Meet the Leadership Team

Steve Friedman - President & Community Outreach

Steve is thrilled to bring community, connections, and amazing art to the Dripping Springs area. He leads a passionate and diverse leadership team determined to uplift artists, galleries, and the community’s art scene.
Steve led various domestic and international supply and trading teams at Shell Oil for 30 years. After retirement, he and his wife Jennifer relocated from Houston to Dripping in 2021. They quickly fell in love with the warm, creative people and the picturesque landscape of the Hill Country.
In his spare time, Steve is a nonfiction author for the introvert and Down syndrome communities and loves to relax on local trail walks. Jennifer and Steve enjoy travel, especially to see their three kids scattered around the US.

Ivy Sheppard - Treasurer

In December 2021, I ventured into watercolor painting, initially crafting affordable holiday cards with basic supplies. What began as a casual pursuit evolved into a dedicated studio space, replacing cheap materials with artist-grade ones. The shift in focus came amid the tragic losses of two key family members to alcoholism in 2022 and 2023.

In December 2023, I auctioned my first watercolor piece, directing proceeds to the SAFE Project, aligning my art with a purpose—supporting recovery and addressing the addiction crisis. Self-taught and non-conforming, My preferred mediums are watercolor, collage, and mixed media. Art, to me, is a gift—a language of vulnerability and connection.

I’ve joined the Dripping Springs Art League as the Chair of Art in Public Spaces. Eager to strengthen community bonds, I aim to contribute to the vibrant creative scene in Dripping Springs.

Amy Nelipovich, Secretary

My passion for art started when I was young.  While growing up my parents exposed us to all kinds of creativity…..drawing, painting, clay, glass blowing, jewelry making, museums, music, camps, classes.  The whole house was filled with art, music, and creativity. 

I graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles with a degree in Visual Communications. I have spent the last 30 years working in Visual Merchandising.

Now I have started Blue Sky Art on Wheels LLC, a mobile art gallery.  Dedicated and showcasing original unique art created by Central Texas artists, and can been seen at Hill Country Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries.

I want to share with others unique, fun, and accomplished art that otherwise may never be seen. I believe this is a great connection for both the artists and customer.  Art is something that truly speaks to each person in so many ways.

All of this is why I am part of the Dripping Springs Art League.  It brings all my passions together in one place while having the opportunity to help others. 

Allison Buckner - Membership

Jennifer Friedman, Art in Public Spaces

Since beginning my art journey in 2016, I felt the desire to create a wide variety of art and styles using different mediums including watercolor, magazine collage, and digital artwork. I love the freedom to flow from one medium to another whenever the feeling moves me.  I am a self-taught artist and LOVE to learn new ways of utilizing my talents and skills.

My art enables me to connect with others in an emotional and spiritual way. Seeing the connections others have with my artwork brings me purpose, satisfaction, and joy.  I hope you that  you also feel the connection with my pieces and what that may convey to you.

I moved from Houston to Dripping Springs In 2021. And for the first time, my art career became my heart and center for my newly created life as a new empty nester.  Creating art has helped me to make amazing connections in the Dripping Springs community.  I have a kinship with so many wonderfully creative people and feel like I am flourishing.

I was the curator at The Gallery at Salon Mystique from 2022-2023 and grew the gallery from 5 artists to 35 with nearly 200 pieces of art.  In 2023, I became one of the founding members and Membership Chair for the Dripping Springs Art League non-profit organization with the mission of “Art! Community! Connection!”  We have an amazing leadership team that is being led by my husband, Steve (president).  We look forward to a full schedule of programming for 2024.

Alison Cairns, Publicity

I moved to Austin in 2001 from Scotland and then moved to Dripping Springs in 2021
I co-founded Austin Craft Lounge in 2018 and then Handmade at Nutty Brown in 2021, which
is a co-op of female owned businesses who co-run the store.
I have been a student of pottery for over 25 years and am still learning. I like to try new
techniques. I am honored to help the DSAL get started and a excited about the Art scene
In the Dripping area .

Starlia Phillips - Fundraising

I am a seasoned artist who began with oil painting at 11 years old. Since then, I have ventured into the captivating realms of lampworking, fusing, and glass bead making, studying under renowned glass artists and expanding my repertoire. In 2022, I delved into the intricate world of pate de verre at the prestigious Corning Glass Studios, describing it as ‘painting with glass.’

A dedicated learner and artist, I earned an Associates of Studio Art from Austin Community College in 2020 and I am currently pursuing a Bachelors of Studio Art with a focus in sculpture, and a minor in Anthropology, at Texas State University, set to graduate in the spring of 2024. The artistic journey at Texas State has allowed me to explore various mediums, from drawing and digital media to sculpture and ceramics. I bring a unique blend of anthropology and art into my creations, illuminating the shared threads of the human experience through my work.

Beyond personal artistic endeavors, I serve as the gallery manager for 2 Moons Art Loft in Dripping Springs, curating a space that showcases the works of talented artists.

I am thrilled to be a part of the art league, where I believe the possibilities are boundless. The vibrant community and diverse opportunities offered here fuel my excitement, and I look forward to contributing my passion for art while exploring the limitless potential for creative expression within this inspiring collective.

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Gretchen Edelmon, Website Admin