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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.

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 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.

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.

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!

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…

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 (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 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

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