RICHMOND -- Jim DeWitt has spent his life around sailing and a good deal of time depicting that pastime in his art.
As the artist-in-residence for the 34th America's Cup now taking place on San Francisco Bay, DeWitt is combining those passions with a new series of works painted during the past year that focus on the races and competitors in the prestigious yachting contest.
Paintings by the longtime Point Richmond resident are featured in the new Summer Art Exhibitions that open this weekend and run through Aug. 23 at the Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave.
DeWitt's Race for the Cup exhibition will be complemented with images of past races from America's Cup photographer Daniel Forster and artifacts from previous AC competitions.
Also on exhibit at the art center will be the annual members show featuring works by more than 100 RAC artists, an exhibit by the Association of Clay and Glass Artist of California, and Artmatism: Paintings by Bill A. Dallas.
The four exhibitions will kick off with a free artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The shows are free and open to the public during gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Aug. 23.
DeWitt, who was named the America's Cup artist-in-residence in 2012 by the Golden Gate Yacht Club, will also have paintings on display at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Museum, 900 Beach St. at the foot of Polk Stret, beginning June 27.
The 83-year-old Oakland native will also be creating works on-for sponsors site at the America's Cup Club 72 hospitality suite.
Later this summer he will be a featured artist at the 61st Sausalito Art Festival on Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
His completed paintings can be viewed at www.dewittamericascupart.com.