Lake Wales Arts Council presents unique show

The Lake Wales Arts Council presents Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwaymen, an exhibit organized by the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, opening on Sept. 1 and running through Oct. 13.

The exhibit features paintings by all 26 Highwaymen as well as a painting by A.E. “Beanie” Backus, an accomplished Florida landscape artist who encouraged and inspired the artists.

A gallery talk by Highwayman Al Black is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. prior to the opening reception at 5 p.m. on Sept. 1 in the Michael Crews Gallery, Lake Wales Arts Center. A painting demonstration by Highwayman Robert Lewis is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to attend the gallery talk and opening reception for this exciting exhibition and the painting demonstration on Oct. 1.

The Highwaymen began as a group of African American artists who, against all odds, managed to prosper selling their paintings in the segregated South of the 1950s and ’60s.

The Highwaymen developed unique strategies to sell and market their artwork outside of the formal world of art galleries and exhibitions

Against All Odds: The Florida Highwaymen exhibition is generously sponsored in part by Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

The Lake Wales Arts Center is located at 1099 SR 60 E, Lake Wales. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge to visit the gallery. For details, call 863-676-8426.

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