Pompano Beach, Florida — On Friday and Saturday, there will be a large gathering of the original Florida Highwaymen painters in Pompano Beach.
The Florida Highwaymen, or just simply The Highwaymen, are a group of 26 African American landscape artists in Florida. For 50 years, these men have created an extensive amount of paintings that have reached almost more than 200,000 even while facing a number of issues concerning race and culture. They had made a living out of their works and are known to go door-to-door just to sell them. Some of their works have reached the White House, City Halls and even museums.
And now these painters are coming to Pompano Beach. Their visit to Pompano Beach will also be the largest gathering of The Highwaymen with 11 original members present and they are all expected to set about 100 colorful works at the Sample-McDougald house. Their show will be sponsored by the Pompano Beach Historical Society.
Peter Williams, the president of the PBHS, said that this is their 5th year in hosting the Highwaymen in Pompano Beach and that all the rooms in the historic house will be filled with the Highwaymen and their paintings.
A preview reception will held at 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday which will allow the people to meet the artists and get a first glimpse and first pick on their works. Saturday, on the other hand, will feature the public opening of the event from 10 am to 5 pm.
The tickets for the reception is being sold at $35 including food and beverages and on Saturday, the entry fee is $5.
The original Highwaymen included a woman, Mary Ann Carroll, and they were all inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame back in 2004.
Williams said that even though these artists have been in the industry for 50 years, they are still going strong. Their works are bing collected all over the world and some of the original Highwaymen have even succumbed to their age and have died that is why it is better to enjoy these treasures while they are still here.