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In addition to our Annual All Member Show , Sequoia will also be offering a display of Small Art Treasures in the gallery this month. Sequoia artists are invited to create small, gift-able items outside of their usual mediums for sale in the gallery during the Holiday Season.

Our unique handmade art gifts provide a refreshing alternative to the mass-produced items available everywhere. And Sequoia Gallery + Studios provides a relaxing shopping experience worthy of a visit to charming Downtown Hillsboro. We hope to see you soon!

Every December, Sequoia faces the conundrum of who to feature during the festive Holiday Season. Rather than pick and choose among our equally talented 33 members, we instead feature…Everyone!

By lottery, we assign each Sequoia artist a section of wall, shelf or pedestal space on which to display their favorite and/or best works of art. Some of us create a new series specifically for holiday show, and others display a rotating smorgasbord of new and existing favorite works. But without a doubt, each of us chooses work that adds to the sparkle and glow of the gallery.

The results, always unique and exciting, invite you to browse a collection of gift-worthy, one-of-a-kind art works. Join us as we Deck the Walls and Halls of Sequoia Gallery + Studios this Holiday Season!

Photo Credit, Doug Pettitt

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

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

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For information regarding Carl’s upcoming trips and programs please visit:

Where’s Carl Now?

In addition to preparing to be a featured artist at Sequoia Gallery + Studios in September, member Sue Swain is currently exhibiting her work at two other Portland area venues in August and September.

Art for the Care – St. Vincent’s Breast Center

Sue is among seven local artists whose work has been selected by the Providence Foundation to exhibit at the Breast Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in August and September 2017. Sue submitted her 10″x16″ alcohol ink painting entitled “Paradise Cove” for the rotating exhibit entitled “Art for the Care,” All proceeds from the sale of the art work will go to assist the Breast Center in providing a wide range of services to their patients including:

  • Transitions: An Appearance Center where post-surgical patients can shop for wigs, breast prostheses, comfortable bras, and other items designed to help women look and feel better
  • The  Breast Cancer Peer Support Program, which connects patients with the peer support of trained survivor volunteers
  • Cancer Support Services, including the Center’s Breast Nurse Navigator, Oncology Social Worker and a lending library
  • Financial hardship emergency assistance
Sue Swain at Art for the Care

August Featured Artist at Urbaca Salon 

Sue will also be a featured artist at Urbaca Salon in the Pearl District. The salon viewed Sue’s brilliantly colored alcohol ink paintings on the Sequoia website and invited her to display 14 paintings.

The salon is located at 120 NW 9th Ave #101, Portland, OR 97209.

Congratulations, Sue!

The Road Less Traveled, Sue Swain

Sequoia member and wearable art designer, Paula Smith-Danell, will be the keynote speaker at the 30th anniversary meeting of the Portland Chapter of the American Sewing Guild to be held June 24th at the  Greater Portland Bible Church, 2374 SW Vermont St., Portland, OR 97219.  The event is free to the public, no registration is necessary.  Paula will be giving both a morning and afternoon presentation.

The format for the event will be:

9:30-10 coffee, tea, and treats

10-10:20 Guild meeting, introductions, etc.

10:20-12 Silk presentation

12-1 Pot Luck Lunch

1-3:30 African textiles

 

Paula Smith-Danell
Elephant Print Tunic

Sewing with Recycled Sari

Have you ever wanted to learn about sewing with the iconic East Indian sari?  In this presentation, we will look at the design considerations and sewing techniques associated with sewing garments from these luscious fabrics.  The focus of this talk will be on working with “recycled” sari.  These saris are sold as craft fabric for reasonable prices, both at thrift shops and on-line.  We can give these gorgeous fabrics new life, with the proper repair and construction techniques.  Please join us for a morning of diving into the delicious fabrics of India and Southeast Asia.  Some sari fabrics will be available for purchase.

Intro to African Textiles

Have you ever seen an African Mud Cloth and wondered how it was made?  From Bark Cloth to Batik, in this lecture we will look at many of the iconic fabrics of Central Africa.  Come learn the history and construction techniques of Central African textiles.  Over 90 African textiles will be presented.

AfrIcan Mud Cloth

Biography

Paula graduated with her BA in Apparel Design from The American College for Applied Arts in London, Eng.  She has owned her own business, Fletcher Artworks, LLC for over 25 years, where she offers design services to the Apparel Industry (Norm Thompson, Sahalie, Pendleton and Columbia Sportswear).  She creates one-of-a-kind wearable art in her studio in Hillsboro, OR that can be found at Sequoia Gallery and on her Etsy site.  She also writes articles for nationally published sewing magazines (Threads and Sewing Savvy).

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,…

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

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

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