The Farmhouse Store hosted artist Ben Lenovitz in the store on Saturday, July 21st as he painted portraits of customers’ pets on pizza box inserts. Lenovitz painted for 7 hours without a break and made a lot of pet owners very happy. All profits from the portraits were donated to Summit Animal Rescue Association, Inc.(SARA).
A wide variety of dogs (and one cat) visited with Lenovitz throughout the day. The Warsh family of Westfield brought in their French bulldog puppy Lulu. At just a few months old and weighing only a few pounds, Lulu was the tiniest visitor to sit for a portrait. The largest was Theo, a great Pyrenees owned by Theresa Caporaso of Clark. Theo weighs in at 172 pounds, is twice the size of his owner, and looked like a walking, fluffy, white sofa.
Lenovitz is an artist, sculptor, and book illustrator who holds a BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. His creative brand is called on Art on Block, and he sells his original, fun, funky art images transferred onto thick wooden blocks. Lenovitz has also done product development and visual merchandising for Fishs Eddy.
Fishs Eddy is an iconic NYC brand that has been selling edgy, unique, and incredibly fun dishes and glasses for 25 years. The Farmhouse Store was Fishs Eddy’s first wholesale customer and has been carrying the brand for 9 years. Lenovitz’s parents, Julie Gaines and David Lenovitz, are the founders of Fishs Eddy, and Ben grew up surrounded by art. The Farmhouse Store is delighted to be working with the next generation of creativity coming from the Fishs Eddy family.
SARA is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to rescue animals in need, provide them with medical attention, rehabilitate them, and provide a temporary loving environment until permanent homes are found through adoption. Volunteers help N.J. residents locate low cost spay and neuter options for feral cats to help reduce the number of unwanted animals in shelters.