Laurey Bennett-Levy

Laurey and I met nearly 20 years ago in a pre-school toddler class. I instantly liked her and I liked her because she was not overly friendly, she didn’t seem to have an agenda – other than being a mom – and I could tell she was smart and thoughtful. We didn’t bond right away, but the evolution of our friendship was organic, natural and fell into place exactly as it should.

Laurey is one of those rare breeds who knows exactly who she is. She doesn’t judge herself or others and shoots straight from the hip – but in the most loving and authentic way. We ultimately bonded over our highly creative and artistic selves and our friendship grew the more we created with one another. Laurey was the first person I called when my dad passed away and she has always been someone I admire. Mostly because she does know who she is and she embraces that with every fiber of her being. Being around her is a cerebral, creative and playful space. 

Laurey was raised by women. These strong women told her to “Always have your own.”  She was raised in an affluent neighborhood of New York but was not like her peers. She and her mom worked hard for everything they did from music lessons to trips to Europe with her mom’s students as well as her college tuition. She spent those years studying painting and fine art. 

As a creator, artist, educator and giver, she is fueled by her artistic nature.  Laurey has spent most of her life creating for others and for the first time, she is celebrating the confluence of her own art. Using art at as a catalyst to mask some of her pain, it is allowing her to let go of her fear and in doing so, she is being validated. This spring she will be one of 100 artists, exhibiting her work,  at a very prominent and influential art exhibit in Los Angeles. Check out her social sites to learn more about the exhibit (end of March) and her art.

I am so proud to call Laurey my friend and someone I hold very close to my vest. We all should be so fortunate to have a friend like Laurey in our lives. 


What’s always in your bag/purse?

My sketchbook and favorite pen.

Favorite person to follow on Instagram?

Sears-Peyton Gallery.

What would be your superpower?

To read people’s minds.

Favorite Cocktail?

Martini in a generous martini glass with three olives.

What is your “Uniform”?

Sweatpants and flip flops.

What inspires you?

Taking classes.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?

Lucille Ball. When I was off to the hospital to give birth, I put I Love Lucy videos in my overnight bag to make me laugh.

Who is your all time favorite movie?

Movies: Memento, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Usual Suspects, I am Love. Musicals: The Fantastics, The Band’s Visit & Pippin

I surprise myself when…

I look back and see I really DO get things done!

What is your vice?

Food. All of it.

What is your Mantra?

“What’s the worst thing that could happen?” –My mom. “Keep moving.” –Joan Levy, my mother-in-law.



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  • Debbie Popiel

    Read the last question that I answered.

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