The City of Raleigh Museum invites you into the museum to find rest, reflect on your life, and respond to prompts aimed at focusing on your mental health. In its newest temporary exhibit, "Raleigh’s Living Room: Rest, Reflect, Respond," the museum is focusing on art therapy and the need for self-care during these stressful times. Every month, the exhibit will feature a prompt that asks visitors to reflect on a certain aspect of their lives and draw a response on the dry-erase wall. Additionally, each month a local artist will respond to the same prompt, and their art will be visible for the month.
Kristin Walsby is the featured artist for December. Born in Springfield, Vermont, in the early 1980s, she was encouraged to make art and music. She hungrily devoured any medium she was exposed to. This led her to being a multi-disciplined artist as an adult—acrylics, watercolors, oils, graphite, charcoal, digital, fabric.
Walsby's work has been featured in shows around the country, as well as in print, digital media, and textiles. She paints and draws custom portraits of humans and animals. She designs shirts, admats, and posters for bands across the country. She draws cartoons, paints surreal creatures, and sews custom one-of-a-kind stuffed creatures. She paints custom wooden matryoshka (nesting) dolls of musical groups and pop culture icons and is currently writing and illustrating her first children's book.
Creatively, Walsby make things that make her happy or content. Art has always been part of her life, and when things around her aren't the best, she takes great comfort in creating.
Walsby works out of her home studio in Raleigh alongside her artist husband, Brian, where they live with their children, Annabel and Willow.