Gallery Shows

December/January Annual All Member and Small Art Treasures Show

Meet the Artists Reception, Tuesday, December 4, 5 – 8
Show runs December 4, 2018 through January 31, 2019
Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Special Holiday Hours: Sundays, December 9, 16 and 23, 11am – 3pm

Every December, Sequoia Gallery + Studios features our annual All Member and Small Art Treasures Show. Each of our members displays their favorite works of art within their own section of our gallery walls, pedestals and showcases. Gallery artists also display small handmade art objects outside of their usual mediums. Also on display is our Annual Holiday Ornament Tree decorated with handmade ornaments of glass, wood, miniature canvases and more, which are available for purchase. Treat your friends, family members and yourself to the gift of handmade, one of a kind art at our annual Holiday Show.

Visit our 11 on-site artists’ studios and enjoy holiday guitar music by Calvin Birkenbile of Melody Maker Music Studio (www.melodymakerpdx.com) during the reception.

November Featured Artists Show

Anne Ferguson

Now in her 80s, Anne Ferguson is hoping that her show will demonstrate that it’s never too late to try something new. In her case, it’s abstract art. She’s been influenced by Matisse, Wolf Kahn, David Park, Wayne Thibaud, Joan Mitchell, Krista Harris, Jason Craighead, and Kitty Sabatier..

Anne is a graduate of Syracuse University of Fine Arts and has studied painting at The Art Students League in NYC as well as sculpture at the College of William and Mary. She worked in TV advertising and has exhibited extensively on the east coast. Her work is in many collections including that of the First Federal Reserve Bank of Virginia.

Anne identifies with Matisse’s reasons for painting. He said he painted for the average working man, so they could come home after work and sit in a chair to admire his paintings. She has been rewarded by having some such fans and they her painting. But also, she is simply blissful when working with and learning about color.

Royce Kugler

Royce is pursuing her professional career painting the subject she loves best, the natural world.  She has studied under Robert Bateman, John Seerey-Lester, Alan Hunt, wildlife: George Strickland, Gay Falkenberry, Jim Wilcox, John Budicin, landscapes (plein air) and many others. She is pleased with her African study of lions which you can see as she is featured artist at Sequoia in November. Through her education and dedication she has achieved a knowledge and respect for the integrity of her subjects that gives her a rare authenticity and dedication to her work. The love of the outdoors has taken her work outside painting onsite (plein air) capturing the beauty of nature as it evolves.

An accomplished, award winning artist, Royce shares her knowledge with others through her teaching and involvement with art organizations. She is currently a member of Oil Painters of America and served three terms as President of Painters Showcase, an organization that has been active in promoting the arts for 41 years. You will currently find her work at Sequoia Gallery and Wild Rain in Tillamook. Her paintings are in private collections across the country and she exhibits her oil paintings in galleries and shows throughout the year.

Rebecca Gravenmier

Becky creates one of a kind jewelry that reflects the shapes, colors and textures in nature. She creates unique hammered sterling silver and copper jewelry featuring quality gemstones.  Becky also creates a line of leather bracelets by recycling used belts. She began making jewelry for friends as a child and then returned to this passion as an adult and taught herself silversmithing.

She has been making jewelry for over 17 years and has shown her work in several galleries and participates in numerous art fairs in the Pacific Northwest. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in range ecology and has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of land management for 33 years.

 

Cheryl Cameron

Cheryl paints one of a kind, original hand painted silks, taking the form of scarves, wraps, scarf-necklace hybrids and wall hangings. She is a self-taught serti technique silk painter. Cheryl draws the outlines on plain white silk with a water-based gutta. Sumi brushes are used to apply silk dye, which expand to fill in the spaces outlined. Salt crystals or multiple colors are blended for a bit of additional visual texture. After the painting is done, the silks are steamed to set the colors, and then washed and ironed. All paintings are on 100% silk, colorfast and hand-washable.

October 2018 Plein Air Show

Sequoia Gallery + Studios presents art works created at our annual PleinAir@Washington County painting event. For four days, artists from around the area have been painting and drawing at picturesque locations in and around Hillsboro and Washington County including local parks, farms and businesses. A variety of paint mediums will be represented at the show including pastel, watercolor, oils, and acrylics.

The prize winning compositions, as well as additional works created on location by the participating artists, will be on display at our First Tuesday Artists Reception on October 2 from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition continues through November 2.

