Tom Relth

Tom Relth’s “Contemporary Landscape” Exhibit Opening Reception at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts—the extensive upstairs and downstairs gallery space located inside Boomerang, the coffee shop, event space, and consignment shop in downtown Vancouver—is pleased to host local artist Tom Relth for the First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 3. Relth’s studio, which is on Boomerang’s lower level, is also party of the Clark County Open Studios Tour on Nov. 11-12. Relth’s works will be displayed at Boomerang until Monday, Nov. 13.

The exhibit, “Contemporary Landscape,” showcases 50-plus of Relth’s color-rich paintings, including many of his large-scale works. “We have exhibited nearly two thousand artworks from local and regional artists,” notes Relth, who has served as Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence and gallery curator for the past two years. “The exhibitions have traversed various media and subject matter (paper, fibre arts, painting, sculpture, photography, etc.) hoping to draw an ever greater audience to the Boomerang concept. Now, it’s my opportunity to exhibit my own work.”

Boomerang will celebrate Relth’s exhibit and his participation in the Open Studios Tour with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and a special free photo booth featuring Trung Phan Photography. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for First Fridays, when Boomerang stays open until 9 p.m.

The Clark County Open Studios Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. Tom Relth is No. 8 on the tour. Tour maps are available at every studio on the tour and online at www.ccopenstudios.org. It is free to participate and children are welcome.

Contemporary Landscapes by Tom Relth at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts—the extensive upstairs and downstairs gallery space located inside Boomerang, the coffee shop, event space, and consignment shop in downtown Vancouver—is pleased to host local artist Tom Relth for the First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 3. Relth’s studio, which is on Boomerang’s lower level, is also party of the Clark County Open Studios Tour on Nov. 11-12. Relth’s works will be displayed at Boomerang until Monday, Nov. 13.

The exhibit, “Contemporary Landscape,” showcases 50-plus of Relth’s color-rich paintings, including many of his large-scale works. “We have exhibited nearly two thousand artworks from local and regional artists,” notes Relth, who has served as Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence and gallery curator for the past two years. “The exhibitions have traversed various media and subject matter (paper, fibre arts, painting, sculpture, photography, etc.) hoping to draw an ever greater audience to the Boomerang concept. Now, it’s my opportunity to exhibit my own work.”

Boomerang will celebrate Relth’s exhibit and his participation in the Open Studios Tour with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and a special free photo booth featuring Trung Phan Photography. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for First Fridays, when Boomerang stays open until 9 p.m.

The Clark County Open Studios Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. Tom Relth is No. 8 on the tour. Tour maps are available at every studio on the tour and online at www.ccopenstudios.org. It is free to participate and children are welcome.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling,” pigments on canvas, 40 inches by 63 inches, by Tom Relth

Reception for 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.

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

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.

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.

“I See Yellow,” Artist’s Talk & Reception with Tom Relth

“I See Yellow” is a series of paintings by Tom Relth that explores composition difficulties and pigment challenges, and you can see the whole sunshiny collection at Three Creeks Community Library through Sept. 24. Relth will give a special presentation about the exhibit at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The artist’s talk will include complimentary light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist and ask him questions about his process, his inspiration, his medium, and his style. Relth is an accomplished artist in many mediums, but he gained widespread recognition for his striking collage portraits, created from thousands of magazine pages, cut into tiny strips. Many of Relth’s works can also be seen at Boomerang, where he served as a curator for the coffee shop’s rotating art displays.

All library events and programs are open to the public and absolutely free to attend. Registration is not required. Three Creeks Community Library is located at 800-C NE Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, near Fred Meyer. To learn more, visit the I See Yellow event page or check out the library’s Facebook page.

I see Yellow with Tom Relth

“I See Yellow” is a series of paintings by Tom Relth that explores composition difficulties and pigment challenges, and you can see the whole sunshiny collection at Three Creeks Community Library through Sept. 24. Relth will give a special presentation about the exhibit at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The artist’s talk will include complimentary light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist and ask him questions about his process, his inspiration, his medium, and his style. Relth is an accomplished artist in many mediums, but he gained widespread recognition for his striking collage portraits, created from thousands of magazine pages, cut into tiny strips. Many of Relth’s works can also be seen at Boomerang, where he served as a curator for the coffee shop’s rotating art displays.

All library events and programs are open to the public and absolutely free to attend. Registration is not required. Three Creeks Community Library is located at 800-C NE Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, near Fred Meyer. To learn more, visit the I See Yellow event page or check out the library’s Facebook page.

