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Highwaymen Art in the Park
1/28/2019
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Highwaymen Art in the Park

 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2019) – The Libraries and History Division presents Highwaymen Art in the Park from 1-3 p.m., Feb. 19-20 at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte.

This two-hour workshop starts with a presentation on the story of the Florida Highwaymen and their connection to Charlotte County. The workshop explores the different styles of the original Highwaymen artists using their paintings for inspiration. The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to creating an original painting using the park's beautiful landscape. Participants will work with authentic materials used by the Highwaymen in their paintings. No painting experience required. Participation is free, but registration is required due to limited seating and materials. 

The Highwaymen were a group of African-American landscape painters originating from Fort Pierce, Florida in the 1950s. They traveled along the highways selling their art, often from their cars, throughout the state. Though their beginnings were wrought with hardship, they prevailed, creating iconic works of art that are now recognized world-wide.

For information, contact Crystal Diff, program coordinator, at 941-629-PAST (7278) or Crystal.Diff@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

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