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Golden Age Spotlight: Eleni Pitzel

Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.

 

Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.

 

She is self-taught, which is why she calls it “a gift from God.” Pitzel teaches on a voluntary basis, due to her love of artistic expression and the pleasure she receives in seeing artistic skills emerge in her students.

 

“I feel that everyone who participates has improved a great deal”, says Pitzel.

 

Last October, she arranged for an art show at the Mineola Library, where Golden Age Club members had the opportunity to display their work. The art work was also displayed at the Community Center on Washington Avenue. In June 2012,

Pitzel, also a master gardener and volunteer at Old Westbury Gardens, arranged for her pupils from both classes to tour the gardens and the house. 

 

While working at Franklin General Hospital in the 1970s, Pitzel was asked to create two stained glass windows for a co-worker’s house. Working with stained glass had been emerging as—and still is—another love of Pitzel’s.

 

Through the years, Pitzel has had an art gala at the Downtown Association in Manhattan, as well as many other shows on Long Island and New Jersey.