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January 31, 2012 > Local artist at Mission Coffee

Local artist at Mission Coffee

Visit Mission Coffee through the month of February and enjoy the art of Jan Schafir with your coffee, tea, or lunch.

Schafir is a signature member of the Society of Western Artists, twice past president of the Fremont Art Association, and the founder of Fremont's yearly "Open Studios" tour in June.

She has been taught by many masters, including Millard Sheets, Gerald Brommer and Tom Nicholas.

"I have been painting most of my adult life. Art began as a hobby as I was trained as a professional registered nurse and was practicing visiting nursing in Pittsburgh, Pa. My nursing skills are not lost as I have been a hospice volunteer for twenty years. I began my art career by taking lessons locally with the City of Fremont recreation department in drawing, color mixing, and then watercolor painting," says Schafir. "The spontaneity of watercolor attracted me, as my personality is that of one who welcomes the unplanned challenges in life, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but never dull. I continue as an impressionistic painter, always excited by the unexpected effects of transparent watercolor."

She began teaching children in the Arts in the Schools Program sponsored by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council in 1990. She has taught in Yosemite National Park, the La Romita School of Art in Italy, the Bordeaux area of France, and serves as a shipboard art instructor for the Cunard Cruise Lines. Schafir teaches painting, drawing and composition at her art studio in Fremont. "I love teaching, and have helped many local artists get started in the process and enjoyment of creating art," says Schafir.

In addition to the show at Mission Coffee, Schafir's paintings can be seen at the Fremont Art Association Gallery, 37697 Niles Boulevard (510) 792-0905 or Jan's Art Studios, 38215 Fremont Boulevard, (510) 791-9290. Visit her Web site at www. or contact the artist for more information at (510) 409-2836.

The art of Jan Schafir
February 1 - 29
Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 409-2836

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