Arts Advocates Receives Gift of Florida Highwaymen Paintings

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Pictured: John Maynor's

Arts Advocates announces the receipt of a gift of five Florida Highwaymen paintings, generously donated by members Cecilia and Richard Conder. These pieces are now on exhibit in the Arts Advocates Gallery, located in the Crossings at Siesta Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. The Highwaymen were a group of 26 African American landscape artists, mostly self-taught from the Fort Pierce, Florida area, active from the mid-1950s into the 1980s. They painted on inexpensive Upson board or Masonite and made frames from crown molding. Because no galleries would accept their work, they sold their art door-to-door or from the trunks of their cars, often still wet, along Florida’s eastern coastal roads. Their renown grew internationally during the early 2000s, and the members have been recognized for their contributions to mid-twentieth century Florida culture and history. Their success and longevity are remarkable considering they began their careers in racially unsettled times, in a place where the civil rights movement was in its infancy. 

The Highwaymen paintings are on exhibit through December 2021; gallery hours are every Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. They are also included in the docent-guided gallery tours on November 3 and December 1 at 11:00 am. along with the Sarasota Colony Artists exhibit. Reservations for tours are required. To register for gallery tours, and learn more about or become a member of Arts Advocates, visit ArtsAdvocates.org. 

Pictured: John Maynor's

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