Award-winning artist Andrea Levy to speak Nov. 5 at Porter Library

Andrea Levy will visit Porter Library on Nov. 5. Her illustration/sculpture above accompanied a satirical essay in The Washington Post magazine by a reporter who was concerned he was becoming a hoarder. Image courtsey Andrea Levy.

A nice-sized portfolio with tear sheets of Andrea Levy’s illustrations from The Plain Dealer is getting quite full. It holds a collection I started about 12 years ago.

There is a phrase that is used in the art world: "leap of the imagination." Levy’s art is that – it causes the viewer to stop in his/her tracks and contemplate the visual image. It also causes this viewer to save the tear sheets.

On Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, the award-winning Andrea Levy will show examples of her art and will discuss the process and thinking behind her illustrations. The program is sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, is free, and welcomes the public.

Levy has won numerous awards for her work here in Cleveland and has been published in many national newspapers such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Boston Globe. She is also the recipient of a regional Emmy with Dale Omori for their video, “More Than Ink.”

In addition, the prestigious Cleveland Arts Prize presented Levy with the 2013 Mid-Career Artist Award for Design. She has also received a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cleveland’s Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.

Levy may be working on as many as four assignments at a time with deadlines of generally three to four days, creating with a wide range of media. Last winter when Levy visited an Advanced Placement Studio Art class at Westlake High School, students were given a taste of what it is like to be an artist in a newsroom environment.

To get a glimpse of the artist behind the visuals, to be inspired by her energy and enthusiasm, to hear her discuss the thinking behind her art, please join W-WAC on Nov. 5.

Marge Widmar

Westlake Resident; past President, Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:26 AM, 10.29.2013