Mark your calendars for Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 for the 8th Annual Highwaymen Weekend Extravaganza. This event will create an amazing opportunity of a lifetime for Davenport’s residents, visitors and for anyone with admiration and respect of these incredible artists.
During the early 1950’s and through the 1980’s a group of 26 African-American artists known as the “Florida Highwaymen” used vivid and bright colors to display the beautiful untouched Florida landscape. The Florida Highwaymen painted wide-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees. They painted from their garages and back yards on inexpensive Upson board and then on the weekends they traveled to sell their Highwaymen paintings to hotels, offices, businesses and individuals
who appreciated the artwork for around $25 a piece. The creativity and talent of these artists has made them famous for their idyllic landscapes of rural Florida and they were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004.
The City is pleased to announce that we are bringing the Highwaymen Artists to Davenport. The event will start Friday, March 2, 2018 with dinner. Tickets for this event will be sold only in advance. Tickets are $50 per person. Each artist attending the dinner will bring a painting to be auctioned at the dinner and a Highwaymen Artist will be seated at each table. On Saturday, March 3, 2018 there will be a free art show open to the public. One or more of the artists will be painting at the event. The Saturday event will be held at the Community Center at 5 South Allapaha Avenue from 10am to 4pm.