FIRST THURSDAY AT THE STUDIOS

The Highwaymen – this show closes Feb 21

Sanger Gallery 

From the 1950s to the 80s, a group of African American painters known collectively as the Highwaymen captured the look and feel of “Old Florida” with saturated colors and unapologetic nostalgia. Drawn from the collection of Roger Lightle, some of the finest examples of their work is on view.

sponsored by The Angling Company

Letty Nowak

Zabar Project Gallery

With a set of encaustic paintings and photo-transfers that feel like day dreams, the artist made famous by her “Faces of Surfing” series steps away from the large – scale portraits for which she’s known.

sponsored by Debra Butler Design Studio

Carrie Disrud

XOJ Gallery 

Inked with equal measures of confidence and whimsy, Carrie Disrud’s paintings and illustrations puzzle together bright shapes like stained glass, yielding images that might be fairy tales, or just scenes of every day wonder.


sponsored by Jane Gardner Interiors

Anne McKee Artist Fund Auction Preview

Second Floor – Zabar Lobby

A perennial favorite, don’t miss the preview exhibit for this rollicking evening of food, art and drink to support grans for local artists.

Auction: Fri Feb 9, 8PM

Tickets at mckeefund.org

FROM THE PRESS

The Highwaymen: Who Are They?
Report by Jacki Lyden, NPR

If you traveled by way of Florida’s Route 1 in the 1960s, you might have encountered a young, African-American artist, selling a lushly painted oil landscape from his car. They weren’t allowed in galleries during Jim Crow segregation — but motels, office buildings and tourists would buy their vivid works.

Read more & listen to their stories on NPR…

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Friends new and old are invited to join us for each month’s First Thursdays open house event, when we keep our lights on late and throw our doors open to celebrate the newest work in our galleries. Stop in to say hello, relax with a glass of wine, tour the third floor artist studios, and see the just-installed exhibitions in the Sanger and XOJ Galleries. Books & Books is the next stop, where you can browse the latest titles and catch up with old friends.

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