UWF Historic Trust launches art exhibit

  • November 5, 2014
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A group of African Americans went against the tradition of a segregated South to express the times through art. The result was a collection of beautiful iconic landscapes brought to life on basic materials such as Upson board and crown molding. Their traveling exhibit, “Against the Odds: The Art of Highwaymen,” is coming to Pensacola. The University of West Florida Historic Trust will present the exhibit from Nov. 6 to Dec. 28 at Gulf Power’s Voices of Pensacola. The exhibit is part of the 2014 Pensacola Foo Foo Fest, a 12-day eclectic mixture of art and culture events from Nov. 6 to Nov. 17. The Florida Highwaymen were a group of 26 black men who broke from convention in the South during the mid-1950s and 1960s. Together they produced more than 200,000 paintings over a 30-year span. Historic Trust will host an opening reception for the exhibit from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. On Dec. 5, Historic Trust will host guest speaker Gary Monroe, author of “The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters.” It will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. The Voices of Pensacola hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit, visit historicpensacola.org.