Highwaymen – Artist Discussion – Opening Night Reception & Dinner – Art Show & Sale
Back in the early 1950s, Ft. Pierce Artist, A.E. “Bean” Backus, trained Alfred Hair to paint Florida landscapes. As Alfred learned, he encouraged others to join in painting and selling their works of art. “Bean” Backus served as a mentor for Alfred Hair, but soon Alfred was a mentor for others and others were mentors for each other and each developed their unique style and technique. Dubbed the name, “The Highwaymen”, these talented individuals were never formerly trained and therefore could not show their art in the traditional “whites only” galleries and they took to the roads to tell their stories and sell their paintings locally to banks, businesses and consumers for a mere $25 painted on inexpensive “Gibson” board!
Today, their stories resonate with local Floridians who share a love for their community, the people and the tenacity to make things work. Their fast painting techniques marvel one and all as they demonstrate during many of their special events held throughout the state. South Florida is awaiting the arrival of 8 original Highwaymen artists who are coming to the Pompano Beach area with several events for the public to enjoy: