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Doug Sheafor

A psychiatrist by day and glass blower by night, Doug Sheafor is another artist who has a long association with the art fair. Sheafor’s interest in glass blowing began when his daughter, Alison, graduated from the University of Kansas and set up a studio in her parents’ home. “My wife, Bo, and I began to assist Alison and soon were taking glass-blowing courses to improve our skills,” Sheafor explains. Gradually, Sheafor moved from assistant to artist, calling the studio his own and naming it AlBo Glass in honor of his daughter and late wife. “I could not think of not being a glass artist now,” says Sheafor. “I love making things that people enjoy.” Sheafor describes his art as functional decorations for a home. He’s developing an interest in Venetian-style glass blowing. Drawing from a wide range of artistic influences, Sheafor cites Salvador Dali, Wassily Kandinsky and Hieronymus Bosch as influences. He also says he admires the work of local Lindsborg artist Lester Raymer as well as Topeka painter Barbara Waterman-Peters (the wife of Larry Peters). Sheafor’s work is sold by several dealers in Kansas and available online, but the artist says he finds it an “honor” to present his work at the art fair in Topeka because he is able to meet other local artists and demonstrate his work to many of his friends.

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Sheafor describes his art

functional decorations for a home. He’s developing an interest in Venetianstyle glass blowing. as

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Mulvane Mountain/ Plains Art Fair Near Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University June 6-7 Admission is $6 for the weekend. Children 12 and younger get in free and can enjoy hands-on art projects at the children’s tent. www.washburn.edu/reference/mulvane/ artfair.html

Doug Sheafor stands in the Mulvane Art Museum next to an untitled glass piece created by his son, Nathan Sheafor.

TOPEKAMAGAZINE Spring 2009

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Topeka Magazine Spring 2009  

Topeka Magazine Spring 2009