Save the dates

September 5th: ArtWalk

Monday 8th:  RDA Board Meeting

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd:  Responsible Hospitality Institute Workshop; Entertainment District Creation, Location and Times TBA

Friday 19th:  MusicWalk

Saturday 27th:  Car Cruise-In

Monday 29th:  RDA Annual Membership Meeting, Location and Time TBA

River District Alliance News:  NEW to RDA members this fall will be the monthly update on downtown issues to know!

DRAFT September 2014 Newsletter-1




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flag art

Matlacha artist Leoma Lovegrove hosted a fabulous patriotic pop-up art studio
at The Franklin Shops on July 4th

Matlacha artist Leoma Lovegrove hosted a pop-up art gallery at The Franklin Shops on July 4th.   It was a great opportunity for attendees to display patriotism in artistic form. “Join me at The FranklinShops on First Street in the cool air-conditioning and paint with me,” Lovegrove invited. “I will be painting live to patriotic music and you are welcome to join in and paint an American Flag with me.”

The flags that are painted will be part of a collaboration piece to benefit and promote Lee County School Corp production of the Pride & Patriotism event to be held in November at Barbara B. Mann. “Special celebrity guests will join in to paint throughout the event,” the artist added. Leoma Lovegrove is an impressionist-expressionist painter known worldwide for her splashy, artistic depictions of the Florida lifestyle.

In addition to a degree in illustration from the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Lovegrove has also studied at the Guild de Beaux Arts, ArtStudy Giverny and ArtStudy Florida. When she is not painting in her studio at Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens on picturesque Matlacha Island, creating colorful fashions for Bealls Department Store or promoting southwest Florida for the Visitors and Convention Bureau, she loves to recharge her artistic batteries touring and painting in Europe with her author husband, Michael J. Silberg.

Fort Myers Freedom Fest 2014