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Hillsboro, OR 97123


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In This Issue
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
Linda Jerome
Elina Zebergs
Victoria Shepard
past president
Jan Simmons
community representative
Carol Loughner
community representative

What's Happening at Sequoia February 2015

February Featured Artist Show

February 3 - 27
First Tuesday Reception, Tuesday, February 3rd, 5 - 8pm 

February promises to be a busy month at Sequoia. Our First Tuesday Art Reception features mixed media painter and Sequoia studio artist, Carolyn Pettitt. Also featured in his First Tuesday debut is pastel artist, Norm Enzor. Norm also recently moved his art practice into a studio at Sequoia. 

Our calendar is jam-packed with classes and events;  so scroll down to get a taste of what we have to offer this month. 
And don't forget to join us at our February First Tuesday Reception!
Norm Enzor
Woman Gathering Flowers at the Ocean, Norm Enzor
Norm's medium of choice is Pastel and his recent works depicting landscapes and figurative compositions reflect his love of Impressionism. He will have multiple pastel paintings on display as one of the February Featured Artists at Sequoia Gallery + Studios.


Norm has had a lifelong interest in painting and writing, but only recently decided to act on these passions. During the past two years, he wrote and illustrated a children's book entitled 'The YoYo King' (now in its 2nd edition). In addition, he  enrolled in several beginning art classes in pastels and oil painting. With a strong commitment to learn as much as possible and further his passion for art, he applied and was accepted as an artist/member of Sequoia Gallery & Studios. Recently he obtained his own studio space within Sequoia and welcomes the public to visit his studio.


Norm is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon (BA International Affairs &German Language) and is a US Army Veteran.

Carolyn Pettitt
Serpentine Mound, Carolyn Pettitt

Carolyn is a mixed media painter who uses acrylic paint along with assorted materials such as torn paper, fabric, found objects, texture medium, etc. Her main objective is to create a textured surface that viewers would like to reach out and touch. She uses a limited color pallet in each painting, but with many layers of under painting. She works in a wet-on-wet style doing a lot of sanding, scraping, scratching, and rubbing to reveal the colors below. Carolyn says it is like peeling the top layer to reveal what is underneath.


The new series for the February show has abstract images that focus on this process of revealing. The works resemble macro images that are so ultra-close that you cannot tell what the original object is. Carolyn did not go to art school until her children were in school themselves. After finishing school, she made the decision to start an industrial screen printing business, operating it for seventeen years. She then focused on her own art and has been at Sequoia since its beginning, mostly as a studio artist. Carolyn is constantly exploring new ways of expressing this need to see what is just beneath the first look.

A Fond Farewell
Sequoia is like one big 30+ member family. As such, it is always difficult to bid goodbye to our colleagues and friends. We will miss former members Doug Pettitt and Rebecca Buchanan as they have been hardworking board members and delightful colleagues. We know Doug can't stay away too long because he is Carolyn Pettitt's devoted husband (wherever Carolyn goes, Doug is sure to follow). Rebecca is a busy woman these days, but keep an eye on our Facebook page for news of her art activities. Thanks Doug and Rebecca for all your hard work and support! 
Meet New Member, Eliat Avivi
Eliat Avivi
Please join us in welcoming our new member, Eliat Avivi. an acrylic painter, who recently moved to Oregon from Israel with her family. "Ellie", as she likes to be called, was born in Paris and has lived all over the world. Originally trained as an architect, Ellie now pursues her art full time. Her training as an architect informs her art, but she considers herself largely self taught. Ellie has this to say about her art:

"It is rare for me to approach a blank canvas with an idea of what I want to paint. The finished canvas often bears little resemblance to the direction I start with. My paintings begin to take form in my mind as they evolve on the canvas. There is a very real give and take between the emerging painting and my artistic process. Each informs and changes the other as the painting progresses. I find that acrylic paints are dynamic and allow me to work in a way similar to the way my thoughts evolve. They dry quickly, allowing me to work in many layers of color which directly represent the shifting layers of thought and emotion. Each painting represents my feelings and thoughts from a particular series of points in time. Some paintings have obvious significance while others are entirely open for interpretation."

February Brown Bag Talk
Our renewal of our Brown Bag Talk Series in January was a resounding success. Over 35 people attended the January 17th free lunch hour artists' talks given by members Anne Ferguson, Gayle Pedemonte, and Carolyn Pettitt, who shared their creative process with the public.

Our next Brown Bag Talk is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18, from noon to 1pm in our classroom at 136 SE Third Avenue in Hillsboro. Sequoia artists Victoria Shepard, Gordon Campbell and Elina Zebergs will share their methods and madness. No need to register in advance, just bring you lunch and your curiosity to Sequoia Gallery + Studios! 
January-February Classes and events
Our award winning instructors and small class sizes make our art classes the perfect way to start the new year. And now, Sequoia students can enjoy the ease of registering on line for our classes and workshops.

Our February class calendar includes printmaking, mosaic, watercolor, portrait painting and oil painting Some highlights for February are:

  • February 8th: Recently joined member, Barbara Mason, teaches Printmaking without a Press
  • February 21 and 22: Lynn Adamo teaches Mosaic 102: Reverse Method with Intro to Andamento
  • February 23: Sarah Sedwick demonstrates Painting the Portrait with the Zorn Palette
  • February 26: Steve Kleier returns for a Demonstration of Expressive Watercolor
  • January & February, multiple dates: Royce Kugler continue her Oil Painting class series
  • January-June, multiple dates: Uninstructed Life Drawing
Register for classes now. Visit the website for the entire class list with details and photos. 

Registration options:
Register online using PayPal in your chosen class at:  http://sequoiagallerystudios.org/classes/
or visit the gallery, or by calling: 503-693-0401.

For further class information contact Victoria at classes@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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