Meet the artists

Melvin Morris - Founder of Inner Peace Center for the Arts. This passionate and enthusiastic advocate for the arts is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Learning and working in a variety of art studies, painting became his primary concentration while incorporating sculpture as a secondary concentration.

“Painting is the medium that I use to express feelings that I would normally suppress and hide. My art revolves around personal experiences, memories and subjects that reflect or make reference to my culture, past and present. By immersing myself in these relationships, I am able to learn more about myself and the world around me.”

Burritt “Bucky” Benson III - This Lumberton native studied painting and digital arts in the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke under professors Tarleton Blackwell and John Antoine Labadie. In 2011, his painting titled “Winning” was showcased at the “State of the Art/Art of the State” exhibition at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina. In 2012, Burritt contributed an original three dimensional painted work to the “North Carolina Cow Parade” which was then exhibited at the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bucky’s “cow” art is now in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Zoo in Ashboro, North Carolina. Benson’s art has been the subject of international interest. In August of 2013, his paintings were featured in “The Lakeview International Journal of Literature & Arts, Vol. 1, No. 2.” In 2014, Bucky was commissioned to create original art for the NBC Sports Network Charlotte studio where Nascar America is produced. His original drawings and paintings have been in numerous exhibitions and arts publications and also reside in various private collections. Visit his website here to learn more and see some of his work!

Sara Voecks - Born and raised in rural Cass County, Iowa, Sara fell in love with photography while studying graphic design at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. After receiving her Associate’s degree in Graphic Communications, she worked as a commercial artist for a screen print company in Atlantic, IA while continuing to work freelance as a photographer. Sara has had the opportunity to shoot everything from portraiture, weddings, live music and other stage performances, and in various theatre venues.

Now located in Lumberton, NC with husband Eric Voecks and youngest daughter Chloe, Sara is the resident photographer/graphic artist for Inner Peace Center for the Arts. Some of her work can be found online here...

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