Florida Highwaymen Art Show and Sale Is Postponed
BY MARIE PULEO | POMPANO BEACH NEWS REPORTER
Due to the current coronavirus public health emergency, the Florida Highwaymen Art Show and Sale that was to take place this weekend at the Pompano Beach Woman’s Club has been tentatively rescheduled for Nov. 12-15, 2020.
The event, presented annually by the Pompano Beach Historical Society, features the works of a number of the surviving famed Florida Highwaymen, now in their seventies.
The Florida Highwaymen are a group of 26 self-taught and self-mentored artists who 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 roadsides throughout Florida.
Their colorful and vibrant iconic Florida landscape scenes have hung in countless homes, businesses, and even the White House and the Florida State Capitol.
The November program will be almost identical to the one that was scheduled for this weekend. There will be a Friday-night opening reception to meet the artists, preview the show and pre-purchase paintings. The Art Show and Sale will be on Saturday and Sunday.
On the Wednesday prior to the opening reception, there will be a program about the history of the Florida Highwaymen, with a speaker that is yet to be determined. On Thursday, Doretha Hair Truesdell, whose husband, Alfred Hair, started the Highwaymen Movement and taught her how to paint, will show 20 guests how to paint like the Highwaymen. Current reservations for the painting class are still being honored.
The Florida Highwaymen event will be the Pompano Beach Historical Society’s major fundraiser of the year. For more information call 954-782-3015.