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Realism vs. Impressionism at Boomerang

Boomerang is celebrating the change of season with a new exhibit, “Realism vs. Impressionism,” with an opening night reception on First Friday, Sept. 1. The show features works by both professional and amateur Northwest artists and brings together art that is either representational (in the literal, realistic sense, using precise skills and techniques to bring the subject to vivid life) and inspirational (swathes of soft color, textural interplay, and evocative figures or landscapes, as seen in many impressionist works). You’ll see works by Tom Gail, Katey Sandy, Christopher Mooeny, Renato Grieco, Barbara Van Nostern, and others.

Whether plein air, portrait, or studio still life; whether invented, contrived, or straight visual document, Boomerang Fine Arts will draw your eye with this collection of two-dimensional works that have been juried on merit and craftsmanship. The exhibit, which runs through September, will be celebrated with First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music and complimentary light refreshments. The exhibit continues through Friday, Sept. 29.

While you’re there to see the art, you’ll want to enjoy a Stumptown coffee drink from the coffee bar and peruse the giant array of home furnishings, books, jewelry and other treasures in the “generosity shop,” which takes all proceeds and donates them to local charities. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Above image: “Pear Trio,” by Katey Sandy, acrylic on canvas board, 11 x 14 inches.

Call for Art: Realism + Impressionism

Boomerang is looking for original art for a month-long art exhibit, “Realism + Impressionism,” featuring Northwest artists. It is open to all Northwest artists, amateur or professional. Artists will be invited from as far north as Bellingham, as far south as Medford, and as far east as Boise. Whether plein air landscape, portrait, or studio still life; whether invented, contrived, or straight visual document, Boomerang Fine Arts will exhibit 2D artworks with an eye toward the representational and the inspirational. The show will be juried on merit and craftsmanship. The exhibit, which runs through September, will be celebrated with a First Friday reception for the artists from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1. Here are other relevant details:

  • Email submission forms and photos before midnight on Friday, Aug. 18
  • Art drop-off: 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Boomerang, 808 Main St. in Vancouver, through 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28
  • Show dates: Aug. 29-Sept 29.
  • Art pick-up: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30
  • 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
  • Artists should be available during the First Friday reception on Sept. 1.
  • 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

“Art in the Family”–a Father-Daugher Show at Boomerang + Kids’ Art Show & Party

Boomerang is hosting two art shows this August, with a huge, family-friendly launch party on First Friday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring live music by Randy Cate, complimentary refreshments, and cranked-up air conditioning!

The first show, “Art in the Family: Systems Meet Chaos,” is a father-daughter show featuring the far-out art of nationally syndicated political cartoonist and fine artist Monte Wolverton. His small- and large-scale mixed media and ceramic pieces are vivid, playful, and abstract yet utterly engaging. His cartoons and other works can be seen at www.wolvertoon.com. His daughter, Monika Spykerman (full disclosure: that’s me, the editor of North Bank Now!) has joined him for her first gallery show featuring vibrantly colored archival-quality prints and cards of her original works: lively patterns and repeating motifs, focusing on fruits, flowers, fungi, sea life, and everyday objects. More of her work can be seen at www.monikaspykerman.wordpress.com. Tom Relth, Boomerang’s gallery curator, calls the show “brain science vs. rocket surgery.”

Launching on the same day is the much-anticipated Kids’ Art Show, featuring original artwork by toddlers up through age 18. Boomerang and Vancouver’s Downtown Association are jointly hosting a giant Kids’ Art Party in Boomerang’s lower level, with free treats from the VDA and prizes for kids in several age categories. Don’t miss this joyful and varied exhibit showcasing our budding young artists!

Boomerang—a coffee house, home décor store, and family hang out with two full floors of gallery space—is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. All revenue generated by the volunteer-staffed store (including sales of coffee) is donated to local charities and community organizations. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Art in the Family: Father-Daughter Art Show + Kids’ Art Show at Boomerang

“Clementines,” by Monika Spykerman

Boomerang is hosting two art shows this August, with a huge, family-friendly launch party on First Friday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring live music by Randy Cate, complimentary refreshments, and cranked-up air conditioning!

The first show, “Art in the Family: Systems Meet Chaos,” is a father-daughter show featuring the far-out art of nationally syndicated political cartoonist and fine artist Monte Wolverton. His small- and large-scale mixed media and ceramic pieces are vivid, playful, and abstract yet utterly engaging. His cartoons and other works can be seen at www.wolvertoon.com. His daughter, Monika Spykerman (full disclosure: that’s me, the editor of North Bank Now!) has joined him for her first gallery show featuring vibrantly colored archival-quality prints and cards of her original works: lively patterns and repeating motifs, focusing on fruits, flowers, fungi, sea life, and everyday objects. More of her work can be seen at www.monikaspykerman.wordpress.com. Tom Relth, Boomerang’s gallery curator, calls the show “brain science vs. rocket surgery.”

“Purpley,” by Lili P, age nine

Launching on the same day is the much-anticipated Kids’ Art Show, featuring original artwork by toddlers up through age 18. Boomerang and Vancouver’s Downtown Association are jointly hosting a giant Kids’ Art Party in Boomerang’s lower level, with free treats from the VDA and prizes for kids in several age categories. Don’t miss this joyful and varied exhibit showcasing our budding young artists!

