BOARD PRESIDENT & GALLERY DIRECTOR
Jessica DeHart grew up in southwestern Virginia, with her parents and two brothers. She attended Roanoke College and graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in Art, with a concentration in painting and drawing, and a Minor in Art History.
After college, Jessica relocated to North Carolina where she worked full-time while still studying and pursuing her art.
In 2009, Jessica was able to venture into her art full-time and also moved to Mooresville where she soon became a Member of Mooresville Arts. Throughout the years, she has become more involved with the organization, from coordinating life drawing sessions to chairing exhibits to serving on the Board of Directors for eight years. She enjoys being a part of the local arts organization and the Mooresville community.
Jessica’s art focuses on painting and drawing, and her preferred subject matter is portraiture; her work has been featured in many exhibits and she has also received national recognition for her work. She lives with her fiancé, Billy and their animals, Ashton, Toby & Elon.
BOARD TREASURER & EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Originally from western North Dakota, Linda Fossum eventually moved to Wisconsin where she taught junior high school for 6 years. She returned to college to obtain her second Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and accounting. After working for Land ‘O Lakes in the accounting department.
Linda later accepted a position with the Target Corporation. While there she worked in Information Technology (IT) as a liaison between IT and the accounting and store departments. She continued her career in IT and Education for several nationally known corporations: Carlson Companies, Deluxe Check, Fortis, and First Data where she became the Director of Education.
After several decades working in IT departments for major US corporations, Linda discovered that drawing for a few minutes every evening reduced her stress significantly. By accessing the creative side of the brain, the more technical IT work became easier and even more fun.
Linda began painting watercolors in 1995. Painting florals in particular, explores her interpretation of the amazing variety and beauty of nature that captured her interest and has never let go.
BOARD VICE PRESIDENT & GIFT SHOP COORDINATOR
After Suzy Czerwinski, a lifelong artist, retired from her career in Federal law enforcement she found an opportunity to put a brush to canvas again. She furthered her artistic studies under the guidance of such artists as Joye Moon, Jean Haines, and Fred Graff.
Suzy has found invaluable exposure to innovative techniques and talents of fellow artists through former involvement with the Elephant Ear Art Gallery, West Texas Watercolor Society, Sumter Artists' Guild, Sumter County Gallery of Art, South Carolina Watermedia Society (Member with Excellence), and currently at Mooresville Arts.
Suzy’s art has been exhibited at various venues, including solo exhibits at the University of South Carolina, Sumter campus, and currently at a local Edward Jones office. She has held workshops for both children and adults in South Carolina.
Suzy’s more recent works have been experimental with poured acrylic and acrylic ink. Her subject matter is eclectic, emphasizing the whimsical and nostalgic. She continues to experiment, especially in an effort to capture the effects of light on subjects and with different media, including scratchboard, Yupo, wax with oil, and poured acrylic. “Creativity can be exciting or frustrating, but never boring!”!
Val Mace was raised in Fort Lauderdale and took a vacation with friends to North Carolina in 1982. She moved to Mooresville in 1983, never looked back and raised two sons here. After 38 years she still loves being a resident of Mooresville.
Val worked for Southern Bell/Bellsouth/ATT until 2014. Her last position was as Project Manager II, handling some of their largest customers across the US. She loved it as it was always changing and certainly challenging.
Since retirement, Val and her husband have traveled and welcomed two grandchildren into the family. She started painting "on a whim" with tElie Bou Zeidan, at Studio Elie. Vale loves to paint and has been painting in acrylic and oil ever since learning techniques from Ms. Zeidan.
BOARD MEMBER & MARKETING DIRECTOR
Andy has worked in the printing, communications and marketing industry for over 25 years. He is the general manager of PostNet LKN Mooresville.
Andy's experience includes graphic's director for KataVolt Media, director of franchise support & print Operations for PostNet International Franchise Corp, and communications director for Yorba Linda Friends Church. He also has provided consulting for information technology, network, phone systems, marketing, graphics/design and professional photography.
Andy and his family moved to Mooresville in 2018 from Colorado. He and his wife Lisa have four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. The youngest two are twins (girl and boy) and actually have different birthdays. Andy is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
BOARD MEMBER & BUILDING/GROUNDS DIRECTOR
Chris was born and raised in Michigan. He studied commercial art and has been an artist since he can remember. For the last 25 years, Chris has worked in home remodeling, construction and maintenance. He moved to North Carolina in 2008 and became a Mooresville resident in 2010.
