Marilue is 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
Keena is a military veteran and a special occasion designer for women and girls. Her handmade garments are up-scaled items designed in her studio; she is involved in everything from concept to production. Keen's custom-made creations are often inspired by the classic elegance of the 50s and the free spirited bohemian style of the 60s. Email with any ideas or custom requests of shop at www.etsy.com/shop/keenadove.
Owner of Stacia Jeanne Apparel
Born in beautiful Ocean Springs, Mississippi and raised in Pensacola, Florida. I am a fashion loving beach girl. I have a degree in Apparel Design and Technology from Florida State University. Interned with Donna Karen women's ready-to-wear in New York. I have owned and managed an alterations and custom design shop. I am also an art and sewing educator, I have taught for public schools, private lessons, homeschoolers and adults of all ages. I have always had a passion for art and fashion design. I love to create beautiful items that bring joy to others. I am inspired by beauty, romance, and happiness in all forms.
Currently, I am working on my own Fall and Spring fashion collection from my studio at Wayne County Arts Council.
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
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!
Karin is an artist that works in many mediums. After graduating from Meredith College with Visual Arts and Psychology Degrees, she worked with a Commercial Photographer for several years before meeting her husband Andy. With Andy, she left land-life and delivered sailboats around the world for 4 years. The sights she saw when on the water and in ports-of-call left vivid memories and re-ignited her love of nature in new ways. You will see that influence in all her work. She also likes to re-purpose items into her work, finding new ways to use ordinary objects. Karin is happy to be back at the Arts Council. She has fond memories of taking art classes way back when the Arts Council was on Lionel Street.
Ingrid creates baskets from coiled, waxed, and lined reed. Additionally, she enjoys working with natural mediums; she is a skilled knitter and wreath-maker. She also creates unique ornaments. Recently, lace knitting has become her favorite hobby.
Ingrid heads up the Knitting Club that meets every Tuesday at 6pm here at the Arts Council. For more information on the Knitting Club call 919-736-3300.
Abbigail is a Goldsboro artist. She is high school senior with plans for pursuing a fine arts degree. Having the benefit of passionate and kind art teachers she has developed a love for teaching young artists fundamental drawing. She is self-taught, as well as having art instruction in watercolor, pastel, and acrylic from local artists. Her early art was very influenced by the world of graphic arts and Manga which she is happy to share with her young drawing students as well as traditional drawing. She is currently focused on pastel portraiture and gaining greater technical skills in drawing and watercolor. She enjoys participating and contributing in Arts Council events and projects where she is continually inspired by the local artist community.
Please contact 919-920-8585 or for information about fundamental drawing lessons or to commission pastel portraiture.