The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

About The Author

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In Peru on Machu Picchu with my daughter Susanna

Lee James Pantas, originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, has lived in Fairview, North Carolina since 1989. He has a Master’s degree in Ecology from the University of Vermont, and has worked as a research scientist, military officer, lecturer, parapsychologist, marketing director, realtor, painter and illustrator in Vermont, Georgia, Korea, Brazil, Colorado, Connecticut and North Carolina. In 1978 he started the a soup kitchen "New Covenant House" for homeless persons in Stamford, CT. which has since grown into a major major multi-faceted social services center for the poor, now known as New Covenant Center. He is the author and illustrator of two books, “The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains and Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Mr. Pantas is also known for his elegant, highly detailed pen & ink drawings, and imaginative visionary and fantasy paintings. His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and locally in Blue Spiral 1, Broadway Arts and Seven Sisters Gallery, among others, and is found in many private and public collections. He has recently completed a ten-year project of fantasy coral reef paintings (Liza’s Reef) aimed at raising awareness of the environmental issues facing our oceans. He is also well known as a track & field coach for AC Reynolds HS in Asheville NC and as one of the developers of the Blue Ridge Classic, one of the largest high school track and field meets in America.

Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Lee James Pantas











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