Boomerang

Call for Artists: Cars, Cars, Cars!

Boomerang is hosting a revved-up art show in July that’s all about “Cars, Cars, Cars,” in honor of the annual Cruisin’ the Gut car show and vintage care festival in downtown Vancouver. It’s possible that this popular show drawing an estimated 20,000 visitors won’t be happening this summer (read this article in The Columbian), but Boomerang is determined to celebrate American’s favorite four-wheeled friend, no matter what.

The pop-up exhibit will take place during the month of July, with an opening First Friday reception on Friday, July 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring light refreshments and live music. Boomerang is now accepting submissions of car-themed art from local artists who would like to participate—works by both professional artists and artists who’ve never shown a piece of art in a gallery before. Original art in all 2D mediums is welcome—paintings, digital art, photography, collage, and more. The show will be juried on merit and craftsmanship. Here are other relevant details:
  • Email submission forms and photos before midnight on Saturday, June 24.
  • Art drop-off: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Boomerang, 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver; art pick-up: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 29.
  • Show dates: July 5-July 28.
  • No application fee to submit up to five entries.
  • All art sales will be split with 70% going to the artist and 30% to Boomerang. Art can also be donated, or listed Not For Sale.
  • Art can be up to 80 inches long on one side, but large-format works should be light enough to be handled by one person.
  • Artists should be available during the First Friday reception on July 7.
  • Initial submission should be e-mailed as .jpg images in a specific format with an artist’s contact information, biographical information, and artist’s statement; click here for complete details

“Paper: Made, Formed, and Simply Used Up” Art Exhibit at Boomerang

Starting Monday, May 1, Boomerang Fine Arts has been exhibiting original artworks based around the use of paper as a medium. “Paper—Made, Formed and Simply Used Up” features the works of both amateur and professional artists working with paper media of all types. “All artworks exhibited are based-on paper or where the paper medium is the key element,” says curator Tom Relth. Boomerang will host the artists and the community for a reception First Friday, May 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. with live music and complimentary light refreshments. The exhibit continues through Friday, May 26. For more information about the exhibit, e-mail Relth at art@generosityreturns.com or visit http://www.boomerangvancouver.com/art/.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Paper Art at Boomerang

Starting Monday, May 1, Boomerang Fine Arts has been exhibiting original artworks based around the use of paper as a medium. “Paper—Made, Formed and Simply Used Up” features the works of both amateur and professional artists working with paper media of all types. “All artworks exhibited are based-on paper or where the paper medium is the key element,” says curator Tom Relth. Boomerang will host the artists and the community for a reception First Friday, May 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. with live music and complimentary light refreshments. The exhibit continues through Friday, May 26. For more information about the exhibit, e-mail Relth at art@generosityreturns.com or visit http://www.boomerangvancouver.com/art/.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Above image: detail from “Purple Passion” by Sharon Dambrosio

Painting Classes at Boomerang

Boomerang offers Tuesday night art painting classes with artist, Tom Relth. Whether you’re a beginning painter, intermediate, or advanced, you will enjoy the fast-paced and exciting learning environment. The weekly course includes seven sessions on April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, and May 30.

Students will make four or more paintings during the classes and explore multiple creative methods. Students will get an introduction to the materials and methods of painting. Students will begin four or more works based upon goal-setting with the instructor. The class includes drawing and painting for beginners to intermediate students, including color theory, elements of composition, painting from still life and abstract improvisation. Classes also include group discussion, a brief lecture, and a weekly critique. (A heads-up regarding homework: it’s likely that artwork will not be completed during the class time, so students will need to complete it outside of class and bring it back the following week for a group critique.)

Classes will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. (Class instruction doesn’t start until 5:30 but students should arrive at 5 p.m. to set up.) The cost is $189 per student with a $100 deposit to reserve your spot, or pay in full when you reserve. Online registration is closed but you can sign up in person at Boomerang at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver or by calling Boomerang at 360-952-8127.

Southwest Washington Watercolor Society Spring Show at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts is hosting the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society‘s Spring Exhibition in its spacious upper and lower galleries, with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, April 7, featuring live music and light refreshments in addition to nearly 200 (wow!) original watercolor paintings. The exhibit will continue through Friday, April 28.

