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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.

https://lansugarden.org/things-to-do/events/silk-painting-demonstration/

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: 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

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