2018 First Place Award, Sandra Pearce, “Swing Shift”
2018 Second Place Award, Judith Shaw, “Nightfall at Wetlands”
2018 Best Quick Draw Award, Nathalie Equall, “First Things First”
2018 Best Nocturnal Award, Sandra Pearce, “Swing Shift”
2018 Honorable Mention, Joanne Kollman, “Air Show Festival”
2018 Purchase Award, Joanne Kollman, “The Golden Hour”
2018 Purchase Award, Emily Miller, “L Bar T Ranch, Noon”

Until we add more photos, you can see the winning paintings at Sequoia Gallery, or on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pleinairatwashingtoncounty/

As the 2018 works are still drying on the canvas as of this writing, please enjoy memories of last year’s event with photos taken by Sequoia member and photographer, Lawrence Whitlock.

September Featured Artist Show

Our September Show features watercolors by Lietta Gratteri, oil paintings by Gayle Pedemonte, and hand-painted wooden vessels by Janice Childs. Also on display are works by our 28 member artists and 11 working artists studios. Come meet the artists on the First Tuesday in September.

Lieta Gratteri

Lieta’s paintings for her September show demonstrate her fascination with painting birds. She finds that birds have so much character and lend themselves to experimentation. Each of her bird paintings has a unique, textured background. She looks forward to finding new techniques to explore painting her feathered friends and considers each bird painting its own little “personality”.

After painting in watercolor for 8 years now, Lieta has finally found her comfort zone. Branching out and following her own ideas has been great for building confidence and finding herself as a painter. She says nothing holds her back now…she has been showing in several locations over the past year and has met some great people as she shares her art.

"Refresh the Day", Lieta Gratteri

Janis Childs

For her show this month, Janis will be displaying her hand-painted wooden bowls, trays, Lazy Susans and linens. After many years of painting of a variety of surfaces, Janis’ surface of choice is now wood. She paints directly on the unfinished wood using pure pigments and acrylic mediums that soak into the surface and act as a vibrant stain. Each piece is coated with a food safe finish, making her pieces both functional and beautiful.

From an early age, Janis has always loved drawing and painting with a variety of materials. After completing her fine arts degree, Janis worked as a fabric designer in NYC. Eventually, Janis moved to Key West and began painting her designs on clothing which she sold at local boutiques.  Janis also helped found a local artist collective in Key West before moving to Portland recently.

"Hand-painted Wooden Bowl, Janice Childs

Gayle Pedemonte

Gayle’s subject matter for her September show is close to home, around the corner, down the road, and in her garden. Her artistic inspiration comes from the color, shapes, values and textures that she sees around her every day in her country home and neighborhood. While her subject matter is familiar, Gayle has enjoyed experimenting with mediums and modes of expression this year.

Gayle is mostly a self-taught painter, but she has taken numerous workshops over the years, which add to her self-expression. She has been a member of Sequoia for several years. She considers herself fortunate to be the tenant of Sequoia Studio #8 and to be a part of a convivial group of artists that helps to nourish her creativity. Gayle’s says that when she is not painting, she is working in her garden.

"Up Dixon Mill Road", Gayle Pedemonte

August Featured Artist Show

Jane Vanderzanden captures rodeo and wildlife scenes in acrylic; Leo Brew brings you up close and personal with her oil paintings of cats both large and small.

Jane Vanderzanden

Jane Vanderzanden’s acrylic paintings and scratchboard drawings are a reflection of the things she sees on her outdoor adventures and outside her studio window. Jane’s August show includes a painting from a bighorn sheep viewing trip with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; rodeo action from St. Paul; mountain horse packing; birds close to home; and other nature scenes. Her detailed artwork captures a moment from the outdoors for the viewer to share in the experience.

A native Oregonian, Jane grew up spending most of her time outdoors, where she enjoys honing her artistic talents. Finely detailed for authenticity, her Western and wildlife works depict her firsthand observations camping, hiking, on horse packing trips, and at rodeos. She captures what she sees in her painting compositions. Then she applies many acrylic paint layers to her colorful artwork. The finished result is often described as “having depth” and a “three-dimensional appearance.”

Recently, Jane received a Best of Show Drawing award from the July 4th, 2018, St. Paul Rodeo Wild West Art Show for her scratchboard drawing of a bighorn sheep.

