Monika Spyerkman

“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 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 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