By Russell Alvord Paint From Life
Glendale Community College Art Collection Curator Darlene Goto has organized an exhibit featuring works of the Award Winning Oil and Pastel Artist Judith Spitz. Spitz is recognized nationally for turning canvas into breathtaking landscapes, and for her stunning representations of the human form. In 1965 Spitz graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Hunter College in New Yor City. In 1977, Spitz left the Big Apple and headed for the desert–a move which lead to life changing experiences.
“Art was not even on my radar sadly, with all the wonderful art schools in [New York City]… Art is completely who I am today whether as a painter or a teacher. I can think of doing nothing else. Passing on the skills and love of art is important to me. I became an Artist after I came to Phoenix, I just knew it was in me. Because of that feeling I took a class with Greg Pearce at GCC and away I flew… I took Life Drawing at GCC with [Pearce] for years and in that time learned the “mentality” of art. I learned so much about drawing from him but also art history and the importance of art in general,” Spitz said.
Spitz then moved on, to the Scottsdale Artist School where she studied and practiced with John Burton, David Laffel and Daniel Gehrhartz. In 2009 Spitz was awarded a Purchase Prize by the Grand Canyon Association, the award winning painting titled “Majesty,” a lovely pastel of a California Condor, is a permanent exhibit at the Historic Kolb House of the Grand Canyon.
However one does not have to travel past Flagstaff to enjoy Spitz’ work, “Viva Niagara” is featured at our very own GCC North Campus; and right here at GCC main in Student Union’s Palm Court Lounge (room 104), Judith Spitz returns to her roots offering a display of over twenty oil and pastel masterpieces. The exhibit will be available to be viewed from September 9 through October 2. The Art Collection Curator, Darlene Goto is very excited for students to use this opportunity to not only view the exhibit, but also to try and learn from one of the finest.
“Judy Spitz is a well known teacher and Artist, she draws very well and you can really feel her work… This display offers a chance for students to see how one Artist approaches human form with feeling, emotion, and depth,” Goto said.
This event is open to view for all students, refreshments will be offered at the door and Judith Spitz will be present and happy to speak with you. Spitz offers several instructional courses and caters to each students individual style, and she loves teaching.
“I teach to students who want to elevate their skill level… which is pretty much all of us. My emphasis, however is not to inflict my style upon the student. I teach techniques while respecting the students unique style. In addition to drawing, color,temperature, shape and of course value, I teach the students about the masters. There is so much to learn from those that precede us I have a respect that each student has his or her own style and so I try to maintain that style,” said Spitz.
Spitz’ artwork is on display September 9 through October 2 in the Student Union’s Palm Court Lounge. (SU104).