LARRY MARC LEVINE

                                                                                                      Artist's Statement

 

In January of 2017, I retired from a nearly-36 year career as Staff Photographer and Photo Archivist for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, more commonly known as METRO. Upon retirement, a wise friend told me: “Larry, venture forth and be bold.”

Retirement has given me the opportunity to work on my own project ideas. I’ve long been fascinated with the creative process: watching people in their creative environment inspired me to document their work. My interests in photography and in watching creative people at work evolved into Creativity, with a capital WHY?, my upcoming exhibit at Sandy Spring Museum in Montgomery County, Maryland. This exhibition is a photographic study of creative people and learning why they choose to do what they do. Many of the people in the exhibition are residents of Montgomery County.

​I believe that people should be able to see themselves in a photography exhibit or book. Respect for the individual and appreciation for the diversity of people, ideas, and processes are major aspects of my work. It is important to be inclusive: creativity is, of course, not limited by race, gender, sexual orientation, skin color, country of origin, language, or learning style. Nor is creativity limited to the traditional definition of art. The work of creative people in science and medicine helps us find solutions to current problems, and to pave the way for future successes.

​My goals for this project included the chance to meet, interview, and photograph creative people who do things that interest me, to present the information in a way that honors each individual, and to share what I have discovered with others. I hope that viewing this exhibit will encourage others to celebrate the role of creativity in their lives and to explore their own creative ideas.

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I have compiled over thirty portraits depicting artists and other professionals pursuing their passions. They will be on display from September 5th through November 24th at Sandy Spring Museum, a place that I hold close. The first time my wife Sandy and I visited the Museum was a few years ago. We were so impressed by the atmosphere. It’s a very warm, inviting place. When I was working on the photography for this project, Sandy and I talked about finding the right venue for me to exhibit. From the beginning, she felt very strongly about Sandy Spring Museum. And I invite you to join me there at the artist reception on Sunday, September 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  I was inspired by each person I met. I hope you will be as well.

 

Learn more about the exhibition and Sandy Spring Museum @ sandyspringmuseum.org.

How Priyanka Walunjkar ( Artist from Charming Henna) became part of Larry Marc Levine's Creative Exhibit.

Several years ago, Larry was working on his photography exhibit "Views of Faith" He believes that Once we are able to respect the differences between us, we can begin to discover what we have in common. He was fascinated with demonstration of Henna he saw during a celebration. Larry's love of art & creativity inspired him to think of including a Henna Artist as one of more than 30 creative people he would photograph for his creative exhibit.

During his search for once such creative artist, he came across website of Charming Henna 

Larry loved my  Henna art work & believed that it is worth sharing with people.

I am so grateful to Larry Marc Levine, for honoring my work & the traditional Henna Art form through this exhibit.

 

Sandy Spring museum is hosting an  artist's reception on Sunday, September 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. I invite you to join me & meet artist Larry Marc Levine, the man behind the camera at his latest exhibit, Creativity, with a Capital WHY?  Enjoy light refreshments as you view the photographic images of more than 30 creative people at work. This special event will feature demonstrations by seven of the individuals whose portraits will be on exhibit including musicians Karen Buglass (dulcimer) and Alyssa Centanni (violin); jewelry maker Bobbi Premack Gorban; violin maker David Rapkievian; fabric artist Shirley Waxman; graffitist Herberth Romero and Henna Artist Priyanka Walunjkar.

On display from September 5th - November 24th 2019

*Henna design application demonstration will be conducted on 15th September, 2019 between 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm