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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

Hip to Be Square 2017 was a resounding success with a record number of participants and a very large opening night crowd. We are thrilled that this annual fundraising show is growing in popularity every year.

Sequoia congratulates the creators of the prize winning entries and thanks all the participants, volunteers and Sequoia members who have helped make this event such a success.

Enjoy the photos of the entries and the opening night reception, photographed by Sequoia member Laurence Whitlock.

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.

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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:

Wednesday 9/27:

– 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.

 

Thursday 9/28:

– Open painting

– Artist evening social (self-guided) at local restaurant

 

Friday 9/29:

– 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.

 

Saturday 9/30:

– 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.

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