In 2002, Mary Spitzer Etter, a retired educator, left her family’s historic residence, her birthplace, Spitzer House, to Central Shenandoah Arts to establish a community art center and gallery. Spitzer House is a two-story Victorian house in downtown Harrisonburg, a few blocks west of Court Square on the corner of West Market and Willow Streets. Central Shenandoah Arts honors both Mary Spitzer Etter’s memory and her gift’s purpose as a community art center. Much of Spitzer House’s historic character is being retained, while a location dedicated to creativity.
Volunteers have poured countless hours into maintaining the grounds and preparing the house to be open to the public.
Open during the First Friday of every month from 5-8pm, on Saturdays 10am-2pm, or by appointment.
We provide support to artists and our community by bringing workshops & speakers from the VMFA to our area, offering unique events, providing classes to children/adults taught by members with diverse artistic backgrounds, showcasing our members, focusing on the growth of the local art and culture in the Shenandoah Valley, giving our member artists ample exhibition opportunities and providing space that may be rented by artists as studio space.