August 2019 Featured Artist Show

Janis Childs displays her hand-painted wooden bowls, trays, Lazy Susans and linens. Anne Ferguson explores the long established, but often provocative subject of the nude in painting.

Meet the artists and also visit our 12 working artists’ studios.

July 2019 Featured Artist Show

Our July Featured Artists are Victoria Lee Shepard and Gayle Pedemonte. Victoria uses sand as a medium to develop texture and dimension in her most recent work. The work in her show was created along-side the water at Neskowin Beach in Oregon. Gayle will be showing oil paintings inspired by the landscape in and around Sante Fe, New Mexico, which she recently visited.

Come meet the artists, enjoy a glass of wine and visit our 12 working artist studios.

July 2019 Art Marketplace

Sequoia Galley + Studios is pleased to announce their partnership with the City of Hillsboro in presenting the Sequoia Art Marketplace, a popup market featuring local artists during the Celebrate Hillsboro event on July 20.  Twenty local artists will present their work at the top of the Civic Center Plaza stairway, just above the fountain. Tents will be featured outside and 20 artists will be participating inside the City Hall.

We are excited to announce that Home Plate, a non-profit organization that supports homeless teens, will be showcasing their latest art projects as part of the Sequoia Art Marketplace.

This is an opportunity to support local art and craftspeople and see amazing artwork in one central spot during the Celebrate Hillsboro on July 20. The Sequoia Art Marketplace will be open from 10am to 6pm and we plan to see you there.

June Featured Artist Show

June featured artists are J. Alex Darr and Christina Massocco.  Their work will be on display at Sequoia Gallery + Studios from June 4 through 28.  Come meet the artists at the June First Tuesday Opening Reception on June 4 from 5-8pm. 

J. Alex Darr creates hand-built ceramic sculptures. Her pieces are inspired by folklore, social issues and politics. She would describe her art as finding humor in the unexpected.  She received her degrees in art and anthropology from CSU Sacramento and creates art in a messy studio at Sequoia Gallery.  When she is not creating ceramic sculptures, she is also a metal smith, painter and photographer. 

Christina Massocco works in a wide range of media, including in acrylics, watercolors, graphite, ink, charcoal, and collage.  Her work utilizes fashion magazine advertisements and found materials to build narratives that comment on our unusual, temporal, and exotic culture.  Christina is a native of Portland, Oregon.

May 2019 All Member Spring Show

With Spring in the air, it’s time to have some fun and enjoy the sunshine. Do you smell the flowers?
Come and be a part of it. Join Sequoia Gallery + Studios artists as we present a new all-member show.
Come and shop our spring-themed paintings, photography, sculpture, wearable art and jewelry.
Be inspired by our 30 artists who have been busy creating work for the gallery as fresh and new as springtime.

April 2019 Hip 2B Square Show

Hip 2B Square 2018

Show and Reception: Tuesday, April 2, 5 to 8pm
Awards Presentation: 7pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Show Dates: Tuesday, April 2 through Friday, May 3, 2019

Every spring, we open Sequoia Gallery + Studios 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 12 inch square canvases and wood panels. A wide variety of art mediums will be on display including, 3D sculpture, fiber arts, 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 2019 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 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.

The awards for the four winners will be announced at 7:00 pm during the April 2, First Tuesday reception. Categories for this year are: Community Best 2D, Community Best 3D, Student Best 2D, and Student Best 3D. Gift certificates for Colours Framing and Art Supply will be awarded to the prize winners.

Don’t miss this exciting community show!

March 2019 Featured Artist Show

Meet the Artists, Tuesday, March 5, 5 – 8pm

Show Runs: March 5 – 30, 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday

Sunshine and Roses, Ellen Jerome

Ellen Jerome

Ellen is an impressionist artist painting mostly in oils. She discovered that the lushness and versatility of oils were the perfect way to express her creative ideas. Ellen’s studio compositions are usually begun in her sketchbook with quick oil paintings. These small paintings serve as sources of reference for larger works. She also enjoys plein air painting where she is inspired by sunlight, shadow and color relationships. Ellen hopes the viewer will sense her enthusiasm and love of painting. Her favorite subjects are the Oregon landscape and seascapes, flower gardens, and still life compositions – they all spark her creativity.

