Highwayman artist Robert L. Lewis, member of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame and author of A Journey Through the Eyes of An Original Highwayman, Artist R. L. Lewis, Jr.. will create a live painting during his talk, which will be auctioned off.
The Highwaymen have an important legacy in Florida’s history. These 26 African American artists traveled the state’s roads in the 1950s and ’60s, marketing their landscape paintings. They came of age during an era of strict segregation, when their employment options were extremely limited. Instead, they became working painters who are all recognized in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.