Julien McCarthy + Jim Bumpas Exhibit

Wood Therapy

In March, our Vault Gallery will feature woodwork by Julien McCarthy and Jim Bumpas.

Intertwining woodturning from two different perspectives, Julien and Jim have created a cohesive show that will display their utilitarian and artistic work.

As a self-taught artist, Julien uses natural resources that he harvests from disasters and lot clearings along with semi-precious stones in his woodwork. He will include bowls, vases, urns, plates, lidded vessels, bottle stoppers and pots in the exhibition.

Jim’s work in the exhibit will showcase a variety of woodturnings large and small, including hollow forms (vases, vessels), bowls, platters, ornaments and other items. He primarily works with unique pieces of local wood and wood with imperfections. 

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Exhibit + Artist Info 

Wood Therapy will open on Friday, March 5 and will remain on display through Saturday, March 27.

After retiring in 2001, Jim decided to pursue his interest in wood and became fascinated with woodturning. It has now become a passion. He has studied with David Ellsworth as well as other well known woodturners and attends state and national symposia and demonstrations. Jim is a member of numerous woodturning organizations, the recipient of multiple awards and his woodturnings have been featured in local galleries and in juried shows.

Julien started to teach himself the craft of woodworking 14 years ago. By 2011, he had developed proprietary technique employing nut segments to add a delicate patina to his turnings. Julien is the recipient of numerous awards and his work is in homes and galleries across the globe.