Sequoia Gallery + Studios: 136 SE Third Ave., Hillsboro (503-693-0401) Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tue. – Sat. Featured artists: Robert Zorko shows acrylic paintings that convey a sense of place; Laura Hopper presents colorful free formed water color paintings. Meet the artists 5-8 pm July 3rd; show runs until Aug.3rd. Show also includes work by 30 additional artists and on-site studios will be open during the opening evening. www.sequoiagallerystudios.org
Sequoia July Featured Artist – Laura Hopper
Several of the watercolor paintings in Laura’s July show at Sequoia started as wet-into-wet renderings with the artist having no preconceived idea where they might lead. The underpainting with an array of rainbow colors transformed into a “rainbow giraffe” and the ones using her favorite blue hue morphed into paintings of a sea turtle and colorful koi.
Throughout childhood Laura always hoped for and requested new crayons, new coloring books, or anything she could use to make something pretty. Her teachers and parents encouraged her to color or paint within the lines. In 1975, after the birth of her third son, she took her first watercolor class. In that class she was encouraged to “drop” paint onto very wet paper. The excitement of watching the paint do “its own thing” got her started on a road to discovering so many new ways to make a painting happen.
Since retirement from a career teaching in the public schools, Laura has enjoyed painting, selling her art at the outdoor markets, teaching watercolor classes, and doing lots of travel. During the years she was lucky enough to be a wife, mother, and teacher there was often little time (or energy) left for painting, but now she gets to paint as often as she wishes.
Sequoia Gallery July Featured Artist – Robert Zorko
Robert is a self-taught acrylic painter who grew up in Montana among hard working people whose lives were tied to the land. He applies this affinity for those people and their surroundings and memorializes them in his art.
The world today is uncertain according to Robert. However, his paintings convey a sense of place, where his subjects have a small space of their own that is familiar and safe. There is a quiet peacefulness here, elegant, dignified.
Robert uses any number of techniques in his work. This includes using sponges, fingertips, toothbrushes, and his favorite putty knife for edges and just the right angles.
He has painted for most of his life and has been exhibiting his work at many art shows and venues for the last ten years. His imagination has taken him all the way from his days in Montana to faraway places like Morocco, Turkey, Alaska, France, and Africa. Now Robert would like to take you there, too!