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The Cultural Council for palm beach The county is pleased to announce that Wellington-based artist Michele Hundt has been named the 2021-2022 award recipient Dina Baker Fund for mature female artists.

Michele Hundt’s practice has straddled fine art, design, fashion and retail from the beginning. After graduating from the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, she quickly established herself as a successful designer and art director at various businesses across the Midwest. Using color and form, she captures fleeting moments in time that suggest emotions bubbling beneath richly painted surfaces. Her specialties include original abstract paintings, character paintings and equine artwork. Hundt’s paintings have been the subject of group exhibitions at the Mulry Fine Art Gallery in palm beachArtists Haven Gallery in Fort Lauderdale and The Paint Store and Stephen Johnson Framing in West palm beach.

Thanks to the generosity of a local artist and longtime supporter of the Cultural Council Dina Bakerthe Dina Baker The Mature Female Artists Fund was created to help stabilize and strengthen the careers of female 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.

“It was a great surprise and an honor to receive this grant,” said Hundt. “Have Dina Baker recognizing my work and my passion for the fine arts was an incredible honor, and it is confirmation that I am heading in the right direction. When I arrived at [Palm Beach County], I decided to pursue my passion-what comes from the heart. After doing commercial art for so long, I found myself.”

In addition to the funds, each recipient receives an exhibit at the Council’s Donald M. Ephraim Family Gallery.

Hundt’s exhibit will run June 10 through July 30, 2022 at Council Headquarters in Lake Worth Beach (open Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m.) palmbeachculture.com/exhibitions for more information or to register at the artists’ reception.

Past winners include:

  • 2019: Glenda Green
  • 2018: Hegina Rodrigues
  • 2017: Debra Yates
  • 2016: Batia Lowenberg
  • 2015: Alyssa DiEdwardo