Sabine E. Baeckmann
Sabine Baeckmann is a seasoned artist and designer with over 40 years experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts degree from Pace University, NY. Sabine has been a commissioned artist on various public art projects, such as the 2005 San Juan Mountains Association Pumas on Parade, the 2006 International Cow Parade in Denver, the Catskill Mountain Catn’ Around Catskill Project from 2007 through 2019, for which she has created 35 commissioned cats over the years. Now living in North Carolina, Sabine has been freelancing as a designer and on-line marketing consultant, and is working on her own paintings and illustrations. She currently is a member of the Wilmington Art Association and is a working studio associate at the ArtExposure Gallery in Hampstead. She has also participated exhibits, such as Art in the Arboretum and the 2019 Azalea Festival WAA Art Exhibit. Sabine’s artwork is being featured in the April, May and June 2019 Art Edit Editions of House & Garden Magazine. She teaches art privately and conducts art workshops, including watercolor, oils, acrylics as well as, painting on glass. View Sabine’s website www.sabinebaeckmannart.com or follow her on Instagram (@artlady622) or Facebook (SabineBaeckmannArt).
Ryan Berrigan (in collaboration with Danny Riley)
Ryan Berrigan is a professional artist from Omaha, Nebraska. Ryan moved to Wilmington almost 3-years ago and has since become more and more involved with the local art community. He received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha and worked for sculptor Matthew Plazcek for nearly 4 years, building monumental sized sculptures for locations all across the country. Ryan enjoys making artwork that engages the viewer’s imagination in a positive light. His sculptures often use discarded materials such as wood, rubber and glass to create art that is both unexpected and enjoyable. Recycling and the environment have always been important to Ryan and he plans to use materials that were recycled from the Wilmington area for this project. You can view Ryan’s website, here.
Britt Flood was born in Morristown, NJ in 1991 and was since raised in North Carolina, currently residing in Pittsboro, NC. Flood received a BFA in Studio Art from Appalachian State University in 2013, and has been an active studio artist, exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions in NC and being a selected artist for public art projects with City of Raleigh, City of Durham, and City of Goldsboro in 2018. Flood’s passion for public art has exploded over the past few years, and has a personal goal of becoming a full time public artist and muralist by age 30 in 2021. View Britt’s website here or follow her on or Facebook (Brittan.Flood.5)
Catherine Halecki has been a Visual Arts teacher since 2013, and is currently teaching at Myrtle Grove Middle School. She is originally from Wilmington, where she graduated from UNCW in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art, and continued her education through East Carolina University and Cape Fear Community College for her Arts Education degree. Catherine’s favorite artist is Minnie Evans, which influences her designs for pieces in the gardens. She also works in murals and small canvas paintings. You can follow her on Instagram @mermaidstones.
Laura received her BFA in photography from the Art Institute of Washington in 2013. Originally a photographer from Northern Virginia, Laura moved in June 2017 to Wilmington, North Carolina and decided to set up her own multimedia business. To Laura, her love of art is only rivaled by her love of animals. No matter what medium, she strives to capture the character of each animal subject. A firm believer in conservation and rescue efforts, Laura has worked with multiple non-profits with the aim of showing the outcomes of our work to save both wild and domestic animals. You can follow Laura on Facebook (mossyfoxstudio)Instagram (@mossyfoxstudio) or visit her artist website www.mossyfoxstudio.com
Courtney is 23 years old and has been painting all her life. She started out as a toddler painting the walls in her room (sorry mom and dad), but eventually moved on to more appropriate canvases. She has created her own business, Court Kap Art, where she paints custom pet portraits, and is currently in school studying Biochemistry. Acrylic paints are her favorite medium, but as far as she preferred canvas she says “I love to explore!”
Some of her favorite surface to paint on include: table tops, walls, stretched canvas, shoes, desks and much more. Artists who she loves and inspires her include Bob Ross, Frida Kahlo, and Chuck Close. Follow Courtney on Facebook (CortKapArt) or Instagram (@courtkapart).
Aiden Kenny is a portrait and scenic artist residing in Wilmington, NC. Her lifelong artistic pursuits have encompassed everything from portrait and fine art commissions, to film & theatre work and drawing & painting instruction. After completing her B.A. in Fine Art, she has periodically continued her education by studying with preeminent portrait artists, Nelson Shanks and Robert Liberace. She has work in private and corporate collections. View Aiden’s artist website, here.
