Jennifer first came to Spitzer as an exhibiting artist in Oh Shenandoah: Our Inspiring Valley, Juried Exhibition, and has continued to exhibit at Spitzer during group shows and in solo exhibitions. She first joined Spitzer Art Center as a member of the Board of Directors in 2015.
A graduate of James Madison University’s MFA program, she wanted to find a way to be more involved in, and give back to, the local arts community. She became Chair of House and Grounds in 2016, drawing on her years of landscaping experience to help work on the extensive gardens that Mary Spitzer Etter left behind.
"What I love about SPITZER is that everyone involved truly cares about our organization’s mission, which is: to give local artists a chance to show their work, as well as, continue to build SPITZER’s presence both in Harrisonburg and the State of Virginia. Working with everyone at SPITZER is both a joy and a privilege, and very rarely feels like work.”
Barbara describes herself as: "An artist who loves to think creatively in many mediums and teach others to use their abilities in the visual arts."
She has been involved with Central Shenandoah Arts for many years and she enjoys the diversity of membership from the broader community. Barbara serves on the board so she can have a closer connection with Spitzer Art Center.
Anikó Sáfrán’s works in multiple media, including photography, video, installation, performance, and writing, and has been exhibited nationally in museums and galleries. The unifying theme of her work is an exploration of the space between perception and reality and between the sign and the signified–especially in terms of our active engagement as humans with the social, political, and natural worlds around us. She often uses distortion to explore these relationships. Anikó graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Film and New Media Arts and a BFA in Art with a minor in Arts & Technology. Born in New Jersey to Hungarian immigrants, her sensibilities come from straddling, balancing, and sometimes falling in-between her two cultures. In her free time, Anikó devises new projects to bring to life.
Adriana is a photographer, and freelance journalist with an education in international development and Russian language. She has worked and studied all over the world, and is currently working as the Gallery Director at the Franklin Street Gallery.
She appreciates art in many forms, especially film and photography, which she views as fundamental for the expression of ideas. She hopes to continue growing professionally as a curator and facilitate spaces where artists and the community can connect.
Making art is something that Jewel has done all her life. She studied art and art education, receiving a BS degree in Art Education from Old Dominion University. She recently retired from teaching art at various levels in the state of Virginia. She is primarily a painter, painting in oils and Encaustic paints.
Jewel has been a member of Central Shenandoah Arts for about 12 years, and she has had various positions on the Board of Directors. She is currently serving as the Recording Secretary, and she serves on the House and Grounds committee as well as the Public Relations Committee.
Jewel also gives private art lessons and group classes from her studio and the classroom at the Spitzer Art Center.
Malea Gascho-Member at Large email@example.com
Originally from Michigan, Malea Gascho is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, and just recently joined the teaching staff at Eastern Mennonite High School. While Malea started off as an artist, she also strongly believes in the importance of sharing art and fostering creativity within others. Besides working as an Art Educator and artist, she is the cofounder of The Making Space (TMS), a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the Shenandoah Valley through the arts.
More specifically, TMS focuses on creating a space where both “artists” and “non-artists” alike can gather to create, experiment with, and share their artistic endeavors together. She helped start TMS because to her, there is something special about creating and discussing art in a group setting, rather than alone in a studio. Malea believes that art can bring people together; that it can spark meaningful conversations between strangers and expose people to new ideas and ways of thinking. This is one of many reasons she is excited to be a part of Spitzer Arts Center and its mission to support artists and the arts in the Shenandoah Valley.