L. Brandon McCullar  was born in Tuscaloosa, AL. He studied art at Montevallo, the University of Alabama, Complutense University, Madrid, and the John Campbell Folk School for Black Smithing. He has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and South America while studying and has shown in galleries in Atlanta, Alabama, Paraguay, Madrid, and Paris. He's taught art at Stillman College and the University of Alabama and his work has been featured at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA.

L. Brandon McCullar was born in Tuscaloosa, AL. He studied art at Montevallo, the University of Alabama, Complutense University, Madrid, and the John Campbell Folk School for Black Smithing. He has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and South America while studying and has shown in galleries in Atlanta, Alabama, Paraguay, Madrid, and Paris. He's taught art at Stillman College and the University of Alabama and his work has been featured at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA.

Seraphim Smith  is a multi-media artist who specializes in culinary inspired paintings, photography and infographics. He has displayed work professionally in North Carolina and South Carolina. Seraphim is interested in promoting inclusivity and encouraging a healthy and diverse community. He views his own life as his biggest art project. Website:  sarabsmith.com

Seraphim Smith is a multi-media artist who specializes in culinary inspired paintings, photography and infographics. He has displayed work professionally in North Carolina and South Carolina. Seraphim is interested in promoting inclusivity and encouraging a healthy and diverse community. He views his own life as his biggest art project.
Website: sarabsmith.com

D. Choci Gray  was Born from the union of the original LA artists - Jim and Lucy Gray; D. Choci Gray was raised from humble origins in LaGrange, NC. Her motto “Thy Art in Heaven” encompasses the wide range of her skills in an array of performing and visual arts. From historic re-enactments at Civil War sites to high profile commercial art to the 2015 Kinston Fish Stew Queen- Choci has embellished her community and surroundings. She currently lives and operates her studio in the Kinston Historic District.

D. Choci Gray was Born from the union of the original LA artists - Jim and Lucy Gray; D. Choci Gray was raised from humble origins in LaGrange, NC. Her motto “Thy Art in Heaven” encompasses the wide range of her skills in an array of performing and visual arts. From historic re-enactments at Civil War sites to high profile commercial art to the 2015 Kinston Fish Stew Queen- Choci has embellished her community and surroundings. She currently lives and operates her studio in the Kinston Historic District.

 
Maximillian Mozingo's  work reflects his motto: Art is Life. Goldsboro artist Maximillian specializes in fine art, murals & custom clothing and paints in with a myriad of mediums: acrylics, oils, spray paint, and does mixed media pieces as well. Art means everything to and he truly believes that this is his purpose and mission in life.  Facebook:  Palmarius : Art By Maximillian Mozingo

Maximillian Mozingo's work reflects his motto: Art is Life. Goldsboro artist Maximillian specializes in fine art, murals & custom clothing and paints in with a myriad of mediums: acrylics, oils, spray paint, and does mixed media pieces as well. Art means everything to and he truly believes that this is his purpose and mission in life.
Facebook: Palmarius : Art By Maximillian Mozingo

Hayden Tedder  is a multi-media artist and painter from Winston-Salem, NC. Her work focuses on human sexuality and public perception. Hayden uses her art as personal therapy and studied under artist Stephen Hopkins.

Hayden Tedder is a multi-media artist and painter from Winston-Salem, NC. Her work focuses on human sexuality and public perception. Hayden uses her art as personal therapy and studied under artist Stephen Hopkins.

Evil Bobs  is a self taught artist from Wendell, NC. Bobs' early work was mainly focused on pen and ink illustration and is using the smART program to focus on his painting. Bobs' art touches on the surrealist imagery that you see in many popular contemporary art magazines such as Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose. Website:  evilbobsart.com

Evil Bobs is a self taught artist from Wendell, NC. Bobs' early work was mainly focused on pen and ink illustration and is using the smART program to focus on his painting. Bobs' art touches on the surrealist imagery that you see in many popular contemporary art magazines such as Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose.
Website: evilbobsart.com

 
Madeline Gray  is a freelance documentary photographer. She went to art school but realized she wanted to help tell other people's stories so she got her master's degree in photojournalism. Working at newspapers gave Maddy a strong understanding of the importance of community journalism. She is driven to document stories from under-served and under-represented communities while collaborating to empower people to share their experiences. Website:  madelinegrayphoto.com  Instagram:  @madelinepgray

Madeline Gray is a freelance documentary photographer. She went to art school but realized she wanted to help tell other people's stories so she got her master's degree in photojournalism. Working at newspapers gave Maddy a strong understanding of the importance of community journalism. She is driven to document stories from under-served and under-represented communities while collaborating to empower people to share their experiences.
Website: madelinegrayphoto.com
Instagram: @madelinepgray

Jamil Burton's  artwork paints a picture of he see's life, culture, and the world around him. Themes such as family, love, society, along with political and religious issues are prevalent subjects for Jamil. The work usually consists of paintings on canvases and wood. Although each piece is different and unique, the style and method remains consistent. The viewer is allowed to take a peek into his window and see what Jamil sees.

