Artist opening her home to raise money for charity
Spring has sprung and our artists are coming out of hibernation to show the world what they’ve been working on. Contemporary artist Leonie Leivenzon is opening her home and studio as a gallery to the public for two very worthy causes.
“Instead of paying a commission to a gallery, I give the money to charity,” explains Leonie. “Last year I raised over $1,100 for Impact, a charity that raises money for victims of domestic violence. This year I have two different charities I am raising money for.” Leonie is inviting the community to enjoy her art, have a coffee and a chat and hopefully raise even more money than last year by donating 30% of profits.
This year’s chosen charities are Stand Up, a non-profit organisation dedicated to pursuing social justice for disadvantaged communities in Australia, and Kedem, a progressive synagogue committed to fostering a community of tolerance, inclusiveness and equality.
Leonie is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Melbourne. She found her creative passion after having to resign from her career as a medical practitioner and hypnotherapist to care for her daughter who was unwell. Thankfully her daughter’s illness has since improved and this challenging time in her family’s life opened the door to a creative path down which Leonie’s true passion lies.
“My life has taken many different paths,” admits Leonie. “I am a doctor, hypnotherapist, mother, wife…. and artist. And while all these different elements combine to make up who I am, it is via my art that I connect with the essence of me.”
Artist Open House – Leonie Leivenzon
19 – 22 November, 0pen 11am – 4pm
5 Powderham Rd North Caulfield
Opening Night is Thursday, 19th November, 7-9 pm
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