The Historic Highwaymen


Isaac Knight (Photo: Center for Creative Education)

The Center for Creative Education in Northwood Village may not be on your radar. But we think it should be.

Case in point: Saturday, October 1 will be devoted to the Highwaymen, the self-taught African-American artists known for the vivid Florida landscapes they painted on Upson board and sold door-to-door and by the roadside (usually for about $25). In the 50 years since its heyday, the genre has generated a cult-like following, and an authentic piece can command $5,000 or more.

The Historic Highwaymen Lecture Day will feature artists Isaac Knight, Roy McLendon Jr. and A.J. Brown. Here’s the schedule for the event, part of the “Collaboration: African Diaspora” exhibit in the center’s gallery:

  • 10-11 a.m.: Meet and greet.
  • 11 a.m.-noon: Highwaymen lecture/presentation.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch break, a perfect chance to stroll to one of the neighborhood’s emerging bistros.
  • 1-4 p.m.: Artist showcase and art sale.

Advance tickets are $10, and you can purchase them online.

An educational nonprofit, the CCE was created more than 20 years ago to strengthen the presence of the arts in Palm Beach County classrooms. Today, its Teaching Artists work with thousands of children (many of them considered “at-risk”) in classrooms and in after-school programs and at the new center at 425 24th Street. The CCE also provides instruction in dance, music, theater and visual arts for both children and adults.

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