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Leoma Lovegrove and ‘My Studio’ returning to Broadway Palm theater

January 2, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

Leoma Lovegrove and her one-woman show "My Studio" will return to Broadway Palm Dinner Theater for seven performances beginning Jan. 4.

Everything about Lovegrove is unique - from her distinctive, quirky glasses to her art gallery to her art: colorful, flamboyant, bodacious, showy, splashy and yes, eye-catching.

"My Studio" is a night with Love-grove creating one of her works of art right before your eyes while she recants stories about her adventurous life and her unique art.

In this one-of-a-kind Broadway Palm engagement, Lovegrove invites the audience into her studio and into her life as she shares stories and paints live on stage!

Lovegrove's art is narrowly defined as Impressionist. Impressionism is a 19th century art movement characterized by light brush strokes named after a painting by French painter Claude Monet.

However, Lovegrove's paintings are anything but "light brush strokes." She attacks the canvas with passion in vigorous, bold strokes that includes a wide variety of brushes and even her hands.

What begins with a burst of energy results in a burst of vivid and tropical colors of birds, fish, palms, coconuts and local landscapes.

Lovegrove easily adapts her quasi-expressionist style to both portraiture and entertainment art. Many of Lovegrove's paintings are on public display throughout Southwest Florida.

"There are paintings in the city of Fort Myers and Florida Gulf Coast University," Lovegrove said. "I even have a painting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in Fort Myers."

Lovegrove's portraits can be also found in the Presidential Libraries of Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

Lovegrove's paintings can also be found outdoors on Matlacha Island. On the side of the U.S. Post Office building in Matlacha is a painting of a fish - what one islander called "the ugliest fish I've ever seen."

Several years ago, Bealls Department Store made Lovegrove its "artist in residence," having her produce hundreds of products with her unique Southwest Florida-style art on blankets, beach towels, Tervis cups and her trademark sunburst eyeglasses.

Lovegrove invites the public into her studio and her creative process with seven performances at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.

At each performance she will complete an entire painting while recanting stories of her "Long and Winding" journey that began in Gary, Indiana, to the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota and then finally to Matlacha.

"My Studio" is playing in The Off Broadway Palm, located inside Broadway Palm, Jan. 4-7. Performances are Thursday through Sunday evenings with matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $45.

Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling 239-278-4422, by visiting BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd., in Fort Myers.

 
 

 

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