Dena Reese-Booze is a self-taught artist residing and working in North Carolina. After raising a family and establishing a career in the legal field as a paralegal, she wanted to return to her love of creative expression. Throughout the years she focused her attention on writing, publishing her first book of poetry in 2015. Looking for a new creative outlet, she began experimenting with watercolor in 2019 and eventually settled into abstract expressionism. Dena entered her first art competition in 2021 and was chosen as a finalist in the 4th Annual Women Artists Art Competition Art Exhibition held by Fusion Art. She primarily works in acrylic, spray paint, and graphite. Through those mediums, she depicts her interpretations of herself, her community, and society. She wants her art to tell a story through shapes and movements of her observations and connections to her surroundings. Dena hopes that her pieces cause the viewer to stop and reflect on their connections to themselves and the world around them.
Michele Messer is a North Carolina native, attending UNCG and graduating in 2015 with a BFA in sculpture and ceramics. She is founder and past director of the ceramics department at Forge Greensboro makerspace. As an interdisciplinary artist, Michele works in wood, clay, ink, and digital media.