Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents oil landscapes of Central Oregon by Joanne Donaca and Janice Druian in the lower gallery as well as Marjorie Wood Hamlin’s collage of copper and gold foil, and her mixed media works in the upper gallery. The exhibit continues during the Traditions festivities through January 5, 2014.
Donaca, Bend artist and Oregon native, expresses her passion for the High Desert through her landscapes in oil. Her former impressionistic style of strong brushwork and heavy impasto now yields to a less defined, expressionistic imagery featuring integrated brushwork. She continues use of her traditional bold, yet realistic, palette. Appearing in the exhibit are scenes of Central Oregon forests in fall colors as well as scenes of Sunriver and the Deschutes in winter.
Donaca is a member of the Oil Painters of America, a sustaining associate member of the Watercolor Society of America and, a signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society. Her art appears in collections throughout the US including that of Sunriver Resort, Franklin Crossing and the Sunriver Music Festival featured her artwork as the 2012 season’s poster.
Druian, Terrebonne artist, presents oil landscapes reflecting the beauty of the Central Oregon Cascades and High Desert. She captures the drama of sunrise and sunset in her art, painting the variety of this intense light in expressionistic realism with highly contrasting light/dark values in a vivid, yet realistic palette.
Druian took a Masters in Art Education at U of O and continued studies with a concentration on Plein Air and landscape. A member of the Oil Painters of America, her art appeared at the 7th Annual Plein Air Invitational (2013) in Borrego Springs, the Yosemite Renaissance XV at the Museum at Yosemite National Park, and will appear in Cowgirl Up! at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, AZ in 2014. The show exhibits both traditional and contemporary art while recognizing the contributions of women artists to the cultural legacy of the American West.
Wood Hamlin’s collage works feature abstract or geometric designs in copper and gold foil. This unique process results in subtle, layered imagery with a highly reflective surface. Also showing are her mixed media works from her environmental series. The artist’s career spans 20+ years and includes exhibits with the Women in Art Invitational, NYC and the Florence Italy Contemporary Biennale, a UN effort to foster understanding through culture.
The gallery welcomes the public to the Traditions exhibition continuing through the New Year celebrations during Lodge hours. Billye Turner, art consultant and gallery curator, provides additional information at 541-382-9398.