Encaustic Art + Tom Relth at Boomerang

Boomerang—a.k.a. Vancouver’s living room—will host a very special art exhibit at its downtown Vancouver location on First Friday, Aug. 5, featuring works by IEA-PDX (that is, the Portland chapter of International Encaustic Artists). Drop by any time from 5 to 9 p.m. to enjoy the artwork of Robyn Andersen, Paul Bogardus, Kathleen C. Cosgrove, Dianne Jean Erickson, Chantel Greene, Manuela Kalestiantz, and Karen Story—all beautiful to see, and all for sale! Boomerang will exhibit these arresting encaustic paintings throughout its main floor.

And now, a word about encaustic, to help you better appreciate this ancient art form: encaustic—which dates back to the first century A.D.—is a wax-based paint composed of beeswax, tree resin and pigment which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a prepared surface and then each layer is fused in order to bond the wax to the previous layer. Encaustic comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning “to heat” or “burn in.”

But wait, there’s more! While you’re there, check out Boomerang’s “Fine Arts Basement,” where you can see new artworks by Tom Relth, the incredibly popular Vancouver artist. Relth will exhibit recent works in both wet and dry media pigments in his basement studio. Paintings and drawings range from small, intimate eight-by-eight-inch paintings to massive, five-panel works four feet high and 13 feet in length. Relth is also the curator of the IEA-PDX exhibit on Boomerang’s main floor.

Both exhibits will continue through the end of the August. Visitors to Boomerang will not only enjoy fine art, they’ll also be treated to live music and complimentary light refreshments. Boomerang also offers great coffee and espresso drinks, yummy pastries, and a huge selection of gently used secondhand furnishings and home goods, as well as jewelry and books. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Editor’s note: we stopped by Boomerang earlier this week to check out the art, and it’s truly worth making the trip into town for; the textures, layers, and colors are rich and wonderful to see up close. Also try the excellent honey cinnamon vanilla latte!

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