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Famed Local Artist to "Paint Out Loud" at the Tux & Trees Gala

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's signature fundraiser, Tux & Trees, will feature an unusual auction item: A painting which will be completed during the auction by Matlacha artist Leoma Lovegrove.

Artist Leoma Lovegrove will "Paint Out Loud" to benefit Goodwill on December 4.
Artist Leoma Lovegrove will "Paint Out Loud" to benefit Goodwill on December 4.
Nov. 29, 2009 - PRLog -- Renowned Southwest Florida artist Leoma Lovegrove will continue her popular “Painting Out Loud” series on Friday, December 4 at Goodwill’s Tux & Trees Gala in Fort Myers.  The black-tie holiday fundraiser will be hosted at the historic Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (2301 First Street) in the Fort Myers River District.

The Tux & Trees Gala (http://www.tuxandtrees.com) is the culmination of the week-long “Festival of Trees,” a showcase of 24 beautifully-decorated holiday trees, which are auctioned at the gala.  As guests arrive, Lovegrove will be on stage, creating an original painting, which will also be auctioned to benefit Goodwill.

“I’ve been painting it in my mind,” she says of the work, which will be titled “A Leopiville Christmas.”  Lovegrove continues, “It’ll be a touch of Monet, a touch of Dr. Seuss, and a touch of Edison.  Really, I’ll be just as excited to see it finished as you will.”

Lovegrove resides in Matlacha, Florida, though her works are displayed in numerous galleries throughout the world.  Her art has also been displayed in the White House. Her works are instantly recognizable for their exuberant technique and tropical color palette.

Tickets to the Tux & Trees Gala are $100 per person and are available for purchase online at www.tuxandtrees.com and over the telephone.  The evening includes entertainment, complimentary valet parking service, wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds from the gala benefit Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida  (http://www.goodwillswfl.org) and the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation.

The evening will also feature a silent auction with lavishly decorated wreaths and other extravagant items, including gift certificates for many local restaurants and attractions.

In the first two years of the Tux and Trees Gala, the event has raised nearly $100,000 to support Goodwill’s mission of helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages.  For tickets to the Tux & Trees Gala, visit http://www.tuxandtrees.com, or contact (239) 995-2106 ext. 249.

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Goodwill operates 24 thrift stores in SW Florida to support its mission of removing barriers to independence. Programs include income-sensitive housing, career placement assistance, the L.I.F.E. Academy Charter School, Four Wheels for Work, and others.

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