Art enthusiasts will enjoy Florida Highwaymen paintings and more at the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science on August 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Some of the highwaymen themselves will make a special appearance during the event, and the works of other Florida artists will be showcased as well.
The calm and beautiful scenery portrayed in Highwaymen paintings has captured the attention of art admirers and collectors. During the 1950’s to 1980’s, the “Florida Highwaymen,” a group of twenty-six African-American artists, embarked on a journey to paint and sell brightly-colored illustrations of the natural Florida landscape.
The Highwaymen often traveled on weekends and out of state to sell their artwork. Al Black, one of the original artists, says he journeyed from Key West to Maine selling paintings. “I put the highway in highwaymen art,” he says.
Nancy Rader, executive director of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, believes that the event will be a great experience for the Brevard art community. “Arts and museums always go together,” she says. “I hope to introduce a whole new generation to Florida Highwaymen art and artists.”
For more information about this event, please call 321-632-1830. Tickets are $25 and will be available for purchase at the door. Light refreshments will be served.
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science is a not-for-profit organization located in Cocoa, Florida. Founded in 1969, their mission is to operate and maintain a museum for the education of the public about regional cultural heritage and to preserve historic artifacts and natural history specimens that support this educational mission.