Florida: Art of the iconic Florida Highwaymen, Harry Sonntag to be exhibited in Islamorada

‘Royal Poinciana’ by Mary Ann Carroll
‘Royal Poinciana’ by Mary Ann Carroll
‘Royal Poinciana’ by Mary Ann Carroll

A traveling exhibit featuring the art of the Florida Highwaymen and Key Largo’s hermit artist Harry Sonntag is on display at the the Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada through June 1. Paintings feature the work of Florida's best-known African-American landscape artists, including the talented group’s only woman, Mary Ann Carroll. In the 1950s, an era marked by racism and poverty, the Florida Highwaymen were largely self-taught, determined artists who painted Florida landscapes and sold them to tourists — often before the paint had fully dried. They created a body of work that today is referred to as a contemporary art tradition and visual legacy of modern Florida. Also on display are watercolors by Sonntag, another artist popular in the 1950s. The reclusive Sonntag operated a gallery in the Rock Harbor area, one of Key Largo’s early settlements.

Details: www.keysdiscovery.com or 305-922-2237.

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