Formed in 1979 in Vancouver, the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society (SWWS) offers encouragement and support to artists working in watercolor and other water-based media through community demonstrations, workshops, and critiques. The goal is to bring fine art to a broader regional audience through exhibits and shows, and to encourage a wider experience and education for both artists and the community. SWWS serves the Southwest Washington counties of Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania,  and Wahkiakum.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Watercolor Society Spring Show at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts is hosting the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society‘s Spring Exhibition in its spacious upper and lower galleries, with an opening reception on First Friday, April 7, featuring live music and light refreshments in addition to nearly 200 (wow!) original watercolor paintings. The exhibit will continue through Friday, April 28.

Formed in 1979 in Vancouver, the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society (SWWS) offers encouragement and support to artists working in watercolor and other water-based media through community demonstrations, workshops, and critiques. The goal is to bring fine art to a broader regional audience through exhibits and shows, and to encourage a wider experience and education for both artists and the community. SWWS serves the Southwest Washington counties of Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania,  and Wahkiakum.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Above image: detail from “Just a Pussy Cat,” by Sally Lemon

Call for Paper Artists

Boomerang Fine Arts is putting out an open call to local artists who create works out of paper for its May show, “Paper: Made, Formed, and Simply Used Up,” which opens First Friday, May 5. The exhibit, which will be curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original paper-based artwork…works that are based on paper or in which paper is the key element, such as folded paper, origami, paper furniture, bookbinding, drawings, paintings, papier-mâché, and 3D paper sculptures. The show isn’t just for “professional” artists; any one can submit anything that falls within the submission guidelines, which you can see by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 15. For more information, email Call4Art@generosityreturns.com.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Belle at Boomerang for Family Fun Night

Bring your kids come to Boomerang in downtown Vancouver at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 10, for a special appearance by Belle at Family Fun Night. Belle—who can be seen in the upcoming Disney live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, in theaters starting March 17—will entertain the children (and adults) by sharing her favorite story, singing her favorite songs acapella, playing games, and teaching kids a fairy spell that will transport Rapunzel and Flynn Rider directly to Boomerang’s children’s area. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/597898037086271/.

Warp, Weft, Needle & Thread: Fiber Arts Exhibit at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts is showcasing local fiber artists for its March show, “Warp, Weft, Needle & Thread,” which opens First Friday, March 3, with live music and light refreshments. The exhibit, which is curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original work in all fiber or fiber-based mediums, including appliqué, basketry, crocheting, dyeing, embroidery, felting, knitting, quilting, sculpture, spinning, tatting, felting, textiles, and weaving. The show isn’t just for “professional” artists; many of the artists whose work you’ll see at Boomerang this month are exhibiting their fiber pieces for the very first time. Stroll through Boomerang’s upper- and lower-level galleries and see this extraordinary work up close—and, since all the pieces on display are for sale, you just might find something that you fall in love with.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Warp, Weft, Needle & Thread: Fiber Arts at Boomerang

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“In Progress” (one of three in a series) by Barbara Neil

Boomerang Fine Arts is showcasing local fiber artists for its March show, “Warp, Weft, Needle & Thread,” which opens First Friday, March 3, with live music and light refreshments. The exhibit, which will be curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original work in all fiber or fiber-based mediums, including appliqué, basketry, crocheting, dyeing, embroidery, felting, knitting, quilting, sculpture, spinning, tatting, felting, textiles, and weaving. The show isn’t just for “professional” artists; many of the artists whose work you’ll see at Boomerang this month are exhibiting their fiber pieces for the very first time. Stroll through Boomerang’s upper- and lower-level galleries and see this extraordinary work up close—and, since all the pieces on display are for sale, you just might find something that you fall in love with.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Above image: “Nest,” a texture quilt by Joanne Roth

Call for Artists: Fiber Arts Exhibit

Boomerang Fine Arts is putting out an open call to local knitters, quilters, crocheters, weavers, basket-makers, sewers, felters, and dabblers in fiber arts for its March show, “Warp, Weft, Needle & Thread,” which opens First Friday, March 3. The exhibit, which will be curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original work in any fiber or fiber-based medium, including appliqué, basketry, crocheting, dyeing, embroidery, felting, knitting, quilting, sculpture, spinning, tatting, textiles, and weaving. The show isn’t just for “professional” artists; any one can submit anything that falls within the submission guidelines, which you can see by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb. 18.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Reception for “Tell Me a Story” Artworks at Boomerang

Boomerang will host a special exhibit by Clark College art students, “Tell Me a Story,” during the month of February. The exhibit is in cooperation with Clark College art professor Grant Hottle and members of the Clark College Art Club, including full time artist and past president Matthew L. Tycer, plus Martin Stone, Andy Bao, Claudia Carter and Kelly Pearce. Beginning with an opening reception on First Friday, Feb. 3, the upper and lower level galleries will display works from Clark College student artists using various media.