Jamil Burton's artwork paints a picture of he see's life, culture, and the world around him. Themes such as family, love, society, along with political and religious issues are prevalent subjects for Jamil. The work usually consists of paintings on canvases and wood. Although each piece is different and unique, the style and method remains consistent. The viewer is allowed to take a peek into his window and see what Jamil sees.

Grace Joyner  is a ceramic artist and makes both functional and sculptural work. Her preference to hand build vs. throwing and usually makes work that invokes a narrative. This narrative usually allows the viewer to make some sort of association, and her goal as an artist is to make things that allow the viewer to be taken back to a memory. Having family members and friends who have struggled with memory loss from dementia or Alzheimer's disease and her own fear of memory loss motivates Grace's work, in hope to resurface happy and enjoyable memories for her and the viewer.

Grace Joyner is a ceramic artist and makes both functional and sculptural work. Her preference to hand build vs. throwing and usually makes work that invokes a narrative. This narrative usually allows the viewer to make some sort of association, and her goal as an artist is to make things that allow the viewer to be taken back to a memory. Having family members and friends who have struggled with memory loss from dementia or Alzheimer's disease and her own fear of memory loss motivates Grace's work, in hope to resurface happy and enjoyable memories for her and the viewer.

 
Zachary Wills  plays a variety of brass instruments and was a member of the Marine Corps Field Band for twelve years. He's played thousands of concerts and played for Ambassadors, Heads of State, and other dignitaries all over the world and is currently teach band at Woodington Middle School in Lenoir County. Zachary is working to create an El Sistema music program in Kinston geared towards helping low income children.

Zachary Wills plays a variety of brass instruments and was a member of the Marine Corps Field Band for twelve years. He's played thousands of concerts and played for Ambassadors, Heads of State, and other dignitaries all over the world and is currently teach band at Woodington Middle School in Lenoir County. Zachary is working to create an El Sistema music program in Kinston geared towards helping low income children.

Raney Rogers  grew up in Durham, NC and majored in Art Education at East Carolina University. She moved to the mountains of NC in 1981 where she taught K-6 art for five years and then dedicated full time attention to her painting. She has been represented by galleries in NY and CA as well as the Southeast. She is also contributing her business and art expertise to lead the opening of the smART Gallery on downtown Queen Street in March of 2019 as an exhibition hub for all of the smART artist participants.  Website:  acorngallery.com

Raney Rogers grew up in Durham, NC and majored in Art Education at East Carolina University. She moved to the mountains of NC in 1981 where she taught K-6 art for five years and then dedicated full time attention to her painting. She has been represented by galleries in NY and CA as well as the Southeast. She is also contributing her business and art expertise to lead the opening of the smART Gallery on downtown Queen Street in March of 2019 as an exhibition hub for all of the smART artist participants.
Website: acorngallery.com

Jean Ann Wertz  is a fiction writer, poet, and prize-winning playwright relocated from New England. In addition to an MFA from Goddard College,Jean Ann was awarded a State of Connecticut Artistic Fellowship in Playwriting and studied Noh theater in Japan. She has worked as a newspaper, web, book, and magazine editor, and produced a summer Shakespeare tour. She sometimes teaches creative writing and, for about four years, she lived full-time in a Zen monastery and a Zen temple.

Jean Ann Wertz is a fiction writer, poet, and prize-winning playwright relocated from New England. In addition to an MFA from Goddard College,Jean Ann was awarded a State of Connecticut Artistic Fellowship in Playwriting and studied Noh theater in Japan. She has worked as a newspaper, web, book, and magazine editor, and produced a summer Shakespeare tour. She sometimes teaches creative writing and, for about four years, she lived full-time in a Zen monastery and a Zen temple.

Kim Garland  is a self-taught artist that began creating works on canvas ten years ago. Relocating from Burlington, VT, her background in social work and social justice plays into her art and her works usually serves as a commentary on US politics and who they relate to social justice issue. Kim loves to reuse and repurpose found materials in order create ecologically conscious art that has a unique aesthetic.

Kim Garland is a self-taught artist that began creating works on canvas ten years ago. Relocating from Burlington, VT, her background in social work and social justice plays into her art and her works usually serves as a commentary on US politics and who they relate to social justice issue. Kim loves to reuse and repurpose found materials in order create ecologically conscious art that has a unique aesthetic.

Shyla Sutton  is an art educator and multi- media artist from Goldsboro, North Carolina. She obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at the University of NC at Greensboro while earning her teaching certification. Shyla teaches art from the heart, building self-esteem in her students and challenging them to find their inner artist. Outside of the classroom, her work focuses on female reproduction and womanhood. She gains most of her inspiration from both past and present life experiences. Instagram:  @shyla_sutton_

Shyla Sutton is an art educator and multi- media artist from Goldsboro, North Carolina. She obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at the University of NC at Greensboro while earning her teaching certification. Shyla teaches art from the heart, building self-esteem in her students and challenging them to find their inner artist. Outside of the classroom, her work focuses on female reproduction and womanhood. She gains most of her inspiration from both past and present life experiences.
Instagram: @shyla_sutton_