Ellen’s art education spans 30 plus years. She has studied at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, Joseph Art School and throughout the Northwest with master art instructors. She has been exhibited by invitation at The Mill Atelier Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, El Presidio Gallery in Tucson, Arizona and the Bennington Art Center in Bennington, Vermont. Ellen’s work is in many collections throughout Oregon and beyond. She was represented for almost 20 years by the Lawrence Gallery in Sheridan, Oregon and was recently juried into Sequoia Gallery in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Laura Wilson

Guardians of the Daffodils, Laura Wilson

Laura’s paintings investigate and bring inside a landscape of personally significant space. By leveraging a drone’s eye view, Google search and the quirks of Siri, her latest work explores both the urgency and occasional calm felt in finding our place in the physical world. She merges the matter-of-fact, open-sourced lens of conceptual realism with abstraction, while playing with surface texture and color energy, to create memories both personal and universal. Ideas of longevity, strength and vulnerability pepper the images created in oil, watercolor, pastel and gouache.

Laura joined Sequoia Gallery and Studios in 2017 after a career in writing, localization and people management. Laura has exhibited her work in galleries in Beaverton and Cannon Beach before coming to Sequoia. Her paintings are in the private collections of homes world-over, including England, Shanghai, Montana, California, as well as in Black Butte and Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Jennifer Champlin

Hope Dish, Jennifer Champlin

Discarded fragments, tarnished, and torn……these are the elements that inspire and wake Jenny’s muse. Her March show will feature an installation using an antique brass bed, shredded quilts, a 6 foot nest, an old family Norwegian Bible, cracked wooden sleds, and other elements that keep Jenny awake at night, lure her into her creative space, and fuel her artistic endeavors. Jenny has an MFA in ceramics from Syracuse University, and a BFA, Secondary Art Degree, and Art History minor from the University of North Dakota. She taught for 5 years at a Jr. College in Wyoming as well as K-12. Currently, she teaches middle school art for ORCA (Oregon Connections Academy) online school. She creates her mixed media and ceramic art in Studio #7 at Sequoia Gallery + Studios

February 2019 Featured Artists Show

Stone, silver and smokey quartz necklace, Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson

Christine has always loved picking up treasures along the Oregon Coast. Usually the treasures are small flat black stones found lying in the sand. The next step is putting them into a large rock 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 stone becomes a one of a kind piece of wearable art.

Each stone delivers a message, that nothing is too common, too ordinary or too simple 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, given value as they are shaped into something beautiful by the Creator’s hand.

Christine is a special education teacher with a message to never, never, never give up because there is always hope for each person in every situation.

Karen Doyle

“Snow Day”, Karen Doyle

En Plein Air (outdoors) and in her home studio, Karen paints luminous, impressionist landscapes in oil on panel, of Oregon and places she visits. She paints with a palette knife and brush, often beginning with a few pencil lines to mark out her chosen composition, then blocking in large areas of color with a brush. As the composition unfolds, she builds up buttery, thick, impasto layers with a palette knife, often swirling paint together on her palette before applying it. Karen’s impressionist landscapes reflect the intense feelings she gets from observing ordinary beauty. This winter, she has been fascinated with trees, resulting in a new body of work.

Karen is an award-winning Impressionist oil painter from Beaverton, Oregon. Her art exudes the colorful light of the California Bay Area where she grew up, and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest which has been her home for over 25 years. Karen began formal art instruction in oils and pastels at age 13. She studied art throughout high school and college. After moving to Oregon in 1991, she earned a Certificate in Fine Art from PNCA. She nurtures two careers:  Software Engineering Manager at Nike, and Fine Artist. She is an Associate Member of the American Impressionist Society and joined Sequoia Gallery +Studios in October 2018. She balances her work at Nike and her fine art career with raising two children and two dogs along with her supportive husband Sean.

Elina Zebergs

“Tendrils”, Elina Zebergs

From her earliest memories, Elina Zebergs has had a love for our little blue planet and all that dwells upon it. From personal studies and pursuits, to studying marine biology, oceanography and geology in college, it is an ongoing passion that has never faded.

What Lies Beneath is the focus of Elina Zebergs latest encaustic series. With both literal and abstract expression, she explores tangible and visceral images of what beauty our planet has hiding just under the surface of our earth.

January All Member and Small Art Treasures Show

Meet the Artists Reception, Tuesday, January 8, 5 – 8
Show runs through January 31, 2019
Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday

Our annual All Member and Small Art Treasures Show continues this month. Sequoia welcomes new members Benita Cole (oil painting) and Linda Klaus (ceramics, Studio #1A). We also welcome back long-time member Sharon Allworth (weaving, Studio #9).

Help us celebrate our Sequoia Gallery’s 11th anniversary with cake and a toast to 11 successful years as Hillsboro’s first and only member-run, non-profit, art organization. Our mission to bring fine art education and appreciation to the greater Hillsboro community is going strong!

December/January Annual All Member and Small Art Treasures Show

Meet the Artists Reception, Tuesday, December 4, 5 – 8
Show runs December 4, 2018 through January 31, 2019
Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Special Holiday Hours: Sundays, December 9, 16 and 23, 11am – 3pm

Every December, Sequoia Gallery + Studios features our annual All Member and Small Art Treasures Show. Each of our members displays their favorite works of art within their own section of our gallery walls, pedestals and showcases. Gallery artists also display small handmade art objects outside of their usual mediums. Also on display is our Annual Holiday Ornament Tree decorated with handmade ornaments of glass, wood, miniature canvases and more, which are available for purchase. Treat your friends, family members and yourself to the gift of handmade, one of a kind art at our annual Holiday Show.

Visit our 11 on-site artists’ studios and enjoy holiday guitar music by Calvin Birkenbile of Melody Maker Music Studio ( during the reception.

October Member News

Leopoldine Brew’s art work was selected to grace the cover of this year’s Washington County Open Studios Brochure. Visit Leo October 20 & 21 in Studio #12 at Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 SE 3rd Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon. Congratulations Leo!

The Eye of the Tiger, Leo Brew

Lieta Gratteri will be exhibiting her work at at two venues in October, Potter’s Vineyard, in Newburg, Oregon and the Providence Breast Cancer Center. All portion of the art sales at the Breast Center go to support their mission.

A Collection of Crows, Lieta Gratteri

Three Sequoia artists had original artwork accepted into the annual Beaverton Arts Mix juried show known as BAM!

We are proud of Gordon Campbell, Victoria Shepard and Laura Wilson for having their work selected to be shown among the 142 items for the 2018 presentation which will be on display from Oct 4 to Oct 7 at the Beaverton City Library. Each artist was able to submit up to 4 images and the jury sorted through more than 690 entries to make their selection.

The Opening Reception is Friday October 5, from 7 to 8:30 pm. You are invited to attend that event to support your Sequoia friends and visit with the larger artist community. The show will run during normal library hours from Thursday Oct 4 to Sunday Oct 7.

Previews of the accepted art promise an exciting show with broad appeal in both 2D and 3D work. The show includes work in a variety of mediums including, painting, mixed media, photography, fibers, ceramics and jewelry. All works are for sale.

Guardians of the Daffodils, Laura Wilson
Chisholm's Mill, Gordon Campbell
Powers of the Earth, Victoria Shepard

September Featured Artist Show

Our September Show features watercolors by Lietta Gratteri, oil paintings by Gayle Pedemonte, and hand-painted wooden vessels by Janice Childs. Also on display are works by our 28 member artists and 11 working artists studios. Come meet the artists on the First Tuesday in September.

Lieta Gratteri

Lieta’s paintings for her September show demonstrate her fascination with painting birds. She finds that birds have so much character and lend themselves to experimentation. Each of her bird paintings has a unique, textured background. She looks forward to finding new techniques to explore painting her feathered friends and considers each bird painting its own little “personality”.

After painting in watercolor for 8 years now, Lieta has finally found her comfort zone. Branching out and following her own ideas has been great for building confidence and finding herself as a painter. She says nothing holds her back now…she has been showing in several locations over the past year and has met some great people as she shares her art.

"Refresh the Day", Lieta Gratteri

Janis Childs

For her show this month, Janis will be displaying her hand-painted wooden bowls, trays, Lazy Susans and linens. After many years of painting of a variety of surfaces, Janis’ surface of choice is now wood. She paints directly on the unfinished wood using pure pigments and acrylic mediums that soak into the surface and act as a vibrant stain. Each piece is coated with a food safe finish, making her pieces both functional and beautiful.

From an early age, Janis has always loved drawing and painting with a variety of materials. After completing her fine arts degree, Janis worked as a fabric designer in NYC. Eventually, Janis moved to Key West and began painting her designs on clothing which she sold at local boutiques.  Janis also helped found a local artist collective in Key West before moving to Portland recently.

