Donna JeJarnatt Studio at LCC
An Artist's Passions Live On
On Valentine's Day a woman whose passion for art, education and helping others touched the lives of many, was honored by family and friends with the dedication of the Donna DeJarnatt Studio at Lower Columbia College.
Donna was a highly-regarded local artist who spent more than 50 years helping others realize their individual talents and goals:
- As a 5th grade teacher at St. Helen’s Elementary and an art teacher at Monticello Middle School.
- At the Broadway Gallery downtown where she created a welcoming place for artists to gather.
- Organizing election campaigns for her husband, Arlie, a former Washington legislator.
- And, as an art instructor and a trustee at LCC from 1994-2002.
One of her favorite sayings was:
"You can't fix the whole world, but you can improve your corner."
Donna's love of art will live on in the studio located in the corner of LCC's Main Building where new generations of artists will be nurtured and cultivated.
After her death in July 2008, her family established the Donna DeJarnatt Memorial Fund through the Lower Columbia College Foundation with a designated purpose of providing support to student scholarships and art programs at LCC.
In December 2009 the current LCC Board approved a proposal from the Foundation to name this classroom the Donna DeJarnatt Studio in honor of her service as an LCC trustee and in recognition of the investment the DeJarnatt family and others have made in support of the College. The classroom was chosen in consultation with Donna’s art faculty colleagues and is the classroom in which she taught.