by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Meadow at South Sister by Joanne Donaca.

   Paintings and pastels by Bend artist Joanne Donaca are being featured during the month of June at Art Adventure Gallery in Madras.
   An artists reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 12, with refreshments and musical entertainment.
   Born in Elgin, Donaca grew up in Ontario with a mother who was always sketching and father who built furniture, swing sets and marry-go-rounds. In high school, a teacher encouraged her to try different media and she won contests and awards for her work.
   Since then, she has worked in virtually all media, except sculpture. She began painting professionally in 1987 and says everything appears to her as a painting just waiting for her to paint.
   She is a charter member of the Northwest Pastel Society, charter member of the Pastel Society of Oregon, and member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She also chairs the High Desert Art League, an association of artists in Bend.
   Her paintings are exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest and locally at Sunriver Lodge.
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