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

Brittany started two companies in 2017 that exudes her true passions in life. MARZ Events, LLC is an event planning company that specializes in effectively executing events and providing affordable event services. MARZ On The Move is a lifestyle blog that allows her to share her travels, family, and her fashion.
Brittany McNeal, is a military spouse, who studied Marketing, Communications, and Retail Merchandising at Ohio University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Event Planning. With 7 years of professional event planning experience, Brittany moved to the south with her husband. Brittany and her husband are both from the north so exploring new cultures and cities in the south is what they do best. Brittany and her husband love traveling and discovering new restaurants, breweries, and things to do!

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

Kellie Artis is an Army spouse, military advocate, and writer. She is the director of communications and business development for MILLIE, a startup focused on easing the stress of PCS’ing on military families. Kellie is also the managing editor of The MILLIE Journal, in which role she encourages and empowers military spouses to share stories about how they overcome the challenges of military life.
Kellie serves on the board of the Military Family Advisory Network, a nonprofit committed to connecting military families with the resources they need to thrive. In addition, she is also a board member of a veteran-owned arts nonprofit called Child of this Culture. The group teaches kids, typically in military communities, methods of self-expression through early exposure to the arts, focusing on the positive aspects of hip-hop culture. Kellie has a Bachelor of Arts in corporate communication from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She currently resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband and two young children. When she’s not working remotely from a local coffee shop, you’ll most certainly find her on her front porch with a book and a glass of iced tea.

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.”