Above image: detail from one of Relth’s “I See Yellow” paintings

First Friday at Boomerang: Art by John Wyckoff, April Van Dyke & Tom Relth

Boomerang—the popular downtown Vancouver coffee shop and showcase for gently used home furnishings and décor—will exhibit the estate works of architect and artist John Dean Wyckoff. Wyckoff, a principal at LSW Architects who passed away in 2012, was nationally recognized as a designer of educational facilities. After he retired, he returned to his first passion—art. Beginning First Friday, Sept. 2, visitors to Boomerang can see a dozen of his works on the main floor, as well as over 20 newly discovered works in various states of near-completion. There will be an opening night reception on Sept. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. with live music and light refreshments. Giclée prints of Wyckoff’s works will be available to purchase via special order during the evening and throughout the month. Proceeds from the sale of prints will support Boomerang’s free community children’s programs in its “Treehouse.” To learn more, visit http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/john-wyckoff.html.

Additionally, Ryderwood painter and musician April Van Dyke will exhibit her watercolor and gouache paintings. Van Dyke comes from a background of Native American and ancient textile arts, with a dash of flute performance, literary arts, and living history production and performance (we don’t know what that is, but it sounds awfully interesting). Van Dyke and her husband, Paul, are both accomplished musicians; Paul is a keyboard artist. The couple will perform flute-and-keyboard music during the reception on Sept. 2.

Boomerang will also host an exhibit of original works by collage artist and painter Tom Relth, who serves as Boomerang’s fine art curator. Paintings and drawings range from eight by eight inches to massive five-panel works that are approximately 13 feet by four feet. All are available for sale. For more information, call 360-561-4245 or email art@generosityreturns.com.

Art by Wyckoff, Van Dyke at Boomerang

Boomerang—the popular downtown Vancouver coffee shop and showcase for gently used home furnishings and décor—will exhibit the estate works of architect and artist John Dean Wyckoff. Wyckoff, a principal at LSW Architects who passed away in 2012, was nationally recognized as a designer of educational facilities. After he retired, he returned to his first passion—art. Beginning First Friday, Sept. 2, visitors to Boomerang can see a dozen of his works on the main floor, as well as over 20 newly discovered works in various states of near-completion. There will be an opening night reception on Sept. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. with live music and light refreshments. Giclée prints of Wyckoff’s works will be available to purchase via special order during the evening and throughout the month. Proceeds from the sale of prints will support Boomerang’s free community children’s programs in its “Treehouse.” To learn more, visit http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/john-wyckoff.html.

Additionally, Ryderwood painter and musician April Van Dyke will exhibit her watercolor and gouache paintings. Van Dyke comes from a background of Native American and ancient textile arts, with a dash of flute performance, literary arts, and living history production and performance (we don’t know what that is, but it sounds awfully interesting). Van Dyke and her husband, Paul, are both accomplished musicians; Paul is a keyboard artist. The couple will perform flute-and-keyboard music during the reception on Sept. 2.

Boomerang will also host an exhibit of original works by collage artist and painter Tom Relth, who serves as Boomerang’s fine art curator. Paintings and drawings range from eight by eight inches to massive five-panel works that are approximately 13 feet by four feet. All are available for sale. For more information, call 360-561-4245 or email art@generosityreturns.com.

Above image: detail from painting by John Wyckoff

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.

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!

Meet the Artist: Tom Relth

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation is hosting a reception for Vancouver artist Tom Relth from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, in the Foundation’s offices at the FVRL District Headquarters building, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. The evening will feature a discussion by the artist, wine from Burnt Bridge Cellars, treats from Simply Sweets, and live music from local guitarist Patrick Meyer. Admission is free, and free parking is available onsite.

Relth, who is opening a new studio in downtown Vancouver, is a contemporary abstract painter, working generally on larger format linen, canvas, paper and wood panels. He uses traditional tube paints, adding dry pigments such as minerals, dried herbs, and spices found in Mediterranean cuisine. A former professor of art in the United States and Morocco, Relth has exhibited and curated shows internationally.

Nineteen recent artworks by Relth will be on display and available for purchase. To support the library and its programs, Relth will donate 50% of the sale price of all paintings sold while on display at the FVRL Foundation office. There will also be a raffle for a 22” x 32” framed and signed acrylic painting valued at $550. Raffle tickets ($10 each) will be available the evening of the reception. The drawing will take place May 1 at the Air and Hospitality Academy’s Plant a Seed dinner and auction—also benefitting FVRL Foundation—and the winner need not be present to win. For more information, call 360-906-4700, e-mail foundation@fvrl.org, visit www.fvrlf.org, or see the FVRL Facebook page. You can learn more about Tom Relth and his art at www.relth.org.