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Lovegrove’s ‘My Studio’ a hit at Broadway Palm

January 10, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

After last year's successful sell-out performances of "My Studio," Leoma Lovegrove and her one-woman show returned to Broadway Palm Dinner Theater last week.

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

The show opened with Lovegrove painting to the "William Tell Overture" (aka the theme music for "The Lone Ranger").

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Leoma Lovegrove at the conclusion of “My Studio” at the Broad-way Palm.


"I rarely invite anyone into my studio but you all are invited into the studio and my life as well," Lovegrove said.

Reading her notes from Chinette plates, wearing her painted shoes, trademark eyeglasses and paint splattered smock, Lovegrove recalled stories of her fascinating life.

She said she "inherited" her love of art from her mother and grandmother.

"I like to make feel-good art," Lovegrove said. "Art that makes me feel good and art that makes you feel good."

Lovegrove can produce a finished painting in 10-15 minutes. One of the three was a 5-foot canvas of five angels. After getting five volunteers from the audience, Lovegrove painted angel wings on the backs of jackets.

"I like 'big art'," Lovegrove said. "I've painted some really big pieces like this 18-foot, three-part painting of Jesus."

Several volunteers held up the three canvasses all painted in Lovegrove's colorful style. Once the lights were dimmed the colorful painting took on the muted qualities of the Shroud of Turin.

The balance of the 90-minute show featured Lovegrove recalling visits to the White House in the last year of the George W Bush administration. Lovegrove set off the security alarms at the White House.

Memories of the family home burning down, including all of her toys, Lovegrove says she's had a love of toys ever since.

Lovegrove, acknowledging that artists can be "different," read the words from an Apple Computer campaign entitled "Here's to the Crazy Ones."

"This made me cry when I read it the first time," she said.


"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? We make tools for these kinds of people. And while some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."


"One of my favorite things to do is to go into my studio and paint something nobody's ever seen before," Lovegrove said. "I'm always trying to paint something new something maybe that's never been done before. I know if my painting is boring to me it's going to be boring to you so I try never to be boring."

Lovegrove's life journey is anything but boring.



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