Monarchs of the Divide, Jane Vanderzanden

Leo Brew

The title of Leo’s August show is “The Eye of the Tiger”.  It is not just the title of a song; the eyes of these beautiful creatures captivate Leo and become subjects for her oil paintings. The moment Leo finishes the eyes in a painting, the animal comes to life.  Once she achieves that distinctive gleam in their eyes, Leo feels a rush of accomplishment and feels she has turned another corner in her painting process. Her audience uses their eyes to observe and connect with the soul, spirit and expression of the animal. Her passion expresses itself through each of her paintings. With perseverance and patience, she is able to capture the essence of the rare and beautiful spirit of each animal.

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. From those formative beginnings, she adopted a passion for painting wildlife with a realistic perspective.

The works in this show are images from the G.G. Conservation Reserve, in South Africa, the Oregon Zoo and San Diego Zoo.  The paintings of the domestic felines are Rita and Saint which belong to Leo’s daughters.

In her communion with wild animals, Leo has long felt their equality with humans. She welcomes you to “The Eye of the Tiger”.

The Eye of the Tiger, Leo Brew

July 2018 Featured Artists Show

Robert Zorko

The world today is uncertain according to Robert. However, his paintings convey a sense of place, where his subjects have a small space of their own that is familiar and safe. There is a quiet peacefulness here, elegant, dignified. Robert uses any number of techniques in his work. This includes using sponges, fingertips, toothbrushes, and his favorite putty knife for edges and just the right angles.

 

Robert is a self-taught acrylic painter who grew up in Montana among hard working people whose lives were tied to the land. He applies this affinity for those people and their surroundings and memorializes them in his art. He has painted for most of his life and has been exhibiting his work at many art shows and venues for the last ten years. His imagination has taken him all the way from his days in Montana to faraway places like Morocco, Turkey, Alaska, France, and Africa. Now Robert would like to take you there, too!

Yaruba, 8" x 24", Acrylic on canvas

Laura Hopper

Several of the watercolor paintings in Laura’s July show at Sequoia started as wet-into-wet renderings with the artist having no preconceived idea where they might lead. The underpainting with an array of rainbow colors transformed into a “rainbow giraffe” and the ones using her favorite blue hue morphed into paintings of a sea turtle and colorful koi.

Throughout childhood Laura always hoped for and requested new crayons, new coloring books, or anything she could use to make something pretty. Her teachers and parents encouraged her to color or paint within the lines. In 1975, after the birth of her third son, she took her first watercolor class. In that class she was encouraged to “drop” paint onto very wet paper. The excitement of watching the paint do “its own thing” got her started on a road to discovering so many new ways to make a painting happen.

Since retirement from a career teaching in the public schools, Laura has enjoyed painting, selling her art at the outdoor markets, teaching watercolor classes, and doing lots of travel. During the years she was lucky enough to be a wife, mother, and teacher there was often little time (or energy) left for painting, but now she gets to paint as often as she wishes.

"Koi", Laura Hopper

June 2018 Featured Artist Show

“Faces of the Matriarch” is a multimedia collaboration between artists Eliat (Ellie) Avivi, Christina Massocco, and Martin Conley. These three artists have come together to build an exhibition that honors the four elements. It is a reprise of 2017 collaboration Sun Moon Sea. Ellie and Christina have created acrylic paintings on canvas painted collaboratively and individually which reflect the forces of nature. Martin has designed sculptures that narrate the movement and power of these elements.

Christina says, “For me the four elements represent beauty and terror. Faces of the Matriarch has given me a chance to meditate on our Mother’s ferocity and fragility”.

Ellie explains they have loved the challenge of collaborating on a collection encompassing the four elements of classic wisdom. Interacting with these elements has allowed them to process the power of each and the interaction among them. Connecting the associations they conjured up and looking for ways to express the feelings they evoked by employing line, form, and color. When painting these pieces, the question arose, “What do they feel like; which colors do we use?” When the answers were found, the show came alive.

Earth, Alaska Drifter, Martin Conley
Faces of the Matriarch, Eliat Avivi and Christina Massocco

May 2018 Featured Artist Show

Our May show featured two acrylic painters with very different styles.  Carolyn Pettitt’s layered, textured acrylic paintings of trees contrast with Martin Conley’s hard-edged geometric compositions.

