Sequoia Gallery + Studios: 136 SE Third Ave., Hillsboro (503-693-0401) Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tue. – Sat. Featured artists: Ellen Jerome shows oil paintings of Washington County & the Oregon coast; Evelyn Fritz presents abstract acrylic/collage and encaustic works; Christine Johnson displays jewelry featuring stones from Oregon beaches & Lebanon. Reception Feb. 6, 5 – 8 PM; show ends Mar. 2. Show also includes work by 30 additional artists and 13 on-site studios will be open during the reception.www.sequoiagallerystudios.org
Lebanon Treasures is the theme of the February show by jewelry artist Christine Johnson. She will be featuring beads discovered on her recent trip to Beirut Lebanon combined with natural stones found along the Oregon Coast. These treasures will be accented with silver, freshwater pearls and found objects to create unique, one of a kind jewelry.
Whatever the weather presents, Christine loves walking on the Oregon Coast . After collecting her treasures, she puts them into a large tumbler to give them a matte finish. The stones are drilled under water with a diamond tip drill bit. Then comes the designing and creating process as each piece becomes a one of a kind work of wearable art.
Christine says that each stone delivers a message: nothing is too common, too ordinary or too simple not 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 have value and can be shaped into something beautiful.
Christine is a special education teacher with a message to never give up because there is always hope for each person in every situation.
Ellen has been painting local landscapes for many years. The lushness and forgiveness of oils is her medium of choice. Traveling in Europe opened her eyes to the beauty in her own backyard. Ellen has enjoyed many paint outings at Malheur Desert, Baker City and Manzanita, to name a few. Week long plein air painting trips with artist friends inspires her creativity. Most recently she has painted around Washington County and at the Oregon Coast; subjects she dearly loves.
Ellen has attended many workshops – both local and in other states. These workshops combined with years of plein air painting have been instrumental in her growth as an artist. Ellen’s instructors over the years have stated that progression as an artist can only be met by years and years of painting studies. She has sketchbooks full of these studies that she refers to often. Trying out different color combinations: using 3 colors only, using a mother color with all other colors, using only two color combinations, etc. fills her oil sketchbooks. Ellen says It is an exciting, ongoing learning experience.
Evelyn is a mixed media artist, who, over the years, has worked with many mediums. Curently, her choice is acrylic/collage and encaustic. She began painting traditional style with watercolor and oils which evolved into a contemporary and abstract style. Evelyn has found encaustic to be fascinating and is exploring all its possibilities. The word encaustic means to burn in, using layers of beeswax fused to the previous layer with a torch or heat gun. Evelyn says it is compatible with the techniques of her other mediums.
Evelyn has always been interested in art and began painting when her children entered school. She went on to teaching classes in her studio, at PCC and Clatsop Community College.
Evelyn’s art education included college art classes and workshops with master painters which has given her knowledge of various mediums. She is always experimenting and trying new ways to work with her materials and mediums.
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