A new piece of Florida history is being created on a section of Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound! Highwayman artist Jimmy Stovall is lending his vision and talents to Hobe Sound Murals Project #18, on the Jenkins Landscape building at 12260 SE Dixie Hwy, one-half mile south of Bridge Road. The Rickie Report shares images and an invitation to drive to Hobe Sound and experience this growing Mural Project. Kudos to Landmark Arts Coordinator, Nadia Utto, for spearheading this non-profit public art initiative! We urge you to drive by slowly and take a peek!
Landmark ARTS Inc
non profit public art
Highwayman Painter, Jimmy Stovall
Creates a Mural
Hobe Sound, Florida
The public is invited to stop by as this mural is still in progress at:
12260 SE Dixie Hwy, one-half mile south of Bridge Road
17 Hobe Sound murals have been completed thus far, thanks to the significant volunteer efforts of over 40 regional artists. The murals project also began offering informative and fun tours this year. Artists are welcome to get involved.
Go to www.landmarkarts.us
Local professional artist Nadia Utto, who has been the Hobe Sound Murals project coordinator since 2009, is facilitating this project, assisted by artist Heather Stevens Weese. Hobe Sound Murals is part of Landmark Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to “Creating Community Culture.”
Much of the original travel route from Detroit to Miami, Dixie Highway, has been absorbed into modern routes. A new piece of Florida history is being created on a section of Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound! Highwayman artist Jimmy Stovall is lending his vision and talents to Hobe Sound Murals Project #18, on the Jenkins Landscape building at 12260 SE Dixie Hwy, one-half mile south of Bridge Road.
Jimmy’s work reflects his continuing interest in preserving the vision of the pristine Florida he remembers from his youth, and the countryside vista in this mural includes two of his signature motifs – a serene distant horizon and a radiant Poinciana tree. This genre is also location-appropriate, as three generations of the Jenkins family have provided idyllic and design balanced landscapes for over 56 years.
Business owners Harold and Susan Jenkins, who have long admired the beauty and scenic topics of Highwaymen paintings, are proud to sponsor this one-of-a-kind mural on their newly renovated building façade.
Jimmy is one of “The Highwaymen” painters, from the Ft. Pierce area, who sold their Florida landscape paintings door-to-door and out of their vehicles along local roadways from the 1950s through 80s. The Highwaymen finally achieved recognition in the 1990s, when critics began to praise the uniqueness of their folk art, fast oil painting style and self-promotion techniques.
Jimmy holds the unusual distinction of being known as “The 27th Highwayman.” Although he is acknowledged by his peers as a true member of the group, he was in Miami after Hurricane Andrew and was not available to be interviewed for what would become a book about 26 painters of this ‘outsider art’ style.
Jimmy is the last painter who was personally taught his craft by one of the founding Highwaymen, Alfred Hair, who had been mentored by the well-known A.E. “Beanie” Backus. Both Hair and Backus have been inducted into the Florida’s Artists Hall of Fame. This mural will also be the very first publicly accessible exterior mural by a Highwayman.
For more information, please contact project coordinator Nadia Utto: 561-762-9202
Landmark Arts, Inc. PO Box 533, Hobe Sound, FL 33475
Contact the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce
772-546-4724 for more information on upcoming scheduled tours.