Friday, October 30, 2020

Leoma Lovegrove Brings Heartfelt Wishes for Peace to Marco Island


Leoma Lovegrove makes what she calls “happy art.” Her paintings depict scenes from her home in Matlacha, Florida.

Leoma Lovegrove makes what she calls “happy art.” Her paintings depict scenes from her home in Matlacha, Florida.

Leoma Lovegrove wears her art on her sleeve. Figuratively, that is.

According to the “impressionist-expressionist” painter, the outward aesthetic of her paintings reflect her inner emotions. Her prints are neon-bright, exciting, and easily recognizable, often depicting scenes from her home in Matlacha, Florida.

“My art’s very happy art and it’s serious art too,” she said.

Lovegrove was recently at the Blue Mangrove Gallery on Marco Island to promote her newest venture. She calls it “Heartfelt Wishes for Peace.” The project is a collaborative effort between her and the people of Southwest Florida. It’s based around her philosophy of happy art.

Artist Leoma Lovegrove (left) with Blue Mangrove Gallery owner Christie Marcoplos. Photos by Samantha Husted

Artist Leoma Lovegrove (left) with Blue Mangrove Gallery owner Christie Marcoplos. Photos by Samantha Husted

Lovegrove stationed herself at the back of the Blue Mangrove Gallery, equipped with hand-painted pieces of heart-shaped paper. Patrons were encouraged to write on the hearts their hopes and wishes for the future.

“You can make a wish for peace,” she said. “Everybody wants peace. It can be for your cat, your dog, your neighbor, your family—whatever.”

Later this year Lovegrove will travel to Reykjavík, Iceland with the messages she’s collected to visit the Imagine Peace Tower, an outside art installment commissioned by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband John Lennon. The tower, which is composed of 15 vertical searchlights that reflect directly into the sky, is a symbolic reminder of the couple’s unwavering desire for world peace. The structure is lit each year on John Lennon’s birthday, October 9th, and remains lit until December 8th, the day of his death.

“I travel the world extensively and everybody says ‘well, why don’t you take me with you?’ Well, now I can. I’m taking their peaceful, heartfelt wishes to Iceland,” Lovegrove said.

Yoko Ono encourages people worldwide to send their own wishes for peace to the tower. The wishes are then displayed around the installment during the lighting ceremony. Wishes can be sent via postcard, email or Twitter (@IPTower).

“When I learned about Yoko Ono’s Peace Tower and how anyone could send them [the wishes], I was just like well, what a lovely thought, especially today,” Lovegrove said.

If you would like more information on artist Leoma Lovegrove and her Heartfelt Wishes for Peace visit www.leomalovegrove.com. For more information on the Imagine Peace Tower visit www.imaginepeacetower.com.

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