The husband and wife team of Bill Tulp and Dana Karuza-Tulp are the featured artists for July at Catamount Arts, presenting an exhibit that explores the mysteries of the natural world and the materials of nature.
A special reception honoring the artists will be held from 5 pm – 7 pm Thursday, July 17, at the Catamount Arts center on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Tulp’s portion of the show is entitled “Shape-Shifting and other Natural Phenomena”! Most of the work was created within the last couple of years and is a series of paintings and drawings depicting the mystery of the natural world.
He uses a variety of media, including watercolor, India ink, pencil, acrylic, sharpies, gouache, and mixed media, to create expressionistic, organic plant, animal and human forms with spontaneous abstract lines and shapes.
The show also includes older pieces including portrait work, graphic stories, mosaics and more realistic work.
Karuza-Tulp’s artwork focuses on her felting. She began her interests in the fiber arts while keeping a small flock of sheep in Illinois on an educational farm she and her husband managed for a Conservation District. Here she learned to spin, use a drop spindle and played with natural dyes. Felting became a passion and she turned from natural dying to the bright colors of chemical dyes.
She enjoys teaching and creating felted pieces in community.
Presently, Tulp teaches art classes at Catamount Arts and elsewhere, draws portraits and illustrations on commission, creates graphic stories and draws and paints constantly.
Karuza-Tulp has studied with master felters and teaches felting classes locally.
‘Shape-Shifting and other Natural Phenomena” will be on exhibit in the main gallery at Catamount Arts until July 31.
The galleries at Catamount Arts are open free to the public from 11am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and before and after each film screening.