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. .
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.
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.
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.
Show Runs: March 5 – 30, 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday
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’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.
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…
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.
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.
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 (www.melodymakerpdx.com) 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’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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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”.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.