Up & Coming Weekly

January 11, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JANUARY 12, 2022 - JANUARY 18, 2022 UCW 15 How often do we encounter people impacted by homeless- ness? Do you know they are there? Or have you trained yourself not to look at them? You may re- member, if you think on it, where someone homeless hangs out, panhandling day after day, maybe with a sign that reads "God Bless You." e newest Arts Council of Fayetteville Cumberland County (ACFCC) exhibit, "I AM SOME- BODY – Faces of Homelessness Exhibition: Works by Dona Mar- lowe," is on display until Jan. 22. Individuals interested in seeing the show can do so at e Arts Center located at 301 Hay St. in historic downtown Fayetteville. "ese images must be seen to be felt," Marlowe explains. "Get- ting to know the people depicted in my photographs, I invited them to participate in my artistic repre- sentation of them — including a welcomed invitation to visit this exhibit." e idea for the exhibit came to Marlowe when she realized that when she encountered the home- less, she always averted her eyes, pretending not to notice these individuals. She wondered what it must be like to be unseen. is realization caused Marlowe to think about how the unhoused community is around us but not acknowledged, and certainly not with us. "How must it feel to be excluded by most, if not all, of society," Mar- lowe asked. She decided to create photo- graphs and mixed media por- traits, but she didn't do it herself. She had help. Stacey Buckner, the owner of Off-Road Rescue, intro- duced Marlowe to the homeless community and another helper also helped find an additional two people to participate. Sam Robbins' song, "Hard to Hate," was adapted for the show to play during the exhibit. Fifty percent of the proceeds from all sales of the photographs will be donated to Off-Road Out- reach. Marlowe's portrait of an indi- vidual named William, featured in this exhibit, was selected for the 2021 Annual Juried Exhibition by the Artist Collective in Spar- tanburg, South Carolina. She sees "I AM SOMEBODY - Faces of Homelessness" as the first of many projects on her journey as a photo activist. She uses her art to fight for unseen, unheard, forgotten or powerless people. She hopes that the masses will open their eyes to those struggling and do what we can to help them. ACFCC, who are hosting the ex- hibit, are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville. ey support individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learn- ing through the arts. Founded in 1973, the ACFCC has served as a link between art- ists, arts and cultural organiza- tions and the greater community by administering programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate economic growth, reinforce child education through the arts and enhance the cultural identity of the arts and entertainment district. is event is free and open to the public. For additional in- formation visit, www.WeAreT- heARTS.com/iamsomebody or call, 910-323-1776. EVENTS ELAINA J. MARTIN, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Who is the most famous North Caro- linian today? If you check the latest edition of the World Almanac as I do this time every year, you will find a list of "Famous North Carolinians." at list includes the following people but not today's most famous person from our state. Read over the names on the World Almanac list and then I will tell you today's most famous person: David Brinkley, Shirley Caesar, John Coltrane, Stephen Curry, Rick Dees, Elizabeth Hanford Dole, Dale Earnhardt Sr., John Edwards, Ava Gardner, Richard Jordan Gatling, Billy Graham, Andy Griffith, O. Henry, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, Michael Jordan, William Ru- fus King, Charles Kuralt, Meadowlark Lemon, Dolley Madison, elonious Monk, Edward R. Murrow, Richard Petty, James K. Polk, Charlie Rose, Carl Sandburg, Enos Slaughter, Dean Smith, James Taylor, omas Wolfe. But that list does not include the North Carolinian most talked about across the world these past few days: a man who grew up in the Tally Ho com- munity of Granville County. On Christmas Day a $10 billion giant telescope to replace the aging Hubble scope was launched from French Gui- ana. So far, the launch has been suc- cessful. e device is already preparing to begin its observations by unfolding its antenna, mirror, and tennis-court- sized sunshield, as it moves toward a final orbit. e Hubble, at work for more than 30 years, was named for Edwin Powell Hubble, an American astronomer who died in 1953. He was an important astronomer whose work provided evi- dence that the universe is expanding. e new observatory-telescope will be about 100 times more sensitive than the Hubble. As described by Dennis Overbye in the October 20, 2021, edi- tion of e New York Times, "Orbiting the sun a million miles from Earth, it will be capable of bringing into focus the earliest stars and galaxies in the universe and closely inspecting the atmospheres of nearby exoplanets for signs of life or habitability." So, what does all this have to do with Granville County and the most talked- about North Carolinian? e new telescope is named the James Webb Space Telescope. Like the Hubble, the James Webb Space Tele- scope, or JWST, or Webb Telescope, or simply the Webb, will be in almost every news story about space explo- ration for many years. Every young person studying astronomy or reading about space will see his name. It will be everywhere. Why is this critical device named for Webb? Lewis Bowling, who, like Webb grew up working in the tobacco fields and barns of Granville County, explained in his column in the December 30, 2021, edition of the Oxford Public Ledger, Granville County's twice-weekly news- paper. "James Webb, who grew up in the sticks like me, surrounded by great big fields of tobacco was the man most responsible for leading us to the moon. Let me clarify something: James Webb was born in Tally Ho near Stem, so he was a country boy like me, but obvi- ously a lot smarter. Webb knew and worked for several presidents and was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration director under Presi- dents Kennedy and Johnson. As North Carolina Congressman L. H. Fountain once said, 'for the first time since the beginning of the world there are now footprints on the moon, and the major share of credit goes to a distinguished son of Granville County, James E. Webb.'" I would make a bet that there will be a new entry in the 2023 World Alma- nac's list of "Famous North Carolin- ians." James Webb from Tally Ho. D.G. MARTIN, Host of UNC's Book Watch. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. LITERATURE The famous man from Tally Ho by D.G. MARTIN Artist advocates for homeless through exhibit by ELAINA J. MARTIN I AM SOMEBODY F A C E S O F H O M E L E S S N E S S WORKS BY DONA MARLOWE JANUARY 3 - JANUARY 22 THE ARTS CENTER 301 HAY STREET. FAYETTEVILLE, NC Promotional image for the new Arts Council of Fayetteville Cumberland County exhibit, " I AM SOMEBODY – Faces of Homelesness." (Image cour- tesy of the Arts Council of Fayetteville Cumberland County.)

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