Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mount Dora Center for the Arts Presents - Florida Highwaymen Artist R.L. Lewis


Mt. Dora, FL---- Artisans on Fifth, the artists’ cooperative affiliated with the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts, is holding a fundraising raffle for an original highwaymen painting by R. L. Lewis, Jr. Tickets for the raffle, which are on sale now in the Artisans’ gallery shop, are priced at $1 each, or 6 for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn on the evening of October 9th, which is the date of the next Art Stroll in Mt. Dora.

“We are excited and pleased that Mr. Lewis has donated one of his paintings to support our efforts here at Artisans on Fifth,” said Joyce Brady, the co-op’s Committee Chairperson. She added, “Our retail gallery shop provides a unique environment and opportunity for emerging local artists to showcase and sell their work. It is entirely run by the participating artists, and part of the proceeds generated by the shop’s sales is returned to the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts to support the children’s programs.” The fundraiser will benefit the cooperative’s general operating fund and overall mission. Ticket sales are being held at the Artisans’ location at 134 East Fifth Avenue in downtown Mt. Dora, which is immediately adjacent to the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts’ main gallery space. The shop’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The store may be reached by calling 352-383-0880, ext. 107.

Highwaymen Workshop

R.L. Lewis, one of the original Florida Highwaymen artists, will offer a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, 138 E. Fifth Ave.

The Highwaymen were self-taught artists who painted more than 150,000 Florida landscapes and peddled them all over the state in the late 1950s and '60s.

The purpose of the workshop is to preserve the historical legacy of the Highwaymen's painting style and tradition through art instruction. Participants will complete a painting during the workshop.

Space is limited. Cost is $175 for MDCA members and $200 for nonmembers.

To register, stop by the center or call 352-383-0880.

For further information,

Contact: Jackii Molsick


For further information on R.L. Lewis, Jr., please visit his website at:

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