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April 12, 2014

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

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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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