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Leoma Lovegrove Helps Create “Into the Wild” Exhibit

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 17th

Leoma Lovegrove is painting in the exhibit gallery at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum this week as she helps Estates staff install a new permanent exhibit which includes her massive paintings and a gallery of historical artifacts. 

Leoma Lovegrove is an acclaimed artist who is known for her expressionist style and vibrant colors.  “She has been creating paintings and art for many years and her style has become iconic, especially in Southwest Florida,” says Chris Pendleton, President & CEO of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  “Leoma is also passionate about the out of doors and the environment so we knew that she would take on this exhibit project to create a framework for the travels of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, John Burroughs and their famous friends almost a century ago.”

John Burroughs, who traveled with Edison and Ford, was a well-known American naturalist and captured their exploration of America in his beautiful wildlife sketches, illustrations and poetry.   He created a journal and a diary which Lovegrove is reflecting in the full wall paintings in the exhibit. 

The Into the Wild exhibit will open to the public on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 1PM at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum.  The exhibit includes the Lovegrove paintings as well as the original Ford Chuck Wagon which was one of the vehicles in the entourage of the famous friends.  In addition to the Burroughs journals, it also includes a journal of Harvey Firestone, notes from the Edison and Ford families, and dozens of photographs and film of their travels.

To capture the project, however, there is another important exhibit component, a half hour documentary, produced by WGCU Public Media, which further shows the spirit of adventure, exploration and invention of the famous friends and their travels ‘into the wild.’  The documentary will air on regional television and is expected to move to national distribution.
For additional information, contact the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 239-334-7419.

The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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