WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Livingston Municipal Building, located at 357 South Livingston Avenue, is hosting an Art Exhibit by West Orange resident and Artist, Julie Levine. Julie's exhibit, titled "Facialations" will be on display from November 15 through December 31, 2012.  

Julie Levine's life history is closely connected to her artwork.  As a victim of domestic violence, her work helps to give her a voice and freedom of expression that was once forbidden. Although she was a graduate of Hartford Art School  with a BFA in 1978, while married she was not allowed to touch a paintbrush, own a canvas or a piece of clay, let alone paint or sculpt.  It was not until she finally escaped from her terrifying life and began to heal that she was once again able to find her voice through her work.  Her empathic nature is exempliflied in the faces of her creations, and in that, she offers others a journey of emotional healing and joy.

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Ms. Levine coined the term "Facialations" to describe her art, which is created from found items and handbuilt clay tiles. Facial features are wrought with interesting shadows and unique forms and mounted on layered wood boards, objects, or canvas boards.  They are then framed into shadowboxes. The artist also uses acylic and oil paints, as well as pastel crayons, to further effect their depth of dimension and individualism.  Each face is unique, and each face has an open mouth , to express that the artist's voice is always there.

Monies earned during the exhibit, sans the Livingston Arts Council Commission - will be donated to Israel's Rescue Fund.

To read more about the artist and to her access her ongoing blog chronicling her life and past domestic violence experiences, please visit http://untilyousayuncle.blogspot.com.