"Hand-painted Wooden Bowl, Janice Childs

Gayle Pedemonte

Gayle’s subject matter for her September show is close to home, around the corner, down the road, and in her garden. Her artistic inspiration comes from the color, shapes, values and textures that she sees around her every day in her country home and neighborhood. While her subject matter is familiar, Gayle has enjoyed experimenting with mediums and modes of expression this year.

Gayle is mostly a self-taught painter, but she has taken numerous workshops over the years, which add to her self-expression. She has been a member of Sequoia for several years. She considers herself fortunate to be the tenant of Sequoia Studio #8 and to be a part of a convivial group of artists that helps to nourish her creativity. Gayle’s says that when she is not painting, she is working in her garden.

"Up Dixon Mill Road", Gayle Pedemonte

August Featured Artist Show

Jane Vanderzanden captures rodeo and wildlife scenes in acrylic; Leo Brew brings you up close and personal with her oil paintings of cats both large and small.

Jane Vanderzanden

Jane Vanderzanden’s acrylic paintings and scratchboard drawings are a reflection of the things she sees on her outdoor adventures and outside her studio window. Jane’s August show includes a painting from a bighorn sheep viewing trip with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; rodeo action from St. Paul; mountain horse packing; birds close to home; and other nature scenes. Her detailed artwork captures a moment from the outdoors for the viewer to share in the experience.

A native Oregonian, Jane grew up spending most of her time outdoors, where she enjoys honing her artistic talents. Finely detailed for authenticity, her Western and wildlife works depict her firsthand observations camping, hiking, on horse packing trips, and at rodeos. She captures what she sees in her painting compositions. Then she applies many acrylic paint layers to her colorful artwork. The finished result is often described as “having depth” and a “three-dimensional appearance.”

Recently, Jane received a Best of Show Drawing award from the July 4th, 2018, St. Paul Rodeo Wild West Art Show for her scratchboard drawing of a bighorn sheep.

Monarchs of the Divide, Jane Vanderzanden

Leo Brew

The title of Leo’s August show is “The Eye of the Tiger”.  It is not just the title of a song; the eyes of these beautiful creatures captivate Leo and become subjects for her oil paintings. The moment Leo finishes the eyes in a painting, the animal comes to life.  Once she achieves that distinctive gleam in their eyes, Leo feels a rush of accomplishment and feels she has turned another corner in her painting process. Her audience uses their eyes to observe and connect with the soul, spirit and expression of the animal. Her passion expresses itself through each of her paintings. With perseverance and patience, she is able to capture the essence of the rare and beautiful spirit of each animal.

Leo’s devotion to capturing the grandeur of wildlife in her paintings was first nurtured with trips to the zoo as a child with her father. From those formative beginnings, she adopted a passion for painting wildlife with a realistic perspective.

The works in this show are images from the G.G. Conservation Reserve, in South Africa, the Oregon Zoo and San Diego Zoo.  The paintings of the domestic felines are Rita and Saint which belong to Leo’s daughters.

In her communion with wild animals, Leo has long felt their equality with humans. She welcomes you to “The Eye of the Tiger”.

The Eye of the Tiger, Leo Brew

Make New Friends but Keep the Old

Make New Friends but Keep the Old

We agree that change is good, but it is always hard to say goodbye to long time members. Founding members Linda Jerome, Claire Duren and Fran Richards vacated  their studios at the end of June. Linda will be working out of her new home studio and Fran and Claire will be retiring from full-time art making at Sequoia. Paula Smith-Danell has paused her membership, but has graciously offered to volunteer at the gallery. Martin Conley, Sue Swain, Evelyn Fritz, and Eliat Avivi will also be departing to pursue school and/or other projects and interests. We will miss them and wish them all well in their new pursuits.

Sequoia welcomes new member John Gibson. John has moved his photography studio into Studio #10. His work is currently on display in the gallery.

Painter Victoria Shepard will be returning to Sequoia after a two year hiatus. Victoria was a founding member of Sequoia and also served on the board as president and past-president. We can expect to start seeing both Victoria and her work at the gallery this summer.

Please join us in welcome both John and Victoria!

Returning Member Victoria Shepard

Dawning McGinnis: Artist in Our Community

Sequoia Gallery + Studios welcomes Dawning McGinnis, the 2018 Artist in Our Community funded by Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council. Come make a postcard-sized mini art work with Dawning on Friday, August 10th from 1:30pm – 4pm. This pop-up art event is free and open to the public.

