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Marilyn Schaeffer



My interest in photography began at the age of 10 when I was given a Brownie camera for my birthday.  Over the years, I took pictures primarily of friends, events and travel, but nothing of a serious nature.  It wasn't until I retired from my career as a criminal defense investigator, that I had time to pursue my dream.

I have an art minor from the University of Denver and have attended several photography workshops including the Ansel Adam's School in Yosemite.  I began several years of study in 2005 in both film and digital photography at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA and Solano Community College, Fairfield CA.

My main interest is photographs of nature, landscapes, reflections and travel.  I find my style to be primarily documentary, a carry-over from my years as an investigator, seeking all of the information.  I rarely crop or manipulate my photographs.



DVC Student Show                                                                         2006 & 2007

Solano College Student Show                                                       2009, 2010, 2011

Art of a Community - Benicia                                                         2008 - 2016

Flyaway Festival - Vallejo                                                                 2009*, 2010, 2012

Solano County Fair - Vallejo                                                            2011*/***, 2012**, 2013*/**, 2014+/**/++

FVAA Gallery -Solano Mall, Fairfield                                                2015 & 2016


Juried Shows:                                                     

Vallejo Artists Guild - "B&W Only"                                                 2006

"Small Works" - Benicia                                                                   2009

Fairfield Visual Arts Annual Show                                                   2007, 2011*, 2012, 2013****

"Small Gems II" - Arts Benicia                                                          2013

"Altered Stated" - Arts Benicia                                                        2014

Lawler House Gallery - Suisun                                                         2015+++


Solo Shows:

Marilyn O/Rourke Gallery - Benicia                                                  2009

BAIC Multimedia & IT Solutions - Benicia                                       2013

Umpqua Bank - Benicia                                                                     2014


*honorable mention                                                           

*1st place

**2nd place

***3rd place                                                                                                                                                         

****juror's choice

++best of show

+++people's choice….707-745-8924

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