Taking nature’s beauty in her brush’s direction

    by Victoria Zunitich, qboro contributor

    The striking and realistic beauty of the city’s nature at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is ever more beautiful when paired with the paintings of Denise P. Levine now on display in the gallery at the visitor’s center.

    The show, “Elements of Nature: Paintings by Denise P. Levine,” which is on display now through the end of June, is the first nonphotographic exhibit at the gallery in about five years, said curator Charles Markis.

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    Denise P. Levine: Psychotherapist uses art as a therapeutic instrument

    Women In Distinction Award Denise Levine

    By Danielle Sullivan

    Psychotherapist Denise Levine might call herself just a regular Brooklyn gal, but to her patients and students, she is so much more. Levine grew up in Midwood and attended Lafayette High school. From there, she studied early childhood education at Kingsborough Community College, and then earned a Bachelor of Arts at Hunter College, then a master’s degree in social work from the Hunter College School of Social Work. She has lived and worked in Bergen Beach as a psychotherapist. In private practice for close to 30 years, and is also an artist, skilled in painting, drawing and sculpture, who uses arts as a therapeutic instrument.

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    Therapist’s landscape art on display in Rockaway

    By Naeisha Rose

    For two months only, the art-work of Denise P levine is at the Jamaica Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel. Her work is currently in exhibit and the show will run until July 4. The renowned Brooklyn art therapist, psychotherapist and childhood educator is a sculptor and painter who uses her expertise in these different areas to help people heal through artwork.

    Levine’s intricate artwork features bold colors of landscape. “My work is a tribute to nature and inspired by her elements, vivid colors, flowers, greenery, sun and wind, the earth and sky.” Levine said. Camping trips in upstate New York were also a great influence on her pieces. “I fell in love with the beauty all around me– mountains, the earth, the stars and marine life.” Levine said. This is Levine’s first solo work to go on display.

    “My goal is to create art that reflects nature to provide a calming restorative and healing message.” she said. “I am deeply honored to share my work at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.” The Jamaica Wildlife Refuge is located at 175-10  Cross Ray Blvd and is opened from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

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    Elements in Nature: Paintings by Denise P. Levine

    Denise P. Levine celebrates life on many levels and this is reflected in her bold, passionate art. Intricate, yet accessible with warm vibrant colors and imagery, Levine works in painting, drawing and sculpture, which she also uses as an art therapist. Her garden and many elements of nature, appear in her paintings. An alchemist of emotion, music plays an integral part in her creative and design process. Levine uses this energy to offer a healing message through her work. An accomplished psychotherapist and early childhood educator, she co-founded The Healing House, a meditation and experiential learning center, in upstate New York. Levine has been named as one of The Brooklyn Women of Distinction for 2017. This exhibit of her work is her first solo show.

    “My work is a tribute to Nature and is inspired by her elements– vivid colors, flowers, greenery, sun and wind, the earth and sky. As a youth I did a lot of camping in upstate New York and going to New York beaches, so I fell in love with the beauty all around me– mountains, the earth, the stars and marine life inspire me. I have also been an avid gardener since childhood. My goal is to create art that reflects nature to provide a calming, restorative and healing message. I am deeply honored to share my work at The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.”

    -D.P. Levine.

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