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"Original Highwayman" is library program

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By The Staff

The Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its first program of the year on Thursday, Jan. 17. It will be in the library starting at 7:30 p.m. and will be a combination visual and speaking program.

Gary Monroe, author, speaker and photographer, will present a program titled: " Harold Newton: The Original Highwayman". The Highwaymen were a group of self-taught African American artists from Fort Pierce who painted their way out of poverty in the 1950s. While they have become part of Floridians' consciousness in recent years, Harold Newton, leader of the loosely knit group and Florida landscape painter, was the one who led them to national acclaim. Gary Monroe will tell Newtron's story and that of the Highwaymen by providing an overview of quintessential paintings, featuring some of Newton's finest work.

The program is provided through the Florida Humanities Council, an association which "Friends" has sponsored for several years.

This should be an outstanding program and "Friends" is proud to kick off its 2008 programs with it. Gary Monroe's subjects have been of the old world culture of Miami's South Beach, the lifestyle of and rituals of Haiti and Disney World's vacation set. He is the author of "The Highwymen: Fklorida's African-American Landscape Painters and "Harold Newton: the Original Highwayman", both from University Press of Florida. He will be glad to have some copies for signing at the program.