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Laura Levie

Birmingham, AL, US

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I am a Birmingham-based artist who has been painting for more than 30 years. In my watercolor illustrations, I strive to impart the joyful, reflective and transcendent moments in life. I love to tell stories and wish to help tell yours.

Maps By Laura Levie

Mapping This Moment: Better With Finn by Laura Levie

Birmingham, AL, US

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My pets have always provided comfort and joy to me, and that feeling especially rings true at the moment. During this time of uncertainty and sadness, my cat Finn keeps me sane and grounded. Spending time with him – even just watching him nap on the porch – calms me, and I feel like it’s all going to be okay.  He’s there for everything my husband and I do, and I cherish his constant companionship each day.  This map is a testament to Finn, illustrating his funny, irreverent, charming personality and his steadfast love.  In memory of Ben Levie, my father and fellow cat lover.

Avondale: A Neighborhood Community by Laura Levie

Birmingham, AL, US

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This place is special to me because I have watched it transform yet still maintain strong ties to its history during my 13 years living here.  An historic neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama, Avondale joins the old and the new, with a focus on community.  Avondale has grown from a small settlement clustered around a spring to a thriving entertainment district, spurred by the natural beauty and heritage of Avondale Park.  Local businesses pay tribute to Miss Fancy, the elephant that lived in the park during its brief stint as a zoo. They also celebrate the former occupants of their buildings (post office, firehouse, saloon), while poised to craft memorable stories of their own.  The area fosters a community spirit, from casual eateries, watering holes, shops and live music venues, to church cookouts and outreach programs.  Even the ducks contribute to that sense of community, as they swim and hang out together in the park.  I love my neighborhood!