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      Art Happenings from page 6                         unique Highwaymen exhibit will remain on display until Feb.
                                                         24, 2022 at the Elliott Museum, 825 Ocean Blvd. in Stuart.
      Nationally Acclaimed                               Many of these paintings have never before been on public
                                                         display because they come from a private collection.
      “Highwaymen” Artwork At                              In addition to the exhibit itself, an art sale will be held
                                                         from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4 along with a
      The Elliott Museum

        Hundreds of people recently attended the Elliott
      Museum’s “The Highwaymen … Vistas and Visions” art
      exhibit. Featuring more than 70 original paintings, the guests
      came to appreciate the work of African-American self-taught
      artists from the Treasure Coast, who began painting Florida’s
      vivid landscapes dating back to the 1950s.                                                           The Highwaymen were known to sell their paintings from the
        Coined as the “Highwaymen,” they sold their art out of                                             trunks and back seats of their cars in the early days.
      their car trunks as they traveled the highways, which led
      to their nickname. Highwaymen paintings now hang in the
      Smithsonian and several Highwaymen artists are represented
      in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
        Today, very few of the original 26 artists remain but,
      fortunately, many of their paintings still do. Those who   Pui and Roger Lightle stand before one of more than 70
      missed the opening night receptions are in luck because this   Highwaymen paintings now showcased in the Elliott Museum.

                                                                                                           Roy McLendon Sr., one of the original 26 Highwaymen, did
                                                                                                           a live painting demo at the opening night reception.

                                                                                                           Roy McLendon Jr., doing a live painting demonstration. He’s
                                                                                                           pictured here using a palette knife.

                                                                                                           gallery walk and talk by Highwaymen collector Roger
                                                                                                           Lightle at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2022,
                                                                                                           Lightle will deliver a presentation and Roy McLendon
                                                                                                           Jr. will do a live painting demonstration. Ticket price is
                                                                                                           regular museum admission for guests and $10 to members
                                                                                                           for both events.
                                                                                                           Highwaymen Fun Facts:
                                                                                                             • The Highwaymen’s unique tools consisted of oils, tree
                                                                                                           trunk easel, Upson board and their car trunks.
                                                                                                             • Painting and selling landscape art was an escape from
                                                                                                           working laborious jobs in factories and field work.
                                                                                                             • The Highwaymen painted Florida landscapes scenes
                                                                                                           in an hour or less, often selling the oil paintings before
                                                                                                           they were dry.
                                                                                                             • They made their own frames fashioned out of crown
                                                                                                           molding painted with house paint and highlighted with
                                                                                                           gold paint.
                                                                                                             • There were 26 original Highwaymen and only one
                                                                                                           female artist: Mary Ann Carroll.
                                                                                                             • The Highwaymen sold paintings themselves or hired
                                                                                                           salesmen to sell them to banks, motels, doctors’ and lawyers’
                                                                                                           offices, restaurants, businesses and the general public throughout
                                                                                                           Florida. They usually charged $25 to $35 per painting. Some
                                                                                                           paintings today sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
                                                                                                             • Interest in their landscape art escalated when Jim Fitch
                                                                                                           coined the name “Highwaymen” in 1995.
                                                                                                             • It is estimated the Highwaymen have painted and sold
                                                                                                           more than 200,000 paintings.
                                                                                                             For more information, call the museum at (772) 225-1961
                                                                                                           or visit the website
                                                                                                           About The Historical Society Of Martin County
                                                                                                             Since 1955, the Historical Society of Martin County has
                                                                                                           served as a guardian of local history and a cultural center
                                                                                                           by operating the Elliott Museum (825 N.E. Ocean Blvd.,
                                                                                                           Stuart) and the House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert’s Bar
                                                                                                           (301 S.E. MacArthur Blvd., Stuart), which opened in 1876
                                                                                                           and served as a haven for shipwrecked survivors. The Elliott
                                                                                                           Museum seeks to preserve and celebrate the region’s colorful
                                                                                                           history by presenting an eclectic mix of traveling and rotating
                                                                                                           permanent exhibits, lectures and experiential events. The
                                                                                                           House of Refuge’s mission is to educate the public about the
                                                                                                           historical significance of Martin County’s iconic landmark
                                                                                                           and to ensure its historical integrity and preservation. For
                                                                                                           more information, go online to or
                                                                                                           call (772) 225-1961.
                                                                                  See answer in this paper.
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