Up & Coming Weekly

April 25, 2023

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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2 UCW APRIL 27 - 30, 2023 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM To the Fayetteville community: As the weather warms up, you may notice the dog wood f lowers bloom- ing all around the community. The bloom signifies the return of one of Fayetteville's favorite traditions — the Fayetteville Dog wood Festival. Each year, the Fayetteville Dog- wood Festival organization works diligently to produce a quality event for our community to enjoy. From the Street Fair to the Midway to live concerts in Festival Park, and much more, we are excited to host another successful year of the Fayetteville Dog wood Festival and continue the tradition of Spring. Join us for the 41st Annual Fayetteville Dog wood Festival – April 28-30, 2023 in Downtown Fayetteville! Sincerely, Sarahgrace Mitchell Executive Director T H E 4 1 s t F A Y E T T E V I L L E D O G W O O D F E S T I V A L STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR April Olsen april@upandcomingweekly.com ART DIRECTOR Courtney Sapp-Scott art@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Isaiah Jones graphics@upandcomingweekly.com WRITERS Chayenne Burns, Alyson Hansen, Isaiah Jones, Kathleen Ramsey, Aubrette Reid, Ashley Shirley, Katrina Wilson PHOTOS Images courtesy the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival and participating businesses, organizations. COVER 2023 Fayetteville Dogwood Festival Poster by Leah Moore ADMIN ASSISTANT Judy Stapleton judy@upandcomingweekly.com SALES ASSISTANT Sheila Barker salesassistant@upandcomingweekly. com MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister linda@upandcomingweekly.com Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: 910-484-6200- FAX: 910-484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/ Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. We welcome manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assume no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Leah Moore is an artist and senior at UNC-Pembroke. Her poster entry was selected to brand this year's Dog wood Festival, and is the cover for this issue of Up & Coming Weekly. She's an illustrator by trade but is gaining graphic design skills as she navigates her craft. Recently ,she's been expanding her art with oil pastels and acrylic paints, incorporating it with her illustration work. Her love for art started at a young age, and by middle school she already knew she wanted to make art for the rest of her life. Leah says, "Since kindergarten, I didn't really focus any on sports or music, I was always in the art room or in the library. I just focused on taking a lot of art classes and going to art summer camps. I've always found a lot of joy in doing art." W hile talking with Up & Coming Weekly, Leah emphasized the idea of community and diversity when it came to the design. She did her digging and research on past Dog - wood Festival cover winners and branding from previous festivals to help inspire this year's work as well. The winning poster is a bright and colorful homage to the Dog wood Festival spirit, showcasing illustra- tions of beautiful dog wood leaves. It also features a crowd of people with vibrant and unusual color skin tones, using the same color palette throughout the poster to give it a unified and community feel. Leah says, "At first, I was going to go realistic, but the people felt too isolated from each other. W hy not combine the whole thing with using one single color palette?" Just a few weeks away from gradu - ating, when asked where she wants to take her art journey, Leah says "I really hope to go into children's book illustration." Leah made her senior thesis proj- ect a personal project as well and is releasing a children's book she wrote and illustrated herself before graduation. The book is being self- published through Amazon. Congratulations to Leah Moore on winning the poster design com- petition for this year's Dog wood Festival. Stay tuned to Up & Coming Weekly for coverage on her children's book release in the coming weeks. Meet the 2023 Dogwood Festival Poster designer — Leah Moore by ISAIAH JONES Leah Moore e Fayetteville Dogwood Festival Board of Directors pose for portraits in downtown Fayetteville earlier this year. Sarahgrace Mitchell (center front) is the Dogwood Executive Director. (Photo by Tony Wooten/ LRP Media) Welcome For this weeks complete Up & Coming Weekly issue, scan the QR code >>>>

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