Brooks Koff “paints with glass” creating unique stained-glass mosaics that beg for a sunny window to catch and transform light into brilliant color! Unlike traditional stained-glass work, her pieces are created without the use of patterns, giving her freedom to fully explore color and design. For nearly twenty years, Brooks volunteered as an art teacher at her children’s elementary school, New Horizons. In 2004, she was invited to be one of the contributing artists to the Minnie Evans Sculpture Garden at Airlie Gardens. She helped over 100 local students create the mosaic stepping stones that adorn the foundation and walkway into the chapel. She also created a tribute piece to Minnie Evans – a small mosaic wall around the back of the sculpture. You can follow Brooks on Instagram (@instigrammie).
Kristin McKiernan (in collaboration with Tara Sall)
Kristin is a native New Yorker who is now based near Wilmington, N.C. Kristin attended Marywood University where she studied painting. She mainly focuses on acrylic mediums, with an affinity for small details, color combinations and pops of texture. Kristin is also a licensed esthetician who works as a makeup artist combining her love of art and beauty. She works as a painter doing personal projects as well as commissions and has done illustration work on a children’s book. Kristin has been drawing and painting literally as long as she can remember, and sees art and creativity as an absolutely essential part of her life. You can follow Kristin on Instagram (@km.fineart.faceart), or on her website.
Tara Sall (in collaboration with Kristin McKiernan)
Tara is a Wilmington, NC, based artist of many mediums who finds influence and inspiration in nature and the creatures around her, including her beloved black rescue cat, Joey. She studied graphic design and illustration at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has practiced the art of makeup for the past 13 years, giving her artistic style a unique and colorful twist. Her approach to art is finding delight in the simple things and making grand gestures of color where it may not normally exist. You can follow Tara on Instagram (@dioxazinepurple).
Eirik Motz is a Wilmington, NC, based artist and a South East NC native. Mainly self taught, Eirik is proficient in many artistic styles but specializes in photorealism with graphite, pen and ink, and airbrushing. Early on Eirik was encouraged by family members and senior artists to pursue a career in art, carrying a pencil everywhere and drawing on anything he could find. His first paid commission was at age 12 for a series of portraits which set in motion a desire to support himself through his art which still resonates in his life today. As the owner and operator of Rare Air Werks, a custom paint shop focusing on motorcycles, hotrods and other types of vehicles, Eirik’s artistic talents are realized on a daily basis.
Mary E D Ryan
Mary E D Ryan has been a natural artist since she was old enough to pick up a paint brush. She has been making art for over five decades. She previously owned and operated a large gallery in New Hampshire representing herself and dozens of artists from emerging to renowned. Creating, curating, teaching, and exhibiting with a broad spectrum of artists, students, mediums, and styles lead her to significant understanding of the visual arts. Working with professional artists, art students, and art collectors resulted in an ever evolving personal style of art, and a quest for creative adventure. Her skills were acquired through practice including years of experimentation with multiple mediums. She creates a wide range of art from exquisitely small art tile jewelry to extremely large murals. Her passion and favorite art to create are larger works of art, especially public art murals that bring joy to volumes of people as they pass through these public spaces and places. Mary has a sense for how art impacts humanity through color and design, fostering a sense of joy. She makes art by commission to the specifications of clients an also from the wellspring of visions within her imagination. You can visit Mary’s website, here.
Matt’s love for different kinds of art started back in high school, his senior year consisted of 5 art classes, Social Studies and English. He began building holiday setups for malls then I moved on to custom cabinet making. His cabinet making skills led to an exciting job at the National Aquarium in Baltimore where for 12 years he built the exhibits. Matt moved to Wilmington, NC in 2001 and started building exhibits for a few local Museums. He has always been intrigued by different kinds of art and has made jewelry, sculpture, photography, quilting, stained glass, alcohol inks, and acrylic pouring. He absolutely loves trying to figure out how to do it. “I guess you can say I am a Jack of all kinds of art”.
Sloan Wright is a first grader at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, NC. She’s been an artist her whole life and loves to create in all types of mediums. She spends her spare time playing violin, piano and playing with her dog Rosebud. She loves being outside and has become dedicated to recycling and helping to keep our oceans clean. Sloan is honored to be chosen as one of the artists for this exhibit.