Dawning tours Hillsboro for  2-3 days each week this summer sharing the joy of art.  She invites community members to paint small, postcard-sized pictures which she collects. By the end of the summer, Dawning plans to collect enough art postcards to create large mural of mini artworks.  The finished project will be unveiled at the Walter Center on October 2nd.

Sequoia supports sharing the joy of art! Come spend an hour or so with Dawning making art postcards in Sequoia’s Classroom on August 10th!

August Member News

Janice Childs and Laura Hopper

Janis Childs and Laura Hopper will be July Featured Artists at Valley Art in Forest Grove, Oregon. Their show runs July 1- August 31. The Artists’ Reception is Saturday July 14 from 2-4:00 PM

Hand-painted wood vessels, Janis Childs
"On the Lookout", Laura Hopper

Carolyn Pettitt

Carolyn Pettitt will be showing her mixed media paintings at A Framer’s Touch in Forest Grove, Oregon through the end of August. The artist’s reception is Wednesday July 11 from 5 to 8pm.

"Blue Dawn", Carolyn Pettitt

Cheryl Cameron

Cheryl Frances Cameron of Cygnet Silks will be demonstrating silk painting at Lan Su Chinese Garden as a part of their Silk Road exhibit. Demonstrations will take place every Friday afternoon in August from 12-4:00 pm.

Victoria Shepard

Returning member Victoria Shepard will be participating in a group show entitled, “Contemplative Landscapes”, at the Walters’ Cultural Art Center in Hillsboro. The exhibition runs August 5 through September 27, 2018. There will be two First Tuesday Artists’ Receptions on August 7 and September 4 from 5 to 8pm.

"Cascadia", Victoria Shepard

Christina Massacco

Congratulations to Christina on her new job as store manager at the Beaverton Beards Framing. She reports that the store has a fantastic selection of ready made and custom frames and that artists receive a 25% discount on most everything in the store.

Jane Vanderzanden

Congratulations to Jan Vanderzanden for winning the Best of Show Drawing Award from the July 4th, 2018, St. Paul Rodeo Wild West Art Show for her scratchboard drawing of a bighorn sheep.

"Big Horn Sheep", Jane Vanderzanden

Plein Air @ Washington County 2018 Update

Sequoia Announces Judge for Plein Air Event

Sequoia is pleased to announce our judge for the 2018 Plein Air @ Washington County event, well-known painter, Stephen Hayes. Stephen lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches art at Oregon State University. He is represented locally  by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. His work is in many public and private collections in the US and around the world. Stephen received the 2018 John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award and the 2011 Hallie Ford Fellowship for Visual Arts. Other awards include fellowships from The Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and the Western States Arts Federation.

For more information about Stephen Hayes and to view his work, please visit his website:

June Member News

See where Ellen Jerome, Lietta Gratteri and Gordon Campbell are displaying their art this summer.  Eat, drink and be merry while enjoying their work…a feast for all the senses!

Ellen Jerome

Ellen Jerome will be one of five featured artists in a show at South Store Cafe in Scholls, Oregon in July and August.  The theme of the show is “Local Color”.  Ellen says, “The food is delicious, so plan to try out their menu when you come!”

Mountainside Lavender Farm, Ellen Jerome

Lieta Gratteri

Lieta will be showing her watercolors at Rock Creek Corner, 18515 NW West Union Rd., Portland,  in June and July. Artist Reception dates to be announced. Lieta says they serve great food and have a nice atmosphere!

Floating Tulips, Lieta Gratteri

Gordon Campbell

Gordon’s mosaic art is currently on display at Anne Amie Winery in Carlton Oregon, through June.  Plan a picnic on the winery patio and enjoy the great views inside and out!

Wine Tour, Gordon Campbell

May Member News

Linda Jerome

Linda Jerome is showing oil paintings at The Gallery at Ten Oaks from May 1 – July 1, 2018. The opening reception is Saturday, May 12- 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

Linda says about her work: “The paintings for this show are still life.  I’m interested in the beauty of the shapes, combinations of colors, and the meaning of objects represented. It’s like a puzzle I puzzle over, rendering objects in combinations that speak to me of emotion, whimsy, and mystery.”

Linda has been a member of Sequoia Gallery for 10 years. She studied painting at PCC and Portland State in the early 2000’s. She paints in studio # 9.

Sprouting, Linda Jerome

Lieta Gratteri

Lieta’s watercolors will be on display from May 1 through June 9 at A Framer’s Touch in Forest Grove.

