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Gainesville Area Visual Arts

P.O. Box 495, Gainesville, Texas, 76241   Email: info@gainesvilleareavisualarts.org

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Jim Pugh

Farewell to our friend.
Your art and heart brought light to all who crossed your path.

Viola McWater

We know you are happy and painting the clouds that you love so much. 

Jo Nash

Like a rainbow, gone too soon, but never forgotten.

Mozelle , a longtime member of GAVA. Mozelle, besides being a fine painter,  was a positive person, with a great sense of humor and she is greatly missed.

Mozelle Bogard.

Robert L. Schafer

​​​Robert Littlefield Schafer, “Bob” as we knew him, was a beloved father , friend and artist of note who began his 99-years of life at 40 degrees below zero in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada on November 22, 1912. Though born in Canada, he was a U. S. citizen and spent the rest of his life in the United States.

When he was 5 years old his mother recognized his artistic talent and nurtured it. He attended the Reinike Academy of Fine Arts in New Orleans. He spent the first part of his career as a commercial artist in Detroit and Dallas. His beloved wife, Jennie, died in 1992 and he retired from commercial art to paint watercolors as his heart desired. He moved to Whitesboro to be close to his daughter, Dawn, and granddaughter, Jennifer.

Throughout his life, he was a devoted church member and friend of the arts. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn and her husband, Larry, grandchildren, Jennifer, Dennis, Richard and Suzette. His son, Robert, Jr. and wife, Marilynne, and grandchildren, Annmarie and Robert.

Bob is survived by over 150 paintings hanging in banks, restaurants, clinics and three art galleries. Bob, a fellow GAVA (Gainesville Area Visual Arts) member had just celebrated his 99th birthday with the group, at it’s November meeting. All there sang Happy Birthday to him, and Bob was singing along with us… saying, “Happy Birthday to Me.” His generosity with his paintings was incredible.

This is a man we all loved. He is sorely missed.

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