ART NEWS - What's Happening at Sequoia
Featured Artist Show
July 5 - 29, 10 am - 6 pm, Tuesday - Saturday
First Tuesday Reception, July 5, 5 - 8 pm
136 SE 3rd Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon | 503-693-0401


Featured in the gallery this month, are two new members of our Sequoia family: oil painter, Thomas Clark and watercolor painter, Lieta Gratteri. You can meet Tom and Lieta, view their art work and visit with our studio artists while enjoying light refreshments at our First Tuesday reception. 

For a map of all the great art venues, including Sequoia Gallery + Studios, during Downtown Hillsboro's First Tuesday Art Walk, click here!

Big Sur Spring, Thomas Clark
Tom gives credit to his great-grandmother Valentine Morse, one of the California Plein Air painters of the 30's and 40's, for teaching him to paint. She encouraged him to cover his canvas in paint on "day one", using a large brush.This approach allowed him to evaluate the composition and color harmony.
As Tom's painting has evolved, he still tries to use this approach and has come to enjoy the strength of his early brushwork. He may refine his sketch using a rag or his fingers. If he is lucky, his initial loose strokes will be interesting enough to preserve in the final painting. How a painting is going to work is evident to Tom in the first hour. Tom says his finished work has a feeling of immediacy.  
Tom paints the beauty of the Northwest and prefers to paint in Plein Air. He also enjoys painting people and their pets. Some of his figurative pieces are imaginative, whimsical or allegorical. Some of the painters who inspire Tom include John Singer Sargent, Jaquin Sorolla, and Edgar Payne.  
Italian Market Scene, Lieta Gratteri
Leita's joy in painting is to capture a feeling and have others feel it. One series of Caribbean fishing people and their hard work sings with color, texture and atmosphere. She is also drawn to European structures and architecture with their beauty built by bare hands, a beauty that can never be replaced. It all tells a story she wants to share with others.

Lieta has always admired all kinds of art, but the medium that she was determined to learn was watercolor. Her introduction was a class at the Walters Cultural Center with instructor Bonnie Burbidge. Lieta threw her first batch of paintings in the garbage, but Bonnie's beautiful work made her stick with it, and she took classes for 5 years. Lieta is now developing her own style of watercolor painting. While managing a garden center, which she loves, she works very hard to fit painting into her busy schedule. She has become a member at Sequoia Gallery, and is looking forward to many new adventures. Her main loves are structures, landscapes, colors, and she is also including people in her works. 
One of the benefits of becoming a Sequoia Member or Volunteer is the new friendships that form around the love of art. Occasionally, however, our beloved members and volunteers need to leave our Sequoia family due to work schedules, moves, and other life circumstances.

This month we say goodbye to long time members Victoria Shepard, Elaine Treadwell, Beth O'Mahoney and Sharon Allworth. This past year, Victoria and Elaine served on the board of Sequoia as President and Vice President, respectively. Sharon and Beth teamed up to make our annual Hip 2B Square community show one of the best attendance years ever. We will miss them all.

On the bright side, we welcome four new members to Sequoia this month: photographer, Lawrence Whitlock, silk scarf designer, Cheryl Cameron, oil and acrylic painter, Ellen C. Jerome, and watercolor painter, Lieta Gratteri. We look forward to getting to know them in the coming year.

Lieta joins member Thomas Clark for their debut as Featured Artists at our July show. Come meet them and our other new members at our First Tuesday reception.
September 28-October 2, 2016

Sequoia Gallery + Studios hosts the annual Plein Air@Washington County event again this year! From the quilted rural landscapes to historic buildings and urban streets, artists will experience the beauty of Oregon in Washington County. Plein Air artist Eric Jacobsen will be the juror in this competition open to all artists ranging from emerging to expert. The activity schedule includes 4 days of painting opportunities; a 'nocturnal' painting session; Saturday evening artist reception at Bag & Baggage in their new Main Street location; and Sunday Art Show and Sale. Fantastic awards & prizes! Save $5 on the registration fee if you register before September 1, 2016! The event is open to the first 50 registered artists, so register TODAY. 

Download an application here: Plein Air Application

Please contact Mia Hocking at 503-737-5511 with any questions about this event. 
Lake Reflections, Eric Jacobsen
In July, Eric Jacobsen returns to teach his popular class, Painting the Expressive Landscape on Location.

Eric will teach you to concentrate on basic fundamentals of good painting: choosing good subject matter, making a great design and simplifying your subject matter.

The class meets July 9th and 10th, from 9am - 4pm.

For more information, 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, President | Gayle Pedemonte, Vice President
Mia Hocking, Treasurer | Linda Jerome, Secretary | Martin Conley, Past President
Jan Simmons and Carol Loughner, Community Representatives


Sequoia Gallery has received support from two arts organizations. The Cultural Coalition of Washington county and Oregon Cultural Trust have granted us funds for website development.

Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 SE Third Ave., Hillsboro, OR 97123