February 6, 2008 > Travel art show
Travel art show
By Mona Shah
"I love to paint, teach and travel," and Jan Schafir has been practicing all three for 40 years. She started practicing these passions by taking a series of classes locally at the Olive Hyde Center in Fremont. While taking these classes she learned about a teacher who taught watercolor, Jade Fon. After attending a workshop by Fon, Schafir was "hooked" on watercolor and started traveling to Alameda every week to take classes from him. He became not only her teacher, but her mentor as well. "Today when I teach, I find many of his words coming from my mouth, to teach and critique my students work," says Schafir.
Fon sponsored workshops twice a year at the Asilomar conference grounds; once in the summer with master teachers from all over the U.S., and once in the spring when he taught alone. Schafir attended both sessions. "By exposing myself to 'critiques' by Jade and other master teachers, I improved and became happy with my own work. This is really the only person you must please in the long run, except of course jurors, if you enter that kind of art show."
Jan was approached and took a job teaching the 'Arts in Schools' program through the Fremont Cultural Arts Council for ten years. She found that she liked teaching, which was much different than her career as a professional nurse.
A few years later Jan began teaching beginning watercolor at the Fremont Art Association and then later in her home. Today, she has her own studio in Fremont which she opened 11 years ago.
Travel expanded her vistas outside the U.S. when she attended a workshop in the Umbrian region of Italy, the La Romita School of Art. Since that time she has been invited to return many times as a teacher. Many other countries have also stimulated her artistic eye. Yosemite National Park has enlisted Schafir's help almost every year to teach their "Art in the Park" program.
Most recently, Schafir taught passengers on a cruise ship the skills of painting while traveling and this fall she will be teaching a workshop in the Bordeaux region of France.
While attending these workshops and teaching around the world, Schafir has accumulated many paintings of her travels. These will be displayed at Mission Coffee in Fremont for the month of February.
A public artist reception will be held on Sunday, Feb 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Music will be provided by "The Klezmaniacs."
Jan's Travel Art Show
Feb 1 to 29
Sunday, February 10
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Open to Public
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont