About the artist

artist Liz Schafer

Elizabeth Schafer, a painter of music, was born in Eldorado, Ill. on Friday the thirteenth, setting the stage for her life to come. She grew up in the mid-west where she learned the foundations of hard work and good ethics. At 18 years of age, she left the mid-west far behind yearning for more of life’s experiences. She landed in Melbourne, Fla. and pursued a college education in Geological Oceanography at Florida Institute of Technology. In 1991, she moved to Bay St. Louis, Miss. and found an environment bursting with art and music that stirred and nurtured her creativity. Here she has grown artistically through her shear determination, perseverance, passion, and faith.

“Both music and art have been a driving force throughout my life, and combining the two passions into a series of artworks is a natural extension allowing me to express my style and energy. I have gained a greater understanding and appreciation of music’s culture after moving to Mississippi - the birth of the blues, and near New Orleans - the birth of jazz.” In the south music envelopes life, and here she found a huge well of inspiration and a home.

Schafer has been a professional artist over 16 years, with galleries in the south representing her work including Maggie May’s, Bay St. Louis, Miss.; Fraga, New Orleans, La; Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Al.; and Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, Ind.. She has exhibited most notably in the Smithsonian Museum’s Museum on Main Street program, and at William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Meridian Museum of Art, Gulf Coast Community College, and Meridian Community College. She is a member of the Mississippi Art Colony, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Del Ray Artisans and The ARTs Hancock County. Her works reside in collections at the Meridian Community College and Omni Royal Orleans. She has been published in “Katrina, Reflections of Mississippi Women,” “Walking on Water,” “The Art of the Storm, a documentary film,” Art in America, Art Gulf Coast, Florida Tech Today, Where, and Times Picayune. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla. where concurrently, she attended adult art studies at the Brevard Art Center and Museum.

In addition to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Schafer has experienced many life-altering changes simultaneously at many points throughout her life, one included a brush with death. And during each of these critical points, her faith and mission have been reinforced. Each time she was forced to step out of the box sooner than later, growing. “Having everything stripped from me, allowed me to recognize what is important — faith, art, and family. If life deals you lemons, make lemon cream pie.”

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