MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

CHRISTOPHER JANARO

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.

FLOSSIE HOY

Photography

Florence Hoy is the daughter of a 20+ year veteran of the Air Force who served during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. She is a retired art teacher with 22 years of experience. She began teaching art in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1988. Flossie retired from full time teaching in 2010. She received her BFA from Bridgewater College, VA.  She was certified in Art K-12 from James Madison University. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing a Masters of Art. She attended Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. and the North Carolina State University for course work in Photography and computer graphics. Flossie completed training in both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the Middle Years Program.  She taught Studio Art, IB art, B&W photography, Digital photography, Computer Graphics, and Animation. She was a member of the Fairfax Education Association (FEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). She served as Department Chair for over half of her teaching career. She wrote a grant proposal in partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a project called “Bridging 2 Communities: Developing Friendship and Photographs. The initiative resulted in 56 inner-city 4th grade and rural high school students’ work exhibited at the National Museum of Women the Arts. Flossie was a Docent for the North Carolina Museum of Art, conducting tours for school-age students. She currently resides in Greenville, SC.

DIANA JOHNSON

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 of 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.

JUNE GURALNICK

Writing

A professional writer for four decades, native New Yorker June Guralnick has created fifteen full-length plays and performance projects produced throughout the country and published by various presses. June has also written poetry, creative non-fiction, and blog posts, and taught creative writing and drama at colleges including North Carolina State University, St. Andrews Presbyterian College and Guilford Technical Community College. Serving with distinction the arts field; June’s past positions include National Endowment for the Arts Theatre Administration Fellows, Executive Director of the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, North Carolina Arts Council Theatre Arts Director, and City of Raleigh Arts Commission Executive Director. 

June’s arts residencies, including three years as a North Carolina Arts Council Visiting Artist, have had a life-changing impact on her work. Collaborating with diverse populations, she has created critically-acclaimed, large-scale outreach projects devoted to the goal of strengthening community connection and reflection through the arts. With a personal goal to pay-it-forward, June has been a passionate advocate for the importance of non-writers to capture their life journey through poetry, stories, and dramas. 

Working with veterans through a year-long series of interviews conducted as part of the process creating her play, Across the Holy Tell (about a female veteran returning home from the Iraq War), June currently teaches creative writing classes at The Joel Fund as well as leading writing classes for active military, veterans, and caregivers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

June’s work has been performed at theatres around the country 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), the North Carolina Museum of Art – and beamed to the Space Station! June’s dramas have been published by North Carolina Literary Review, Playwrights’ Center (Monologues-Heinemann Press), Blackbird Press, Smith & Kraus, Red Clay Review, Applause Books, and Murze. Most recently, Applause Books has published selections from June’s play Birds of a Feather, and speeches from June’s new play, LITTLE ♀, are featured in the just released Smith & Kraus publication, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 2020.

Awards for June’s plays include the Silver Medal-Pinter Drama Review Prize, North Carolina Arts Council Literature Fellowship, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre New Plays winner, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Writing Fellowship, Hambidge Center for the Arts Writer-in-Residence, Writer-in-Residence at Wildacres Retreat, Artist-in-Residence at Azule Arts, United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County Regional Artist Grant, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar. Additionally, June was Runner-Up for the Tyrone Guthrie Center VCCA Fellowship, and earned Second Place for the Judith Royer Award in Playwriting Excellence. 

For more information about June’s background, visit https://juneguralnick.com.

REUBEN MABRY

Painting and Drawing

Originally from Tennessee, Reuben grew up in a multicultural (Korean American) and military family. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2008 with a BA in Studio Art concentrating in painting. After college, he was commissioned into the US Army as a helicopter pilot and served over eight years on Active Duty. He also served overseas three times, once in Korea and twice in Afghanistan. He is a graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill’s MFA program in studio arts. Reuben’s work has been exhibited throughout the Triangle and Southern Region of the US. His practice focuses on examining systems of power and reshaping them through representations of symbols, signs and objects, and manifested by acts of drawing and painting.