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In This Issue
Victoria Shepard
Royce Kugler
Paula Smith-Danell
Ornament Tree Returns
Small Art Treasures
November Classes
Call to Artists
Volunteering at Sequoia
Sequoia Gallery has received support from two arts organizations: 
The Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council has granted us funds to update our website and  improve our communications with the community.

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County has granted us funds to obtain a gallery hanging system

Art Workshops
Click on the classes link on the masthead above to see the upcoming educational offerings for artists.  We're constantly working on scheduling more, so check back often!

Sequoia Board of Directors
Martin Conley
Rebecca Buchanan
vice president
Doug Pettitt
Linda Jerome
Victoria Shepard
past president
Jan Simmons
community representative
Carol Loughner
community representative

What's Happening at Sequoia November 2014

November may be one of Oregon's dreariest months, but Sequoia Gallery + Studios will be sparkling with the new works of our November Featured Artists: Venetian Carnival-themed, wearable art by Paula Smith-Danell, natured-inspired oil paintings by Royce Kugler, and sand and water paintings by Victoria Shepard. 

Sequoia's popular Holiday Ornament Tree debuts again this month and, also in time for the holidays, Sequoia will feature "Small Art Treasures" by our member artists.

Shake off the November gloom with a visit to Sequoia Gallery this month!

November Featured Artist Show
November  4 - 28
First Tuesday Reception, Tuesday, November 4th, 5 - 8pm

Victoria Lee Shepard's most recent series of paintings was created

Navigating, Victoria Shepard

using sand and water on the beach near Cascade Head, Oregon. The goal was to create something more abstract, to improvise without thinking. The process begins with submerging the canvas in the water, allowing the sand to adhere to the surface. Then it is all about the movement: splashing, tossing, pouring, dripping. The key is to not think, but to flow. Let each design come about. It happens accidentally. Thinking only enters into the process when you decide the design is complete. It takes time.


Victoria attended Hillsboro schools and graduated from PSU with a BS in English and a secondary teaching certificate.  She is married to Colin and has three adult children and two grandchildren: the true joys of her life.  She loves Hillsboro and all the friends she has made while working to create an art community in her hometown. She is kept busy with her responsibilities as a member of Sequoia but finds time to take classes and experiment with her artwork. She says she paints "because it is the one thing I do in my life that enables me to feel totally alone. This solitude brings me closer to my essence than any other personal act."

Royce kugler
Trail to the Lagoon, Royce Kugler


Royce is displaying landscape work in November that was inspired by her trip to the Plein Air Convention in California earlier this year. She will also be showing wildlife oil paintings including, "Three Sisters", a painting of 3 young female lions inspired by our very own baby lions at the Portland Zoo.


Royce feels there is great joy to be in nature and capture the essence of the scene before her eyes by transforming it to a canvas using the tools of her trade as an artist. That is what Royce enjoys doing the most.  She has studied with some of the great masters of our time. Her preferred medium is oil and her style is painterly which she has developed over the 36 years that she has been painting and teaching. Royce currently teaches oil and acrylic painting classes in the classroom at Sequoia Gallery + Studios on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m.

paula smith-danell
Venetian Carnival Collection, Paula Smith-Danell

Paula's theme for the November show is Venetian Carnival. Get caught up in Paula's sweeping silk ball gowns, fanciful feathered hats and hand painted papermache masks as we approach the Carnival season.  This is the stage for the pinnacle of "costume as art".  Come enjoy the fantasy of masquerade and be transported to another time and place.


Paula has a BA in Fashion Design from The American College in London.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded Most Outstanding Graduate for her graduating class. She spent many years making custom designed bridal wear for her business, Fletcher Artworks. Now Paula spends her creative energies designing and constructing one-of-a-kind "Wearable Art".  


During the first week of October, approximately 20 Sequoia artists and friends of Sequoia gathered at JoAnn Wellner's Glassworks studio to make fused glass ornaments for Sequoia's annual fundraising event. Each year Sequoia offers these one of a kind ornaments for sale along with hand-carved, painted, or wood turned ornaments made by our member artists. 

Under JoAnn's skilled guidance, over 100 ornaments were designed and fired for this year's tree. They will be hung and offered for sale beginning in November and continuing through the Holidays. The ornament sale has been one of the most popular events held by Sequoia during the holiday season and this year's tree promises to be as sparkling as all the others.

All artists love to create. During the months of November and December, visit Sequoia to see small art treasures created by our artists when they are not working on their primary art form, be it painting, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry, etc. The need to make things spills over into all areas of our lives. Some creative people carry a sketch book wherever they go, some do small paintings while watching TV, some do needle work, some even do small assemblages or sculpture. Come see the wonderful art that Sequoia artists have created for the holiday. These special things make wonderful gifts for family and friends. They will be available for sale at Sequoia Gallery starting November 4th.



On November 8th, Brenda Boylan teaches Identifying Values Clearly.  Brenda will be the cover artist for the December 2014 Pastel

Brenda Boylan

Journal.  She recently received the PSA President's Award for their Annual 42nd Exhibition in New York.


On November 15 and 16th, Yer Za Vue, teaches Painting Portraits in Oil. Za recently won the Artist Choice Award at the 8th Annual Hillsboro Plein Air. She has participated in competitions from California to Maryland to Colorado.


Popular Sequoia artist Royce Kruger teaches acrylic and oil classes on a drop in basis in November. Join her November 7th, 21st and 25th classes.


Sequoia's expert in textiles, Paula Smith-Danell provides a evening presentation on African Textiles on November 20th..


For details on these classes and more, visit our website: www.sequoiagallerystudios.org

Call to Artists!

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. For more information, contact Linda Jerome; jeromelk@me.com  

Volunteering at Sequoia

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.  

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