Ferndale artist Louie Wildfong will be holding an art show at Level One Bank throughout the month of May, starting with an opening May 14.

Ferndale artist Louie Wildfong will be holding an art show at Level One Bank throughout the month of May, starting with an opening May 14.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Ferndale artist to host art show at local bank

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 26, 2021

 Some of Wildfong’s art is inspired by the Bible, including this piece titled “Jonah is Spit Out by a Big Fish.”

Some of Wildfong’s art is inspired by the Bible, including this piece titled “Jonah is Spit Out by a Big Fish.”

Photo by Deb Jacques

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FERNDALE — A Ferndale artist will be holding an exhibition in town at a local bank.

Louie Wildfong will host an art show at Level One Bank, 22635 Woodward Ave., starting with a grand opening from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 14. His exhibition will run through the end of May.

Wildfong, 72, called his work representational, an art style that captures real life objects and also constructs art with inspiration from the Bible. He mostly uses Bic pens for his illustrations and then acrylic for his paintings.

Wildfong graduated from Michigan State University with a major in art. He attended Northern Michigan University for the first two years of college before heading to MSU.

“My background is in art. I was in school at Michigan State, and what I picked was either things like the religious stuff because it has such a powerful, cultural impact, and I picked the other stuff because it’s available and it’s fun to do,” he said of his inspirations.

Wildfong said he particularly likes the colors of nature, as it reminds him of being a child and drawing with his box of crayons.

“Now I’m 72 and things haven’t really changed that much,” he said.

His wife, Kathy Wildfong, said her husband took up art after he retired. She shared that when Louie first set out to learn, it was him taking upon himself to try something new and develop a routine that was satisfying to him.

“For example, to paint or draw something you can see through, like glass. How do you represent that?” she said. “He loves to paint and draw things that are common objects, and you really sort of see the detail. He has tons of different pictures. My very favorite ones are of the common objects and natural objects like pine cones or flowers or herbs from the garden.”

Two years ago, Wildfong was diagnosed with breast cancer. He went through chemotherapy for a year and underwent a mastectomy before being declared cancer-free.

Wildfong would say his artwork has been motivated by his cancer experience.

“It’s motivated me to do more and to celebrate those things in the world that we see around us,” he said.

Kathy Wildfong said her husband was very resilient over the past two years, and practicing his art served him well as he was going through chemotherapy and the issues of life that it brings, like aging and mortality.

“It’s a great way of dealing with aging,” she said. “He’s developing skills beyond what he had when he was a younger man, and that’s cool. It’s also a way of reaching out to other people in different ways than he has in the past. Just wanting to do this kind of exhibition, I think it’s pretty neat.”

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