ART NEWS - What's Happening at Sequoia
Featured Artist Show
November 1 - December 2, 2016, Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
First Tuesday Reception, November 1, 5 - 8 pm
136 SE 3rd Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon | 503-693-0401


November is the month that we hardy Northwesterners start looking for fun activities that we can do indoors. Sequoia Gallery + Studios makes a warm and inviting place to be on a cold and rainy First Tuesday evening. Our gallery window will sparkle this month with the debut of our annual ornament tree. Proceeds from the sale of the tree support our non-profit mission.

In the gallery this month, Ellen Jerome displays her love of oil painting with her Oregon Travels series; Carolyn Pettitt shares her textured mixed media series entitled Oregon Skies and jewelry artist, Christine Johnson, chose Random Acts of Rock as the theme for her new jewelry creations.

Visit the gallery this month for inspiration for your holiday gift shopping.
Jenkins Estate, 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.  Studio compositions are usually begun in her sketchbook with quick oil paintings. These small paintings are often her sources of reference. She also enjoys plein air paintings from toning the canvas to the very last stroke of the painting, being inspired by sunlight, shadow and color relationships. Ellen hopes the viewer will sense her enthusiasm and love of painting. Her favorite subject is the Oregon landscape as featured in her November show,
Oregon Travels.

Ellen's art education spans over 30 years. Her artistic journey began with Rosemaling, a decorative Norwegian art, and along the way she discovered the thrill of painting on canvas. This led to studying at Scottsdale Artists' School, Joseph Art School and throughout the Northwest with master art instructors. Years of painting on location and in art classes have honed her skill. Ellen has been an invited artist to exhibit at The Mill Atelier Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, El Presidio Gallery in Tucson, AZ, Bennington Art Center, Vermont, and her art is in many collections throughout Oregon and beyond.
Early Morning Mist, Carolyn Pettitt
Carolyn Pettitt paints landscapes and nature subjects from memory, trying to capture a feeling or an idea, working exclusively in her studio. She paints with acrylics, but considers herself a mixed media artist because she uses so many different things in her work; such as texture medium, torn paper, latex paint, etc. She uses many layers to create a sensuous, highly textured, abstractly painted surface. Carolyn works with both palette knife and brushes, depending on the effects she is trying to achieve. She handles the paint loosely using very free strokes, as acrylics allow her to work quickly and intuitively. Her new series is called Oregon Skies, and she has tried to capture the many moods of Oregon by repeating the same landscape with varied skies.

After finishing art school, Carolyn operated her own screen printing company for many years. She has been a studio artist at Sequoia Gallery + Studios for nine years and has participated in many outside shows as well as many professional workshops.
Believe Necklace, Christine Johnson
Random Acts of Rocks, is the theme of jewelry artist Christine Johnson's November featured artist show. The jewelry includes the playful nature of stones when they are combined with found objects creating wearable art of random patterns. Christine says, when strolling along the beach, she finds stones in varied collections as if they had been tossed, a few here and a few there. This theme is reflected in her creations.

Christine has always loved walking the Oregon Coast in any type of weather.  After collecting her treasured rocks she brings them home, sorts and tumbles them which creates a matte finish. Then the next step of fun begins, as she decides how to feature the chosen rocks in wearable art. Each piece of jewelry is a one of a kind piece. Each stone delivers a message that nothing is too common, too ordinary or too simple, not to have a unique purpose.  
2015 Ornament Tree
Our annual Ornament Tree and Small Gift Sale debuts in the gallery this month. Volunteers and members create handmade ornaments and unique, affordable, small gift items for sale in the gallery. The proceeds help Sequoia continue to operate as a non-profit art organization.
Snuggle Tubbies: Get them while they last!

