Gallery Shows

September Featured Artists

Our show this month features Gayle Pedemonte’s travel inspired oil painting, Janis Childs’ colorful paintings on wood surfaces and Sue Swain’s abstract alcohol ink paintings.

Gayle Pedemonte

After spending a couple of weeks in France this spring, Gayle says she returned to her studio invigorated. Visiting Giverny, the home of Claude Monet, Provence, and the museums of Paris was a lifelong dream for her as a painter. Gayle paints in oils in the impressionistic style. Her Featured Artist paintings were all done from photos that she took. Gayle feels they are a small survey from her trip, capturing the light, the villages, the flowers and the feel of France.

Gayle has been a member of Sequioa Gallery for several years, and this last year moved into one of the onsite studio spaces. She has been painting in oils for about 10 years, calling on a variety of experiences, classes and workshops that have formulated her impressionistic style.  She has a varied artistic background and jokingly says she is probably a better gardener than a painter.  Gayle’s large garden in Gaston is like a canvas that changes with the seasons providing year- round inspiration.

Picnic at Janice's
Rhododendron, Sunflower and Lemon Bowls, Janis Childs

Janis Childs

Starting at an early age, Janis has always had a love of drawing, using crayons, pastels, pencils, paintbrush or whatever was at hand. She obtained a degree in fine arts and started as a fabric designer in NYC, but soon moved to Key West. There Janis started painting one of a kind designs on clothing and selling at local boutiques, eventually starting an artist’s cooperative.

After many years of creating art and participating in multiple galleries, Janis’ work has evolved into painting on many different surfaces. Wood has now become her surface of choice. She paints directly on unfinished wood using pure pigments and acrylic mediums that soak into the surface and act as a vibrant stain. Janis says each piece is coated with a food safe finish, making for practical art creations.

As a September featured artist, Janis will be displaying hand painted wooden bowls, trays, lazy susans, salt & pepper mills and linens.

Sue Swain

Sue has been painting with alcohol ink since 2013 when she began studying with pioneers Karen Walker and June Rollins.  She continues to participate in several online groups where artists from all over the world participate, share, and encourage each other.  Sue also teaches beginning workshops from her home.

Sue feels painting with ink is very much like dancing with the colors.  Once she places a few drops of alcohol or blending solution on a smooth sub-straight, immediately followed by color, the ink takes on a life of its own.  A sense of awe and wonder happens for her as she watches the ink begin to transform into hills, valleys, trees, ocean or some other abstract painting.  Sue finds that dancing with the ink is freeing and relaxing and forces her to lose the need to “control” the process.  She says if one doesn’t like it, you can wash it off and start over.

Sue’s Featured Artist show is appropriately entitled “The Dance of Color”.

Heaven's Song, Sue Swain

August Featured Artists

Leo Brew’s oil paintings of wildlife and Jane Vanderzanden’s Western-themed scratchboards are on display in the gallery this month.

Sheep, Scratchboard, Jane Vanderzanden

Jane Vanderzanden

Sequoia Gallery artist Jane Vanderzanden’s focus for her August show is on her scratchboard drawings. Starting with a sheet of black scratchboard, she uses various instruments to scratch out fine details of light from beneath the black surface. Jane says this medium lends itself well to creating the form and textures of wildlife and nature.

 

Jane combines her two interests of nature and art into wildlife and Western themed acrylic paintings and scratchboard drawings. The details of her work present many transparent layers of color, small brush strokes or fine scratchboard lines. Her inspiration comes from her first-hand observations while hiking and trail riding through the wilderness. Jane shows her artwork at various venues throughout the Northwest.

Leopoldine Brew

Leo’s devotion to capturing the grandeur of wildlife in her paintings was first nurtured with trips to the zoo as a child with her father. She continues to visit zoos and wildlife sanctuaries regularly, where she observes, gains reference materials, bonds with precious wildlife families, and joins in the solace of these sanctuaries. Many new works presented in her featured artist exhibition, Majesty of the Cat, are a result of a full year of study and concentrated effort.

“In my communion with wild animals, I have long felt their equality with humans, and abhor the notion that humans are inherently superior to these grand living beings. They feel every emotion that humans do: pleasure and pain, hardship and joy, parenting and family bonds, stress and repose,” Leo states.

“I try to capture the personality and dignity of these creatures, much as a portrait painter attempts to capture not just a likeness, but the essence of the individual. Once I achieve a distinctive gleam in their eyes I feel a rush of accomplishment and I know I’ve turned another corner in my painting process,” she adds. Leo is committed to supporting conservation and preservation of wild animals in their native habitats.

Lion Cub, Oil on Canvas, Leo Brew

July Featured Artists

Our July gallery show features pastels and watercolors by Laura Wilson and solarplate intaglio by Barbara Mason. Please note that the artists’ reception will be on Saturday, July 15th from noon to 2 p.m., due to the July 4th holiday.

Laura Wilson

Laura, a watercolor and pastel artist, will show new work created “en plein air” and in her studio  at Sequoia Gallery. Laura’s landscapes capture her travels around the US and Europe. Her work includes ocean, country and city scenes to bring the viewer a fresh take on familiar and exotic locations.

Laura’s desire to pursue fine art took hold suddenly 20 years ago.  She actively sought out artists to study and travel with, learning how to work watercolor and pastel while on-the-go. She prefers surfaces rough and toothy — watercolor paper that takes a heavy wash, or sanded museum board for pastel. For “en plein aire” she likes to do an “unrelated prewash” the night before a paint-out; then takes that surface to the location to discover a new way of seeing the landscape. This technique allows Laura to integrate her feelings about light and color with the immediate environment.

Laura retired from Intel June 2016 where she worked for 20 years.  Immediately after retiring Laura joined Sequoia Gallery and Studios as an artist and as an Encore Fellow working on organizational development and outreach. Her passion now is to expand the impact of Sequoia’s non-profit visual arts association.

Barbara Mason

Barbara Mason is an artist/printmaker working in her own printmaking studio in Hillsboro, 17 miles west of Portland, Oregon. A lifelong artist, she began studying printmaking in the early 80’s and was immediately enamored with the medium. Barbara has been making monotypes since the early 80’s and starting about 1999 discovered solar plate intaglio printmaking which changed her life.

Barbara is an arts advocate and active in the community. She has been a resource person for the Beaverton School District since 1976. Serving 8 years on the board of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, she was also a founding board member of Art in the Pearl, an outdoor community arts fair taking place on Labor Day Weekend. She has been on the board of Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Print Arts Northwest, the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, OR and currently President of the Board of the Hillsboro Visual Art Assn and on the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council.

Barbara spends many hours each year as a volunteer teaching printmaking in local schools and at Atelier Meridian. Her enthusiasm for printmaking is translated into wonderful works by students ages 8-80 who thought they couldn’t draw and therefore couldn’t make art. They were mistaken, Barbara is sure anyone can make art and everyone should be doing so.

Barbara’s interest in the solarplate etching process has sent her work in a new direction and the resulting etching multiples are done in editions of 6 or less. This original non objective work seeks to portray the balance in life as well as the choices made by us as humans.

June Featured Artists

Our gallery show this month features paintings and drawings by one of our founding members, Claire Duren. Lieta Gratteri will display her watercolors and new member Cheryl Cameron will show her sumptuous silk creations.

Join us for the opening reception on First Tuesday in downtown Hillsboro.

Lieta Gratteri

About 7 years ago Lieta finally took some time for herself and signed up for a watercolor class at Walters Cultural Center. She became addicted and ventured on with classes for 5 more years. Just last year Lieta decided to dabble in oil painting and the same thing happened. She was hooked! Trying to do both mediums and keeping their processes separate can sometimes be an issue for her. She finds they tend to be created in opposite sequences. Lieta says it is her therapy, although it can sometimes stress her out, but she finds it more than worth the effort. She states she has met some wonderful friends and instructors and can’t imagine her life without art.

Lieta’s June show at Sequoia is mainly about the Oregon Coast. She feels that most of us can connect with that special memory or adventure somewhere along our beautiful coastline. She has chosen to do watercolors because the flow reminds her of the ocean. Lieta loves to see how color can bring a certain feeling to her process of layering in the right paint, not causing a muddy look. She says it doesn’t always work, so it’s on to the next one. Lieta hopes to give people a peaceful feeling with her paintings.

Twin Rocks
Hand-painted Silk Shawl

Cheryl Cameron

Cheryl is a self-taught silk painter, using the silk painting serti technique (serti means fence, referring to the resist used to draw the outlines). She takes her Inspiration from dance and the fluid, organic shapes in nature, especially the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Cheryl’s creations are one of a kind, original hand painted silks, taking the form of scarves, wraps, scarf-necklace hybrids and wall hangings. All paintings are on 100% silk, colorfast and hand-washable. The process involves drawing the outlines on plain white silk with a water-based gutta (resist), which keeps the colors contained. Sumi brushes are used to apply silk dye, which expand to fill in the spaces outlined. Cheryl then adds salt crystals or multiple additional colors to blend for a bit of additional visual texture. After the painting is done, the silks are steamed to set the colors, then washed and ironed.

Cheryl was born in Mississippi and raised in the Midwest.  She fell in love with silk painting in 2009 and has been in Oregon painting full time since 2011. She shows her work at art shows around the Northwest and works from her studio at Sequoia Gallery in Hillsboro.

Claire Duren

Claire’s work as one of the featured artists in June is focused on oil paintings and her drawings:  pen and ink drawings, black pencil drawings and colored pencil drawings. Some of the images are intimate closeups of everyday objects, as well as distant landscapes. No matter the subject, Claire’s drawings exhibit her skill in illustration. Her show is an eclectic mix of small works created over the past year.  One especially moody drawing reflects her impression of a three-a.m. viewing of the islands of the Stockholm archipelago. Another small drawing is an excellent rendition of an artichoke. Quite a variety!

Claire recalls she loved to draw since the second grade and always aspired to be an artist. She earned a bachelor of Arts degree at Washington State University, taught art in High School, and continued to take art classes over the years. She is one of the founding members of Sequoia and still maintains a studio there.

Marblehead, Mass.

Sun Moon Sea

Artists: Eliat Avivi, Christina Massocco and Martin Conley
Music: Keith Brown

This multimedia collaboration at Sequoia Gallery + Studios has been nearly a year in the making and is the first time three Sequoia artists have joined forces in this way.READ MORE

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