Carolyn Pettitt

Carolyn’s artistic voice speaks through her use of heavy texture in her creations. She wants the viewer to reach out and touch her art. She uses many layers of texture medium or acrylic paint to help create that feeling. Carolyn’s paintings tend to be very dimensional, sometimes using a palette knife to create layers of thick paint. Her current ongoing series is about trees; she never tires of painting them.

Carolyn doesn’t normally need photos as reference for her paintings. She has traveled extensively around the western United States. When something makes an impression on her, she consciously makes note of what she wants to remember about the place, especially color and mood. When Carolyn gets to the studio, she feels like there is a snapshot in her mind to use as reference.

Edge of the Wetlands, Carolyn Pettit

Martin Conley

Martin paints in a hard-edged style in contrast to his better known organic sculptures that have been displayed at Sequoia Gallery and other area venues for years. He is always looking for different and unique ways of transferring his visions to canvas as well as creating sculpture.

Martin began painting in high school where he interpreted things in mechanical shapes and bright colors. After 4 years of military service, he began college majoring in business, but continued with his painting. He then moved to southern California and worked in graphic design for the next several years. After a two-year break he returned to Oregon, continued painting and received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oregon.

Three Planes, Martin Conley

Hip to Be Square Recap

There was a lot of excitement on opening night of Hip2BSquare 2018. Over 300 attenders voted for their favorite artwork in the following categories: Best Adult 2D, Best Adult 3D, Best Student 2D, Runner Up Student 2D, and Best Student 3D artworks. The winners respectively are: Donna Clark- “She Flies With Her Own Wings”(painting), Tom Boring- “Crabby Crab”(metal assemblage), Dylan Mead- “Make the World a Betta Place”(painting), Emily Wisshack- “The Warmth of a Touch” (painting), and Mary Anne Laxamama- “Embrace”(ceramic sculpture).

This year, Sequoia’s annual invitational show focused on area high school students. Our president, Barbara Mason, applied to the Cultural Coalition of Washington County and received a $1500 grant to provide scholarship entry fees for high school students. As a result, of the 182 students who signed up, we had 150 students participate in the show, and 89 adults.

The volume of work turned in is amazing and, as always, the variety of expression is exciting to see. A large part of the fun is the artist statements which are requested from each participant and posted beside their artwork. Many of the students responded with statements also, and these offer insight into the thought processes of their work.

Many of the students expressed their appreciation to the Sequoia staff for the opportunity of having their work exhibited in a professional gallery. The show is a well earned affirmation of their artistic talents. Sequoia hopes to continue attracting area students for next year’s show- as well as our long time adult artists attenders.

Hip to Be Square 2018, photos: Lawrence Whitlock

Hip to Be Square 2018

Hip to Be Square 2017, photo credit: Larry Whitlock

Every spring, we open our gallery to member and non-member artists of all levels of experience for our annual community exhibition, Hip 2B Square. Everyone, from the beginning artist to the seasoned professional, has the opportunity to unleash their creativity on a 12″x 12″ canvas or wood panel. A wide variety of art styles and mediums are represented in the exhibit including, 3D sculpture, mosaic, mixed media, painting, and assemblage. The only requirement is that the art work fit within the boundaries of the canvas or wood panel and that sculptures not exceed 12″ in height.

Our 2018 show promises to be especially exciting. Sequoia received a generous grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County that enables us to waive the entrance fee for Washington County high school students. The students received a free canvas and will be eligible for prizes in the 2D and 3D categories. With the participation of the high school students we expect the exhibition will include a record number of participants this year.

The participants, some of whom are showing in a gallery for the first time, benefit from the enjoyment of participating in this community show. Sequoia benefits as well; the funds raised from the event help Sequoia continue to bring quality art and art programming to the community throughout the year.

Don’t forget to pick up a ballot and cast your vote for your favorites! Voting for the People’s Choice Awards begins on Tuesday, April 3 from 10am to 7:15pm. Awards will be announced at 7:30pm. Award categories for this year are for Best 2D Artwork, Best 3D artwork and Best 2D and 3D Artwork 18 years and younger. Prizes have been generously donated by Dick Blick Art Supplies, Christina Massocco and Kathy Gilbert.

March 2018 Featured Artist Show

Colorful paintings on the cusp of abstraction unite our March featured artists, acrylic painter Lee Smith and mixed media painter, Pat Krishnamurthy.

