Leoma Lovegrave said she will always be a part of Matlacha. However, the artist, who has spent the past 25 years there, has put her studio up for sale, moved to North Fort Myers and is planning a new shop and studio in downtown Fort Myers.

Lovegrave is also turning trash into treasure by removing shingles from its roofs that were torn off by Hurricane Ian, turning them into art canvases and selling them for $395 each.

Lovegrave and her husband of 44 years, Mike Silberg, bought the wood-frame canal-front studio on Pine Island Road in 1998 for $112,000. It is near the center of a tiny fishing village between Pine Island and Cape Coral. They own the property, which includes three buildings in need of restoration, through Re/Max Sunshine of Matlacha for $2.5 million. Lovegrave said she spent about $70,000 cleaning up the debris.

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