The Garrett Museum of Art is proud to present the artwork of Orie Shafer in his show, “American Heroes: The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday,” and a FREE Call for Entry: “Proud to Be an American.”

Our very own museum director, Jim Gabbard, will also have select photographs from his series “Italy and Ireland Unveiled” on display.

Join us for a free Opening Reception on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6PM – 8PM.



We are looking for 2D and 3D art that represents a positive reflection on what it means to be an American. This is a FREE call for entry and open to the public. Artists may enter up to 2 pieces; one piece is guaranteed acceptance into the show.

Submissions deadline is September 8, 2017. Submit online HERE.

All artwork must be dropped off at the museum by Sunday, September 10, 2017. If you are in need of alternative delivery arrangements, please let us know!




Orie Shafer, a northeast Indiana resident, was born in Los Angeles, CA. His education started at North Manchester College and continued at Purdue University and Indiana University, culminating in an MA in art education and post masters work in the art field.  He has exhibited his work at many galleries and museums across the United States, including several in Fort Wayne.  He has exhibited several times at the Garrett Museum of Art.

His exhibit at GMoA, titled “American Heroes: The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday,” is a collection of his mixed media paintings which are a tribute to all Special Warfare military personnel, but in particular to our “American Heroes,” the United States Navy SEALS.

The exhibit is dedicated to his son, William Anthony Shafer, Commander United States Navy SEAL.  Commander Shafer received his Trident in 2002 and since then has been deployed to war zones 12 times and has been involved in combat during each deployment.  His numerous awards include two Bronze Stars.  Orie began producing these paintings during a very long period of time where he had not heard from his son and did not know where his missions had taken him and when he would contact his family.  Later it was revealed that Commander Shafer had cheated death on multiple occasions during several missions.  “Painting was the only way I could cope with the emotions that were overwhelming me,” Orie said of dealing with his son being sent in harm’s way time after time.

Orie Shafer is a Commander, USN, Retired.





The photos on display represent images taken during recent trips to Italy and Ireland. With this series I have chosen to showcase the unique scenery, buildings, and art that can be viewed there.





Garrett Museum of Art gives thanks to Wayne & Linda Boyd for generously sponsoring this exhibition.

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