Our mission is to promote the Fine Arts in the greater Hillsboro community through our gallery, classes and outreach programs. Our existence depends greatly on community support in the form of gallery sales, class tuition, public grants, and donations of time and treasure. Please consider how you can show your appreciation for our non-profit mission this year.
First Place winner, Yong Hong Zhong with his winning composition Early Fall and Plein Air Judge, Eric Jacobsen, Photo Credit: Larry Whitlock
Sequoia Gallery & Studios hosted another successful Plein Air event this fall!  We had 37 participants, including several new & "emerging" artists. Here is a list of this year's awards winners:
First Place: Yong Hong Zhong; "Early Fall"
Second Place: Bill Stanton; "Titanic"
Third Place: Bhavani Krishnan; "The Venetian Blues"
Best Emerging Artist: Karen Doyle; "Laurie's View along Riedweg Road"
Best Landscape: Amanda Houston; "Grand Finale"
Best Urban: Sandra Pearce; "End of the Line"
Best Nocturnal: Kristina Sellers; "Tavern Glow"
Honorable Mention: Don Bishop; "September Flower Farm"
Honorable Mention: Susan Kuznitsky; "Old Oaks"
Honorable Mention: Cindy Bilotti; "Untitled"
Honorable Mention: Sarah Sedwick; "Plum Hill Barn"
Artist's Choice: Don Bishop; "September Flower Farm"
People's Choice: Amanda Houston; "Morning with the Trees"
Judge's Choice: Nancy Zhang; "Autumn Dusk"
Quick Draw (1st): Joanne Mehl; "Dostoevsky"
Quick draw (2nd): Sarah Sedwick; "The Gold Dress"

See the rest of the winning paintings on FaceBook: 
Plans are already underway for next year's Plein Air@Washington County event. Stay tuned!
In a close art community such as ours, change is always hard. Christy Perrine, a long time studio artist at Sequoia, has recently moved further south and will no longer be able to maintain her studio membership at Sequoia. We will miss Christy's cheerful demeanor, hard work, and her gorgeous pastels of Northwest landscapes. We look forward to seeing her whenever she is in the area.
New Studio Member, Gayle Pedemonte

On a positive note, a current Sequoia member,  Gayle Pedemonte, has moved into Christy's former Studio #8 upstairs at Sequoia Gallery. Gayle paints primarily landscapes from the local scenery, her garden and her travels.
She is already enjoying the extra room that comes from having a dedicated studio space. She enjoys talking with the other artists and members of the local community who come by. In the short time she has been a studio member, Gayle has been happy with the sense of community and invites you to s top by and say hello.
November is one of the dreariest months in the Northwest. Come in out of the rain and cold and take an art class at Sequoia. Coming up in November:
  • Amanda Houston, #164 Painting with Pastels: October 29 & 30, Sat & Sun,10 am-5pm, $225.00
  • Sarah Sedwick, #166 Color Mixing for Painters: November 12 & 139 am - 4 pm, $200
  • Steve Kleier, #168 Line Perspective for Artists: November 18, 9 am - 4 pm, $95
  • Brenda Boylan, #172 Painting Water with Observing Eyes, December 3 ,8 am - 4:30 pm, $125
  • Royce Kugler, #125 Creating with Oil and Acrylic: November 2, 9, 16, 30 and December 7 & 14, 10 am - 2 pm, $35, contact Royce to register: 503-645-3969
  • Drop-in Life Drawing (no instruction):November 14 & 18, 1 - 4 pm, $9 with a tip jar, no registration necessary.
For details about all our classes, visit
Sequoia is seeking artists for gallery membership. Both 2D and 3D artists of all mediums are welcome to apply for membership in our active community of artists.  Download an application from our website or stop by the gallery to pick up an application.

Whether you are an artist, collector, or someone who just appreciates fine art, you can help Sequoia by volunteering to help staff the gallery. Gallery staffers serve 4 hour shifts on the days of their choosing, depending on slots available. Volunteer applications are available at the gallery. 

Barbara Mason, P resident |  Gayle Pedemonte,  Vice President
Mia Hocking, T reasurer |  Linda Jerome, S ecretary | 
Jan Simmons and  Carol Loughner, C ommunity Representatives


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