Martin County Library System Press Releases

February 11, 2013

Florida Highwaymen artists discuss unique paintings at Blake Library Feb. 18

Professor Robert Farley moderates a discussion with four of the renowned Florida Highwaymen as they share stories of their distinctive artistic imprint on the Treasure Coast on Monday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library. A painting demonstration is included and artwork will be available for purchase after the event.

The Florida Highwaymen began in the 1950s as a group of 26 mostly self-taught African-American artists who created over 200,000 paintings of Florida landscapes. They sold their paintings directly to individuals and businesses for less than $50 each from the road and traveling door-to-door. Today, these same works of art are worth thousands of dollars. The Florida Highwaymen are internationally known and were featured in a 2008 hour-long PBS documentary.

A part of the Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. and is free and open to the public. The Blake Library is located at 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the library website at




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