bringing them alive. The English Proverb “The eyes are the window to the soul” is never more true than in Gaston’s works. Each animal, whether equine, canine or exotic, has eyes that speak to the viewer. It is this detail, as well as the ears, she finds so important to portray.

Equestrian Aid Foundation The Carolinas Equestrian 01 A lifelong horsewoman with a can-do spirit and a disarming smile, Ashlyn Bell was well known as a horse show announcer and ingate starter throughout the Carolinas. Then, on a brisk winter day in 2013, her life was derailed in an unassuming instant. A fall from a horse left her with two collapsed lungs and the majority of her ribs and vertebrae shattered. It took a team of surgeons and physical therapists the course of a year to piece her back together. For most of this time, she was unable to work, let alone care for herself or her one-year old son.