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.

Ellen Jerome

Ellen Jerome will be participating in a group exhibition at the Rogue Gallery  + Art Center in Medford, Oregon. The show, entitled American Views: Emerging Landscapes – Waterways, runs from February 23 to March 30.

Near Yosemite, Ellen Jerome
Dachshund, Eliat Avivi

Eliat Avivi

Eliat will be exhibiting her colorful mosaic paintings at Pearl Gallery + Framing in Portland during the month of March. The show, entitled Fragments in Sight, runs March 2 through April 3. The artist’s reception is Thursday, March 2 from 5 – 9 pm.

Paula Smith-Danell

Paula’s fabric design, Santorini Skyline, was the winning entry in January fabric design contest sponsored by Spoonflower and online fabric design and sales company. Paula’s design won the popular vote out of over 500 entries. Paula wins a 10% commission on the sale of her design through Spoonflower, as well as a cash-prize from the company.

Congratulations, Paula!

Santorini Skyline Fabric Design, Paula Smith-Danell
Gayle Pedemonte with "Foggy Morning at the Bus Stop"
Laura Wilson with "Hey Siri, Show Me Downtown Hillsboro"

Gayle Pedemonte and Laura Wilson

Gayle Pedemonte and Laura Wilson each have a piece hanging at the Hillsboro City Center as part of their Picture Hillsboro 2018 art show and competition.

Gayle’s oil and Laura’s watercolor were among more than 50 submissions the city received this year in its call for artists to depict Hillsboro. There are 10 total artist finalists with 12 images being considered. The city will purchase one piece to become part of its permanent collection and reproduce the image for use on city notecards. On March 6, first Tuesday, the mayor will announce this year’s winner during the city council meeting.

Gayle and Laura recently attended a city council meeting to talk about their art work and about being members of Sequoia Gallery + Studios.

Laura Wilson and Gayle Pedemonte

The city of Hillsboro offers the Picture Hillsboro competition annually to select an image that will represent the characteristic landscapes and people of Hillsboro, Oregon.
Sequoia members Laura Wilson and Gayle Pedemonte are two of 12 finalists this year.
Their work will be on display February through April in the Shirley Huffman Auditorium, along with the other finalists.

Laura Wilson’s composition, “Hey Siri, Show Me Downtown Hillsboro”, represents an abstract view of a favorite Hillsboro gathering place, the water feature outside the City Center. It includes the Sequoia tree that stand watch over the Washington County Courthouse. Gayle Pedemonte, an accomplished oil and pastel painter, entered her impressionistic composition entitled, “Foggy Morning at the Bus Stop”.

The selection of winning artwork will be made toward the end of February.
On March 6 there will be a presentation of Final Selection at the City Council, Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium, 150 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123, 7 pm

Laura Wilson with "Hey Siri, Show Me Downtown Hillsboro"
Gayle Pedemonte with "Foggy Morning at the Bus Stop"

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

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 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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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