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Sequoia Gallery + Studios fetes 10 years with Jan. 2 public reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

COURTESY PHOTO - Sequoia Gallery + Studios will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at an open house Jan. 2.On Jan. 2, during the Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk, Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 SE 3rd Ave., will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

Since its inception, the space has been dedicated to promoting the visual arts and arts education in the surrounding area, offering the community three ways to connect with visual art: the gallery itself, classes and artist studios.

The spot has allowed people to browse through paintings, sculptures, mosaics, prints, photographs, mixed media, glass and jewelry, offering up the chance to find special pieces of art to take home or give as a gifts. Every First Tuesday, those who enjoy taking in art stop by to view the newest exhibition of featured artists and enjoy the talents of local musicians.

Sequoia also aims to jumpstart creativity within the community by hosting lectures, demonstrations and workshops for both beginning and advanced artists.

The idea for Sequoia originated from the city's 2020 Vision and Action Plan, which served as Hillsboro's roadmap since the year 2000. The plan was assembled with broad community participation and implemented with help from dozens of community partners. One of the hopes was that the community could enjoy a gallery complete with studios and classes.

After the grand opening of the gallery in 2008, the Hillsboro Visual Arts Association name for the space was dropped and subsequently became Sequoia Gallery + Studios, the inspiration stemming from the sequoia trees on the courthouse grounds in downtown.

The First Tuesday special reception for Sequoia will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the community is invited to stop by to enjoy fine art, sparkling refreshments and live entertainment. The gallery's 13 on-site studios will be open during the reception, which will allow event-goers to take in a diversity of media, styles, and techniques and find out what makes the artists in the studios passionate about their work.

The reception, like most First Tuesday affairs, is free and open to the public to attend.

  • Hillsboro's First Tuesday Art Walk on Jan. 2, falling just after the holidays, will feature a subdued tone.

    In addition to Sequoia Gallery being open from 5 to 8 p.m. for its 10th anniversary celebraton (see adjoining story), Clark's Bistro & Pub will be open from 6 to 8 p.m., showcasing snow paintings by a group of artists including Bruce Reed, Laura Hopper, JanSu Hirst, James Tschida and Linda Holland.

    Country singer Buddy Evans will be playing during the art walk.

    Weichert Realtors, normally open for the monthly event, will be closed while getting ready for the February show.

    For more on First Tuesday Artwalk, visit

    >www.Hillsborodowntown.com.

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