Vero Beach Museum of Art Exhibitions

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Vero Beach Museum of Art Exhibitions

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Date: June 29-September 28

Time: 10:00am to 4:30pm

Place: Vero Beach Museum of Art

Price: $10

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Along the Road: Paintings ofthe Highwaymen in the Holmes Gallery

 

The Highwaymen were a legendary group of young black painters, largely self-taught, who painted colorful Florida scenes during the late 1950s, through the 1960s and into the 1970s. Selling their paintings from the trunks of their cars, the Highwaymen provided lively seascapes, landscapes, and a few still life paintings to travelers and residents along U.S. Highway 1 around Fort Pierce.

These tropical scenes of birds, palms, Poinciana trees, old oaks, and cabbage palms, often set along the Indian River or near the beach, are eagerly sought by collectors today. The earliest of the Highwaymen, Alfred Hair, met the prominent landscape painter A. E. “Beanie” Backus while he was still in high school.

Backus welcomed him into his studio and gave the aspiring painter a few lessons. Another young painter, Harold Newton, also followed Backus’s example and attracted others to take up brush and paint. Eventually, the original, first-generation Highwaymen numbered 26 painters, although only one was a woman, Mary Ann Carroll.

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As of 2012, eighteen of the original artists were still alive. There have been others who adopted the style (some of them relatives of the first generation Highwaymen), but only the original 26 were inducted into the Florida Department of State’s Artists Hall of Fame. In the eyes of these visionaries, Florida became the paradise we all dream about.

 

Invitation to Support Vero Beach Museum of Art

Join the thousands of people who already know what an important asset the Museum is to our community and to the enrichment of our live. The support of our members is the backbone of our success. Your membership gift will help pave the way for a bright future of cultural excellence. For more information call: (772) 231-0707  or visit Membership Page

 

 

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