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The Sisters Project

My sister, Donna Johnston, left behind a stack of unfinished paintings and collage artwork when she died from Metastatic Melanoma in February 2017. During her last year of life, Donna's eyesight failed her due to her cancer, and radiation that compromised her optic nerve, thus she was not able to complete over 150 of the lovely paintings and collages that she started.

In an effort to honor Donna and her talent, I have created The Sisters Project.  Over 57 fellow artists have helped me by choosing one or more of Donna's unfinished works and completing them with watercolor, collage, or mixed media techniques of their choice. Donna's name (either D.L. Johnston or Donna Johnston) and the collaborative artist's name are on each piece. 

This special collaboration is documented in a book called "The Sisters Project" that showcases some of Donna's paintings as well as her paintings that were completed by other artists. The book is available in hardcover, softcover and Ebook versions through

There will be an exhibit of The Sisters Project at the Vogt Fine Arts Center, 17420 67th Court in Tinley Park, Illinois July 1-27, 2019.  Everyone interested in The Sisters Project is invited to attend the gallery reception 6-9 p.m. on July 12th. People who purchase the art of The Sisters project will pay with a tax deductible donation to a charity, in honor of Donna's memory.

Here is a list of suggested charities:

The American Cancer Society, JourneyCareHospice, NorthShore University Health System Foundation,  The CancerSupport Center in Mokena, The Salvation Army,  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago,  PAWS of Tinley Park, The KidsWork Museum in Frankfort, Misericordia in Chicago, The Crisis Center of South Suburbia, Lincoln-Way Special Recreation Association, Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest, The Frankfort Arts Association, Lincoln-Way Area Chorale.

It is my hope that The Sisters Project will be able to make a difference for many people through the charitable donations raised.

Thank you for joining me in this special tribute to my sister. 


Margi Hafer

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