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James Gibson Highwayman artist

Friends of the Library Presents Florida Highwaymen Artist

Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library is offering a free art exhibit and presentation by Florida Highwaymen artist James Gibson. Mr. Gibson, one of the few surviving members of the original group of 26 African-American Florida landscape artists who came to be known as “The Highwaymen,” will present his paintings and give a talk on his experiences and history with the Highwaymen on Thursday, May 18th at 6:00pm in Burns Hall at St. Peters Episcopal Parish, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach.

Throughout the ’50s and ’60s a group of talented young black artists, who would later come to be known as the Highwaymen, created large numbers of Florida landscape paintings using construction materials instead of traditional art supplies. They would load up their paintings in their cars and go on the road to sell them door-to-door directly to businesses, homes and tourists for their livelihood. Now their legacy has become an important part of American folk history. Mr. Gibson featured prominently among these artists and continues to paint to this day.

Admission is free and includes food by Callahan Barbecue following Mr. Gibson’s presentation. There will also be a cash bar with wine and beer before and during the event.

Reservations are required as seating is limited. To make a reservation, please call 904-530-6500, extension 1.  Please contact the library if you register and then find you will not be able to attend, so people on the waiting list can be contacted.

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