PRLog - Dec. 31, 2012 - MOUNT DORA, Fla. -- Take the opportunity to learn the amazing history of the Florida Highwaymen Artists and see some of their original works in downtown Mount Dora businesses from December 29th through January 13th. Seventeen Mount Dora businesses will be displaying original Highwaymen paintings from 11:30am to 4:00pm daily. Your incentive is the chance to WIN $300 Dora Dollars to spend 'same-as-cash' in downtown Visit Mount Dora, Inc. member businesses.
All you have to do is visit any one of the seventeen locations listed below, pick up your 'trip ticket' and take the walk through downtown restaurants and businesses locating the art work in each location. Each painting will have a code on the frame which you will write into the space on your trip ticket. Once you have located all seventeen locations and written down the codes you will turn in your trip ticket at your final stop and be entered to WIN $300 Dora Dollars. The drawing will take place January 13th, 2013 at the Florida Highwaymen Art Show in Donnelly Park in downtown Mount Dora. You do not have to be present to win. We will call the phone number on your trip ticket to notify you.
Participating Florida Highwaymen Art Walk Locations in downtown Mount Dora:
Artisans on Fifth, Donnelly Euro Footwear, Cody's on 4th, Julianne's Coastal Cottage, Bowersock Gallery, In a Nutshell Miniatures, Windsor Rose Restaurant, Piece of Mine, Malena and Magda's Boutique, Gatehouse Gallery, Chamber of Commerce, Segway of Central Florida, Operation Deep Freeze, Maggie's Attic, KaDee Kay Gourmet Kitchen Products, Pisces Rising and Heron Cay Lakeview Bed and Breakfast.
Also on display during the Art Walk will be two Highwaymen paintings that will be part of a raffle on January 13th at 5pm during the Florida Highwaymen Art Show. These paintings are rare collaborative works in which many of the original artists contributed to the final product. Tickets will be available for $1 each or $5 for seven tickets at any of the participating Art Walk locations.
On Saturday & Sunday, January 12th and 13th, the popular Highwaymen artists will return to Mount Dora and display sell their art work from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day inside and outside of the Donnelly Building in Donnelly Park, located in the center of Mount Dora. Visitors can enjoy the scenic renderings of Florida’s landscape expressed in the Classic Highwaymen art style. Participating in this event will be original Highwaymen; Al Black, James Gibson, Isaac Knight, Robert Lewis, Roy McLendon, Charles Walker and John Maynor. Admission, as before, is FREE!!
This Winter Art Event is presented by Heron Cay Lakeview Bed & Breakfast, with co-sponsoring by the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Mount Dora(tm); and sponsored in part by: City of Mount Dora, Grand Rental Station - Sharp Design - WhatToDoInMountDora.com - Glasscat Design - Printing provided by Lake County, Florida. Margie Salyer and Randy Burgener are coordinating this Highwaymen Show and Sale.
A portion of the proceeds go to the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce and to Visit Mount Dora, Inc.
For additional information, please contact Randy Burgener by calling (352) 383-4050 or Toll Free at 1-888-437-6622. For lodging and other information please visit www.HeronCay.com.
Who are The Florida Highwaymen?
In the early 1950s through the 1980s a group of twenty-six African-American artists painted beautiful landscapes that displayed the serene, undeveloped Florida landscape of their time. Today these artists are known as the "Florida Highwaymen" and because of the tranquil scenes and history involved, their original paintings are highly demanded by collectors and enthusiasts.
The Florida Highwaymen used vivid and bright colors in their paintings to display the beautiful untouched Florida landscape. They painted wind-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees. These paintings looked great on the walls of businesses and homes.
One of the original Florida Highwayman, Alfred Hair, was introduced to a prominent white artist named A. E. "Bean" Backus in the mid 1950s. Under the direction of Mr. Backus, Alfred was encouraged to paint landscapes and realized that he could make a living doing it. Alfred encouraged several of his friends to begin painting as well, and soon the Florida Highwaymen became a sort of social group.
The Highwaymen artists knew they could make a living painting, but they knew they had to be different. Mr. Backus was a prominent white artist and could sell his paintings for hundreds of dollars in galleries and shows; no gallery would show the work of unknown, self-taught African-Americans. Instead they painted from their garages and back yards on inexpensive Upson board and then on the weekends they would travel and sell their paintings to hotels, offices, businesses and individuals who appreciated the artwork for around $25 a piece.
In the 1980s the Florida Highwaymen unofficially disbanded after consumer tastes changed. But because of a recent surge in demand for their work several of the original highwaymen have come back to painting.
In the early 1990s an interest in "outsider art" or art which is created by artists who are outside mainstream society, developed in the art world and in 1995 an article was written for a journal by Jim Fitch (http://aarf.com/
In 2004, the 26 original Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame (http://www.florida-
The Highwaymen are credited for encouraging the beginning of the "Indian River School" and "Backus" art movements and have many followers, but these 26 individuals are the only true "Highwaymen."
The twenty-six Florida Highwaymen artists are:
Hezekiah Baker †
Ellis Buckner †
George Buckner †
Mary Ann Carroll
Johnny Daniels †
Alfred Hair †
Robert L. Lewis
Alfonso Moran †
Harold Newton †
Livingston Roberts †
Sylvester M. Wells