Alyse Leventhal

Where are you from?

I’m from Springfield, Ohio, but have lived in New York City, upstate NY, Columbus, and Israel. There is something about Springfield that is so special and keeps drawing me back I think its the sense of community, family and the wonderful Midwest feel.

Where do you live now?

Saratoga Springs, NY

What is a notable experience have you had?

I lived on a kibbutz in Israel for almost two years. My favorite job over the years has been as a “banana girl” working in the kibbutz banana fields.

What do you do when at the studio?

I do the hand-worked fresco finishes and the fold and silver leaf finishes for Itinerant to print on.

How did you end up at Itinerant?

I read an article in the local Springfield News-Sun that had a feature on Itinerant. I emailed Vicki and asked if she ever needed any gold leave frames for their artwork. I feel so luck to have read that article and reached out.

What do you think makes Itinerant Studio special?

The feeling of “team and being part of something special. Vicki and Tom make everyone who works for them feel like they are an important part of the process. Although I am not there every day like the others, from day one, they have made me feel like a part of the team. Also the amount the care about the Springfield community is unmatched and inspiring.

What civic/community efforts are you proud of Itinerant Studio for participating in?

Their support of the community at large including saving the historical buildings downtown. They have an auction each year for the Westcott House and I love how they give historical bike rides. Oh and of course their love for all the neighborhood kittens. They are single handedly managing the entire cat population of Springfield!

Favorite foods?

I have recently become obsessed with Poke’, but give me pizza any day.

Favorite cocktail?

Anything with vodka, specifically a good dirty martini on a Friday night at Happy Hour.

Got a quote that inspires you at the moment?

My Dad emails me a quote a day…so too many to name.

Anything else you would like to add?

I’m a decorative artist and work all of the country adding touches of paint and gold leaf to homes and restaurants.