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.
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.
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’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,…
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Our April Volunteer of the Month, is Heather Rubican who caters Sequoia’s First Tuesday Opening Receptions. We are extremely grateful for Heather’s monthly smorgasbord of beautifully arranged, tasty and health conscious treats.
This year’s event schedule will be arranged slightly different than last year. Daily details will be made available on the Sequoia website as we get closer to the event.
The general schedule is as follows:
– AM registration in the Sequoia classroom. After registration, participants will receive the Plein Air Event Schedule, rules for participation and “goodie bags”.
– QUICK DRAW: This 2-hour painting session will be happening at the beginning of the event this year rather than at the closing. Following registration, we will gather at the MAX platform at 3rd & Washington for a meet-and-greet and the Quick Draw painting session for those who wish to participate. Refreshments provided.
– Open painting
– Artist evening social (self-guided) at local restaurant
– Open painting
– SPECIAL VENUE at the Brookwood Library. Want to learn a new Plein Air painting technique? Join us for a short demo from a Plein Air professional artist. We will be setting up in of the second floor work rooms.
The library is BEAUTIFUL! We have had many amazing art pieces in the previous Plein Air shows with this venue as the subject matter. Times and instructor to be announced.
– NOCTURNAL painting event on Main Street in Hillsboro. Artists are invited to paint the night life on Main Street. Sequoia will be accessible during this event.
– All artwork must be submitted to Bag & Baggage on Main by 2pm.
– Reception & awards at Bag & Baggage, 5-8pm”
See more details and Register for the Event
Book Cover, Seven Viking Days, 9″ x 11″, mixed media
Sequoia member Mia Hocking has art work on display at the Brookwood Public Library through the end of April.
The exhibition features her original illustrations for her children’s book, “Seven Viking Days”. You can view Mia’s work during regular Library hours.
Local Hillsboro Clothing Artist and Sequoia Gallery Member, Paula Smith-Danell will be featured in a six-page article in the April/May issue of Threads Magazine. Threads is internationally recognized magazine for the sewing arts, published by Taunton Press. Paula’s article will address the design and construction concerns that accompany working with recycled sari fabric. As a fund raiser for Sequoia Gallery, she will be selling this issue of Threads at a signing reception at Sequoia Gallery on Friday March 24th from 5-8 PM. Please come join us. Wine will be provided by August Cellars Winery. Music will be provided by Scott Mueller and refreshments will be provided by Swirl Cheesecakes.