Sequoia Gallery + Studio’s February show will feature Christine Johnson’s tumbled beach stone jewelry, embellished with silver, freshwater pearls and found objects. Elina Zebergs will display intuitive encaustic works developed from 10 years of exploration in the medium.
Celebrating the Ordinary Common Beach Stone will be the theme of Christine Johnson’s February Art Show. She will be featuring stones found on the Oregon and Washington Coasts. The stones found along the shoreline will be accented with silver, freshwater pearls and found objects to turn the common stone into an uncommon piece of wearable art.
Christine has always loved walking the Oregon Coast in any weather looking for the perfect stone. After collecting her treasures, she brings them home, puts them into a large tumbler and drills them underwater using a diamond tip drill bit.
Each stone brings with it a message of HOPE. There is nothing too common, too ordinary or too simple to have a unique purpose. The stones, each significant in their own way, remind her of people and the process of life. Common lives and common stones are given value as they are shaped into something beautiful by the Creator’s hand. Christine is a retired special education teacher with a message to never, never, never give up because there is always hope for each person in every situation.
As Elina Zebergs enters her 10th year of working in Encaustic, a medium she describes as amazing, flexible and sometimes infuriating, she feels she is returning to the roots of some of the first subjects she challenged herself with. The “why” of the subject matter is difficult for Elina to verbally articulate but easy for her to visualize. As her own internal constraints have slowly ebbed, her artistic voice flows more naturally and Elina enjoys creating what is in her heart more and more. Worked in a molten to cooled state, the encaustic medium and heat have their own “spirit” and she can relax and let magic happen.
Event: February Featured Artist Show and Reception
Date: First Tuesday Art Walk, February 4 – 28, 5 to 8pm
Location: Sequoia Gallery + Studios; 136 SE Third Ave., Hillsboro, Oregon (503-693-0401)
Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tue. – Sat.
Contact: www.sequoiagallerystudios.org, (503) 693-0401