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KRISTIN HELBERG

KRISTIN HELBERG

Artist Work

A Dream at Dawn
2010
oil on canvas
22” x 29”
Edgar Allan Poe
2012
acrylic on canvas
20 1/2" x 25"
Robert Johnson
2009
acrylics on canvas
22’' x 27”
Topiary and Urn Chest
2009
artist acrylics
23” high x 37” long x 16” deep
Rufus Porter chest
2009
Old chest from 1860 with new vinegar paint
18"D x 21"H x 35"L
Go Down Moses
2012
acrylic on canvas
24" x 24 "

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I love to tell a story with my paintings. Ideas come to me from many sources. There are many flying images in my paintings because I have so many flying dreams. Because my style is Naive, my artwork blends well with Early American decorative furniture. I have learned the Early American art of vinegar-graining and I often combine Naive vignettes on the grained chests and boxes. Whenever possible, I try to procure old chests and boxes in Pennsylvania and give them a new life with my decorative work.I love to tell a story with my paintings. Ideas come to me from many sources. There are many flying images in my paintings because I have so many flying dreams. Because my style is Naive, my artwork blends well with Early American decorative furniture. I have learned the Early American art of vinegar-graining and I often combine Naive vignettes on the grained chests and boxes. Whenever possible, I try to procure old chests and boxes in Pennsylvania and give them a new life with my decorative work.

Artist Bio

Baltimore artist, Kristin Helberg, makes her home and studio in the Fells Point area of the City. Her work is included in private Folk Art collections in Europe,Japan and Chili. Michelle Pfieffer, Andre Cordrescu and Nien Cheng own her paintings as well as the ABC television network, which featured her artwork on the sets of "All My Children". She is currently represented by the American Folk Art Gallery in Asheville, N.C.as well as the Gallery on Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg,VA. Her painted furniture has been featured at ABC Home in New York City. Her vinegar-grained boxes are currently sold in the gift shops at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. as well as the Abbey Aldrich Folk Art Museum In Williamsburg, VA. In 2001, Kristin participated in the Fish Out of Water Project in the Inner Harbor n Baltimore. Her creation, entitled Conefish, received the highest bid of $22,500 during the art auction at the Walters Art Museum. All proceeds were used for art programs for inner city children. In the fall of 2003,one of her paintings was chosen for the permanent collection of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas which can be seen on her website at www.kristinhelberg.com. In May of 2011, her portrait of Grandma Moses was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian to become part of their permanent collection. As part of the artist-in-reidency program with the Maryland State Arts Council, Kristin has worked with school children, creating over 80 permanent murals in Maryland schools. She is currently conducting a series of vinegar-graining demonstrations at the Tucker House in Colonial Williamsburg.