Award Winning Author Shows New Talent in Painting

Levitin’s work in window of Christofle

Levitin’s work in window of Christofle

buy arial, pharm sans-serif;”> Sonia Levitin, an accomplished author and playwright, exhibited her paintings for one night only at Studio Christofle Melrose Place

Sonia Levitin has led a remarkable life. Born in Nazi-dominated Germany in 1934, she escaped with her family to the United States as a child, just prior to World War II. This adventure inspired a series of semi-autobiographical novels for young readers about a Jewish family who escapes the Holocaust. Also an accomplished playwright and essayist, her book “Incident at Loring Groves” was the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Book.

In recent years, Levitin has begun to paint again, something she enjoyed when she was younger. Several of her paintings were on exhibit for one night only at Studio Christofle on Melrose Place in Los Angeles.

Like a scene out of The Great Gatsby, interesting and celebrated people from all walks of life came together on Wednesday evening of June 24, to enjoy fine wines and view fantastic art pieces for a great cause. The event marked a series of historical firsts: the first art show ever to take place at a Christofle location, the first art show ever produced by Angelini, and the first art show to ever feature the work of Sonia Levitin, who is notoriously reserved about displaying her pieces in public. 

Says Levitin, “Most recently I have re-discovered the joy of painting.” She says she mostly works in ink and water color. “I find it to be exciting and spontaneous, quite different from writing, which requires another kind of concentration.”

This show, including works never before seen, was curated by 20-year old entrepreneur Anthony Angelini. According to Angelini, “I am just so happy that these beautiful works of art have finally found their way into the public arena.” Proceeds from the pieces sold on that night only benefited the Animal Foundation of America. The over fifty attendees enjoyed a glass of Benevento Italian Wines, imported by Angelini Trading Company, and special treats by Kneady Bakery.

The two have become friends and Angelini considers it an honor to show her works.

Levitin’s trilogy of books based on her family’s escape and their early years as German Jewish Refugees has been in print since 1970 and is still a reference to the Holocaust in many schools.

For information about purchasing an original painting or a signed print, call 805-630-3931.

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The artist (in white) looks at her works with visitors to the Exhibit

Series of paintings on exhibit

Series of paintings on exhibit

Guests enjoy a glass of Benevento Wines

The works were exhibited throughout Studio Christofle, among the beautiful silver, glassware and china

The works were exhibited throughout Studio Christofle, among the beautiful silver, glassware and china

 

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