Opening reception at Kariton Feb. 9

Artist's show examines connection between art and music

This is one of artist John Fultz's pieces of artwork which will be on display at Kariton Art Gallery starting Feb. 7.

This is one of artist John Fultz's pieces of artwork which will be on display at Kariton Art Gallery starting Feb. 7.

Local artist and educator John Fultz will have a number of his works on display at the Kariton Art Gallery Feb. 7 to March 4.

The Colour of Song is an exploration of the relationships between music and art, colour and sound. A variety of works in acrylic mixed media and painting play with ideas inspired by song and melody to develop images that express chromesthesia, the sense of visualizing sound. The exhibit ties this connection together between art and music, featuring paintings inspired by music, and music inspired by art.

An opening reception Feb. 9 (1 to 4 p.m.) features local singers and songwriters who will share their work, and provide original music to accompany the artwork. As an artist, Fultz works predominately in acrylic and mixed media, but as a musician, he composes instrumental music that is piano and synthesizer based. Interwoven they become the colour of the song.

Fultz has been actively involved in art and music in the Abbotsford area for many years. A familiar face in the local music scene as a member of the band Topaz, most of John’s personal career has been as a visual arts educator, teaching drama and art in public school in Chilliwack as well as arts courses for educators through Simon Fraser University. Since retiring as principal at the Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts, John has been working with the Ministry of Education on revising the provincial arts curriculum for public schools.

The Kariton Art Gallery is located in Mill Lake Park at 2387 Ware St. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Non-perishable food donations for the Abbotsford Food Bank will be accepted throughout the exhibition. For more information call 604-852-9358, email abbotsfordartscouncil@gmail.com, or visit abbotsfordartscouncil.org.