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Florida Highwaymen Art Exhibition

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Florida Highwaymen Art Exhibition

Time: March 24, 2012 from 10am to 5pm
Location: Sample-McDougald House
Street: 450 NE 10th Street
City/Town: Pompano Beach
Event Type: art, exhibition
Organized By: Mary Kate Leming
Latest Activity: Mar 19, 2012

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Event Description

Florida Highwaymen Art Exhibition March 24 in Pompano Beach

 

Art by the famed Florida Highwaymen will be exhibited Saturday, March 24th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the historic Sample-McDougald House, 450 NE 10th Street, Pompano Beach, Florida. The art show and sale is presented by the Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society and the Pompano Beach Historical Society. Admission is $3 per person.

The Florida Highwaymen are a group of 26 landscape artists who have been called "The Last Great American Art Movement of the 20th century.” This group of self-taught and self-mentoring African-American artists, who began painting in the mid-1950s, created a large body of work - utilizing basic construction materials rather than traditional art supplies - that has become a timeless collection of iconic Florida landscape scenes. As no galleries would originally accept their works, the artists sold the oil paintings by the thousands during the 1960s and 70s out of the trunks of their cars, along roadsides throughout Florid.

The surviving Highwaymen, most now in their seventies, represent an important chapter in America’s culture and history, and have been called a National Treasure. The 26 Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. The March 24th show will feature the works of ten of these artists. Also on display will be classic Highwaymen paintings from private collections. A ticketed reception to meet the artists, pre-purchase paintings and preview the show is scheduled for the evening of March 23rd from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The $40 tickets include refreshments on the grounds of the Sample-McDougald House, and are available by contacting Margaret White at 954 941-1103.

The Sample-McDougald House, now located at 450 NE 10th Street in Pompano Beach, is one of South Florida's most historic structures, dating from the pioneer era of northern Broward County. The house was built in 1916 on Dixie Highway, and was relocated to its current site to insure its preservation.  The four-acre grounds surrounding the house was designated Centennial Park by the Pompano beach City Commission to commemorate the city’s 100th birthday in 2008.

For more information about the Florida Highwaymen art show and sale, please contact Peter Williams at 954 784-2498.

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