2017 Small Art Treasures Show

In addition to our Annual All Member Show , Sequoia will also be offering a display of Small Art Treasures in the gallery this month. Sequoia artists are invited to create small, gift-able items outside of their usual mediums for sale in the gallery during the Holiday Season.

Our unique handmade art gifts provide a refreshing alternative to the mass-produced items available everywhere. And Sequoia Gallery + Studios provides a relaxing shopping experience worthy of a visit to charming Downtown Hillsboro. We hope to see you soon!

December All Member Show

Every December, Sequoia faces the conundrum of who to feature during the festive Holiday Season. Rather than pick and choose among our equally talented 33 members, we instead feature…Everyone!

By lottery, we assign each Sequoia artist a section of wall, shelf or pedestal space on which to display their favorite and/or best works of art. Some of us create a new series specifically for holiday show, and others display a rotating smorgasbord of new and existing favorite works. But without a doubt, each of us chooses work that adds to the sparkle and glow of the gallery.

The results, always unique and exciting, invite you to browse a collection of gift-worthy, one-of-a-kind art works. Join us as we Deck the Walls and Halls of Sequoia Gallery + Studios this Holiday Season!

September 2017 Plein Air Update

The countdown is on!!!

Plein Air@WashingtonCounty 2017 is just around the corner. The annual event runs September 27 – September 30.

If you have not registered yet, please come on down to the gallery today and get yourself signed up for this event.

Hillsboro is absolutely breathtaking in the autumn months and while it is a little early to predict the weather, the forecast looks promising.

This year, our Wet Paint Art Show & Reception event will be showcased within the Sequoia Gallery walls. Not only will you have the opportunity to experience the excitement of the freshly painted masterpieces, but you will have the opportunity to visit with Sequoia membership in their house!

So… what is “Plein Air” painting? As defined by Artist Daily: “Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape.”

Visit the Plein Air page on the Sequoia Gallery website for all the event details. Be sure to take a close look… this year’s event has a few significant changes to the schedule and locations.

A note from one of our generous supporters, Guerrilla Painter/Judson Art Outfitters:

“Carl Judson is the original Guerrilla Painter and frequently takes road trips around the country. He enjoys stopping to meet with individual artists and painting groups for coffee to talk painting or to rummage around his traveling art supply store. Given enough interest, he can even be persuaded to give one of his seminar workshops on plein air. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please give him a call or drop him a line.”

Carl Judson



For information regarding Carl’s upcoming trips and programs please visit:

Where’s Carl Now?

Plein Air Update

Call to Artists and Art Enthusiasts!!


The Plein Air @ Washington County 2017 event is just a two months away. This opportunity is open to artists of all skill-levels, experience-levels, and all materials & mediums.

Join us and be a part of the event that kicks-off Hillsboro Arts Month AND celebrates Sequoia Gallery & Studios’ 10th anniversary! That’s right… Sequoia is celebrating 10 years of community arts creation & appreciation and we want you to be a part of it!

Hillsboro and Washington County offer some of the most beautiful scenery especially during the Fall months… the air is cool and crisp and the colors are simply breathtaking.

Just in case you have forgotten to mark your calendar-

The event dates are Wednesday 9/27-Saturday 9/30.

There are many available registration spots, but they will start to disappear soon.

So… what can you expect to receive for your $50 registration fee? Check this out…

  • Self-guided ‘Staycation’… Time in quiet, scenic venues; maybe venues that you have thought about visiting, but just hadn’t quite gotten to it yet. Is there a winery that you have been meaning to visit? Have you seen the new bakery on 3rd street? Or Hillsboro’s newest park next to Orenco Elementary School?
  • The sweetest gift bag of wonderfully artsy supplies and snacks.
  • An opportunity to exhibit and sell your finished work during Hillsboro Arts Month, October 2017.
  • A chance to win one of the impressive prizes and awards (First prize is $750 cash!)
  • Meet Robert Gamblin, founder of Gamblin Artist Colours!! He is our juror for this year’s event! Amazing.
  • Meet and mingle with fellow Plein Air artistsT
  • TWO receptions to celebrate the ‘fruits’ of the week- one on Saturday 9/30 evening and one on First Tuesday 10/3 evening.
  • Promotion and publicity of your artistic talents.
  • Sequoia’s undivided attention to helping you have an enjoyable and successful Plein Air event.
  • More, more, more.