Chris made his way to Mooresville Arts by another artist who invited him to join an exhibition. Since that time he has volunteered on numerous projects, served as vice president in 2012 and then as president shortly thereafter.
Chris is the chair of the Building & Grounds Committee and was the construction leader on the Warehouse to Center Gallery Renovation Project in 2018-19. He continues to serve as a board member.
His artwork is inspired by boldly colored landscape images. He mentally processes those images and transforms them into abstract versions using mixed media. Chris uses oil as the prominent medium as well as some silver, copper and gold leaf, drywall compound, resin and acrylics.
BOARD MEMBER & MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Gina Marques is originally from Massachusetts and has now lived in the Lake Norman area of NC since 2005. She has explored many art forms from 2D and 3D mediums, to performance arts like music and dance. Photography, ceramics, and acrylic painting are what she practices most.
Currently she paints commissioned pieces from pet portraits to landscapes, and collaborates with her husband on projects including pottery, woodworking, and 3D printing.
In 2014 She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Carolina University, with a concentration in studio art, and an emphasis in photography. Around this time is when she started becoming involved with Mooresville Arts by entering work into shows and becoming a member.
Over the years she became more involved by volunteering to help with exhibits and events and eventually chairing the Annual Photography Show. She has now been the photography show chairperson since 2018. Gina took on the role of MA Membership Director in 2020
Originally from Southcentral Michigan, Celeste Badr moved to North Carolina in 2006 and became a resident of Mooresville in 2014.
Celeste worked in community college development for 20 years. Her experience includes strategic planning, fundraising, educational and alumni program management, marketing and public relations. She holds a MPA in Nonprofit Leadership & Management and a BA in Public Relations.
Celeste enjoys quilting and embroidering along with photography and other "artsy" adventures. She lives in Mooresville with her husband, Hef, two little dogs and Larry the Cat. Together they have four children and two grandchildren. They enjoy traveling to visit all of their family and friends whenever they get the chance.
Jessica is a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in Marketing. Originally from Florida, she made her way to the Carolina's and has called Lake Norman home for over 10 years.
While not an artist herself she has always appreciated the arts and admired the artists behind the work. She finds satisfaction in her work to connect the community to an art center like Mooresville Arts, and loves to see local artists celebrated both socially & financially in order to continue to reward their expression and talents.
Jessica currently lives in Mooresville, NC with her two daughters, Ella, and, Harper, who both attend summer camps at the depot and participate in the annual Youth Art Show hosted at the gallery.
VOLUNTEER EVENTS COORDINATOR
Brenda Kadlecik was born in New Jersey and raised in Winston Salem, NC. She attended UNC Greensboro and earned two separate Bachelor of Science degrees in Interior Architecture and Human Development and Family Studies.
Brenda became a member of Mooresville Arts in 2015 as she was in search of a place to display and sell her artwork. She enjoy painting flowers, nature scenes and abstract in both watercolor and acrylic. As a member, she soon found that the organization is a supportive environment of artists, members, and patrons.
Brenda's involvement with Mooresville Arts has included volunteering as a docent, helping with special events and opportunities, being a member of the board as secretary and recently as event coordinator. "It is rewarding to see the positive impact on artists, our youth and the community as the organization continues to grow."
Brenda presently lives in Mooresville with her husband Michael, and two teens, Thomas and Sarah.
VOLUNTEER SATELLITE GALLERIES COORDINATOR
Brenda Pokorny is a mosaic artist in Mooresville, NC. She received a BFA from Miami University, with a concentration in textile design, and began her career in the design studio of the largest wallpaper manufacturer in the US. After 5 years there, and 10 years managing her own textile design business, she started playing around with mosaic, and was an instant convert.
Brenda finds inspiration in gardens and nature, mazes, labyrinths, and mandalas. These interests have taken her around the globe exploring gardens, hedge mazes, labyrinths, gothic and renaissance cathedrals, and the mosaics of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.
Brenda's goal in creating mosaics is to produce art that adds beauty and brings joy. She hopes to have more opportunities to create large-scale public artworks that can involve communities in their creation, and can beautify spaces enjoyed by everyone.