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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Anne Vyalitsyna, simply known as Anne V, is a Russian born model whose high profile campaigns have spanned over a decade. Anne’s career has consisted of a mix of illustrious runway shows, fashion and beauty shoots and advertising in both television and print. Beginning her professional modeling career at age 15, she is perhaps best known for her ongoing seven-consecutive-year run of appearances in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 2005-2011.
Anne was first discovered after an IMG Model scout saw her in Saint Petersburg while looking for new faces for MTV’s “Fashionably Loud Europe.” Anne won their modeling contest along with a contract with IMG Paris and, later, IMG New York.
Within six months of being discovered, she had appeared in campaigns for Anna Molinari, Chloé and Sportmax. Over the past decade, she has graced the runway for high end fashion designers including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Fendi, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Helmut Lang, Pucci, Chloé, Peter Som, DKNY, Givenchy, Roland Mouret, Carolina Herrera, Proenza Schouler, Anna Molinari, Balmain, Miu Miu, Sophia Kokosalaki and Anna Sui for their shows in New York, Milan, and Paris. In 2008 and 2010, Anne was invited to walk the runway in the renowned Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Recently, Anne has appeared on the covers of Vogue, ELLE, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Wear Daily Beauty Biz, i-D, Muse, Tush, Rebel and Gloss. She has also been shot for editorial features for Allure, V, Dazed & Confused, Numero, Marie Claire and L’Officiel. Anne has worked with acclaimed photographers Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Terry Richardson, Patrick Demarchelier, Mark Segal, Ellen von Unwerth, Victor Demarchelier and Matt Jones.
Anne has a number of upcoming campaigns in 2011 including a renewed contract with Chanel Chance perfume, a Dylan George jeans fall campaign with Kellan Lutz, and a contract with Revlon for their fall Expressionists product campaign which was shot by Mario Testino. Additional notable campaigns she has appeared in include Louis Vuitton’s Resort Catalogue, H&M, Espirit, Hugo Boss Orange and Gap to name a few.
Aside from modeling, Anne is an advocate of giving back and has been involved with various charity organizations over the last decade. This year, in March of 2010, Anne led the barefoot challenge in support of the annual TOMS Shoes campaign “One Day Without Shoes” in New York City which is a day to raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by taking off your own. In 2009, Anne raised money for the Achilles Track Club which coordinates programs with both disabled children and injured former military personnel at the New York City Marathon.
Anne currently divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.

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A mainstay at New York City theatres, museums, and galleries, Andrew Levitas’ childhood was surrounded by many of the brightest and most unique artists of a generation. With the mentorship of Allen Ginsberg and other local artists, by the age of 15, Levitas was writing, painting, shooting photographs, and a member of an experimental theatre company.

Levitas followed this education with a more traditional one at New York University. After earning his degree, Andrew relocated to the west coast to continue his acting career in television (Nick Freno Licensed Teacher, The Nanny, Party of Five) and film (In&Out, Psycho Beach Party, The Box).

In 2004 Levitas burst onto the art scene with his “Metalwork™ Experiment.” Developed by the artist, Metalwork Photography™ is a process involving the transfer of photographs onto custom transparencies that are in turn melted onto hand detailed metal sheets. The result is a work that combines the imagery of a photograph with the presence of a sculpture. While these works are printed as editions, they function as unique objects since each print differs, depending on the level of hand tooling.

Levitas’ “organic abstractions” (paintings built from home made pigments, canvas, and organic materials – in some cases entire trees) have also received critical acclaim. In December of 2008, Levitas was honored as one of only a handful of American painters ever accepted to the prestigious Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in its one hundred and fifty year existence. The exhibition was held at the Louvre.

In addition to a growing list of American and international gallery exhibitions, Levitas’ work has garnered attention through sales at Phillips De Purry and Sotheby’s auction houses, Museums including the Museum of Art and Design in Manhattan, Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, and The Dactyl Foundation in Soho, as well as art fairs such as Art Basel.

In addition to the multitude of upcoming art related projects, film also continues to be an important creative medium for Levitas. The acceptance of THE ART OF GETTING BY (Formerly Homework) into the 2011 Sundance Film Festival marks Levitas’ third inclusion in the festival, his first as a producer. The film was acquired and released by Fox Searchlight this summer. Also in 2012, Levitas is set to direct a screenplay he penned entitled LULLABY, as well as produce the feature films REGULAR BOY, BELOW THE SURFACE, AFFLUENZA, and LAST MOMENT OF CLARITY. Andrew is also looking forward to the release of his first children’s book Anchovy The Flying Dog later this year.

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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Darren LeGallo is an LA based Artist.

His work varies from large scale oil paintings to character design, and storyboards. Over the last decade his work has been displayed in several prominent galleries, as well as having an extensive list of work being involving films, and commercials. Within the last five years LeGallo has joined forces with other artist, and writers in developing original Graphic Novels which will soon be released...
His love for children's books developed over the last 2 years reading to his daughter.

To see more of his work you can follow him on
twitter.com/darrenlegallo
as well as his website:
www.darrenlegallo.com

 

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