Hip to Be Square 2018

Sequoia Gallery + Studios invites artists living in the greater Portland area to participate in a non-juried, fundraising, open show in April. The gallery will show 12″ square original works created by up to 200 artists, with a section showing 12″ square works by Sequoia members.

Included in the entry fee of $25 is a 12” x 12” canvas or wood panel. Artists of all ages, experience levels and mediums are welcome.

Entry forms are available in the gallery and on the website. Substrates are available in the gallery beginning January 30th.

People’s Choice voting for the winning compositions in several prize categories begins on Tuesday, April 3. Award winners and prizes will be announced at the Artists’ Reception in the evening on April 3,

Sequoia Gallery + Studios is expanding this year to include area high school students, so expect the walls and halls of our gallery to be filled with imaginative compositions!

Visit our website to download application.

2 D Entries, Hip to Be Square 2017, Photo Credit: Larry Whitlock

Sequoia Winter Party and Volunteer Appreciation

Sequoia members and volunteers gathered at the home of Sequoia President Barbara Mason on January 25th to celebrate a successful 10th Anniversary Year. The guests of honor at the party were our dedicated volunteers, without whose help Sequoia would not have been able to stay in business for a decade.

Members and volunteers celebrated with lasagna and salad with French bread. Wine was donated by Gayle Pedemonte and Barbara Mason. Appetizers, including a “killer” artichoke dip were donated by Gayle Pedemonte. A white elephant gift exchange was also enjoyed by all.  Some gifts were very nice and some were very white “elephant-ish”.

Our 2017 volunteers include:

Heather Rubicam, Catering for our monthly First Tuesday Art Receptions

Jan Simmons, Community Board Members, Plein Air Committee Member

Carol Loughner, Community Board Members, Plein Air Committee Member

Kay Warden, Gallery Staffer

Doug Petite, Gallery Staffer, Exhibitions, and Jack of All Trades

Mia Hocking, Plein Air Committee Chair

Marlene Nash, Food Server on First Tuesday

Hugh Ferguson, Wine Server on First Tuesday

Catherine Volle, Wine Server on First Tuesday

And all the Sequoia members who volunteer their time in many ways to help run our 501 c3 art non-profit, making the whole larger than the sum of the parts!

Many thanks to everyone for making it a successful 10 year anniversary!

2018 Small Art Treasures Show

In January, Sequoia will continue to display Small Art Treasures in the gallery. Sequoia artists were invited to create small, gift-able items outside of their usual mediums for sale in the gallery.

Our unique handmade art gifts are one-of-kind treasures for your loved ones. In addition, Sequoia Gallery + Studios provides a relaxing shopping experience worthy of a visit to charming Downtown Hillsboro. We hope to see you soon!

January All Member Show

Our All Member Show continues in January with some new pieces from our members. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this beautiful display of paintings and drawings, as well as ceramics, sculptures and jewelry showcasing all our artists.

In addition, we will continue our small treasure and ornament tree display. This is the perfect time to purchase a one-of-a-kind gift for an upcoming event for a loved one or for you.

Also, join us for this special reception on January 2 to celebrate our anniversary and for you to meet many of our artists.

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