jimWeldtWhen I started my freshman year at NMC, the first class I attended was taught by a man named Jim DeWildt. His big round glasses, furry mustache and haircut were typical of the 1980s and reminded me of the lead singer from “Simple Minds.”

Jim DeWildt was teaching us the beginnings of seeing and communicating vision through a medium, while Jill Hinds was pushing lettering and Paul Welch was talking about shade and foreshortening. Jim brought out the best in everyone’s ability to see, draw, and apply our best skills to the world of commercial art.

He was a great inspiration, and I still appreciate what all three of these great teachers have taught me about visual communication in the arts. Even though I am no longer an art director, I still use everything they taught me in my current field of picture framing.

So, who walks into my store the other day? Jim DeWildt. Now retired, he has an art gallery and studio just south of Suttons Bay. Jim captures the beauty of Michigan through a variety of mediums; oil, pen and ink, pencil, and scratchboard. His artwork is featured in private collections and commercial publications.

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And what’s even better? His studio sits among the best wineries in Leelanau County, including Willow Vineyard, the vineyard we feature at every ArtWalk.

So come and enjoy his amazing art and some great wine at the spring Downtown Traverse City Art Walk – Click Here to get the map for this years event! PS: He still has the mustache!

Purchase fantastic art from these great NMC teachers:

  • Jill Hinds exhibits at our store through Christmas
  • Paul Welch offers prints to benefit NMC art scholarships. (www.nmc.edu)
  • Jim DeWildt sells artwork at his gallery: 10673 E. Fort Road, Suttons Bay, MI