Lois Donaghey

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(707) 217-3066

Neighborhood: North Bay
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SF OPEN STUDIOS PARTICIPANT
Sonoma County Art Trails
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I am an Artist! I paint with oils, acrylics, and most recently by creating digital paintings. I love all of it, including the struggle of self-doubt, and constant questioning. Those moments/times when I have to leave my studio, or busy myself cleaning my art space because I feel like I cannot get beyond the wall I have just hit, or self-imposed. And, I love those other moments too. The joys of knowing I have it nailed right from that first paint stroke I laid down on the canvas. And, I really LOVE those blissful times when I am engaged in painting and have completely lost all connection with my body and the Earth, and am in some Zone somewhere that feels not Earthly at all. These are the feelings of art that I recall from the beginning of my memory of everything.

It is the passion and enthusiasm, the simple spark for life that art brings to me on a very personal level, and it makes me go running back out to my studio and pick up my painting tools again and again. And then there’s the in between times when I feel like I am painting the universe as I walk thru the atmosphere I seem to be conjuring. And, it is my enthusiasm for novelty in the human spirit, my spirit, and the quest for knowing, and the embracing of consciousness that I seek thru painting. It must be. Why else would it have engulfed my life so completely for so long? Why else would it keep me so disconnected while connected for so long? And, why else would it feel so haunting.

I am an artist and meditator, and sometimes when meditating I 'find' paintings. Not always, but sometimes. I love being in that Zone. The Zone of 'finding' paintings, or of seeing more colors than are present, or changing up the colors that I do see so they seem more present to me. I am an Artist and I see myself doing and feeling what Artists do….just hanging out in that Zone, so to speak. Being there and loving it! I see things, or I 'find' things and then I paint a story about it.

Gallery Shows:
Gallery Artist, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg CA.
Corrick's Santa Rosa, CA
Fulton Crossing Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
Sonoma County Art Trails October 2018 - Open Studio
Bodega Bay Gallery, Bodega Bay, CA Spring 1985 – Three person show
Gilberts Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA October 1983 – Three person show

Juried Group Shows:
San Francisco Women Artists' Gallery SF, Current
San Francisco Women Artists Gallery Open, "2020 Leap Year", January 2020.
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA "Pixil' 2019
TWIRL Project – A Decade of Artist Interviews “artists blossoming over time”.
NUMU Los Gatos AA, “Greater Bay Area Open” July-Sept 2019 Juror: Ric Ambrose
Sonoma County Art Trails, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Oct 2019
TWIRL Project – A Decade of Artist Interviews “artists blossoming over time”.
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
NUMU Los Gatos AA, “Greater Bay Area Open” July-Sept 2019 Juror: Ric Ambrose
Sonoma County Art Trails, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Oct 2019
TWIRL Project – A Decade of Artist Interviews “artists blossoming over time”.
NUMU Los Gatos AA, “Greater Bay Area Open” July-Sept 2019 Juror: Ric Ambrose
Sonoma County Art Trails, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Oct 2019
Sacramento Fine Art Center, Sacramento, CA. Magnum Opus 30 Annual Steve Memering Juror
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA Art Trails Exhibit October 2018
Sonoma County Art Trails, Sebastopol, CA June, 2018
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA July 2018 jurors: Chester Arnold & Kevin Elston
Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA 2018 50|50 Show May, 2018 juror: Andres Guerrero
Marin Society of Artists, Annual Juried, June 2018, Chester Arnold Juror.
Blue Line Arts-Member Show, Roseville, CA July 2018
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA May, 2017
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, April, 2017
Blue Line Arts NCDC, Roseville, CA March 2017
Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA April, 2017
Pacific Art League, Palo, Alto, CA March, 2017
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA February 2017
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA January 2017
Art With Impact, San Francisco, CA October, 2016
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA July, 2016
Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA June, 2016
Marin Society of Artists, Ross , CA February 1988
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Juried Art Auctions for Non-profit Organizations:
ART4Life, Sonoma County, Santa Rosa CA 2019
ART4Life, Sonoma County, Santa Rosa CA 2018
ART4LIFE, Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA 2016
Art for Impact, San Francisco, CA October 2016
Northern California Dance Conservatory, Roseville, CA May 2017
The Giving Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Current