The Delaware Discoveries Trail showcases unique artwork from national and local artists. Each concept was inspired by Delaware’s landscapes and each destination. Here is a look at the incredible artists.
- 1ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage1Kelsey MontagueBombay Hook National Wildlife RefugeLocation: Smyrna, DEBig Chill Beach ClubLocation: Bethany Beach, DE
Kelsey is one of very few artists who are exploring how public art, interactive art and social media intersect. She believes that art should not be separated from the human experience. Instead the human experience should have a hand in creating the art itself.
Kelsey creates large scale, interactive street murals around the world. Kelsey has created work in Cape Town, Galway, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Manchester and New York City (among others). Each piece provides an opportunity for people to become a ‘living work of art.’ Participants are encouraged to post pictures with the work on social media under the hashtag #whatliftsyou with the intent of making social media a kinder place.
Her work has been featured by Taylor Swift, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Smithsonian and The Today Show.
With over 140,000 followers Kelsey uses her Instagram to continue to explore how art can, and should, weave itself into our daily lives.
Website - Kelsey Montague Art
- 2ImageImageImageImage2Leah BeachHagley Museum and LibraryLocation: Wilmington, DE
Leah Beach has dedicated her life to the idea that art can change the world and artists are the workforce that will do that. She is a visual artist, photojournalist, and founder of a community arts non-profit called the Developing Artist Collaboration.
Leah discovered that using her creative vision she was able to sustainably impact communities all across the globe. She discovered that simple graphic design, photography, and painting skills can uplift communities by giving them valuable resources, awareness with integrity, and creative community development.
Leah Beach lives in Dewey Beach, Delaware and when she's not running the DAC, she is a professional mural artist creating murals from small intimate private home murals to the side of a hotel in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
Website - Something Different Art
- 3ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage3Laura EricksonDelaware Art MuseumLocation: Wilmington, DERiverfront Wilmington - Delaware Children's MuseumLocation: Wilmington, DE
Laura is an artist based in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She studied Studio Art at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington as well as the Santa Repartata School of International Art in Florence.
Her creative process evolved by experimenting with bold colors, portraits, paint application, reduction and finally movement though pattern and layers. She finds inspiration from nature, textiles, people, her travels and laughter.
“I hope to create space and freedom with my paintings. Room to breathe. To appreciate the succulent flavors of life.”
Website - Laura Erickson Art
- 4ImageImageImageImageImageImage4Michael JohnsonDE TurfLocation: Federica, DEMispillion River BrewingLocation: Milford, DE
Growing up in the shore break of Slower Lower Delaware, Mike found a home within the beach culture. Now a bit older, he has brought that culture into his work. Making cool designs, illustrations, and branding for clients as a freelance artist is an exhilarating ride, but just as rewarding because he loves every moment of it. It's like he is a kid body boarding in the surf, not wanting to get out because there's always another wave or project to look forward to each day.
Website - Mikejo Designs
- 5ImageImageImageImage5Christian KanienbergCape May-Lewes FerryLocation: Lewes, DE
Christian Kanienberg is more often recognized as the creative force behind WISH Unlimited. This art services company is based in Bellefonte of North Wilmington, and has offered custom design and fabrication services for over fifteen years. Trained as both a muralist, sculptor, and as a general contractor, Christian is a true jack-of-all-trades when it comes to creating and making art. He has provided design and build services for companies like State Farm, Nike, Disney, ABC, and the Philadelphia Flower Show where he has been an award-winning exhibitor for more than the last decade.
Website - Wish Unlimited
- 6ImageImageImageImageImageImage6Natalia CiriacoTown of WyomingLocation: Wyoming, DE
Natalia Ciriaco has been an art teacher in Delaware for the past 20 years. She currently teaches art at Newark Charter School, grades 4-6. She also has her own art business, Natalia Ciriaco Fine Artist, where she sells paintings and creates custom art for clients. She loves to paint in the Impressionist style of art. Her favorite subjects to paint are beaches, landscapes, and flowers. This mural has been a great opportunity for her to share her style, and her love of landscapes and flowers. Natalia grew up on a 20 acre farm in Maryland, and was inspired by nature. She is excited to share her colorful art with the Town of Wyoming, De.
Website - Natalia Ciriaco Fine Artist
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