Who hasn’t heard of “The Highwaymen”, that remarkable informal group of 26 African American artists from central Florida ? The fact that their sale prices in the secondary market have skyrocketed in recent years, and the possibility that your aunt might have a couple of these paintings flaking away up in her attic adds to the intrigue.
Well, some of these guys are still around and producing, and you can meet six of them— Al Black, Mary Ann Caroll, James Gibson, Issac Knight, Robert “R.L.” Lewis, and Roy McLendon — Saturday, August 23rd, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Donnelly Park Pavilion, located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Donnelly Street, downtown Mt Dora, Florida.
Interestingly, the paintings of these self-taught, “outsider artists” has become so valuable in recent years that many fraudulent paintings with forged signatures attributing them to members of the “The Highwaymen” group have appeared on eBay and in some galleries and antique stores.
Oh, and here’s a photo of Southern Fields’s Florida landscape impressionist painter Peter Pettegrew hanging out with The Highwaymen’s Sam Newton.
And now, a a Highwaymen video: