By Kathy Chouteau
Internationally recognized artist and Richmond resident, Jim DeWitt, will have an exhibition of his paintings March 2 through April 30 at Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place in Point Richmond.
The exhibition is sponsored by The Arts of Point Richmond (AOPR), an association that aims to enrich the community by promoting support, appreciation and exposure for the arts.
An Artist’s Reception will be held at the coffee shop Saturday, March 7, from 4-6 p.m.
DeWitt marked his 90th birthday in February and is “a Richmond treasure” who has been a “very well-known sailing yachtsman, sailmaker and artist for over 60 years,” according to AOPR Communications Coordinator Rita Gardner.
Dewitt’s notable career as an artist has spanned the decades, and his original paintings are collected worldwide. He bears the distinction as being the AOPR’s oldest member and has received numerous awards and accolades, including being named the America’s Cup Artist in Residence in 2013.
DeWitt’s paintings of racing yachts helped him achieve his world-renowned status as an artist—most notably his America’s Cup artwork. Among his honors was being named artist-in-residence at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, host of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco, in 2012.
DeWitt’s paintings “have a powerful contemporary feeling that captivates the viewer, draws them in, and holds their attention,” according to his website. “Action, drama, and Jim’s zest for life in general are captured in his signature style, recognizable details surrounded by spirited and colorful abstractions.”
Aside from racing yachts, DeWitt also paints a wide array of other subject matter, such as landscapes, florals, figures and dogs, per his website. He also takes on commissions.
For more info on DeWitt and his art—including his online galleries—click here. The artist can also be reached at 866.463.6231.