Dana Shaeffer is a transplant to Arkansas from her native Iowa. She taught drawing and design at Grand View University for over 25 years and operated a weaving studio for much of that time. In 1998 she came to Mountain View to work for a summer at the Ozark Folk Center and fell in love with the area. After retirement she moved here and now makes Mountain View her home.
“After studying art and painting, tapestry seemed to be a natural combination of art and the weaving tradition I’d grown up with. It allows the marriage of art and craft…the use of color, value, shapes and lines with the tactile quality of weaving. How much more comfortable and familiar can art become than in the use of yarns and fibers. The environment is used as inspiration, whether it’s the flowers by my front door or the woods and mountain terrain surrounding my home. The beauty around me invades my work and takes on a new life weaving.”
Shaeffer is an active member of the Mountain View Art Guild and exhibits locally with the guild at the OFC Art Cabin, the Skillet Restaurant, the library and local banks as well as the hospital.