Barbara is part owner of Waterstone Gallery in the Pearl District of Portland where she has exhibited her art for 26 years. “I am an artist and printmaker working in my own printmaking studio on Golden Road in Hillsboro. I am an arts advocate and active in the community,” says Barbara. To support the arts, she served eight years on the board of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, and was a founding board member of Art in the Pearl in Portland and Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She is the past president of Print Arts Northwest and has been on the board of the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, the Washington County Museum, and the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council.
Barbara is currently on the City of Hillsboro Arts and Culture Endowment Committee and the board of Sequoia Gallery. “I have served on the Endowment Committee for several years and will continue to do so. The growth of the Endowment is critical to art and culture in our community,” states Barbara. “I believe we should support what we care about with our time and our money and I care about art and culture. Supporting the Hillsboro Art & Culture Endowment is enormously important because the gift of $1,000 goes into a fund and the interest on that fund allows approximately $50 to be returned to the community to support art and culture forever. The Endowment will never spend the principal as it grows, so more and more interest is returned to the community each year. Last year we distributed $5,000.”
This past year the Sequoia Gallery board expanded their annual Hip to Be Square event by showing the work of 262 high school students during the month of April. As a non-profit they received a grant to help with expenses so students paid no fees. “There is no shortage of need and it is true that it is easier to raise money for food than for art. But, I think art feeds the soul and is critically important to the health of a community,” notes Barbara
Barbara has shown her work nationally and internationally for the past 35 years, with works in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, Intel Corporation, Crow’s Shadow Art Institute, the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, the New York Public Library Collection, the National Museum of Kampala, Uganda, Applied Science Museum of Amman, Jordan, The Corcoran at Yale University, and the Halle Ford Museum in Salem Oregon, to name a few, along with numerous private individuals and corporate collections.
Barbara Mason invites you to visit her at Sequoia Gallery at 136 SE 3rd Ave and her Golden Road Art Studios at 5459 SE Golden Rd. “Art is alive in Hillsboro!” she says; and we agree!