We've had our first snow, the coffee shops are pouring eggnog, and you know at least one person with the flu, which means the holidays are officially upon us.
When looking for things to impress your loved ones, consider visiting Spitzer's new-ish store. Our members stocked the shop with gifts that are sure to add some beauty to the home or office, make someone laugh, or simply let them know that you think they are super. For some gift-spriation we selected some things to help get you started.
Left to Right: 1. Carla Walton, Photograph "Tea for One" 8x10 $10 2. Denise Allen, 6x6 Mixed Media Painting $42 3. Gracillias Designs, Jewelry Holder Ring Dish $10 4. Gracillias Designs, Necklace $20 5. Zac Nafziger, Candle Holder, Stained Glass $30 6. Rhonda Miller, Sterling Silver Moon Earrings $35 7. Zach Gesford, Hand Stitched 4x4 $25
Left to Right: 1. Rhett Miles, Hickory Cutting Board $50 2. Zach Gesford, "Covfefe", Mixed Media Drawing $60 3. Alison Funk, Clay Head Sculptures $30 per piece 4. Zach Gesford, Hand Stitched "3D" $50
Left to Right: Carla Walton, "North River Reflection" Photograph 8x10 $10 2. Jewel Hertzer, "Red and Green" Encaustic $75 3. Hannah Sions 6x6 Embellished Photographed $45 4. Cameron Ritcher 6x6 Mixed Media Painting $60
We hope to see you at Spitzer for some holiday shopping, and don't forget to take a look at our current exhibition, "Small Works" art by local high school students, if you missed us on First Friday.
The Spitzer shop is open Mondays and Saturdays from 10-4pm.
Spitzer Art Center has several studios where talented community members do and showcase their artwork. Here is a video on Spitzer renter Rhett Miles and his wooden pieces. Follow his Facebook page here.
Spitzer member Pam Tittle began her journey into the Harrisonburg art scene with a weekly drawing exercise she designated the Valley Art Project. These illustrations, débuted in a solo show at Clementine’s in 2010, depict various scenic treasures of the Shenandoah from Cave Mountain Lake tucked quietly off of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the peaceful views of Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia. Tittle’s color palette in the series, never too saturated, illustrates a subtle nod to the area’s cathartic gifts, which long-term residents of the Shenandoah know there are plenty.
Tittle’s background in art began in her childhood. Her father was a drafter and often brought home drawing books she would dedicate her time to. With a BFA from the Maryland Institute of Art, Tittle spent 25 years with a kitchen design firm as a drafter before quitting and pursuing art full-time in April 2016.
Recently, she has been busy with her “Gems” series, which she named after the small stone hoping to “[capture] a glimpse into a quarter size world.” Considering the petit size of her gems, the detail of each image is impressive. Each gem is an image encapsulated in the size of about a quarter often of a fairylike quality. Her 96th gem, for example, “How Pigs Fly,” shows a pig, of course, being carried in the sky by a strawberry air balloon dripping with chocolate. This imaginative scene is only 1” by 1”.
With such a tiny area filled with color and detail one wonders about the particulars of her workspace. Tittle doesn’t use a magnifying glass when composting her gems, but she uses her father’s drafting table, which is over 60 years old. “The whole space is filled with things I love or inspire me,” she says. Over her desk hangs a street sign from a trip to California when she was 18 and clothespins hold old photographs and prints done by other artists she likes. “The space has a really nice window that lets in [the] northeastern light,” she beams. Her studio also has some of her daughter’s work, who is coincidentally an architect, giving drawing a generational representation in the space.
Currently, Tittle is illustrating a new character for a collaborative children’s book while participating in several shows. She is one of the 54 illustrators in Larkin Arts’ December Deck Show. You can also find some of her work in the new Spitzer gift shop, the Wooden Trout gallery in the Agora Market, and the Lady Jane. “When I left my job,” she says “I [made] a point to experiment with all kinds of mediums and subject matter.” Tittle’s dedication to experimentation shows in her vibrant range of designs colored with imaginative storytelling.
You can find Tittle’s work on Instagram and on her website pamelastittle.com.
First Friday attendee's enjoyed refreshments and live music by Jeff Gorman Music. Gallery hours are every Saturday in April from 10a-2p.
Friday, February 5 was cold and dark but there was so much warmth and light radiating from Spitzer Art Center that evening...
It was a warm, sunny September day and Spitzer Art center was open for their monthly First Friday event! For September, Spitzer featured local photographers with the show's focus being, "scapes". (Landscapes, bodyscapes, mindscapes, cloudscapes,etc.) The show was juried and the top three winners are listed below!
On Friday, August 7 Spitzer Art Center hosted a First Friday opening featuring one of its own studio renters, Susan Zurbrigg!
Spizter Art center hosted its First Friday opening in July and their featured artist Zach Gesford!
This month's First Friday gallery opening featured works from member's of Spitzer Art Center!
Our featured artist for May, is the well known local photographer, Howard Zehr. Howard's opening was shoulder to shoulder as folks admired his photographic works. Howard completed a series titled, "Reflections of Aging". As you can see in example in the photograph above. Howard also completed a series with in the same genre in which he photographed numerous people over a series of decades, as you can see in the photograph below.