Dalton Carter: Film
Dalton Carter is a local filmmaker hailing from Muskogee, OK. His works include short films, commercials and documentaries. He has worked on several TV productions for ABC, CNN, SKY, HGTV and Discovery networks. When Dalton is not filming, he is busy promoting the art of independent film in the community as well as at film festivals. In addition to the Homegrown in the Garden committee he also serves on the Sustainable Sandhills – Sustainable Saturdays Film Series committee. Dalton is currently in the development stages of his next documentary project, which focuses on an uncommon friendship between two women.
Brittany McNeal: Blogger
Anna Fiore: Movement
Founder of A la Fiore Arts, Anna Fiore is a community artist and educator who specializes in the realm of movement. With an extensive and unconventional background in various fitness and artistic disciplines, Anna brings a unique character to her work. As a teacher and performer, she specializes in yoga, latin dance, acroyoga, and aerial acrobatics. Additionally, in 2012 Anna graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Arts Management. She has produced several artistic events in the community and is dedicated to using the arts as a means of building collaboration between artists and bringing people together.
LeJuane “El’Ja” Bowens: Spoken Word
LeJuane “El’Ja” Bowens is a motivational speaker, poet, author, Comic Con panelist and workshop facilitator who has performed in numerous slams and featured across the US along with being the 1st poet to have his work in the Obama Art Museum located in Raleigh, NC (the 1st and only of its kind in North Carolina).El’Ja is also the author of the poetry book, ” So Many Things to Say: A Collection of Poems”, and his newest book, “Anywhere…But Here”. As of 2016, he was the recipient of the Rising Star Male Poet Award for the State of North Carolina and overall recipient of the award for the 2016 GANSPA Awards.
Kellie Artis: Military
William Johnson: Music
Composer and percussionist William Johnson was born in Waukegan, Illinois and raised in Southern California. William has produced and released three solo albums and recorded on over two dozen music projects across the globe, receiving positive press on top Latin jazz websites, and radio air play throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Having spent eight years in the Air Force, William traveled extensively across the globe and developed a love for diverse forms of music. Drawing upon his Latin heritage, he began to study the congas and bongos, which later developed into a passion for a number of other cultural styles. With over twenty years of music experience, William has shared the stage and performed with internationally renown musicians. In 2009 William started a percussion instruction podcast that grew to reach thousands across the globe and founded the yearly worship event Heartbeat for Worship, which ran from 2007-2013. William Johnson graduated from Fayetteville State University with a bachelor of arts in history, and completing an MA in ethnomusicology from Liberty University early fall of 2017. William is a registered NARAS (Grammy Awards) voting member of the Nashville, TN chapter and regularly works as an independent recording session musician out of his personal recording studio in Pinehurst, NC. William continues to instruct classes, private lessons, clinics and master classes in college campuses, music stores, schools, and online to students of all ages.
Sandra Dee: Visual Arts
Sandra Dee is a Fayetteville native and Army brat who spent 16 years living and working in Los Angeles as a “Decorative Artist” and muralist to many Hollywood celebrities. Shortly after arriving to L.A., her work was featured on “Oprah” and in the years that followed, she masterfully completed many art projects in a wide variety of styles. In 2012, she opened a “Tiny but Mighty” art studio downtown at 235 Old Street, where she teaches art and paints custom commissions. Sandra Dee is proud to introduce some of her youngest and best students at the “Homegrown Artists In the Garden” event. Her students have ranged in age from 3 years old to 98 years young. “Life is art and art is life…and it’s for everyone.”