Name: Barbara Hengstenberg
Occupation: Founder and Artist, WildesArt; Board Member, North Carolina Arts Incubator
Place of Residence: Chatham County, North Carolina
Background: Barbara has always embraced a creative entrepreneurial spirit. She has owned sole proprietorships, and has managed an international artisan non-profit organization and many classrooms. Barbara’s experience has culminated in the founding of WildesArt, a gathering place for musicians, visual artists, writers, poets, foodies, and yogis. Through her website, www.WildesArt.com, Barbara sells her folk art in support of various charitable organizations, and she promotes other artists whom she invites to collaborate in the form of interviews and blogs on WildesArt.
Barbara holds an M.A. in Education from the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut. She taught in Connecticut Public Schools for over 13 years, where she earned the distinction of Teacher of the Year for the City of Torrington in 2009.
Barbara raised llamas and chickens on her small historic farm in Connecticut. Always an avid gardener, she currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, her cat, and a variety of farm animals in her small village.
Current Projects: Barbara is working on an art exhibit at North Carolina Arts Incubator, Siler City, NC, and writes a monthly “Let's Create!” column for Southern Neighbor Newspaper, based in Chapel Hill, NC. Find her on www.WildesArt.com as a blogger, interviewer and artist. Otherwise, she’ll be keeping her garden up.
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Twitter: @wildesartPhoto by Bill Hengstenberg