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Greenwich Locals Publish Local Business Illustrated Map

Greenwich’s longtime local residents and business owners pooled together to publish a line of Illustrated Maps detailing the location of the town’s local businesses and celebrating the local scenery, people and commerce.

The idea was spearheaded by three longtime resident business-owners, Jessica Reid & Craig Jones of Greenwich Point Marketing, and Liz Norfleet of Norfleet Consulting Group. According to Norfleet, a Greenwich resident for over 25 years, her time working different jobs across the town, according to her, gave her a passion for the local businesses. One of the many local business owners then suggested that the town needed a map.

The design idea for the endeavor came from another local business owner, Jessica Reid, who got the idea from a local board game, plus a few Illustrated Maps from Cape Cod, which she visited for her cousin’s wedding.

Jessica Reid was one of the co-founders of Greenwich Point Marketing, alongside Craig Jones, worked with Norfleet to talk to the local businesses in order to get their cooperation for the map. According to them, some business owners were very cooperative, whilst some needed more coercion in order to participate.

The trio said that it was also problematic to find an artist that could handle Illustrated Maps, due to the  highly specialized nature of such a project due to numerous layers and updates. The artist for the Greenwich illustrated map is Jim Roldan of New Hampshire. The project itself took six whole months of work to finish.

According to Norfleet, another issue was that Greenwich didn’t really have a reputation as a tourist destination, unlike other places with Illustrated Maps, however, she said that the town did have some tourist-drawing events, and that, due to its location, Greenwich was a common stop for people heading for New England.

Additionally, the project was headed with the intention of advertising only local-businesses, turning down the national chains present throughout Greenwich.

According to the trio, 10% of the proceeds from the Illustrated Maps’ sales will go to several organizations operating in Greenwich. These organizations are as follows:

  • Abilis;
  • GEMS;
  • Greenwich Boy Scouts;
  • Greenwich Point Conservancy;
  • Junior League of Greenwich;
  • Kids in Crisis, and;
  • Neighbor to Neighbor.

The first batch of the maps, numbered at 20,000, was released on Greenwich Memorial Day.

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Extraordinary Photographs By Burk Uzzle, Famous NC Photographer

Burk Uzzle, a photographer known to have made waves internationally, went back to his hometown in North Carolina in order to explore where he started. He is currently busy on his latest project. After returning back to North Carolina, he decided to open his very own studio which is 18,000 square foot and inside a building that is already a century old. His studio is located in downtown Wilson. He is now busy with a chronicle he is creating with African-American culture as his subject. This society is what he grew up with when he was still living in Harnett County. The chronicle is made possible with the use of his camera.

His latest work is currently being displayed at first time exhibit held at Greenville Museum of Art. The exhibit is entitled “Perceptions and Recognitions: African Americans of Eastern North Carolina. The subjects of his recent work are his neighbors when he was still residing at Coastal Plain. These are composed of church ladies garbed with their finest Sunday clothes, a member of the gang whose body is occupied with lavish tattoos as well as a group of black mimes. The exhibit is able to show how ordinary folks are reincarnated in an extraordinary fashion.

The theme of his recent work might not be too common but it is a familiar one. The lighting used and how the photographs are composed is almost like seeing a fine art made on canvas. Uzzle shared that he is currently busy learning more about painting rather than photography because of his desire to capture the extraordinary lines as well as the flow followed by the great masters of the past and present. During a tour inside his studio, he enumerated the influences he has when it comes to the world of arts and it includes Gustav Courbet, Rembrandt, Matisse, masters of Renaissance who are Flemish and Dutch, Paul Klee and Caravaggio.

The photographs of Uzzle are greatly displayed at the N.C. Museum of Art located in Raleigh but he is always there not for his works but in order to study the work of these masters. He admitted that he can spend almost half of his day just looking at the art and this, to him, is the proper way to learn about composition. His photographs are exquisite that they are ideal to be used on split canvas prints.

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