Noel Night Art Showing & Live Screen Printing

Join us at the shop for Noel Night festivities on December 5, 5pm to 9pm. We will be hosting an art showing featuring the artwork of Karl Kurth (read more about him below), and visitors will have the opportunity to screen print their very own Karl Kurth artwork to take home.

Ocelot Print Shop also contributed to the Noel Night Scavenger Hunt gift basket, and is one of the destinations of the scavenger hunt.

While you're visiting us at 3535 Cass, you can also enjoy Back Alley Bikes' make & take a wintry bike ornament, and race to win raffle tickets for a variety of bikes. A Hardcore Detroit break dance performance will happen at 7:30pm and 8:30pm. Light refreshments will be available.


Karl Kurth was born in 1937 in Detroit, to a German-Irish family that believed in learning and enjoying the arts. Karl’s art training started at Saturday classes at Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, when he was about 8. He began sketching and water colors with his father on weekends. When he was in high school, he was a member of the art club, and had summer jobs at the family advertising and lithography business. 

In the late 1950’s, Karl continued his art training at Notre Dame University, and later moved to the Cass Corridor neighborhood of Detroit to study at Wayne State University and the Detroit Art Institute and Society of Arts and Crafts. The Corridor is still renowned as a hub for artists, influenced by the Harlem Renaissance art movement, and the Industrial Art movement that reacted to the rise and impact of the Auto Industry in Detroit. Karl incorporated many of these influences into his painting, bold colors, humor, and social comment. 

In 1967, he protested with rioters in the Detroit Race Riot, and was arrested, jailed, and beaten by the police. That was a turning point in his life. He remained passionate about black rights and racial equality, often themes of his work.

He also joined the emerging Gay rights movement in San Francisco-Haight Ashbury, and lived in Greenwich Village around the time of the Stonewall Riot. During the early 1980s, he moved back and forth between Brooklyn and Puerto Rico, adding lush plants and tropical reptiles and birds to his work.

In 1983, after a tumultuous and painful breakup with his partner, he wrote in his journal: “Thanks to God:  My Painting is it…the meat of my life. Wonderful to have my art.” 

Like many of his contemporaries and fellow artists, he died an early death of AIDS in 1990. His work remains a testament to that which he held dear – love, compassion, and freedom for all.

Paintings by Karl Kurth

Paintings by Karl Kurth