By Brittany Llorente
FORT PIERCE -- In the 1950s, a group of African-Americans found a way for people to love their art, peddling it from trunks and roadways. They became known as The Highwaymen.
According to FloridaHighwaymen.com, their humble beginnings, from work on Upson board and crown molding frames, provided Floridian's a captured landscape of their beloved area.
There were 26 original Highwaymen and a collection of their work can be found at Vienna Trading Antique Mall & Highwaymen Gallery in Fort Pierce.
"We have at least one of the 26 original artist's paintings," said Elizabeth Mendez, owner of Vienna Trading Antique Mall & Highwaymen Gallery.
On June 28, Vienna Trading will host a Highwaymen Art Show.
"We started collecting a few years back and what we are doing is putting the entire collection up for sale. There are more than 300 paintings that will be available to the public," Ms. Mendez said.
The collection features a mixture of art with landscapes, orange groves, flowers, ocean scenes, animals and even turtles.
The event will also feature Robert Lewis, one of the original Highwaymen, painting live.
"People really love seeing them paint," Ms. Mendez said. "They love seeing all the little details being painted."
It's those types of details that have made the Highwaymen famous, earning them an induction into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame in 2004.
In addition to the paintings, there will be food, raffling of items and calendars.
Mingling among the guests will be several of the Highwaymen, answering questions and taking pictures.
"It will be a fun event," said Ms. Mendez. "It is nice, especially for the young ones, to see and meet some of the artists so they can learn about them, from them."
The Vienna Trading Antique Mall & Highwaymen Gallery is located at 3401 South U.S. Highway 1, Fort Pierce.
For more information, call (772) 461-1662 or visit www.viennatrading.net.