Lee Smith

Lee’s current series is titled “Treeline.”  She delivers a variety of intriguing abstract acrylic landscapes featuring stylized trees with evolving shadows that ebb and flow, allowing the viewer to choose their own adventure.  Each piece in the series demands attention with brilliant blocks of color and varied intensity.  Lee’s trademark blue/gold glazed hues are front and center as she plays with texture, size and density in a sometimes stark but always vibrant world.

The artist’s home and studio are located near the foothills of the Coast Range west of Portland. In past lives, she has been a freelance graphic artist, a technical illustrator, an art director and a corporate workaholic, but now works in her studio full-time. Lee utilizes years of irreplaceable hands-on experience to nurture the ongoing refinement of her creative vision.

Pat Krishnamurthy

Pat’s new series of paintings is entitled Saptapadi, a Sanskrit word that translates to The Seven Steps. In a series of seven mixed media paintings, she presents her interpretation of the seven vows made by a Hindu wedding couple as they take seven steps around a sacred fire. Pat took these steps and made these vows over 35 years ago when she married her husband, a native of India.

While creating the series, Pat researched the symbols and imagery associated with Hindu wedding ceremonies. Her working process involves adding and obscuring layers of plaster, paint, brass and wax on wood panels. This produces a layered, textured surface reminiscent of worn fabric, tarnished brass, and burnished surfaces.

The daughter of an artist and art teacher, Pat cannot remember a time when she didn’t draw and paint. Later in life, after a career teaching special education and raising her family, Pat returned to school to pursue a formal study of art, eventually earning a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Painting and Drawing at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Pat has been a member of Sequoia Gallery + Studios for seven years and invites you to visit her at Studio #2.

February 2018 Featured Artists Show

Ellen Jerome

Ellen has been painting local landscapes for many years.  The lushness and forgiveness of oils is her medium of choice.  Traveling in Europe opened her eyes to the beauty in her own backyard.  Ellen has enjoyed many paint outings at Malheur Desert, Baker City and Manzanita, to name a few. Week long plein air painting trips with artist friends inspires her creativity.  Most recently she has painted around Washington County and at the Oregon Coast; subjects she dearly loves.

 

Ellen has attended many workshops – both local and in other states. These workshops, combined with years of plein air painting, have been instrumental in her growth as an artist. Ellen’s instructors over the years have stated that progression as an artist can only be met by years and years of painting studies. She has sketchbooks full of these studies that she refers to often. Trying out different color combinations: using 3 colors only, using a mother color with all other colors, using only two color combinations, etc. fills her oil sketchbooks.  Ellen says It is an exciting, ongoing learning experience.

Ellen Jerome, Smith Berry Barn Flower Pots
Christine Johnson, Treasures of Lebanon Necklace

Christine Johnson

Lebanon Treasures is the theme of the February show by jewelry artist Christine Johnson.  She will be featuring beads discovered on her recent trip to Beirut Lebanon combined with natural stones found along the Oregon Coast. These treasures will be accented with silver, freshwater pearls and found objects to create unique, one of a kind jewelry.

Whatever the weather presents, Christine loves walking on the Oregon Coast. After collecting her treasures, she puts them into a large tumbler to give them a matte finish.  The stones are drilled under water with a diamond tip drill bit. Then comes the designing and creating process as each piece becomes a one of a kind work of wearable art. Christine says that each stone delivers a message: nothing is too common, too ordinary or too simple not to have a unique purpose. The stones, each significant in their own way, remind her of people and the process of life. Common lives and common stones have value and can be shaped into something beautiful.

Christine is a special education teacher with a message to never give up because there is always hope for each person in every situation.

Evelyn Fritz

Evelyn is a mixed media artist, who, over the years, has worked with many mediums.  Currently, her choice is acrylic/collage and encaustic. She began painting in a traditional style with watercolor and oils which evolved into a contemporary and abstract style. Evelyn has found encaustic to be fascinating and is exploring all its possibilities.  The word encaustic means to burn in, using layers of beeswax fused to the previous layer with a torch or heat gun.  Evelyn says it is compatible with the techniques of her other mediums.

Evelyn has always been interested in art and began painting when her children entered school.  She went on to teaching classes in her studio, at PCC and Clatsop Community College.

