CURRENTLY, ALL NINE OF THE ACWC'S STUDIOS ARE RENTED. PLEASE CONTACT THE ACWC IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.
STUDIO ARTIST INFORMATION:
MARILUE COOK - STUDIO #1
Marilue Cook, a pediatrician and avid traveler, is the newest addition to our studios, and our only resident photographer! Being in medicine for over 25 years, Marilue says she has mostly “left-brained,” focusing on the more scientific and technological aspects of the world. Using the other half of the brain with photography helps her feel fulfilled. Her goal in photography is to evoke a response from the viewer— whether that be a memory of a place once visited, a hope of discovery and wanderlust, or a stimulation of one of our senses. According to Marilue, she uses her photography skills to “try to depict a moment of time, something that may appear ordinary but from an unusual perspective becomes extraordinary, as well as commenting on the beauty in the mundane.” The story behind the name of her photography business, Cherche Midi, is a prime example of what Marilue draws her inspiration from. The Rue du Cherche-Midi in Paris is her “happy place,” and she hopes that her photography will encourage others to go explore their surroundings to find that perfect place as well. http://cherchemidiphotography.com/
Christy is a self-taught artist, raised as an Air Force brat, spending most of her formative years in Okinawa and the Philippines. This is where she learned to love and embrace the differences and the sameness in all cultures. Her education is in Interior design but she found her interest and curiosity centered around the visual arts and artists. Christy works in acrylic, pastel, Alcohol ink, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor and oil. She loves color and contrast and compares creating art to a dance between her and the canvas. Her work can be found hanging in homes all over the USA and as far away as Belize.
Winford humbly acknowledges receiving multiple art awards and high acclaim as an art protégé during his early youth, culminating with an art scholarship to the prestigious Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio.
Professionally educated and trained, Winford, is a contemporary world-class artist well known for his explosive use of color and composition. His work is actively collected by top financiers, executives, and some of the best known sports celebrities in the world. His work emphasizes the effect of powerful and explosive color within the content of composition and light. The color he uses is always strong and bright and applied in blocks over large areas of the canvas. Color contrast and harmonies create solid eye-catching compositions that influence the viewer directly.
Winford’s celebrity collectors include Michael Jordan, Franco Harris, and Alanzo Mourning, to name a few.
ANTHONY SMITH - STUDIO # 4
Anthony L Smith, a native of New Bern, North Carolina now resides in Goldsboro and is currently stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Anthony is married with two children and two furry friends. Anthony specializes in lifestyle photography. He developed his passion for photography after traveling throughout Europe, while living in Germany. Learn more about Anthony at AnthonyLSmithphotography.com
SUZIE PALMER - STUDIO #5
Susan Palmer is a self-taught local artist from Pikeville, NC, who loves to sprinkle fun, laughter, joy, happiness, and a lot of color into everything she does. The beauty of the ocean, the beach, the smell of salty air, and the whimsical “flip-flop” lifestyle are some of her inspirations. Glassware, various wood pieces and small furniture provide great vehicles for her to share her passion. The desire to spread whimsy and bring sunshine to others led her to begin Suzy’s Sunshine. Her latest endeavor is “Sip-N-Sunshine", where she provides fun classes to teach other how to create their own colorful & whimsical art. Susan is originally from Clinton, MD, and moved to NC in 1988 to attend Appalachian State University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in public relations. In 2012 she graduated from Colorado Technical University with a Master's degree in business administration. She is married to local chiropractor, Dr. Wayne Palmer, and they have 3 children. Visit her website at suzysunshine.com.
MARTHA KORNEGAY - STUDIO #6
Artist Martha Kornegay has been creating art since childhood. According to Martha, “art is something within me that I have to express visually.” She also uses art as a way to catalog life experiences and travels. The style of her art ranges from realistic to abstract of playful. Taking art classes with many famous artists such as Robert McCormick, Tom Lynch, Sterling Edwards and local artist, Pat Turlington Dees have influenced her art, but Martha’s greatest inspiration is the Impressionists.
After graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in fine arts, she started her career as a registered nurse and worked as an R.N. for 25 years. Martha returned to the arts later in life, after she realized it wasn’t too late to follow her dream. Part of the original Art Studio 102 artist group, Martha has been in residence the longest out of our current studio artists. She is often in her studio working on commissioned artworks, enjoying the background “music” of the ACWC office: laughter, children, violin, and piano; and having people peek in her window to catch a glimpse at what she is painting!
TOMEKA ATKINSON - STUDIO #10
Creative professional, founder of TA·Design Studios, and owner of Akemot Creative Group, Tomeka Atkinson put her God-given talent into action, and the results have been successful. From Pre-K fingerpainting, she's always been heavily involved in the arts. She continued to take art classes in elementary school and at the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County, entering and winning contests furthering her desire to "do" art. By the time she graduated from high school, she had received over $50,000 in scholarships to various art institutions. She graduated from the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, earning her BFA in Communications Design with a minor in Art History. After years of heavy freelancing and working for companies large and small, Tomeka jumped into the entrepreneurial side of the design business. In 2012, she incorporated her business, TA·Design Studios, LLC, in North Carolina. Last month, she moved her home-based business into a creative studio at the Arts Council of Wayne County and changed her business name to Akemot Creative Group.
AZLEA HUBBARD - STUDIO #14
Josiah King (b. 1989) earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016, after obtaining an art degree from the University of Mount Olive in 2012. King’s paintings are largely focused on finding interesting yet typically unnoticed moments from his everyday surroundings. His work has been shown in many public venues, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Greenville Museum of Art, North Carolina Contemporary Art Museum, United States Capitol Building in Washington DC, and the Erie Art Museum. King’s work received special honors in Self, Observed, an artists’ exhibition held in conjunction with the Rembrandt in America exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art. He is the recipient of the Congressional Art Award, which reserved an exhibition spot in the Congressional Building in Washington D.C. for one year. King’s paintings have been included in the Chimera 13 Art Journal and featured on the cover of Voices Journal. King is an adjunct art professor at the University of Mount Olive.
To view more of his work, visit: www.JosiahKing.com