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Famed Highwaymen come to Pompano Beach

Get an up-close look at a unique part of Florida's art history when the famed Highwaymen painters gather to exhibit and sell their vibrant works in Pompano Beach.

Nine of the self-taught African-American painters are showing more than 100 works, from their signature royal poinciana to Everglades sunsets and moonlit beaches, at the historic Sample-McDougald House on March 22.

This is the largest public gathering of Highwaymen at a single venue, with Al Black, Mary Ann Carroll, James Gibson, John Maynor, Roy McLendon, Willie Reagan, Carnell Smith, Doretha Hair Truesdell and Charles Walker scheduled to attend.

The Fort Pierce painters got their nickname because they sold quickly painted works — sometimes still wet — from the trunks of their cars along U.S. Highway 1 in the 1950s and '60s. The group of 26 artists was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. Nine have died.

Their vivid, colorful landscapes hang in homes across the United States, as well as in museums, city halls and the White House.

This is the third year the event has been co-sponsored by the home's preservation society and the Pompano Beach Historical Society.

If you go

What: Third annual Highwaymen Art Show

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22, with 5:30 p.m. reception March 21

Where: Sample-McDougald House, 450 NE 10th St., Pompano Beach

Tickets: March 21 preview reception is $50; March 22 entry is $5

Contact: 954-292-8040, SampleMcDougaldHouse.com

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