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FREE Public Art Exhibit | The Art of Florida's Highwaymen 🖼️

at the Wellington Community Center

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FREE Public Art Exhibit | The Art of Florida's Highwaymen 

at the Wellington Community Center

The Village of Wellington is excited to announce a FREE public display "The Art of Florida's Highwaymen", at the Wellington Community Center, January 18th through January 20th.

In the late 1950s, during the Jim Crow era of the south, a small group  of African American artists from the Ft. Pierce and Vero Beach area started a business venture during a time where employment opportunities available were most likely low paying, minimum wage jobs.

Eventually the group numbered twenty six self-taught artists. Unable to display and sell their work through traditional channels such as galleries and art agents, they traveled the roads selling their paintings to business owners, real estate brokers, lawyer’s offices, banks, and others along the way. This unconventional sales method earned them the name of “The Highwaymen” sometime in the the mid 1990s.

For over 40 years the group captured Florida’s natural beauty in an estimated 200,000 paintings, depicting striking views of back woods scenes, breaking waves, palm lined beaches, and rivers, to name a few.

The Highwaymen have been featured in the N.Y. Times, on National Public Radio, and were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. Their work is on display in the White House and Florida Governor’s mansion, in addition to countless homes and offices across the country.


Opening Reception:

Friday, January 18th
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
FREE to attend.

Exhibit Information

Friday through Saturday
January 18–20, 2019
at the Wellington Community Center


Friday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presentation at 2:00 pm each day

Artist Meet & Greet:

R.A. McLendon, a key member of The Highwaymen who began his painting career in 1955, will be painting live on site. 


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