The exhibit is in line withe the Clark College Art Club mission: to provide opportunities outside the classroom to pursue the study of art and art history. The club ensures safe studio spaces after hours, visits to galleries and museums, and student engagement. Art Club provides a forum for discussions about art and creativity.

Drop by Boomerang any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday for live music, complimentary light refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists. The exhibit continues through Feb. 28. While you’re there, you’ll want to enjoy some treats from the coffee shop and browse through Boomerang’s huge collection of home décor items, jewelry, books and more, while your kids hang out in the indoor treehouse. Proceeds from the sale of all items go directly to local charities and nonprofit organizations. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Art by Clark College Students at Boomerang

Boomerang will host a special exhibit by Clark College art students, “Tell Me a Story,” during the month of February. The exhibit is in cooperation with Clark College art professor Grant Hottle and members of the Clark College Art Club, including full time artist and past president Matthew L. Tycer, plus Martin Stone, Andy Bao, Claudia Carter and Kelly Pearce. Beginning with an opening reception on First Friday, Feb. 3, the upper and lower level galleries will display works from Clark College student artists using various media.

The exhibit is in line withe the Clark College Art Club mission: to provide opportunities outside the classroom to pursue the study of art and art history. The club ensures safe studio spaces after hours, visits to galleries and museums, and student engagement. Art Club provides a forum for discussions about art and creativity.

Drop by Boomerang any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday for live music, complimentary light refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists. The exhibit continues through Feb. 28. While you’re there, you’ll want to enjoy some treats from the coffee shop and browse through Boomerang’s huge collection of home décor items, jewelry, books and more, while your kids hang out in the indoor treehouse. Proceeds from the sale of all items go directly to local charities and nonprofit organizations. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Above image: detail from a mixed media piece by ML Tycer, “Kenny Loggins (Danger Zone)”

The Art of Photography at Boomerang

Boomerang will host “The Art of Photography: the Critical Eye,” a stunning exhibit of work by photographers from Clark, Skamania, Cowlitz and Multnomah Counties, both amateur and professional. The exhibit will be on display through the month of January, with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, during downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk. Both the upper and lower floor galleries will be filled with compelling and technically advanced photographs covering subjects ranging from landscapes to architecture to abstract imagery.

Photographers include Al Flory, Alejandra Krogh-Winkler, Daniel Wickwire, Diane Irby, Erika Bartlett, Jack Androvich, Joseph Bruzda, Kate Singh, Linda Freeland, Raymond J. Klein and Stephen Greenwood. The artists will be present at the reception—which includes live music and complimentary light refreshments—so you can meet them in person.

Boomerang, which calls itself a “Generosity Shop,” is different type of social business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

The Art of Photography at Boomerang

Boomerang will host “The Art of Photography: the Critical Eye,” a stunning exhibit of work by photographers from Clark, Skamania, Cowlitz and Multnomah Counties, both amateur and professional. The exhibit will be on display through the month of January, with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, during downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk. Both the upper and lower floor galleries will be filled with compelling and technically advanced photographs covering subjects ranging from landscapes to architecture to abstract imagery.

Photographers include Al Flory, Alejandra Krogh-Winkler, Daniel Wickwire, Diane Irby, Erika Bartlett, Jack Androvich, Joseph Bruzda, Kate Singh, Linda Freeland, Raymond J. Klein and Stephen Greenwood. The artists will be present at the reception—which includes live music and complimentary light refreshments—so you can meet them in person.

