The Back Room Gallery (BRG) is honored to host a final solo show by Homer’s revered elder artist, R.W. “Toby” Tyler.  This posthumous show pays tribute to a life well lived and honors Toby’s generosity, philanthropic spirit, and impact on Homer’s art and conservation communities.

The exhibit was planned before his December 2016 passing.  This special show for Toby features an eclectic mix of watercolor paintings and framed prints as well as a collection of Toby’s last works.  

With his vision and perception impaired following a stroke, Toby returned to painting in the fall of 2015.  Working with oils and a palette knife, he progressed to using a brush before his health began to decline.  His renditions of Red Mountain, the Anchor Point beach, mountains at Tutka, and other Kachemak Bay landmarks reflect his keen memory of the area’s topography and his love of the community that had long been his home.

Sets of notecards and notepapers, prints suitable for framing and reproductions of his original watercolors will be included in the show.  Cards, prints, and unframed artwork can be taken at the time of purchase.

Photos and memorabilia commemorating Toby’s life in Homer will also be on display.  Visitors are encouraged to share memories of Toby in a remembrance book to be presented to his family. 

This is a unique exhibit of Toby’s artwork that provides a wonderful opportunity to acquire a memory of this beloved artist.  Come one and all, especially all of Toby’s fans, to help us celebrate the life and legacy of the late Toby Tyler.

This posthumous show and tribute to Toby will be on display in the BRG May 5 through May 30.  See you there!


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Homer, Alaska 99603

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