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The Tallahassee Florida Highwaymen Art Show is October 9th from 12noon to 6pm inside the Tallahassee Mall. Everyone is encouraged to come out to this public event to enjoy the art and meet the artists themselves.The Florida Highwaymen are considered the "Last Great Art Movement of The 20th Century" and their history & story is instrumental to Florida's art community.
The following Florida Highwaymen Artists will be in Tallahassee on October 9th: Carnell Smith, Al Black, Roy McClendon, Mary Ann Carroll, Charles Walker, Isaac Knight, James Gibson & Robert Butler
About the Florida Highwaymen Art Movement:
It’s the mid 1950’s and Albert Backus, a prominent Florida artist, takes an unknown African-American, Alfred Hair under his wing to teach a unique style of painting in bright vivid colors, a style which would come to define Florida landscape art the next half century.
Hair went on to recruit 25 friends, teaching them as Backus had taught him. This group of 26 African Americans were able to establish themselves against many odds, including racial and cultural barriers of the time - forming the group which came to be known as “The Florida Highwaymen”. A name derived selling their paintings up and down the Highways and door-to-door of businesses.
Although, Hair died tragically in 1970, The Highwaymen art movement he created lives on to this day. In fact, all 26 of the Original Highwaymen are listed artists and in 2004 were inducted in to the Florida Artist Hall of Fame. Today, Highwaymen art may be found hanging in many places, including private collections, museums, exhibits and Florida’s Capital. The Highwaymen are considered “The Last Great American Art Movement of the 20th Century”.
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