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.
Brandy has been active in the local art community since she returned to Virginia in 2007 after leaving the state to study Art and Art Education in North Carolina. Since her return she has been teaching art at Broadway High School and hostessed countless solo art shows in various media including oil paint, cut paper, photography and collaborations. With her friend and fellow artist, Denise Kanter Allen, she has created, planned and organized community art shows such as Art Lotto and Wonderkitten. She believes in, contributes to and supports the local arts and what it means for this community. She wants to see Spitzer flourish in the way it was intended my Mary Spitzer Etter and is willing to volunteer my time to do so. She is excited for the Center's future and eager to see what the months to come will bring our arts community!
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.
Eileen Schifflett holds both a BBA and an MBA from James Madison University. She has been a Certified Public Accounted since 1989, and has 15 years of public and private accounting experience. She spent several years working in the private sector, first at Price Waterhouse in DC, and then at Cargill, before joining JMU’s school of accounting in 2002. Eileen joined Spitzer Art Center as our Treasurer in the Fall of 2016. While she isn’t a practicing artist, she does crochet, and she’s become a great asset to our board. She has done an excellent job keeping track of all of our finances and guiding us in budgetary decisions.