Legendary Artists Return For ‘Holidays With The Florida Highwaymen’
Free Community Celebration on December 11
ORLANDO – Visitors to the Orange County Regional History Center on December 11 have a special opportunity to meet original Florida Highwaymen painters at a family-friendly celebration of seasonal cheer.
“We’re excited to have these Florida legends with us for the holidays, and we thank OUC – The Reliable One, for its support as we welcome the community,” says Michael Perkins, the History Center’s manager.
Artists Curtis Arnett, Al Black, Mary Ann Carroll, James Gibson, Issac Knight, Robert Lewis, and Roy McLendon Jr. are slated to appear at the History Center on Sunday, December 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The family-friend event will also feature crafts, games, entertainment, and holiday-inspired refreshments. Children will have an opportunity to meet and have photos taken with Santa Claus.
Museum admission is free to the public for the day, and guests can enjoy the History Center’s four floors of exhibits as well.
The artists represent one of the most fascinating chapters in Florida’s past. The Highwaymen is the name given to 26 African American artists who took to Florida’s roads in the 1950s and ’60s, marketing their art. They came of age during an era of strict segregation, in a place and time in which their usual job options didn’t extend beyond grove worker, maid, or gardener. Instead, they became working painters who are now in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
Visitors to “Holidays with the Highwaymen” have an opportunity to talk with the painters, see examples of their work, and purchase authentic Highwaymen paintings.
The Florida Highwaymen and their paintings have long been great favorites of History Center guests, Perkins notes. A much-touted exhibit in 2002 introduced many visitors to the group’s work.