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Jan. 9, 2008

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The paintings of Anders Carlisle Shafer will be featured in an exhibit opening in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Gallery Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Carlisle Shafer is a full-time painter and illustrator and a retired University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire professor. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati. He is also the winner of over 40 awards, including one of the first given by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the author and illustrator of the children’s book, The Fantastic Journey of Pieter Bruegel, published by Dutton’s Children’s Books, a division of Penguin-Putnam, in 2002.

“Most of my work is in a sequence form like a story board,” he wrote in an artist’s statement. “I came across this form when I was developing the children’s book and thought it was a good form, like a short story you could hang on the wall. I find art to be kind of an adventure and try to make something different every time I work. I use acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and charcoal, often mixing them in the same work.”

Carlisle Shafer will also visit Viterbo Tuesday, Feb. 19 to provide a working demonstration from 9 a.m.–noon in the Fine Arts Center room 301 and a slide presentation and question and answer session from 2:30–3:30 p.m.

The show will begin with a reception at 7:30 p.m. and will run until Tuesday, Feb. 19. There is no admission fee to the gallery, which is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center on the Viterbo campus. The gallery is open 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday when school is in session.

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