On Friday, Aug. 23, starting at 6 p.m., Leoma Lovegrove, an impressionist painter known worldwide for her colorful artistic depictions of flora and fauna will begin work on a mural that will cover the side wall of the Matlacha Post Office that faces traffic entering the island community.
"Catch of Matlacha" mural will be one of Lovegrove's signature fish paintings with unique embellishments sculptured into the scales of the fish collected from the rubble of Matlacha's landmark bridge. She plans to work with light reflectors that previously were on the bridge's highway.
Donna Loibl, owner of the Post Office building said, "Uniquely, even the rafters inside the building were from the original bridge. Bruce Scott incorporated them into the construction of the building around 1970. Upon completion of the mural, Matlacha will have bridge artifacts both inside and outside the building. This will preserve some of the Island's history in a unique form of art for all to enjoy."
The Matlacha Bridge.
Lovegrove will be painting during early morning hours, 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25. On Monday, Aug. 26 ,at 8 a.m., she plans to sign the mural. Spectators are welcomed.
Matlacha Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the project and hopes to bring about an awareness of the importance of keeping our waters healthy for years to come for fish spawning and habitats. Joe and Donna Loibl, believe the project will become known as the official "Welcome Sign from its Island Chamber" to tourists visiting the area for many years to come.
For more information the media can contact, Lovegrove, president of the Matlacha Island Chamber of Commerce, at 239-822-4109.