Denise was born in Canada and she studied at the University of Quebec in Montreal and Eastern Michigan University. She has entered her work in juried shows and won recognition for her art. Denise has exhibited her work for many years. Last year, Denise’s work was chosen by the 2018 Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Contest to be on display for a year. Denise has been painting or over 45 years using a variety of mediums, but oil paint it what is closest to her heart. She enjoys the discovery of what begins to appear on canvas, the mixing of colors and the smell of the oils. She uses a palette knife to apply her paint. She feels that painting is a form of meditation. Her emotions influence the colors. When she paints, time doesn’t exist, she is in a world of her own making and at peace. Denise hopes to share this feeling with others.
Drawing and Painting
Diana Johnson is a retired graphic designer. She moved to the Wake Forest area eight years ago from Florida. Diana moved for the change of seasons and the proximity to the mountains and the coast, which give her inspiration for her art. Her favorite medium is graphite pencil, but her other mediums are colored pencil, ink and watercolor. Her favorite subjects are animals and nature, especially trees. Most of her drawings of trees are a combination of the natural flow of nature and the influence Zen tangle. “I love color in nature, but sometimes it gets in the way of the inspiration or interrupts what I am trying to infuse in my art. So pen, ink, or graphite pencils are a wonderful way to show textures, movement and feelings.” Diana lives with her husband and cherished beagle. She has a grown daughter who also lives in the area.
Photography and Photoshop
Chris comes to Raleigh from Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA in Photography from SUNY Purchase before enlisting in the US Navy. Later, he earned his MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts in NYC. While considering himself well rounded in practice and technique, he is drawn towards candid imagery, political events, breaking news, and subcultures. In addition to his media work, Chris is an avid cyclist and bike racer who enjoys long-distance trail riding, thru-hiking and the outdoors. His work has been featured in numerous print and online publications such as Cosmopolitan, PDN, Feature Shoot, Bustle, We Call it Stitch, La Republicca and Il Post.
As a professional writer for the past four decades, native New Yorker June Guralnick has created fifteen full-length plays and performance projects (produced throughout the country and published by a variety of presses). Additionally June has written poetry, creative non-fiction, and blog posts (currently writing monthly blogs for ICWP). June has taught creative writing and drama at various colleges (she is presently a part of the creative writing faculty at Central Carolina Community College) and she has participated as a teaching artist with select residency programs, including the North Carolina Arts Council Visiting Artist Program, Artist-in-Residence program at Rockingham Community College, and an Artist-in-Residence serving select school systems in North Carolina. Her residencies have had a life-changing impact on her work, and it has been a personal goal to ’pay-it-forward’ working with non-writers to express their life journey — and creative vision.
Recently, June has directly worked with veterans through a year-long series of interviews conducted as part of a process creating her play, ACROSS THE HOLY TELL (about a female veteran returning home from the Iraq War). June has created critically-acclaimed, large-scale outreach projects devoted to the goal of inspiring community identity and reflection.
June’s work has been performed at venues in the U.S. including the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement Theatre (NY), Spirit Square (NC), Equity Library Theatre (NY), Bethany Arts Center (CA), Burning Coal Theatre (NC), Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (NC), AS220 (RI), North Carolina Museum of Art – and beamed to the Space Station! Plays include MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD, CONTAINMENTS: THE HOME PROJECT Part II, IN GOLD WE TRUST (with Guy Nickson), ART TALES OF THADDEUS, WOMEN OF THE LIGHT (with Cynthia Mitchell), SPACE INTERLUDE, FINDING CLARA, ACROSS THE HOLY TELL, ON THE DREAMHOUSE SEA, BIRDS OF A FEATHER: A COMEDY ABOUT DE-EXTINCTION, and current work-in-progress, LITTLE ♀. June’s work has been published by North Carolina Literary Review, Playwrights’ Center (Monologues-Heinemann Press), Blackbird Press, Smith & Kraus, Red Clay Review, Applause Books, Murze, and Left Curve. In 2020, Applause Books will be publishing a selection from June’s newest play in its upcoming BEST MONOLOGUES collection.