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Barbara teaches modern dance classes Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30 in Room 122, Banbury Place, Building 13F. Plans for a beginning class are beginning to evolve on Friday’s at 2:30. These classes are based on Graham Technique as distilled by Michael Doran of the Lynn Dance Company and Barbara’s teacher.

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Artist Statement | Résumé

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Growing up near the Hudson River, just north of New York City, I was strongly drawn to its cliffs the outcroppings of nearby rock. I began my art career as a sculptor wanting to express in my work my resonance to the internal forces of these formations and their organic surfaces.

When my infatuation with paint as a medium solidified, my interests expanded to include line, color and the application of paint. What ever medium I use, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pen and ink, my work mimics my early handling of clay. I build layer upon layer upon layer, searching for form and compositional relationships, proportions, the edge, and the emotional character of the subject.

Many of my paintings result from my interest in the human form In some if my work the figure’s mood is introspective, in others, the movement and relationships of figures to another or to the space of the canvas takes precedence.

The desire to be more abstract and expressive has also lead me to an ongoing study of plant forms. A few years ago Barbara became intrigued with dried plants, working from them permitted her to use her drawing and paint surfaces more expressively and inspired a more abstract painterly approach. Plus, I also enjoy the challenge of portraiture and landscape painting. I am interested in taking on portrait commissions.

I see my daily struggles in the context of those historically faced by all artists. Some people have specifically influenced. Those of note would be: Eakins, Lembruck, Goya, Freud, Manzu, Gocometti, Bruegel, Etruscan and certain Medieval sculptures and the Abstract Expressionists.



346 McKinley Avenue
Eau Claire, WI  54701
(715) 834-7477 - (715) 828-1358 daytime/cell

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Work available to be viewed and purchased at:

  • Mona Lisa's Restaurant, Eau Claire WI
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  • Caradori's Pottery, Eau Claire WI
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  • Portal Wisconsin
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    • Master of Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati, 1967.
    • Graduate studies, University of Iowa, 1965/66.
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design/ European Honors Program, Rome, Italy, 1964.


    • Visual Art Instructor Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1969 to 1977, 2006 to 2012. 
    • Executive Director The Arc Eau Claire, 1979 to 2006
    • Self-Employed Painter/modern dancer 1971 to Present.
    • Consultant Developing Statewide Student Art Curricula WCCD, Madison 1987 to 1996
    • Guest Lecturer Rhode Island School of Design Museum, winter 1985.
    • Adjunct Visual Art Instructor University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin, 1977 to 1979.

    Recent and upcoming one person shows

    • Two-person show: Barbarba and Andy Shafer Volume One Store. January 10-March 2, 2014 Eau Claire, 2014,
    • L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, 2013,
    • Pump House Gallery, LaCrosse, 2012,
    • Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, 2011,
    • State Regional Arts Center, Eau Claire, 2011,
    • New Visions Gallery, Marshfield,, 2010,
    • Heyde Center, Chippewa Falls,  2008.
    • The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, 2008.
    • L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, 2007, 2003.
    • Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda, Madison, 2003 Disability Rally.

    ❖ Numerous recent two person, group, and juried shows

    ❖ Paintings in private and public collections throughout the U.S.

    ❖ Choreographed and performed 49 solo dances, since 1995.