Exhibitions

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.