Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Highwaymen Have Arrived

The Marco Island Historical Museum proudly announces a new exhibit called Against All Odds. Back in the middle part of the 20th century, a group of young black artists (25 men and a woman) were trying to sell their paintings along the highways on the other side of Florida, without much success.  A kind white artist befriended them and taught them some  tricks of the trade in order to speed up their production time.  Eventually some of them could turn out 30-35 canvases a day, and would sell them while the paint was still wet.

Their subject matter was mostly interior Florida and the exhibit strongly illustrates this.  One recent visitor said that he paid ten dollars for one of the canvases, and some of them are now valued at $45,000–a pretty good investment.

The artists were still painting in the early part of this century, and you might find one of them by the highway if you drive over to the east coast.

Meanwhile, our museum is open from nine to four Tuesday through Saturday and the gift shop has a wonderful book on sale about this group of painters.  Please stop by and see for yourself.


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