The Fairfield Art Association announces the opening of an exhibitseveral decades in the making by local artist Mark Shafer.
The "retrospective" display of artwork is in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Centerand is open to the public for viewing during the facility's business hoursMonday - Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM. Please remember to wear a mask andsocial distance inside. A reception for the artist will be held in the futureon a date to be determined.
Mark Shafer's first drawing lesson took place in his GrandpaSummers' lap. After mastering the anatomy of a cow's hind leg, Shafer moved onto embrace other subject matter.
This show explores local architecture, thePolio Pandemic, Greek Mythology, Native American Culture, Christian Iconographyand Chickens, with explicit written descriptions of pieces. Shafer's work tellsa story and incorporates a multitude of images with deep meaning in each one.
Shafer was raised on a farm north of Fairfield and is a 1967graduate of FHS. He studied art at the University of Iowa and abroad. In 1972he married Susan Anderson. He taught Art and Special Education in the FairfieldSchools for 34 years. Mark was a founding member of the Fairfield ArtAssociation in 1966 as its youngest member and went on to serve as a boardmember several years. His previous FAA one man show was in the organization'sold gallery in the basement of the Carnegie Building in 1976 and featured theoriginal drawings for his popular book "Fairfield at the Turn of the (19th)Century".
Shafer serves on the local Historical Preservation Commission andreceived Fairfield's citizen of the year award in 2006 for his many communitycontributions. In receiving that honor, he was described as "a truly giftedindividual, with a wonderful sense of humor and great attitude towards life andis a community treasure. With an expertise in so many areas, he is constantlycalled upon for facts, educated opinions and colorful anecdotes from a vaststore of knowledge."
The Fairfield Entrepreneurs' Hall of Fame Portraits were paintedby Shafer and hang in the Executive Conference room at the FACC. Since hisretirement in 2008 Shafer has directed the Carnegie Historical Museum.
You can go to these links to view Mark Shafer talking about"Becoming an Artist" and another about a recent painting "Communion of Saints"- two different videos created by Burt Chojnowski
Becomingan Artist - https://youtu.be/26uVK5YO4S0
Communionof Saints - https://youtu.be/gdp2G_WM3Nw
Pictures below & attached of Painting Process:
Artist Mark Shafer's step bystep creative process on "Ocean of Mercy", involves daily painting, religiousfigures with emerging fine details that tell the story, and sometimes dedicatedwith brush strokes for a friend or loved one.
25 November- Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro dies…upon arriving atthe studio I am horrified to discover the encroaching lavender sand had madePadre Pio look like Fidel's clone…a few pencil strokes rectified the situationand Pio was back to his authentic self.
The HOLY FACE begins totake
on more definition andrichness of color ….. but the mouth wrongly suggests a mood of gloomy
boredom with a
FEAST of JUAN DIEGO - he is added- an obvious[though unexpected] companion to theother MARIAN VISIONARIES.hint of disgust [a subtle quality which can only be discerned inthe original]
….this changes on 5 Decemberwith addition of a tiny slash of blue in the corner of His Mouth.
11 December 2016, 3 a.m.-the base of a CHALICE begins to assertitself in my imagination [along the edge of Juan Diego's TILMA]…cascading roseswill help define the foot of this Chalice…paper pattern cut around 3 p.m.[guide for a shadowy silhouette image] …..
research begins for LEPANTO imagery  -
BATTLE FLAG of the HOLY LEAGUEwill be depictedinstead of a miniature sea battle
12 December- GUADALUPEroses added and dedicated to grieving friends who lost a son-in-law