Boardwalk Sketch by Louis Levine
What is one of your most vivid childhood memories? How young were you on this occasion? I have a memory and I also a special keepsake of the experience. It was during one of our summer vacations when my family spent a week down the shore with my aunt and her kids. I was sitting as still as I could as the warm evening sea breezes filled the open shop on the Atlantic City Boardwalk where an artist named Louis Levine drew sketches.
Sitting for a sketch
Though I dare not move my eyes and remained motionless in the chair, my senses were heightened. I could hear the sound of feet strolling along the boards outside the shop. I noticed the smells from the nearby eateries. Pizza. Popcorn. Roasting peanuts.
An artist worked at his easel, his eyes darting back and forth from me to his sketch pad and his hands moving rapidly with his chalk. Sitting there for what seemed like a very long time for a five year old was not nearly as uncomfortable as what I could feel and see out of the corner of my eye. An ever growing group of people were gathering to watch this man bring life to a blank page with an image of me. The shop became crowded and I was anxious to be finished.
Louis Levine completed his sketch and the crowd acknowledged his talent. And I was ready for cotton candy, still wondering what all the fuss was about.
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Adam Friedman says
Louis was a great man and my Uncle. I spent many summers working for him at his "Louis Artist's Village" at St. James and the Boardwalk. We lost him to Cancer many years ago and I'm so pleased people still enjoy his beautiful art. Feel free to contact me at Adam@adamfriedmanla.com
Hannah E. says
That's a beautiful picture.
Thanks for sharing you childhood memories. What a lovely sketch you have and so much better for knowing about the artist.
Thanks also for your wishes for my birthday, we all had a lovely time. I will be blogging 'part 2' sometime today, this one includes lots of food pictures!
Snippety Gibbet says
How very cool! I remember getting a profile drawing on copper at the state fair one year. Mine actually looked pretty good! I think that I may have just let it get tossed after Mom passed. Kind of wish I'd kept it now. jan
Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl says
That is really special, and what a neat story! I enjoyed reading about it and the history behind it.
Miss Jen says
What a lovely story!! 🙂
I so enjoyed this art/ history post!!
Love~ Miss Jen
Love Bears All Things says
What a special story and it must be wonderful to have a sketch by so famous an artist.
How exciting!! The man's talent truly shows. And what a treasure you have there:)
Hootin' Anni says
That artist's sketch is amazing!!!!!
My show n tell is about the symbol of Native Americans today…the kokopelli.
Have a great weekend.
Enjoy that treasure! I'll bet your children love it too. I enjoyed your post.
What a treasure and a sweet memory! I enjoyed it!
Susan B says
What a wonderful talent! It's a lovely sketch, and something to definitely treasure. Thank you for including the article about Mr Levine. Very interesting.
Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ says
What a wonderful treasure! Do you display it and enjoy it often or is it something that you take special care with and only peek at now and then. I think it's lovely!
Thanks for sharing and have a fab day!
crochet lady says
Wow, what a treasure to have, both the sketch and the story behind the man.