BY MARIE PULEO | POMPANO BEACH NEWS REPORTER
The annual Florida Highwaymen Art Show and Sale, presented by the Pompano Beach Historical Society, was scheduled to take place in March of this year, but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Now, the event is set to take place in November.
Art by the famed Florida Highwaymen will be exhibited and on sale Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15, from 10am to 5pm at the Pompano Beach Woman’s Club, 314 NE 2nd Street, across the street from the historical society. Tickets are $5 per person and are available for purchase online or at the door.
The Florida Highwaymen are a group of self-taught and self-mentored landscape artists who have been called “The Last Great American Art Movement of the 20th century.” They began painting in the mid-1950s, using basic construction materials, such as Upson board, rather than traditional art supplies. As no galleries would originally accept their works, the artists sold the oil paintings by the thousands during the 1960s and 1970s out of the trunks of their cars along Florida roadsides. Their vibrant, iconic Florida landscape scenes have hung in countless homes, businesses, and even the White House and the Florida State Capitol.
Five of the original Florida Highwaymen artists will be attending the art show and sale: Doretha Hair Truesdell, Al Black, Isaac Knight, RL Lewis and Willie Reagan. Kandie Carroll Ingram will be there to sell the artwork of her mother, Mary Anne Carroll, also a Highwaymen artist.
Doretha Hair Truesdell, whose husband Alfred Hair started the Highwaymen Movement and taught her how to paint, will be selling vintage Highwaymen paintings from her collections, as well as some new pieces.
This year, there will be no opening reception on the Friday preceding the art show and sale. Instead, Truesdell will teach a painting class on Friday, Nov. 13, which is already sold out.
The raffle drawing will be just before 5pm on Sunday, Nov. 15, and raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win.
During the art show and sale, the Kester Cottage Museums and the Pompano Fire Museum will be open for tours (2 people at a time). The Pompano Beach Historical Society, located in the Hood Center, will feature a short history display of the 26 original Florida Highwaymen. Lunch will be available for purchase from Spanx the Hog BBQ.
“We will be adhering to strict CDC COVID-19 guidelines,” said Pat Rowley of the Pompano Beach Historical Society.
Masks must be worn at all times when inside the buildings, sanitizer will be available throughout, and the number of people allowed in the show will be limited to 30 at a time. Physical distancing of six feet will be observed.
The surviving Highwaymen, now in their seventies, represent an important chapter in America’s culture and history. They have been called “a national treasure,” and the 26 original Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Florida Highwaymen Art Show and Sale will be the Pompano Beach Historical Society’s only fundraiser for 2020. The monies earned will enable the historical society to promote and preserve Pompano’s history through educational programs, as well as the Kester Cottage Museums and citywide historic tours conducted throughout the year.
For tickets or more information, visit pompanohistory.com or call 954-782-3015.
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