When Leoma Lovegrove was invited by the Alliance of the Arts to be part of the "Honor, County & Heroism" exhibition, she couldn't get her paint out fast enough. Known for her patriotism and brilliant splashy hues, she wanted to create a special piece to honor the military arriving back home to Southwest Florida.
Last year (2011) her mammoth ten by eighteen foot canvas "Remember 9/11" was on exhibit. For this exhibition Lovegrove painted "Shine On," a canvas painted with energized brush strokes resembling the US flag with blazing embellished words, From Sea to Shining Sea. The art hangs in Concourse D along with 33 other Southwest Florida artists. The exhibit continues through July 2013.
This exhibit was created to honor the men and women of the armed forces, local artists were invited to create original artwork for the Honor, Country & Heroism exhibit. This collection includes 32 canvases submitted by 34 artists, including six military veterans. These pieces feature a vibrant color palette, paying tribute to our country's heroes and welcoming our troops as they return home to Southwest Florida. Art in Flight is a partnership between the Lee County Alliance for the Arts and the Lee County Port Authority, which brings art to public spaces at the Southwest Florida International Airport.
Bob Ball, who is in charge of the Port Authority at RSW and Leoma Lovegrove.