Posted By admin on March 29, 2012
On a recent trip to Southwest Florida, I visited beautiful Pine Island, also known as “Florida’s Creative Coast.” The senses are nurtured and inspired here, through visual art, musicians and authors.
Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens is one of the many brightly colored alluring havens in the village of Matlacha. Leoma Lovegrove, artist extraordinaire, is zipping through her gallery covered in paint, sporting funky white sunglasses, and carrying a blue glass bottle in her hand. She pauses long enough for me to snap a photo. Her creative energy and active imagination weave a presence through the wildly vivid paintings and freeform designs.
Much of the gallery is devoted to her admiration for the Beatles, the most striking being a colossal brush-stroke recreation of our favorite foursome as the focal point to her garden of glass trees. Most of the garden trees are constructed from blue glass bottles and my interest in her original and inspiring creations allows me a brief conversation before she is summoned for a phone call.
Leoma lost her sister to cancer, and the glass bottles make a statement against the plastic drinking bottles her sister was so fond of. Leoma believes the toxins in plastic as well as her sister’s frequent use of the microwave may have been contributing factors to the illness. Plenty of glass bottles are collected for Leoma’s innovative designs. In addition to her personal commitment to healthier living and concerns for the environment, she offers the glass bottled water for sale to her patrons. Her growing glass garden offers plenty of creative opportunity for Leoma, an internationally recognized artist.
Upon returning home, I desired a deeper connection to the bursts of artistic creativity sprouting from Leoma Lovegrove. Who among us hasn’t dreamed of picking up a brush and offering something brilliant? For those of us not destined to create such pleasures, we are blessed to share in the genius of those who can.
To learn more about Leoma Lovegrove, visit her website.