Boomerang—a coffee house, home décor store, and family hang out with two full floors of gallery space—is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. All revenue generated by the volunteer-staffed store (including sales of coffee) is donated to local charities and community organizations. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Above image: detail from “Transdimensional Entity Catcher,” by Monte Wolverton

 

Kids’ Art Show at Boomerang: Artists Wanted!

“Purpley,” by Lili P, age nine

Boomerang and Vancouver’s Downtown Association are teaming up to host the 2017 Boomerang Kids’ Art Show…and they need artists to fill the walls of Boomerang’s downtown Vancouver shop with all kinds of wonderful art! Boomerang invites young artists, from tiny tots up to age 18, to display their artwork in the gallery during the month of August. There will be a First Friday reception on Aug. 4 with live music and light refreshments, and everyone can come see what incredible talent our kids have. Original artworks in all media are welcome, including 3D sculptures, painting, drawing, fiber arts, ceramics, and more.

Drop-off time for the art and the deadline for submission is Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Anali Gomez, Boomerang Art Intern, or Tom Relth, Boomerang Artist in Residence and Gallery Curator, at art@generosityreturns.com or 360-561-4245.

While you’re at Boomerang on First Friday in August to see the kids’ art, check out the exhibit in Boomerang’s main gallery “Systems Meet Chaos: Art in the Family,” a father-daughter exhibit featuring the original works of syndicated political cartoonist and fine artist Monte Wolverton, as well as limited edition prints by his daughter, Monika Spykerman. (Full disclosure: Spykerman is the editor of this publication, and she is super-excited about this show and hopes you’ll come.)

Cars, Cars, Cars! at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts is pleased to host Cars, Cars, Cars!, a new exhibit in honor of Cruise the Couve (formerly Cruisin’ the Gut), the annual car show-and-drive in downtown Vancouver which draws upwards of five thousand spectators. Beginning First Friday, July 7, the gallery will display works from local artists who focus on vehicles as their subject matter. The artists use various drawing and painting media. Featured works of local artists Barbara Van Nostren and Russell Cupp will be on display, among many others.

So cruise on down to Boomerang from 5 to 8 p.m. for a First Friday reception with live music and light refreshments. Meet the artists and enjoy their art (and perhaps take home a painting to join your car collection). You’ll also want to return on Saturday, July 15, for the Cruise the Couve event, when Boomerang will be serving delicious iced coffee drinks and cranking up the air conditioning. The art exhibit continues through Friday, July 28.

While you’re there to see the art, you’ll want to enjoy a Stumptown coffee drink from the coffee bar and peruse the giant array of home furnishings, books, jewelry and other treasures in the “generosity shop,” which takes all proceeds and donates them to local charities. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Cars, Cars, Cars! at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts is pleased to host Cars, Cars, Cars!, a new exhibit in honor of Cruise the Couve (formerly Cruisin’ the Gut), the annual car show-and-drive in downtown Vancouver which draws upwards of five thousand spectators. Beginning First Friday, July 7, the gallery will display works from local artists who focus on vehicles as their subject matter. The artists use various drawing and painting media. Featured works of local artists Barbara Van Nostren and Russell Cupp will be on display, among many others.

So cruise on down to Boomerang from 5 to 8 p.m. for a First Friday reception with live music and light refreshments. Meet the artists and enjoy their art (and perhaps take home a painting to join your car collection). You’ll also want to return on Saturday, July 15, for the Cruise the Couve event, when Boomerang will be serving delicious iced coffee drinks and cranking up the air conditioning. The art exhibit continues through Friday, July 28.

While you’re there to see the art, you’ll want to enjoy a Stumptown coffee drink from the coffee bar and peruse the giant array of home furnishings, books, jewelry and other treasures in the “generosity shop,” which takes all proceeds and donates them to local charities. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Above image: “1936 Ford Grill,” watercolor by Barbara Van Nostren   

Paintings by Tom Relth at Second Story Gallery

Beginning First Friday, July 7, the Camas Library’s Second Story Gallery will display works from Vancouver artist Tom Relth, who focuses on hypothetical and representational landscape. The artist uses various drawing and painting media. Featured works include “Grist Mill Pooling” (above), a 40 x 63 inch canvas depicting the effects on shallow river edges, when water is diverted to the historic Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Woodland.

Relth says, “My work is at once abstract and representational. I work in abstract landscape, and from my experience of nature’s complexity, hoping to guide our survival mechanisms to “read” the painting as a kind of window into this hypothetical landscape.”

Meet the artist and see his work at the Second Story Gallery on First Friday, July 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. for a reception with live music and light refreshment. The art exhibit continues through Friday, July 28. The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. Ample free parking is available on the street.

Relth is the Artist in Residence at Boomerang, a coffee shop, home décor store, and popular hang-out in downtown Vancouver where all the proceeds from sales benefit local charities. There is extensive gallery space downstairs as well as upstairs where Relth curates rotating monthly exhibits and shows, as well as teaching art classes in his studio. To learn more, visit Boomerang at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver or email Relth at tom.relth@gmail.com.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling,” by Tom Relth

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.