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The Art of Two Sisters: Works of Ann Schafer and Jane McDaniel

Sisters. Sisters share genes and jeans, secrets and dreams. And sometimes they share paint and brushes, talent and a passion for art. Such is the case with Ann Shockley Schafer and sister Jane Shockley McDaniel who headline the new exhibition at The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist University.Hall

"The Art of Two Sisters: Works of Ann Schafer and Jane McDaniel" opens June 13 and runs through July 22 at the gallery on the campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette. Also on display will be recent acquisitions of the gallery. An artists reception will be held at the gallery from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, June 13.

Ann Shockley Schafer lives in Fayette with her husband, retired educator Gale Schafer, while Jane Shockley McDaniel calls Shell Knob her home. Both Shockley sisters were raised in Jefferson City and have taught art at all levels in public schools. Ann recently retired from the Fayette R-III School District.

Schafer took her first art class as a student at Saint Mary College in Xavier, Kan. She then studied with Frank Stack, Robert Bussabarger, and Ramona Morgan at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she took her degree and has done graduate work. She says having a nude model for anatomical drawing came as quite a shock for a good Catholic school girl. She admits to a fascination with water, which appears often in her artwork, calling it "reflecting, transparent, refreshing, renewing, flowing . . . and mysterious."

McDaniel studied at Missouri State University in Springfield and graduated with a degree in art and English education. She says during her first two years of teaching, she taught art at every level, kindergarten through 12th grade. In later years when she wasnt in a classroom, she gave private lessons and did consignment work. She also worked as a print artist for a photographer.

When she took a graduate course with Judith Fowler, educator, artist and art therapist, McDaniel says, "This class was all about taking the art teacher out of her role as the one inspiring artists, to putting her in the role of the creating artist. The class fed me, and I hadn't even known that I was hungry."

SpokesThe sisters began to take art workshops and classes together. According to McDaniel, when they took a class in pastels with Ann DeRosier, "[My sister] Ann and I both found that we love having color that we can control."

Although they both use a variety of media in their work, they especially like pastels because of the intensity and vibrancy of the colors.

Schafer calls her sister a wonderful companion with a similar sense of humor and art styles. "She is, Schafer says, "another set of eyes, someone to bounce ideas off of, someone to tell me when to stop its done."

McDaniel concurs. "I feel so fortunate to have a sister who can understand me and inspire me as only another artist can."