When the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon becomes a Highwayman….

Moon over the Indian River Lagoon, by Highwayman, Livingston Roberts,1975.
Moon over the “St Lucie River Bend,” by Highwayman, Livingston Roberts, categorized in 1975.

Last night, you may have seen it? The Indian River Lagoon region became a Highwayman painting…

In early evening, the full moon rose like a  wise old sentinel, slowly,  beautifully, magically bathing our world in a light belonging only  to dreams and to fairy tales…

Moon through the giant oak tree at my parents house, 11-6-14. (Photo Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch)
Moon through the giant oak tree at my parent’s house, Sewall’s Point, 11-6-14. (Photo Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch.)

In my younger years, my Grandfather Henderson gave me a Highwayman painting by Livingston Roberts. It is a moonscape and when the moon is not out, I look to it for the same inspiration as I felt last night. It is the painting at the top of this blog post.

As shared on the Highwaymen website, Livingston Roberts, the painter of my piece, belonged to the Highwaymen group, an association of young African-American artists that functioned in 1950s and beyond in Ft Pierce, Florida. The Highwaymen artists specialized in painting Florida landscapes in a recognizable and flamboyant style.

Because they were black,  it was not possible for them to sell their paintings in art galleries and shows, so they were selling them right from the backs of their cars and trucks. That is how they gained their name – “Highwaymen.”

If you have not discovered the Highwaymen, please visit the Bean Backus Museum in Ft Pierce.

Mr Backus taught Alfred Hair, the group’s founding painter and businessman. Artist, Mr Bean Backus, the father of impressionist natural-landscapes of our region and world renowned, welcomed the young black artists into his studio during a time of great prejudice. This kindness opened a whole new world for the young artists and a new light shone on Ft Pierce….

Like the moon, the story of the Highwaymen is one of a great inspiration.

My niece Evie "holding the moon..." (Photo by Jenny Flaugh, 2012.)
My niece Evie “holding the moon…” (Photo by Jenny Flaugh, 2012.)

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The Highwaymen: (http://www.floridahighwaymenartist.com/)

A.E. Bean Backus Gallery, Ft Pierce : (http://backusgallery.com)

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The two painting below were shared by Ann Benedetti. The first is by Highwaymen artist Harold Newton and the second is by Highwaymen founder, Alfred Hair. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous paintings Ann!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highwaymen painting shared by Ann Benedetti,. This is shy Alfred Hair, the founder of the Highwaymen. 141113_0003

20 thoughts on “When the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon becomes a Highwayman….

  1. Jacqui, I love this post. I can’t believe the lovely photo you took with your phone last night. I love it that you included Jenny’s photo of Evie. Note: you wrote “light night” when you meant “last night.” I am here at the computer making my own mistakes as I compose wording of an Indian RiverSide Park sign. We two need proofreaders. love, Mom

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  2. When I was a kid I remember my parents strapping a 30 foot bamboo pole shrimp net to my dads modle A car. Fishing has allways been a way of life and a safty net for people when other things don’t work out . From what I have seen and am seeing everything can be brought back and it will NOT take tons of money to do it. Our constitution was written to prevent US citizens from giving taxes to a forign power and look where we are now–17 trillion in dept to countries like China and Saudi Arabia. Now how much is it going to cost to raise the Tami Ami Trail ?

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  3. If there were calcium beach sand on the bottom of the C-44 canal upstream and downstream of the spillway you would have a school of fish 20 miles long. Everything is after the calcium rich algie that grows and the h2o2 in hot summer months.

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  4. In the pictures I saw of the C-44 runoff there was no foam .The water is acidic and there is NO calcium peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in the water. If there were calcium beach sand on the bottom of this canal –upstream and downstream you would have a school

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  5. In the pictures I saw of the C-44 runoff there was no foam .The water is acidic and there is NO calcium peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in the water. If there were calcium beach sand on the bottom of this canal –upstream and downstream of the spillway you would have a school of fish 20 miles long. Everything is after the calcium rich algie and h2o2 during hot summer days

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  6. I have noticed calcium adhears to rocks and leaves a thin film that can sometimes be seen when the tide is low. I believe that if you put enough calcium sand the acid will desolve it and at the right time of year the few corals you have left will smell the calcium and release there polyps(baby coral)which will adhear(stick) to the calcium on the rocks. Oysters and barnicals will do this too.

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  7. 321-412-1270 is my number. I stay tired. I am working on the new Gruman aircraft plant in Melbourne. I am saveing my money. I hope to bring back some of the coquina formations in the spring. I have noticed that the acid desolves just enough calcium from the hard coquina that microscopic coquina can survive. Putting calcium sand when the water is calm makes them grow and multiply.100 years ago all the coquina was SOFT and was one of the most sought after building materials.

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  8. I have put togather a photo album to try to inform people better but there is so much to tell .Last summer there were fish kills in the process and I can stop the fish from dieing with a few buckets of sand. Where I put sand last year is where the sea grass grew this year and where I put sand this year will be where the sea grass grows next year. I am sure there will be people who oppose anything you do. On the license plate on my truck it says MY FLORIDA. I feel MY FLORIDA has been brutaly destroyed . But I am also certain with the right action most can be brought back—- Thank you very much for your concern and I look forward to talking to you.

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