Waiting for the Right One, Lietta Gratteri

May 2018 Featured Artist Show

Our May show featured two acrylic painters with very different styles.  Carolyn Pettitt’s layered, textured acrylic paintings of trees contrast with Martin Conley’s hard-edged geometric compositions.

Carolyn Pettitt

Carolyn’s artistic voice speaks through her use of heavy texture in her creations. She wants the viewer to reach out and touch her art. She uses many layers of texture medium or acrylic paint to help create that feeling. Carolyn’s paintings tend to be very dimensional, sometimes using a palette knife to create layers of thick paint. Her current ongoing series is about trees; she never tires of painting them.

Carolyn doesn’t normally need photos as reference for her paintings. She has traveled extensively around the western United States. When something makes an impression on her, she consciously makes note of what she wants to remember about the place, especially color and mood. When Carolyn gets to the studio, she feels like there is a snapshot in her mind to use as reference.

Edge of the Wetlands, Carolyn Pettit

Martin Conley

Martin paints in a hard-edged style in contrast to his better known organic sculptures that have been displayed at Sequoia Gallery and other area venues for years. He is always looking for different and unique ways of transferring his visions to canvas as well as creating sculpture.

Martin began painting in high school where he interpreted things in mechanical shapes and bright colors. After 4 years of military service, he began college majoring in business, but continued with his painting. He then moved to southern California and worked in graphic design for the next several years. After a two-year break he returned to Oregon, continued painting and received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oregon.

Three Planes, Martin Conley

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

Plein Air Event 2018


September 26 – 29, 2018

Sequoia Gallery + Studios in Hillsboro, Oregon, is proud to continue as host to the 10th annual Plein Air @ Washington County. Capturing moments in time from farm to forest to downtown at various outdoor venues, artists are invited to paint their chosen scenery from Sept 26-29.

The highlight of the event, the artists reception and awards presentation, will be held in downtown Hillsboro at Sequoia Gallery on the evening of Saturday Sept. 29. The juror will be Stephen Hayes.

The Plein Air art show and sale will begin on Sept. 29 at Sequoia Gallery + Studios, and continue to be on exhibit throughout October, Hillsboro Arts Month.

Applications can be obtained from the Sequoia Gallery official site,

Early Bird Registration 50 before June 30, 2018

Regular Registration 55 after July 1, 2018

Late Registration 60 after August 27, 2018


Email questions to Jen at or call 503-307-8017

Karen Doyle painting in Cornelius during the 2017 Plein Air @ Washington County event. Photo by Lawrence Whitlock

April Member News

Lieta Gratteri

Lieta’s watercolors will be on display from May 1 through June 9 at A Framer’s Touch in Forest Grove.

Waiting for the Right One, Lietta Gratteri

Gayle Pedemonte

Gayle Pedemonte’s plein air paintings are being featured at Valley Art Association in Forest Grove during March and April.

Work by Gayle Pedemonti

Gordon Campbell

Sequoia artist Gordon Campbell will be having a solo show at Anne Ami Vineyards in Carlton, OR during May and June. His show will feature winery related mosaics created from linoleum & vinyl pieces. Visit the website for hours and directions.

Wine Tour, Gordon Campbell

Cheryl Cameron

Cheryl Cameron will be an exhibitor at the Gathering of the Guilds 2018 April 27 – 29 at the Oregon Convention Center. For more information visit: https: //

Cheryl Cameron, Silk Painting Demo

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.

March 2018 Featured Artist Show

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.

March Member News

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.

Member News

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"

February 2018 Featured Artists Show

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

Hip to Be Square 2018

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 Winter Party and Volunteer Appreciation

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!

2018 Small Art Treasures Show

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!

January All Member Show

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.

Sequoia Ornament Tree

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.

November Featured Artist Show

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

September 2017 Plein Air Update

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


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

Where’s Carl Now?

August is a busy month for member Sue Swain!

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

Member Paula Smith-Danell to be Keynote Speaker at Sewing Guild Conference

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


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).

June Featured Artists

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, and continued to take art classes over the years. She is one of the founding members of Sequoia and still maintains a studio there.

Marblehead, Mass.

Sun Moon Sea

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

Life Drawing Show

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 Recap

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.

Plein Air Event Schedule

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

Mia Hocking’s Seven Viking Days

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.

Sequoia Member Published in “Thread’s Magazine”

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.