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Where: St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave. N.E. St. Petersburg FL
When: Tue Jan 8 10am – 5pm
Legendary Landscapes: Florida’s Original Highwaymen Exhibit.St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave. N.E. Sun. 1 to 5 p.m., Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.spmoh.org or 727-894-1052.Legendary Landscapes: Florida’s Original Highwaymen Exhibit
About the Florida Highwaymen:
In the early 1950’s through the 1980’s a group of twenty-six African-American artists known as the “Florida Highwaymen” used vivid and bright colors to display the beautiful untouched Florida landscape. The Florida Highwaymen painted wind-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees. They painted from their garages and back yards on inexpensive Upson board and then on the weekends they would travel and sell their Highwaymen paintings to hotels, offices, businesses and individuals who appreciated the artwork for around $25 a piece.
In 2004 the 26 original Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The Highwaymen are credited for encouraging the beginning of the “Indian River School” and “Backus” art movements and have many followers but these 26 individuals are the only true “Highwaymen.