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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.
The Tux & Trees Gala (http://www.tuxandtrees.com)
“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.