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Exhibit of work by Florida Highwaymen opens at The Englishman February 13

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On Thursday night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., The Englishman Fine Art in Naples will be hosting a reception associated with the opening of an exhibit of a collection of works by The Florida Highwaymen.

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A group of 26 African-American artists, The Florida Highwaymen broke convention to paint beautiful iconic Florida landscapes. Originating in the mid-1950's, an era marked by racism and poverty, these self-taught entrepreneurs mentored each other, substituted Upson board (a compressed paper construction material similar to drywall that was popular used in the 1950s through '70s) for canvas, and used crown molding for frames. Local galleries shunned their work, so they peddled their art along area roadways, hence their name.

The Highwaymen painted Florida landscapes scenes in an hour or less, often selling the oil paintings before they were dry. Their art freed them from work in citrus groves, and they created a body of work that has become not only a timeless collection of a natural environment, but also a symbol of self-determination and belief in oneself.

You will find The Englishman Fine Art nestled among the high-end clothing stores and eateries of the Third Street South shopping district. It is an old-world style art gallery that boasts an extensive collection of “carefully sourced” 19th and early 20th century European oil paintings beautifully displayed alongside an inspiring assortment of fine antiques, decorative furniture and accessories which not only create a relaxed viewing atmosphere, but give viewers an excellent impression of how the works will look on the walls of their own homes and offices. The gallery is located at 1190 3rd Street South, Naples, FL 34102. For more information, please telephone 239-649-8088 or visit http://www.theenglishmanusa.com.

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