Nic Johnson

Nic Johnson (gay/black/he/him/his) is a creative writer and marketing consultant with over ten years of experience. He has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nic has managed marketing campaigns for nonprofits, fundraisers,  community events, and a local election. Today, he publishes a monthly column, Waking Up to the Arts, highlighting the art of Orange County, NC. And serves on the Chapel Hill Cultural Arts Commission, a public art advisory board for town and staff.

When not creating, Nic loves food and wine, good conversation with friends, and wandering in community or on a trail.

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Mayah Collins

Mayah S. Collins is a visionary leader, passionate storyteller, and the driving force behind Fruit of May — a dynamic lifestyle media company based in

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Maria Tavarez

Maria Tavarez is a self-taught expressionist abstract artist pulling influences from Georgia O’KEEFE, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, and Paul Cézzane. Maria’s medium of choice is

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