By SANDRA MCBRIDE for Cascade AE
The work of Oregon artist Joanne Donaca will be featured at the Transfiguration 2011 Art Show. Now in its 17th year, the event will be held on August 12 (5-8pm) August 13 (10am-3pm) at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Sisters.
Painting professionally since 1987, Donaca has created a solid body of paintings which now number in the hundreds. She is recognized in Oregon the Northwest for her award-winning work in pastels oil. Her paintings appear in numerous corporate private collections.
“The Cascade Range the High Desert as well as the animals, natural beauty diverse geography of both climates are ideal for painting , of course, a constant inspiration,” Donaca says. Recently Donaca’s works have included lush gardens vineyards in the Willamette Valley. She has chosen several originals giclee prints for the show, along with other new works now in progress. Along with other artists, Donaca will be on h at the show to visit with attendees discuss the artwork.
Donaca has enjoyed an enduring rewarding relationship with the Transfiguration Art Show over the past decade. She noted that, “This venue has become one of my favorites; I am honored to participate in this show. The environment at the church is a lovely stage for showing off the artwork.”
The show is held in the church’s Community Hall where natural lighting the Cascades view provide an excellent showcase for the works of some 50 Northwest artists. “The church its congregation are very supportive, they purchase artwork, they manage the show efficiently,” she continued. The show offers a wide varied collection of original, high-quality oils, watercolors, pastels, clay metal sculptures, outdoor art, jewelry other fine crafts. All art is for sale.
Another popular feature of the show is a silent auction, with offerings that include antiques, art décor items, resort vacations, golf fly-fishing packages, gift certificates for restaurants spa treatments. The show is held in conjunction with the church’s annual Country Fair.
All proceeds from the show the fair are donated as an outreach ministry to community support agencies including Family Action Network, the Kiwanis Food Bank, SMART Reading, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Arts Discovery, Habitat for Humanity. Since its inception this event has generated more than $100,000 in outreach funds.