Florida Highwaymen Art Show
Pompano Beach Art Show
POMPANO BEACH ART SHOW Art by the famed Florida Highwaymen will be exhibited Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, at the historic Pompano Beach Woman’s Club, 314 NE Second St., Pompano Beach. The art show and sale is presented by the Pompano Beach Historical Society. The Kester Cottage Museums and the Pompano Fire Museum will be open for tours, and lunch will be available for purchase from Spanx the Hog BBQ.
Who are the Florida Highwaymen?
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-mentored artists began painting in the mid-1950s. They created a large body of work utilizing 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. What they created is a timeless collection of colorful and vibrant iconic Florida landscape scenes which have hung in countless homes, businesses, and even the White House and the Florida State Capitol.
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 26 of the original Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. The March show will feature the works of eight of these artists and is one of the largest public gatherings of Highwaymen at a single venue.
In addition to the Art Show and Sale, the Pompano Beach Historical Society will host two special events prior to the opening reception. On Wednesday, March 18, Doretha Hair Truesdell will speak on the early beginnings of the Highwaymen Movement started by her husband, Alfred Hair, who taught her how to paint. The free program will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Pompano Beach Historical Society, 217 NE 4th Avenue, Pompano Beach. On Thursday, March 19, from 5pm to 9pm, Doretha, along with her son, Roderick Hair, will show 20 guests how to paint like the Highwaymen. Tickets for the class are $75 per person and include all artist materials and canvas, as well as wine, beer, soft drinks and pizza.
The annual Florida Highwaymen event is one of the Pompano Beach Historical Society’s biggest fundraisers of the year. For tickets or more information: click here
Schedule of Events
When: Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, from 10am to 5pm. An opening reception to meet the artists, preview the show and pre-purchase paintings is scheduled for Friday, March 20, from 7pm to 9pm at the Pompano Beach Woman’s Club. Tickets are $35/per person and include wine, beer, soft drinks and small bites, and entry for the Art Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Pompano Beach Woman’s Club, 314 NE 2nd St, Pompano Beach.
Price: $5/per person; one ticket is valid for both days; $35/per person for the opening reception