We are changing-it-up this year! Here are a few of the highlights:

  • The Quick Draw session will be happening AT THE BEGINNING of the event, directly following registration… Wednesday 9/27 from 10am-12pm.
  • Sequoia Gallery & Studios will be hosting the Saturday 9/30 reception and wet paint sale.
  • Helvetia Winery will be pouring wine for our Saturday reception.
  • (Not a change, but note-worthy) Saturday 9/30 will be Hillsboro’s Saturday Market on Main AND it’s Hillsboro Arts Month Kick-off.


Check out the Plein Air page of Sequoia’s website for more details.


We look forward to seeing you and your easel for this event!

Sequoia Gallery & Studios

Plein Air Update

Mark your calendars… Plein Air @ Washington County 2017 is HAPPENING in just a few months!


What is “Plein Air”?

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” Reference:

When is the painting event?

September 27-30, 2017

When can I register?

TODAY! If you register before June 30, 2017, the registration fee is only $45.

How do I register?

  • Click here to visit our Sequoia website to find all the information and application OR
  • Visit the gallery Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and complete an application in-person.
  • We accept CC, Check or Cash.


Why do I register?

WHY NOT?!! This is the premier community art event to kick off the Hillsboro October Arts Month. Washington County is spectacular in the Fall season. This is THE opportunity to see the landscape and put paint to canvas as a record of your visits across our beautiful county. Did you know about Hillsboro’s newest park over behind Orenco Elementary School? It is wonderfully open and has much opportunity to “have its portrait painted”.

The Plein Air artwork will be on exhibit for the month of October in Sequoia Gallery’s featured artist space. This is also an opportunity for sales and exposure for our participants.

Oh… and we should mention… there is an opportunity to win amazing prizes!! First prize is $750 cash… and the list goes on.

Do I need to be a professional artist?

This event is open to artists of all levels, however all submitted artwork IS judged by a professional juror in order to determine awards. We do have an ‘Emerging Artist’ category for those that are just beginning to discover their passion for Plein Air painting.

This year, we will be organizing a Pre-event Paint-Out session with a professional Plein Air artist for some instruction on tools & technique.

ALL registrants are accepted… there is room for everyone!

What am I waiting for?!!

Good question! There is still plenty of time, but time does fly so while the registration fee is at its lowest.

For details and to register visit our website!

Plein Air 2017

Life Drawing Show

The Human Form

Friday, June 9, 5 – 8 pm

Saturday, June 10, 12 – 4 pm

Location: Sequoia Gallery + Studios Classroom

This weekend show features the drawings and paintings from the past two years of the Monday Life Drawing group. Life Drawing is an ongoing, drop in session, coordinated by Sequoia artist Bonnie Burbidge. Participating artists are: Bonnie Burbidge, Donna Clark, Jean Fulton, Marianne Holma, Kylee Kersten, Robert Schlegel, and Jake Surber.

Charcoal drawing by Robert Schlegel

Coming Soon: Sequoia Paint Parties

Come to Sequoia to Paint Your “Masterpiece”
All Supplies Provided
Light Snacks, Wine and Fun Instruction by Sequoia Artists
“More Party Than Class”
$30 per student

Debuting in June, Sequoia presents Paint Parties! We will be offering four opportunities to help yourself and your friends have a good time, create a work of art you can be proud of, and also help Sequoia continue its non-profit mission.  Sign up for one or all of these fundraising Paint Party Classes taught and assisted by Sequoia artists.

In June, Gayle Pedemonte will teach you how to paint a Summery Sunflower still life take on Van Gogh.  July’s Paint Party will be a dreamy Water Lily study inspired by Monet and taught by Carolyn Pettitt. Laura Wilson will teach you to paint a refreshing Day at the Beach in August, with beautiful colors reminiscent of the tropics.  Last but not least, sign up for “Paint Your Pet” with the Sequoia Artists Team. Bring a photo of YOUR pet and we’ll help you go home with a fun rendition of your beloved feline, canine or (insert your pet of choice) family member. We provide the art teacher, helpers and all the supplies. We also throw in a little wine, coffee, and some snacks. You provide $30 and your willingness to try! No experience necessary!

Space is limited, so sign up early!

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Instruction by
Gayle Pedemonte
Friday Night Painting
6:30-9:00 PM
June 16, 2017

Monet’s Water Lilies

Instruction by
Carolyn Pettitt
Friday Night Painting
6:30-9:00 PM
July 21, 2017

A Day At the Beach

Instruction by
Laura Wilson
Friday Night Painting
6:30-9:00 PM
August 25, 2017

Paint Your Pet

Instruction by
Sequoia Artists Team
Friday Night Painting
6:30-9:00 PM
September 22, 2017

Call 503-693-0401 to Choose Your Painting and Painting Day or
Arrange a Party for Your Group to Paint the Picture You Want at Sequoia or Your Location