Just a few years ago, I featured a post about local artist Jim DeWildt because he was in the Downtown Traverse City’s Art Walk. You can still read the post here. I recalled Jim from my freshman year at NMC; his big round glasses, furry mustache, and the skills he taught me – that I still use today. Jim left an indelible mark on me.
He’s also left a mark with his other talents. With 40 years as a commercial illustrator and graphic designer he knows his way around watercolors, oil, pen and ink, and pencil. He’s well known for his scratchboard technique that’s become a signature of his.
You can find his work at his gallery south of Suttons Bay, and we still have his work here at my store. All of his prints are Giclée (zhee-clay) prints. These are considered museum quality prints made on acid free paper with archival inks. With a little care, (things like handling and avoiding direct sunlight) these type of prints can last more than two hundred years! Giclée is as close as you can get to an original work.
My clients love local artists, and I love to feature them in the blog and in the store. So if you’re out in the Leelanau County wine country, stop in to see his gallery, it’s set back into the woods and is worth the stop. Jim’s still got the facial hair, but his work is what’s most likely to leave an impression on you.
Jim’s gallery is located at: 10673 E. Fort Rd. Suttons Bay, MI 49682