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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: www.stephenhayes.net

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!” www.southstorecafe.com

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! www.rockcreekcorner.com

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! www.anneamie.com

Wine Tour, Gordon Campbell

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

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

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

CALL TO ALL ARTISTS!

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, http://sequoiagallerystudios.org/events/plein-air-2018/

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 moc.liamgnull@nejnilpmahc or call 503-307-8017

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

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 www.anneamie.com 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: //www.oregoncc.org/events/2018/04/gathering-guilds-2018

Cheryl Cameron, Silk Painting Demo

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.

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.

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.

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