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.
Kim Juda Souder, a graduate of Montana State University, has been involved with the Spitzer Art Center since 2008. Souder has been giving private art lessons to children and adults since that time and also served as President of the Board for three years, helping Spitzer Art Center to become open to the public.
A former member of Oasis Art Gallery and Shenandoah Valley Art Center, she has shown her oil and acrylic paintings in both group and solo art exhibits. She has painted several public murals around the Harrisonburg area and also paints and draws commissioned portraits.
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 President 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.
Marcia designs, installs and maintains exhibits in her role as Exhibit Director at Explore More Discovery Museum in downtown Harrisonburg, VA. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, she was an early childhood teacher in public school before staying at home with her two boys. She has been making art with them and on her own ever since. Marcia is active in the PTO at Smithland Elementary School, volunteers at Booksavers of Virginia and also serves on the Community Arts Board for Any Given Child Harrisonburg, a partnership with the Kennedy Center working toward ensuring access to the arts in grades preK-8. She’s passionate about open-ended, creative play and believes that the arts should be an integral part of any child’s education experience.