Just as The Highwaymen sold art from the back of a car, Lynn Herrick keeps with their legacy and always travels with a piece or two of her own paintings.
The Highwaymen, a small group of African-American painters, emerged from the Fort Pierce area in the late ‘50s and early 60s. At a recent Talk Art event at The Hub, Herrick spoke of their legacy while demonstrating how to paint a scene inspired by cypress trees at Lake Dora.
The original member, Alfred Hair, is said to have taken 50-cent classes on Saturdays with Albert Ernest A.E.
Betty Morris Parker, a mainstay at The Hub since 2012, will be sharing wall space in The Mackay Gallery with Nancy Charles. Their “Works on Paper” will be on exhibit June 3-26.
The Creative Urge
Originally from Virginia, Parker’s creative urge took her to the Washington D.C. School of Art, where she studied commercial art. She moved to Daytona Beach, where she has resided ever since, and ultimately finished her degree at the University of Central Florida.
Her talents came in handy when working for the American Lung Association (ALA).
Paper is the common denominator between the two Hub artists exhibiting their “Works on Paper” at The Hub on Canal’s Mackay Gallery, June 3-26. One artist, Nancy Charles, is self-taught and uses a layering technique to create colored pencil sketches from her own photographs; the other, Betty Morris Parker, is formally trained and leans toward abstract expressionism through collage.
“I’m not trained in art; I’m trained in animals,” said Charles, during a “Talk Art” event last May that drew a dozen enthusiasts and fellow Hub artists. “That’s my true love and that’s where I come from.” Charles joked she was also not formally trained to be a zookeeper, but a falconer’s license afforded her a lifetime opportunity.
January 15, 2016: The Hub’s Naming Celebration and Ribbon Cutting designating six studios and common areas in honor of major donors to the successful 2015 Capital Campaign.
Pictured from left to right: Sandra and Bob Lloyd naming The Lloyd Family Studio; the Sheehan family Alexa, Isla, and Timothy naming the Barbara and Kevin Sheehan teaching studios; Deborah and Robert Dean naming the Mezzanine meeting and seating area; Terry and Richard England naming the exhibition Gallery; and Anne and Dennis Higginbotham naming the Higginbotham Studio. Mayor Jim Hathaway and City Commissioners Kirk Jones, Judy Reiker, Jake Sachs and County Commissioner Deborah Denys joined other Hub supporters to celebrate the successful Capital Campaign.