As Fourth Friday approaches, the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County is planning an exhibit that is sure to inspire. Unity in Our Community is a juried photo competition that, according to Arts Services Coordinator Calvin Mims, has been remarkable in its popularity and scope. 
    “We initially threw the call out for photo shots of unity in our community and we left it up to each individual photographer to make the interpretation of what unity is to them,” said Mims. “The response really resulted in some unexpected surprises with some just incredible shots that are very, very emotional.”
    The artists submitted works ranging from soldiers departing/returning home to pictures of young people playing together and adults dancing together at Fayetteville After Five.
    “There are incredible shots of people enjoying themselves across this entire community,” said Mims. “It will be a fun show to come and identify landmarks from around town and the outskirts of town as well as to sort of identify with some of the fun events that happen in and around town.”
    {mosimage}Once the word got out about the show, the Arts Council started receiving requests from some of the schools and young people wanting to make sure they could get in.
    “We got such a great response and terrific work that we thought we would go ahead and extend (the contest) so we could get some of our students to participate,” Mims noted. “It is wonderful, beautiful work. There is an awful lot of talent here in our area.”
    Speaking of a lot of talent, just around the corner and a few steps down the street at 124 Maxwell St., Olde Town Gallery had such a yummy response to its Second Annual Food Show last month that the gallery is holding it over for anyone who may have missed it. Artists and co-owners Allana Goodyear, Sandy McFarlane and Sherry Young work out of their studios at the gallery, but the front room also houses a new show.
    “Most of the time it is every month,” said Young. “Occasionally we will keep a really good show for two months, which is the case with our food show.”
    Pieces include watercolors, acrylic, oils, glass, wire sculpture and colored pencil renderings.
“We have a wide variety,” said Young. Everything from pancakes to fruit and still life ... vegetables ... oranges. We’ve got a beautiful box of Godiva chocolate.”
    The works will be on display until Oct. 22, and are available for sale.
    Besides the food exhibit, Olde Town Gallery is also hosting jeweler Wanda Croteau, a custom jewelry designer and creator of Wanda’s Wonders.
    “She does a lot of beading and custom work,” said Young.
    There will be samples of Croteau’s works available and possibly the opportunity to place an order.
    “You can say I want a blue with pink and make it very simple or make it very elaborate and she will put it together according to what your choice is,” said Young. 
    Olde Town Gallery is on Maxwell Street next to Gregg’s Pottery Shop. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Check out the Arts Council’s Web site at for a complete listing of all Fourth Friday activities

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