Artist Michelle Hundt, 69, from Wellington, receives Cultural Council award

For 69 years, art has illustrated the life story of Michelle Hundt.

As a child, drawing and making things made her happier. His mother encouraged him.

She graduated from the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland and also studied drawing at the Cleveland Museum of Art and figure drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Her careers have focused on art, including 17 years working as a designer and art director at various companies in the Midwest.

Today, the Wellington resident enjoys taking classes to improve and develop her art.

The Palm Beach County Cultural Council recently announced that Hundt has been named the recipient of the 2021-22 Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists.

“I was shocked and honored,” Hundt said. “Dina Baker is a wonderful artist. She came to my gallery opening (at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council) in torrential rain and spent quite a bit of time with me, which was a wonderful surprise.”

"Cypress Swamp III" by Michele Hundt.

Hundt’s paintings have appeared in group exhibitions at Mulry Fine Art Gallery in Palm Beach, Artists Haven Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, and The Paint Store and Stephen Johnson Framing in West Palm Beach.

She and her husband, Doug, have lived in Wellington for 20 years.

“I love Wellington because it’s a diverse community,” Hundt said. “There is a lot of nature with many farms. The Big Blue Preserve is a 92 acre cypress hammock that inspired my art currently on display at the Cultural Council.

For the past 20 years, she and her husband have owned and operated ShowChic Dressage, a dressage riding clothing boutique in Wellington. She also has all of her artwork in the shop, a boutique and a studio where she paints.

The couple are very involved in Wellington’s equestrian community.

“Wellington is a unique gathering place for riders from around the world, and we frequently invite top riders and trainers to come to the store for free public ‘workshop talks’ about their careers,” Hundt said. “We also give back a lot to the community. We sponsor many local equestrian events, and I love the chance to be as creative and imaginative as I want.

Thanks to the generosity of local artist and longtime supporter of the Cultural Council Dina Baker, the Dina Baker Fund for Mature Women Artists was created to help stabilize and strengthen the careers of women artists aged 60 and over. with financial need and recognizable merit. The artist may use the $10,000 grant for professional development, arts-related exhibits, equipment and supplies, health care costs, or basic living expenses.

An exhibit of his work is on view in the Council’s Donald M. Ephraim Family Gallery in Lake Worth Beach through July 30.

What is your favorite movie?

Anything from the Coen Brothers.

What are your hobbies?

Art, horses and gardening.

What do you do to escape or take a break?

Visit the ocean.

Favorite book and why?

Anything from John Irving or David Sedaris.

If you could meet one person in the story, who would it be and why?

Vincent Van Gogh. I would like to discuss his art.

The best advice you’ve ever received?

“You have to be prepared to be successful. These are wise words from my father, who had an accounting business.

James C. Tibbs