Highwaymen Art Show Comes to FAU

0

This fall film crews will once again descend upon South Florida to resume filming a movie that tells the story of a group of unique Florida artists and their mentor A.E. Backus.

Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs includes Albert Ernest Backus (January 3, 1906 – June 6, 1990) in its list of ‘The Florida Artist Hall of Fame’ along with such notables as Jimmy Buffet and Ernest Hemmingway.

Backus, know to all as ‘Beanie’ was Born in Fort Pierce and devoted himself to painting at an early age, his studio was color blind and always open to lively company. This became the perfect setting in which to nurture the talent and ambition of the local young artists, later known as Florida’s Highwaymen.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 12.31.30 PM

Florida Atlantic University has close to 40 works by Backus in their private collection.

Starting September 15th through November 17th FAU’s Ritter Art Gallery will present an exhibit and lecture series entitled: ‘A.E. Backus – Florida’s Highwaymen, History, Commerce & Art’.

W.Rod Faulds, the Director of the University Galleries, along with Professor Arlene Fradkin, and Professor Brian McConnell have combined their knowledge and creativity to bring us this extraordinary opportunity to view a treasure trove of art unique to our state.

There is no question that the art of any era is also a reflection of that society’s history. The history of South Florida during the 1950’s to 1970’s is as dramatic and colorful as the story of Florida’s Highwaymen itself.

Included in the exhibit will be rare works by two of the original Highwaymen – Harold Newton and Alfred Hair. Recalling her first meeting with Backus, Doretha Hair Truesdell, Alfred Hair’s widow, said, “I remember a kind and fun loving man who loved to help people. I first met Beanie in 1959 when Alfred was still in high school and taking art lessons from Beanie and I remember him saying

no one painted the ocean like Alfred”.

The Ritter Art gallery is located at FAU’s School of the Arts 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, Fl 33431. www.fau.edu/galleries

Facebook group ‘Florida’s Highwaymen’ will be posting updates.Unknown-2

Previous articleZika Prevention & Protection in Boca Raton
Next articleMizner 200 – “Archstone” Revisited
Katie's family moved to Boca Raton in 1970 where she later attended Palm Beach Community College and FAU. Katie is the Founder of HaitianArt.com, a Boca Raton company which began in 1989 as a small art studio. Works by Haiti’s artists soon became part of a revolving exhibit at City Hall as well as the Boca Raton Library and Community Center. The gallery later moved to Delray Beach and broadened its base to include works by Eastern Cuban artists and Florida Highwaymen. Today her focus is on art consulting and internet art sales. She is on the board of the A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster harmony between the Caribbean community and the United States, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Riviera Civic Association.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.