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.

JUNE GURALNICK

Writing

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.

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.

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.