Evelyn’s art education included college art classes and workshops with master painters which has given her knowledge of various mediums. She is always experimenting and trying new ways to work with her materials and mediums.

Evelyn Fritz, Windswept

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.

Sequoia Ornament Tree

Our holiday tree will continue to be displayed throughout January so you don’t miss the opportunity to purchase a keepsake.

Every holiday season, Sequoia Members and volunteers donate their time and materials to make ornaments for Sequoia’s Annual Holiday Tree. JoAnn Wellner opens her glass studio to teach members how to make fused glass ornaments using glass shapes which are artfully arranged on a glass base and then “baked” at a very high heat to fuse the glass pieces.

Other members are busy making a variety of ornaments such as paintings on miniature canvases, hand-carved wooden ornaments and handstiched fabric ornaments. The variety is endless and every year is a surprise.

Best of all, the sale of these beautiful ornaments benefits Sequoia’s non-profit mission to bring the arts and art programming to the greater Hillsboro Community.

November Featured Artist Show

Our November Show features the work of three diverse artists. Becky Gravenmier creates jewelry from silver, copper, gemstones and even recycled leather belts. Anne Ferguson hopes the paintings in her show will encourage other would-be artists. Cheryl Cameron turns her beautiful paintings on silk into wall art for this month’s show.

Becky Gravenmier

Becky creates one of a kind jewelry that reflects the shapes, colors and textures in nature. She creates unique hammered sterling silver and copper jewelry featuring quality gemstones. Becky also creates a line of leather bracelets by recycling used belts. Her November show includes new work in both silver and leather with new stones from Arizona.

Becky is a self-taught jeweler who began making jewelry for friends as a child. Returning to this passion as an adult,  she taught herself silversmithing and has been making jewelry for over 15 year. She has shown her work in several galleries and participates in numerous art fairs in the Pacific Northwest. Becky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in range ecology and has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of land management for 32 years. She loves the outdoors and her jewelry is inspired by the great blue skies, forests and rangelands in the Pacific Northwest.

Sterling Silver and Turquoise Necklace, Becky Gravenmier
Lil Miss Sunshine, Anne Ferguson

Anne Ferguson

Anne says that over the decades that she has been painting, many people have told her that they wished they could draw or paint the way she can. But, to Anne, creation of any kind just needs a start, a willingness to learn and a persistence in just doing it. She does it because to her it’s fun, an ongoing challenge and a great release, especially when it’s appreciated!

Anne encourages everyone to explore their artistic creativity by taking classes, such as those offered at Sequoia, reading books by artists like Julie Cameron, Danny Gregory and Betty Edwards. She also recommends on-line lessons by Flora Bowley and Nancy Hills.

Anne’s hope is her November show, “Having Fun Creating” will inspire you to START.

Cheryl Cameron

Cheryl paints one of a kind, original hand painted silks, taking the form of scarves, wraps, scarf-necklace hybrids and wall hangings. She is a self-taught serti technique silk painter. Cheryl draws the outlines on plain white silk with a water-based gutta.  Sumi brushes are used to apply silk dye, which expand to fill in the spaces outlined.  Salt crystals or multiple colors are blended for a bit of additional visual texture. After the painting is done, the silks are steamed to set the colors, and then washed and ironed. All paintings are on 100% silk, colorfast and hand-washable.

Cheryl’s set of work for her November show is focused on wall art rather than wearable, and is all about Cheryl’s love of the trees and the forest. She takes her Inspiration from dance and the fluid, organic shapes in nature, especially the forests of the Pacific Northwest. 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. Cheryl shows her work at art shows around the Northwest and works from her studio at Sequoia Gallery.

Greentree, Cheryl Cameron

October Plein Air Show & Sale

Sequoia Gallery + Studios presents art works created at the 3rd annual PleinAir@Washington County painting event. For four days, artists from around the area have been painting and drawing at picturesque locations in and around Hillsboro and Washington County including local wineries, parks, farms and businesses. A variety of paint mediums will be represented at the show including pastel, watercolor, oils and acrylics..

The prize winning compositions,  as well as additional works created on location by the participating artists,  will be on display at our First Tuesday Artists Reception on October 3 from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition continues through November 3.

As the 2017 works are still drying on the canvas as of this writing, please enjoy memories of  last year’s event with photos taken by Sequoia member and photographer, Lawrence Whitlock.

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