Boomerang, which calls itself a “Generosity Shop,” is different type of social business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Above image: detail from “Dougan Vortex,” a 2016 photograph by Stephen Greenwood. See more amazing images at www.stephengreenwoodphotography.com.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Boomerang

Bring the kids to Boomerang on Friday, Dec. 23, for a free showing of A Charlie Brown Christmas. There will be complimentary cookies and popcorn, a family sing-along with favorite Christmas carols, and a tree decorating contest. The kids can hang out in Boomerang’s real, honest-to-goodness treehouse, while the adults sip a hand-crafted espresso drink or browse around the store looking for last-minute gifts (check out Boomerang’s massive art display, with all original artworks priced at just $100). There’s plenty to see in the store, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books.

Boomerang, which calls itself a “Generosity Shop,” is different type of social business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Art Is a Gift at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts—the gallery section of downtown Vancouver’s popular coffee shop, hang-out, and secondhand home furnishings store—will host a special holiday exhibit through the end of this month:  Art is a Gift. Every piece of art in this show is $100. Visit both the upper and lower floor galleries to see nearly 150 original artworks, paintings, and pottery by local artists.

From 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 2, the public is invited to a special reception with live music and complimentary light refreshments (free house coffee and small sweet treats), plus a chance to meet the artists themselves. For more information, contact Tom Relth at 360-561-4245 or
art@generosityreturns.com.

Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Proceeds from everything sold in the store go straight to local charities and community projects.

Above image: detail from “Red Shed,” watercolor by Judith Howard, which you can see (and buy!) at the Art Is a Gift Show.

Art Is a Gift at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts—the gallery section of downtown Vancouver’s popular coffee shop, hang-out, and secondhand home furnishings store—will host a special holiday exhibit through the end of this month:  Art is a Gift. Every piece of art in this show is $100. Visit both the upper and lower floor galleries to see nearly 150 original artworks, paintings, and pottery by local artists.

From 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 2, the public is invited to a special reception with live music and complimentary light refreshments (free house coffee and small sweet treats), plus a chance to meet the artists themselves. For more information, contact Tom Relth at 360-561-4245 or
art@generosityreturns.com.

Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Proceeds from everything sold in the store go straight to local charities and community projects.

Above image: detail from “Red Shed,” watercolor by Judith Howard, which you can see (and buy!) at the Art Is a Gift Show.

Tom Relth, First Friday at Boomerang

Boomerang—the downtown Vancouver hang-out popular with locals and families, a clever combination of coffee shop and showcase for gently used home furnishings and décor—will exhibit the recent works of local artist Tom Relth. Beginning First Friday, Nov. 4, visitors to Boomerang’s upper and lower floor galleries can view 70 artworks by Relth, known for his collage work as well as his very large format landscapes and abstract paintings. You can also meet the artist himself during the First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. with live music and light refreshments, including free house coffee. Relth’s “Recent Paintings” exhibit will be on display through Nov. 16.

First Friday is also the perfect time to get a sneak preview of works by all the artists on the upcoming Clark County Open Studios Tour, Nov. 12 & 13. Relth is one of 50 artists to be featured on the free, self-guided tour, in which artists all over Clark County are opening up their studios to the public so that art lovers can meet the artists, learn more about their inspiration and process, and buy art directly from the artists. From Boomerang, it’s just a quick walk over to the Open Studios reception at the Esther Short Building, 610 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about the tour, visit http://ccopenstudios.org/.

Tom Relth at Boomerang

Boomerang—the downtown Vancouver hang-out popular with locals and families, a clever combination of coffee shop and showcase for gently used home furnishings and décor—will exhibit the recent works of local artist Tom Relth. Beginning First Friday, Nov. 4, visitors to Boomerang’s upper and lower floor galleries can view 70 artworks by Relth, known for his collage work as well as his very large format landscapes and abstract paintings. You can also meet the artist himself during the First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. with live music and light refreshments, including free house coffee. Relth’s “Recent Paintings” exhibit will be on display through Nov. 16.

First Friday is also the perfect time to get a sneak preview of works by all the artists on the upcoming Clark County Open Studios Tour, Nov. 12 & 13. Relth is one of 50 artists to be featured on the free, self-guided tour, in which artists all over Clark County are opening up their studios to the public so that art lovers can meet the artists, learn more about their inspiration and process, and buy art directly from the artists. From Boomerang, it’s just a quick walk over to the Open Studios reception at the Esther Short Building, 610 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about the tour, visit http://ccopenstudios.org/.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling” by Tom Relth, pigment on canvas, 40 x 63 in.