Andy Schiff’s art featured at JCC’s Amster Gallery

By Drew Coel, Marketing and Program Associate at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor

The Amster Gallery at the Ann Arbor JCC continues to feature the work of local artists for all in the community to enjoy!

Starting on June 6, the JCC will showcase the beautiful abstract acrylic paintings of Ann Arbor artist Andy Schiff. Andy’s work has been featured around Ann Arbor and the state of Michigan, from the Ann Arbor District Library to the gallery at the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art in Lansing. Join us at the JCC for Meet the Artist on June 15 from 6–8 p.m. Come explore Andy’s work while enjoying light refreshments.

Andy was born and raised in Detroit till 1972 when she and Steve married.

In Andy’s words, “My first encounter with the arts was as a weaver. I loved the tactile quality of the yarns and the physical effort of producing fabric art. But, moving to Israel for nine years and living in a small kibbutz apartment necessitated giving up the loom. I left the states just short of completing my B.A. On my return I enrolled in the Fine Arts department at EMU and obtained my BFA in 2004. There was a long, long period of artistic stagnation after the death of our son Yossi, in 2005. But, finally, the urge to paint returned, and the enjoyment.”

“These past few years have been my most productive,” Andy says. “Even the COVID pandemic had an upside. Surprisingly, the isolation was a boom for my creativity. Some of the paintings in this exhibit are an expression of my recent travels to Italy and Costa Rica. Others, simply an outlet for my love of color and abstract design. Enjoy.”

Andy’s artwork will be for sale at the JCC until the exhibit closes on July 21. Proceeds from sales will be donated to Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. We hope to see you at Meet the Artist on June 15!

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