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.

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!

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.

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

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

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

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!

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

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:

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

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